Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Whoniverse Round-Up March 2016

The Whoniverse Round-Up

The Rift is throwing up a storm of weather fronts which is causing a headache for everyone, but come a little closer to the website this month and find a host of info worth checking into further.

First up,

Nathan Sussex. If you’re a fan of the soaps, then you may have seen Nathan on Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and Da Vinci’s Demons recently. He was also in a short film funded by the BFI, with a tiny role in a film called The Lighthouse (2015): Dogs of Annwn. Which you can find out more here - http://dogsofannwn.com/projects/lighthouse/

The film is developed in collaboration with Ffilm Cymru Wales, the BFI and BBC Films and is part of the Cinematic Wales scheme. It is co-written and directed by Chris Crow, produced by David Lloyd and stars Michael Jibson and Mark Lewis Jones. It’s based on the infamous Smalls Island Incident of 1801.

Ian Edginton is currently writing an Adam West Batman cross over with Steed & Mrs Peel story – Batman 66 meets Avengers, for DC. He’s also writing a new series of Scarlet Traces for 2000AD. The series is the sequel to HG Wells’ War of the World that he’d adapted and wrote two follow on series that were published by Dark Horse. Now with the reprinting by 2000AD, there are plans to have more stories set in that world. The artwork as before on the Scarlet Traces are by Disraeli who also illustrated the Torchwood story ‘The Rift War’.

Guy Adams
With a Torchwood audio story to end the current run of Torchwood Series 1 on Big Finish, Guy has been busy writing a few books that are out this month.

GOLDTIGER is Antonio Barreti and Louis Shaeffer’s iconic 60s comic strip that never was…until now! It’s a great read, and if you’re a comic book fan, then you will enjoy the illustrations and story within. Here is the blurb that’s attached to the book, priced at £19.99 on Amazon. You can pre-order a copy that’s released 10th March, it’s well worth the price.

     An obscure Italian artist and a down-to-earth British writer, worlds apart in both taste and ideology, came together to create a rival to Modesty Blaise that has lived in infamy. The duo’s adventures of Lily Gold and Jack Tiger were ultimately deemed too sensational for the nation’s newspaper pages and the strip was cancelled before it even ran. This enthralling book presents 'The Poseidon Complex', the complete serial, lifting the lid on comics most unsung creation and includes letters, scripts, interviews and sketches all documenting the creation of the strip and the outlandish lives of its creators. It also presents 'Goldtiger 2000', offered to (but refused by) 2000 AD for its launch in 1977 and details Barreti's continued refusal to let his ground-breaking ideas die, even if nobody wanted to publish them.
Here’s the link you’ll need to purchase it. 

Alexandra Benedict is new to the Whoniverse, but you should know that her audio story ‘Victorian Age’ kicks off the second series of Torchwood Big Finish audios this month. It’s all about Captain Jack and Queen Victoria, who is played by Rowena Cooper. It’s not a full Torchwood cast but hey, come on, Victorian Torchwood, hands up all those who have wanted to hear/read more of these kinds of stories? I for one, can’t wait to hear this.
We also have an interview with Alexandra after the episode airs, so be sure to look out for that next issue!

Alexandra is an author and her novels, especially her Jonathan Dark series looks very appealing, and I can see that I’m going to be extremely busy buying a series of novels by my favourite writers this year. Might need a bigger bookshelf to accommodate them all, in fact, might need a bigger cupboard!!!

Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts is a supernatural crime story. It’s the second novel in the series of Detective Inspector Dark stories, and one that is ticking the boxes of reviewers on Amazon. It’s certainly a series of novels I fancy getting my teeth into.
Despite Amazon stating that the paperback version of this novel isn’t out till 29th December, it is available to purchase now.

Maria King knows a secret London. Born blind, she knows the city by sound and touch and smell. But surgery has restored her sight - only for her to find she doesn't want it.

Jonathan Dark sees the shadowy side of the city. A DI with the Metropolitan Police, he is haunted by his failure to save a woman from the hands of a stalker. Now it seems the killer has set his sights on Maria, and is leaving her messages in the most gruesome of ways.

Tracing the source of these messages leads Maria and Jonathan to a London they never knew. Finding the truth will mean seeing a side to the city where life and death is a game played by the powerful, where everyone is lost but nothing is missing, and where all the answers are hiding, if only they listen to the whispers on the streets.

Shot through with love and loss, ghosts and grief, A K Benedict weaves a compelling mystery that will leave you looking over your shoulder and asking what lurks in the dark.

Sarah Pinborough’s new novel 13 Minutes which is released tomorrow (2nd March) has already picked up a five star rating on Amazon and has certainly piqued my interest to add this novel along with several others by Sarah to my reading list for this year alone. As it would seem, Sarah’s interest in stories that involve life as well as death, come as no surprise to me after finishing the Torchwood novel, Long Time Dead – check out our review of that this month.
Below is the link for 13 Minutes on Amazon, and below that is the blurb from the book.

I was dead for 13 minutes.

I don't remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this - it wasn't an accident and I wasn't suicidal.

They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you're a teenage girl, it's hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I'm sure of it. But that doesn't mean they didn't try to kill me. Does it?

13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough is a gripping psychological thriller about people, fears, manuiplation and the power of the truth. A stunning read, it questions our relationships - and what we really know about the people closest to us . . .

We hope this warms the cockles on these blustery cold wintry mornings.

See you next month!

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