Neil Spring, novelist behind the historical thrillers The Ghost Hunters and The Watchers, and the forthcoming The Lost Village, has signed a new two-book deal with Quercus.
Kathryn Taussig, senior commissioning editor at Quercus acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in a deal struck by Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown.
Spring’s first title, provisionally called A Voice in the Walls, is a "spine-chiller" set on a remote farm on the Isle of Man, an area that became famous in the 1930s after reports of disembodied voices heard there. The new book will publish in hardback in Autumn 2018.
Spring’s second title will be a standalone psychological thriller, also based on a true story and which has already received interest from television development executives. Publication is slated for Autumn 2019.
Spring's The Ghost Hunters was adapted to make ITV film "Harry Price: Ghost Hunter" in 2015, starring Rafe Spall, and in 2016 screen rights for The Watchers were acquired by DNA Films and Television after an eight-way auction. It is now in development for "a major broadcaster", according to Quercus.
Taussig called Spring "a powerhouse of ambition and creative energy" and "a real asset" in the publishing process, to which Summerhayes added: "Neil has a brilliant eye for a cracking historical mystery and with Quercus’ ongoing support I am sure he will bring more and more fans to his unique style of storytelling."
Spring said: "Quercus’ strong position within Hachette, and the support of their committed editorial and publicity teams, means it’s an honour to be working with them on my next two books. These are suspense stories I hope will thrill and chill readers, and television audiences, alike."