Orenda Books has signed two new books in Matt Wesolowski's Six Stories "Serial-style" thriller series.
Karen Sullivan, publisher of Orenda Books, acquired world rights to the titles in a deal negotiated with the author.
The first book, Hydra, sees elusive online investigative journalist Scott King probe the “McLeod Massacre”, in which 26-year-old Arla McLeod bludgeons her parents and younger sister to death, seemingly without motive. Interviewing Arla and five key witnesses to the tragedy, King finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden ‘games’, online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children.
Sullivan said: "We published Matt’s debut thriller Six Stories in March of this year, and it’s been a runaway success, with our first reprint only a month after publication. Foreign rights have been sold in a number of territories, it was a WH Smith Fresh Talent pick for the spring, and Audible UK produced a magnificent 17-narrator audiobook. "Once again, Matt has written an original, dark and up-to-the-minute thriller that is also a classic murder mystery. We can’t wait to publish this coming January."
Film rights have been sold to a "major" Hollywood studio, with further details to be announced shortly, the publisher said.
Hydra will be published on 30th January 2018, with a subsequent instalment following a year later.