Gollancz has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to a literary thriller with an anti-apocalyptic streak, The Fireman, in a new direction for horror author Joe Hill.
The publisher, an imprint of Orion, announced the acquisition at The Gollancz Festival in Manchester this evening (16th October), where fans were given an exclusive premier of the book trailer and a short reading from Hill, which was streamed to fans live worldwide via Periscope
Attendees of the Gollancz Festival at Manchester Deansgate and at Waterstones London Piccadilly on 17th-18th October will be given sample material from the opening pages of the novel, also available online at thefiremanbook.co.uk.
Hill said: “It was great to be able to give fans attending the Gollancz Festival, both in person and digitally, the opportunity to hear and read The Fireman first.”
Hill will also be reading from The Fireman at his talk and signing events at Forbidden Planet, 6pm on 20th October; Waterstones Bristol, 7.30pm on 21st October; Birmingham, 7pm on 22nd October; and at Fantascycon in Nottingham on 23rd and 24th October, as well as visiting a number of bookstores in Cardiff, Bath, Oxford, Bicester and Nottingham to personally deliver 400 exclusive Fireman samplers.
Publisher Gillian Redfearn said: “Joe’s established fan base will love The Fireman, but we’re confident that this commercial thriller will take his career to new heights. It’s a fabulous story of hope and fighting for survival against all odds, which had me absolutely gripped. We are so excited to share this novel with readers.”
Hill is the author of Heart-Shaped Box, Horns and NOS4A2, all bestsellers, and the son of Stephen King: a fact he managed to conceal for close to a decade by writing under a semi-pseudonym. His second novel, Horns, was made into a major film starring Daniel Radcliffe last year.