Nick's debut novel The War in the Dark is a fabulous adventure with a brilliantly original character.
The full press release is here:
TITAN BOOKS AQUIRES DEBUT FROM SFX MAGAZINE FEATURES EDITOR NICK SETCHFIELD
Titan Books is delighted to announce the acquisition of the debut novel from SFX features editor Nick Setchfield, The War in the Dark. In a two book, World English Language rights deal struck between Titan Books editor Cat Camacho and agent Julie Crisp, of the Julie Crisp Literary Agency, who describes the titles as the “love child of John le Carré and Susanna Clarke,” The War in the Dark is the start of a brand new series.
The genre-defying series fuses together thriller and speculative fiction elements with dark fantasy and historical fiction in a hidden world at the heart of 1960s Europe, during a Cold War fought on the borders of this world. Speaking on the project author Setchfield describes the desire to “smash together the worlds of espionage and dark fantasy. There are so many fascinating parallels between magic and spycraft and it was great fun to watch these shadow realms collide on the page. I wanted to create a book that mixes everything I love: high adventure, high weirdness, the relentless, globe-hopping thrills of Indiana Jones, the atmosphere and intrigue of Ian Fleming’s original James Bond. But I also wanted to tell a human story about second chances in a postwar world on the edge of a new age.”
The series will follow British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter in a world of treachery, blood and magic; a world at war in the dark.
In book one Christopher Winter finds himself caught in a quest for an occult secret written in the language of fire, a secret that will give supremacy to any nation that possesses it. In a deadly race against the Russians Winter finds himself in a tense alliance with the lethal and mysterious Karina Lazarov as the chase takes him 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.
Speaking on the deal editor Camacho praised the book’s originality, calling it “a breathless page-turner, Nick’s writing runs away with the reader and pulls you into the world he has created,” adding “through his role at SFX Nick has been a long-time genre champion who has been hugely influential in shaping the scene we see today and it is an honour to be bringing out his first novel.”
The War in the Dark is scheduled to publish summer of 2018 simultaneously in the UK and US from Titan Books, with Australia and New Zealand to follow shortly after.
So all very exciting news. Keep watching this space for a few more announcements I've got to make in the next couple of weeks! :-)