Thursday, 30 July 2015


From the JJLA press release:

Wayne Brookes, Publishing Director of Pan Macmillan in London, has concluded a World Rights deal for the next supernatural thriller by British author Adam Nevill with agent John Jarrold.  The book, presently untitled, will be delivered in November and published in hardback early in 2017.
Adam Nevill’s novels APARTMENT 16, THE RITUAL and LAST DAYS (which both won the August Derleth Award for Best Novel),  HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS and NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE  have been published very successfully by Pan Macmillan, with LOST GIRL already delivered for publication in October 2015.
Wayne Brookes said: ‘I couldn’t be happier to take the helm and preside over Adam Nevill’s brand new chiller at Pan Macmillan. I’ve known this wonderful author for a long time and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. It takes a special type of writer to send shivers down a reader’s spine and Adam does this and more. A remarkable talent.’


"Nevill writes with a convincing contemporary verisimilitude, and a sense of care for his characters that is sadly all too often lacking in contemporary horror, and that makes you feel their every shudder, grieve their every loss, and strive for their every triumph.

In the small careful nuances of his story, Nevill makes you believe, and believe utterly what is happening to his characters — both in their inner lives, and the extreme conditions they are suffering.

The story begins when a group of old friends take a wrong turn in a deep, dark Scandinavian forest. Not so bad at first, but it’s rainy, foggy, dank, and hard. The bonds that tie them together are gradually fraying as the physical conditions harden and lock around them, and they have few options to get out of the forest safe and sound."


Tuesday, 28 July 2015


Not entirely sure how House of Leaves or The Lottery are underrated, or how the list is compiled, or who it's aimed at, but I'm delighted to see a well-thumbed copy of The Ritual appear here. The book seems to have a viral quality online and has appeared in half a dozen of these lists over the last few years. So long may it slither through the undergrowth, with only the tips of its horns visible. If these nominations continue, one day it may even stand tall on its hind legs, red-eyed and snorting, its muzzle drenched in gore ...

Sunday, 26 July 2015


The mass market paperback of THE HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS is now available in the US and Canada, published by St Martins this week.
Really kind people (who know their horror) said this:
"Adam Nevill is a fantastic storyteller, a master of slow-building tension, and he's written a fever dream of a book. House of Small Shadows is chilling, disorienting, and deeply creepy. It has the feel of a cult classic, something horror fans will still be reading with immense delight fifty years from now. (Scott Smith, New York Times Bestselling author of The Ruins)"

"Modern storytelling...and old school terror. Very scary, highly recommended. (Jonathan Maberry, NYT bestselling author)"

"One of the most subtle and powerful writers of dark fiction - a unique voice. (Michael Marshall Smith, New York Times Bestselling author)"

"Adam Nevill is a spine-chiller in the classic tradition, a writer who draws you in from the world of the familiar, eases you into the world of terror, and then locks the door behind you. The House of Small Shadows grows darker and takes on more menacing life with each step forward. (Michael Koryta, New York Times Bestselling author of THE PROPHET)"

From the jacket:
Catherine's last job ended badly. Corporate bullying at a top TV network saw her fired and forced to leave London, but she was determined to get her life back. A new job and a few therapists later, things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself -- to catalogue the late M. H. Mason's wildly eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets. Rarest of all, she'll get to examine his elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals, depicting bloody scenes from the Great War. Catherine can't believe her luck when Mason's elderly niece invites her to stay at Red House itself, where she maintains the collection until his niece exposes her to the dark message behind her uncle's "Art." Catherine tries to concentrate on the job, but Mason's damaged visions begin to raise dark shadows from her own past. Shadows she'd hoped therapy had finally erased. Soon the barriers between reality, sanity and memory start to merge and some truths seem too terrible to be real... in The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015


Once again I am indebted to the constituency of the British Fantasy Society. All of my novels since APARTMENT 16 have been voted onto this shortlist by society members, and it has been a warm and flattering gesture of peer recognition year after year. Congratulations to all who are shortlisted.

Here's the August Derleth shortlist for 2015:

Best horror novel (the August Derleth Award)...
The End, Gary McMahon (NewCon Press)
The Girl With All the Gifts, M.R. Carey (Orbit)
The Last Plague, Rich Hawkins (Crowded Quarantine Publications)
No One Gets Out Alive, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)
Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel (Knopf)
The Unquiet House, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)


Saturday, 18 July 2015


A really exciting debut will be appearing in the horror/weird world this month. I mark THE NAMELESS DARK by Ted E. Grau as essential. To make it even more toothsome, this collection has a foreword by Nathan Ballingrud, whose own debut recently made us reel. My take on Ted's book:

"Packed with ideas that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, and a wide cast - a chorus of disgruntled outsiders, misfits, the put-upon, the socially unacceptable and self destructive - who... totter at the edge of the life they wanted, and by doing so seem to conjure associations with things that no one would want to know.

Above all, Ted E Grau has that special touch that leaves part of a reader trapped inside his tales, and that's always a sign that others should proceed, wide-eyed, into the stories. For me, he's right up there with the best of the new generation of horror writers. A must have collection."



Albion Fay, a novella by Mark Morris, is out now from Spectral Press. And what a distillation of quality British horror it is. Highly recommended, and I was honoured to pen an introduction to the book. Here's a short précis of my response to the story:
"The very first word of this short novel is “Albion”: the old name of England. And it is Britishness, and a participation in the British tradition of the supernatural in fiction, that haunts and defines this chilling, tragic an...d transporting story from, literally, the first word . . . British horror itself is often concerned with domesticity and where it rubs against diminishing vestiges of the wild and the ruined that still exhibit a concentration of ancient supernormal powers or presences. It is the musculature of much British horror. And Albion Fay flexes those muscles beneath flesh unused to sunlight."
“‘I know exactly when this photo was taken: July 1975. And I know where it was taken: on the sloping lawn beneath Albion Fay.
The boy in the photograph is me. The girl is my sister, Angie.
This is the morning of the day when we went into the caves for the first time.

          It is the day when our lives changed forever.’
Albion Fay, a holiday house in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature’s bounty. For the adults, a time for relaxation and to recharge the batteries, while for the children, a chance for exploration and adventure in the English countryside. A happy time for all: nothing could possibly go wrong. Or could it? What should be a magical time ends in tragedy – but what really happened that summer?”