HarperFiction has signed a "ghostly" novella collection by award-winning author Andrew Taylor.
Julia Wisdom, publisher for crime and fiction, acquired world English language rights in Broken Voices and Other Stories in a deal negotiated by Antony Topping at Greene & Heaton.
Taylor is the author of The American Boy, a WH Smith Richard and Judy book club title, and next year’s The Ashes of London, the first book of a new historical crime series. He has won awards including the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America, the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award (the only author to win it three times) and the CWA’s Diamond Dagger.
Wisdom said: "Andrew’s three ghost novellas, Broken Voices, The Leper House and The Scratch, are collected here to make a perfect fireside read for the cold winter months. Whether the setting is an icy cathedral close before World War 1, the storm-battered East Anglian coast, or the mysterious forest of Dean, these unnerving stories grip and disturb the reader in equal measure. We shall publish the collection in a beautiful, small-format hardback, timed for Christmas 2016, and the novellas separately as e-stories."
Taylor added: "I'm absolutely thrilled that HarperCollins is publishing these ghostly novellas as a collection for the first time, in both print and as e-books."
Topping said: "These stories break new ground for Andrew, and it’s exciting to see such a masterful writer add another genre to his list of talents."
Broken Voices and Other Stories will be published in hardback on 3rd November 2016 and paperback on 27th July 2017.