Neil Spring, author of The Ghost Hunters and The Watchers , signs two-book deal with Quercus.
Neil Spring, novelist behind the historical chillers The Ghost Hunters and The Watchers, as well as the forthcoming The Lost Village , has signed a new two-book deal with Quercus Publishing.
Kathryn Taussig, Senior Commissioning Editor at Quercus acquired UK & Commonwealth, excluding Canada, in a deal struck by Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown.
Spring’s first title, provisionally called A Voice in the Walls, is an original spine-chiller based on the true story of Gef, ‘the talking mongoose’. The setting is a remote farm on the Isle of Man which became infamous in the 1930s through sensational reports of disembodied voices heard there. The new book will publish in hardback in Autumn 2018.
Spring’s second title will be a standalone psychological thriller, also based on a true story and which has already received interest from television development executives. Publication is slated for Autumn 2019.
Spring is a novelist who has enjoying substantial success in the world of film and television. The critically acclaimed ITV film Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (2015), starring Rafe Spall, was adapted from The Ghost Hunters . In 2016 the screen rights for The Watchers were acquired by DNA Films and Television after an eight-way auction and are now in development for a major broadcaster.
Kathryn Taussig said: ‘It’s a pleasure to continue to work with Neil Spring, who is such a powerhouse of ambition and creative energy. Neil brings so much to the publishing process, and he’s a real asset to his brilliant, spooky novels.’
Cathryn Summerhayes said: ‘Neil has a brilliant eye for a cracking historical mystery and with Quercus’ ongoing support I am sure he will bring more and more fans to his unique style of storytelling.’
Neil Spring said: ‘Quercus’ strong position within Hachette, and the support of their committed editorial and publicity teams, means it’s an honour to be working with them on my next two books. These are suspense stories I hope will thrill and chill readers, and television audiences, alike.’
Some stories are never finished. Some voices insist on being heard, even after death . . .
Many years ago, soldiers entered a remote English village called Imber and forced every inhabitant out. It remains abandoned . . .
Each winter, on one night only, Imber's former residents return to visit loved ones buried in the overgrown churchyard.
But this year, something has gone wrong. Secrets are surfacing, putting all who come near Imber in danger. And only one man can help.
Notorious ghost hunter Harry Price has reluctantly reunited with his former assistant Sarah Grey. Once, she worshipped Harry, but their relationship has recently soured. Harry knows that Sarah could be the key to unlocking the mystery of Imber, but will her involvement in the case be the undoing of them both?
Inspired by real historical events, this is the second novel by Neil Spring featuring the notorious real-life ghost hunter, Harry Price. The critically acclaimed ITV drama Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, starring Rafe Spall, was adapted from Spring's first novel, The Ghost Hunters.