Last week, we announced the acquisition of The Stone Keep, the debut novel from Irish fantasy author, S. K. Marlay. In this interview, we catch up with Stella to discuss her writing career to date, her upcoming novel and the themes within, and the fictional worlds that have inspired her own.

What inspired you to write The Stone Keep?

SKM: A few years ago I had a run of traumas — my son almost died of meningitis at birth, then my mother died very suddenly, and a few weeks later I lost a job I loved when the company was…


Heroic Books have acquired Stella K. Marlay’s fast-paced story of love and sacrifice that is also a timely exploration of power and exploitation, due to be released in November 2021.

Eadha learns early the cruel nature of the world from Lord Huath, a brutal Channeller. The Channellers rule Domhain, sapping magic from others so that the crops might grow, the cities might prosper, and the dragons might be held at bay.

But there is another, more ancient power blossoming in the young Eadha, one that does not consume the life force of others. And as the world and its cruelties…


Last week, we announced the acquisition of Featherfall, the debut novel from British fantasy author, Jerry Ibbotson. In this interview, we catch up with Jerry to discuss his writing career to date, his upcoming novel and the themes within, and the fictional worlds that have inspired his own.

What inspired you to write Featherfall?

JI: I’d written quite a bit in the past, and when I sat down to write Featherfall I ended up turning out the first draft really quickly. It was a time when I was pretty angry with life; the business that I’d set up and run…


Heroic Books have acquired world rights to publish British author Jerry Ibbotson’s debut fantasy novel FEATHERFALL.

Featherfall is about an angel living in suburbia.

Paul has turned his back on his old life. Now, sought out by forces he thought he’d left behind, he finds himself at the centre of a cataclysm whose name has not been uttered for centuries: Featherfall.

Converging on his home are Owain, a millennia-old Celt hungry for answers; Faye, a grief-wracked widow with nothing left to live for; and Morrison, a twisted outcast driven by pain. …


Last week, we announced the acquisition of The Tenets of Truth, the debut novel from British fantasy author, Quillem McBreen. In this interview, we catch up with Quillem to discuss his writing career to date, his upcoming novel and the themes it deals with, and the fictional worlds that have inspired his own.

What was your writing experience like before beginning The Tenets of Truth?

QM: I’m a totally new author, so The Tenets of Truth is my first foray into writing. I remember meeting Claire Coombes from the Liverpool Editing Company after I had finished my own round of…


Heroic Books have acquired world rights to publish British author Quillem McBreen’s debut fantasy novel THE TENETS OF TRUTH.

In THE TENETS OF TRUTH, the Church of the Righteous Truth’s rule stretches ever outward across Alytheia. Jealous defenders of the Goddess’s magic, the church sees all, controls all: trade, military, the ancient arts of wielding and cognation — even life and death.

As both the clergy and the House-Lords jostle for the realm, four unlikely commoners may hold the fate of the kingdom in their hands — and when the truth of a holy artefact is uncovered, destinies become entwined…


With lockdown rules easing, meaning that we can once again sit inside our favourite watering holes, my attention turns to one of my favourite pastimes. Reading alone in a pub.

It may come across as anti-social, aloof even. I don’t care. The sheer simple pleasure of delving into a world of make-believe with a pint of amber nectar, or even the black stuff, is mind-judderingly satisfying. A sense of just so-ness and right fills me each time I open my book or e-reader in the sanctuary of a boozer.

Perhaps in part I welcome the sense of isolation that it…


May the Fourth is a date celebrated around the world by Star Wars fans. Echoing the benediction of ‘May the Force be with you’, it serves as an in-joke, a greeting and a publicity stunt all rolled into one.

Lucasfilm Ltd. (11), Charles Morgan Smith — Getty Images; Photo Illustration by Kenneth Bachor for TIME

The Star Wars universe is galactically huge, encompassing almost every form of media you care to mention. Movies, TV shows, animation, video games, books, graphic novels, audio drama, theme parks — you name it, they’ve got it! These days, we are spoilt for choice with new shows, comics, books and films being announced every few months. …


While you might expect Tolkein and Martin to be seen sharing a horn of mead in a tavern where the laws of time and space have no meaning, Shakespeare could be thought of as an outsider in this setting. What does he have in common with the other two? It turns out more than you might think.

For the layperson, Shakespeare is shorthand for long boring plays about kings and battles that have no bearing on our world today. For the fantasy fan though, he could be seen as the inspiration for many modern works of epic fantasy.

Consider the…


If you’re wondering whether the tale of a valiant hero slaying a foul fire-breathing, fair-maiden-eating monster is an early example of fantasy fiction, the answer surely has to be in the affirmative.

The legend of St George and the Dragon has roots going back thousands of years, with links to early Christianity. Mention of the story instantly conjures imagery of warriors on horseback attacking airborne scaly giants. In some retellings, it’s a two-headed creature with a man’s body and a serpent’s head. …

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