Sunday Times Books LIVE Community Sign up

Login to Sunday Times Books LIVE

Forgotten password?

Forgotten your password?

Enter your username or email address and we'll send you reset instructions

Sunday Times Books LIVE

S.L. Grey

@ Sunday Times Books LIVE

Pan Macmillan to publish two new S.L. Grey books

It’s a very happy day for S.L. Grey. Apart from being the launch date of our third book, The New Girl, we are delighted to announce that Pan Macmillan has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to publish the next two S.L. Grey novels. Julie Crisp, Pan Macmillan’s editorial director, has shared the news on the Tor UK blog.

Sarah and I are thrilled to be joining such a fine stable of writers and are grateful for Julie and her team’s warm enthusiasm for our upcoming projects. We’re also immensely thankful to Oli Munson, our agent of steel, and Jennifer Custer and Hélène Ferey in A.M. Heath’s international rights department for working tirelessly to spread our twisty tales around the world. They’ve already placed the next book in France, Germany and the Netherlands. And huge thanks to Laura Palmer, Toby Mundy and Corvus for taking the initial brave chance on us.

Julie Crisp’s press release offers the first sneak preview of Underground, our next novel, which will be published by Pan Macmillan in mid-2015. We wanted to come up with something fresh, but not lose the claustrophobic thrills our readers have become used to.

———

The Pan Macmillan press release in full:

TWO-BOOK DEAL IN PRE-FRANKFURT AUCTION

Pan Macmillan is thrilled to announce the acquisition of two S. L. Grey novels by Julie Crisp, Editorial Director, in a six-figure deal with agent Oli Munson, of AM Heath, after a hard-fought pre-Frankfurt auction. Rights have already been sold in Germany, France and Holland.

Crisp said of the deal: ‘I’m so excited to be able to welcome such a talented writing duo to Pan Macmillan. Underground took my breath away with its pacing, brilliant characterisation and tension-filled stand-off. It’s a nail-biting read for all the best reasons. ’

A high concept thriller with overtones of Stephen King, Underground takes place in The Sanctum, a luxurious, self-sustaining survival condominium situated fifty feet underground in a remote location in rural Maine. It’s a plush bolt-hole for the rich and paranoid – a place where they can wait out the apocalypse in style.

When a devastating super-flu virus hits the States, several families race to reach The Sanctum. Among them are committed preppers, people who have invested a great deal of time and money preparing for any apocalyptic scenario. All the residents have their own motivations for buying into the development. All are hiding secrets. And when the doors lock and a death occurs, they realise the greatest threat to their survival may be trapped in the Sanctum with them…

S.L. Grey is a collaboration between Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg. Based in Cape Town, Sarah is a novelist and screenwriter and die-hard zombie fanatic. She writes crime novels and thrillers under her own name, and as Lily Herne she and her daughter Savannah Lotz write the Deadlands series of zombie novels for young adults. Louis is a Johannesburg-based fiction writer and editor. He was a bookseller for several years, and has a Master’s degree in vampire fiction and a doctorate on the post-religious apocalyptic fiction of Douglas Coupland.

Sarah Lotz said: ‘We’re both thrilled that a publisher with such a stellar reputation as Macmillan is so enthusiastic about our writing. It’s a real honour to join such an incredible list.’

And Louis Greenberg said: ‘As a reader and bookseller, I’ve always been a huge fan of Macmillan’s classily curated lists, so it’s a dream for me to make it into their stable as a writer. We heartily look forward to our future projects together.’

UNDERGROUND will be published by Pan Macmillan in summer 2015.

 

Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    October 4th, 2013 @08:09 #
     
    Top

    That's huge news, Louis - congrats to you and Sarah.

    Bottom
  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    October 4th, 2013 @09:04 #
     
    Top

    Congratulations to you both! Now go conquer the world!

    Bottom
  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    October 4th, 2013 @09:49 #
     
    Top

    *clicks heels, throws hat in air, sings* "For they are jolly good fellows..." HUZZAH, S.L. Grey, huzzah!

    Bottom
  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    October 4th, 2013 @13:06 #
     
    Top

    So thrilled about this and even more thrilled to be able to call in FRIEND PRIVILEGE to get an early reading copy. When it's ready, of course. (Is it ready, yet?)

    Bottom
  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    October 4th, 2013 @13:10 #
     
    Top

    How about now?

    Bottom
  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    October 4th, 2013 @13:19 #
     
    Top

    Thanks, everyone!

    Er, we've got to finish it first, Lauren.

    Bottom
  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    October 4th, 2013 @13:31 #
     
    Top

    I know. How's that going? Tuesday suit you?

    Bottom
  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    October 4th, 2013 @13:32 #
     
    Top

    Okay, okay, next Friday. Latest.

    Bottom
  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    October 4th, 2013 @14:16 #
     
    Top

    I'll blame Sarah if we're a few days, or months, late.

    Bottom

Please register or log in to comment

» View comments as a forum thread and add tags in BOOK Chat