Ginger Nuts of Horror
The small town of Tillbrook has a secret. One that has been kept for over a hundred years.
Journalist David Hampden needs a good story to resurrect his flagging career.
His damaged brother, Paul, just needs to find some meaning for his life.
When David is alerted to a century-old carnival, the idea of a feature story is too good to pass up, so he drags Paul along to Tillbrook to act as his photographer.
What they find is darker than they could ever imagine.
Paul becomes part of the exotic world of the Dervish Carnival, est. 1899, and David must risk everything to save his brother.
Even though Paul might not want to be saved.
Come on in, and enjoy the show.
No photos allowed.
Perth-based writer Martin Livings has had over eighty short stories published in a variety of magazines and anthologies both locally and internationally. His short story collection, Living With the Dead, was published by Dark Prints Press in 2012, and an original story from it, “Birthday Suit”, won the Australian Shadows Award for Best Short Fiction for that year.
Carnies was his first novel, first published by Hachette Livre in 2006 and nominated for both the Aurealis and Ditmar awards.
Cohesion is proud to release this wonderful novel for the masses.
I imagine that like myself the Hellraiser films hold a special and important place in your hearts and minds.
As a nervous fifteen year old growing up in a small town where everyone knew everyone else, Hellraiser was the first film that I went to see at the cinema as an underage viewer. When the film first played at the St Andrews Picture House, the school playground was alive with whispered discussion from the Sixth formers, about this amazing, shocking and brilliant film. These whispers wormed their way into my brain, and I decided that I had to see this film. So that Friday night, there I was with my mates the Swann twins trying to look older than our fifteen years. Aware that the woman who worked on the ticket desk knew my mother I was nervous as hell about getting in, would she stop me from seeing it or would she let the Cenobites show me the sight?
To this day, I don't know if she didn't recognise me or if she didn't care, but when I left the cinema 93 minutes later my eyes had been opened to sights I thought were not possible. This film changed me, I had already been a horror fan, but up until this point I had been fairly limited with what I had seen, this was at the time the most visceral film I had ever seen. And for that I am forever grateful.
Click read more to find out more about this great project, and for an exclusive post from Gary Smart the producer and writer of the project.
The Night of the Triffids is a new full cast audio drama based on Simon Clark’s 2001 novel, and adapted for audio by the author. The Night of the Triffids is the official sequel to John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids, first published in 1951, and is fully approved by the John Wyndham estate.
In the orignal The Day of the Triffids the Earth has been overwhelmed by killer plants and the majority of the world’s population have been struck blind. As the novel ends, Wyndham’s narrator scientist Bill Masen is escaping, with his wife and four-year-old son, to the Isle of Wight where a small colony of survivors is holding out. Simon Clark’s sequel picks up the story twenty-five years on... One morning Bill Masen’s son, David, now grown up, wakes to a world plunged into darkness. Now, the triffids have an advantage over humanity.
Sam Troughton (Robin Hood, Alien vs Predator) plays David Masen and is supported by a full cast with Nicola Bryant (Doctor Who) as Kerris Baedekker.
Author Simon Clark read John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids when he was twelve years old. He loved this brilliantly inventive Sci-Fi classic so much he searched in vain for a sequel. Many years later, he was delighted and honoured to be granted the opportunity to continue the story of those menacing walking plants in his best-selling book The Night of the Triffids, which has been translated into many different languages and won the British Fantasy Award for best novel 2002. “Writing The Night of Triffids was absolutely a labour of love,” says Simon. “Being asked to adapt my novel for the Big Finish production seemed daunting at first, but it turned out to be one of the most thrilling projects of my professional life, and gave me chance to revisit John Wyndham's Triffids, and find out just how frightening they can be.” Simon Clark’s novels include postapocalyptic thrillers such as Blood Crazy, Stranger and On Deadly Ground (formerly King Blood), and the time travel epic The Fall.
A new paperback and ebook edition of the novel of The Night of the Triffids is due to be published by Constable & Robinson in August 2014 (www.constablerobinson.com). A new film version of the original The Day of the Triffids is currently in development with Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Four Weddings and a Funeral) announced as director.
The Night of the Triffids
is released in September priced on CD for £14.99 and as an MP3 download for £12.99. Visit www.bigfinish.com to order and for further details.
SMART RHINO PUBLICATIONS RELEASES NEW APOCALYPTIC NOVELLA
Laura Cooney and L.L. Soares have created an apocalytpic novella that is disturbing, graphic, and provocative. A mysterious “green tsunami” has swept the planet—and nothing will be the same as both living and inanimate things begin to metamorphosize into a new horrifying reality. The story is told entirely via emails between a man and his wife, separated by the catastrophe, describing the terrors they must face as they strive to survive.
“You would think that when a big green tsunami pounds down on the earth and floods the streets, and rips buildings out of the ground, that the scientists would have seen something coming. That they could have prepared for it. But this seems to have caught everyone with their pants down.
“And it doesn’t make sense that anyone survived. Nobody seems to remember when it actually hit. And nobody can figure out how we all didn’t get wiped out. How we all didn’t just drown.
“I’ve never seen such damage. And at the same time, it all seems to be healing over in some weird way. New things growing in their place—I can’t identify most of it. But I’ll try if you let me ...”
The cover illustration is by Dan Verkys, with a cover design by Ju Kim. Interior illustrations were created by Will Renfro, Justynn Tyme, and Ju Kim. Edited by Weldon Burge.
The paperback and Kindle versions are currently available on Amazon.
A Novella by Laura Cooney & L.L. Soares
Smart Rhino Publications
Paperback $9.99 U.S. ISBN 978-0989667944
Kindle $3.99 U.S. ISBN 978-0-9896679-5-1
Dark Fiction author Richard Schiver is pleased to announce the release of his latest novel. White Walker.
When she was ten she made a promise to that which inhabits the winter storm. Now she’s twenty-six and pregnant, and the White Walker has returned to collect his due.
For Teddy his first day as shift supervisor could not have come at a worst time. A severe blizzard has shut down the region as old man winter refuses to relinquish his grip. Only ten percent of his team have shown up for work, and he learns upon arriving that one of his first duties that day will be to fire his girlfriend.
He believes it can’t get any worse than it already is. That is until one of his people dies at the hands of a legendary creature that inhabits the blizzard. A prehistoric deity once worshiped by ancient man on the vast Siberian plains. Brought to these shores by Russian immigrants seeking a better life in the deep coalmines that once dotted the hills around the Appalachian Mountain town of Frostburg.
Cut off from the outside world, stalked by a creature from the past, the survivors are forced to abandon the safety of a building that has been stressed to the breaking point.
But how does one escape a winter storm?
White Walker is available from these retailers.
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Richard lives with his wife in Lavale, MD. Where they share their home with four furry, four legged, children. When he’s not spinning tales of terror he can be found tossing the ball for Max, or making a mess in his wood shop.
Richard can be found online at:
His Blog: http://www.rschiver.blogspot.com/
Or contact him directly at his email address: email@example.com He’d love to hear from his readers.
Announcing a Brand New Annual Anthology!
THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES
Release date: September 2014
Published by Spectral Press, edited by acclaimed, award-winning novelist Mark Morris (Toady, Stitch, The Immaculate, Fiddleback and the forthcoming Obsidian Heart trilogy) and inspired by the Pan and Fontana books of horror and ghost stories, which were hugely popular in the 1960s and 1970s, The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be the first volume of a non-themed annual horror anthology, showcasing all-original stories by the very best writers in the genre.
Each yearly volume will contain around fifteen to twenty stories, and will be available in paperback and e-book format across all platforms.
The cover for each volume will be a new and original work by multi-award-winning artist Vincent Chong.
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be launched with a mass signing session at the 2014 British Fantasy Convention in York (September 5-7, 2014), though the book can be pre-ordered direct from Spectral Press at http://spectralpress.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/the-spectral-book-of-horror-stories-table-of-contents/
The final Table of Contents for volume one is:
ON THE TOUR - RAMSEY CAMPBELL
THE DOG'S HOME - ALISON LITTLEWOOD
FUNERAL RITES - HELEN MARSHALL
SLAPE - TOM FLETCHER
THE NIGHT DOCTOR - STEVE RASNIC TEM
DULL FIRE - GARY McMAHON
THE BOOK AND THE RING - REGGIE OLIVER
EASTMOUTH - ALISON MOORE
CARRY WITHIN SOME SMALL SLIVER OF ME - ROBERT SHEARMAN
THE DEVIL'S INTERVAL - CONRAD WILLIAMS
STOLEN KISSES - MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH
CURES FOR A SICKENED WORLD - BRIAN HODGE
THE OCTOBER WIDOW - ANGELA SLATTER
THE SLISTA - STEPHEN LAWS
OUTSIDE HEAVENLY - RIO YOUERS
THE LIFE INSPECTOR - JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT
SOMETHING SINISTER IN SUNLIGHT - LISA TUTTLE
THIS VIDEO DOES NOT EXIST - NICHOLAS ROYLE
NEWSPAPER HEART - STEPHEN VOLK
Hello everyone, I'm sorry to say that for next few months or so I am going to have to put a hold on accepting new books for review. My position as a jury member for the British Fantasy Awards for Best Horror Novel and Best Magazine means that until we come to our choice of winner all my free reading time will be devoted to this task.
Sorry about this but I have to give my full attention to the job in hand
The world is dying. An abhorrent epidemic is sweeping the globe, destroying everything it touches. Contact with even a single drop of contaminated blood or saliva is enough to spread the disease. Within hours even the healthiest people are transformed into hideous, germ-spewing creatures. They hunt out the uninfected in their tens of thousands, their sole purpose to continue spreading the infection.+
On a recently-built housing development on the outskirts of a large city, one man will stop at nothing to protect his family from the coming storm. Stuart has been one step ahead of the game from the beginning. His garage is stocked high with supplies, the doors and windows of his home fortified, weapons held ready in case of attack.+
With each passing minute, there are more infected surrounding the house. With each passing minute, Stuart and his family have less food and water available. Some time very soon, the balance will shift.+
But Stuart won’t stop give up on his family, no matter what the cost.
The Black Dog Eats the City. Unlike any other book about depression that you'll ever read.
You just can’t win.
You feel it before you see it, The Black Dog - the Cimmerian demon with baleful breath, diminishing the light wherever it tracks…
…the size of a large calf, its footfalls are silent - the portents of death hidden behind caliginous evil. It squeezes into the soul. You know it because he scrunches your stomach into a tight paper-ball and forces it out through your anus. Then you’re a goner…
You just can’t win.
You can find The Black Dog Eats the City here:
About the author
Chris Kelso is a writer, illustrator and editor. His books in addition to The Black Dog Eats the City include: Schadenfreude (Dog Horn Publishing), Last Exit to Interzone (Black Dharma Press), A Message from the Slave State (Western Legends Books), Moosejaw Frontier (Bizarro Pulp Press),Transmatic(MorbidbookS) . He recently edited Caledonia Dreamin’ – Strange Fiction of Scottish Descent with Hal Duncan and is the co-creator of the anti-New Yorker,Imperial Youth Review.
You can connect with Chris here:
It's hard to get a new press off the ground, so why don't you help get this one up and running. They have some fantastic projects lined up including The Dispossessed and Other Weird Tales, a charitable anthology dedicated to the late Joel Lane
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They have already published Chrissie Harper's collection Halloween Comix. Future projects include: the genre magazine Dark Matters, edited by Steve Green and Chrissie Harper; The Dispossessed and Other Weird Tales, a charitable anthology dedicated to the late Joel Lane; The Camera Never Dies, a spooky novelette by Liz Black. More will be announced in the near future.