Sphere is set to publish a debut novel co-authored by actor and filmmaker Gary Oldman and film producer Douglas Urbanski.
Blood Riders tells the story of “vampire cowboys” and involves a mysterious man fleeing a curse in a town that the gold rush left behind.
The collaboration between Oldman and Urbanski is one that has spanned 30 years, as actor and manager, director and producer, as friends, and now as co-authors. The pair say they envision writing a series of books based around their character Magnus.
Oldman and Urbanski said in a joint statement: “We have always wanted to write a story of vampire cowboys, set in the Wild West, the gold rush—and we have had these characters and this story kicking around in our heads for years. We hope everyone is drawn to Magnus and we envision a series of books that follow his curse and struggles with the forces of good and evil, and also the ever present vampire ingredients of blood, and love.”
Sphere editorial director, Ed Wood, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Lisa Keim, vice president and director, subsidiary rights at Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
The novel will be published in hardback and e-book in October 2016, with a paperback scheduled for autumn 2017.
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