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Father of the Future
Cassique is a time travelling Fixer in AD 2853. It's his job to nip back into the past and fix problems which threaten to wipe out the world of the twenty-ninth century. But the longer Cassique spends in those past times, the more he comes to wonder if the docile, VR-obsessed people of his present would actually benefit from a reset. It's a dangerous thought, because that would mean taking a stand against Father, the world-running super-computer, and Father takes a very dim view of any form of rebellion.
When Cassique teams up with a couple of relatively famous figures from the past, they start trying to formulate a plan to make time travel work in their favour, and return the reins of control to humanity. But they have to be exceedingly careful, because Father might be listening...
A darkly comic cross between 1984 and Time Bandits, this science fiction work shines a light on the dangers of putting too much power in the hands of a computer, and is more timely than ever when framed against the recent debate concerning the rise of AI.
Release date: October 18th, 2023.
Molls Like It Hot
Eyrie Brown used to serve in the Army, until a tragic loss forced him to return to civilian life earlier than planned. Now he drives one of London's iconic black cabs. On a dark, wet night, he gives a lift to a wounded gangster, and everything changes from that point on.
When the mob lord gets in touch later, offering Eyrie a small fortune if he will take care of a mysterious young woman for a weekend, Eyrie is hesitant. He can see trouble ahead, but the money will change his life, so he reluctantly agrees to become a temporary guardian. But murder is on the cards, and his vengeful "moll" turns out to be far more of a handful than he had ever anticipated. As twist follows twist and bodies start to mount, Eyrie gets backed into a blood-soaked corner and must resort to desperate, inventive measures if he is to stand any chance of seeing his mission through and making it out of the weekend alive.
Release date: December 4th, 2019.
The Midsummer Players stage an outdoor version of A Midsummer Night's Dream every year on Midsummer's Eve. The actors have a wonderful time, even though they’re dreadful. Audience members appreciate the effort they put in and applaud politely, but almost never attend more than once. Except for... the fey folk!
All of the fairies named in the play are obliged to attend every performance, due to a deal that they struck with a mischievous Master Shakespeare. In an attempt to disband the irksome Midsummer Players, Oberon and Puck hire a human agent of chaos to infiltrate the actors' ranks and set them against one another. Sparks will fly, and everyone will come to blows, but it's all executed with a wink and a grin, and there will be more smiles than tears by the end. At least, that’s the plan...
Release date: June 21st, 2018.
An Other Place
There is An Other Place... where time and space are fluid... where the moon changes colour and savage beasts run wild... where love is a perilous proposition and the dead are swiftly forgotten... where sandmen offer sanctuary and the Alchemist rules over all.
When Newman Riplan’s flight into the unknown turns into a nightmarish slide between worlds, he must explore an unnamed city where unpredictable terrors are the norm. By the end of his first day adrift, his life has spun completely out of his control, but the most mind-twisting and soul-crushing revelations are only beginning. As he desperately searches for a way out, he starts to realise that the city isn’t in the habit of releasing its captives. And it seems to have a plan for him...
Release date: December 1st, 2016.
When three friends go on holiday to Bulgaria, protecting themselves from sunburn is their only concern. But when they run into a beast unlike any they've ever imagined, it becomes a savage fight for survival. They will burn in the day... but the night holds even darker terrors in store.
This is a tale of friendship, holidays, sacrifice and growth, where one painfully vulnerable young man must come of age or perish at the hands of a monster like none you will have seen before. A fast-paced, grisly, tongue-in-cheek retelling of a legend as old as time -- and a warning of the perils you might face if you don't apply suntan lotion any time you venture forth into the sunshine!
Release date: May 1st, 2015.
The Evil And The Pure
Big Sandy is an enforcer. Clint Smith is a dealer. Kevin Tyne is a pimp. Gawl McCaskey is a thug.
Four men of violence, whose lives are about to intersect. It is London, the tail-end of the year 2000. A crime lord is trying to go legit. A chemical genius is working on his illegal masterpiece. A football club is up for sale. Savagely bred hounds are baying for blood. A depraved priest is preying on his flock. An abused young woman is praying for salvation.
On the harsh, unforgiving streets of the city, not everyone is going to make it to the new year.
A dark, harrowing work.
Release date: February 1st, 2014.