The Author - Joseph D'LaceyHeads-up all you eco-horror, dark fantasy and post-apocalyptica fans! We’re hugely excited to announce that Joseph D’Lacey – the award-winning author best known for his shocking eco-horror novel Meat, which won him the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer in 2009 and prompted no less a literary luminary than Stephen King to declare “Joseph D’Lacey rocks!” – has signed up with us for a two-book series.

The two books in question will complete a brand new post-apocalyptic duology. The first instalment, Black Feathers, will be published in April 2013, with the second part, The Book of the Crowman, following in 2014.

The Black Feathers duology is a modern fantasy set in two epochs: the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, and generations into the future in its aftermath, the Bright Day.

In each era, a child undertakes a perilous journey to find a dark messiah known as The Crowman. In their hands lies the fate of the planet as they attempt to discover whether The Crowman is our saviour… or the final incarnation of evil.

Mr D’Lacey’s other published works to-date include Garbage Man, Snake Eyes and The Kill Crew. When not realising his fantasies on paper, he dabbles with Yoga and continues a quest for the ultimate vegetarian burger recipe. He lives in Northamptonshire with his wife and daughter.

As always we asked Joseph to say nice things about us for the press release, and what he said was: “Over the last three years, I’ve watched the stellar rise of ‘The Robot’ with great interest and plenty of wishful thinking. I’m ecstatic that they’ll be the ones to unleash Black Feathers upon the world. Working with Angry Robot is the opportunity of a lifetime for me and I’m grabbing it with both hands.”

You can find Joseph online at his website as well as Twitter (@JosephDLacey) and Facebook. Please feel free to drop by and leave messages of congratulations and/or faithful promises to buy his first two Angry Robot books at the earliest opportunity. Or you may do so via the comments, below…