New YA Murkee imprint

For almost as long as Murky Depths has been in print we, that is The House of Murky Depths, have been considering producing a series of YA or children’s books. Now that we have made the decision to close Murky Depths we are intent on making an impact with the teenage reader and consequently have launched a new imprint called Murkee which will publish similar genres to its parent, i.e. science fiction, horror and fantasy. The books will initially be at the lower end of the novella range at around 20k words with a cover price of between £3.99 and £4.99.

The first book will be launching at the SFX Weekender in February 2012 and is a steampunk story called Queen Rat from the pen of rising star Kim Lakin-Smith. Whereas most steampunk stories feature dirigibles, Lakin-Smith’s story is set in the submersible world of the Free Ocean where 14-year-old Princess Ratiana Clementine Saint John of the submersible Victoriana is to be wed to Prince Simeon of the Aesthetes. Not only are neither of them keen on the match but to add insult to injury they have no option but to fulfil several life-threatening Grand Rites together before the knot can be tied. As their trials unfold we learn more about their world and they learn more about each other, but will they survive?

Kim Lakin-Smith has two other novels available: Tournequet from Immanion Press and Cyber Circus from Newcon Press and will be signing Queen Rat and her other novels at the SFX Weekender.

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3 Responses to “New YA Murkee imprint”

  1. Nice one, Terry. I’m reading one of Kim’s right now (cyber circus), so I shall look forward to reading this in due course.

  2. Good luck with this new venture!

  3. I can’t wait to read this.

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