The Power of Three! New short story collection pre-order now.

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce its latest volume of The HAVOC Files, collecting short stories from late 2016 (in print for the first time) and brand-new exclusive material!

candy_jar_thf3_smallThe HAVOC Files 3 contains five short stories only previously available in digital format and released late-2016: The Last Duty by Christopher Bryant; Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammone; The Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell; The Feast of Evans by Simon A Forward, and Home for Christmas by the Author Collective. It also contains exclusive brand-new stories, including episode two of the three-part novella, The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (episode one of which was published in The HAVOC Files 2).

Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell says: “We always enjoy putting these collections together, but we’re nearing a point where we have less previously-released short stories. Fortunately, this gives us the opportunity to release brand new material, making this latest collection an even more sought after product.”

Talking about her new short story, Lucy Wilson, Sue Hampton says: “I’m old enough now to appreciate the importance of family history, of roots and echoes, and genes at work in lives. For every great black-and-white hero that passed away there’s a living successor, connected by love and spirit but completely herself. In this story we see an old man who wasn’t much good at family, but who recognises a direct line to a curly-haired, fearless little girl hungry for stories of aliens. And we meet Lucy Wilson, who has been denied his name along with the truth about who her beloved grandad used to be. Now, before he dies, Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart needs to make sure Lucy understands both her heritage and her extraordinary future.”

Tim Gambrell is no stranger to the range, having won a competition previously to get a character named after him. He says: “When the Lethbridge-Stewart range was first announced I was really excited. There had been a decline in the volume of Doctor Who novels since 2005 and I welcomed anything else within that universe to help fill the void. I started to follow Andy (Frankham-Allen) and Candy Jar on social media to see if there might be opportunities to become involved somewhere along the line. As I recall Andy put out a Twitter request for any of his followers who would like to put their name to a character in a forthcoming book – Beast of Fang Rock as it turned out. I thought to myself ‘yeah, why not?’ and shoved my moniker in the mix. Some months later Tim Gambrell was in print as a scientist at the Vault. As time went on I realised that I’d been a bit hasty – Candy Jar were encouraging new writers to contribute to the range through their short story initiative; here was I, looking for opportunities and my name was already connected through a fictional character. Tim Gambrell couldn’t be both sides of the pen, could he? Andy was brilliant though. He allowed me to submit a story which, thankfully, he liked enough to ask me to develop further story ideas – one of which became The Bledoe Cadets and the Bald Man of Pengriffen. Aware of the conflict of names, I originally offered to use a pseudonym (which I’ve done in the theatre before) but he came up with another solution.”

Range Editor, Andy Frankham-Allen says: “It was inevitable that Tim would write for us, as he’s already sent us a short story previously and even a novel pitch. So, now that he’s finally being published by us, I find myself in the odd position of a fictional character based on one of our authors. As such, part of The Lost Skin’s objectives is to write the character out of the series. Fortunately, he’s not appeared in the narrative of the novels since last year’s Moon Blink, which makes writing him out relatively easy.”

Talking about his short story, Tim continues; “The germ of The Bald Man of Pengriffen was Andy looking for a Famous Five-type story featuring a young Alistair and the Bledoe Cadets (as mentioned in The Forgotten Son). Conveniently enough I’d recently revisited Enid Blyton’s Adventurous Four books from childhood so I knew the kinds of japes and scrapes to aim for – although I was keen for the story to be less cosy than those of Blyton’s world. We discussed a few story ideas but the Bald Man seemed to tick the most boxes – particularly because Andy likes fougous! And by writing a story about the Brigadier as a small boy, I totally avoid any times and situations that could potentially include my namesake.”

Shaun Collins, one of the trimvurate that form the podcasters Traveling the Vortex, joins the collection with a story focused on Professor Travers. He says: “After prodding Andy for information about Candy Jar’s method for soliciting writers and clumsily inserting myself into said method with a few pitches that he quite rightly shot down, he suggested writing something with Professor Travers returning to Det-Sen. With the professor rapidly becoming one of my favourite supporting characters from the series, how could I say no? It was fun inserting him into the thick of James Bond-style danger, watching as he – just as clumsily as my initial pitch – is ensnared by nefarious villains. When Andy told me my short would form the opening prologue for his next novel, I was beyond ecstatic… And immediately began to worry about the safety of the professor. After all, he’s getting up there in years now, and just what did I set him up for?”

Talking about writing The Lost Skin: Episode Two, Andy says: “Originally it was planned to be a straight-up novella, not a part-work. I’m not sure I’m keen on this way of writing, as I like to edit and polish as I go along. Since episode one was published months ago, I no longer have the luxury of editing the first third of the story. It presents a unique challenge for me, one I’m taking by the horns. As a result some of my original plans for the story have changed, but luckily the characters are happy to help me along and take the story in surprising paths.”

Like the previous volumes, The HAVOC Files 3 is only available direct from the Candy Jar Store for £8.99, and is a strictly limited-print run. Pre-order now to avoid disappointment.

 

Strange fungoid creatures in Hull,
a deserted Scottish village at Hallowe’en,
wishes coming true, and a special mission
for Samson and Evans in Llanfairfach.

Young Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart and his friends 
investigate strange happenings in Pengriffen, 
and Professor Travers returns to Tibet,
only to find he’s being followed by enemy agents.
And Sir Alistair rushing to get a very special
gift to his grandaughter. 

Five short stories previously only available in digital
format, published in print for the first time.
Plus three brand new adventures, and part two
of the exclusive three-part novella, The Lost Skin.


A collection of short stories from the classic era of Doctor Who,
starring Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers,
based on the characters and concepts created by 
Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln

Includes:

The Bledoe Cadets and the Bald Man of Pengriffen by Tim Gambrell
The Last Duty by Christopher Bryant
Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammone
The Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell
The Feast of Evans by Simon A Forward
Home for Christmas by The Author Collective
Slouching Towards Det-Sen by Shaun Collins 
Lucy Wilson by Sue Hampton

and

The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen
(part two of a brand-new novella)

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Dominex Industries- Your Future Is In Our Fists!

Candy Jar Books is gearing up to release the fourth book in the critically acclaimed Lethbridge-Stewart series.

MAD_3DLethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters is due to be released on 20th November and can be pre-ordered now for the reduced price of £7.99 (plus p+p). When pre-ordered directly from Candy Jar customers will receive an exclusive, free pdf-only short story, The Dogs of War, by Andy Frankham-Allen.

In 1969 Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln created the Dominators… and the Quarks! They had hoped, with the Quarks, to create a Doctor Who monster to rival the Daleks in the affections of the public. But aside from a few appearances in comics, neither the Quarks nor the Dominators returned. Until now!

The Dominators was written as a metaphor for the then-current fear of nuclear war. With the Dominators themselves embodying the ultimate nuclear threat, and the docile Dulcians playing the part of the cautionary tale; a race so fearful of nuclear fallout that they took pacifism to the ultimate degree.

In his foreword Paul Finch said: “In a twist that completely delighted me, (this book) is set in precisely that era: the late ’60s, with the protest movement still at full power and the anti-nuclear ticket a hot one. It even has its own desolate wilderness – Dartmoor. Though of course at the heart of this wasteland stands not the Doctor, but his unofficial deputy on Earth (at least, that’s always the way I used to think of him), and another fine creation of Messrs Haisman and Lincoln, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, better known as ‘the Brigadier’, though for our purposes today he’s still a colonel.”

Author Nick Walters said: “I had a great time writing Mutually Assured Domination, taking as my inspiration the Cold War thrillers of John Le Carre and the 1985 BBC Drama Edge of Darkness. I have always loved the Dominators and their sinister robotic servants so it was great to be given the chance to make them live again! My favourite parts of The Dominators has always been the bickering between Rago and Toba and there’s some of that in this book, in fact there is great comedy potential in the characters. But I also hope I have presented them as a credible threat and a worthy foe for Lethbridge Stewart. I hope people find my book is to be a good old-fashioned romp – and a wham-bam ending for the first ‘season’ of Lethbridge-Stewart novels!”

Along for the ride is journalist Harold Chorley, last seen in 1968’s The Web of Fear. Head of Publishing at Candy Jar Books, Shaun Russell said, “Ever since we secured the deal with the Haisman Estate, we’ve been planning to bring back Harold Chorley. He was such a pain in Lethbridge-Stewart’s side in The Web of Fear it was a forgone conclusion that he’d return to give the colonel more grief. His return has been set up throughout the last few books, with hints as to his situation following The Web of Fear. Now we finally get to play it out properly, and Nick has done a great job with him!”

CJ_DOW_Cover_SmallNot just content with bringing back the Dominators, Candy Jar Books is also offering a free pdf-only story with Mutually Assured Domination called The Dogs of War by Andy Frankham-Allen.

In 1988, in the serial Remembrance of the Daleks, Doctor Who fans were introduced to Group Captain Ian Gilmore and the Intrusion Counter Measures Group. Gilmore soon found his way into Doctor Who lore in the Wilderness Years (Part One) of 1990-1996 when it was revealed in two novels that Air Vice-Marshal Gilmore was partly responsible for the ultimate formation of UNIT.

For the last few years, Gilmore has lead the way in a successful series of audio dramas produced by Big Finish called Countermeasures, which shows his activities following Remembrance of the Daleks, but still the historic meeting between Gilmore and Lethbridge-Stewart has never been fully dramatized… until now!

Author Andy Frankham-Allen said, “Since day one of this series I have been mindful that there are certain milestones in Lethbridge-Stewart’s life that need to be dealt with in these books in one way or another. His meeting with Gilmore is one of those. With the approval of Ben Aaronovitch, who created Gilmore back in ’88, and with thanks to Andrew Cartmel (Doctor Who script editor 1987-89), we are finally able to make that happen with our own spin. Hopefully we’ll offer fans a little bit more meet to their meeting. It’s been a real joy bringing these two iconic characters together and letting them play in each other’s sandpits – for one night only!”

The Dogs of War follows the event of Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock and leads into the events of Mutually Assured Domination. (Although, as with all of Candy Jar’s free Lethbridge-Stewart stories, The Dogs of War is not essential when reading Mutually Assured Domination.)

Lethbridge-Stewart: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters, is due to be released on 20th November. To receive The Dogs of War pre-order from Candy Jar Books: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/lethbridge-stewart–mutually-assured-domination.html

 

 

 

Whatever Happened to… Harold Chorley

tve14908-98-19680210-0Ever wondered what happened to Harold Chorley after The Web of Fear? According to one source, the short story ‘Still Lives‘, he went on to host a talk-show called Chorley’s People in the 1970s. Beyond that, what do we know? Nothing. Until now. In the Top Secret Files eBook we offer you the original opening chapter of The Forgotten Son which is set mere months before the death of Sir Alistair, and in that we discover that Chorley has been a large part of the Brigadier’s life since something called ‘Dominex’. But where did it begin? There’s no sign of him in The Forgotten Son, indeed Lethbridge-Stewart doesn’t think of him even once. Well, we’re pleased to tell you that Harold Chorley will be returning in his new semi-regular role, searching for the missing Lethbridge-Stewart, in The Schizoid Earth. He’ll follow that with Beast of Fang Rock and Mutually Assured Domination. Until the next book is released, why not have a read of an exclusive extract from Beast of Fang Rock that will give you a few clues as to what Chorley has been up to since the London Event…

Read it HERE!

And discover some biographical details (which may include a clue or two) HERE.

Free Secret Files

Top Secret FilesFor five days only we’re offering the ‘Top Secret Files’ for free to Kindle users. The 65-page book, which has been called ‘a celebration of the Brigadier’, features exclusive content not available elsewhere, including the original prelude to the best-selling The Forgotten Son in which Sir Alistair, near to death, is paid a special visit, and a short story originally featured in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine set during the TV story The Web of Fear. The book also includes an extended chapter from Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants which focuses on the Brigadier, looking at his on screen development. Pick up a free copy now, to find out what else is included.

It also continues to be free as a PDF download, which can be picked up at our shop. Get the free Kindle edition HERE!