Ivo Stourton is the author of The Happier Dead, and two previous non-SF novels The Night Climbers (Doubleday, 2007) and The Book Lover’s Tale (Doubleday, 2011). He is married and lives in London.
Released 4 December 2014
In a world ruled by chance, one rash decision could bring down the house, one roll of the dice could bring untold wealth, or the end of everything.
The players have gathered around the table, each to tell their story—often dark, always compelling. Within you will find tales of the players and the played, lives governed by games deadly, weird, or downright bizarre.
In this anthology of the weird and the macabre, award-winning editor Jonathan Oliver brings together a diverse collection of voices from some of today’s finest writers, to create an original and fresh collection that’s unlike anything you’ve read before.
Dangerous Games features new works from Hugo award-winners, brilliant new talents and best-selling authors, including:
Introduction, Jonathan Oliver
Big Man, Chuck Wendig
The Yellow Door, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Die, Lavie Tidhar
Chrysalises, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
South Mountain, Paul Kearney
The Game Changer, Libby McGugan
Distinguishing Characteristics, Yoon Ha Lee
Captain Zzapp!!! – Space Hero from 3000 AD, Gary Northfield
Death Pool, Melanie Tem
The Bone Man’s Bride, Hillary Monahan
Honourable Mention, Tade Thompson
Loser, Rebecca Levene
Two Sit Down, One Stands Up, Ivo Stourton
Ready or Not, Gary McMahon
The Monogamy of Wild Beasts, Robert Shearman
The Stranger Cards, Nik Vincent
All Things Fall Apart and Are Built Again, Helen Marshall
Lefty Plays Bridge, Pat Cadigan
"In recent years, no one publisher has done as much for the short form of speculative fiction in Britain as Solaris."
The Happier Dead
Released 13 March 2014
Only the rich will live forever...
The critically-acclaimed author of The Night Climbers and The Book Lover’s Tale, and son of journalist Edward Stourton as well as an Eton classmate of HRH Prince William, Ivo Stourton now comes to Solaris with The Happier Dead.
This fascinating new blend of crime and science-fiction in the vein of PD James’ The Children of Men is set in a future where human desires take society to the edge.
Britain’s influence on the world stage rests in its monopoly of “The Treatment,” a procedure which gives the rich and powerful a state of permanent physical youth. In the Great Spa on the edge of London, a murder of a guest threatens to destabilise the new order and DCI Oates must unravel the secrets behind the Treatment and the disappearance of its creator, passing through a London rife with disorder and corruption. As the city descends into chaos, his investigation could not only lead to the destruction of the Great Spa but his own ruin and the loss of everything he holds most dear.
Already a writer of great talent and power, Stourton’s latest novel questions the consequences of a divided society and of how a society of privilege can come crashing down with the slightest act.
“Stourton can really write... his next move will certainly be worth watching.”
– Independent on Sunday on The Night Climbers
“Stourton is a storyteller with perfect poise.” – The Spectator on The Book Lover’s Tale
UK: 9781781081822 | 13th March 2014
US: 9781781081839 | 26th February 2014