Scarborough vicar turned children's author Graham (GP) Taylor has signed a "significant" deal with a major publishing company for the follow-up to his first best-seller.
Shadowmancer has been translated into more than 40 languages, and millions copies of the children's fantasy story have been sold worldwide. Now, fans are bracing themselves for the release of Shadowmancer II: The Curse of Salamander Street, which is due to be published by Faber & Faber in the UK in September.
Married father-of-three Mr Taylor, whose autobiography will be published at the same time, added: "I'm not allowed to say how much they paid for it, but this is a one-off deal. They wanted me to write a sequel and this is it. It's a true sequel to Shadowmancer with all the characters and is about a street in London with connections to Scarborough and Whitby.
"It's a very exciting story and I really enjoyed writing it. It does bring everything to a very dramatic conclusion and there will not be a sequel to the sequel."
The deal is thought to be one of the biggest book deals signed in the UK in recent years.
Mr Taylor, who also penned Wormwood and Tersias, says the planned release of book four called Mariah Mundi has now been put back to September 2007. It will be completely set in Scarborough with the Grand Hotel and the Golden Grid Restaurant inspiring two of the locations in the book.
Mr Taylor is also venturing further into the world of television. He is currently co-writing the script for a sit-com called Wolf for a London production company which tells the story of a teacher called Wolfgang, whose life disintegrates around him. Earlier this year, he presented a six-part series for Tyne Tees television on the paranormal.