Thursday, 5 February 2009
Barry Hutchison - Invisible Fiends - Bologna 2009
I am always looking ahead for great new books and I think this new series of books is something to keep your eye out for.
HarperCollins Children’s Books has bought INVISIBLE FIENDS, a debut series by B Hutchison. The six-book deal for world rights, including TV, film and merchandise, was concluded by Nick Lake, Commissioning Editor at HarperCollins, and Kathryn Ross at Fraser Ross Associates. Described as "Harry Potter meets Nightmare on Elm Street, it is "a fantastically original, darkly funny and shiver-inducing new horror series about what happens when 12-year-old Kyle’s imaginary friend from childhood comes back to life". The series is aimed at the 9+ age group, and the first book, Invisible Fiends: Mr Mumbles, is scheduled for publication in early 2010. HarperCollins will be showing early proofs at this year’s Bologna Book Fair.
Lake describes it as "one of those rare projects that combine a fresh premise, wonderfully accessible writing, and the sort of deft humour that makes the terrorsweats just about bearable. Anyone who likes laughing, or screaming, or preferably both at the same time, will love it."