Charlotte Says

Charlotte Says cover

I’m very happy to share that I have signed a new three-book deal with Stripes Publishing, which includes a prequel to Frozen Charlotte (now available for pre-order on Amazon). The full press release is below and you can see it in its original format here:

“Little Tiger Group’s imprint Stripes Publishing has acquired a prequel to the Zoella Book Club title Frozen Charlotte and two titles in a new series by author Alex Bell.

Commissioning editor Katie Jennings bought world rights to Charlotte Says and world English language rights, with a two year licence on US rights, for the new series from agent Madeline Milburn at Madeline Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency.

Based on the Isle of Skye, a hundred years before the events of Frozen Charlotte, Charlotte Says “reveals the origins of the demonic Frozen Charlotte dolls which torment the inhabitants of Dunvegan School for Girls”.

Jennings said: “Frozen Charlotte is one of those books that is crying out for a follow up and I was so excited when Alex said she was up for doing a prequel. From the spine-tingling opening line, this is every bit as deliciously devilish as the first book. Fans are in for a treat. Never short of ideas, especially those of the mysterious and macabre kind, Alex is also working on a new series for us, introducing a cast of unique and fantastical characters. Let’s just say, you’ll never look at travelling fairs – or clowns – in the same way again.”

A Stripes spokesperson said: “Bell’s new series revolves around the Smoke and Grimsby Travelling Fair and its haunted carousel. Featuring a strange cast of fairground characters and a protagonist who must harness supernatural abilities in order to find her missing sister, Bell has conjured a creepy and atmospheric world.”

Bell said: “I’m delighted to have the chance to explore the origins of the Frozen Charlotte dolls in a brand new story. This was something that stayed a bit of a mystery in the first book, but my thoughts kept going back to where the original dolls might have come from and how they first exerted their malevolent influence. I’m also really looking forward to writing the other two books for Stripes. The series will take place in a travelling fairground that is not quite all that it seems – expect carousels, waxworks, Victorian curiosities, sinister clowns and, of course, plenty of smoke and mirrors.”

Bell is the award-winning author of Frozen Charlotte and The Haunting in Stripes’ YA horror series, Red Eye, which was launched in 2014 to target a gap in the market. Jennings said at the time: “We thought a horror YA series was something that no-one else was really doing.”

Bell is based in the New Forest and writes young adult horror books and middle grade fantasy books. Whilst at university studying to become a lawyer, she wrote a grand total of six complete novels. Her first novel, The Ninth Circle, was published by Gollancz in 2008.

Stripes will publish Charlotte Says on 7th September as part of Red Eye. The new series will be launched in Autumn 2018.”

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Frozen Charlotte in the Zoella Book Club!

zoella-stripes

I’m so thrilled to finally be able to share that my YA horror book, Frozen Charlotte, has been selected for the Autumn round of Zoella’s Book Club with WHSmiths! And with a shiny new book club version of the front cover, which I absolutely LOVE.

The other seven books on the list all look amazing and I can’t wait to get stuck in reading some new YA this winter. As before, the eight books are available in WHSmith stores, or on their website, and there’ll be tons of interviews, deleted scenes and other bonus material coming up on the WHSmith blog too, so be sure to keep an eye out!

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The Polar Bear Explorers Club

Due to juggling Real Life stuff (see post below) I seem to have neglected to update my website with some really exciting new book news. I’ve written a middle-grade fantasy novel called The Polar Bear Explorers Club, which has been acquired by Faber in a three book deal. Hurrah! The first one will be published in the UK in November next year and I absolutely can’t wait as this is a book I just loved writing. More details on my agent’s site here.

The Polar Bear Explorers Club

Stella Starflake Pearl lives with her explorer father, Felix, alongside her pet polar bear, Gruff, a menagerie of pygmy dinosaurs and her trusty unicorn, Magic. Ever since Stella was a small child, Felix has gone away on expeditions to faraway lands, and returned with fascinating curiosities and incredible tales. Stella has always enjoyed his stories, but now she’s ready to start having a few adventures of her own.

She finally convinces Felix to take her with him on his next journey, and the expedition duly embarks with its supplies of wolves, sleds, unicorns, iced gems and expedition-strength moustache wax. But once their ship
reaches the snowy Icelands, Stella and the other three junior explorers find themselves separated from the rest of their expedition.

Setting out together into the frozen unknown, they must keep all their wits about them if they are to come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, carnivorous cabbages – and live to tell the tale.

The Haunting

I’ve had a few emails/tweets etc recently from people wanting to know when my next horror book comes out so I’m really pleased to be able to finally share this beautiful cover for my new Red Eye novel, The Haunting:

The Haunting

I am SOOOO happy with this artwork! In fact, I love it even more than the cover for Frozen Charlotte. I don’t want to give too much away, but the girl in the image is one of the main characters in the book, and she is haunted by birds …

The book is scheduled to come out February 2016 and I really hope that it will appeal to fans of Frozen Charlotte. Here’s the blurb:

People say that all Cornish inns are haunted, but the Waterwitch’s history is particularly chilling. Built from the salvaged timber of a cursed ship, the guest house’s dark secrets go further back than anyone can remember.

Emma is permanently confined to a wheelchair after an accident at the Waterwitch which took place when she was ten. Seven years later, she decides to return to the place where the awful even occurred. But the ancient inn still has its ghosts, and one particular spirit is more vengeful than ever …

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Tales from the Vatican Vaults

Tales from the Vatican Vaults

 

My short story, The Confession, was published earlier in the week in this new anthology from Constable and Robinson:

A captivating collection of original science fiction and fantasy stories based on the same alternate world premise: a collection of documents that have been suppressed by the Vatican and hidden away for years, in some cases centuries, are revealed when the vaults are thrown open by a reforming pope.

In this alternate reality, Pope John Paul (I) does not die a month after his accession in 1978; instead he lives on for over 30 years to become the most reforming pope of all time. In addition to relaxing the rules on birth control and priestly celibacy he also opens up the most secret parts of the Vatican Library to scholars . . .

In the Vatican’s deepest vaults, documents are discovered which shed new light on world history, containing information which, if true, would cause many parts of accepted history to have to be rewritten. These include not just the undercover involvement of the Catholic Church in world affairs, but documented accounts of what really happened in historical conundrums, the real lives of saints and popes, miracles, magic, angels and even alien encounters.

My story is set in 1889, and concerns the real identity of Jack the Ripper. Warning: expect a certain amount of gory unpleasantness.

Interestingly, family tree research shows I might be distantly related to Jack the Ripper’s fourth victim, Catherine Eddowes, via my great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Eddowes, who was also from Wolverhampton . . .

 

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