Welcome to Hodderscape

Hodderscape is where Hodder & Stoughton’s science fiction, fantasy and horror lovers hang out and shout about our books, as well as a few other things. We’re a place for fans of superheroes, vampires, sandworms, cats dressed as Pikachu and that feeling you get when you hear the Buffy The Vampire Slayer theme song.

On our site you’ll find news about our books, competitions, exclusive pieces by our authors and lots of geeking out.

  • POSTED ON: April 19, 2018
    FILED UNDER: Books
    TAGS: Dystopia

    Books

    Five incredible literary dystopias you may not have heard of

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    By Anthony Trevelyan

    Five incredible literary dystopias you may not have heard of

    It would be misleading to say that my new novel, Claudia, is a dystopia – most of it isn’t, though some of it is – but while I was working on the book I found myself reading heavily in the genre, which has always been a favourite of mine. Mind you, dystopia is probably a favourite genre of nearly everyone’s these days (have you seen these days?), and so it’s slightly dismaying that even now we tend to get the same familiar titles cropping up in lists of recommended dystopic reading. Here, then, I have assembled five literary counterworlds that I want to assure you are absolutely fantastic while perhaps being not quite so grindingly obvious as your Nineteen Eighty-Fours, your Brave New Worlds, even (post-Emmys) your Handmaid’s Tales. See what you think…

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  • POSTED ON: February 28, 2018
    FILED UNDER: Books
    TAGS: Leife Shallcross

  • POSTED ON: February 23, 2018
    FILED UNDER: Film, Review
    TAGS: Black Panther, Marvel

    Film, Review

    Spoiler-free but Oh So Many Feels review of Black Panther

    By Woo Long Talks

    Spoiler-free but Oh So Many Feels review of Black Panther

    Black Panther picks up one week after the seismic events of Captain America: Civil War and sees T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) grieving for the loss of his father, while preparing to ascend to the throne of king of the nation of Wakanda. Whilst he deals with this, he must also confront an old enemy from his nation’s past and deal with a new threat that could place the citizens of Wakanda and the world into jeopardy.

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  • POSTED ON: February 7, 2018
    FILED UNDER: Books
    TAGS: Science Fiction, Scott K. Andrews

  • POSTED ON: January 26, 2018
    FILED UNDER: Books, Uncategorized
    TAGS: Book Covers, becky chambers

    Books, Uncategorized

    Cover Reveal: Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

    By Sam Bradbury

    Cover Reveal: Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

    Record of a Spaceborn Few, the brilliant new Wayfarers novel by Becky Chambers is officially released 6 months today! (We’re still working on that time machine, we promise!) And so to celebrate we’ve decided to finally reveal our cover! The third book set in the Galactic Commons, Spaceborn Few explores life in the Exodus fleet and is just as heartwarming, poignant and brilliant as its predecessors.

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  • POSTED ON: January 25, 2018
    FILED UNDER: Books
    TAGS: Callie Bates, The Memory of Fire, The Waking Land

    Books

    The Memory of Fire – Read an Exclusive Extract!

    By Sam Bradbury

    The Memory of Fire – Read an Exclusive Extract!

    To celebrate the publication of The Waking Land in paperback, we have a special treat for you today! We’re thrilled to be able to share an extract from Callie’s new book, The Memory of Fire.

    The sequel to The Waking Land, this one follows Jahan and his mission to return home to the Empire and prevent a devastating war, while fighting to reclaim his tragic past. It’s full of magic, romance and revolution.

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  • POSTED ON: January 12, 2018
    FILED UNDER: Books, Fun Stuff
    TAGS: Black Mirror

    Books, Fun Stuff

    5 Books To Read When You’re Missing Black Mirror

    By Sam Bradbury

    5 Books To Read When You’re Missing Black Mirror

    I don’t know about you, but my least favourite thing about Black Mirror is that there aren’t more episodes. The show is utterly brilliant, mind-blowingly fascinating, and completely unique (if sometimes also bleak and emotionally draining).

    There’s nothing I can do about the fact that you want more Black Mirror (I’m sorry, I only get a limited amount of uses from my time machine before I rip a hole in the universe and there are a lot of movies I simply can’t wait see in the next few years). What I can do however is recommend 5 books that are perfect to tide you over until the release date of the next season.

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  • POSTED ON: January 9, 2018
    FILED UNDER: Books, Fun Stuff
    TAGS: Book Covers, Extract, Matthew Blakstad

  • POSTED ON: December 15, 2017
    FILED UNDER: Books
    TAGS: Book Covers

  • POSTED ON: December 13, 2017
    FILED UNDER: Books, Fun Stuff
    TAGS: Fantasy

    Books, Fun Stuff

    5 Urban Fantasy novels set in London

    By Sam Bradbury

    5 Urban Fantasy novels set in London

    As the saying goes, ‘a bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else’. When I moved to London 3 years ago, I found this to be pretty accurate (I’m sorry Northern England, I still love you, I promise! Side note: are there any Urban Fantasy books set above the Watford gap?) and, in my opinion, the only thing that could improve it is the addition of magic, monsters and frequent animal sidekicks.

     

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  • POSTED ON: December 8, 2017
    FILED UNDER: Books
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  • POSTED ON: November 30, 2017
    FILED UNDER: Books
    TAGS: Leife Shallcross

    Books

    Where I Write: Leife Shallcross

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    By Leife Shallcross

    Where I Write: Leife Shallcross

    When it comes to finding the perfect writing space, there are a few things on my wishlist:

    1) Access to endless cups of tea (and also good coffee, for extra points
    2) Access to the stuff I’m using for research
    3) Inspiration to keep me focussed
    4) A door to close to minimise distractions for the perennially distractable

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  • POSTED ON: November 16, 2017
    FILED UNDER: Books, Fun Stuff, News
    TAGS: Extract, Paul Crilley

    Books, Fun Stuff, News

    Clockwork City Extract Reveal!

    By Sam Bradbury

    Clockwork City Extract Reveal!

    Next month, Gideon Tau and his foul-mouth alcoholic sidekick, Dog, return for another adventure in Clockwork City. Sequel to Poison City, Clockwork City sees them having to contend with Fae gangs fighting for territory, the murder-suicide of two Delphic agents and the seven deadly sins.

    Oh, and did I mention they also have to run a heist to break into the most secure bank in Faerie? Because that’s on the agenda too. And if they fail? An ancient horned god will destroy London.

    Just a typical day’s work, right?

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  • POSTED ON: November 14, 2017
    FILED UNDER: Books, News
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    Books, News

    New Acquisition: A Forgery of Magic by Maya Motayne

    By Sam Bradbury

    New Acquisition: A Forgery of Magic by Maya Motayne

    To Finnian Voy, magic is two things. The first: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her. The second: a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.

    It’s November, which in the publishing world means two things – firstly, Fleur is sad that Halloween is over, and secondly, book deals are flying all over the place. The weather outside might be chilly (does it get this cold every year?!) but that doesn’t mean everything has to be grim, so help us bring some sunshine by welcoming the newest member of the Hodderscape family – Maya Motayne!

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  • POSTED ON: November 1, 2017
    FILED UNDER: Craft Corner, Fun Stuff
    TAGS: Leife Shallcross

    Craft Corner, Fun Stuff

    Three Australian artists creating fairytale artwork that’ll take your breath away

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    By Leife Shallcross

    Three Australian artists creating fairytale artwork that’ll take your breath away

    I have this idea that writing fairy tales is a little bit like doing a colouring-in stencil. These old, old tales supply the outlines, but it’s up to me to imagine the details and add the colours. I think this is why I love silhouette illustrations so much. They leave so much unstated and offer the viewer such a delicious opportunity to exercise their own imagination.

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