Titan Books has signed two new novels from Christina Henry, author of Alice, Red Queen and Lost Boy.
In a deal struck by Titan Books’ Cat Camacho and Penguin Random House US's Tawanna Sullivan, Titan Books bought the UK & Commonwealth (excluding Canada) English language rights to the forthcoming novels Red and The Ghost Tree by Henry.
Red will be a "welcome addition" for fans of Henry’s catalogue of dark fantasy tales inspired by classic children’s literature such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, said the publisher.
Scheduled to publish in 2019, Red is a post-apocalyptic retelling of the much-loved fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood set in a plague-wrecked America over-run with homegrown militia in which a young woman called Cordelia sets out to find her grandmother, only to discover the woods are deep and there are far worse things than wolves in the world.
Following in 2020 is The Ghost Tree, a book about mothers and daughters, about growing up and growing apart, and about things with sharp teeth that wait for girls to fall. This is an original fiction set in a town with a monstrous secret where once a year one girl dies mysteriously, but no one ever talks about it because in an area struck by the blight of dying industry only they have enjoyed the mysterious luck of prosperity as the years go by.
The publisher said: "Both titles feature Henry’s trademark dark prose and page-turning suspense, and are a welcome continuation of Titan Books and Christina Henry’s UK publishing programme alongside her strong back catalogue and this year’s The Mermaid, a feminist re-imagination of the legend of P.T. Barnum’s famous mermaid hoax, out in June."
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