Greetings from your editor

Good Morning All

I post so rarely here, that you can almost consider this my Christmas address. If you picture me on my throne of obsidian, surrounded by the blackened and shattered bones of authors who have displeased me, then you'll get the general picture. Just add tinsel.

Anyway, as you may well have heard we are delighted and honoured to announce that in 2012 we will be publishing a novel by Christopher Fowler called Hell Train.

This wonderful cover, by the way, is by Mr Graham Humphreys himself, artist behind such classic movie posters as The Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street. I've been a fan of Chris's work for a long time, so I'm thrilled to bits to be working with him on this project.

In other news, I have recently completed the line-up for my next horror anthology, House of Fear, which will feature stories on the theme of the haunted house. I'm delighted to be able to announce the following as contributing to this collection: Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen Volk, Nicholas Royle, Robert Shearman, Terry Lamsley, Sarah Pinborough, Tim Lebbon, Rebecca Levene, Paul Meloy, Christopher Priest, Adam L. G. Nevill, Eric Brown, Jonathan Green, Nina Allan, Chaz Brenchley, Stephen Volk, Gary Kilworth, Weston Ochse, Lisa Tuttle and Christopher Fowler.

I love a good ghost story and judging by the manuscripts I've had in so far, this anthology is going to deliver the chills. Again, I give you the cover by our brilliant designer Luke Preece:

This has been my first full year as the Solaris editor-in-chief and I've loved every moment. It's a real delight to work with such a talented stable of authors, while seeking out new voices in genre. I'm also indebted to my team of David, Jenni and Ben who help keep things rolling. I'm hoping to have more exciting news for you on commissions in the near future. In the meantime, why not tell us what have been your Solaris highlights of the year?

Have a splendid Christmas all.



Niall Alexander said...


It was my first Eric Brown, not my last, and it did that thing the very best fiction tends to: made me re-evaluate, reconsider. Loved it.

Yagiz said...

Without a doubt, mine was Paul Kearney's The Monarchies of God omnibuses: Hawkwood and the Kings and Century of the Soldier. This was epic at its best. I loved every bit of it.

Regarding Hell Train and House of Fear, they both look very good. In my opinion, short stories in horror work very well so I'm looking forward to them.