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Meet Serial Box, a New Publisher Serving Up Written Stories Like They Were Television Episodes

SerialBoxThere’s a new player on the science fiction publishing scene and its name is Serial Box, which aims to bring the “TV model of media production and delivery to the book world”.

Season 1 is already off to a wonderful start with the release of the initial episode of Bookburners, a story that’s part urban fantasy, part police procedural, and a little bit of New Weird thrown in for good measure. It’s written by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery.

Although the official launch is September 16th with the release of Episode 2 , the first episode is already up for all to enjoy. The entire season will consist of 16 episodes.

Want to know more? The press release follows…

BookBurners-S01-01Magic is real…and some books have teeth.

This September, new publisher Serial Box is bursting onto the scene and bringing the TV model of media production and delivery to the book world with Bookburners, an urban fantasy adventure following a black-ops anti-magic squad backed by the Vatican. Wandering from police procedural to New Weird and dabbling in most genres in between, Bookburners will keep you hungry for more, week after week.

Written by a team of authors including Margaret Dunlap (Eureka), Mur Lafferty (The Shambling Guide to New York City) and Brian Francis Slattery (Lost Everything), the group is lead by rising genre star Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead and the Craft Sequence).

While the series officially launches on September 16th with the release of Episode 2, we have the first episode up for all to enjoy on

Serial Box aims to bring book lovers everything they like about television:

  • New episodes each week
  • Series are produced by a team of writers collaborating to create the most exciting, dynamic stories
  • Episodes are easily ingestible with a 40-minute average read-time
  • Each episode is an exciting adventure but together they build into a complete narrative-just like your favorite shows

About Bookburners:
Magic is real, and hungry-trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. Abruptly thrust into the battle between nefarious forces trying to unleash this power onto the world and those trying to stop them, she joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad: Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum. Together they stand between humanity and magical apocalypse. Some call them Bookburners. They don’t like the label.

Chapter 1: Badge, Book, and Candle
NYPD Detective Sal Brooks is no rookie-but even the most hardened cop would think twice when they see their brother open a book and become…well…something entirely not their brother. When her attempts to solve the case cross paths with a mysterious team led by a priest, she starts to realize that the world is far more than what is seems, and, just maybe, magic is real-and hungry.

Thus begins the 16-part serial, Bookburners, presented by Serial Box. From a team of writers, this collaborative effort will unfold an epic urban fantasy narrative across an entire season in weekly installments.

Follow along as Sal learns the life changing lesson: some books have teeth.

About John DeNardo (13012 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on Meet Serial Box, a New Publisher Serving Up Written Stories Like They Were Television Episodes

  1. I’ve been excited for this since I first heard about it! Such a cool concept. I hope I’ll be able to keep up with this when it starts and read it every week.

  2. Wynifred McBeth // August 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm //

    Didn’t Emma Bull and Will Shetterly do this with Shadow Unit?

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