Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Return of Sexton Blake!


Sexton Blake, the "poor man's Sherlock Holmes", is due for a comeback as the license to the character has been sold by IPC Media to Obverse Books, who plan to revive the Sexton Blake Library, starting with a novel by George Mann, who has written several Doctor Who books.

In an interview with Starburst magazine George said:

"I fell in love with the saga of Sexton Blake many many years ago, when I first happened upon 'The House of the Hanging Sword' by Gwyn Evans. Ever since reading that very first story I've known I wanted to write for this character, and hearing the outlandish tales of those who did, you could almost believe they were fictional characters in their own right. It's a club I'm honoured to be able to join, and it's a bit of a dream job to be the person charged with writing the first official issue of the Sexton Blake Library for almost 50 years."

Although there's no date yet as to when the first books will be released, Obverse books have said that they will be in hardback and electronic forms, so there's something to suit everybody.



5 comments:

Dave said...

This is incredibly exciting new! Ironically, I'm reading 'The House of the Hanging Sword' at the moment, as it's contained in the omnibus 'Sexton Blake Wins', edited by Jack Adrian.

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Dave said...

This is incredibly exciting new! Ironically, I'm reading 'The House of the Hanging Sword' at the moment, as it's contained in the omnibus 'Sexton Blake Wins', edited by Jack Adrian.

Anonymous said...

just been looking him up as i have the 1940 sexton blake annual anyone know what its worth

Stuart Douglas said...

Just to let everyone interested know that the first in the new Blake series was published today, though due to differing windows for writing, the first titlew is THE SILENT THUNDER CAPER by Mark Hodder, with George Mann's book to follow.

http://obversebooks.co.uk/product/silent_thunder/