Telos Publishing Newsletter

Hi Everyone,

We’ve been enjoying a hectic time at Telos Towers these last few months … so many titles in preparation and underway, so many newly released on Kindle, and others still which were out of print, now available back in print again in new editions.

So, on with the news for this edition of the Newsletter!


River’s Run: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who 2011
by Stephen James Walker


River’s Run is the comprehensive guide to Series Six of Doctor Who – the second to feature Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor, with his companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).

All 13 episodes plus the Christmas special, ‘The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe’, are discussed in depth. Also covered are all the associated major news stories, press releases, casting announcements and public response to the episodes. The menace of the Silence; the shock of Amy’s pregnancy; the revelation of the true identity of River Song (Alex Kingston); the mystery of the Doctor’s ‘death’ – all these things and more are recalled within the pages of this exhaustive guide.

The book also details all other significant events that occurred in the Doctor Who world during 2011, presenting all the facts and figures, behind-the-scenes notes, press reaction and detailed and insightful analysis.

River’s Run is an essential read for all fans of the show, and continues Telos’s critically-acclaimed, unrivalled coverage of Doctor Who.

300pp approx. A5 format book.
ISBN 978-1-84583-078-6 (pb) £15.99
ISBN 978-1-84583-079-3 (hb) £30.00 (Signed by the author and a numbered limited edition of 100 copies)

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by Sam Stone


It is 1865 and the American Civil War has come to an end. Now Kat Lightfoot finds herself in the middle of another kind of war: a family feud involving her brother Henry and his new wife. But what is behind the strange behaviour of this affluent Southern family?

Caught in the crossfire of an implacable spirit’s attempt to wreak vengeance on the Pollitt family, Kat must once again enlist the help of journalist George Pepper and the inventor Martin Crewe to find out what really haunts the family’s past.

In order to learn what devastating secrets the Pollitts are hiding she must first explore her own feelings for Maggie’s brother Orlando, who is one of the seductive Nephilim.


240pp. B Format paperback Novel.  ISBN 978-1-84583-086-1 (pb) £12.99

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by Mike Ripley


When inept private eye Veronica Blugden offers streetwise Fitzroy Maclean Angel a job, he is instantly suspicious. Until, that is, he learns that it involves working undercover for a brewery in darkest Kent, where bootlegging cheap beer from France is a growth industry. With his usual skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Angel manages to infiltrate one gang of imaginative but amateur smugglers and comes up against another that is anything but amateur – especially when it comes to violence. And to top it all, he finds himself put in charge of a run-down country pub, where boosting the turnover should be dead easy – as long as he can press-gang a trio of fashion models into acting as barmaids … Telos Publishing is proud to present another in its range of reissues of Mike Ripley’s acclaimed series of comic crime novels – complete with a new, specially-written introduction by the author. This edition, published to celebrate the Angel series’ 25th Anniversary in
August 2013, also included the bonus short story ‘Calling Cards’, unseen in print since its sole previous publication in 1992.

‘Mike Ripley’s Angel series is back and taking no prisoners, with one of the best hangover scenes in crime fiction.’ Ian Rankin

‘Like fine malt whisky, Angel is high proof and totally addictive.’ Time Out

‘The outrageous, rip-roarious Mr Ripley is an abiding delight …’ Colin Dexter

262pp approx. A5 format Novel.  ISBN 978-1-84583-087-8 (pb) £12.99

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by Mike Ripley


A chance encounter – in a pub, of course – lands streetwise, cab-driving Angel the ideal job as an all-purpose assistant to a trio of sexy young women running their own fashion business. But things are nowhere near as straightforward as they should be, and it soon becomes apparent that no-one is telling the truth – least of all Angel! Double-cross turns to triple-cross, and Angel finds himself set up by friend and enemy alike. This time, Angel could really have met his match …

Telos Publishing is proud to present another in its range of reissues of Mike Ripley’s acclaimed series of comic crime novels – complete with a new, specially-written introduction by the author.

This edition, published to celebrate the Angel series’ 25th Anniversary in August 2013, also includes the bonus short story ‘Lord Peter and the Butterboy’, unseen in print since its sole previous publication in 1991.

‘The coppers’ badinage is truly priceless, and, with Angel as a guide, lowlife London has never been a more seductive proposition.’ Publishers’ Weekly

‘I never read Ripley on trains, planes or buses. He makes me laugh, and it annoys the other passengers.’ Minette Walters

254pp approx. A5 format Novel. ISBN 978-1-84583-088-5 (pb) £12.99

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by Hank Janson


Only recently out of the Army and back in the USA after fighting the Japanese in the Far East, Hank Janson is in no mood to just sit back and take it when his old friend Lola gets caught in the crossfire of a bar-room shooting. He sets out to avenge her death, finding himself up against a vicious gangster – and three even more dangerous women…

With their erotic pin-up covers and hardboiled crime tales, the Hank Janson pulp paperbacks were a British publishing sensation in the 1940s and 1950s, selling millions of copies to readers craving escapism from post-war austerity. Prosecutions under Britain’s then-harsh obscenity laws dealt them a severe blow, however, and today they are highly sought after by collectors.

The tough, uncompromising This Woman is Death was the very first novel in the regular Hank Janson series, originally published in 1948. It is reissued by Telos Publishing complete with its original Reginald Heade cover.

137pp approx B Format paperback. ISBN 978-1-84583-871-3

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by David J Howe and Stephen James Walker

Everything you ever wanted to know about the cult BBC Television series Doctor Who (1963-1996).

On its first publication in 2002, The Television Companion was hailed as possibly the best guide ever to the BBC’s cult science fiction show Doctor Who. Now Telos re-issues their own edition of the book in a revised and updated version spanning two volumes, which remains the definitive guide to the television worlds and adventures of the Doctor and his companions.

Every story from 1963 to 1996 is covered in depth in all aspects of production, including plot details, cast and crew lists, episode endings, transmission dates, memorable quotes and popular myths. In addition there is a comprehensive analysis of every adventure, utilising reviews both contemporary and retrospective from a wide variety of sources.

This is the essential companion for every trip you will ever take into the TV universe of classic Doctor Who.

‘The bible …’ SFX Magazine

‘Another superior effort from what I consider to be the finest Doctor Who historians around. It is quite a hefty and involved read, and contains (almost) everything you’d want to know about the best SF Tv series ever.’ Reviewer on

‘If you’re looking for a Doctor Who episode guide, then you can stop looking as this is by far the best book you can buy about the television series.’ Sean Brady on

‘What is most memorable about The Television Companion is the fact that every story is given a balanced analysis – it’s not decreed that ‘Timelash’ is bad, for example, rather the authors draw upon a wide variety of opposing reviews spanning the years to present a genuinely interesting study of every story – which is altogether far more interesting than cut-and-dried opinions. The Television Companion is indispensable to all fans of the television series, especially because of the detail in which the Hartnell and Troughton stories are studied. The emphasis is no more in-depth than any other era of the show, but seeing as many of their stories no longer exist, it’s highly rewarding and an admirable asset to a potentially video-biased read.’ Brad Schmidt in TSV (#56, October 1998)

VOLUME ONE (Doctors 1-3): 400pp approx A5 paperback. ISBN 978-1-84583-076-2. £15.99
VOLUME TWO (Doctors 4-8): 400pp approx A5 paperback. ISBN 978-1-84583-077-9. £15.99
SPECIAL OFFER: Volumes One and Two: Paperback @ £25.00

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by Raymond P Cusick
Designed by Paul Smith
Introduction by Stephen James Walker

For the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO, Telos Publishing is pleased to announce The Raymond P Cusick Signature Collection, a beautifully designed and presented, lavish, full colour book featuring many of Raymond’s own photographs of his sets and designs. The book is annotated with Raymond’s own descriptions and memories of the work he undertook, and includes some set designs and sketches as well as many never-before-seen photographs in black and white and full colour, all cleaned up and colour corrected by the book’s designer, Paul Smith (who created the fan project The Wonderful Book of Doctor Who 1965).

‘We were devastated when we heard that Raymond had passed away in February 2013,’ says Telos’ David J Howe. ‘He had been a good friend to Stephen James Walker and myself over the years, and we had spent many hours talking with him about his work. This book has been in preparation for a long time, and we even got the limitation plates signed by Ray late in 2012. With the blessing and approval of his family, then, we’re delighted to present this celebration of his Doctor Who work. Without Ray’s imagination and skill, the Daleks could have fallen at the first hurdle, and the show never continued on to the heights it achieved. It’s been an enormous pleasure to have worked with Ray and Paul to bring this book to fruition. We hope it’s a fitting tribute to both the show and to one of its most significant and well remembered contributors.’

Raymond P Cusick is rightly remembered as the man who created the unique and iconic look of the Daleks. Yet his main task on Doctor Who in the 1960s was to design the sets ~ something that may have attracted less attention but at which Cusick was supremely talented. He excelled at conjuring up strange alien worlds, with exotic shapes and unusual vistas ~ from the Daleks’ home world of Skaro to the curved architecture of the Sense-Sphere and the soaring city of Mechanus.

This book presents an extensive selection from Raymond’s personal collection of photographs of his designs for Doctor Who ~ many published for the very first time ~ with insight into his ideas, influences and accomplishments in his own words.

Telos will be publishing this gorgeous, 230x160mm, landscape 96 page book in two editions. There will be a paperback edition retailing at £19.99, and a deluxe, limited edition hardback at £39.99, which will come complete with a limitation signature sticker personally signed by Raymond P Cusick.

96pp. Full colour landscape book.
ISBN: 978-1-84583-090-8 (pb) – £19.99 paperback
ISBN: 978-1-84583-089-2 (hb) – Hardback signed by Raymond P Cusick and limited to 100 copies. £39.99

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by Richard Molesworth

‘Take “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”. Watch Episode One. It’s the best dialogue ever written. It’s up there with Dennis Potter. By a man called Robert Holmes.’ – Russell T Davies

‘Go find a list of favourite Doctor Who stories and look for the writer with the most entries! That’s our Robert! He took Doctor Who down from space and planets, and slipped all that horror and scariness under your bed and at the back of your hall cupboard.’ – Steven Moffat

‘One of his great talents was for structure and a non-linear approach to building a story, as well as his unique ability to come up with hordes of weirdly convincing names for aliens that would have put J K Rowling in the shade.’ – Robert Banks Stewart

‘Bob Holmes was the first writer I ever script-edited. I probably learned more from him than he ever did from me.’ – Terrance Dicks

‘He was an intelligent, literate writer. There aren’t a hell of a lot of those about, you know. And there’s one less now…’ – Chris Boucher

Those that know the work of Robert Holmes will not be at all surprised by the effusive and expansive appreciation in which he is held today by his colleagues, peers, and contemporaries. Whether writing scripts for the far-flung fantasies of Doctor Who or Blake’s 7, or for the more everyday gritty reality of Bergerac, Shoestring, Juliet Bravo or Public Eye, Robert Holmes was one of television’s most innovative, creative, respected – and least lauded – of talents from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Now, for the first time, this book examines his work in detail. For this is Robert Holmes’ life in words …

450pp approx A5 paperback. ISBN 978-1-84583-092-2

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The following titles are now available or being prepared as new editions. The earlier paperbacks had sold out, and now we have them available again!  In a new size and new production.  For the most part, the text is the same as the earlier editions, though in some cases some errors and typos have been corrected. All these editions have new ISBNs to the old ones, and these are (hopefully) all noted correctly on the Telos site.

GUIDES – all 6×9″ format
FALL OUT – Guide to The Prisoner – NOW AVAILABLE
ASSIGNED – Guide to Sapphire and Steel – IN PREPARATION
BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS – Guide to Alien and Predator Films – IN PREPARATION – Being updated by the author to include films released since the first edition

FICTION – all ‘B’ format paperback format
BREATHE  by Christopher Fowler – NOW AVAILABLE
THE DJINN by Graham Masterton – NOW AVAILABLE

More titles are being prepared for new editions, and hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more information in later newsletters.


We have a slew of new titles coming up, and while we don’t have firm dates or ordering details for them as yet, we wanted to let people know what to expect.

50 FOR 50: DOCTOR WHO INTERVIEWS by Paula Hammond. Interviews with fifty people from the world of Doctor Who.

CELTIC SPELLS by Allison Beldon-Smith and Mary Baker: a small gift book, featuring a spell every week to keep your mind clear and good fortune coming your way.

SONGS FOR EUROPE: THE UNITED KINGDOM AT THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: VOLUME 2: THE SEVENTIES by Gordon Roxburgh. Volume 2 of this acclaimed work which chronicles everything you need to know about the United Kingdom’s involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest.

THE LADY HAS A SCAR: This is another in the Hank Janson series of pulp crime novels, reprinted with its original Reginald Heade cover. We hope to prepare more of Janson’s work in the future.

BY YOUR COMMAND Vol 2: The second volume in Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore’s comprehensive guide to Battlestar Galactica.


The following titles and editions have now unfortunately sold out. There are no current plans to reprint them:




David J Howe and Stephen James Walker are delighted to announce that rights have been picked up in two new modern ‘crime noir’ novels from author Andrew Hook.

Commissioning Editor for Telos, Sam Stone, said, ‘I knew immediately that Andrew’s series was perfect for the ‘Criminal Pursuits’ strand of Telos Moonrise. The novels are beautifully written, evocative and exciting. Crime noir with a modern twist, in an unspecified now. Mordent is a character we like and care about, his present, as well as his past, unfolds with poetic fluency.’

‘I’m very excited to have struck a two-book deal with Telos,’ said Andrew. ‘This is a great new imprint from such a long established company. This forward-thinking imprint is ideal for these books, and I’m looking forward to working with them over the coming months to establish my irascible PI, Mordent, as part of the noir crime firmament.’

The first of the books The Immortalists, introduces former cop turned P.I. Mordent and will be released will be released in 2014, with the second, Church of Wire thereafter.

About the author:
Andrew Hook is an established author within the UK independent press, with over 100 separate short story sales and several books in print. He has been a British Fantasy Award finalist, an award-winning editor, and a radio presenter, and co-edits the irrealist Fur-Lined Ghettos magazine and is commissioning editor for an anthology of punk stories from DogHorn Publishing. He has written in a variety of genres, and his output has included slipstream, comic satires, and an existential zombie novella. These two novels represent his first foray into crime.


Simon Clark’s fantastic and award-winning novella HUMPTY’S BONES has been adapted for the stage for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe … there will be performances there, and then it moves to the Lass O’Gowrie in Manchester … all fans of horror will want to see these productions! Details are here:


Over the last few years, Telos has been delighted to be publishing new paperback editions of the amazing Mr Mike Ripley’s ANGEL series of comic crime novels … this year it’s the 25th anniversary of the first book to be released … and here’s a lovely blog all about it!


After a long hiatus, we have just added a further title to our range of HANK JANSON titles. This is THIS WOMAN IS DEATH, a novel which was actually the first Hank Janson title to be published in the regular series back in 1948.

The edition is in the popular ‘B’ format paperback – which differs in size from the previous titles we released, which were in A5 paperback format.  Unfortunately circumstances dictated that we could no longer continue releasing them in this size.  Some of the earlier titles are being slowly reissued in the new size, and all future titles will be in this format as well.

There is also a further title in preparation at the moment which should be available very soon: THE LADY HAS A SCAR.  This will also be in the ‘B’ format paperback size.

Physical copies featuring the classic Reginald Heade cover artwork can be purchased from Telos’ online store at , or from Amazon (in whichever country you are in), and they will shortly be available as Kindle e-books (as indeed are the earlier titles we published).


Stephen James Walker and David J Howe, Editorial Directors of Telos Publishing are delighted to announce that audio rights to Sam Stone’s Steampunk horror novella ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY’S have been picked up by Neil Gardner at Spokenworld Audio.

‘We’ve long been an admirer of Neil’s work in the audio field,’ says David Howe. ‘He’s a great supporter of genre fiction and audio, and so when he approached us about whether the rights to Sam’s book were available, we were over the moon.’

‘I am extremely excited to be bringing the zombie-infused adventure of Kat Lightfoot to audio,’ says Spokenworld Audio MD and lead producer Neil Gardner. ‘Having previously produced Sam’s short horror story collection ZOMBIES IN NEW YORK AND OTHER BLOODY JOTTINGS on behalf of AudioGO, I jumped at the chance to work on another of her brilliant stories, and bring Sam to my own audiobook label. We have the fantastic Stephanie Cannon back to read, and will be indulging our love for adding music and sound effects.  Hopefully this will be just the first of many Sam Stone audiobooks that Spokenworld Audio will be producing … she is a unique talent who brings creativity and incredible imagination to everything she writes.’

‘I can’t wait to hear what Neil and the crew at Spokenworld do with my Zombies,’ says Sam Stone. ‘I was absolutely delighted with their work on my short story collection, and I know that they will do a fantastic job on this book too. It’s a pleasure hearing my characters come alive in this way …’

Autumn 2013 sees Spokenworld Audio rapidly expanding its audiobook range, with a whole host of titles including factual history, science fiction and anthology horror. Leading this slew of great releases will be ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY’S by leading UK horror author Sam Stone.

ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY’S – the audiobook, will be released on 31st October 2013, exclusively

Sam’s original Horror Novella, THE DARKNESS WITHIN is now available to download from BBC Audiogo, and there’s the text available to buy on Kindle, or as a large print hardback!

Audio Download:
Hardback Book:


Stephen James Walker and David J Howe, Editorial Directors of Telos Publishing have acquired world rights in a new fantasy novel by bestselling author Robert Rankin. The novel, entitled The Abominable Showman, will be published in 2014.

‘We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Robert Rankin to Telos Publishing,’ said Howe. ‘I have admired and been a fan of his work for many years, and we intend to bring Telos’ commitment to quality and enthusiasm for good writing to bear, and to make the release of The Abominable Showman one of the most talked-about fantasy books of 2014.’

The novel concerns the celebration of Queen Victoria’s 90th year on the throne – and is set on a vast steampunk space liner in the year 1927. ‘The book embodies all that is loved and celebrated about Rob’s writing,’ said Howe. ‘It has a magnificent sense of the absurd, combined with characters which leap off the page. Rob’s fans are in for a real treat!’

‘I was delighted when we agreed that Telos Publishing would take this novel,’ explained Rankin. ‘I have long been an admirer of their catalogue of authors and books, and the enthusiasm and excitement that they bring to the publishing process. It’s something of an honour to join them in this adventure, with a novel of which I am very proud, and had a great deal of fun writing.’


Due to popular request, we have been making some of our backlist – and some new titles – available on the Kindle e-reader platform.

Most of the Telos titles on the UK store can be found on this link:

And those on the US store are here:

Going forward we hope to get more titles onto this format, as well as adding new titles as they are published.

Newly available on Kindle are the following titles:

TRIQUETRA – Guide to Charmed
ASSIGNED – Guide to Sapphire and Steel
TALKBACK 1, 2 and 3 – Doctor Who Interview Books
NOW ON THE BIG SCREEN – Guide to Doctor Who Films
STILL THE BEAST IS FEEDING – Guide to Rocky Horror
APE MAN – Guide to Tarzan


As well as running Telos Publishing, David J Howe has been helping actor Frazer Hines prepare two items for release this year. The first is a photo book covering all of Frazer’s life and career. It’s called Fifty Shades of Frazer and is available to order now. Copies are expected very soon.

The second item is a new audio drama for Frazer called The Piper’s Lament. This is not a Doctor Who item, but the story of a Highlander who has lost a part of his memory.

Both the book and the CD are available to buy now from ( . All copies are signed by Frazer, and can be dedicated if requested.


David and Sam have been involved with Keith Barnfather from Reeltime Pictures in the scripting of a new Doctor Who spin-off DVD starring Damaris Hayman, who played Olive Hawthorne in the Jon Pertwee story ‘The Daemons’. Damaris reprises her role of Olive, and performs a series of monologues telling the story of her life as protector of Devil’s End. The DVD is in production at the moment, and Reeltime Pictures hope to have it on release some time in 2013.

For ordering, please visit the Galaxy 4 specialist dealer:


Fantom Films have now released the final three audio-books in the Time Hunter range, and the entire series is now available to listen to.  These audios are tremendous, and the readers bring great life and vitality to the adventures in time and space of Honore Lechasseur and Emily Blandish.

They can be ordered from the Telos site here:

Or there are download and multiple order discount offers available from the Fantom Films website here:



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Until next time,

David, Steve and the Telos Team.

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