A Thing Without a Name: Announcing The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

I’m thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht, a twisted, thrilling, fun-packed fantasia of mad violence, sick revenge, and dark chemistry. The Monster of Elendhaven is a dark fantasy, a twisted tale of revenge set in an original world as oily and real as Jack the Ripper’s London. After a thing with no name washes up on the docks, empty, alone, and unable to die, he becomes obsessed with a frail young man who can twist minds with magic. Together, they launch a plan so dark and cruel that readers will find themselves cheering for blood, and for these avengers to consummate their horrible passion for each other. But the pair are being hunted by officials from the south, intent on saving the world from the horrors mages can unleash.

This novella gripped me from the first word, and the cruel, sexy energy ...

Should We Save Earth, or Abandon it for the Stars? Announcing Ruthanna Emrys’ Next Novel The Fifth Power

After the joy of watching Ruthanna Emrys turn the Cthulhu Mythos on its head with her groundbreaking, Locus and Crawford Award finalist novels Winter Tide and Deep Roots, readers have been eager to know what’s next for the author. I’m excited to provide the answer. With her next novel The Fifth Power, Ruthanna Emrys will look forward t0 the near-future, to a time when humanity’s earnest efforts to reverse climate change come into conflict with the arrival of aliens in Chesapeake Bay, who insist that the only way to survive is to leave Earth’s fragile cradle behind and join them among the stars.

The Fifth Power explores the tension between the drive to save our planet and the pull of escaping to the stars, and with her experience advocating for intelligent systems of governance that respect both human needs and ecological demands, Ruthanna Emrys is the perfect author ...

Should We Save Earth, or Abandon it for the Stars? Announcing Ruthanna Emrys’ Next Novel The Fifth Power

After the joy of watching Ruthanna Emrys turn the Cthulhu Mythos on its head with her groundbreaking, Locus and Crawford Award finalist novels Winter Tide and Deep Roots, readers have been eager to know what’s next for the author. I’m excited to provide the answer. With her next novel The Fifth Power, Ruthanna Emrys will look forward t0 the near-future, to a time when humanity’s earnest efforts to reverse climate change come into conflict with the arrival of aliens in Chesapeake Bay, who insist that the only way to survive is to leave Earth’s fragile cradle behind and join them among the stars.

The Fifth Power explores the tension between the drive to save our planet and the pull of escaping to the stars, and with her experience advocating for intelligent systems of governance that respect both human needs and ecological demands, Ruthanna Emrys is the perfect author ...

Online Repossessions and Strong AI: Announcing Repo Virtual by Corey J. White

It’s a special pleasure to guide an author through multiple stages of their early career. Since I acquired Corey J. White’s first novella, Killing Gravity, I’ve had the joy of watching his craft develop from book to book. In November he’ll complete his Voidwitch Saga trilogy with Static Ruin, capping off the story of Mariam Xi, one of the most interesting and dangerous characters in space. And now I have the honor of announcing that Tor.com Publishing has acquired Corey J. White’s debut novel, Repo Virtual, a cyberpunk heist story that layers action across real and virtual realities in the hunt for the first true strong AI. Repo Virtual was acquired in a deal negotiated by Martha Millard of Sterling Lord Literistic.

Corey J. White is a writer of science-fiction, horror, magical realism, and other, harder to define stories. He studied writing at Griffith University ...

Molly Returns in Tade Thompson’s The Survival of Molly Southbourne

I’m proud to announce that Tor.com will be publishing a sequel to Tade Thompson’s The Murders of Molly Southbourne. A finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, the British Science Fiction Award, and the Nommo Award, Thompson’s spine-chilling thriller introduced Molly Southbourne, a woman cursed to spawn murderous copies of herself any time she bleeds. The New York Times praised the novella as “A bold outpouring of flesh and crisis at once horrifying and familiar.” In the second chapter, The Survival of Molly Southbourne, we follow Molly on the run, hunted at every turn by unknown dangers that push her survival skills to their limit. This acquisition deal was negotiated by Alexander Cochran of C+W.

Tade Thompson lives and works in the south of England. He is the author of the Rosewater trilogy (winner of the Nommo Award and John W. Campbell finalist), The Murders ...

Introducing In Our Own Worlds, a New eBook Bundle from Tor.com Publishing

I grew up not knowing I was starving.

All my life, I’ve found myself in fantasy. My earliest memories are of the Shire and the riddle game, the Lonely Mountain and the Fellowship’s desperate flight to Moria. I remember how my mind changed and grew when I read Rand al’Thor feed his unquiet thoughts to the Flame and the Void. As a teenager I read The House of the Scorpion to pieces, languishing in the injustice inherent in the life of a clone grown for his organs, taking solace that at least my life was not his. But for far too long, I was missing a piece of the puzzle.

I found that piece reading submissions. When a young man’s breath caught at the sight of another man, something twanged in me, and I expanded. I’d known I was attracted to men for years, but I’d had no model for ...

Enter the Ninth House: Announcing Tamsyn Muir’s Debut Trilogy

I’m thrilled to announce the acquisition of a debut novel trilogy from Tamsyn Muir. The Ninth House trilogy—Gideon the NinthHarrow the Ninth, and Alecto the Ninth—is an epic science fantasy that blends necromantic theory and thrilling swordplay with a wicked, sacrilegious sense of humor; a modern mix of Dune, Riddick, and Gormenghast.

Brought up in the Ninth House by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse servant. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has other plans for her childhood nemesis. The Emperor has come calling, inviting the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. ...

After the Tempest: Tor.com Publishing Acquires Katharine Duckett’s Miranda in Milan

I’m thrilled to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired Katharine Duckett’s debut novella Miranda in Milan, a haunting story that reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

After the tempest, after the reunion, after her father drowned his books, Miranda was meant to enter a brave new world. Naples awaited her, and Ferdinand, and a throne. Instead she finds herself in Milan, in her father’s castle, surrounded by hostile servants who treat her like a ghost. Whispers cling to her like spiderwebs, whispers that carry her dead mother’s name. And though he promised to give away his power, Milan is once again contorting around Prospero’s dark arts. With only Dorothea, her sole companion and confidant to aid her, Miranda must cut through the mystery and find the truth about her father, her mother, and herself.

Katharine Duckett’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Apex MagazineInterzone...

Black Helicopters Circle Overhead as Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Signalman Returns

The Signalman, the enigmatic character introduced in this year’s tour de force novella Agents of Dreamland is coming back! Tor.com is proud to present two novellas from winner of multiple World Fantasy, Tiptree, Locus, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards, Caitlín R. Kiernan, with a new edition of her tour de force World Fantasy Award nominee Black Helicopters, and an entirely new follow-up story. Commissioning editor Jonathan Strahan said about it:

I fell in love with Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Black Helicopters when I read a fragment of it several years ago. Dark, incisive, and lyrical, like all of Caitlín’s best work, it was a remarkable achievement. It was also the precursor to Agents of Dreamland, which we published earlier this year and is one of the things I’m happiest and proudest to have worked on in my career. I’m delighted to be part of bringing Black ...

You Will Not Know Whether to Love or Fear These Books: Announcing 2 New Tensorate Novellas from JY Yang

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On September 26th you’ll be able to get your first tastes of JY Yang’s Tensorate series with The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune, twin standalone novellas that each offer entry into a deep and fascinating series that the author described as “Dragon Age meets Jurassic World meets Star Wars meets Mad Max” in an interview with io9.

The first line you read introduces a former prophet responding to her squad through a quantum-entangled remote communication device…

While directing her pack of raptors to hunt a sky-spanning monster…

While seated atop another, larger raptor.

It was the characters who convinced me that I absolutely had to buy Yang’s books. I instantly fell in love with the anxious and desperate Mokoya, who crushes her irreplaceable talker with magic because she’s too upset to try and understand it. I find myself constantly thinking of her twin ...

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A New Novel Written Entirely in Verse. Announcing Jane Yolen’s Finding Baba Yaga

Art by by Magdalena Pagowska Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that we will be publishing Jane Yolen’s next book Finding Baba Yaga, a verse novel exploring the legacy of the great, iconic, Russian fairy tale witch who lives in a house in the woods that walks about on chicken feet. Finding Baba Yaga was acquired for Tor.com Publishing by Senior Editor Susan Chang in a deal facilitated by Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown Ltd. Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of over 350 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. A graduate of Smith College, with a Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts, she was recently named an unsung heroine of Massachusetts (though she’d say, “Hey—I’m sung!”) Her books and stories have won two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott ...
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Tor.com Acquires the Third Centenal Cycle Novel from Malka Older

malkaolder-centenal Malka Older’s 2016 debut novel Infomocracy swept readers into a frighteningly relevant world of big ideas, global government, and sinister machinations, in what The Huffington Post called “one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history.” It was named one of the best books of 2016 by The Washington Post, The Verge, Flavorwire, Kirkus, and Book Riot. Malka Older will continue her groundbreaking Centenal Cycle in 2017 with Null States, in which predators rise at the edges of the powerful Information’s control, and we’re proud to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired a third novel to cap off this exciting trilogy. Malka Older’s bold vision of the future springs from years of experience in humanitarian aid and development. She has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali, and in 2015 was named Senior Fellow for Technology ...

Devote Yourself to Cthulhu with Five Days of Winter Tide

wintertide-crop While any editor with a lick of political sense will tell you they love EVERY book they have the honor to publish, today I’m going to admit to playing favorites. Winter Tide holds a special place in my heart, and I think over the course of this week you’ll begin to see why. The first novel from debut author Ruthanna Emrys kicks off a new historical fantasy series, the Innsmouth Legacy, that could enrapture readers for years to come. It’s about Aphra Marsh, last survivor of the Innsmouth internment camps, working with the U.S. government that imprisoned her people to prevent a magical war with the USSR. It’s about the found family she wraps around herself in a world she no longer recognizes. It’s about survival in the face of annihilation, kindness under the shadow of cruelty, and love as an antidote to hatred. I first met Aphra Marsh ...
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Devote Yourself to Cthulhu with Five Days of Winter Tide

wintertide-crop While any editor with a lick of political sense will tell you they love EVERY book they have the honor to publish, today I’m going to admit to playing favorites. Winter Tide holds a special place in my heart, and I think over the course of this week you’ll begin to see why. The first novel from debut author Ruthanna Emrys kicks off a new historical fantasy series, the Innsmouth Legacy, that could enrapture readers for years to come. It’s about Aphra Marsh, last survivor of the Innsmouth internment camps, working with the U.S. government that imprisoned her people to prevent a magical war with the USSR. It’s about the found family she wraps around herself in a world she no longer recognizes. It’s about survival in the face of annihilation, kindness under the shadow of cruelty, and love as an antidote to hatred. I first met Aphra Marsh ...
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Tor.com Publishing Acquires Witchmark and a Sequel from C. L. Polk

Photo credit: Blake Rothwell Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that we have acquired two novels from debut author C. L. Polk, Witchmark and an as-yet-untitled sequel. Witchmark is a fantasy novel about Miles Singer, a war doctor who fakes his death to work at a cash-strapped veteran’s hospital. When a fatally poisoned patient exposes the doctor’s secret healing powers, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. Witchmark and its sequel were acquired by consulting editor Justin Landon, in a deal with Caitlin McDonald at Donald Maass Literary Agency. C. L. Polk wrote her first story in grade school and still hasn’t learned any better. After spending years in strange occupations and wandering western Canada, she settled in southern Alberta with her rescue dog Otis. She has a fondness for knitting, bicycles, and single estate coffee. C. L. has had short stories published in Baen’s ...

Logic Makes Monsters: Announcing Mandelbrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska

Photo credit: Mette Lampcov Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that consulting editor Ann VanderMeer has acquired Mandelbrot the Magnificent, a historical fantasy novella, from author Liz Ziemska. The novella presents a fantastical version of the life of Benoit Mandelbrot as he and his family flee the spreading threat of the Nazis, from the Warsaw ghetto to Paris to rural France. As antisemitism encroaches ever closer on Mandelbrot’s life, he relies more and more heavily on the magic of mathematics, through which he may find salvation for his family and himself. Liz Ziemska is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Interfictions:2, Strange HorizonsBest American Science Fiction and FantasyThe Pushcart Prize XLI, and has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She lives in Los Angeles, and is represented by Renée Zuckerbrot of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. Liz had this to say ...

Announcing a New Novella by Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that consulting editor Ellen Datlow has acquired The Twilight Pariah a new dark fantasy novella from Jeffrey Ford. Three friends home from college decide to excavate an abandoned outhouse on the edge of town, in the hopes of discovering treasure or adventure. Instead they find a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid and the bizarre skeleton of a horned child. Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, and The Shadow Year. His short story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, Crackpot Palace, and A Natural History of Hell. Ford’s short fiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. Both books and stories have been translated into nearly ...

Announcing Two Novellas by Margaret Killjoy

Killjoy Headshot Tor.com is proud to announce that we have acquired a series of two novellas from Margaret Killjoy. The first novella, The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, follows Danielle Cain, a queer punk rock traveler, into the squatter utopia of Freedom, Iowa, where she searches for clues about her best friend’s suicide. She discovers that the people of Freedom summoned help to maintain their free community, and the spirit they brought into this world now presides over the town as judge and executioner. These novellas were acquired for Tor.com Publishing by Tor Books editor Diana Pho. Margaret Killjoy is a genderqueer author, born and raised in Maryland, who has spent their adult life traveling with no fixed home. A life on the road has given them a healthy respect for hobos, street kids, and other elements of the criminal class. A 2015 graduate of Clarion West, Margaret’s short fiction ...

Music to Stop the World: Announcing A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw

Khaw-Hammers Hammers on Bone, Cassandra Khaw’s first Tor.com Publishing novella is available to read right now, and I highly recommend you get to doing so. The book blends the hard-boiled aesthetic of neo-noir with the isolating horrors of the Cthulhu mythos in ways you’re sure to find fresh and original. However, if you need another reason to invest in the book, we’ve got just the thing for you. I’m happy to announce that I’ve acquired another novella in the world of Hammers on Bone for Tor.com Publishing! A Song for Quiet is a standalone follow-up to Hammers on Bone. Rambling bluesman Deacon Jones meets trouble on his journey from Georgia to Arkham—visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying an seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it ...

Tor.com Publishing Opening to Fantasy Novellas on October 12th

publishing-banner Tor.com Publishing will soon be reopening to unsolicited novella submissions! Starting October 12, Lee Harris and Carl Engle-Laird will be reading and evaluating original novellas submitted by hopeful authors to http://submissions.tor.com/tornovellas/. You can find full guidelines here, and we highly recommend you read the guidelines before submitting. We will be open for three months, beginning on October 12th around 9:00 AM EDT (UTC-4:00) and ending on January 12th around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-5:00). We may extend this period depending on how many submissions we receive over the course of the open period. Until the end of this open period, Tor.com will only be considering novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words that fit the epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, high fantasy, or quest fantasy genres, whether set on Earth or on an original fantasy world. However, we will only be considering novellas ...