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Pan Macmillan win bidding auction to acquire ‘hot property’ Blake Crouch’s DARK MATTER
Editorial Director, Julie Crisp has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Alexis Hurley at Inkwell Management to Dark Matter in a nice six figure deal after an exciting multi-publisher auction based on a 140 page partial.
Imagine Stephen King’s The Time Traveller’s Wife starring Jason Bourne, and you’ve got the central concept of this pulse-pounding new thriller, that has already sold in a fantastic preempt to Molly Stern at Crown for a seven figure deal and also had film rights optioned by Sony Pictures for $1.25 million after they beat five other film studios to take the rights off the table.
The novel will be published in summer 2016.
Dark Matter is the story of Jason Dessen, a forty-year-old physics professor living with his wife and son in Chicago. One night, after an evening out he’s kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked man, driven to an abandoned industrial site and injected with a powerful drug.
But the world into which he wakes, though seeming to be his own, is also different. Seeking the stability of his family, he stumbles back home. To an empty house that’s he doesn’t recognize.
Searching for his wife is the only thing that keeps him going. But when he finds her – will she even know him? Jason is on the brink of a stunning revelation: the world he thought was his is completely wrong.
Dark Matter’s landscape is the nature of reality and identity. Part lightning fast thriller, part enduring love story it’s an exploration into the mysteries of existence and what makes us human.
Blake Crouch has sold over a million books and his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Known for high-concept fiction, six of his books have hit the Kindle Top 10, and two have reached the #1 spot. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, Cemetery Dance, and Thriller 2, edited by Clive Cussler.
In 2013, his novel Pines was nominated for ITW's Best Paperback Original Thriller Award, and his Wayward Pines series is currently in production as a FOX event series for 2015, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo and Terrence Howard. He has been featured in Time Magazine, the L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Entertainment Weekly. Blake lives in Colorado.
Of the acquisition, Julie Crisp says,
‘Sometimes you get a script in that you know has that sought-after ‘it’ factor. People just can’t stop talking about it. Dark Matter has everything to appeal, fast-paced action scenes, a fabulous mystery, and a love-story which keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens.’
Blake Crouch said of the deal:
‘Dark Matter is a special book for me, possibly the one I've been working toward for my entire career. I'm thrilled and honoured to have Julie Crisp and the entire team at Pan Macmillan on board to help bring this story to UK readers’
There have already been rave reviews from readers:
‘Not just as high concept as they come but gripping from the start, Dark Matter is the kind of fast-paced, man-on-the-run mystery that insists you read on – and makes you paranoid that maybe your own life isn't real...’ Dave Bradley, Group Editor-in-Chief, SFX magazine
'Dark Matter is like Jason Bourne meets Inception. It is high concept that’s gripping and thrilling as well as terrifying but altogether original. Brilliant’ David Headley, Goldsboro Books
About Pan Macmillan
Pan Macmillan UK is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK, with imprints including Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Bello, Tor, Macmillan Children's Books, Campbell Books, Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan is part of the Macmillan Publishing Group which operates in over 70 countries.
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SNAFU brought the pain.
SNAFU: Wolves at the Door will bring the bite, with soldiers fighting for their lives against were-animals.
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In the blackest night or under the full moon, danger is lurking.
It’s survival at all costs when you’re fighting against an enemy that could tear you apart – or convert you to the other side.
Against the backdrop of an untamed wilderness or the dark depths of the city, the ultimate clash between the forces of man and nature rages on.
Whether battling the monster within or a war around them – these soldiers may find the cost could prove too great.
THE WOLVES ARE RELEASED TUESDAY 27 JAN 2014
The Salt City Horrorfest is proud to introduce eight films for your pleasure, including the following films
BEETLEJUICE and CLOCKWORK ORANGE
- Introduction by local/ national comedian Alex Bidwell
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and POLTERGEIST
- Introduction Q/A Actor Martin Casella (Marty from Poltergeist)
CREEPSHOW, DEMONS 2 and DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS
- (rare TECHNICOLOR 35mm print) with Introduction Q/A by Doctor Who Class Professor Anthony Rotolo
SPIDER BABY - (35mm Print courtesy of/ Preserved by the Academy Film Archive and Director Jack Hill)
ALL 35MM PRINTS (plus a digital screening to "The CHUNKBLOW" - our annual local horror short screening) !
The Palace Theatre
2384 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13206
Saturday April 18th, 2015
Age restricted to over 15 unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
$20 in advance / $25 at the door
Click below for Advance sale tickets:
Doors open at 11am
noon - BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (Sponsored by SYRFILM)
1:30pm - BEETLEJUICE
3:50pm - POLTERGEIST -
Introduction/ Q/A by Actor Martin Casella (Schedule Permitting)
5:30pm - DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS - Rare TECHNICOLR print. Special guest/ Introduction/ Q/A by Professor Anthony Rotolo: Dr. Who Class Syracuse University. ( http://rotolo.info/whoclass/ )
6:45pm - Dinner Break
7:30pm - Comedian Alex Bidwell
7:45pm - CLOCKWORK ORANGE
(Sponsored by Apocalypse Promotions )
10:00pm - THE CHUNKBLOW (Rochester Horror Short)
10:15pm - SPIDER BABY (35mm Print courtesy of/ Preserved by the Academy Film Archive and Dir. Jack Hill)
11:40pm - CREEPSHOW
1:00am - DEMONS 2
$25 at the door / $20 in Advance
$20 advance sale tickets on sale now via the Internet websites:
360 Studios has just jumped on board on acclaimed Canadian director Patricia Chica's new film project entitled Montréal Girls, a coming-of-age dark comedy written by award-winning screenwriter Kamal John Iskander. Amidst the uncertainty of
the Arab Spring, a pre-med student is sent by his strict father to live with his Uncle in Montreal, Canada after winning a scholarship to McGill. When his delinquent cousin introduces him to the underground nightlife and hardcore music scene, his obsessions take over, endangering his status and his future.
The budget for these films is everything between $500,000 and $30 million. Emmy
award-winner Solange Schwalbe and her crew at Dog House Post have joined the
team as their premier post-production company while Richie Chance, an award-winning acting coach, son of Larry and Bobbie Chance, the famed actors behind the legendary Expression Unlimited school, is on board as a producer on these films.
Those that participate in the thirteen strange dark rites that comprise Black Ceremonies find themselves at the mercy of sinister forces. Make an invocation to evil. Witness the horrors of war. Hear the sound of death. Feel the hand of vengeance as it reaches out from the grave. Are you ready to join the doomed and the damned?
“When it comes to dark and twisted tales, they don’t come much darker and more twisted than this. If you have a taste for the macabre, you really will be biting off as much as you can chew with this exciting debut collection from renowned editor and creator of the Black Books of Horror, Charles Black.” Anna Taborska, author of For Those Who Dream Monsters
“Charlie’s yarns are very entertaining.” Johnny Mains, editor of Best British Horror
DEATH’S REALM ANTHOLOGY NOW AVAILABLE
The Here and the Hereafter Collide in First Grey Matter Press Volume of Horror for 2015
The forces of the living have been engaged in an age-old battle with the spirits of the dead for ultimate control over the human soul, and each of us will serve in one of these ‘armies’ at the end of our own lives suggests the new anthology of horror fiction from Grey Matter Press, DEATH’S REALM.
Seeking to answer the terrifying question of what awaits humanity when we die, DEATH’S REALM features sixteen short stories of horror by critically acclaimed and award-winning genre authors and some of modern horror’s freshest new voices.
“Whether we want to consider it or not, there is an intersection that lies somewhere ahead of us on this road of life where, one day, each of us is most definitely going to arrive,”
said Anthony Rivera, Grey Matter Press publisher and DEATH’S REALM editor.
“It’s at this dreadful and deeply mysterious convergence at the end of this existence and the beginning of the next where the exceptional horror stories in DEATH’S REALM are set.”
Known for publishing titles that cross the boundaries of of horror, science fiction, dark fantasy and adventure thrillers, Grey Matter Press today released its DEATH’S REALM anthology to bookstores worldwide. DEATH’S REALM is the latest volume of dark fiction from the Chicago-based publisher and the first in a long line of titles slated for release throughout 2015.
“The horrific selection of character-driven tales included in DEATH’S REALM allow readers to peer into a number of end-of-life possibilities, offering up a glimpse as to how the forces of the living and the dead use their individual powers to influence what happens on either side of the veil,” explained Rivera about the theme of the anthology.
“Horror as fiction has forever shown us how the dead influence the world of the living,” said Editor Sharon Lawson. “But those of us yet to pass beyond also have an effect on the dead. Each of the stories in DEATH’S REALM provide a unique glimpse into the horrifying consequences that take place when the Here and the Hereafter collide.”
Nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award® for their editorial work on the premiere Grey Matter Press anthology, DARK VISIONS: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume One, Rivera and Lawson have been recognized by critics for their ability to curate some of the most creative and heart-pounding works of modern dark fiction currently available. They expect DEATH’S REALM to continue this trend with its unique selection of sixteen new tales of terror by powerhouse authors.
Contributors to DEATH’S REALM include two-time Bram Stoker Award winner and World Fantasy Award nominee Hank Schwaeble; award-winning, Bram Stoker-nominated and Shirley Jackson Award-finalist Stephen Graham Jones; Bram Stoker and Thriller awards nominee JG Faherty; editor-in-chief of the highly respected Jamais Vu magazine Paul Michael Anderson; critically acclaimed authors John F.D. Taff and Jay Caselberg; masters of modern horror Aaron Polson, Gregory L. Norris and Martin Rose; co-authors of disturbing horror fiction Karen Runge and Simon Dewar; reader and reviewer favorites Brian Fatah Steele, John C. Foster and Jane Brooks; Lovecraft-inspired Rhoads Brazos; award-winning Jay O’Shea; and literary fiction author and playwright Matthew Pegg.
“DEATH’S REALM is the first in a long line of titles to come from Grey Matter Press in 2015. We’re proud to be able to kick off what is going to be a very busy year with an anthology that gives readers a front-row seat into the painful tragedies, personal anguish and terrifying events that take place when the forces of life and death battle over the human soul,” said Rivera.
DEATH’S REALM is available at bookstores worldwide in trade paperback and digital formats. Get your copy of DEATH’S REALM at Amazon.com today.
Table of Contents for Death's Realm
(In Order of Appearance)“OMNISCOPIC” by Rhoads Brazos – Forever, mankind has sought proof of some existence beyond death, be that reincarnation or evidence of other realities. This terrifying Lovecraft-inspired story proves that sometimes the secrets of the universe are better left the mystery they are.
“SOME OTHER DAY” by John F.D. Taff – Following the death of his mother, a young boy goes to great lengths to maintain the tenuous connection with his grief-stricken father, no matter the cost to himself or the rest of mankind.
“HAUNTER” by Hank Schwaeble – Matthew has finally found love again after a tragic loss, but now the nightmares of the past are invading his new reality. And it seems that his terrifying history may be determined to repeat itself.
“BURIAL SUIT” by John C. Foster – After his father dies a violent death, an ex-con embarks on a perilous journey to ensure the man’s soul safe passage to a peaceful eternity, risking his own in the process.
“NINE” by Aaron Polson – An anthropologist’s obsession with a lost civilization becomes inexplicably intertwined with the devastating behavior of her two young sons that begins after the loss of their own father.
“PENUMBRA” by Jay Caselberg – Newly deceased, a young man is determined to reach across the veil to the woman he left behind, refusing to let his untimely death stand in the way of their true love.
“FOXHOLE” by JG Faherty – As the only survivors of a military unit engaged in a futuristic battle in the jungle, soldiers and childhood buddies stop at nothing to protect each other from the unseen enemy that pursues them.
“DROWNING” by Gregory L. Norris – Swedish immigrant Edgard miraculously escaped death when he survived the sinking of Titanic. Having made a new life for himself in America, a terrifying force threatens to drag him back to the dark and icy waters of the North Atlantic.
“THE WEIGHT” by Jane Brooks – Experiencing a debilitating pain that has her hovering at the edge of consciousness, a woman struggles against the torturous events of her past in order to remain among the living.
“HARDER YOU FALL” by Brian Fatah Steele – The ability to communicate with the dead has provided Madeline a lavish lifestyle. Now, with a desire for something more, she must find a way to escape the influence of her nefarious mentor.
“MIRRORWORLD” by Martin Rose – All Jude needed was the signature of a practicing Satanist on a legal document. What he got instead was an untimely death and a tortured hereafter, thanks to some very dangerous black magic.
“MARCH HAYS” by Matthew Pegg – When WWII leaves him wounded, Sam finds himself in a familiar place, where pleasant memories of his youth are darkened by a terrifying specter.
“HIGH ART” by Karen Runge and Simon Dewar – Raymond is living the life he always dreamed of now that his wife is out of the picture. But he quickly begins to question whether divorce would have been a less painful way to achieve his ends.
“A PIRATE’S RANSOM” by Jay O’Shea – Somali pirates discover a disabled, abandoned freighter adrift in the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, yet it is mysteriously covered in ice. They soon realize they should have let this opportunity pass them by.
“TO TOUCH THE DEAD” by Paul Michael Anderson – When our possessions are all that remain of our existence, future psychics from the People’s History Project are employed to catalog the energy we’ve left behind, with horrifying consequences.
“YOU ONLY DIE ONCE” by Stephen Graham Jones – There are no pearly gates or angels on high to welcome the dead into the afterlife. Instead there is only an ominous plane of mysterious rooms, filthy shadows and terrifying creatures.
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“Ballingrud is a master at writing about the darkness inside us. And as terrifying as it might be to see, you can’t look away or close your eyes against it thanks to his beautifully precise and evocative prose. There’s a dark heart to The Visible Filth and Ballingrud uses its blood for ink to tell a story that really gets under your skin, or rather calls to something that might already be there. Fantastic work, highly recommended.”
Inside it’s all just worms.”When Will discovers a cell phone after a violent brawl his life descends into a nightmare.
Affable, charismatic and a little shallow, he’s been skating across the surface of life in a state of carefully maintained contentment. He decides to keep the cell phone just until the owner returns and everything changes. Then the messages begin.
Will’s discovered something unspeakable and it’s crawling slowly into the light.
Pre-order The Visible Filth today ISBN: 9780957548190
Cover Artwork by Pye Parr
Publication Date: Early 2015
Gjerta Jørgensen patrols the frozen coastline of Greenland. She is the first woman to do so as part of Slædepatruljen Sirius, an elite dogsled team pushed to the limits of physical survival, risking hunger, exhaustion, frostbite and attack. But out here, where beautiful frozen desolation shows you little but snow, ice, and darkness, there is more to fear than this. She can hear it within the wind. It waits beneath the snow.
With only Søren Olsen and a dozen dogs for company, Gjerta must face these dangers and the darkness that hides in her past. Or else succumb to the cold and all it brings to haunt her.
‘Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow’ comes with the bonus material of several additional stories, stocking fillers at Christmas time, to see the winter in with extra chills…
Praise for Within the Wind Beneath The Snow
“Compellingly atmospheric, it draws you into its world of terror with a skill that, in my opinion, puts Cluley up with the best writers of weird fiction we have at the moment.” (Stephen Volk)
“All the best winter tales are as eerie as they are beautiful, as cruel as they are comforting. In ‘Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow’, Ray Cluley has written a hauntingly memorable winter tale about love and loss and longing. And the darkteeth inside all of our souls.”
“A quiet horror set deep within the isolated icy coast of Greenland where the real horrors are left off the page. ‘Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow’ once again proves just how versatile Cluley is as a writer. Echoing Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, this will continue to play on your mind long after reading.”
(Michael Wilson, This Is Horror)
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About Ray Cluley
Ray Cluley is a British Fantasy Award winner and his stories have been published in various places such as Black Static, Interzone and Crimewave from TTA Press, Shadows & Tall Trees from Undertow Press, and Icarus from Lethe Press, as well as featuring in a number of anthologies. His work has been reprinted for Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year (volumes 3 and 6) and Steve Berman’s Wilde Stories 2013: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction. It has also been translated into French and Polish. His most recent release is ‘Water For Drowning’ from This Is Horror. His collection, Probably Monsters, is due from ChiZine Press in 2015. You can find out more at probablymonsters.wordpress.com