Candy Jar Books has announced the upcoming release of a brand new short story collection featuring Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

The HAVOC Files: Loose Ends is a collection of short stories written by range editor Andy Frankham-Allen. The fifth in the HAVOC Files series, the latest anthology of stories will focus on various regular characters seen through the original sixteen-book run of Lethbridge-Stewart.

As well as lead characters Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers, other popular characters featured include Bill Bishop, Harold Chorley, Owain Lethbridge-Stewart, Dylan Lethbridge-Stewart, Rhys Rubery, and Samson Ware.

Frankham-Allen says of the new release: “Once it became clear we were bringing our ongoing narrative to a close in the beginning of 2018, Shaun [Russell, Head of Publishing] and I discussed what to do with the dangling plot threads, and character arcs that never got fully resolved. And answer some questions the readers don’t even know they have! We decided the best way to address some of the key moments was to release a collection of short stories. And The HAVOC Files: Loose Ends is the result!”

The HAVOC Files: Loose Ends will inititally be a limited-edition run and is now available to pre-order from Candy Jar Books.

The HAVOC Files 2

Candy Jars is also reprinting a short-run of The HAVOC Files 2. The short story anthology featuring Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers enjoyed a limited run of just 300 physical copies on its original release in 2016.

Ghosts in Cornwall, zombies in Australia, aliens at Wembley, trouble in Egypt, and a siege on the Kent coast. Just a few things our heroes have to face in this volume of collected short stories.

Add to that, an investigation into the strange goings on in a small house in Mevagissey, which sees Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers cut down to size. And much later, the ashes from a destroyed Earth fall on Lethbridge-Stewart and his family. 

Lethbridge-Stewart - The HAVOC Files 2 - (c) Candy Jar Books
Lethbridge-Stewart – The HAVOC Files 2 – (c) Candy Jar Books

The HAVOC Files 2 reprinted editions are now available to purchase from Candy Jar Books.

Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Competition

Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competition 2018 - (c) Candy Jar Books
Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competition 2018 – (c) Candy Jar Books

As well as their new short story collection, Candy Jar Books has also announced that it will be running its second Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competition.

This exciting opportunity for any writer or fan of the Lethbridge-Stewart world offers a wide scope for creativity, and even the opportunity to secure a publishing deal through entering the brand new competition!

Following the success of last year’s competition, this year’s Short Story Competition will again be open to previously unpublished writers, although this time this includes entrants from outside as well as within the UK.

Russell says: “We had a great response when we announced the Short Story Collection and because of its success I am very excited to be doing it all over again. This time we want to give other characters a chance in the spotlight. What about Anne, Bill, or even newly created characters from our Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries? With this collection we are giving fans the chance to really explore, and I can’t wait to see what response we get!”

Frankham-Allen adds: “This time Shaun and I will be running the competition, casting our expert eyes over the entries. And as the stories will exist outside of the canon of our ranges, we encourage all contenders to embrace their creativity and take our characters into entirely unexpected areas. As long as they are true to the characters depicted in our ranges, you can put them into almost any situation. The only true limit is the imagination!”

The winning entry will receive a Kindle Fire and Lethbridge-Stewart or The Lucy Wilson Mysteries publishing deal. All shortlisted entries will be published in The Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Collection Vol 2.

The first Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story competition launched as part of the 2017 Candy Jar Book Festival. Earlier this year, eight top entries were showcased in a limited-edition Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Collection. The winner of the competition was announced earlier this year as Sean Alexander from Holyhead, north Wales with his story, Boys Don’t Cry. Alexander is now working with Frankham-Allen on a new Lethbridge-Stewart novel for the 2019/2020 range.

How To Enter The Lethbridge-Stewart South Wales Short Story Competition

Submissions for this year’s competition are now open! The entry fee is £5; submissions and payment can be made via the competition website.

Please include your name, age, address, email and telephone number. Submissions can be entered until the end of November 2018.

Submission guidelines:

  • Maximum of 3000 words.
  • This competition is open to anybody who has never been published before, whether you’re a fan of Doctor Who and Lethbridge-Stewart or not. We’re looking for stories that utilise any character from the Lethbridge-Stewart and The Lucy Wilson Mysteries range of books (list of Lethbridge-Stewart characters here. It is not necessary to fit within the timeline; these stories are out of the canon of the series, so feel free to let your imagination run wild!
  • A selection of free short stories will be sent to any applicant on request, should you need to see our characters in action.
  • Our license is with the Haisman Literary Estate only, therefore you CAN use any character from the Doctor Who serials The Abominable Snowmen, The Web of Fear and The Dominators, or any original character found Candy Jar Books’ Lethbridge-Stewart and The Lucy Wilson Mysteries series (except characters from Doctor Who that appeared in the ranges under express permission).
  • You can NOT use any other Doctor Who characters or monsters.
  • You can NOT use UNIT or any associated characters.
  • Any entries that feature a Doctor Who character not owned by the Haisman Literary Estate will be instantly disqualified, with no refund.

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