Indigo announces young adult book deal with bestselling celebrated fantasy author Holly Black
The Orion Publishing Group and imprint Indigo is delighted to announce the acquisition of UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to a gripping vampire thriller: THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by highly acclaimed author, Holly Black in a two-book deal.
The vampire genre receives a refreshing and inventive new twist through the master storytelling of renowned contemporary fantasy author Holly Black. The bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the hugely popular The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Curse Workers series will publish her upcoming young adult title, THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, with Indigo.
Acquired in a heated auction in the USA by Orion sister company Little, Brown, THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN has been acquired in the UK by Indigo Editorial Director, Amber Caraveo and will be released simultaneously worldwide. THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN is the first in a two-book deal for world English, electronic, and audio rights negotiated with Barry Goldblatt of Barry Goldblatt Literary.
Conceived of and originally published to great acclaim as a short story, THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN is set in the not-so-distant future, where the vampire population has surged, resulting in the establishment of Coldtowns, quarantined cities of vampires and humans where predator and prey coexist in a never-ending blood party of revelry. These isolated meccas of debauchery are the pillars of pop culture, with vlogs, live feeds, and YouTube videos constantly streaming from the endless parties at vampire mansions. Drawn into this bizarre and dangerous world is Tana, who willingly enters Coldtown with an infected ex-boyfriend on the brink of turning and a mysterious vampire with a tortured past intent on seeking revenge. THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN is a wholly original vampire story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing.
“I’ve been fascinated by vampires since I was very young,” commented Black. “When I wrote THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, I wanted to write a story that would hark back to some of my influences—the decadent, deadly amoral vampire of the books I grew up with. And I wanted to contrast that creature with a near future world that’s sliding into darkness, where video feeds and instant celebrity have made fame as addictive as blood.”
Editorial Director, Amber Caraveo says of the acquisition:
“THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN is a brilliant new take on an eternally popular theme in literature - vampires! Holly Black's deliciously dark and fascinating concept reinvigorates the genre and we are in no doubt that readers will be as enthralled as we are. As publishers of Holly’s CURSE WORKERS trilogy we are delighted that her new books will continue to enrich Indigo.”
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