For those who’ve missed the opportunity, or are just eager to hold these stories in their hands and show them off on a shelf with the rest of their collection, Candy Jar Books are coming out with their fourth volume of ‘The HAVOC Files’.

In case you’re not aware ‘The HAVOC Files’ are a collection of short stories that have been released digitally throughout the year. This collection contains three short stories, ‘United in Blood’ by Mark Jones; ‘The Runaway Bomb’ by Nick Walters, and ‘The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho (runner-up of the South Wales short story competition 2015). If that wasn’t tempting enough it also has five new stories, one of which is the conclusion to Andy Frankham-Allen’s trilogy, ‘The Lost Skin’. For new fans looking for parts 1 & 2, they were published in The HAVOC Files 2 and 3.

Lethbridge-Stewart: The HAVOC Files 4 © Candy Jar Books
Lethbridge-Stewart: The HAVOC Files 4 © Candy Jar Books

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “This is probably our most exciting volume yet because it features five stories that are a direct result of our recent open submission period. We had such an amazing response and received so many varied ideas, most of which made it as far as the one-page outline stage. Many of those led to a commission, and HAVOC 4 presents the first five of those commissions, all by authors new to the range and, some, completely new to professionally published fiction.”

One of the new writers, Andrew Allen, is based in Brighton is a writer, actor, director and the co-founder, as well as being the Artistic Director of the Cast Iron Theatre. Another new writer is the creator of the popular children’s character, Theo the Mouse, Wink Taylor. Taylor is also a writer and actor for both Sooty and Basil Brush and does numerous Doctor Who impressions including the Third Doctor and of course, Lethbridge-Stewart.

Another fantastic cover has been designed by Richard Young. Young says, “Shaun had promised me The HAVOC Files cover since book two came out, so I was over the moon when he said that I was doing book four. I’ve always had the idea of using the Brig and a filing cabinet, but my initial ideas just weren’t working for me. I then came up with another idea, but it was felt that this new idea was too similar to another cover I had done. Shaun and I then bounced several other concepts back and forth, trying to make the ‘4’ the main element, and after some very minor adjustments just to tighten things up, we had something we both liked.”

Be you, a new fan or old, Volume 4 is bound to offer more exciting tales and with new writers on board, it’s certainly worth taking a closer look.

More about ‘The HAVOC Files 4’

A collection of short stories from the classic era of Doctor Who, starring Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers, based on the characters created by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln

Strange goings on in a small English village, training for new members of the Fifth Operational Corps, and the two Brigadiers meeting up to take on the most notorious aliens in the galaxy…

Lethbridge-Stewart encounters a unicorn in Linfield, Anne Travers and Bill Bishop go on their first official date…

The HAVOC Files 4:
• The Contented Mind by Wink Taylor
• The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters
• United in Blood by Mark Jones
• The Cruel Oil by Harry Draper
• All the King’s Men by Alyson Leeds
• The Great Magician and the Spirits of the Vasty Deep by Gareth Madgwick
• The Slow Invasion by Andrew Allen
• The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho
• The Lost Skin: Episode Three by Andy Frankham-Allen

Like the previous volumes, The HAVOC Files 4 is only available direct from the Candy Jar Store for £8.99 and is a strictly limited print run. Pre-order now to avoid disappointment.

HAVOC 1 and 2 are sold out, but Candy Jar still has a handful of copies of HAVOC 3 left.

HAVOC 1, 2 and 3 are also all available for digital download on Kindle.


  1. […] Anyway, CandyJar Books recently had a open window for submissions for an upcoming short story collection, to which I offered up an idea about a very slow alien invasion (in fact, actually titled The Slow Invasion). Well, I’m pleased and overwhelmed to be able to tell you that mine is one of the stories that has been accepted, and will be published later in the year. There’ll be more details as we go along, but in the meantime, here’s what we know so far .. […]


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