Very excited to see a final cover for Nick Setchfield's The War in the Dark which Titan are publishing 17th July 2018.
Nick is a writer and features editor for SFX, Britain's best-selling magazine of genre entertainment in film, TV and books. A regular contributing writer to Total Film, he's also been a movie reviewer for the BBC and a scriptwriter for ITV's Spitting Image. The War in the Dark is his first novel. He lives in Bath.
A genre-defying page turner that fuses thriller and speculative fiction with dark fantasy in a hidden world in the heart of Cold War Europe.
Europe. 1963. And the true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light.
When the assassination of a traitor trading with the enemy goes terribly wrong, British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter must flee London. In a tense alliance with a lethal, mysterious woman named Karina Lazarov, he's caught in a quest for hidden knowledge from centuries before, an occult secret written in the language of fire. A secret that will give supremacy to the nation that possesses it.
Racing against the Russians, the chase takes them from the demon-haunted Hungarian border to treasure-laden tunnels beneath Berlin, from an impossible house in Vienna to a bomb-blasted ruin in Bavaria where something unholy waits, born of the power of white fire and black glass . . .
It's a world of treachery, blood and magic. A world at war in the dark.
The yellow will be gold foil so the whole book should really look stunning in its physical edition. Can't wait to see this when we get final copies!
Nick said about the cover:
'It was a genuine thrill to see this cover - and not only because it's my first real inkling that the story that's lived in my head for so long will soon be a physical object (I don't recommend putting physical objects inside your head, so I'm glad we’re doing it this way round). Cities – their architecture, and their secrets – are a huge part of the book, and this visual nails that sense of an ominous, shifting, darkly enchanted Europe, the backdrop to my heroes’ adventures. There’s something lovely and spidery and web-like about the map behind the title, hinting at patterns and threats behind the buildings. The title font is particularly fabulous: bold, characterful, just a little lethal at the edges. In all it’s an intriguing and enticing image, and I’m thrilled to have it fighting on the side of my words. My only concern: what if all those runes summon something unholy into the world’s bookshops?'