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Del Rey is delighted to announce the acquisition of Infernal from author Mark de Jager. Michael Rowley, Editorial Director at Del Rey has acquired world all languages rights, including audio, film and TV directly from David Headley (MD) and Harry Illingworth (Associate Agent) at DHH Literary Agency. Del Rey will publish in hardback in August 2016.

Infernal is a bold new fantasy thriller of dark magic, revenge, with a central character like no other. Anti-hero Stratus moves through the world as an unstoppable force of nature after waking up in an unfamiliar place, with nothing but the knowledge that he is not human and with no memories of his past. Possessing great strength and powerful sorcery, he sets out across a landscape torn apart by the ten year war between the Kingdoms of Krandin and Penullin, seeking the truth about what he has become and his unquenchable thirst for vengeance.

On being acquired by Del Rey, Mark said ‘I am absolutely delighted to be working with Michael and his team. Their enthusiasm, understanding and support for Infernal has been amazing from the outset.’

David Headley said ‘Mark de Jager is a powerful new voice in epic fantasy fiction, and has created an anti-hero like no other. Infernal is a genre-bending, dark and thunderous read that will appeal to science fiction, fantasy and thriller readers alike. Myself and Harry were blown away by the enthusiasm showed by Michael at Del Rey, and are delighted that Mark will be joining their list.’

Michael Rowley said ‘Written in a style that reminds me of bestselling authors Joe Abercrombie and Peter V. Brett, I was instantly drawn to the character Stratus, an anti-hero set to take the genre by storm and break new ground. Like a magical blend of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher, he moves through the world as an unstoppable force of nature in this action-packed, dark and violent fantasy thriller. We’re thrilled to have Mark on the Del Rey list.’

Notes for Editors

Infernal by Mark de Jager

Hardback, August 2016, £16.99

World All Languages (including audio/TV/film)

Del Rey is an imprint of Ebury Publishing, a Penguin Random House company


Mark de Jager isn’t sure if his love of writing led to his love of gaming or vice versa, but his earliest memories involve both. He now spends his time trying to find a balance between these and working a full time job in the City, a process made slightly easier by his coffee addiction.

An ex-MP in the South African army, Mark now lives in Kent with his wife Liz (herself a published author) and their lazy dog in a house that is equal parts library and home.

You can follow Mark on Twitter, Instagram (and PSN) as @Gergaroth

For more information please contact Tess Henderson: thenderson@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk

Follow Harry on Twitter: @harryillers

Follow David on Twitter: @DavidHHeadley