Debut author Fletcher to Quercus

<p>Quercus has bought the rights for two books by 24-year old debut novelist Tom Fletcher. Nick Johnston, trade fiction and non-fiction editor, acquired world rights from literary agent Nicholas Royle.<br /><br />The first title, <em>The Leaping,</em> centres around a group of former students working in a call centre in Manchester. To try and escape their daily boredom they buy a house in the Lake District but find that it is situated near a pack of werewolves. The book will be published as a B-format paperback original in July 2010. </p><p>Johnston said: &quot;Tom is a phenomenon &ndash; he&rsquo;s a young writer with an edgy, energetic and wholly original style who might just have invented the genre of call-centre horror, but he also knows the classics and is the rightful heir to that Lovecraftian maxim which says the things that scare us most are the ones we don&rsquo;t understand.&quot;<br /><br />His second novel,<em> The Thing on the Shore,</em> features some of the same characters as <em>The Leaping</em>. This is also set in a call centre, in which the phone system is taken over by an &quot;extradimensional entity&quot;. <em>The Thing on the Shore </em>will be published in summer 2011.<br /><br />&quot;[Fletcher] speaks for a generation that&rsquo;s got the highest level of university education in history, but has largely found themselves trapped in mind-numbing temp work,&quot; added Johnston. &quot;He&rsquo;s perfectly captured the fear and violence that lurk beneath the surface of our society.&quot;</p>