Strange Matter’s Afoot!

Strange Matter’s George Mann and Cavan Scott are delighted to announce their forthcoming collaboration with Audible on a brand new Sherlock Holmes drama.

Sherlock Holmes: The Voice of Treason is a full-cast Audible Original starring Nicholas Boulton as the Great Detective and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Dr. John Watson.

Here is the official blurb: 

There is a plot to kidnap Queen Victoria and only Sherlock Holmes can stop it…or can he?

Investigating a crime seemingly unconnected to the Royal Family, Holmes and Watson uncover a conspiracy to kidnap Queen Victoria and destabilise the British Empire.

With a ticking clock to her next public engagement, Holmes and Watson must discover who is behind the plot and locate her majesty, while Mycroft tries to keep the monarch’s disappearance a secret from the British people.

At first, Holmes believes Moriarty is responsible for the abduction, but when the Napoleon of Crime is proved innocent, Holmes must work with his arch-nemesis to recuse the Queen.

More details to follow.

Strange Matter’s George Mann visits Galaxy’s Edge

Strange Matter’s George Mann was recently invited to take part in a special event at DisneyWorld’s Galaxy’s Edge, where–aside from signing many, many copies of his book Star Wars: Myths & Fables–he had the chance to wander the streets of Batuu and experience the stunning new Rise of the Resistance ride. 

Of course, while he was there, he obviously took the opportunity to craft his own lightsaber, modelled on that of Darth Caldoth, an all new Sith Lord he created for the book. 

He also enjoyed a sample of the famous blue milk.

Check out the video below, created by the wonderful folk at the Disney Parks Blog, to see him talk about the forthcoming special edition of the book and experience Batuu for the very first time.

Strange Matter’s Cavan Scott named Audie Finalist

Congratulations to Strange Matter’s Cavan Scott for being named as a 2020 Audie Finalist for his six-hour audio drama Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost. 

The Audie Awards are the most prestigious award in audiobook and spoken word entertainment, with the finalists selected for over 1,300 submissions.

The winners will be revealed at a Gala ceremony on 2nd March 2020 at Guastavino’s in New York City, hosted by author and CBS correspondent Mo Rocca.

Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost is listed in the Multi-Voiced Performance category and features the voice talent of Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Marc Thompson, Pete Bradbury, Jonathan Davis, Neil Hellegers, Sean Kenin, January LaVoy, Saskia Maarleveld, Carol Monda, Robert Petkoff, and Rebecca Soler. Published by Penguin Random House Audio, the audio original was produced by Nick Martorelli, script edited by Elizabeth Schaefer and directed by Kevin Thomsen.

Talking Adaptations at Bristol Festival of Literature

Strange Matter‘s Cavan Scott recently appeared at a special panel at the Bristol Festival of Literature discussing the process of adapting a story from one medium to another. 

Adaptation – Book to Comic to Film to game was hosted by Timon Singh and saw Cavan appearing with TV and film veteran Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, The Awakening, Midwinter of the Spirit), games designer and author Jonathan L. Howard (Broken Sword, Johannes Cabal, Carter and Lovecraft) and editor Cheryl Morgan (Wizard Tower Press). 

During the talk held at Storysmith in South Bristol, Cavan discussed producing Doctor Who: The New Adventures for Big Finish Productions and his upcoming graphic novel adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

Strange Matter’s George Mann delves into the Dark Side

Announced today at New York Comic Con, during the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel, Strange Matter’s George Mann will be writing a new book of spooky myths and legends set in the Star Wars universe, to be published by Disney Lucasfilm Press in 2020.

The book, Star Wars: Dark Legends, follows George’s successful Star Wars: Myths & Fables. Published in July 2019, Myths & Legends featured an array of in-universe folklore and fairy tales that showcased George’s talent in expanding the mythology of established franchises, one of the key services Strange Matter can supply in any of its projects. 

You can read more about the announcement, as well as an array of other exciting Star Wars projects (including some from Strange Matter’s Cavan Scott) on the official Star Wars website

Strange Matter’s Cavan Scott feels the Force with a Star Wars triple

October sees Strange Matter‘s Cavan Scott jump back to a Galaxy, Far, Far Away not once but three times.

The month kicks off with the publication of the Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lostscript book, featuring the script for the six-hour Star Wars full-cast audio play that was published by Del Rey / Penguin Random House Audio earlier this year.

Then, the fourth in Cavan’s Star Wars Choose Your Destiny series is released October 4th by Disney Lucasfilm Press. Part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, A Finn & Poe is an interactive gamebook featuring characters from the must anticipated movie.

Finally, every Wednesday in October will see IDW publish Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle, a five-issue weekly mini-series that tells spooky stories in the Star Wars universe, perfect for Halloween. Following the success of last year’s award nominated Tales From Vader’s Castle, the series sees Cavan team up with artists Francesco Francavilla, Megan Leven, Kelley Jones, Nick Brokenshire, Nicoletta Baldari and Charles Paul Wilson III. 

These releases are just part of Cavan’s extensive contribution to Star Wars, a relationship that will only grow with his involvement in Lucasfilm’s top secret Project: Luminous initiative. 

 

 

Strange Matter at New York Comic Con 2019

Strange Matter‘s George Mann and Cavan Scott are excited to be returning to New York Comic Con this year, taking part in a number of panels and signings.

Check out the schedule below to see where you can find them.

FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER

11.00 SIGNING:
Cavan Scott signs Dooku: Jedi Lost  – Del Rey Booth #2205

13.45 PANEL:
George Mann and Cavan Scott talk Star Wars at LucasFilm Publishing: Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away – Room 1A21

15.45 INTERVIEW:
Cavan Scott interviewed live on stage by SYFY WIRE – NYCC Live Stage

17.00 SIGNING:
George Mann signs Star Wars Myths & Legends – Disney Publishing Worldwide – Booth #2329

SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER

18.00 SIGNING:
Cavan Scott signs Dooku: Jedi Lost  – Del Rey Booth #2205

SUNDAY 6th OCTOBER

10.45 PANEL:
Cavan Scott talks creating comics at  IDW Kid’s Comics  – Room 1B03

13.00 SIGNING:
Cavan Scott signs Star Wars Choose Your Destiny: A Finn & Poe Adventure – Disney Publishing Worldwide – Booth #2329

14.00 SIGNING:
Cavan Scott signs Star Wars Adventures & Return to Vader’s Castle  – IDW Booth #1844

 

 

What is Project Luminous?

Last Monday, Lucasfilm teased a mysterious new Star Wars initiative known only as Project Luminous, but other than the name and the date revealed at Star Wars Celebration Chicago very little is known.

What we can say is that Strange Matter‘s Cavan Scott is one of the five authors invited to take part in the project, which has seen him travel to Skywalker Ranch in California twice in the last six months. 

Also involved are writer’s Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older and Charles Soule. 

More information as and when we can reveal it, but in the meantime here is a picture of the five authors at Skywalker Ranch last September.

From left: Justina Ireland, Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Daniel José Older and Strange Matter’s Cavan Scott

 

 

The future is strange…

This is it. For some time now, we’ve been working behind the scenes to establish Strange Matter, a new creative studio dedicated to doing what we love – developing awesome stories.

Today we got together, drank lots of tea and formulated our plans for the future. We now have an exciting slate of concepts to develop. We’re looking forward to introducing you to the various worlds and characters that we’re creating.

More soon…