Triple whammy for Titan

Titan Books has made three acquisitions, including the official novelisation based on new Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises”.

Fiction editor Cath Trechman bought UK rights to Charlotte Markham and The House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino from Carolyn Bodkin of HarperCollins US.

The title, lined up for publication as b-format paperback and e-book in July, follows the titular young governess as she discovers a sinister alternate world called The Ending. Trechman said: “Charlotte Markham is an irresistible tale of gothic horror, mystery and magic. Michael Boccacino is an exciting new talent.”

Trechman also snapped up UK rights in an urban fantasy trilogy by scriptwriter Joanne Reay from Ben Mason at Fox Mason Ltd. Mason also sold US rights to Adam Wilson at S&S.

The first title, Lo’Life: Romeo Spikes is set in a world where creatures tempt human beings to suicide, and tackles topics such as self-harm and celebrity culture. Titan will publish as b-format paperback and e-book in autumn 2012, with the second titles to follow in 2013 and 2014. Reay will provide extra multimedia content or “Crawlspace”.

Trechman said: “This is one of the most original entries into the supernatural thriller genre from a fascinating new author."  

Titan also signed a deal to publish a novelisation of “The Dark Knight Rises” by Greg Cox in a licensing agreement with Warner Bros Consumer Products.

“Batman is one of the most iconic characters of popular culture,” Titan publisher Nick Landau said. “We’re tremendously excited to work with Warner Bros on the novelisation of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, especially since it is the culmination of everything Christopher Nolan has done with his amazing trilogy. This is a part of motion picture history.”

The book will be published on 24th July, the same day as the film opens in UK cinemas.