Serpent's Tail senior commissioning editor Miranda Jewess will launch a new crime imprint, Viper, in November with 20 titles for its inaugural year.
Viper will launch with a party in central London on 7th November, with Viper's first novel, a "haunting police procedural", A Famished Heart, by Irish author Nicola White, to be published in February 2020.
Jewess says the list currently stands at 20 titles featuring a mix of debut authors, such as NPR senior editor Vikki Valentine writing under her pen name V L Valentine with The Plague Letters, and established names, such as David Jackson. His standalone thriller, The Resident, follows a serial killer on the run as he hides out in an abandoned house, only to realise he can access all the other houses on the terrace through the attic space, and begins to play deadly games. Viper will publish in July 2020.
The former acquisitions and managing editor at Titan Books joined the company as senior commissioning editor for Serpent’s Tail Crime in February to commission titles across the crime, thriller, and suspense genres.
Explaining the imprint's name, Jewess said: "We wanted a name that had a strong link to Serpent's Tail, but also hints at what the list is all about. It's young, punchy, and as you'd expect, has a pretty high body count."
Building on Serpent's Tail's history of crime fiction, Jewess added: "Viper is all about publishing new crime and thriller fiction, but our parameters aren't strict. Really I just love books that have a brilliant mystery at their heart."