Candy Jar Books have announced the simultaneous release of the next two instalments of the Lucy Wilson series, available for pre-order now
Chronology can get a little slippy in the timey-wimey world of Lucy Wilson, but the first release in this double-header is entitled Apocalypse Tomorrow, and it serves as the epic conclusion of The Mystery of Lucy Wilson arc, which has seen Lucy separated from her best friend Hobo by the small matter of several decades and one apocalypse. Co-written by debutant Steven Walton and range editor Shaun Russell, Apocalypse Tomorrow finds our heroes transported to their most alien setting yet: 1990s Cool Britannia.
Serving as a coda to this storyline, The Web of Terror by Paul W Robinson and Shaun Russell starts off on more familiar ground: Lucy’s home in sleepy Ogmore-by-Sea. But humanity’s last line of defence doesn’t get many off days: soon she’s confronted by a foe from her past. Or more precisely, several of her pasts…
Time travel, intergalactic spaceships, multidimensional beings… It’s all just a day in the life for Lucy Wilson!
With the arc juggling multiple timelines and locations, tying a bow on this storyline soon spilled over the bounds of a single book, which prompted the decision to release these novels simultaneously. Russell explains “On one level, Apocalypse Tomorrow and The Web of Terror are two very different stories. What unites them, however, is that they see the characters of Lucy and Hobo rediscovering themselves – both as individuals and as a team. At this point, they’ve been separated for several books, and their reunion is not straightforward. We didn’t want to provide the readers with the setup while withholding the payoff; by the conclusion of these stories, we’re ready to kick of a distinct new phase in
Lucy and Hobo’s adventures. But as we needed both novels to get there,
we decided, why not release them together?”
It’s an ambitious conclusion, which sees (at least) three different timelines collide. Co-author Steven Walton describes it as just one of the exciting aspects of writing for these characters: “Time travel, intergalactic spaceships, multidimensional beings… It’s all just a day in the life for Lucy Wilson! It’s the nature of storytelling to take a character from one familiar situation, and into a strange new one – and there’s no characters where you have more scope to do so! We went as big as possible with these stories, particularly with the conclusion of Apocalypse. But I think most of all I enjoyed playing with the idea of Lucy
being dropped into the 1990s, a place somehow all the stranger for its
The Web of Terror features Lucy’s first extra-terrestrial adventure
Co-author Paul W Robinson follows Apocalypse Tomorrow with The Web of Terror. Tying up a few loose ends, this book also sends Lucy on her very first adventure to an alien planet. Paul says: “I felt it was about time that Lucy and Hobo travelled beyond the earth’s atmosphere. It was fascinating creating a brand new world, while thrusting Lucy into her very own Hunger Games–style mystery.”
Both books are available for pre-order now. In the meantime, Candy Jar has put together a Spotify list for Apocalypse Tomorrow featuring all your favourites ’90s hits and much more.
Lucy Wilson’s adventures in time have taken her to some strange places. Dangerous places, faraway places… But none so strange and alien as where she finds herself now… The 1990s. Pokémon battle in the schoolyards. Tamagotchi roam the streets. And a giant spider from a ruined future looks to spark an apocalypse that, technically, has already happened.
Timelines converge and realities shattered as Lucy’s exile in time reaches its epic climax. And in the end, it all comes down to one question: who’s better, 2Unlimited or Adamski?
The Web of Terror
Lucy Wilson thought that her run-in with killer spiders was over after her time in Australia! But soon strange happenings on Ogmore-by-Sea beach set her skin crawling once again… Still, whether trapped in a spaceship, abducted by a familiar face, or hunted by space pandas, Lucy’s just glad to have her best friend Hobo back by her side.
But the past has a way of catching up with you. Can Lucy escape the enemy that she thought she’d left behind long ago?
The Lucy Wilson Mysteries is a Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off adventure inspired by characters created for Doctor Who by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.
You can pre-order both books from Candy Jar Books now.