Beast of Fang Rock
Written by Peter Grehan, this authoritative book is a perfect read for those who want to delve deeper into the hidden mysteries and secrets of the Doctor Who universe.
Peter says: “Imagine Doctor Who as a tree trunk that keeps growing taller and taller, fed by roots that reach down into history, mythology, psychology, folktales, religion, science and the wealth of science fiction that exists in the world. It’s not surprising therefore to find that Doctor Who connects with a lot of other stuff. “
Connecting Who: Artificial Beings examines some of these connections; specifically in regards to those artificial beings (clever computers, robots, androids and cyborgs) we find in Doctor Who.
The book investigates artificial beings such as the Cybermen, Daleks, Autons, Weeping Angels, Gangers, Morbius, Xoanon and the Yeti, making connections to literary and scientific sources.
Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, feels that Connecting Who: Artificial Beings offers a fresh perspective on the Doctor’s travels through space and time. He says: “Peter has been a fan of Doctor Who since day one and his take on the Whoniverse offers a personal outlook on growing up with the series. His childhood love of robots coincided with the introduction of the Daleks and, despite the Daleks not really being robots, their cries of exterminate cemented his love for all things Doctor Who.”
Peter is no stranger to Doctor Who, having worked as a host at the Doctor Who Experience and penning the audio drama Sontarans: Silent Warrior for BBV. He says: “In my book I have enjoyed making the connections between Doctor Who and real-life computers, robots and cyborgs. These connections run deep into culture, history and science. It is my hope that fans will not only enjoy reading my book, but begin to connect the dots themselves.”
Connecting Who: Artificial Beings is exclusively available to pre-order from www.candyjarbooks.co.uk. All pre-orders come with a free copy of Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock.
Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce the return of John Peel to the worlds of Doctor Who prose fiction, as they release the cover art and blurb of the forthcoming Lethbridge-Stewart release, The Grandfather Infestation.
John Peel has a long affiliation with Doctor Who prose fiction. In the late 1980s he was personally picked by Dalek creator Terry Nation to novelise the remaining 1960s Dalek serials, including the epic twelve-part story The Daleks’ Masterplan and Patrick Troughton’s debut, The Power of the Daleks. He was also the author chosen to launch the very first original Doctor Who prose novel, Timewrym: Genesys in 1991, and twenty-five years later he’s back!
John Peel says: “There’s always been something rather special for me when I’m writing in the worlds of Doctor Who. When I wrote Timewyrm: Genesys twenty-five years ago, I was excited the entire time – I couldn’t wait to get to work on the story each morning. And here I am, a quarter of a century later, and the same excitement is still there.”
The Grandfather Infestation is inspired somewhat by the plant horror stories made popular by the likes of John Wyndham. Author Simon Clark, who wrote the official sequel to The Day of the Triffids, says: “Plants are on the march – at least in our imaginations, they are. Doctor Who embraced the theme in The Seeds of Death and The Seeds of Doom, and, no doubt, you can identify many more. And now John Peel gives us The Grandfather Infestation, a fantastically entertaining, and horrifying novel, which suggests that everything that’s green and grows from the earth might not be as harmless as we think.”
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “I’ve always been a huge fan of Wyndham’s work, and I knew I wanted something in a similar vein. I asked John to give us something Triffid-esque and he did exactly that. He’s created a nice blend of genres, mixing the best elements of storytelling that you’d find in the works of Robert Banks Stewart and Wyndham, giving it Peel’s own distinctive twist. And John is no stranger to twisting tales, make no mistake. He’s been writing prose fiction beyond Doctor Who continuously for over twenty-five years, and you don’t do that without being good.”
Despite his long association with Doctor Who, this is the first time John Peel has written for the character of Lethbridge-Stewart. “Being allowed to create a new adventure for that stalwart character, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, was both an honour and a truly great pleasure. Even writing revisions didn’t seem too much of a chore!”
The cover is by Colin Howard, who previously painted the cover art for Beast of Fang Rock.
Blurb: The late 1960s and pirate radio is at its height.
Something stirs in the depths of the North Sea, and for Radio Crossbones that means bad news.
Lethbridge-Stewart and his newly assembled Fifth Operational Corps are called in to investigate after the pirate radio station is mysteriously taken off the air, and a nuclear submarine is lost with all hands.
The usual discounted pre-order bundles will be on offer from Candy Jar, with a new subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five!
The Grandfather Infestation is now available for pre-order, for £8.99, directly from www.candyjarbooks.co.uk, due for release at the end of July. (Subscribers and pre-orders all receive a free digital-only short story — to be announced soon.)
We get many emails and enquiries from readers about the timeline of the Lethbridge-Stewart novels, in particular how they relate to the short stories Candy Jar Books give out as incentives to those purchasing the books direct from them. (Titles are links to the best places to purchase/download the titles.)
This is the official reading order.
The Ambush by Andy Frankham-Allen (set in February 1969, this shows the events of episodes one and two of The Web of Fear from Lethbridge-Stewart’s point of view).
The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen (set during March 1969, with the prologue taking place prior to The Web of Fear).
Legacies by Norma Ashley (set during February and March 1969 in an alternative timeline, with the final scene taking place just before the epilogue of The Forgotten Son).
One Cold Step by David A McIntee and Andy Frankham-Allen (set April 1969, with the flashback material just prior to The Schizoid Earth).
The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee (set during April 1969, and an alternative 1959. Epilogue set on May 3rd).
The Cult of the Grinning Man by Tom Dexter (set early May 1969).
Beast of Fang Rock by Andy Frankham-Allen (set primarily during May 1969, as well as 1823 and 1902 [leading directly into Horror of Fang Rock]).
Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters (set during early June 1969).
The Fright Before Christmas by Tom Dexter (set December 24th 1969).
Hope this all helps. See you in the new year… Which reminds us.
From everybody at Candy Jar Books: HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🙂