Friday, October 19, 2007

More Torchwood Books Announced

BBC Books has released full details on the second trio of Torchwood books, currently slated for release on March 6th, 2008.
Back Stories by David Llewellyn

Tiger Bay, Cardiff, 1950: A mysterious crate is brought into the docks on a Scandinavian cargo ship, the Kungssången. Its destination: The Torchwood Institute. As the crate is offloaded by a group of local dockers it explodes, killing all but one of them; a young Butetown lad called Michael Bellini.

Fifty-eight years later a radioactive source somewhere inside Torchwood leads the team to discover the same Michael Bellini, still young and dressed in his 1950s clothes, cowering in the vaults. As they question the intruder, it becomes apparent that each of them has met him in the past. All of them remember him talking incoherently about terrifying “Men In Bowler Hats” and little more, but it’s Jack who remembers him best of all....

The Twilight Streets by Gary Russell

It’s the start of a Cardiff autumn – the days are getting shorter, the dark evenings settling in.

There’s a part of Cardiff that no one goes to much. No crime, no murders, just…they stay away. A collection of old rundown houses and gloomy streets. Something’s not quite right there, something is off-kilter.

Except now, the Council are renovating the area. And a new company have been employed to do this. And look: they’re going to organise street parties to show off the gentrified area. Clown and face-painters for the kids, street magicians for the adults. None of this is Torchwood’s problem. Except that Tosh recognises the man sponsoring the street parties when she’s passing one day. Bilis Manger.

She sees him. There. In the street. And he waves to her.

Something in the Water by Trevor Baxendale

Dr Bob Strong’s GP surgery has being seeing a lot of coughs and colds recently – far more than is normal for the time of year. Bob contacts Owen Harper, an old student friend, who reluctantly agrees to look into it. Meanwhile Toshiko and Gwen are investigating ghostly apparitions in the marshy areas of South Wales. It’s been a dull month and they’re just about to pack up when they find a dead body.

The Team find that there’s been a massive spike in respiratory infections right across the UK. Captain Jack agrees that it’s worth investigating, but at the moment his priority is Tosh and Gwen’s work: they’ve brought the corpse back for examination. It’s old, in an advanced state of decay....and still able to talk.

Admittedly the cadaver isn’t exactly coherent, but neither is it what most people would call dead

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