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How the Dead Speak exclusive extract

Prologue   We are all creatures of habit. Even murderers. When things work out for us, we fix on some talisman to credit for the success. Lucky pants; not shaving; performing the same actions in the correct sequence; having the identical breakfast; walking on the right side of the street. When murderers reveal their talismans […]

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The Poison Garden exclusive extract

PROLOGUE Kill me now. Police Constable Nita Bevan has realised that her partner, Martin Coles, is a windbag. Three weeks together in the car and he’s barely drawn breath. He’s pretty good when they’re han- dling a shout, but the rest of the time it’s babble, babble, babble. And once he’s on a topic, there’s […]

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The Book Club exclusive extract

Now   There’s that noise again. It’s a shrill, beeping sort of sound. Sometimes it’s so quiet I forget about it. Sometimes I can’t hear it at all. And then all of a sudden it’s back, and I know it was there all the time, hiding just beneath the other sounds: the voices and the […]

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Little Liar exclusive extract

Chapter 1 Angela  Fight, fight, fight. Angela looked down at her knuckles and saw they were red. It wasn’t her blood. The crowd had formed so fast, pupils from her year – twelve- and thirteen-year-olds – being elbowed out of the way by lads of fifteen. The ring of people around her pulsated as one. […]

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Fallen Angel exclusive extract

2018 Ivy Rain is lashing down as she emerges from the Tube station, gusts of wind angling the deluge almost to the horizontal. A tenaciously brutal winter had relinquished its grip only with grudging reluctance, giving way to some unseasonably hot and sunny late spring days, but this meant that it caught everyone off-guard when […]

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Call Me Evie exclusive extract

ONE The green first-aid kit is open, with rolls of bandages, eye drops, butterfly stitches spilling out over the vanity like entrails. In my hand are the tiny pointed scissors. Before my eyes, they open and close and open and close. I can hear him coming up the hall. The door creaks. ‘Jesus,’ he says. […]

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Surgeons’ Hall exclusive extract

Hands Not so many years ago it was customary to cut off a felon’s right hand and nail it above his head as he swung from the gallows. Why? Because though it is the mind that decides upon murder, it is the hand that commits the act. The hand of man is the most sophisticated […]

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The Stalker exclusive extract

Prologue Darkness, be my friend, he whispered, though he doubted any noise escaped his lips, the words mere thoughts, lost in the gathering gloom. She had left the window open again, a clear invitation to let him climb up on top of the water butt and pull himself inside the room where only a flickering candle […]

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The Killing Habit exclusive extract

CHAPTER ONE ‘Cats?’ Thorne shook his head. ‘Are you serious? I mean they’re just . . . cats.’ DCI Russell Brigstocke gathered some papers on his desk and straightened them. ‘Yes, but there’s a good few of them. Fifteen more that we know about in the last ten weeks, and the press are all over […]

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Leverage in Death exclusive extract

  Chapter 1 Thou shalt not kill. Paul Rogan didn’t consider himself a religious man, but that commandment played over and over in his head as he stepped into the lobby. As his wing tips clicked on the polished marble floor, those four words beat inside him. As he’d done every weekday morning for eleven […]

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The Puppet Show exclusive extract

  The stone circle is an ancient, tranquil place. Its stones are silent sentinels. Unmoving watchers. Their granite glistens with the morning dew. They have withstood a thousand and more winters, and although they are weathered and worn, they have never yielded to time, the seasons, or man. Alone in the circle, surrounded by soft […]

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An Extract from Mythago Wood

Continuing our celebration of the life and works of Robert Holdstock, here follows an extract from his World Fantasy Award-winning masterpiece, Mythago Wood.   Prologue Edward Wynne-Jones, Esq. 15 College Road Oxford Edward – You must come back to the Lodge. Please don’t delay for even an hour! I have discovered a fourth pathway into […]

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Whose (First) Line Is It, Anyway?

Once a day, this week, we’ve been tweeting the opening lines to SF Gateway books.  In case you missed them, they were: Monday: Edward – you must come back to the Lodge. Please don’t delay for even an hour! Tuesday: The volcano that had reared Taratua up from the Pacific depths had been sleeping now […]

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SF Gateway Author of the Week: Pat Cadigan

  Our Author of the Week this week is the wonderful Pat Cadigan.   Pat has twice won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award: in 1992 for Synners, which has recently been republished in Gollancz‘s SF Masterworks list, and then again in 1995 for Fools.  She has also been shortlisted multiple times for the Hugo, Nebula, […]

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Patrick Rothfuss, or how I learned to love audio and stopped dislocating my shoulder by carrying really really heavy hardbacks in my satchel on my way to work…

Hi, my name is Paul… Hi Paul! Hi, my name is Paul and I’m a Rothfuss-aholic… Well, I thought I ought to get that out of the way early. I started working for Orion in 2007 about 7 months before first publication of THE NAME OF THE WIND and first encountered it at the London Book […]

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