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The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange Schooldrearcliff_1
UK: Titan Books, 2015, PB. Add to Goodreads
ISBN: 1781165726
ISBN-13: 978-1781165720

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A week after her mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians.

Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy’s, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the school, and it’s up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.

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“She first saw Drearcliff Grange through the train’s smuts-spotted windows. Shifting from seat to seat, she kept the school in sight as long as possible.

Amy had hoped the name was misleading. It wasn’t.

She should have known. Misleading place names like Greenland or the Cape of Good Hope ran the other way, passing off desolate climes as pleasant resorts. Drearcliff was exactly what it sounded like. A rambling, gloomy, ill-repaired estate on top of a cliff.”


The Night MayorThe Night Mayor
UK: Titan Books, 2015, PB. Add to Goodreads
ISBN: 1781165610
ISBN-13: 978-1781165614

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In the near-future, old-fashioned movies, called “flatties”, have given way to computer-enhanced Dreams that directly expose audiences to the fantasies of professional Dreamers. The best-selling Dreams repeat the formulas of older mass media (soap opera, cops and robbers etc.) Only when the criminal genius and hacker Truro Daine creates a film noir Dream scenario capable of taking control of the computer that controls the world is the true power of the system revealed.

Famous dreamwriter Susan Bishopric, whose dream romance Vanessa Vail is up for a Rodney, is sent into the virtual City to join forces with fellow writer Tom Tunney, creator of the Richie Quick detective series, to wipe out Truro Daine. The City is peopled with mugs like Mike Mazurki and Dan Duryea; cabbie Elisha Cook, Jr.; thuggish Chief of Detectives Barton MacLane; good-natured bumbler Ralph Bellamy; Gloria Grahame and songbirds Julie London and Cleo Laine; and archvillain Otto Kruger, who runs a psychic scare at the Temple of Turhan Bey—while Edward G. Robinson strangles Joan Bennett with a string of pearls, James Cagney lies bleeding to death in a running gutter, Humphrey Bogart pounds the mean streets, and little Mickey Rooney hawks the news on every corner. Tunney, as Richie Quick, thinks totally in Chandlerese; but Susan is the genius.

Although the City is Truro Daine’s dream, Richie and Susan have free will within it and create their own dreams and dreamware as they track down Daine. Who died. Is the dead Daine now the ever-present falling rain and alive in each raindrop? Is he the telephone wires? Well, before dying, he was the City’s Night Mayor, but now he’s Barton MacLane, for a while, and smashing Richie Quick into ketchup pulp throughout densely imagined dreamgambits and antigambits where spilled shotglasses refill instantly and gunshots never kill…

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“She put a hand in her pocket and felt the grip of the weapon. Juliet had given her a few pointers, but indream Susan found her experience as Vanessa Vail somehow more confidence-building. Vanessa could shoot the eye out of a gnat at fifty paces. Susan hoped the skill would come back to her if it came to guns”


Bad DreamsBad Dreams
UK: Titan Books, 2014, PB. Add to Goodreads
ISBN: 1781165610
ISBN-13: 978-1781165614

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Anne Nielson, an American journalist, comes to London to investigate the strange death of her sister. Soon, she becomes sucked into a netherworld of corruption and perversion and is hurtled toward a final confrontation where she has only the dead as allies.

This edition includes extras such as his very rare novel Bloody Students (previously published as Orgy of the Blood Parasites, written under his nom de plume, Jack Yeovil), plus an afterword about how the books came to be written, explaining the involvement of Neil Gaiman, Phil Nutman, Stefan Jaworzyn, Norman J. Warren, and Richard Gordon.

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“He was satisfied, glutted, complete. Beneath his helmet, the tangle of his hair, grey-streaked at dawn, was a match now for the purest sable. His lieutenants no longer remarked upon the changes in him. By now, they were used to his cycles and simply put his occasional youthful appearance down to sorcery.”


An English Ghost StoryAn English Ghost Story
UK: Titan Books, 2014, PB. Add to Goodreads
ISBN: 1781165580
ISBN-13: 978-1781165584

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A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most, by threatening to destroy them from the inside out.

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“Jordan saw it all at once, from the road, and was certain. This was the place. It was like her first kiss, Doris Day’s ‘Que Sera Sera’, the taste of strawberries, her car accident. Instant and all-encompassing, wondrous and terrifying, a revelation and a seduction.”


Life’s LotteryLife's Lottery
UK: Titan Books, 2014, PB. Add to Goodreads
ISBN: 1781165564
ISBN-13: 978-1781165560

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A role-playing novel that reveals how small decisions can have monumental consequences. If you choose the right possibilities you may live a long happy life, or be immensely rich, or powerful, or win the lottery. If you make other choices you may become a murderer, die young, make every mistake possible, or make no impression on life at all. The choice is yours.

Quote:

“My friend, you have a choice. Of course, you have a choice. You can go this way or that. You can call heads or tails. you can have coffee or tea.

It’s that simple.”


The QuroumThe Quorum
UK: Titan Books, 2013, PB. Add to Goodreads
ISBN: 1781165548
ISBN-13: 978-1781165546

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In 1961, Derek Leech emerges fully formed from the polluted Thames, destined to found a global media empire. In 1978, three ambitious young men strike a deal with Leech. They are offered wealth, glamour, and success, but a price must be paid. In 1994, Leech’s purpose moves to its conclusion, and as the men struggle, they realize the truth of the ultimate price.

Quote:

‘He opened his eyes; his first image was green murk, shadows filtering down. Before the murk, there was nothing. He was new-formed. Yet his mind was full: he had language, knowledge, purpose. He had a name: Leech.’


JagoJago
UK: Titan Books, 2013, PB. Add to Goodreads
ISBN: 1781164231
ISBN-13: 978-1781164235

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Paul, a young academic composing a thesis about the end of the world, and his girlfriend Hazel, a potter, have come to the tiny English village of Alder for the summer. Their idea of a rural retreat gradually sours as the laws of nature begin to break down around them. The village, swollen by an annual rock festival of cataclysmic proportions, prepares to reap a harvest of horror.

Quote:

He straightened and walked towards the centre, the last of the flames nipping at his ankles, scorching the hair off his shins. He did not know where he was going.”

…but when he got there, Raphael was waiting.’


Professor Moriarty – The Hound of the D’UrbervillesMoriarty - The Hound of the D’Urbervilles
UK: Titan Books, 2011, PB. Add to Goodreads
ISBN: 0857682830
ISBN-13: 978-0857680839

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Imagine the twisted evil twins of Holmes and Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Prof. James Moriarty – wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, unpredictable – and Colonel Sebastian ‘Basher’ Moran – violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. Unravelling mysteries — all for their own gain.

Quote:

‘This man hates,’ Lestrade continued, ‘hates with a passion. The murders must be committed in a frenzy, yet there’s a coolness to them. He kills out on the street in broad darkness. He doesn’t just butcher, he dissects. And vampires aren’t easy to kill. Our man is not a simple lunatic. He has a reason.’


Time and RelativeTime and Relative

UK: Telos Publishing, 2001; HB. ISBN: 1903889030.
(Deluxe edition)
UK: Telos Publishing, 2001; HB. ISBN: 1903889022.
(Standard edition)

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This is the first novella in a new Doctor Who series. Called Time and Relative it features the Doctor and Susan, and is set before the start of the TV series itself.

The deluxe edition is a numbered limited edition publication that comes signed by Kim Newman, Bryan Talbot (artist of the full colour frontispiece), and BBC Books editor and popular Doctor Who novelist Justin Richards, who is supplying the foreword for the book. The standard edition is a plain hardback without any extra features.

Quote:

“We’ve been in 1963 for five months, I think. It seems like five months. But anywhen we stay, it always seems like five months. You might not think it possible to have spent five months in 1963 when it’s only March, but that’d only go to show how hidebound you are by the chronological system of ordering time.

‘Continuity, bah!’ Grandfather said yesterday or the day after. ‘Doesn’t exist, child. Except in the minds of the cretinously literal, like the singlehearts who clutter up this planet. Trying to sort it all out will only tie you up in useless knots forever.’ “


Life’s LotteryLIfe's Lottery

UK: Simon & Schuster, 1999; HB. ISBN: 0684840162
UK: Pocket Books, 2000; PB. ISBN: 0671015974

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Using the “choose-your-own-adventure” format, this book allows the reader to decide the fate Keith Marion, the protagonist of the novel.

Quote:

“My friend, you have a choice. Of course, you have a choice. You can go this way or that. You can call heads or tails. you can have coffee or tea.

It’s that simple.”


The QuorumThe Quorum

UK: Simon & Schuster, 1994; HB ISBN: 0671718525
USA: Carroll & Graf, 1994; HB ISBN: 0786701323
UK: Pocket Books, 1994; PB. ISBN: 0671852426
USA: Carroll & Graf, 1995; PB. ISBN: 0786702834

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This novel ranks as one of the scariest Kim has written, even though there is little overt horror in the book. Be careful of the Faustian bargins you make for there is always a price to pay. Watch out for an appearence by Dr. Shade…

Quote:

“He opened his eyes; his first image was green murk, shadows filtering down. Before the murk, there was nothing. He was new-formed. Yet his mind was full: he had language, knowledge, purpose. He had a name: Leech.”


JagoJago

UK: Simon & Schuster, 1991; HB ISBN: 0671717251
UK: Grafton, 1992; PB. ISBN: 0586213678
USA: Carroll & Graf, 1993; HB. 0881848689
UK: Pocket Books, 1997; PB. 0671855808

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In a tiny Somerset village dominated by a bizarre religious community, dreams and nightmares are beginning to come true. Creatures from local legend, science fiction and the dark side of man’s mind prowl the town.

Quote:

“He straightened and walked towards the centre, the last of the flames nipping at his ankles, scorching the hair off his shins. He did not know where he was going.”

…but when he got there, Raphael was waiting.


Bad DreamsBad Dreams

UK: Simon & Schuster, 1990; HB. ISBN: 0671717219
USA: Carroll & Graf, 1991; HB. 088184781X
UK: Grafton, 1992; PB. ISBN: 058621366X
USA: Carroll & Graf, 1995; PB. ISBN: 0786702273
UK: Pocket Books, 1999; PB. ISBN: 067101031X

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Anne Nielson, an American journalist, comes to London to investigate the strange death of her sister. Soon, she becomes sucked into a netherworld of corruption and perversion and is hurtled toward a final confrontation where she has only the dead as allies.

Quote:

“He was satisfied, glutted, complete. Beneath his helmet, the tangle of his hair, grey-streaked at dawn, was a match now for the purest sable. His lieutenants no longer remarked upon the changes in him. By now, they were used to his cycles and simply put his occasional youthful appearance down to sorcery.”


The Night MayorThe Night Mayor

UK: Simon & Schuster, 1989; HB. ISBN: 0671697064
USA: Carroll & Graf, 1990; HB ISBN: 0881846422
UK: NEL, 1990; PB. ISBN: 0450524663
USA: Carroll & Graf, 1992; PB. ISBN: 0881847682
UK: Pocket Books, 1999; PB ISBN: 0671010301

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Kim Newman’s debut novel. It has two Dreamers wandering through the warped 1950s film noir Dream world created by a MasterCriminal intent on escaping justice.

Quote:

“She put a hand in her pocket and felt the grip of the weapon. Juliet had given her a few pointers, but indream Susan found her experience as Vanessa Vail somehow more confidence-building. Vanessa could shoot the eye out of a gnat at fifty paces. Susan hoped the skill would come back to her if it came to guns.”

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