South African writer Sarah Lotz sells new novel to Hodder

South African author Sarah Lotz has signed a major new deal with UK publisher Hodder.

We have previously reported on Sarah selling her Deadlands novels (zombies in South Africa!) to Constable & Robinson, and reprinted her story Maun of the Dead. She also contributed to our 2011: South African SF/F in Review. Congratulations, Sarah!

From the press release:

Hodder and Stoughton are proud to announce the pre-emptive acquisition of the first solo thriller from South African author Sarah Lotz in a major deal for World Rights. The Three was agented by Oli Munson at Blake Friedmann. Hodder will publish the first of two novels in February of 2014.

The Three is an enormously ambitious mainstream crossover novel in the vein of Justin Cronin’s The Passage, telling the chilling story of four plane crashes, three survivors, and how their interlinked fate will change the world. It combines the complexity of the tv series Lost with the thrills of Stephen King. The novel is set in Britain, the US, South Africa, Japan and Australia, giving it global appeal.

‘Sarah Lotz is a phenomenal talent,’ says Lauren Beukes, author of the forthcoming novel The Shining Girls. ‘She’s one of South Africa’s most exciting and versatile and utterly compelling storytellers.’

The Three is Anne Perry’s first acquisition in her new role as commissioning editor, working with Associate Publisher Oliver Johnson on the Hodder science fiction, fantasy and horror initiative. Anne comments, ‘I have long been a great admirer of Sarah’s work, both her solo and her collaborative projects. Sarah is a prodigiously talented author, and I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with her on such an extraordinary project at such a thrilling moment in her career.’

‘When Anne and Oliver turned up on our doorstep unannounced, I knew they meant business,’ says Oli Munson. ‘There was a phenomenal amount of interest in the incredibly brief time The Three was on the market but the passion and commitment shown by the two of them quickly convinced both author and agent that Hodder was the right home for Sarah’s terrifying imagination.’

US and foreign rights interest has already been buzzing pre-Frankfurt.

Hodder have finalized a US deal with Reagan Arthur Books, an imprint of Little, Brown.  An eclectic publisher with a history of publishing New York Times bestsellers, they will publish The Three in the Spring of 2014.

Hodder has also accepted significant two-book pre-empts from Casa Editrice Nord in Italy and Fleuve Noir in France.  There are on-going auctions in Germany and Brazil, as well as offers on the table in five more territories and an overwhelming amount of interest from editors around the world.

Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. She writes critically acclaimed urban horror novels under the name S.L. Grey with author Louis Greenberg and a YA pulp fiction zombie series with her daughter, Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne. She lives in Cape Town with her family and other animals.

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