Little Rock Author John Hornor Jacobs Signs Six-Figure Deal with Publisher

John Hornor Jacobs’ six-figure payday was no fantasy. 

The Little Rock novelist, known locally for his graphic design work during the past 15 years, last week signed a “six-figure deal” with Gollancz, a prominent British publisher in the fantasy, science-fiction and young adult genres.

The deal is for his latest fantasy novel “The Incorruptibles.”  

Contractually, Jacobs can’t reveal the exact figure but told us the deal was a “good one,” as opposed to a “nice” or “very nice” one. 

Still, six figures and all …

Jacobs was first published in 2011 with “Southern Gods,” (Night Shade Books) and nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in dark fantasy and horror writing. Past winners include Ray Bradbury and Dean Koontz. 

Since then, Jacobs has been published with “The Dark Earth” (Simon & Schuster/Gallery), “The Twelve-Fingered Boy” (Lerner Books) and “Fierce as the Grave,” available on Amazon’s Kindle. Jacobs said his books can be found at bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Wordsworth in Little Rock.

“The Incorruptibles” is the first of a series. Gollancz, the sci-fi and fantasy imprint of Orion, will publish “Infernal Machines” in 2014 and “The Demon Hand” in 2015.

Other forthcoming titles from Jacobs include young adult novels “The Shibboleth” in 2014 and “The End of All Things” in 2015, both published by Lerner.

Jacobs tells us Gollancz made “The Incorruptibles” its lead title last week at the London Book Fair. We’re guessing that means some heavy marketing and promotion this way comes.

And for fans of dark fantasy — especially dark fantasy conjured locally — that’s wicked.