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Coal is the hard, black heart of the mountain town of Stillwater, West Virginia, but far beneath it lies something much darker, an evil beyond time, waiting to rise and bathe the world in blood and fire once more. When unwitting miners dig into its tomb, only Kyle - Stillwater's prodigal son - and paranormal investigator Maya stand between humanity and Hell. Time is short and evil runs deep in… Still Water
April 22nd, 2014, is the official publishing date for the upcoming horror novel, Still Water. It will be available in print and ebook with the audiobook coming out sometime in late summer.
Justin had this to say about the release of the book -
"I hope that all of you are anticipating this release, as I think it marks a change in my writing career. I love science fiction, and I love urban fantasy, but horror is where my heart really seems to lie, and Still Water is only the first of what I’m hoping will be many scary books to come. So now mark your calendar for April 22, and stick around for more news as it develops. Thanks for your interest!"
“In Still Water , Justin R. Macumber brings all the vivid Americana of Stephen King and all the creeping evil menace of Lovecraft, to a claustrophobic tale of horror lurking in the deep parts of the world. The lush prose pulls you in and car- ries you along at a mounting pace until a confrontation so bloody, you can feel the claws raking you.” —Kane Gilmour, author of Ragnarok and The Crypt of Dracula
"You'll want to leave the light on long after you've turned the final page of this dark thriller." — Jeremy Bishop, author of Refuge .
"Justin Macumber excels in the dark. Still Water will trap you and never let go." — Edward Lorn, author of Cruelty
"Macumber's Still Water marries Lovecraftian-dread with a character driven thrill-ride that will leave you shivering with fear." — Paul E Cooley, author of Garaaga's Children
“I saw him Mr Munroe.” A sly look lit up Jimmy’s blinking eyes. “He’s always chasing you.”
Raym’s hand froze in front of his chest, creeping back up towards his throat again. “What?”
“In a funny square van.” The kid blinked, blinked, blinked. He wooshed his hands either side of his body like he was starting a drag race, and Raym flinched again. “It’s got black tails – really, really looong ones, like party streamers!”
All Raym wants to do is give up smoking. So why is his entire life falling apart? Why are new mistakes and old terrors conspiring against him? Why is he being plagued by the very worst spectre from his childhood? And why does giving up suddenly -- horrifyingly -- feel much, much more like giving in?
Coming soon from TTA Press, this novella from Carole Johnstone promises to be as as funny as it is horrific.
Available direct from TTA Press for £10 (post-free) however a five-novella subscriptions is just £30 (post-free anywhere in the world).
Featuring wraparound cover art by Warwick Fraser-Coombe Cold Turkey looks as though it is going to be a winner.
Stay tuned for a review of the book and an interview with Carole.
Carole's first published story appeared in Black Static #3 in early 2008. Since then she has sold numerous short stories to magazines and anthologies in both the US and the UK, including PS Publishing, Black Static, Apex and Morrigan Books. She is to be published in Ellen Datlow's forthcoming Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 2.
Her first novella, Frenzy, was published by Eternal Press/ Damnation Books in August 2009.
Originally from Lanarkshire, Scotland, Carole now lives in north Essex
Available now for preorder Merry Go Round and Other Words by Bryn Fortey
Bryn Fortey has been writing short stories and poems since the 1960s, from science fiction to horror and all points in between. His work appeared in seminal anthologies, such as The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories and New Writings in Horror and the Supernatural. Forty plus years later The Alchemy Press presents Bryn's first collection, a comprehensive array of his best stories and poems. Stand out stories include the two "Shrewhampton" tales that bookend this collection. Merry-Go-Round includes an introduction by Johnny Mains.
Bryn was kind enough to this exclusive quote about the launch of the book
Back in the glory days of the 1970s, when a lifelong interest in words culminated in a number of short story sales, it never crossed my mind that it could ever be more than an interesting hobby. Quality issues aside, I was never prolific enough to harbour any thoughts of a fulltime career. Then, anyway, life took unexpected turns and writing took a back seat.
Fast forward to 2012 and Johnny Mains has dragged me, not unwillingly, into a world of independent publishers, themed anthologies, FantasyCons and I was writing again. Even so, when it was suggested, I doubted that I had sufficient material to justify a collection, but Peter Coleborn’s Alchemy Press was interested and proved a delight to work with, and it turned out I had written enough to fill a book.
I can’t say that ‘Merry-Go-Round’ is a dream come true because it was too unlikely to even dream about. Reigniting a desire to put words on paper has been very good for me personally. If I’d known that old age was going to be this much fun, I would have grown old quicker.
When the Mannequin Man falls in love with a sentient sex doll and rescues her from her pimp, the pimp sends his hi-tech soldiers after them. Pursued through a violent, dystopian future landscape, helping each other to survive, hope begins to grow that their burgeoning, forbidden love might have the power to make things better.
Includes exclusive bonus story, ‘Dust’
“Tim Lebbon displays the sort of cool irony and uncanny mood-making that drive the best ‘Twilight Zone’ stories.” – New York Times Book Review
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Herb Knudsen, a mediocre line cook and even worse bowler, is making a mess of being a vampire. He just wants to crack some beers with Dallas and Stanley, not get fired again, and maybe, just maybe, get a date with Lois, the prettiest waitress in Trappersville. Reasonable enough desires, if it weren’t for the fangs.
He’s a little confused about how he got vamped. It certainly wasn’t like the movies. When his Maker finally does appear, he decides Herb isn’t worth the effort and leaves him to figure out this vampire stuff on his own. With no one to guide him, Herb fumbles into his newfound abilities, courting disaster with each bumbling step. Sure, there are some perks. The local stripper wants him, he can do this whammy mind-control thing, and he is getting a lot better at bowling. But he’s tired of living in Dallas’s shadow, and “Midwestern nice” is hard to pull off when you’re a bloodthirsty monster. Now the bodies are piling up and Dallas is growing suspicious. As the rivalry escalates between Herb and his best friend, Lois’s life hangs in the balance. Soon, keeping his dark secret becomes the least of Herb's concerns.
A beer and blood-soaked story about self-discovery, friendship and love, Wisconsin Vamp is as far from the usual vampire fare as Trappersville is from Transylvania. Booze, billiards, bake sales, babes, blood, bowling, bar fights, and karaoke. Who would’ve thought that being undead would make life so exciting?
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Brian, a stuttering recluse and devout church-goer in his forties finds peace in helping the homeless. Teased and belittled by most of his family, especially cousin Keith, his world changes irrevocably when his beloved Auntie Jean dies. Outside her funeral he meets the Vicar's daughter Kathy, who shows him compassion and care. Kathy, herself haunted by childhood memories of loss, finds in Brian a kindred vulnerable soul. An unusual romance starts to blossom between them.
After only a month, Kathy is shocked but accepting of Brian's surprise proposal of marriage. Brian also excites Kathy with the news that Jean has left him a large property and a sizeable amount of cash to realise his dream of setting up a permanent shelter for the homeless. The besotted lovers quickly move into the derelict building...
One evening, Brian spots a wandering homeless man with a broken trolley and offers to fix it over a cup of tea. Brian finds his innocent generosity abused as the man attempts to rape Kathy. Hearing her cries, Brian runs to her aid and the man attacks him leaving him concussed on the floor. Kathy, enveloped in rage, stabs the delirious attacker to death. Brian agrees with his desperate but persuasive fiancee not to tell the police. With a mounting loss of faith and unable to fit the man into Brian's tiny car Kathy decides to cook him and serve him to the homeless.
The situation spirals as a series of unfortunate murders ensue in a distorted attempt by the couple to hold onto their new found love.
Further more, when Auntie Jean's will only leaves small items to direct family members, suspicion mounts as to the source of Brian's new found wealth. Acting on information from a private detective, jealous cousin Keith decides to pay a visit to contest the will.
In the bloodied chaos, Kathy is determined to stay together 'at all cost'. Driven by an obsessive desire for wedlock she goes ahead with a very jarring and deranged 'wedding' indeed.
'I’ve always been a fan of dark and twisted movies having been freaked out by The Omen at a young age so the project immediately appealed to me.'
Many will recognise Ewen as 'Keith' from 'The Office', Ricky Gervais' hugely successful comedy series. Ewen has gone on to star in, amongst others, 'Navelgazing Presents' and 'Wake Up England! The Day that Morning was Broken' and we are excited to have him onboard as 'Brian'.
'Kathy is a pretty dark character, and I found her fascinating. I’m very interested in playing people who are a bit perverse, especially those who are driven to doing things that most of us would think are crazy. Kathy is someone who has a very big heart, and I think she views most of the “bad” things she does as acts of love or kindness. Her past is filled with so much pain, and when I first read the script I could not help but to be completely on her side. I feel so much love and empathy for her, and even though she does the most horrifying things, they seem to be the only course of action when you look at them through her eyes.'
Natasha is a very talented young actress who comes from a family of very successful, well-known actors and directors. Currently based in New York, and having already starred in well-received shorts such as 'Dance', we're delighted that she's to play the lead role as 'Kathy', Brian's other half.
COLIN DAVID REESE
'When I read the script, I knew I had to do this. Old Ted – the role I was offered – is an enigmatic character; intelligent, a natural leader, what was his story? How did he end up homeless? His place in Brian’s story is primordial and as such an interesting role to play.'
Colin David Reese is an accomplished actor having appeared in and directed numerous plays. It doesn't stop there with Colin though, as well as being no stranger to the stage he is a fantastic screen actor having recently appeared in 'October 1' and '8th Wonderland' to name but a few.
'The script is intriguing on all levels. I love the narratives. With proper finance Brian the Blessed could easily be a classic. I got involved not only for the script but because of He's Gone. I know Raine and the way he works the decision was simple really.'
Sidney has a long list of impressive credits to his name. A force to be reckoned with, he has recently appeared in Channel Four's 'The Fear' as 'Milton'.
'I had seen director Raine McCormack’s first short film, “He’s Gone” and was VERY impressed with his work. The visual aspects as well as the excellent sound/music choices and the excellent acting sold me. Then I worked with him on a short scene in Brighton in November last year called, “Red Widow” which had me playing a sort of femme fatal role which was new for me. It turned out great. I am really looking forward to doing the role of “Mary” in Brian the Blessed not only for the chance to work with Raine again but also with some great colleagues!'
Kathleen is a US actress based currently in Germany who has a dynamic screen presence. Along with Kathleen's extremely successful one woman stage show and numerous voice overs she has appeared in Benni Diez's new feature 'Stung'.
ROBERT J FRANCIS
'What excites me about Brian the Blessed and why I have been attracted to the project is the fact that it is underpinned by a genuine, if not dysfunctional, love story and explores what can happen when two damaged personalities are dangerously attracted to one another, giving the film true psychological depth.'
Strong characterisation is one of many skills to Robert's acting. Robert's short film which he penned and appeared in, titled 'Storming Out', has achieved many festival selections. Robert also recently appeared in a commercial for McDonalds taking his clothes off. (Another one of his many talents)
...plus many more cast - please see the main website briantheblessed.com
This intriguing film needs your help, here is a message from the writer / director Raine McCormack.
So we need £10,000. This money is to go towards paying for props, locations and importantly the talent who will bring this story to life on screen. Coming from an acting background, I know how important it is to compensate the talent involved.
No one is being paid large amounts of the budget in fees. Everyone will receive exactly the same amount per day plus their travel and accommodation.
There is no need for us to incur large hire fees as I already have the Ultra HD cameras, lighting and sound recording rig. The main location has already been donated.
We know that money is tight for many at the moment however there are other ways you can help Brian...
You can become a part of our street team, canvassing leaflets around the streets of a city/town near you. You'll get an exclusive t-shirt and a premiere/after party invite.
Getting the word out about 'Brian the Blessed' doesn't just have to involve social media......you can spread the word about the film on your Twitter and Facebook accounts that would be fantastic. Muchas Gracias!
If you know someone in the press who could get 'Brian the Blessed' some exposure and you're willing to help us then please get in contact and we'll send on a press kit and oodles of love.
Myself and the team all feel passionate about making this film. With your help we can deliver a wonderful piece of cinema for everyone to enjoy. Will you join us on this journey? Can we do this? You bet we can! Together we can do anything ;)
There are some great perks available if you decide to help fund this film from some cool looking badges, having your photo appear in a scrapbook of victims or even being able to shout abuse at Brian.
I don't know about you but I'm going to help fund this film.
To donate to this great project click here
Award-winning director Karen Lam to helm adaptation of “In Praise of Folly” for THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT
Fresh off of being selected as one of the Top 12 Canadian Short Films of 2013 by The Shorts Report for “Stalled,” Karen Lam is set to adapt Thomas Tessier’s short story “In Praise of Folly” from his Ghost Music (Cemetery Dance Publications). Lam is the fifth of five directors signed to the THOMAS TESSIER WORLD OF HURT project.
“What I love about ‘In Praise of Folly’ is how the real and fantastic worlds intersect,” Lam said. “Magic and horror exist all around us—we just need to know where to look.” “In Praise of Folly” concerns a visit by Roland Turner to an abandoned estate to explore its miniature Little Italy village. He is in the midst of taking photos when the first of many tiny hands grab him and pull him to the ground. Lam will write and direct the Tessier story in 2014.
Karen Lam is a Vancouver-based film director, producer, and screenwriter that Fangoria proclaimed “…an extremely skilled and talented filmmaker.” She has written seven feature film screenplays, was the series director on the true crime documentary television series “Very Bad Men,” directed six short films and two feature films, STAINED (2010) and EVANGELINE (2013). EVANGELINE won Best Director at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival and also opened the ninth annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.
For more information about Lam, visit http://karenlamfilms.com/wp/
THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT is an anthology film based on five stories published in his Ghost Music and Remorseless (Sinister Grin Press) collections.
Lam joins directors Raymond Carr, Darin Read, Mia Sorensen, and Devi Snively in this anthology.
The project is currently seeking qualified equity investors and lenders. Interested parties should contact Well Done Productions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It's dangerous to be a doctor... ...Or a member of the Chapman family in this collection of three loosely tied together tales of the macabre by authors Aaron J. French, Erik T. Johnson, and Adam P. Lewis. Aaron J. French starts this weird progression with "The Chapman Stain," a kind of horrorized version of the nature vs. nurture debate. Is it genetics or is it demonic possession? The story moves quickly, with hints of both A Christmas Carol and The Exorcist lending touchstones to the proceedings. The story's end is a heady blend of spiritualism and gore. Erik T. Johnson's "The Chapman Delirium" is a euphoric, phantasmagoric trippy trip through the world of a patent medicine called Etcetracaine. Johnson's writing is, as always, mind-bendingly good, with passages you will read, stop, read again, then curse yourself for not having written. And finally, the Chapman Family's bad luck runs its course in Adam P. Lewis' "The Chapman Remains," a horrific tale of revenant corpses and life-draining ghouls. Lewis manages a shivery Fall of the House of Usher feeling throughout, which gives this tale of grave disturbance and...well...grave disturbances a nice depth.
"Interesting to see what three talented authors can do with a shared-world theme, The tales are different enough to hold your interest completely, but tethered enough to each other that they lend some deeper, more twisted meaning to their companion pieces. Highly recommended!" --- John F.D. Taff, author of Little Deaths
Here is the first part in a series of interviews with the authors of this rather cool book. Stay tuned for a review of the book as well.
For some great interviews and reviews follow the links below
Sixteen Small Deaths is a collection of short fiction culled from nearly a decade of work from Boston-based author, Christopher J. Dwyer. The stories in the collection skirt the edges of noir, horror and science-fiction, sometimes bringing the hazy boundaries of all three genres together within a single piece. Sixteen Small Deaths will take the reader on a journey of heartbreak and terror while diving into the dark recesses of the mind.
Sixteen Small Deaths is a collection of short fiction that will break your heart, shatter your soul and unravel the boundaries of space and time.
Christopher J. Dwyer is a writer from Boston, Massachusetts. His work has appeared in numerous online and print publications, as well as many anthologies. He describes his fiction as a mix of horror, noir and science fiction. Christopher is the author of When October Falls, a novel that breached the emotional limits of science fiction.
Christopher lives in the suburbs of Boston with his wife and daughter
Publication Date: May 2014
Great news everybody Black Static 39 has been released to the wild. I've already devoured the non fiction in this latest edition of Horror's Premier periodical, and no surprise the non fiction is of a stellar quality. Surprisingly though Stephen Volk's column for once doesn't want to make me give him a big hug.
If you have any interest in horror and dark fiction you need to subscribe to this excellent publication.
Featuring stories from Ralph Robert Moore, Tyler Keevil, Vajra Chandrasekera, Joel Arnold, Steven J. Dines, and Suzanne Palmer, this looks it is going to be another winner.