First published in 2008 by Pendragon Press, The Reef is a tale of Weird pulp adventure, packed with mad science, swashbuckling heroes and monsters on an epic scale. Clever, exciting and ambitious, The Reef is the oft-overlooked debut novel of one of fantasy fiction's most intriguing contemporary writers.
Fans of Mr. Newton's Legends of the Red Sun or his new Drakenfeld series will recognise his ability both to blur genre boundaries and to infuse a story with a social and environmental conscience.
To give the book the unique feel that it deserves, the art for the new edition will be provided by Philippa Rice (St Colin and the Dragon, Recylost, My Cardboard Life). Her work has been praised by Cory Doctorow, Paul Gravett and many others.
"I'm very excited about what is a marvellously bonkers project," says Mr. Newton. "The artwork is going to be weird and delightful in a truly different way. And this is also a great opportunity for me to revisit and rework the text as a much more experienced writer."
The Reef will be edited with the author’s preferred text and released in an edition of 75 signed and numbered hardcover copies, with the proceeds going to Marine Conservation UK. The agent was John Jarrold.
The Reef is scheduled for publication in summer 2014.