Kathryn Taussig, fiction editor at Quercus, has concluded a deal for a second novel by British author Neil Spring with agent Cathryn Summerhayes of William Morris Endeavour.
Taussig acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Spring’s The Watchers and will publish the book in autumn 2015.
Based on true events and drawing from real historical documents The Watchers, a spookyhistorical thriller, is set at the height of the Cold War in a remote coastal village, whose residents live in the shadow of an ancient secret. And when the local primary school is the scene of a terrifying UFO encounter, a Parliamentary researcher is sent from London to investigate.
Kathryn Taussig said: “I’m thrilled that next Halloween we will be publishing another terrifying tale by this talented and promising author. The Watchers will sit beautifully alongside Neil’s first novel, The Ghost Hunters, and is just as compelling and completely page-turning.”
Cathryn Summerhayes said: “I am delighted that Neil Spring will be published by Quercus where he has such enthusiastic support. And I love the new book: a cross between Tinker Tailor and Close Encounters, The Watchers tackles a familiar, creepy subject in a completely original way.”
Neil Spring’s debut novel The Ghost Hunters was published in October 2013 and is currently in development by a leading network for adaptation into a returning television drama series.
Hailed by The Sunday Times as “surprising, serpentine and clever,” sales of Spring’s first novel have established him as an author to watch.
Quercus will publish The Watchers in September 2015.