Since Dracula first appeared in Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name in 1897, the character has been depicted in books, graphic novels, cartoons TV, films and even audio dramas. Here, Jonathan Barnes, author of Dracula horror sequel Dracula’s Child runs down his top ten best Draculas in popular culture… Christopher Lee in Count Dracula
Part one of The Hanged God trilogy, Thilde Kold Holdt’s epic fantasy is Northern Wrath is out now. Full of Norse myths, compelling characters, war and treason – we had to speak to Thilde to find out more about her novel… When/where did you first get the idea for Northern Wrath? A writer I once
Marking the beginning of the Burning Kingdoms trilogy — a sweeping and powerful epic in which a princess and a priestess will challenge their fates in order to rewrite the future of an empire – The Jasmine Throne is the latest novel by award-winning author Tasha Suri and we’re delighted to reveal its cover! Designed
How can a novel that’s been described as ‘Golden Girls meets The Expanse with a side of Babylon Five’ not pique our interest?! That’s what John Appel’s upcoming sci-fi novel Assassin’s Orbit has been described as and we’re proud to not only reveal its stylish cover, but we will also be giving you lucky SciFiNow’ers
We’ve always been big consumers of stories, and we’ve got a plethora of stories now, in the digital form. So why read books at all? 1.Read like you go to fitness: because it’s healthy. Your brain needs exercise too. Reading is more work than binge-watching a series. But I would like to argue that reading
Due out next year, we’re delighted to reveal the cover for Mike Brooks’ fantasy The Black Coast designed by Matt Byrne and with artwork by Anato Finnstark. Monumental worldbuilding at its finest, debut fantasy The Black Coast is the start of an epic series filled with war dragons, armoured knights, sea-faring raiders, dangerous magic and
If there’s one thing that stands out in Jurassic Park, it’s the thought of actually being able to see dinosaurs with your own eyes – it’s an inimitable tale of wonder and danger that will spark the imagination. Indeed, director Steven Spielberg understood the importance of Jurassic Park’s visuals when creating its big-screen adaptation, sparing
We have a SciFiNow Exclusive as author TL Huchu talks about the inspiration behind his phenomenal new novel The Library Of The Dead, plus a sneak peek at the first two chapters and a cover reveal from Neil Lang (@neillangdesign). Welcome to Edinburgh Nights Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker – and
To celebrate the upcoming release of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player Two on 24 November, we are giving away a collector’s edition of Ready Player One! Ready Player One is set in a near-future dystopia where people escape the chaos of the real world for an expansive virtual universe, where they can create their own reality.
We are delighted to be able to reveal the wonderful cover of Composite Creatures by published poet and first-time novelist Caroline Hardaker. Set in a society where self-preservation is as much an art as a science, Composite Creatures follows Norah and Arthur, who are learning how to co-exist in their new little world. Though they
Here’s a book cover reveal for you, with a title that might feel a little close to home, given current world events… presenting Eye of the Sh*t Storm! Out in April 2021, Eye of the Sh*t Storm is the third high-adrenaline novel in Jackson Ford’s Frost Files series. Jackson revealed himself to be the rather lovely
We’re delighted to be able to exclusively reveal the cover of Lucy Holland’s Sistersong, as well as a glimpse at the first chapter of the novel. We also spoke with the author about one of the inspirations behind the book: the ballad ‘The Two Sisters’… But first, here is a synopsis… 535 AD. In the
We love Batman: The Animated Series here at SciFiNow – the voice talents, the storylines, the characterisation and, of course, its incredibly dark, moody look. Now you can have that distinctive, noir-influenced art style on your coffee table with Mondo’s Batman: The Animated Series: The Phantom City Creative Collection! Over the years, Mondo has received
Book cover reveal ho! Just look at this gorgeous cover for the swashbuckling fantasy adventure The Forever Sea by Joshua Johnson. Due to be released in January next year, the books is said to take a timely look at our relationship with the environment, and the inevitable consequences of greed. Here is a synopsis of The
Author: Aisha Saeed Publisher: Penguin Random House Price: £12.99 If you like this, try… Wonder Woman Tempest Tossed Aimed more at teens than tots, Tempest Tossed is another early years adventure for Wonder Woman that never compromises its relevance. Aimed at younger readers (around the ages of eight-twelve), Penguin Random House has released the first
Some influences bubble and simmer beneath the surface, and some you confront head-on. When I started work on The Nobody People in the summer of 2016, there were certainly events in the world I wanted to face off against. Donald Trump was stoking racial resentment to fuel his candidacy, bringing the voices of white supremacists
A well known literary agent, Dongwon Song, posted recently about the right way to begin a story. He was riffing off the advice that authors often get, which is to start your story with something fast or exciting. Many budding authors take this to mean that they should start with action, but Dongwon went on
Paul Tremblay’s latest novel, Survivor Song, is set in New England, which has been locked down due to the spread of a rabies-like virus. The hospitals cannot cope with the infected, as the pathogen’s ferociously quick incubation period overwhelms the state and staying inside is the only way to keep safe. However, paediatrician Ramola Sherman can’t
Author: Melissa Bashardoust Publisher: Hodder & Stroughton Price: £14.99 (Hardback) Once upon a time, in a land full of evil ‘divs’ whose sole purpose is to bring chaos and destruction, a girl stumbled upon a helpless woman in a trap and set her free. However, the trapped woman was the prisoner of a fearsome div
Publisher: Penguin Random House Writer: Tom Scioli Price: $28.99 If you like this, try… Amazing Fantastic Incredible – Stan Lee: A Marvellous Memoir An opportunity to see the other side of the story as told by Smilin’ Stan Lee himself. Anyone familiar with the history of comic books should recognise the name Jack ‘King’ Kirby.
We have two exciting pieces of news SciFiNow readers! First, we’re excited to reveal above the stunning cover of Legacy Of Steel, the spectacular sequel to Matthew Ward’s acclaimed epic fantasy debut, Legacy Of Ash. Not only that but we are giving away the two novels as a bundle! Just answer the question below to be
Author: Paul Tremblay Publisher: Titan Price: £8.99 Natalie is pregnant and waiting for her husband to come home with the shopping. She would have gone herself but there is a pandemic going on and outside is not a safe place for an expectant mother. You see, the state of Massachusetts has succumbed to an infection
There are many contenders laying claim to the title of ‘the first SFF novel’. One particularly strong candidate has always been Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, written in 1816 when she was still a teenager. That’s fairly well known. Less well known is the fact that the novel’s preface contains what may be another, quieter first.
England, 2020. There are 1.2 million human-sized rabbits living in the UK. They can walk, talk and drive cars, the result of an inexplicable anthropomorphising event fifty-five years ago. A family of rabbits is about to move into Much Hemlock, a cosy little village where life revolves around summer fetes, jam-making, gossipy corner stores, and
For some reason, I think a lot about choices. We have access to some choices, and others we don’t. As early as grade three I remember wondering with a little frisson of unease of what my life would have been like if I’d been born elsewhere, to some other set of circumstances or even parents.
Author: Jasper Fforde Publisher: Hodder & Stroughton Price: £20 (Hardback), £10.99 (eBook) Peter Knox is a man who has a job he tolerates and a boss he hates so he can spend his days off indulging in idiosyncratic hobbies and family time with his daughter. He is a resident of Much Hemlock, a quintessentially English
Exploring the multiverse of science fiction and fantasy can be an exhilarating journey for a collector, and an inexhaustible one too. As well as all the celebrated 19th and 20th Century classics of the genre, from Frankenstein and Alice In Wonderland to Lord Of The Rings and Dune, it’s worth remembering that the roots of imaginative
Author: John Harrison Publisher: Gollancz Price: £20 Shaw is having a mid-life crisis. Or he’s had one and missed it… He’s not quite sure, but either way he’s trying to get his life back on track with his new London apartment, new job and new relationship with Victoria. However, as he starts to settle into
Publisher: DC Black Label Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo (penciller) Price: £29.99 Bruce Wayne isn’t Batman and never was. It was all just a delusion – or so he’s told when he wakes up in a psychiatric hospital, surrounded by doctors and nurses (some of whom bear an uncanny resemblance to the villains in
Author: Kester Grant Publisher: HarperVoyager Price: £12.99 (Hardback), £7.99 (eBook) Part one of a trilogy, The Court Of Miracles is set in a nefarious and lawless alternative Paris in the 1800s. Times are tough. The revolution to overthrow the monarchy has failed and crime and violence is prevalent. Seeing the city they love falling to pieces,