Aconyte Books https://aconytebooks.com Extraordinary Books from Astonishing Worlds Tue, 08 Sep 2020 09:14:33 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://aconytebooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-Aconyte-Logo-WEB-site-icon-3-32x32.jpg Aconyte Books https://aconytebooks.com 32 32 161413448 Triage and Tempus attempt their first solo mission https://aconytebooks.com/book-announcement/triage-and-tempus-attempt-their-first-solo-mission/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=triage-and-tempus-attempt-their-first-solo-mission https://aconytebooks.com/book-announcement/triage-and-tempus-attempt-their-first-solo-mission/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 11:30:34 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=9151 This week we have the newest Marvel cover to show off as we take a further look at Liberty and Justice For All, by Carrie Harris

Two exceptional students face their ultimate test when they answer a call for help, in the first thrilling Xavier’s Institute novel, focused on the daring exploits of Marvel’s mutant heroes.

As part of their training at the New Charles Xavier Institute, Triage and Tempus are allowed to attempt their first solo flying mission. Some way into their mission, they pick up an urgent SOS message – Sentinels are attacking a superpowered mutant, who is struggling to protect an injured politician. When they abandon their lesson and answer the call, however, the identity of both will cause the two young X-Men far more problems than they bargained for.

and now, THE COVER…

Our Xavier’s Institute cover is by the incredibly talented illustrator Anastasia Bulgakova, who we commissioned to create Triage and Tempus in a classic action pose, ready to defend themselves. We wanted them to be both fierce and determined, but very much out of their depth. I think Anastasia got it spot on! She’s even managed to sneak in a subtle “X” shape in the background as well.

Xavier's Institute: Liberty & Justice for All by Carrie Harris

Join us next week on Facebook as we discuss the cover in more detail as a team.

Look out for an exclusive interview between Carrie and the Marvel team over on marvel.com in the coming weeks!

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Out in the Wilds! Wrath of N’kai and Tales from the Crucible available to buy now! https://aconytebooks.com/news/out-in-the-wilds-wrath-of-nkai-and-tales-from-the-crucible-available-to-buy-now/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=out-in-the-wilds-wrath-of-nkai-and-tales-from-the-crucible-available-to-buy-now Wed, 02 Sep 2020 14:42:04 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=9099 From Sept 1st in the USA, you can walk to your local bookshop or gaming store and pick up a copy of Arkham Horror: Wrath of N’kai and KeyforgeTales from the Crucible to take home and read. If you don’t feel like walking (no judgment here) then you can also order the ebook to be delivered straight to your reader of choice from anywhere in the world (that we have the rights to sell in). We’ve made it even easier by adding all the links below.

If you want to check out the story before you buy you can read FREE excerpts of them. You’ll find Wrath of N’kai here, and Tales from the Crucible here.

We celebrated our very first publishing day with a Facebook Live chat about the books, ate some cake, and drank some bubbly, you can watch it here:

First up let’s take a look at Arkham Horror: Wrath of N’kai by Josh Reynolds

The first in a new range of novels of eldritch adventure from the wildly popular Arkham Horror, an international thief of esoteric artifacts stumbles onto a nightmarish cult in 1920s New England.

 

Where to find Arkham HorrorWrath of N’kai

Amazon US
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Books.A.Million
!ndigo

Reviews

Wrath of N’kai is yet more evidence, were it needed, that Reynolds is the reigning master of the occult detective genre. There is no one who does it better, and Wrath of N’kai should take pride of place in anyone’s occult horror collection.” – SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer

“A great and engaging story that tells a new tale of the Cthulhu mythos while dropping in a few famous faces. Wrath of N’kai is an excellent book to kickstart this new series which, if this entry is anything to go by, is going to be a big hit with fans both old and new.” – Mass Movement

“Reynolds brings Arkham to life with the towns’ rich atmosphere and skilfully crafted cast of characters. Wrath of N’kai truly feels like a game of Arkham Horror in page form and any fan of occult horror would be happy to have this in their collection.” – The Great Old Ones Gaming

Wrath of N’kai is wearing its pulpy heart on its sleeve. This is a fast-paced story that doesn’t burden you with more detail than the story really needs. All-in-all a satisfying read.” – Fistful of Meeples

“A Lovecraftian piece of pulp fiction set in the classic 1920’s era. Tough guys, tougher women, blazing guns, eldritch horrors. What more could you want?” – NetGalley

“A solid entry in the canon. This makes Wrath of N’kai both a good introduction to the setting and a worthwhile read for the longtime fan.” – Strange Assembly

 

Download and listen to an exclusive interview with Josh Reynolds from Great Old Ones Gaming

And now, Keyforge: Tales from the Crucible edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells

Take a whirlwind tour to the incredible planet of a million fantasy races, the Crucible, in this wild science fantasy anthology from the hit new game, KeyForge.

 

Where to find Tales from the Crucible

Amazon US
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble
IndieBound
Books.A.Million
!ndigo

 

Reviews

“I absolutely loved every minute of reading this anthology… If KeyForge as a game is even a tenth as fun, enjoyable, and heartening as Tales from the Crucible, then it will have found a dedicated fan in me and, I’m certain, many other readers.” – SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer

“The collection flows really well from one story into another with aspects of the universe introduced in earlier stories being built upon in later ones… [Tales from the Crucible is] an amazing introduction to the world of KeyForge.” – Big Geordie Geek

“Think Pinky and the Brain with monsters and Martians, and you won’t be too far off. Brilliant.” – Track of Words The Perfect Organism by C L Werner

“I found each of the stories in this book to be an easy and delightful read. Each story has its own twists and turns, character moments, and surprises… I’m really itching to get Keyforge back to the table soon. Not only that but when I do play again, I feel as if I’ll be paying more attention to each card I play.” – Boards & Swords

“I really enjoyed the book. From its fast-paced, action-packed opener to its frolicking and fun ending. I was engaged throughout.”
– Rae Reads

“I found the creativity shown by the authors in this book to be outstanding and they let their imaginations run riot building a world full of very complex characters that the reader invests in, very enjoyable read indeed.”
– NetGalley

“Evocative cunningly plotted and the most unusual stories in the anthology.”
– SciFi and Fantasy Reviewer on Wibble and Pplimz, Investigators for Hire by M Darusha Wehm

 

Track of Words spoke to our editor Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells (aka Lottie) about the new KeyForge short story anthology Tales from the Crucible. Read on here

 

But wait… there’s more… it’s Giveaway time!

We would love to see the books out in the wild across our social media feeds. So, if you get your hands on one or both before the end of September take a photo and pop it on your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram tagging us and using the hashtag #aconytegiveawayUS. The photo that tickles the Aconyte team the most will win physical copies of ALL our paperback books published until the end of 2020!

We will be showing off our favorites each week on social media, on the website and in our newsletters.

Take pictures of them on your or your gaming stores shelf, with your games, while you’re out in the park or when socially distancing on your commute. Anything goes, just make us smile!

The competition will run Sept 1st – 30th for all residents of the USA and Canada. Please make sure you tag @aconytebooks and use the hashtag #aconytegiveawayUS to be entered. For more info email contact@aconytebooks.com
 
For those of you in the UK and EU, we’re sorry but you’ll have to wait another month to get your hands on a copy of the book. Don’t worry though, we’ll be running the same giveaway for you all in October.

To our readers across the pond, go get dressed or open up your laptop, and get your hands on a copy of our very first published novels. Then jump on social media and let us know how much you loved them because we guarantee, you will!

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It’s Competition Time! https://aconytebooks.com/news/its-competition-time/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=its-competition-time Wed, 02 Sep 2020 12:07:12 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=9113 We would love to see the books out in the wild across our social media feeds. So, if you get your hands on one or both before the end of September take a photo and pop it on your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram tagging us and using the hashtag #aconytegiveawayUS. The photo that tickles the Aconyte team the most will win physical copies of ALL our paperback books published until the end of 2020!

We will be showing off our favorites each week on social media, the website, and in our newsletters.

Take pictures of them on your or your gaming stores shelf, with your games, while you’re out in the park or when socially distancing on your commute. Anything goes, just make us smile!

The competition will run Sept 1st – 30th for all residents of the USA and Canada. Please make sure you tag @aconytebooks and use the hashtag #aconytegiveawayUS to be entered. For more info email contact@aconytebooks.com
 
 
For those of you in the UK and EU, we’re sorry but you’ll have to wait another month to get your hands on a copy of the book. Don’t worry though, we’ll be running the same giveaway for you all in October.
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UK Games Expo Schedule of Events https://aconytebooks.com/news/uk-games-expo-schedule-of-events/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=uk-games-expo-schedule-of-events Thu, 20 Aug 2020 16:30:45 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=9024
This weekend (21st-23rd August) the team will be attending UK Games Expo Online. This is normally the UK’s biggest board game convention, but with COVID-19 ongoing it has been switched to online. While we are sad to not be there in person, we are excited that people from all over the world can tune in and enjoy the event.

We have a lot of events scheduled throughout the weekend and would love to see you in chat to ask questions and learn more about what we’ve been up to and our plans for 2021. You’ll find us on stand 1820 in the virtual hall, and we have put together a schedule of when you can join us live in chat (all times are BST).

Friday 6pm: Welcome to UK Games Expo. Meet the team!
Join the team as we discuss what we’ve been up to over lockdown, what we’re working on AND what 2021 holds for Aconyte Books.

Friday 7pm: Special Announcement
Join Marc and Anjuli as they discuss an exciting new project the team have been working on.

Saturday 11am: Making Games into Novels

Join Marc Gascoigne and James Wallis for an informal fireside chat about their experiences turning games into novels.

Saturday 12-2pm: Lunchtime games and chat with the team
Join the team over on Facebook as we chat about our projects, enjoy a spot of lunch together, and play some games thanks to UK Games Expo and Tabletopia. Lottie will probably win them all

 
Saturday 2pm: New Book Reveal!
Join Anjuli Smith and David Guymer as they chat about his newest book, not yet announced, and we show off the cover for the first time! We’ll also be taking questions from the chat.
 
Saturday 4pm: Richard Lee Byers talks MARVEL
Join Anjuli Smith and Richard Lee Byers as they discuss his upcoming novel The Head of Mimir. This is the first in our new Legends of Asgard series and we’ll be taking questions from the chat.

Saturday 6-8pm: Aconyte Books Presents A Keyforge Live RPG
We are excited to share with you a first look at the exciting new Keyforge RPG from FFG. Anjuli is an experienced GM who will be taking the authors from our newest anthology Keyforge: Tales from the Crucible on an epic heist in Quantum City. This original story and the character sheets will also be available for free download after the show. Guests are David Guymer, Thomas Parrott, Tristan Palmgren, Robbie MacNiven & M K Hutchins.

Sunday 11am: Navigating RPG Lore
Are you intrigued by long-established RPGs with well-developed settings? Have you been excited by fans sharing their love for the fantastic geographies and incredible histories? Or is the complex mythology and enthusiastic fan base off-putting, a barrier to enjoying those richly detailed worlds? Panel discussion on IP lore, with Anjuli focusing on Legend of the Five Rings.

 
Sunday 12pm: Lunchtime games and chat with the team
Join the team over on Facebook as we chat about our projects, enjoy a spot of lunch together, and play some games thanks to UK Games Expo and Tabletopia.

Sunday 1-4pm: The Recycled Boy. Tales from the Loop Live play
Anjuli takes 5 kids back to the 80s that never was in a mystery tale from Free League. Using the Tales from the Loop system the game will run via Free League’s YouTube channel, make sure to set a reminder!

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A Cover So Beautiful, It’ll Haunt Your Dreams https://aconytebooks.com/news/a-cover-so-beautiful-itll-haunt-your-dreams/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-cover-so-beautiful-itll-haunt-your-dreams https://aconytebooks.com/news/a-cover-so-beautiful-itll-haunt-your-dreams/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:02:19 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=8977 Dark incantations expose the minds of Miskatonic University students to supernatural horrors, in this chilling mystery novel of Arkham Horror

The mysterious disappearance of a gifted student at Miskatonic University spurs his troubled roommate, Elliott Raslo, into an investigation of his own. But Elliott already struggles against the maddening allure of a ceaseless chant that only he can hear… When Elliott’s search converges with that of a Greenland Inuk’s hunt for a stolen relic, they are left with yet more questions. Could there be a connection between Elliott’s litany and the broken stone stele covered in antediluvian writings that had obsessed his friend? Learning the answers will draw them into the heart of a devilish plot to rebirth an ancient horror.

and now, THE COVER…

You may recognize the art-deco style of this one as that of The Last Ritual, which we announced at the end of last year. We asked the master of the surreal and the wonderful, John Coulthart to create for us another stunning piece of art. We’re very happy he said yes.

…and what does Ari think of the cover?

“The overall style feels very 20s–my first thought when I saw it was that it put me in mind of The Great Gatsby–while still capturing both a subtly creepy/horrific feel. I particularly appreciate the artistic flourishes in the border art, given the presence of a Kalaallit Inuit character among the protagonists. Very nicely done”. 

Interview with Ari Marmell:

You’re no stranger to the tie-in fiction world, with novels set in the worlds of Darksiders, Magic: The Gathering as well as RPGs. What made you want to pitch and write a story set in Arkham?
 
Precisely because it is Arkham. I’m a fan of the sort of cosmic/inhuman horror that Lovecraft helped pioneer. I’ve previously written some Lovecraft-inspired short stories, and I’ve occasionally included minor elements of that kind of horror in my fantasy novels. But I’ve never had the opportunity to play in the actual Mythos sandbox, so to speak, nor to write an entire novel-length work of that particular tone and feel. The chance to not only work in the tone of Lovecraft but with his actual toys, so to speak–and to do so from new angles and sensibilities–was far too enticing to pass up.
 
This is the first of our novels to be set within the Miskatonic University. Why did you choose this as your setting for the tale?
 
Honestly, it was barely even a conscious decision. I knew, with the story I was envisioning, that some of the characters had an academic background and that the plot and character motivations would partially revolve around an institution focused on both research and archaeology. Given my desire to make use of the Mythos as written, and the game on which the line is based, it wouldn’t have made sense to me not to use Miskatonic.
 
Arkham Horror is a much-beloved game famous for its cosmic horror. Up until now, our range has been more Pulp mystery than horror based. Is that all about to change?
 
I’d say so, yes. The book isn’t 100% horror start to finish–there are certainly mystery aspects to it–but I would overall call it horror novel, in terms of general category. As I said above, that–to me–remains the essence of what Lovecraft, and the sub-genre he inspired. And again, even my non-horror fantasy frequently includes some fairly dark scenes. I want to be clear that I’m speaking solely of my own preferences as a writer here, not about what anyone else should choose to write or read–but for me, writing in a Lovecraft-inspired setting without the substantial focus on the horror would have felt wrong, and as a missed opportunity.

 

When Ari Marmell has free time left over between feeding cats and posting on social media, he writes a little bit. His work includes novels, short stories, role-playing games, and video games, all of which he enjoyed in lieu of schoolwork when growing up. Ari currently resides in Austin, Texas. He lives in a clutter that has a moderate amount of apartment in it, along with George—his wife—and the aforementioned cats, who probably want something.

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Marvel and Aconyte Books Show Off The First “Heroines” And “Legends of Asgard” Prose Novels https://aconytebooks.com/news/marvel-and-aconyte-books-show-off-the-first-heroines-and-legends-of-asgard-prose-novels/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=marvel-and-aconyte-books-show-off-the-first-heroines-and-legends-of-asgard-prose-novels Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:25:58 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=8856 Awesome new fiction coming this October starring Domino and Heimdall

Here’s a first look at the pair of brand-new prose novels that kick off Aconyte’s series set in the incredible worlds of Marvel Comics.

The Heroines line commences in fine style with DOMINO in her first prose novel, STRAYS. The job was to infiltrate a Chicago conman’s cult to liberate some brainwashed twins, but for former X-Force operative Domino, that’s a “hell no.” Fanatics are bad news. She still has nightmares about Project Armageddon, the super-soldier program that wrecked her life and destroyed her family. If only she’d had someone to help her back then, someone… like her. Maybe it is time to finally face those demons. With her probability manipulating super-powers, she can turn even the worst of situations to her advantage.

Cover art by Joey HiFI

Author Tristan Palmgren, the writer of the acclaimed SF novel Quietus, loved getting to grips with his subject: “I especially loved finding Domino’s voice, her acid sense of humor, but most especially the way she’s unafraid to act in ways other heroes don’t see as heroic. Domino understands the difference between a principled decision and the right decision, and she’ll go for right over principled every day. Even when it costs her.”

Meanwhile, in the Ten Realms, the Legends of Asgard strand relates an epic saga of the young Heimdall, as he goes in search of THE HEAD OF MIMIR. It was a dark time for Asgard. The Allfather was trapped in a bewitched Odinsleep, inspiring an all-out assault from the Frost Giants. They evade the gods’ defenses with uncommon ease as if guided by augury. Heimdall, a quick-witted young warrior still finding his place amongst Asgard’s defenders, believes it no coincidence that Odin lies enchanted and that the Giants are so well-informed. Sneaking into Odin’s inner chambers, he discovers that the severed head of Mimir, a great source of wisdom, is missing. Accompanied by his sister, Lady Sif, Heimdall must quest across the Nine Realms to retrieve it, lest mighty Asgard fall.

Cover art by Grant Griffin

Our storyteller for this tale, Richard Lee Byers, is a popular author with many fantasy and science fiction tales to his name. He said: “Heimdall’s a pretty important guy in Marvel’s vision of Asgard, but the comics haven’t yet revealed a great deal about his background. That’s especially true of his early days, which makes them fertile ground for a writer. I’m hoping Marvel fans would like to know what launched this dude on the path that ended with him being the All-Seer of the Rainbow Bridge.”

 

Both novels come in trade paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats, available at bookshops and online retailers.

Coming next: Doctor Doom in The Harrowing of Doom, and Aconyte’s first visit to Xavier’s Institute in Liberty & Justice For All.

Find out more and sign up for advance news in our secret newsletter at aconytebooks.com

 

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information visit marvel.com. © 2020 MARVEL

 

 

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New Book & Cover Reveal for Arkham Horror Fans https://aconytebooks.com/news/new-book-cover-reveal-for-arkham-horror-fans/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-book-cover-reveal-for-arkham-horror-fans Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:00:07 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=8479 Today we have a very special surprise for you all. We’ve kept very silent about this book, but now is the time to introduce you to our next Arkham Horror novel, Mask of Silver, set during the Hollywood boom of silent horror movies. Expect mild psychological unease, shadowy contrasts, and undiluted depictions of terror as Rosemary Jones takes us on an occult journey through our own nightmares.

We caught up with Rosemary over in Seattle, to hear some more about the novel and her love of the silent movie era.

A stunning return to Arkham Horror when a movie director shoots his silent horror masterpiece in eerie Arkham, capturing crawling nightmares instead of moving pictures, in this chilling novel of creeping dread.

Hollywood make-up artist and costumier, Jeany Lin, travels to Arkham to work on the new “nightmare movie” by enigmatic director Sydney Fitzmaurice. The star is her sister, Renee Love, Sydney’s collaborator and lover. Desperate to outdo the thrills and terror of Lon Chaney’s popular pictures, Sydney prepares occult-infused dream sequences for Love and her co-stars to perform. But there’s more than mere imagery at play as the cast suffers recurring nightmares, accidents, and impossible waking visions. When events take a sinister turn and people start dying on set, it’s up to Jeany to unmask the monsters before Sydney’s obsessions doom them all.

and now, THE COVER…

We asked artist Daniel Strange to create a cover that evoked the style of 1920s-30s movie posters. We wanted it to draw on the horror and film noir of the silent movie era, and we feel he absolutely nailed it!

The reaction from Rosemary when she saw the cover…

“Oh my gosh, it’s gorgeous!  I’m so impressed. He’s a wonderful artist. Please tell Dan “thank you!” from me.  What a lovely old movie poster style for the design. Love the fonts and the use of quote marks around the title – that’s very much in the style of 1920s movie posters! As is the screamer in the top circle”.

We think she liked it…

ROSEMARY JONES

Your first two novels are part of Wizard of the Coast’s long-running Forgotten Realms series. Are you a D&D fan yourself?

I started gaming by joining a D&D campaign in college and now play RPG games of all kinds. I will never turn down an opportunity to gather with friends for RPG, board games, or card games—and because most of my friends love fantasy, there’s usually a fantastical element to those games. But D&D remains my comfort food, like a good melted cheese sandwich and a cup of tomato soup. For the current pandemic, an author friend started a weekly D&D game, in a socially distant and responsible manner, through Roll20. That software platform lets us have players from two continents and multiple time zones—and I thought to schedule in-person games was difficult before! Besides D&D, I’ve enjoyed several horror/dark fantasy RPGs based on Lovecraft, as well as the Arkham Horror board game. So I was delighted to be offered a chance to write in this setting.

Mask of Silver is set around the filming of a silent horror movie. Were there any films in particular that inspired you or worked as a muse while you were writing?

I’ve wanted to mix fantasy and silent films for some time. From about 1915 through 1925, a crazy period of experimentation and independent filmmaking exploded all around the world. The business boomed—much like the social media boom at the start of this century—and “anything goes” was the motto as far as plots and stunts, often to the danger of the cast and the crew. Although American theater wasn’t much safer! I have one character in the book talk about being placed in a cage with a live lion as a toddler for a melodrama performance, an incident that actually happened to the young Gish sisters multiple times. They survived the circus lion act and became the real-life queens of the silent movies.
 
As this freewheeling movie business became a major money machine by 1920, the entrepreneurs and experimenters started being pushed into studio systems geared to making big profits for the investors. Three major stars and a director—Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith—created United Artists in 1919 so they could gain greater control over their royalties and artistic output. By the summer of 1923, when the novel is set, scandals like the Fatty Arbuckle trial and William Taylor’s murder have created negative press about the entire industry. All the studios scrambled to stay in control of their product and keep the money rolling while worrying about possible government-imposed moral codes. All of which puts additional pressure on my fictional director, his cast and crew, and his somewhat mysterious studio bosses. In the novel, the films obviously influencing the characters are the horror movies starring actor/make-up wizard Lon Chaney as well as more experimental works like “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari.”
 
A few other influences include the writings and careers of women who worked in the early film industry and in the New York theater scene, particularly movie star Anna May Wong, screenwriter Anita Loos (Gentleman Prefer Blondes), producer/director Eva Le Gallienne, and the bestselling author Mary Roberts Rinehart, whose 1908 novel The Circular Staircase became the “The Bat” (1920) on Broadway and in the films.
 
Arkham Horror is a much-loved Lovecraftian world. What aspects of the lore did you find most interesting when writing Mask of Silver?

I adored bringing in the characters from the board and card game, such as Ashcan Pete and his faithful canine pal Duke popping up where least expected or Agnes dispensing coffee and advice at Velma’s Diner. I also have to give a huge wave of the tentacle to Leslie S. Klinger’s massive two-volume annotated Lovecraft collections. Without volume 2, I would never have known that Lovecraft wrote an “as told by Harry Houdini” story about exploring tombs in Egypt: “Under the Pyramids.” Because I’m a book nerd as much as a gamer geek, I read Robert W. Chambers, a 19th-century writer who set his horror stories in a future 1920s, and was the originator of the cursed King in Yellow play. Chambers’ fans will spot his influence on a certain movie script.

And a bonus question, because Anjuli really wants to know…

When did you start watching silent movies?

Well, obviously, I was born long after the heyday of the silent movie. But as a reporter just out of college, I covered the Seattle International Film Festival. An early assignment was interviewing an organist in his 20s who went around the country to play accompaniment for silent movies made decades before he was born. After that, I met several other people who had fallen in love with early cinema, including some who worked restoring “lost” films. All were madly passionate about the art form. They spoke about how these films shouldn’t be seen on poorly made DVDs but in theaters. And how these films are much more diverse and interesting than the two or three that are always studied in film classes. So these silent movie fans found theaters with proper projection systems, discovered music in attics, and would travel to strange places for a can of badly deteriorating film. Their singular passion to show these movies to modern audiences taught me how fantastic silent movies were.
 
Seattle’s blessed to have a Paramount theater, built at the end of the silent movie era, with the original “rise up out of the floor” Mighty Wurlitzer Organ still working. STG, the group running the Paramount, regularly does “Silent Movie Mondays” with an accomplished organist on the Wurlitzer. It’s amazing to experience a film like “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” in that setting. STG, the Seattle International Film Festival, and other local art and cultural groups have worked very hard over the years to present the range of silent films that have survived. Besides the big American horror films of Lon Chaney and Tod Browning and those great German Expressionist movies like “Nosferatu” or “Caligari,” they’ve shown very early French cinema, Asian silent movies, and too often forgotten female directors, writers, and stars. Recently the Paramount featured the work of African-American director Oscar Micheaux, who made his first silent feature film in 1919 and went on to make forty-four more films. His own life would make a great movie and is one of those “why don’t we know more about this artist” frustrations of lost cinema history. Today, you can find many good examples of silent movies online, but I hope you get a chance to experience at least a few with an audience and live music!

Mask of Silver will be published in Jan 2021 in trade paperback, ebook, and audio.

ROSEMARY JONES writes fantastical fiction, reads constantly, and collects illustrated children’s books. Her work for Wizards of the Coast’s Forgotten Realms/D&D line includes the novels City of the Dead and Crypt of the Moaning Diamond, as well as a serial adventure with yet another title starting with the third letter of the alphabet: Cold Steel & Secrets. Other fantasy and science fiction short stories and novellas have appeared in several anthologies. She worked for many years as a reporter covering the arts and culture organizations of Seattle for a variety of print and online publications.

PRAISE FOR ROSEMARY JONES
“Pure entertainment… Jones takes stereotypes and turns them on their ear.”

-Fantasy Debut

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ACONYTE ANNOUNCE FIRST TITLES IN THEIR MARVEL PROSE NOVEL RANGE https://aconytebooks.com/press-releases/aconyte-announce-first-titles-in-their-marvel-prose-novel-range/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aconyte-announce-first-titles-in-their-marvel-prose-novel-range Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:00:06 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=8137 Today we are pleased to announce the first titles in Aconyte’s upcoming range of Marvel prose novels. The range will start publishing in Fall 2020, and here’s just a small teaser of what’s to come.

Our new range is made up of four exciting strands…

Legends of Asgard: Set in the legendary realm of Asgard and rich in Norse-inspired mythology, these fantastical stories celebrate heroism, adventure, fate, honor, and myth. Raise a flagon of ale and enjoy tales of the extraordinary exploits of heroes and heroines from the Ten Realms.

Marvel Heroines: These captivating stories feature some of Marvel’s best-loved female characters, some just coming to understand their powers for the first time and others firmly established among the ranks of legendary Super Heroes.

Xavier’s Institute: These novels follow the young members of the New Charles Xavier School for Mutants. Expect stories of adventure, defiance, and growth as these characters explore their abilities and their place in the world.

Marvel Untold: These tales round up the best villains, magic-wielding heroes, and more from the furthest corners of the Marvel Universe. Whether it’s seeing a famous confrontation from a different perspective or exploring a piece of a character’s backstory that we’ve never seen before, these novels will bring these stories out into the light of day.

FALL 2020 PUBLICATION SCHEDULE
 

Month

Strand

Title

Author

October

Marvel Heroines

Domino: Strays

Tristan Palmgren

October

Legends of Asgard

The Head of Mimir

Richard Lee Byers

November

 Xavier’s Institute

Liberty & Justice for All

Carrie Harris

December

Marvel Untold

The Harrowing of Doom

David Annandale

December

Legends of Asgard

The Sword of Surtur

C L Werner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, to get you even more excited, let’s tell you just a little more about each of them…

DOMINO: STRAYS by Tristan Palmgren

[Marvel Heroines] Sharp-witted, luck-wrangling mercenary Domino takes on both a dangerous cult and her own dark past, in this explosive introduction to the new series of Marvel prose novels.

The job: infiltrate a Chicago conman’s cult to liberate some brainwashed twins. For former X-Force operative Domino, that’s a “hell no”. Fanatics are bad news. She still has nightmares about Project Armageddon, the super-soldier program that wrecked her life and destroyed her family. If only she’d had someone to help her back then, someone… like her. It’s a total pain in the ass, but maybe it is time to finally face those demons. With her probability manipulating superpowers she can turn even the worst of situations to her advantage.

Pub Date: Oct 6th, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-050-0 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-051-7 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99

THE HEAD OF MIMIR by Richard Lee Byers

[Legends of Asgard] The young Heimdall must undertake a mighty quest to save Odin – and all of Asgard – in the first heroic fantasy novel set in Marvel’s incredible Legends of Asgard.

It is a dark time for Asgard. The Allfather is trapped in a bewitched Odinsleep, inspiring an all-out assault from the Frost Giants. They evade the gods’ defenses with uncommon ease as if guided by augury. Heimdall, a quick-witted young warrior still finding his place amongst Asgard’s defenders, believes it no coincidence that Odin lies enchanted and that the Giants are so well-informed. Sneaking into Odin’s inner chambers, he discovers that the severed head of Mimir, a great source of wisdom, is missing. Accompanied by his sister, Lady Sif, Heimdall must quest across the  Ten Realms to retrieve it, lest mighty Asgard fall.

Pub Date: Oct 6th, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-054-8 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-055-5 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99

LIBERTY & JUSTICE FOR ALL by Carrie Harris

[Xavier’s Institute] Two exceptional students face their ultimate test when they answer a call for help, in the first thrilling Xavier’s Institute novel, focused on the daring exploits of Marvel’s mutant heroes.

As part of their training at the New Charles Xavier Institute, Triage and Tempus are allowed to attempt their first solo flying mission. Some way into their mission, they pick up an urgent SOS message – Sentinels are attacking a superpowered mutant, who is struggling to protect an injured politician. When they abandon their lesson and answer the call, however, the identity of both will cause the two young X-Men far more problems than they bargained for.

Pub Date: Nov 3rd, 2020 
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-058-6• US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-059-3 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99

THE HARROWING OF DOOM by David Annandale

[Marvel Untold] Our thrilling new line bringing new tales of Marvel’s Super Heroes and villains begins with the infamous Doctor Doom risking all to steal his heart’s desire from the very depths of Hell.

Notorious villain Doctor Victor von Doom has finally found a solution for his oldest obsession: rescuing his mother’s soul from the clutches of Hell. An alliance with the reclusive sage, Maria von Helm, has provided the key to Doom’s latest invention. Fusing their super-science and sorcery, Doom has created the Harrower, a device that will open a rift and wrench his mother’s soul from the netherworld. Back in the human world, however, rebel forces threaten to overrun Latveria and topple its dark leader – and revolution couldn’t come at a more dangerous time than when the gates of Hell itself have been unlocked.

Pub Date: Dec 1st, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN  978-1-83908-052-4 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-053-1 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99

THE SWORD OF SURTUR by C L Werner

[Legends of Asgard]  The God of War must explore a terrifying realm of eternal fire to reclaim his glory, in this epic fantasy novel of one of Odin’s greatest heroes.

Tyr, God of War and elder brother of Thor, embarks on a quest to seal his place at Odin’s side. Spurred on by loyal young Bjorn Wolfbane and the bewitching Lorelai, the trio set out to steal a sliver of Twilight, the sword of the fire giant Surtur, who will one day bring about Ragnarok and destroy Asgard. But the fiery realm of Muspelheim is fraught with volcanic trolls, lava Kraken, and Surtur’s brood of murderous warriors. Tyr must overcome both his own feelings and the motives of his allies, or risk triggering the apocalypse and cursing his name forever.

Pub Date: Dec 1st, 2020
Trade paperback • ISBN 978-1-83908-037-1 • US$16.95 • CAN$22.95 • UK£8.99
Ebook • ISBN 978-1-83908-038-8 • US$9.95 • CAN$13.95 • UK£7.99

Pre-orders coming soon!

All titles will also be available in audiobook format.

Over the next few months, we will be bringing you more in-depth looks at each new novel, as well as cover reveals and exclusive interviews with the authors. Ensure you don’t miss out – sign up for our newsletter for more info.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information visit marvel.com. © Marvel 2020

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ACONYTE BOOKS AND SIMON & SCHUSTER UK ENTER SALES AND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT https://aconytebooks.com/news/aconyte-books-and-simon-schuster-uk-enter-sales-and-distribution-agreement/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aconyte-books-and-simon-schuster-uk-enter-sales-and-distribution-agreement Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:17:14 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=8314 Asmodee Entertainment are delighted to announce that Aconyte, the new fiction imprint of global games company Asmodee, have entered into a distribution agreement with Simon & Schuster for the UK book trade. The well-known publishing house will handle sales and distribution when the Aconyte list debuts in Britain in October 2020. Aconyte already have an agreement in place for Simon & Schuster USA to handle sales and distribution to the North American book trade. Aconyte’s mission is to create deep tie-in fiction set in the fantasy worlds of Asmodee’s games, and those of other selected partners, including Marvel.

Sarah Anderson, Client Publishing Director at Simon & Schuster said: “We are delighted to welcome Aconyte to the Simon & Schuster family of Distribution Clients, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership over the years to come.”

Aconyte’s publisher Marc Gascoigne added: “This is lovely news. We’re doing something a little different with fantasy fiction, and the experienced team at Simon & Schuster are a perfect fit. With their impressive track record handling, tie-in books based on world-famous properties, Simon & Schuster are the ideal partners to help launch our novels into the British book trade.”

 
About Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster UK is one of the leading general book publishing companies in the UK. The group is based in London with sister companies in the United States, Canada, Australia and India. Within the UK division, there are three imprints: Simon & Schuster; Scribner and Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, which publish a wide and eclectic mix of authors ranging across commercial fiction, literary fiction, general non-fiction and children’s publications. Home to bestselling authors and award winners, Simon & Schuster UK is a publishing house of quality writing and a proud home to its authors and their exceptional work. It also runs a sales and distribution service for a number of leading independent and international publishers. For more information, visit simonandschuster.co.uk.
About Aconyte
Aconyte Books will publish their first novels in September/October 2020. The imprint’s mission is to create tie-in fiction set in the deepest, most imaginative worlds of parent company Asmodee’s games and those of other publishing partners, including Marvel. Based in Nottingham, UK, they also have staff in several US locations. They are a part of Asmodee’s Entertainment platform, a division of the global games publisher and distributor expressly working to take the group’s best intellectual properties into new formats. Learn more at aconytebooks.com.
About Asmodee
Asmodee Group is a leading international games publisher and distributor committed to telling amazing stories through great games with over 40 million games sold in more than 50 countries. Through our portfolio of iconic game titles, including Catan, Ticket to Ride, Splendor, KeyForge, Dobble/Spot it!, Pandemic, and Star Wars: X-Wing, we create a dynamic transmedia experience for players across a variety of digital and physical platforms. Asmodee also creates inspiring and innovative products in partnership with leading entertainment and technology companies. Asmodee operates in Europe, North America, South America and Asia and is headquartered in Guyancourt, France. Learn more at corporate.asmodee.com.

 

Press Contacts

More information may be found at aconytebooks.com or by emailing Anjuli Smith, Marketing & Publicity Manager, on a.smith@asmodee.com

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Review copies of our upcoming books! https://aconytebooks.com/news/review-copies-of-our-upcoming-books/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=review-copies-of-our-upcoming-books Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:00:54 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=8007 Calling all bloggers, vloggers, reviewers, and podcasters from the book and gaming worlds.

Advanced review copies of our newest novels are available from Netgalley now!

Wrath of N’Kai and Keyforge: Tales from the Crucible are available to request until the end of July. Just click the image to be taken directly to the Netgalley page.

Arkham Horror: Wrath of N'Kai by Josh Reynolds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also get your hands on the review copy of Curse of Honor, our first novel set in the Legend of the Five Rings world.

Legend of the Five Rings: Curse of Honor by David Annandale

For more information about our review copies, or for interviews with our authors please contact our Marketing Manager, Anjuli via anjuli@aconytebooks.com

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Join us in Terrinoth for epic adventure you’ll not soon forget. Introducing The Doom of Fallowhearth, by Robbie MacNiven https://aconytebooks.com/book-announcement/join-us-in-terrinoth-for-epic-adventure-youll-not-soon-forget-introducing-the-doom-of-fallowhearth-by-robbie-macniven/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=join-us-in-terrinoth-for-epic-adventure-youll-not-soon-forget-introducing-the-doom-of-fallowhearth-by-robbie-macniven Thu, 21 May 2020 16:00:43 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=7247 Legendary heroes battle the undead and dark sorcery, in the first of a rip-roaring new series for the fan-favorite epic fantasy game.

Aconyte Books are excited to announce our first novel set in the Realm of Terrinoth, based on Descent: Journeys in the Dark. The Doom of Fallowhearth, by Robbie MacNiven, releases worldwide in October 2020.  Let’s take a closer look at the story and that cover art. 

Embark on a quest, venture into dangerous forests, and stand together against evil.

When the Baroness of Forthyn’s daughter disappears, she calls on the legendary orc hero, Durik, to find her. Durik enlists his old questing partners – the dwarf alchemist, Ulma Grimstone, and roguish Logan Lashley – in the hopes of reliving their glory days. Together they journey to fear struck Fallowhearth. But instead of clues, they uncover necromancy: graveyards emptied of corpses, with trails of footprints leading into the sinister Blind Muir Forest. But the forest holds more than just the walking dead: between its boughs lurk treachery, a sorcerous ally turned to darkness, and a shocking infestation of giant, murderous monsters.

and now, THE COVER…

You know instantly that this is going to be an epic quest. There’ll be magic, spooky forests, and a few undead to keep our heroes busy. 

Artwork by Jeff Chen

Robbie MacNiven

We managed to sneak in a quick catch-up with Robbie to hear some more about creating the novel.

You’ve written a lot of grimdark stories over the years. Descent is more of your classic fantasy dungeon crawler and as such the tone is quite different. How, if at all, did you need to adapt your writing style to fit the Realm of Terrinoth?

I didn’t feel like I had to make too many changes to my writing style. While it might not be traditional grimdark, there’s a reasonable amount of bleakness, grit, and tragedy running through the story. That’s very much born out of which corner of Terrinoth this takes place in – Forthyn is a hard, rugged land, a frontier place where survival can be challenging even for the barony’s more privileged inhabitants. That being said, I enjoyed cutting loose with different fantasy tropes and elements I’ve not been able to utilize in my writing before, including things like having the orc of the group be the biggest voice of reason in times of conflict!

Your story centers around a well-known group of characters from the Descent games. How prepared did you feel to give these characters a voice, what experiences did you draw on to create them?

When I first took on writing a novel for the Descent setting I trawled through every character mentioned in the games. I considered a few combinations and thought about creating my own, but eventually settled on the heroes from the Labyrinth of Ruin expansion. I thought it would be good to flesh out characters that players may already have used in their games, and picking a “pre-set” group gave me what I felt was a solid foundation to build an adventure on. I especially enjoyed the Labyrinth gang because they’re such a blend of the familiar and the unusual – the aforementioned orc who’s stoic and protective, the rogue whose greed and cowardice are constantly in competition with one another, the dwarf who just wants to try out her latest madcap experiments on whoever is closest. They’re a great bunch to build a cast of secondary heroes and villains around, and as the story went on they increasingly developed a life of their own. I feel like, ultimately, this is a character-driven story.

Terrinoth is a world of forgotten lands and lost legacies with a lot of pre-existing lore. Does having a lot of this background information make it easier or harder for you to create a story set in the pre-existing world?

I find that it’s a positive thing. I’d certainly rather have a lot of lore while seeking out a somewhat less-developed area to expand into than have to build everything from the ground-up. I guess that’s part of the fact that I’ve always been a tie-in writer first and foremost, but I enjoy showing readers new aspects of something that’s already been established. It also helps that the Descent lore is a lot of fun, painting in those broad, classical fantasy brushstrokes while leaving room for fresh interpretation. Hopefully, I’ve brought something interesting and new to that well-stocked table.

ROBBIE MacNIVEN is an author and freelance journalist living in the Highlands of Scotland and currently enrolled as a student at the University of Edinburgh, studying History. He is the author of several novels and many short stories for the New York Times-bestselling Warhammer 40,000 and Age of Sigmar universe, and the narrative for HiRez Studio’s Smite Blitz RPG.

 The Doom of Fallowhearth is available to pre-order worldwide from all retailers now!

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Aconyte to publish TWILIGHT IMPERIUM novels https://aconytebooks.com/book-announcement/aconyte-to-publish-twilight-imperium-novels/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aconyte-to-publish-twilight-imperium-novels Thu, 16 Apr 2020 16:30:06 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=7083 A brave starship crew are drawn into the schemes of interplanetary powers competing for galactic domination in this new epic space opera.

Aconyte Books are excited to announce the first in a new series set in the world of the best-selling strategic boardgame, TWILIGHT IMPERIUM. The Fractured Void, Tim Pratt, releases worldwide in November 2020 as part of our Fall line-up. Tim Pratt is the award-winning author of the highly acclaimed space opera series The Axiom, lauded for his clever plots and inclusive, entertaining characters. We had a quick chat with him over the internet from his home near San Francisco, to get some more information for you about what he’s planning to bring to the table.

A scientist develops technology to punch holes in space, and so lots of people want to punch him and steal it.

An ill-tempered and amoral human scientist living as a recluse in a backwater colony of the Mentak Coalition claims he’s created a new technology, one capable of creating wormholes—an advance that could forever shift the balance of power in the galaxy, and allow the faction who controls that power to lay the foundations of a new empire. Captain Felix Duval of the Coalition ship Temerarious and his multi-species crew are charged with shepherding the scientist’s plans toward a working prototype—or proving that he’s a fraud. Meanwhile, agents of the aggressive Federation of Sol and the repressive Barony of Letnev join forces to pursue and capture the scientist and his technology… or at least make sure no one else can get it. This fast-paced novel set in the world of the legendary Twilight Imperium strategy game features heists, jailbreaks, battles, scams, and personality conflicts galore.

Tim Pratt

Twilight Imperium is a much-loved game in the community with a massive fanbase –  are you a fan of the game? Did this affect how you approached this project in any way?
 
I’m a big fan of long, intricate games, and Twilight Imperium is the legendary gold standard for those. (One of the few advantages to sheltering-in-place in these pandemic times is that my family is more willing to play such games than usual; I even got them into Fury of Dracula and Dead of Winter, and am contemplating blowing the dust off my long-neglected Arkham Horror box.) I jumped at the chance to explore the world of Twilight Imperium.
 
You’re no stranger to creating intergalactic space opera. How different is it to invent stories in someone else’s universe?
 
I’ve done a lot of tie-in writing over the years, mostly in roleplaying game universes (Forgotten Realms, Pathfinder Tales), and writing for Twilight Imperium honestly scratches the same itch. It’s a strategy board game, sure, but it has an astonishing amount of lore and backstory. My philosophy when writing in someone else’s universe is to tell stories that take advantage of the setting while celebrating the elements that fans most love. I get to write about space lions!
 
What elements especially appeal to you about the Twilight Imperium universe?
 
The vastness of the different alien species available, and the wide array of cultures to explore. Take any two factions, put them in conflict, and a million ideas for stories bloom; add in more factions, and that increases exponentially. I can’t explore every faction in one novel, but I can dive deep into a few and touch on several more (and we can always visit more in future books). The world of Twilight Imperium is huge, and lends itself to all sorts of exciting stories, from space pirate adventure to political manoeuvring to espionage to haunted-house-in-space tales.
 
And Bonus Question from our Nick who’s just dying to know: How do you get into the headspace of a completely alien species… ones who might not even have heads?
 
All the playable aliens in Twilight Imperium have something in common with humanity: they want stuff. Desire is the common language that drives character motivations (and character is what drives plot).
 
Whether you’re a telepathic serpent or an ocean-dwelling scientist with tentacles, the universality of desire makes you comprehensible.
 
Admittedly, there are some factions that are harder to write point-of-view characters for, because their mental process is so alien – the Nekro Virus and the Arborec come to mind – but there are tricks for writing entities that are insane by human standards or possessed of a group consciousness (stream of consciousness, first-person plural viewpoints, and so on). Science fiction is all about imagining alien mindsets, or familiar mindsets confronted by alien circumstances and writing Twilight Imperium will give me the chance to do both.

Aconyte author, Tim Pratt

Tim Pratt is the author of more than 20 novels, most recently the Axiom space opera trilogy, including Philip K. Dick Award finalist The Wrong Stars, The Dreaming Stars, and The Forbidden Stars. He’s a Hugo Award winner for short fiction and has been a finalist for Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Mythopoeic, Stoker, and other awards. His latest collection is Miracles & Marvels. He tweets incessantly (@timpratt) and publishes a new story every month for patrons at patreon.com/timpratt

The Fractured Void will be available to pre-order worldwide from all retailers soon

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Explore thrilling epic fantasy adventure in Legend of the Five Rings’ The Night Parade of A Hundred Demons by Marie Brennan https://aconytebooks.com/book-announcement/night-parade-of-a-hundred-demons-by-marie-brennan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=night-parade-of-a-hundred-demons-by-marie-brennan Fri, 13 Mar 2020 14:00:38 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=6799 Last fall, an earthquake struck Sebō Mura, an isolated village in the remote northeastern part of Toshibu Province, near the border of Dragon and Phoenix lands. Although tremors are a common occurrence in the region, in this case, the earthquake had a more serious consequence…

Aconyte Books are excited to announce our third novel set in Legend of the Five Rings‘ rich fantasy world: The Night Parade of a Hundred Demons by Marie Brennan, releases worldwide in January 2021. L5R fans will recognize Marie for her work in L5R fiction, with her work included on the LCG cards, and series novellas. Fantasy fans will be well versed in her Memoirs of Lady Trent novels, so yeah, this is going to be AMAZING!

Chaos breaks out the lands of the Dragon Clan when an ancient evil returns.

Chaos has broken out in the isolated Dragon Clan settlement of Seibo Mura. On the nights of the full moon, horrifying creatures rampage through the village, unleashing chaos and death. When the Dragon samurai Agasha no Isao Ryōtora is sent to investigate, he faces even more dangers than he expected. In order to save the village, he will have to confront his buried past – not to mention an unexpected visitor from the Phoenix Clan, Asako Sekken, who has his own secrets to hide. The quest to save Seibo Mura will take the two samurai into the depths of forgotten history and the shifting terrain of the Spirit Realms . . . and bring them face-to-face with an ancient, terrifying evil.

Marie Brennan

You’re a fan of the Legends of the Five Rings RPG and have been playing it for a while now. Can you tell us a bit more about your home campaign and why you play L5R in particular?

My background is in anthropology and folklore, so what really sucked me in at the start was the world. It felt so rich and believable – in part because it draws so heavily on Japanese history and culture – and it was easy to look at it and imagine what kinds of stories I might tell there. A friend had invited me to play in a campaign, so I made an ise zumi character named Kinzen (which is still my handle on L5R forums), and then AEG put out a call for chapters for the sourcebook Imperial Histories 2. I riffed off a sidebar in Imperial Histories that speculated on what the Empire would have been like if a different Kami had won the tournament, and wrote up the Togashi Dynasty . . . so you can probably tell I’m a fan of the Dragon Clan!

The Night Parade of a Hundred Demons is a fascinating part of Japanese folklore. What was it specifically that drew you to write about the Night Parade and its monsters for the book?

Because of my interest in folklore, I automatically gravitate toward the more spiritual and mystical aspects of Rokugan. It boggled me when I realized that apparently L5R had never done anything with this particular idea – I mean, it’s such a fun concept, and all over the place in Japanese picture scrolls! But that meant it was untrammeled ground for me. I even have a reason in-story for why it’s never come up in the setting before (and why my characters don’t immediately realize what they’re dealing with).

You have a lot of experience with the world that L5R creates. What did you find the biggest challenge to be when converting your knowledge from an RPG to a novel?

That richness of setting can be a double-edged sword, especially when most of my writing for the franchise has been in the form of the short stories for the ongoing plotline. With those, I can take for granted that the audience either knows the world of Rokugan already or is willing to roll with unfamiliar concepts and terms. For a novel, though, I need to pull myself back into the mindset I use when writing my own books: this is all unfamiliar and needs to be introduced and explained as I go along. Plus, with a home campaign I can make things up as I please and not worry about them passing muster with the official Story Team – but here I’m adding to canon when I do that, so I have to be careful!

MARIE BRENNAN is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She most recently misapplied her professors’ hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. Her other novels include the Doppelganger duology of Warrior and Witch, the urban fantasies Lies and Prophecy and Chains and Memory, the Onyx Court historical fantasy series, and nearly sixty short stories, as well as the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides. Together with Alyc Helms as M A Carrick, she is the author of the Rook and Rose epic fantasy trilogy, beginning with The Mask of Mirrors.

The Night Parade of a Hundred Demons will be available to pre-order worldwide from all retailers soon

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Begin Your Investigation into Legend of the Five Rings’ Poison River by Josh Reynolds https://aconytebooks.com/book-announcement/begin-your-investigation-into-legend-of-the-five-rings-poison-river-by-josh-reynolds/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=begin-your-investigation-into-legend-of-the-five-rings-poison-river-by-josh-reynolds Mon, 23 Dec 2019 12:05:19 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=6527 A mystery death brings a dilettante detective to life, and drags his long-suffering bodyguard into a nest of intrigue that will test their mettle, and their blades… introducing our second novel set in Legend of the Five Rings‘ rich fantasy world: Poison River by Josh Reynolds, released worldwide in August 2020.

This is the first of the Daidoji Shin Mysteries, pitting a scandal-prone Crane noble against clan machinations across Rokugan. One of our favourite elements is the relationship between the louche detective Shin and his fearsome and heavily armed sidekick, Hiramori Kasami. Follow the clues below for the full synopsis, jaw-droppingly gorgeous cover art, courtesy of John Anthony di Giovanni, and some searching questions for Josh.

A charming slacker aristocrat discovers a talent for detection and a web of conspiracies in the Emerald Empire, backed up by his badass samurai bodyguard.

Daidoji Shin, unrepentant wastrel with a taste for scandal and dice, coasts through his role as Crane Clan’s trade envoy in the City of the Rich Frog. But when a case of poisoned rice threatens the brittle peace between the competing clans, the Imperial Governor drags Shin from his indolence and orders him to find the culprit. Despite himself, Shin uncovers an intriguing conspiracy involving more than just dead rats. A murder with no body and a missing actress present a distraction that could finally make Shin put in a full day’s work, and maybe even save the city from tearing itself apart.

That Cover

 

Legend of the Five Rings: Poison River by Josh Reynolds
artwork by John Anthony di Giovanni

Josh Reynolds

Legend of the Five Rings has an interesting clan structure, why are the Crane the right clan for this story?

I wanted to capture the feel of a Golden Age mystery – a Peter Wimsey or a Campion, say, where a dilettante nobleman investigates a crime that the authorities can’t – or won’t – solve. The Crane are the perfect clan for that. Their background places an emphasis on courtly intrigue and diplomacy as their members navigate the invisible tides of influence that binds the disparate parts of Rokugan together. A perfect set-up for the sort of character I wanted to write, in other words.

Who are your favourite detectives in fiction, and how do Daidoji Shin and Kasami measure up?

Well, Sherlock Holmes, obviously. I’m also fond of Lord Peter Wimsey and Albert Campion. Plenty of others as well – Judith Lee, Henry Crabbe, V I Warshawski, Poirot, Lucas Davenport, Tommy and Tuppence, Nick and Nora Charles, Brother Cadfael, Jim Chee, Nero Wolfe, Spenser, Travis McGee, Max Carrados, Lady Molly, Sexton Blake… the list goes on.

As you can see, I really like detective fiction. It’s probably my favorite genre.

As far as how my characters stack up…well, that’ll be up to the readers, won’t it? I’m hoping to catch a bit of that Dorothy Sayers magic with them – or maybe Nick and Nora Charles, without the romance. Some banter, some action, a scene where everybody sits in a room while the detective explains the plot… but as I said, it’ll be up to the readers.

From Arkam to the City of the Rich Frog, how do you change gears between star-born terrors and competing samurai clans?

It’s easier than you think. My Arkham Horror novel is a mystery as well, just a different sort. At the moment I’m rereading all of the background material in preparation for starting the first draft, and I’ll be spending the holidays reading some old mystery favorites in order to get in the proper frame of mind. Hopefully it’ll all congeal into something grand!

Legend of the Five Rings: Poison River by Josh ReynoldsJOSH REYNOLDS is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories, including the wildly popular Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000. He grew up in South Carolina and now lives in Sheffield, UK.

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Everything You Can Imagine Is Real in Arkham Horror’s The Last Ritual by S A Sidor https://aconytebooks.com/book-announcement/everything-you-can-imagine-is-real-in-arkham-horrors-the-last-ritual-by-s-a-sidor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=everything-you-can-imagine-is-real-in-arkham-horrors-the-last-ritual-by-s-a-sidor Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:58:40 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=6495 When Arkham is captivated by a gifted artist, the walls between reality and fantasy break down, and who knows what terrors lurk beyond those walls…  introducing our second Arkham Horror novel: The Last Ritual by S A Sidor, which paints a terrifying picture worldwide in August 2020. It’s time for the full synopsis, beautiful Great Gatsbyesque deco cover art and a few telling questions for author S A Sidor.

A mad surrealist’s art threatens to rip open the fabric of reality, in this twisted tale of eldritch horror and conspiracy.

Aspiring painter Alden Oakes is invited to join a mysterious art commune in Arkham: the New Colony. When celebrated Spanish surrealist Juan Hugo Balthazarr visits the colony, Alden and the other artists quickly fall under his charismatic spell. Balthazarr throws a string of decadent parties for Arkham’s social elite, conjuring arcane illusions which blur the boundaries between nightmare and reality. Only slowly does Alden come to suspect that Balthazarr’s mock rituals are intended to break through those walls and free what lies beyond. Alden must act, but it might already be too late to save himself, let alone Arkham.

The cover…

…By genuine master of the surreal and wonderful, John Coulthart. We’re enormous fans of John, and he’s absolutely nailed this art deco-inspired occult cover for us. Just keep staring at it, the details are endless!

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S A Sidor

Your protagonist is a surrealist artist, which artists and/or paintings particularly inspired you?

I visited Salvador Dalí’s home in Portlligat on the Costa Brava in Catalonia, Spain two summers ago. What struck me was how Dali’s vision of the world extended past his paintings and other artwork to encompass a whole way of seeing life. His outsized personality, reputation for self-promotion, and manipulations of “celebrity” were ahead of their time. He certainly was a jumping off point for Juan Hugo Balthazarr in The Last Ritual. André Breton, in his 1924 manifesto, defined Surrealism: “Psychic automatism in its pure state… Dictated by thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.” That sounds a bit Lovecraftian, doesn’t it? 

What aspects of Lovecraftian lore feel most relevant to you as a writer?

I love the old tomes with peculiar names (Daemonolatreia of Remigius!) and the abysmal track record of all the characters that have tangled with the Ancient Ones and met their tragic fates. The search for forbidden knowledge is the best engine a storyteller has.

The Last Ritual features a strong Great Gatsby party vibe, what’s so horrific about the decadence of the social elite?

An ever-present sense of approaching, yet indefinable, doom hovers over the wild partying atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties. The Great War has ended. Some people are getting filthy rich. The elites look fantastically modern. They’re having the time of their lives, but something in them perceives, however vaguely, that it’s all about to come crashing down. The only question is when. Gatsby is a story about obsession. It depicts the shocking violence underpinning decadence, and a ripple of sadness runs through it all.

Aconyte author, S A SidorArkham Horror: The Last Ritual by S A SidorS A SIDOR is the author of four dark crime thrillers and more recently two splendid supernatural-pulp adventures, Fury From the Tomb and The Beast of Nightfall Lodge. He lives near Chicago with his family.

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Anything is Possible on an Impossible World: KeyForge – Tales of the Crucible edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells https://aconytebooks.com/book-announcement/anything-is-possible-on-an-impossible-world-keyforge-tales-of-the-crucible-edited-by-charlotte-llewelyn-wells/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=anything-is-possible-on-an-impossible-world-keyforge-tales-of-the-crucible-edited-by-charlotte-llewelyn-wells Tue, 17 Dec 2019 13:56:25 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=6448 An impossible world filled with myriad peoples battling for mystical Æmber (and everyone else who’s just trying to get along) – it can only be KeyForge! Introducing Tales From the Crucible: A KeyForge Anthology, edited by Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells, which flies screaming onto your bookshelf in June 2020. KeyForge is chock-full of extraordinary science fiction and fantasy characters, places and ideas, and we can’t get enough of it. This anthology introduces everyone to the depth and madness of this world. Even if you’re not (yet) a player of KeyForge, you should definitely check out the artwork for the game, we can’t get enough of it! Today we’re teasing you with the story titles and authors, and having a quick chat with the editor. Do nourish your fantasy-loving heart on the magnificent cover, which KeyForge fans may well recognise – we couldn’t resist borrowing from David Kegg. Enjoy!

Take a whirlwind tour to the incredible planet of a million fantasy races, the Crucible, in this wild science fantasy anthology.

Welcome to the Crucible – an artificial planet larger than our sun – an ever-growing patchwork of countless other worlds, filled with creatures, sentient beings and societies stolen from across the universe by the mythical Architects. Across this dizzying juxtaposition of alien biospheres, the enigmatic and godlike Archons seek to unlock the secrets at the heart of the Crucible. Everyone else is just trying to survive… Explore nine tales of adventure in a realm where science and magic team up, of discovery and culture clash, featuring mad Martian scientists, cybernetic surgeons, battle reenactors, elven thieves, private investigators, goblins, saurian monsters, and the newly arrived human Star Alliance. 

Here’s the story line-up

Contract – Tristan Palmgren
The Apprentice – Cath Lauria
Extermination Examination – Robbie MacNiven
The Librarian’s Duel – M K Hutchins
To Catch a Thief – Thomas Parrott
Useful Parasites – M K Hutchins
The Perfect Organism – C L Werner
Wibble And Pplimz, Investigators For Hire – M Darusha Wehm
Vaultheads – David Guymer

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Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells

What are you looking for in a short story that introduces a vast impossible world?

Since the Crucible is so huge and complex, I’m looking for stories that focus on one little bit of the world – whether that’s an apprentice in Hub City, battling Archons searching for a vault, or Martians plotting from the depths of their territory, Nova Hellas. 

It’s such a weird and wonderful place that it’s impossible to explore it all, so I’m not looking for grand stories that cover the whole of the Crucible, but smaller slice-of-life stories that really give us a feel for what it’s like to live here.

You’ve previously worked on original SFF at Angry Robot and on the grim darkness of Warhammer 40,000 with Black Library – how do you adapt to the new world of KeyForge?

It’s always about creating great stories – whether that’s in a grimdark, war-torn galaxy, a noir-style imaginary universe or, in this case, an epic planet made up of parts of the whole universe. KeyForge has a unique tone and style, almost like a Saturday morning cartoon, which mixes discovery, adventure and exploration into one colourful creation! It’s one of my favourite universes to work with, simply because it as so much potential and room to explore – you can tell all sorts of stories here, and our authors have done just that!

Of all the areas on the Crucible, which one do you most want to crash land in?  

I’d love to crash land in Saurian territory – I mean who wouldn’t want to spend time with super-intelligent, highly-evolved dinosaurs? However, I’m not sure they’d particularly want me around as I’d probably make a nuisance of myself very quickly. In which case I’d like to go exploring across the Crucible and see what I could find!

Aconyte editor, Charlotte Llewelyn-WellsCHARLOTTE LLEWELYN-WELLS is a bibliophile who took a wrong turn in the wardrobe and ended up as an editor – luckily it was the best choice she ever made. She’s a geek and fangirl with an addiction to unicorns, ice hockey and ice cream.

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Aconyte appoints Marketing and Publicity Coordinator https://aconytebooks.com/press-releases/aconyte-appoints-marketing-and-publicity-coordinator/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aconyte-appoints-marketing-and-publicity-coordinator Mon, 16 Dec 2019 13:05:50 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=6418 Aconyte are delighted to announce that we’ve appointed Anjuli Smith as our new Marketing and Publicity Coordinator.

Starting in January, Anjuli will join the Aconyte team in Nottingham, UK, developing our marketing campaigns as we prepare for our worldwide launch in May 2020. Prepare to see a lot more of Aconyte in the coming months! Anjuli comes to us from Asmodee UK, but also has experience as a Waterstones bookshop manager and event manager, as well as a renowned Dungeon Master and miniature painter. She’s already a well-known and recognisable presence at UK gaming conventions and beyond – you can see her right now in AsmodeeLive’s “Of Dice and Pen” D&D Twitch streams.

Anjuli ClaydenAnjuli Smith said:

“I am really excited to be joining the Aconyte team as they grow. The line-up of books coming out in the next year is exceptional, and I can’t wait to get them into stores and people’s hands. I am looking forward to using my experience in both the bookshop and boardgame industry to make each title shine, and look forward to launching them at some of the best conventions in the world. I’m thrilled to be working with such enthusiastic nerdy creatives who share my passion for the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genre, RPGs and board games.”

Aconyte publisher Marc Gascoigne added:

“Bringing Anjuli on board really enhances our core team, dedicated to getting our books into the hands of readers and gamers. We’re very pleased to have found someone who is already deeply embedded in the gaming community, and who has the experience and enthusiasm to make our books essential reading for all fans of extraordinary worlds.”

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Feel the Terror of Arkham Horror: Wrath of N’Kai by Josh Reynolds https://aconytebooks.com/book-announcement/feel-the-terror-of-arkham-horror-wrath-of-nkai-by-josh-reynolds/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feel-the-terror-of-arkham-horror-wrath-of-nkai-by-josh-reynolds Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:00:54 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=6330 A gunfight in a museum leads an aristocratic burglar into mortal danger and cosmic peril, in our second book reveal! Our first foray into the Lovecraftian realm of Arkham Horror is Wrath of N’Kai by Josh Reynolds, arriving on your bookshelf in May 2020! Read on for the full synopsis and a question & answer session with Josh. Plus, feast your soul upon Daniel Strange’s stunning artwork inspired by classic pulp fiction book covers and 1920s horror movie posters…

An international thief of esoteric artifacts stumbles onto a nightmarish cult in 1920s New England, in this rip-roaring adventure of eldritch dread.

Contessa Alessandra Zorzi, international adventurer and thief, arrives in Arkham pursuing an ancient body freshly exhumed from a mound in Oklahoma, of curious provenance and peculiar characteristics. But before she can steal it, another party beats her to it. During the resulting gunfight at the Arkham Historical Society, the Contessa makes eye contact with the petrified corpse and begins an adventure of discovery outside her wildest experiences. Now, caught between her mysterious client, the police, and a society of necrophagic connoisseurs, she finds herself on the trail of a resurrected mummy as well as the star-born terror gestating within it.

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Josh Reynolds

Your central character is fascinating – tell us about the Contessa?

Countess Alessandra Zorzi is a professional acquisitionist – or, more simply, a thief. She travels the world, stealing eldritch artifacts on behalf of anyone who has the money to pay her outrageously exorbitant fee. She once stole a gargoyle from the infamous cathedral of Vyones, and purloined the entirety of the Comte d’Erlette’s occult library.

She’s the sort of character I love writing – dangerous, witty and a tad too sure of herself. Despite her profession, Alessandra is no believer in the occult. But a few days in Arkham may well change that…

We know your epic brain is full of delicious little facts and random snippets of information – what’s the best you turned up writing Wrath of N’kai?

The electric cabs of 1890s London were nicknamed ‘Hummingbirds’, due to the peculiar humming sound their batteries made.

What are the challenges of writing 1920s-set dark and eldritch fiction from a 2019 perspective?

Well, for me, it’s mostly remembering the little things as I write. For instance, American police cars didn’t have radios until the end of the decade, and cabs didn’t have them until the 1940s. Hotel rooms, even fancy ones, rarely had telephones in the rooms – if you wanted to make a call, you had to go to the front desk. Elevators had attendants. So did public restrooms, at least in fancier establishments. Coffee shops were everywhere, even back then. Everyone – and I mean everyone – smoked. And drank. Despite Prohibition. Or maybe because of it.

Too, there’s the ever-present risk of getting lost in the research. I spent two hours – two! – looking up ticket prices for a train journey from Boston to Providence in the 1920s, for absolutely no reason. Another hour looking up cigarette brands common in Europe at that time. Three looking up information on taxi cabs that I mostly ended up glossing over or fudging, because it wasn’t actually important. Gets me every time.

JOSH REYNOLDS is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories, including the wildly popular Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000. He grew up in South Carolina and now lives in Sheffield, UK.

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Introducing Legend of the Five Rings: Curse of Honor by David Annandale https://aconytebooks.com/book-announcement/introducing-legend-of-the-five-rings-curse-of-honor-by-david-annandale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=introducing-legend-of-the-five-rings-curse-of-honor-by-david-annandale Tue, 03 Dec 2019 13:58:20 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=6196 A mysterious city hidden in a snow-choked mountain pass: an opportunity and a threat for the noble Crab clan – it’s the setting for our first revealed novel! Arriving in bookstores in May 2020 is our first expedition into Legend of the Five Rings: Curse of Honor by David Annandale. Read on for the synopsis, extraordinary cover by artist Nathan Elmer, and some insightful questions for David. 

The reckless pursuit of honor exposes an empire to demonic invasion, in this epic fantasy novel of duty and warfare.

Striking Dawn Castle defends the mountains between the Rokugan empire and the demon-haunted Shadowlands. When a mythical city is discovered in the forbidding peaks, Hida Haru, heir and sore disappointment to his family, seizes the opportunity to prove himself. His rash expedition ends in disaster – just one samurai returns alive, and Haru is lost. Before a power struggle can break out, Striking Dawn’s battle-hardened commander, Ochiba, is dispatched to rescue Haru. She succeeds against supernatural horrors, but Haru is… changed. Now, mysterious deaths and ill fortune plague his family. Something evil is loose and must be stopped, at any cost.

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David Annandale

Tell us, why is honor a curse?

I’m exploring a number of ways in which honor can be a curse. For some, its pursuit can lead foolish decisions, as they chase after it with such single-minded purpose that they ignore warning signs that they are courting disaster. For others, their devotion to honour can warp their inner lives, as they deny themselves happiness for no other reason than the demands of a social construct. And for still others, the need to believe in they, and those close to them, are honourable can result in their inability to see danger, human or supernatural, until it is too late.

You’re known for your Warhammer and WH40K novels – what differences and what similarities did you encounter while writing in this setting?

The settings are very different, and these differences include everything from their inspirations to the fact that the Warhammer settings are for a miniatures war game, while Rokugan is designed for an RPG. Tonally, they are quite different too. But there is a similarity, and it is one of the reasons I find both so rewarding to write about, and that is their great richness. Like Age of Sigmar and 40K, the world of Legend of the Five Rings can be home to a near-infinite range of stories. High fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, political intrigue, murder mysteries, tangled family sagas, fraught romances, thunderous battle scenes, and still more are to be found here.

What aspect of the world of Rokugan do you find most fascinating or inspiring?

I don’t know if I could pick a single aspect. There are so many exciting things to explore in this world. What I’m obsessed with today might give way to a different obsession tomorrow. The great richness of Rokugan, for themes and stories and characters, is certainly one thing. But more specifically, at the moment, I find that I keep thinking about the complex social web of Rokugan, and how it creates a situation where, so often, there is a conflict between what a person feels they must be, and what perhaps they should be.

Aconyte author, David AnnandaleDAVID ANNANDALE is a lecturer at a Canadian university on subjects ranging from English literature to horror films and video games. He is the author of many novels in the New York Times-bestselling Horus Heresy and Warhammer 40,000 universe, and a co-host of the Hugo Award-nominated podcast Skiffy and Fanty.

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Incoming – Here Are Our First Titles! https://aconytebooks.com/news/incoming-here-are-our-first-titles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=incoming-here-are-our-first-titles https://aconytebooks.com/news/incoming-here-are-our-first-titles/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2019 13:58:40 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=6060 It’s time to yank the tarps off this intriguing pile that we’ve kept under wraps all this year, and tell you about our first publications. When we launch the Aconyte range of novels based on your favourite Asmodee games in May 2020, all these books are heading your way in the first four months – and there are many more to follow!

Each will be available as paperbacks, ebooks and audiobooks across the English-speaking world, and we’re finalising a swathe of translation deals for our friends worldwide too. You’ll be able to get them wherever you get books or hobby stuff, from online outlets, or direct from us.

MAY 2020

Arkham Horror: Wrath of N’Kai – Josh Reynolds

There’s an ancient artefact on display in Arkham, and everyone wants to get their hands on it… big mistake. >> Read the book announcement for more information!

Legend of the Five Rings: Curse of Honor – David Annandale

A band of samurai from the Crab clan discover an abandoned city on the edge of the Shadowlands, and what they find there changes them forever. >> Read the book announcement for more information!

JUNE 2020

Pandemic: Patient Zero – Amanda Bridgeman

First week in the new job at the Global Health Agency for talented epidemiologist Bodhi Patel, and there’s an outbreak in Brazil that needs expert attention.

KeyForge: Tales From the Crucible – ed. Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells

Introducing the Crucible, the extraordinary artificial world at the centre of the universe where a myriad species have been assembled by unknown forces. >> Read the book announcement for more information!

JULY 2020

Descent: Journeys in the Dark: The Doom of Fallowhearth – Robbie MacNiven

The Baroness of Forthyn’s daughter has gone missing, and the trail leads to the deepest, darkest part of Blind Muir Forest.

AUGUST 2020

Arkham Horror: The Last Ritual – S A Sidor

Infamous European surrealist Juan Hugo Balthazarr is feted by Arkham high society, but his art is darker than anyone can imagine. >> Read the book announcement for more information!

Legend of the Five Rings: Poison River – Josh Reynolds

Introducing Daidoji Shinn, wastrel son of a Crane clan, who has just discovered he has a passion for investigating mysteries. >> Read the book announcement for more information!

We’ll tell you a lot more about each and every title across the next few weeks, show off the covers and introduce you to the authors too. Stick around and all will be revealed – and if you don’t want to miss anything we announce please sign up for our newsletter.

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Marvel Team-Up With Aconyte for Super Novels https://aconytebooks.com/press-releases/marvel-team-up-with-aconyte-for-super-novels/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=marvel-team-up-with-aconyte-for-super-novels Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:00:07 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=5197 Aconyte Books and Marvel Collaborate to Publish New Prose Stories

Asmodee Entertainment are delighted to announce that Aconyte, the new fiction imprint of global games group Asmodee, has secured a multi-year agreement with Marvel Entertainment to create new prose stories based around an exciting roster of Marvel’s comic book characters. The first novels are slated to appear in Fall 2020, in trade paperback, ebook and audiobook editions.

This is the Asmodee Group’s third collaboration with Marvel. Earlier this summer, Asmodee’s Fantasy Flight Games announced the Marvel Champions: The Card Game. Meanwhile, another Asmodee studio, Atomic Mass, are developing a tabletop miniatures game based on some of Marvel’s key properties, to be called Marvel: Crisis Protocol.

Aconyte publisher Marc Gascoigne said:

“The Marvel comic book universe has featured a host of great characters and storylines crying out to be told over the years, and now is their time to step into the spotlight. You can look out for legends from Asgard, several volumes focusing on some of Marvel’s heroines, and stories of some of Professor Xavier’s lesser-known students, and that’s just to get us started.”

Andy Jones, Head of Asmodee Entertainment, said:

“The opportunity for Asmodee to work with Marvel not only on Great Games but also Amazing Stories, as our slogan has it, really is a dream come true. The talented team at Aconyte are so excited to have this wonderful opportunity and will do a great job – the biggest challenge when gifted with the Marvel Universe is just where to start?!”

As part of its ambitious mission to set up exciting new content platforms for both wholly owned and top flight third-party properties, Asmodee Entertainment have already announced Aconyte’s plans to produce novels set in the worlds of some of Asmodee’s most popular games, but these are the first third-party properties to join their list. The imprint’s mission is to go beyond tie-in fiction and novelizations, to produce vibrant stories with richly imagined characters in living, deeply realized settings. The list will debut in 2020, with North American sales and distribution to be handled by Simon & Schuster.

To find more information or to arrange an interview about Aconyte’s mission, email us via contact@aconytebooks.com, or here.

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About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media. For more information visit marvel.com. © 2019 MARVEL

About Asmodee Entertainment

Asmodee Entertainment is a platform of games publisher and distributor Asmodee. Its mission is to extend Asmodee’s intellectual properties into TV/film, novels and comics, location based-entertainment, and consumer products, working closely with Asmodee Boardgames and Asmodee Digital. Through best-in-class partnerships across the full spectrum of opportunities, Asmodee Entertainment will create truly global intellectual properties and brands.

About Asmodee

Asmodee Group is a leading international games publisher and distributor committed to telling amazing stories through great games with over 34 million games sold in more than 50 countries. Through our portfolio of iconic game titles, including Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Dead of Winter, Splendor, KeyForge, Dobble/Spot it! and Star Wars™: X-Wing, we create a dynamic transmedia experience for players across a variety of digital and physical platforms. Asmodee also creates inspiring and innovative products in partnership with leading entertainment and technology companies. Asmodee operates in Europe, North America, South America and Asia and is headquartered in Guyancourt, France. Learn more at corporate.asmodee.com.

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Press Release: Aconyte Books and Simon & Schuster Enter Sales and Distribution Agreement https://aconytebooks.com/press-releases/press-release-aconyte-books-and-simon-schuster-enter-sales-and-distribution-agreement/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=press-release-aconyte-books-and-simon-schuster-enter-sales-and-distribution-agreement Fri, 26 Jul 2019 13:00:02 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=5096 Asmodee Entertainment are delighted to announce that Aconyte, the newly announced fiction imprint of global games giant Asmodee, have entered into a distribution agreement with Simon & Schuster for the US and Canadian book trades. The well-known publishing house will handle sales and distribution throughout North America starting with Aconyte’s very first releases, due on shelves in late spring 2020.

Michael Perlman, Vice President, General Manager, Simon & Schuster Distribution Services said:

“We are delighted to welcome Aconyte Books to our family to distribution clients. We look forward to helping their publishing program grow.”

Aconyte’s publisher Marc Gascoigne said:

“We’re very pleased with this new partnership. Aconyte’s primary mission is to create spectacular thrillers and fantasy novels based around the most deeply realized of our game worlds – Arkham Horror, Legend of the Five Rings, Pandemic, Descent and Catan, to name just a few. With their impressive track record handling tie-in books based on world-famous properties, Simon & Schuster are the ideal partners to help launch our novels into the North American book trade.”

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About Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Free Press, Adams Media, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. Simon & Schuster proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information, visit simonandschuster.com.

About Aconyte

Aconyte was announced in April 2019 and their first books will be published in late spring 2020. The imprint’s mission is to adapt the deepest, most imaginative of Asmodee’s game worlds into novels. Based in Nottingham, UK, they also have staff in several US locations. They are a part of Asmodee’s Entertainment platform, a division of the global games publisher and distributor expressly working to take the group’s best intellectual properties into new formats. Learn more at aconytebooks.com.

About Asmodee

Asmodee Group is a leading international games publisher and distributor committed to telling amazing stories through great games with over 34 million games sold in more than 50 countries. Through our portfolio of iconic game titles, including Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Dead of Winter, Splendor, KeyForge, Dobble/Spot it! and Star Wars: X-Wing, we create a dynamic transmedia experience for players across a variety of digital and physical platforms. Asmodee also creates inspiring and innovative products in partnership with leading entertainment and technology companies. Asmodee operates in Europe, North America, South America and Asia and is headquartered in Guyancourt, France. Learn more at corporate.asmodee.com.

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Press Release: Aconyte appoints North American Sales Manager https://aconytebooks.com/press-releases/press-release-aconyte-appoints-north-american-sales-manager/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=press-release-aconyte-appoints-north-american-sales-manager Fri, 24 May 2019 10:50:54 +0000 https://aconytebooks.com/?p=3936 Aconyte, the newly announced fiction imprint of global games giant Asmodee, has appointed Vince Rospond as North American Sales Manager.

Based in New Jersey, US, he will oversee relations with Aconyte’s sales and distribution partners in the US and Canada. Rospond will report to the new imprint’s publisher, Marc Gascoigne, as the imprint prepares to launch its first novels in late spring 2020. The pair previously worked together building Games Workshop’s successful Black Library imprint, and before that Rospond was on the other side of the sales relationship, as a director of distributed client services for Simon & Schuster.

Vince Rospond said:

“I am happy to be joining Asmodee in general and Aconyte in particular. I believe this is a great opportunity to develop a new and innovative publishing program. It is great to be working with some old friends and some equally great new colleagues to bring some wonderful books to the marketplace I think our initial list will show why I am excited and why people interested in the fantasy and SF genres should be too.”

Aconyte publisher Marc Gascoigne added:

“Vince Rospond has always had a firm understanding on just what a sales team needs to be able to make and grow sales. He speaks the language of the reps and account managers, which means he is ideally placed to pinpoint exactly what will make our books must-stock items. It’s great to have him on board for our new adventure.”

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About Asmodee Entertainment

Asmodee Entertainment is a newly formed platform of games publisher and distributor Asmodee. Its mission is to extend Asmodee’s leading intellectual properties into TV/film, book and comics publishing, location based-entertainment, and consumer products, working in parallel with sister platforms Asmodee Boardgames and Asmodee Digital. Asmodee Entertainment will reach many new audiences and further delight existing fans through the creation of compelling story and character content set in Asmodee’s vibrant game universes. By establishing best-in-class partnerships across the full spectrum of opportunities, Asmodee Entertainment aims to create truly global intellectual properties and brands.

About Asmodee

Asmodee Group is a leading international games publisher and distributor committed to telling amazing stories through great games with over 34 million games sold in more than 50 countries. Through our portfolio of iconic game titles, including Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Dead of Winter, Splendor, KeyForge, Dobble/Spot it! and Star Wars: X-Wing, we create a dynamic transmedia experience for players across a variety of digital and physical platforms. Asmodee also creates inspiring and innovative products in partnership with leading entertainment and technology companies. Asmodee operates in Europe, North America, South America and Asia and is headquartered in Guyancourt, France. Learn more at corporate.asmodee.com.

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Press Release: Asmodee Announces the Creation of New Fiction Imprint, Aconyte https://aconytebooks.com/press-releases/aconyte-press-release/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aconyte-press-release Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:00:14 +0000 https://aconitebooks.com/?p=2575 Asmodee is a leading global games publisher and distributor. Among its most famous and imaginative game brands are Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Arkham Horror, and Legend of the Five Rings. More recent hits have included the innovative fantasy card game KeyForge and the co-operative zombie survival missions of Dead of Winter.

Asmodee’s Entertainment platform was formed in 2018 to focus on taking Asmodee’s wealth of intellectual properties into formats as varied as films and TV, comic books, location-based entertainment, merchandise, and novels.

Asmodee Entertainment are delighted to announce the creation of their own fiction imprint. Called Aconyte, it will be publishing novels based on many of Asmodee’s best game properties. Aconyte are also actively pursuing licenses for third-party tie-in fiction, with the first of these at the contract stage. Aconyte will start a monthly publication schedule from early summer 2020, producing paperbacks and ebooks for the US, UK and export trade.

To helm the imprint, Asmodee has appointed Marc Gascoigne, lately publisher & MD of award-winning global scifi imprint Angry Robot. He’s hired assistant editor, Lottie Llewelyn-Wells, and publishing coordinator, Nick Tyler, to join him in new offices in Nottingham.

Andy Jones, head of Asmodee Entertainment said:

“Asmodee’s stated mission is to bring the world ‘Great Games, Amazing Stories’. Aconyte is another key milestone along that path, literally creating those amazing stories and bringing further depth, intrigue, characters, and narrative to some of the best game worlds ever created.”

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About Asmodee Entertainment

Asmodee Entertainment is a newly formed platform of games publisher and distributor Asmodee. Its mission is to extend Asmodee’s leading intellectual properties into TV/film, book and comics publishing, location based-entertainment, and consumer products, working in parallel with sister platforms Asmodee Boardgames and Asmodee Digital. Asmodee Entertainment will reach many new audiences and further delight existing fans through the creation of compelling story and character content set in Asmodee’s vibrant game universes. By establishing best-in-class partnerships across the full spectrum of opportunities, Asmodee Entertainment aims to create truly global intellectual properties and brands.

About Asmodee

Asmodee Group is a leading international games publisher and distributor committed to telling amazing stories through great games with over 34 million games sold in more than 50 countries. Through our portfolio of iconic game titles, including Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Dead of Winter, Splendor, KeyForge, Dobble/Spot it! and Star Wars: X-Wing, we create a dynamic transmedia experience for players across a variety of digital and physical platforms. Asmodee also creates inspiring and innovative products in partnership with leading entertainment and technology companies. Asmodee operates in Europe, North America, South America and Asia and is headquartered in Guyancourt, France. Learn more at corporate.asmodee.com.

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