Abaddon Books

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Abaddon Books
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Parent company Rebellion Developments
Founded August 2006
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location Oxford
Fiction genres Science fiction
Fantasy
Horror
Official website www.abaddonbooks.com

Abaddon Books is a British publishing imprint, founded in 2006.[1] It is part of the Rebellion group of companies, along with publishing companies Solaris Books, 2000 AD, 2000 AD Graphic Novels, and Cubicle 7.[2]

Abaddon publishes "shared world" novels in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres.[3] Describing itself as a return to "the good old days of pulp fiction", the imprint focuses on shorter, action-driven novels with dark or horrific themes.[4]

The line was founded by Jonathan Oliver,[3] who has been Editor-in-Chief of Abaddon and Solaris Books since Rebellion bought the latter from BL Publishing in 2009.[5]

Shared-World Series[edit]

Abaddon publishes "shared-world" novels set in a number of narrative settings, with two or more authors writing in each series. Abaddon's editorial team creates the worlds in collaboration with the authors, placing an emphasis on original and engaging ideas:

It's franchise fiction without a franchise. We’re giving writers the spark of an idea and asking, “can you do this?”

But we’re not giving them an idea that is based on a game or a film, or anything... we’re just saying: “Wouldn’t it be cool if this kind of fiction existed? Could you write this kind of fiction for us?”

—Jonathan Oliver[6]

The imprint is currently publishing books in six series:

  • The Afterblight Chronicles, a post-apocalyptic setting in which cults and warlords run rampant over the survivors of a global plague.
  • The Infernal Game, an espionage series incorporating elements of urban fantasy and gothic horror.
  • No Man's World, an exploration story about a company of World War I soldiers inexplicably transported to an alien world.
  • Pax Britannia, a steampunk alternate history in which a 160-year old Queen Victoria still governs the British Empire towards the end of the twentieth century.
  • Tomes of the Dead, not a single shared world, but a series of stand-alone zombie stories marked by subversion or reinterpretation of the genre.[7]
  • Twilight of Kerberos, a "sword and sorcery" setting on a small world orbiting the gas giant Kerberos, inhabited by the remnants of lost civilisations.

A seventh series was announced in 2010, with the first title expected to reach the shelves in early 2011:

A further two series were launched in the imprint's first year, but have seen no new titles in at least three years:

  • Dreams of Inan, a science fantasy series set on a futuristic world in which magic acts as a nuclear-style deterrent. The series concluded with The Worm That Wasn't in 2007.
  • Sniper Elite, an alternate history based in the world of the Sniper Elite game. The series included only a single book, The Spear of Destiny, in 2006.

Publications[edit]

The following titles have been previously published or are announced as upcoming.

All releases prior to 2009, and most releases since, have featured cover art by Greg Staples or Mark Harrison; covers for the new The Infernal Game and No Man's World titles, and for the upcoming omnibus editions, have been created by 2000 AD staff designers Simon Parr and Luke Preece.

The Afterblight Chronicles[edit]

The Infernal Game[edit]

No Man's World[edit]

Pax Britannia[edit]

Tomes of the Dead[edit]

Twilight of Kerberos[edit]

Malory's Knights of Albion[edit]

Dreams of Inan[edit]

Sniper Elite[edit]

Other media[edit]

Sniper Elite: The Spear of Destiny was inspired by Rebellion Developments' Sniper Elite video game.[9]

In October 2010, Amber Entertainment announced that it had optioned the movie rights for Tomes of the Dead: Stronghold,[10] to be produced by Amber's Ileen Maisel and directed by Rebellion's Jason Kingsley.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rebellion Talks 2000 AD," Forbidden Planet International, 10 July 2006, discussing "a new prose range" with editor Jonathan Oliver.
  2. ^ Rebellion Developments Ltd. on Moby Games, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "An Interview with Jonathan Oliver," The Literary Project, 16 April 2010
  4. ^ "About Us," Abaddon Books, October 2009
  5. ^ "Rebellion Acquires Solaris Imprint," The Bookseller, 3 September 2009.
  6. ^ "PK Interview: Jonathan Oliver (Part 4)," Pornokitsch, 24 March 2010
  7. ^ "Interview with Jasper Bark by JD'L," Horror Reanimated, 4 June 2010
  8. ^ "News Series Announcement!" Abaddon Books, 19 March 2010
  9. ^ "Book Review - Sniper Elite: The Spear of Destiny," BSC Review, 8 September 2007
  10. ^ "Zombies go medieval," Variety, 21 October 2010

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