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March 1, 2011

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Welcome to our newsletter! March has exciting new releases, and we have a new feature at our Pyr-o-mania blog, as well as some interesting links elsewhere. Let's get started!
 

Return to an England that Never Was


The unlikely team of Burton and Swinburne return in Mark Hodder's The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.

It is 1862, though not the 1862 it should be. Time has been The Curious Case of the Clockwork Manaltered, and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the king's agent, is one of the few people who know that the world is now careening along a very different course from that which Destiny intended.

When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection-black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times.

His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he's the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate. Monstrous, bloated, and monosyllabic, he's not the aristocratic Sir Roger Tichborne known to everyone, yet the working classes come out in force to support him. They are soon rioting through the streets of London, as mysterious steam wraiths incite all-out class warfare.

From a haunted mansion to the Bedlam madhouse, from South America to Australia, from séances to a secret labyrinth, Burton struggles with shadowy opponents and his own inner demons, meeting along the way the philosopher Herbert Spencer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Florence Nightingale, and Charles Doyle (father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).

Can the king's agent expose a plot that threatens to rip the British Empire apart, leading to an international conflict the like of which the world has never seen? And what part does the clockwork man have to play? Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

Burton and Swinburne's second adventure is filled with eccentric steam-driven technology, grotesque characters, and a deepening mystery that pushes forward the three-volume story arc begun in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, which Booklist--in a starred review--called, "exciting and fresh...thrilling and full of surprises."

Pyr around the Web

We're excited to bring a new feature to the Pyr-o-mania blog. Demonstorm CoverEach month, we're asking our authors a few questions, round-table style. The first of our Author Round Tables is up here.  Mark Chadbourn (The Scar-Crow Men), Jasper Kent (Thirteen Years Later), and James Barclay (Demonstorm) join us to talk about what draws them to fantasy, what goes into writing their books, and what kind of music they like. Keep an eye on the blog, because later this month, Mark Hodder (The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man), MD Lachlan (Wolfsangel), and Sam Sykes (Black Halo) will drop by.

Matt Staggs interviewed Jon Sprunk (Shadow's Son) at ShadowsSonSuvudu.com.  They talk about the upcoming Shadow's Lure, Sprunk's influences, and the inspirations behind Shadow's Son. Check it out!

Editorial Director Lou Anders joins Mur Lafferty for Episode 185 of I Should Be Writing, in which they discuss forthcoming Pyr releases, steampunk, piracy, writing what you know (or not.)

March 15-18, Sam Sykes (Black Halo) and Ari Marmell (The Goblin Corps, forthcoming) will be guest blogging at Borders Babel Clash
 

Coming Later this Month

In Wolfsangel, author M. D. Lachlan begins a stunning Wolfsangelmultivolume fantasy epic that will take a werewolf from his beginnings as the heir to a brutal Viking king down through the ages. It is a journey that will see him hunt for his lost love through centuries and lives, and see the endless battle between the wolf, Odin, and Loki, the eternal trickster, spill over into countless bloody conflicts from our history and our lives.

 

"Savage, dark, strange, and unpredictable. Recommended." - Joe Abercrombie, author of the First Law trilogy 

 

 

Black HaloSam Sykes returns to the world of the Aeons' Gate in Black Halo. The Tome of the Undergates has been recovered, and the gates of hell remain closed. Lenk and his five companions set sail to bring the accursed relic away from the demonic reach of Ulbecetonth, the Kraken Queen. But after weeks at sea, tensions amidst the adventurers are rising. Their troubles are only beginning when their ship crashes upon an island made of the bones left behind from a war long dead. They soon find out that the reach of Ulbecetonth is longer than hell can hold.  

 

"Tome of the Undergates could be called blunt force trauma fantasy...  I am keen to find out more... Sign me up for the next bloody adventure." - Walker of Worlds blog 

That's it for this issue. Don't forget our coupon below! As always, please check out our entire catalog and drop by our blog.

Happy Reading,

Rene Sears
Editorial Assistant, Pyr
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A novel of the Multiverse, the universe of Michael Moorcock's world-famous Eternal Champion novels.  

 

This is a novel set at the very heart of Michael Moorcock's multiverse, in Karadur, city of metal, steam, and ancient families, the mighty clans of the metal. In six days, Max Silverskin, thief and trickster, must discover the secrets of his heritage or die from the witch mark - the silverheart - which will devour his heart. Lady Rose Iron, daughter of the leader of the powerful Clan Iron is thrown into an edgy alliance with Max as she searches for the secrets that could save the city's future. Captain Cornelius Coffin, head of the clans' security forces, is in love with Lady Rose and obsessed with capturing Max. And there are others, in Shriltasi, Karadur's underworld twin, who know the prophecy which says that only Max Silverskin can save both realms.

 

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