Ginger Nuts of Horror
When I set up Ginger Nuts of Horror almost eight years ago, the main reason and mission statement for the site was "The Promotion and Celebration of Horror Authors". It's a statement that still stands true; the site has never been about me it has always been about promoting the best that horror writing has to offer. And when some of those authors who I regarded as having something special to say started to write for the site, I couldn't have been happier.
Over the years the Ginger Nuts Gang has become like a family, I look upon those who contribute to the site's success as brothers and sisters in arms, and whenever any of them get some great exciting news about their writing career, I get a warm feeling in my heart.
Today it is the turn of Kayleigh Marie Edwards if you are unfamiliar with her gift to the site go and check out her "Challenge Kayleigh" Column, trust me you will love it. Kayleigh has always been a writer I have admired, hugely talented; she is a writer on the brink of greatness, something which the folks at The Sinister Horror Company can see as well, as the have just announced that they are to publish a Corpsing, a collection of her short stories. I for one cannot wait to read the collection, read on for more details of her book and our exclusive reveal of the cover.
Those of you who follow Ginger Nuts of Horror on a regular basis will know that there are a few select authors, who get me excited with any new publication news. John Llewellyn Probert is one of those authors. A master storyteller with a cunning ability to chill you to the bone, while making you smile, with his wicked gift of imbuing his tales with a flair and drama and an incredible sense of fun that is reminiscent of the glory days of Hammer and Amicus horror films. When Black Shuck Books announced they were publishing a new collection of his short stories, I have to admit; I did a little happy dance. Read on for full details of this collection and how to pre-order a copy of the book.
Horror masters Brian Keene and Wrath James White have just announced details of a new award celebrating the best in Splatterpunk Fiction, and Ginger Nuts of Horror is honoured to bring you a first look at all of the details the awards.
The annual Splatterpunk Awards will honor superior achievement in the sub-genres of SplatterPunk / Extreme Horror fiction, in the following categories:
BEST NOVEL (for works of more than 50,000 words)
BEST NOVELLA (for works from 15,000 to 50,000 words)
BEST SHORT STORY (for works from 500 to 14,000 words)
BEST COLLECTION (for single-author works over 50,000 words)
BEST ANTHOLOGY (for multiple-author collections over 50,000 words)
In addition, there will also be an annual Lifetime Achievement Award (the J.F. GONZALEZ AWARD), honoring an individual’s contributions to the Splatterpunk or Extreme horror sub-genres.
Attendees of KillerCon 2018 can recommend works in each of these categories for the 2018 Splatterpunk Awards, which will take place at KillerCon, and will honor works published in 2017. Recommendations will be accepted from August 1, 2017 until midnight (Eastern Standard Time) January 31, 2018. You must be a registered attendee before the January 31, 2018 deadline. Details on how to recommend works will be posted at killerconaustin.com in the coming weeks.
The three works that have the most reader recommendations in each category will proceed to the ballot. The 2018 Splatterpunk Awards jury will have the ability to add two additional works, that may have been overlooked by the general public, to each category.
When this process is completed, the official nominees will be announced publicly. The jury will then vote on the winner in each category.
The 2018 Splatterpunk Awards jurors are David J. Schow, Gerard Houarner, Monica J. O'Rourke, Mike Lombardo, and Tod Clark.
The Founders of the SplatterPunk Awards, Wrath James White and Brian Keene, will select the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Please note: Works by members of the jury, as well as the award founders, will not be eligible for inclusion on the ballot, in any category (with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement award).
Titan books have just announced details of three very interesting new books, from Christina Henry, Lois H. Gresh, and Dana Fredsti, and Ginger Nuts of Horror has all the details.
Titan Books was founded in 1982 and for many years operated out of the Forbidden Planet store in Drury Lane, London (UK). In 2000, now a part of TEG the company moved to its current residence on Southwark Street in South London, not far from the Tate Modern.
Titan Books originally came to prominence as the first British trade paperback/ reprint publisher for long-running UK comics anthology series 2000 AD, focusing primarily on the lead character Judge Dredd. However it soon added to its roster with a major distribution deal with DC Comics – starting with The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller in 1986.
Since then Titan Books have risen to be one of the true champions of genre fiction, and is home to such great names as Cory Doctorow, Kim Newman, A.K.Benedict, Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon and Mark Morris.
Read on for the full details of all three books.
For those of you wondering why there hasn't been any updates these past few days there is a good reason for the radio silence. It's aslo why I haven't been on social media
I have been suffering from extreme pain due to sciatica, and the mix of pain from the condidtion and the cocktail of pain medication I am taking has left me in a fugue state, barely able to focus on a screen let alone type ( this has taken me over an hour to type)
If you are waiting to hear from me via email or PM please be patient, sorry for the delay.
Ginger Nuts will return as soon as I can get back to a functioning level.
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Published 24 October, 2017 in HB, £25.00
Also available in e-format
Acclaimed artist Andrew DeGraff has created beautiful hand-painted maps of all your favorite films, from King Kong and North by Northwest to The Princess Bride, Fargo, Pulp Fiction, even The Breakfast Club—with the routes of major characters charted in meticulous cartographic detail. Follow Marty McFly through the Hill Valley of 1985, 1955, and 1985 once again as he races Back to the Future. Trail Jack Torrance as he navigates the corridors of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. And join Indiana Jones on a globe-spanning journey from Nepal to Cairo to London on his quest for the famed Lost Ark. Each map is presented in an 11-by-14-inch format, with key details enlarged for closer inspection, and is accompanied by illuminating essays by film critic A. D. Jameson, who speaks to the unique geographies of each film. This beautifully designed atlas is an essential reference for anyone who loves great art and great films.
Includes gorgeously detailed maps of:
The Wizard of Oz
Mad Max: Fury Road
And many more!
Andrew DeGraff has created illustrations for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and other national publications.
A.D. James is an author and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he teaches writing and film studies.
Cemetery Dance Publications, the world’s leading independent publisher of collectible horror and suspense books, has just published hardcover and eBook editions of Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. The novella marks a return to King's fabled town of Castle Rock, Maine, and the first-ever collaboration between these two long-time friends and award-winning authors.
“It was a pleasure to work with Rich Chizmar one-on-one after all these years,” Stephen King said. “I had a story I couldn’t finish, and he showed me the way home with style and panache. It was a good time, and I think readers will have a good time reading it. If they are left with questions, and maybe have a few arguments, all the better.”
Gwendy’s Button Box is now available through Cemetery Dance Publications and all major booksellers, and the audio version was released today by Simon & Schuster.
“Steve and I have corresponded about books and movies and life for twenty years now,” said Richard Chizmar, “I'm a huge admirer of both his work and the man himself. Writing Gwendy's Button Box with Steve was truly a dream come true for me.”
“Steve sent me the first chunk of a short story,” Chizmar explained. “I added quite a bit and sent it back to him. He did a pass, then bounced it back to me for another pass. Then, we did the same thing all over again – one more draft each. Next thing you know, we had a full-length novella on our hands. We took a free hand in rewriting each other and adding new ideas and characters.”
Gwendy's Button Box is the coming-of-age story of twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson, who spends the summer of 1974 running the “Suicide Stairs” that connect Castle Rock to the Castle View Recreational Park. One day, while she catches her breath at the top of the stairs, a stranger calls to Gwendy. On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat...
Journey back to Castle Rock in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December.
Please visit http://www.CemeteryDance.com for more information.
Cemetery Dance Publications is widely considered the world's leading publisher of horror and dark suspense. Now celebrating twenty-eight years in business, Cemetery Dance magazine has won every major genre award and the Cemetery Dance Publications hardcover imprint has published more than 300 hardcover titles from the genre's most acclaimed authors.
By Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
Published 12 September, 2017 in HB, £12.99
Also available in e-format
Give your life some hex appeal!
Tap your inner sorceress and channel the magical arts with this bewitching lifestyle guide. Need to exorcise a toxic friendship? Say the right symbolic curse and banish it from your life. Want to enhance your attractiveness? Pick the right power eye-shadow colour and project otherworldly glamour. Interested in boosting your self-confidence? Whip up a tasty herbal ‘potion’ to strengthen your resolve. All that plus historical and pop culture sidebars that situate today’s witchcraft trend within a broader context. With humour, heart, and a hip modern sensibility, this charming guide dispenses witchy wisdom for the curious, the cynical, and anyone who could use a magical boost to get through the day. Topics include:
Jaya Saxena is co-author of Dad Magazine and The Book of Lost Recipes. Her work has appeared in many outlets, including Toast, Buzzfeed, Eater, The New Yorker, and many others.
Jess Zimmerman is a staff editor at Establishment. Her writing has been published in Atlas Obsura, the Guardian, the New Republic, Toast, and many others.
Join in the #BASICWITCHES conversation @QuirkBooks.
PAPERBACKS FROM HELL
By Grady Hendrix
Published 19 September, 2017 in PB, £20.00
Full colour, embossed cover
Also available in e-format
A “national treasure” – Wall Street Journal
Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and ‘80s… if you dare.
Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. It’s an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades, complete with story summaries and artists and author profiles. You’ll find familiar authors, like V.C. Andrews and R.L. Stine, and many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Plus recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.
The perfect addition for any book or art lover, plus the ultimate Halloween gift for any horror aficionado.
About the author
Grady Hendrix’s first novel, Horrorstör, an illustrated story about a haunted IKEA, was named by NPR as one of the best books of 2014. He is also the author of My Best Friend’s Exorcism, also by Quirk. A diehard horror fiction fan, he lives in New York City, with his restaurateur wife.
What are your #PaperbacksfromHell? Tell us @QuirkBooks
GRADY WILL BE IN THE UK IN OCTOBER FOR MCM COMICCON AND OTHER EVENTS
Ginger Nuts of Horror welcomes Jeanine Wycherley to you all about her new novel Crone
“I stood in front of the tree once more, the bark rough beneath my fingertips. This time I knew the truth. I swore on my son’s life that somehow, someway, I would have my revenge.”
I was stuck in what passes for traffic in the East Devon lanes where I live when Crone was born. Tucked right into the hedge, waiting for a truck to pass me, I looked into the foliage and imagined an impossibly old woman with piercing eyes staring back at me. That was it – I was up and running.
I’ve had success with a dozen or so short stories over the past few years, writing as both Betty Gabriel and Jeannie Wycherley, but Crone is my debut novel.
About the novel
Crone is the twisted tale of an ancient crone who lives deep in the forest and wreaks havoc on the unsuspecting rural community nearby. When a bereaved mother discovers the truth about her son's 'accidental' death, she makes it her mission to destroy this evil. Along the way we meet a number of oddball friends who want to help her solve the mystery of who the Crone is and why she’s intent on destruction. The tag line is ‘when furies collide’ because there’s a lot of hurt and anger in this novel!
The cover design by Jennie Rawlings at Serifim.com just sets the story off magnificently. She’s incredibly talented.
It is currently available through Amazon as a paperback and an eBook, and in some bookshops in East Devon.
Available on Amazon here
Find out more about Jeanine at her website JEANNIE WYCHERLEY, and follow her on Twitter here
Heather Keynes’ teenage son died in a tragic car accident. Or so she thinks. However, deep in the wilds of the Devon countryside, an ancient evil has awoken … and is intent on hunting the residents of Abbotts Cromleigh.
No-one is safe.
When Heather takes a closer look at a series of coincidental deaths, she is drawn reluctantly into the company of an odd group of elderly Guardians. Who are they, and what is their connection to the Great Oak? Why do they believe only Heather can put an end to centuries of horror? Who is the mysterious old woman in the forest and what is it that feeds her anger?
When Heather determines the true cause of her son’s death, she is hell-bent on vengeance. Determined to halt the march of the Crone once and for all, hatred becomes Heather’s ultimate weapon. Furies collide in this twisted tale of murder, magic and salvation.