Candy Jar Books have unveiled the latest volume of The HAVOC Files, collecting together short stories from early 2017 and brand new exclusive material in print for the first time.
This volume contains three short stories previously available in digital format and released early 2017, plus five brand new stories, including the final episode of the three-part novella, The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (episodes one and two of which were published in The HAVOC Files 2 and 3).
The collection includes:
- The Contented Mind by Wink Taylor
- The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters (previous digital release)
- United in Blood by Mark Jones (previous digital release)
- The Cruel Oil by Harry Draper
- All the King’s Men by Alyson Leeds
- The Great Magician and the Spirits of the Vasty Deep by Gareth Madgwick
- The Slow Invasion by Andrew Allen
- The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho (previous digital release)
- The Lost Skin: Episode Three by Andy Frankham-Allen
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
“This is probably our most exciting volume yet, because it features five stories that are a direct result of our recent open submission period. We had such an amazing response and received so many varied ideas, most of which made it as far as the one-page outline stage. Many of those led to a commission, and HAVOC 4 presents the first five of those commissions, all by authors new to the range and, some, completely new to professionally published fiction.”
Among those new authors are Andrew Allen, a Brighton-based writer, actor, director and the co-founder and Artistic Director of Cast Iron Theatre; and Wink Taylor, who was a writer/actor writer/actor for both Sooty and Basil Brush, as well as creator of the popular childrens’ character Theo the Mouse. He is also well-known for his voice impersonations of various Doctor Who characters, notably the Third Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
The cover has been designed by Richard Young:
“Shaun (Russell, Head of Publishing) had promised me The HAVOC Files cover since book two came out, so I was over the moon when he said that I was doing book four. I’ve always had the idea of using the Brig and a filing cabinet, but my initial ideas just weren’t working for me. I then came up with another idea, but it was felt that this new idea was too similar to another cover I had done. Shaun and I then bounced several other concepts back and forth, trying to make the ‘4’ the main element, and after some very minor adjustments just to tighten things up, we had something we both liked.”
Like the previous volumes, The HAVOC Files 4 is only available direct from the Candy Jar Store, and is a strictly limited-print run. HAVOC 1, 2 and 3 are also all available for digital download on Kindle.