In hidden places, they sleep and dream, and through their dreams they touch humanity–but their touch brings only the stains of horror, death, and madness…until the day the Old Ones return.
In The Engines of Sacrifice, acclaimed writer James Chambers delivers four nightmare novellas inspired by the Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft.
Investigation 37: In the late years of the Vietnam War, Lavender May runs away from home to search for freedom and peace in New York City, but instead, she finds only a world of magic, witchcraft, and lies.
The Ugly Birds: Only one thing could save Carmine Darabont’s comics magazine from going under: publishing the next chapter of the hit series “The Otherworlders.” But what dark secret drives its creator–Carmine’s ex-fiancé–to refuse to deliver it?
The Hidden Room: At the height of the Cold War, Doctor Calvin Lenox is a member of the Nuclear Emergency Search Team. With his life spiraling into despair, he confronts the mystery of a runaway Soviet defector and the death of three men, only to find himself at the mercy of…the Faceless God.
The Engines of Sacrifice: What is the power of words? Can they control the fabric of reality? In a horrifying new world, underground author Rowley Cray struggles against a totalitarian government gone insane and the possibility that he can control the souls of the dead.
Praise for James Chambers:
“Chambers is adept at striking the perfect balance of darkness and light….” –Dark Wisdom
“…Chambers acknowledges the internal monsters of the psyche. He also adroitly addresses the external evils; those terrors that are kept at bay for the sense of sanity.” –Hellnotes
“…for those who like their horror straight up and to the point…” –Horror Fiction Review
“Chambers has a skill for evoking the emotions that are needed in the horror field.” –David Agranoff, Postcards from a Dying World
“Chambers writes stories that are paced fast enough to friction burn a reader’s eyeballs.” –Horror Reader.com
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Seventh Star Press recently announced a new urban fantasy series, authored by H. David Blalock. Here’s the write-up:
Seventh Star Press is proud to announce the acquisition of The Angelkiller Triad, a provocative new urban fantasy series, as H. David Blalock becomes a member of the publishing company’s growing family of authors.
The acquisition comes right on the heels of the addition of D.A Adams’ fantasy series, The Brotherhood of Dwarves, and follows a strong run of releases that has seen titles such as Jackie Gamber’s Redheart (YA
fantasy) and Steven Shrewsbury’s Thrall (heroic fantasy) meet with a very warm reception from reviewers and readers alike. It is yet another strong testament to Seventh Star Press’s commitment to releasing quality titles exhibiting many facets of speculative fiction.
H. David Blalock commented on his recent partnership with SSP. “I am excited about doing the Angelkiller series with Seventh Star, and honored to be in such talented company. I just hope I can keep up with this high-energy group!”
The first book introduces Jonah Mason, the oldest, and most experienced of the Angelkillers, an elite force in the Army of Light. They are fighting an ancient war, one in which the Darkness achieved a great triumph long ago that has had profound influence on the fabric of life as we know it. It is the simple answer as to why bad things happen to good people. The great battle may have been lost, but the war continues in a modern age, pitting Jonah against the Enemy in a way even he had never faced. A provocative mixture of the supernatural and technological, Angelkiller is a very special, thought-provoking tale, one that shines forth in the upper realms of urban fantasy literature.
Based out of the Memphis area, H. David Blalock has an impressive writing career of 35 years and counting that has achieved numerous publishing credits in print and online mediums. He is most known for his fantasy novel Ascendant (Sam’s Dot Publishing), which was the basis for a twenty minute short film produced in 2010 that featured former WWE wrestler Al Snow. The sequel to Ascendant, Emperor (Sam’s Dot Publishing), was released in March of 2011. David is also the founder of Imagicopter, an author-driven organization that creates an array of event opportunities for small press authors and artists, while also publishing the highly-regarded Imagyro magazine.
“I was a fan of H. David Blalock since I read Ascendant, which is one of the true gems in fantasy out of the small press world,” fellow Seventh Star Press author Stephen Zimmer commented. “Angelkiller represents something that is compelling, thought-provoking, and highly relevant. With David’s mastery of narrative and character, this series is going to be a force to be reckoned with in urban fantasy.”
The projected release date window for Angelkiller is fall of 2011, in limited hardcover, trade paperback, and several eBook formats, for readers with the Kindle, the iPad, the Nook, Sony eReaders, and other electronic reading devices.
Book 2, Traitor Angel, and Book 3, Doom Angel, will be released over the
course of 2012 and early 2013.
On top of that, they also have a limited edition hardcover set to come out for Michael West’s Cinema of Shadows. Here’s the write-up on that title:
Michael West’s Cinema of Shadows Cover Art Unveiled with Limited Edition Hardcover Offer!
Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the brand new cover art by Matthew Perry created for Michael West’s Cinema of Shadows, which will make Harmony, Indiana a household name with horror readers everywhere.
A pre-ordering window is now open for readers interested in a limited edition hardcover of Cinema of Shadows, which features a Matthew Perry illustration not included in the regular editon. Only 75 numbered copies of the limited edition will be issued, at a price of just $34.95.
There is also a special pre-order offer for the regular trade paperback edition. Both of the pre-order offers include an array of Cinema of Shadows collectibles, including a beautiful 14X20 poster of one of the interior illustrations (also by Matthew Perry), a set of 5X7 glossy art cards, bookmarks, a pair of buttons, and a magnet. Copies can be pre-ordered in the online store at www.seventhstarpress.com and will be shipped August 1st, to ensure arrival before the book’s August 7th street date.
Cinema of Shadows welcomes you to the Woodfield Movie Palace.
The night the Titanic sank, it opened for business…and its builder died in his chair. In the 1950s, there was a fire; a balcony full of people burned to death. And years later, when it became the scene of one of Harmony, Indiana’s most notorious murders, it closed for good. Abandoned, sealed, locked up tight…until now.
Tonight, Professor Geoffrey Burke and his Parapsychology students have come to the Woodfield in search of evidence, hoping to find irrefutable proof of a haunting. Instead, they will discover that, in this theater, the terrors are not confined to the screen.
Cinema of Shadows will ultimately be available in trade paperback, hardcover, and a variety of eBook editions.
Spook House, the next Harmony, Indiana novel from Michael West, is slated for 2012 release, with another title coming in 2013.
Dark Regions Press announced last week in their newsletter that Carol Weekes‘ novella, The Color of Bone, is due for release this September, as part of their New Voices of Horror novella series.
This is great news as far as I’m concerned, because I was really impressed by her collaborative work with Michael Kelly on the novel, Ouroboros, which was released in 2009 and was my favorite novel of that year.
Here’s the write-up for the novella, courtesy of Dark Regions:
Listen carefully..to the sigh of the wind at your window, to the sound of an unexpected cry in the night, to the scratch of nails at your doorway. Under a rind of moon, see the shadowed face watching your window as both of your gazes meet. Of lonely cemeteries bathed in ethereal shadow where the whisper of pale bone scrapes across soil, and where the lichen-crusted stones of a forgotten well provide the pathway for a monster. From the backdrop of storm-frosted waves of an abandoned camp ground to the arid dust of a war-torn and evil environment, allow the ghosts, monsters, deities, bogeys and ephemeral cars that slink into shadow haunt you in this collection of nineteen frightening tales from the imagination of dark fiction writer, Carol Weekes: The Color of Bone.
Possessed: Spine Tingling Tales From Ten Masters of Horror is a new anthology available on the Amazon Kindle Store.
I caught wind of this on Facebook recently, thanks to one of the contributing authors and editor, Nate Kenyon.
Nate’s responsible for writing one of my favorite novels from 2010, Sparrow Rock, so on the occasion when he has something to pimp out, I’m going to pay attention.
Here’s the write-up via Amazon:
Welcome to hell.
Hands that live on, long after their owner is dead. A little girl who learns about killing, with a little help from Doctor Nine. A diary that suggests murder to whoever writes in it. An encounter with a fallen angel that ends with a death–and a rebirth, of sorts. And other encounters with things birthed from the darkness that are far worse.
Inside these pages are terrifying stories of possession, madness and murder, by ten of horror’s brightest stars. These are masters at work, and their stories will shock you, make you gasp, and make you wonder if those noises you hear in the night are not simply the house settling, but something far more ominous.
Don’t look now…that thing from your nightmares may be right behind you.
Editor’s introduction by Nate Kenyon
Stories by: Maria Alexander, Kealan Patrick Burke, Nate Kenyon, Jonathan Maberry, Joe McKinney, Lisa Morton, Joseph Nassise, Scott Nicholson, Jeremy Shipp, and Simon Wood
At the beginning of May, Todd Russell kicks off his Mental Shrillness blog tour to promote his new flash fiction collection of the same name. You’ll be able to read my review on May 10th, and Todd will be answering questions that day in the comments section.
Not only that, but there will be a couple of contests you can enter during the blog tour, too!
The first contest will see six winners receive a free copy of Mental Shrillness via Smashwords. To enter, simply visit each stop on the blog tour and look for a special factoid that will appear in each blog post. At the end of the tour, there will be a brief quiz, with those correctly answering 75% or more of the questions correctly entered into a draw.
The second contest is even easier. By leaving a comment (something meaningful) on any of the blog tour posts at any of the stops will receive a free PDF copy of a special flash fiction story by Todd Russell not seen inside the pages of Mental Shrillness.
Do you buy books from Dorchester Publishing?
If you do, you may want to reconsider. In what can only be described as shamefully unsettling news, several authors who were at one time or another associated with Dorchester, namely Leisure Books imprint, are not being paid for their work. And this has been going on for months on end.
I won’t bother going into the details of it, but you can visit Brian Keene’s blog where you will learn many disheartening facts over how he and other authors are being treated in a reprehensible fashion. CLICK HERE.
I haven’t purchased a book from Dorchester since I learned of the whole debacle back in July of last year. But, I am now resolute in never purchasing another Leisure title until they have done the right thing and paid the authors what they are due, stop publishing books they no longer have the rights to, and start working towards restoring the reputation of a once heralded publisher of dark fiction.
I wrote a letter to Dorchester earlier today, as encouraged in a blog post by Robert Swartwood, and it looked something like this. If you’re so inclined, I’d encourage you to contact them as well and voice your opinion–hopefully in a civil manner, too.
Perhaps this is merely an echo of sentiments already expressed towards Dorchester (and more specifically Leisure Books), but as a voracious reader who has purchased Leisure Books titles in the past, including those by Briane Keene, Ray Garton, Richard Laymon, and Jack Ketchum, the unsettling controversy between Dorchester and disgruntled authors provokes me to send this e-mail.
I have had opportunity to read and review multiple titles that have been released under the Leisure Books banner, but I can not in good conscience offer any further support–whether it be through purchasing books or reviewing them–if the issues expressed by Brian Keene and many others are not diligently addressed and resolved. If authors have been told that they would receive their rights back and/or paid what is owed them, yet actions by Dorchester speak to the contrary, something is seriously wrong and paints a very damaging light on a once heralded and well-respected publisher.
I find it disheartening that a publisher which, in the past, provided me a wellspring of great novels has become what essentially appears to be a blight on the writing world.
I certainly hope for a happy ending to this otherwise sad situation.
I’m officially boycotting Dorchester Publishing. I don’t normally hop on these boycott bandwagons, but in this case I’ll make an exception.