Ginger Nuts of Horror
When the Dennison Mining Company tunnels too far, a bloodthirsty creature is set loose upon the isolated mountain town of Red Earth, Wyoming. If a reluctant alliance of outlaws, miners, misfits, and whores cannot stop the Charred Man, everyone in Red Earth will be dead by morning. A blend of old school horror and gritty Western shootout, And the Hills Opened Up is about fighting for life in the midst of death.
“A feverish foreman, an inexperienced sheriff, a widowed whore, and a kindly outlaw are just some of the engrossing characters in Oppegaard’s page-turner. The narrative is subtle and lovely, contrasting with a creepy, believable monster. The two combine in a story that’s horrific, thrilling, touching, and unflinchingly satisfying to the last page.” -Publisher’s Weekly (Starred Review) 3/10/14
Byron and Trix make up the band ‘Jokerbats’ – like the White Stripes of hard rock. Their new single ‘Vampire’ is due for release on the 24th March.
But before you listen, you should be introduced into their world as it’s not for the faint hearted...
Welcome to EvilZgate, a fictional land of castles, heavy mists and dark mystery fraught by warfare between the evil ‘Demoncock Corporation’ who aim to monopolise the music market with heartless talent shows fighting the noble and courageous Jokerbats. Residing in nearby Brutons Castle, the Jokerbats have been locked in guerrilla warfare with the Corporate for hundreds of years, fighting back their barrages of tedium and monotony with their own brand of hard rock. They cast spells of theatricality, eccentricity and musical exuberance over the Corporation to try and liberate its prisoners from imprisonment. (The full Chronicles of EvilZgate can be found here:
As a band they have drawn inspiration from traditional hard rock bands like Motorhead, Metallica and Black Sabbath who’s own Ozzy Osbourne was good friends with the band in their youth and owns a copy of one of their first ever demos. Their influences also go to the likes of the Cure, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees and they are particularly inspired by many bands from oversees such as Rob Zombie in the US, Lordi from Finland and Nightwish from Norway.
They especially love bands and artists who delve in the theatrical with music; bands like Lordi and artists like David Bowie who of course went through various dramatic transformations from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke. In terms of their fictional tale and their fight against artistic homogeneity they share a space with Daft Punk whose album ‘Discovery’ told that story within a futuristic cartoon context.
They hope to take the enjoyable side of heavy rock and gothic culture and to create their own fictional world which can by inhabited by them and their fans – musical reactionaries have been strictly exiled!
Website – www.facebook.com/jokerbatsband
Evil wreaks pure havoc and bloody murder upon Leslie Van Hooten, a beautiful young girl, and her unsuspecting fellow grad students as they make their way to her family’s extravagant and yet isolated estate. Peter (Bill Moseley- Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, House of 1000 Corpses) and Irene Van Hooten (Leslie Easterbrook- The Devil’s Rejects, Police Academy), the young girl’s mother and father, leave the group alone for the weekend, so that she may mourn the anniversary of her boyfriend’s shocking murder. But the peaceful weekend soon turns to hell when they find themselves being savagely terrorized by Cliff Rifton (Allan Kayser- Night of the Creeps, TV’s Mama’s Family), a crazed and recently released career criminal, and Buzz Schenk, his drug addict side kick whom are hell bent on raging a torturous killing spree. But as the horrifying acts begin to unfold, the killers soon realize all is not as it seems in this house. And when some strange people from the neighborhood show up, Rose (Dyanne Thorne- Ilsa She Wolf of the SS) and Emmett (Howard Maurer- Ilsa Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks), the tables are turned. Now everyone is trapped inside and as the unheard screams and the body count begins to rise, it seems that death is now the only real escape from the “House of the Witch Doctor”.
This is either going to be the greatest book ever to see print, or a giant mess. I don't know about you, but I'm intrigued by it.
A burnt and half-eaten megalodon shark corpse is found beached. A priest commits suicide. A previously unknown volcano rises from the China Sea and brings about a tsunami that destroys Shanghai. Yellowstone erupts after 640,000 years of silence. A pit in Nicaragua known as the "mouth of hell" begins violently spewing lava.
When reporter Mick Cathcart and marine biologist Agnes Brach set out looking for answers, they never expected to stumble upon the biblical end times. Yet when sharks made of molten magma start erupting from the volcanoes to devour everything and everyone in their way, how could they deny it?
aWith the help of a beleaguered priest and a billionaire industrialist, Mick and Agnes scramble to extinguish the volcanoes and blow away the lava sharks before the whole world burns to a cinder.
Fantastic news everyone Adam Nevill's début horror novel, which has long been out of print has now been rereleased with a glorious new cover.
Get a copy now and see how a master of terror first broke out onto the horror scene.
Few believed Professor Coldwell could commune with spirits. But in Scotland's oldest university town something has emerged from the shadows and is stalking the streets. Now, the young are being haunted by night terrors and those who are inflicted are disappearing.
This is certainly not a place for outsiders, especially at night. So what chance do a rootless musician and burned-out explorer have of surviving an entanglement with a ruthless, supernatural evil and the secretive cult that serves it? This chilling occult thriller is both an homage to the great age of British ghost stories and a pacy modern tale of diabolism and witchcraft.
Praise for Banquet for the Damned
'A substantial addition to the literature of the supernatural'
'One of the most superbly gripping and creepy books'
Excellent news everyone, Tim Lebbon has just announced details of his new imprint Dreaming In Fire Press. This E-book only imprint will see Tim release some of his out of print back titles.
Tim is one of the UK'S finest genre writers. He has an amazing back catalogue than spans horror, science fiction and dark fantasy. For completest like me this is great news, many of Tim's older work was only ever available as limited edition.
The titles heading up this line up are
Winner of the British Fantasy Award, selected for several 'Best of' anthologies, optioned for the big screen!
First comes the Ruin. Society crumbles. Then comes the snow. A handful of survivors flee to a Cornish mansion, seeking peace and safety. Instead they find themselves under siege from the things now inhabiting the snowscape outside ... fleeting, terrifying things seen from the corner of the eye.
And as the danger and horror builds, they come to learn that there are also enemies within.
(Includes bonus short story 'Kissing at Shadows')
Pick Up a Copy from these links
I'm really excited about this one as someone stole my copy of the original paperback from my bag.
“A masterpiece of traditional horror, graced with nuggets of sex and splatter. I really can’t praise it enough. It shot me to pieces.” – D.F. Lewis
“a terrific, very scary novella.” – Ellen Datlow
“For those who have not yet sampled Lebbon’s doom-laden tales of cosmic consequence, this is a fine place to start.” – Peter Crowther
“… striking and innovative” – Nick Gevers, SF Site
An apocalyptic vision from one woman’s damaged mind, this story is for anyone who has ever felt alone. A dark nightmare of solitude and rejection, pride and guilt, love found and lost.
Mary exists alone in a valley, happy, surviving, but all too aware that the terrible dangers beyond her home must one day come home to roost. And that day is now.
Includes exclusive bonus story, The God of Rain
Get a copy from these links
Only ever available in hardback, until now! (originally in a collection from Cemetery Dance, also in my collection Nothing as it Seems).
“One of the most powerful new voices to come along in the genre … Lebbon’s work is infused with the contemporary realism of Stephen King and … the lyricism of Ray Bradbury.” –– Fangoria
Future titles will include
The Reach of Children
Mannequin Man and the Plastic Bitch
Vale of Blood Roses
These will released every Monday for the next four weeks.
Producer, director, and writer Darin Read is set to adapt Thomas Tessier’s short story “I Remember Me” from his Ghost Music (Cemetery Dance Publications) collection. Read is the third of five directors signed to THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT project.
“‘I Remember Me’ is stunning,” Read said. “It’s one of the most harrowing, haunting, beautiful short stories I’ve read in a long, long time. There’s so much to mine here to bring a first class short to the screen. I’m honored and excited to work on something of this caliber.”
In “I Remember Me,” a worldwide plague causes everyone to forget who they are and where they live. When Glen Barnes’ identity papers are stolen from him, he becomes whoever someone says he is…but who is he when he finds himself alone? Read will write and direct the Tessier story in 2014. Los Angeles-based Read produced, wrote and directed a 35mm short film based on Manly Wade Wellman’s classic story, “Up Under the Roof.” Rue Morgue Magazine called it “a compelling take on the coming of age story that depicts what it truly means to face fears.” 28 Days Later praised the film as providing an “excellent examination of the universality of fears… prepare for Read's unique take on the timeless ghost stories of the past.” He has post-supervised features for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. and was executive producer on HAUNTING MELISSA, the first horror feature designed specifically as an app. For more information about Read, visit http://www.upundertheroof.com/ 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.
Are you eating it …or is it eating you?
The Stuff is the new dessert taking supermarket shelves by storm. It’s delicious, low in calories and – better still – doesn’t stain the family carpet… What’s not to like?! Well, for a start it has a life of its own, and we’re not talking friendly live bacteria…
Young Jason seems to be the only one who doesn’t love The Stuff – in fact he won’t go anywhere near it, after having seen the pudding crawling around the fridge one night. What’s more, everyone who eats The Stuff has started acting really weird… Now, teaming up with wise-cracking industrial saboteur “Mo”, Jason must put a stop to The Stuff and the organisation behind it or face a gooey, gloopy demise.
Coming courtesy of horror auteur Larry Cohen (director of the It’s Alive series and scribe behind the Maniac Cop trilogy), The Stuff is a titillating treat for the taste-buds which blends elements of films such as Street Trash with the straight-up B-movie flavour of The Blob. So grab a spoon and dig on into The Stuff – the taste that delivers… much more than you bargained for!
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Soul sucking, tarantula munching she-demon does the erotically charged ‘Mummy Dance’
Defying explanation and categorisation, Characula is a horror rock goddess with a difference. Currently living in Southern California, she is neither vampire, nor werewolf, mummy nor any other creature known from myth and folklore. Part sci-fi, part horror and all glamour, she-demon Characula is an entity to behold –and hear!
When she’s not devouring tarantulas or sucking the souls from the anciently departed, Characula has built herself a reputation as an ardent participant in ménage-a-monsters, scouring the streets for creatures and taking them to her bed. She is a black widow and seducer of B-movie incarnates. A literal lady of the night!
The video for her new song ‘Mummy Dance’ is a startling, frightening introduction to the character, showing the ghoulish temptress in full flow:
Uber-eccentric and a progenitor of sizzling sci-fi seduction, Characula is the alter-ego of singer-songwriter Cheri Anaclerio, who is looking to make the rock-horror character into an edgy, memorable reflection of her own spiralling imagination.
It’s a truly unique musical project, produced by renowned rock specialist Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Great White, KISS, Motley Crue). With an album on the way, ‘Mummy Dance’ is our first glimpse into the unknown – a fever dream the likes of which we’ve not seen before.
Angry Robot are very excited to share their latest acquisition with you! The deal, for Worldwide Rights, for The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee was negotiated betweentheir Senior Editor Lee Harris and Bryony Woods of Diamond Kahn Woods. This sumptuous fairytale for adults will be published in November, with a sequel to follow in July 2015.
The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath
The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, ESQ
In the summer of 1887 my grandfather stole a clock.
It was six feet high
and the shape of a coffin.
1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.
John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.
Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…
I had the pleasure of meeting up with Ishbelle last week and I am very excited by this book.