Ginger Nuts of Horror
I'm going on holiday next week so things are going to be quiet here. in fact things are going to be quiet here for some time.
Over the last few months i have become burnt out and disillusioned with the genre. I'm going to wrap up any interviews and reviews I owe then that's that folks.
METAmorphosis collects 18 of Steven Savile's popular fantasy stories together. These stories embrace all aspects of the fantastic. Be it the wonder of magical realism, the darkness of the macabre, or the mythological, these stories have one thing in common: faith.
Savile offers up tales of hope and wonder in equal measure, whilst treating sadness as a long lost friend. Nothing in his world is quite as it seems. The world you think you know isn't the world you're about to enter. Everything you think you've learned about life is about to be unlearned. These are stories of love. These are stories of loss. In some you will find redemption, in others the simple act of memory is treacherous and cannot be trusted. But in all of them there is an aching sense of loss and love. Savile's stories here speak to the part in all of us who still dares to fall in love again after a broken heart.
As Hellnotes said of some of these stories, "Savile packs more imagination into a short story than many writers manage in a full novel."
In November 2013, Gray Friar Press will publish a brand new collection short stories by Stephen Volk: MONSTERS IN THE HEART. This second collection of his horror fiction includes notable reprints from various mass market and independent press anthologies, along with a number of original pieces written specifically for the book.
Stephen is of course the author of TV shows Ghostwatch and Afterlife, and the recent film The Awakening. His short fiction has been praised for its power and beauty, while his recent novella Whitstable was universally lauded for its sensitive and moving depiction of Peter Cushing in old age. The book will be available as a limited hardcover (100 copies) signed by Steve at £18.99 and a trade paperback at £8.99.
AFTER THE APE
WHO DIES BEST
A PAPER TISSUE
IN THE COLOSSEUM
APPEAL FOR WITNESSES
And so we come to the outing for Blackwell's and Ginger Nuts of Horror. After the roaring success of our Joe Hill and Adam Nevill events we are very proud to bring you an evening with Jeremy Dyson.
Jeremy Dyson is best known as the co-creator of the BAFTA award-winning comedy seriesThe League of Gentlemen. He is the author of three works of fiction and his book The Cranes that Build the Cranes won the Edge Hill Award for short fiction. He is also the co-writer of the hit West-End show Ghost Stories.
BLACKWELL'S EDINBURGH PRESENTS:
Ghostly Stories with Jeremy Dyson
Date: Wednesday 30th October
Time: 6.30pm (Doors at 6.00pm)
Venue: The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG
What unspeakable horror glimpsed in the basement of a private library in West Yorkshire drove a man to madness and an early grave?
What led to an underground echo chamber in a Manchester recording studio being sealed up for good?
What creature walks the endless sands of Lancashire's Fleetwood Bay, and what connects it to an unmanned craft washed ashore in Port Elizabeth, nearly six thousand miles away?
In 2009 Jeremy Dyson was contacted by a journalist wanting help bringing together accounts of true life ghost stories from across the British Isles. The Haunted Bookchronicles the journey Dyson (formerly a hardened sceptic) went on to uncover the truth behind these tales.
Tickets : £3 and are available in person from Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge or over the phone on 0131 622 8218
For further information please contact Ellie Wixon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Horror Writers Association’s Halloween Haunts, a 31-day celebration of Halloween that theHWA does each year. Basically, each day for the 31 days of October, the HWA posts a blog from a horror writer member concerning some aspect of Halloween. There are interviews, book excerpts, giveaways and all sorts of cool stuff…and it changes every day.
So here’s the complete schedule of events for the HWA’sHalloween Haunts:
1-Oct Welcome to Halloween Haunts 2013 James Chambers
2-Oct Personal Experience in Halloween Fiction Lisa Morton
3-Oct Stoker Spotlight Interview with L.L. Soares
4-Oct Ghost in My House Cat Winters
4-Oct Thats My Boy Matthew Warner
5-Oct Anti Christ Devil Children J. Thorn
5-Oct Why Do You Write That Stuff Thomas Smith
6-Oct More than Just Candy David B. Riley
7-Oct Candy Corn Memories Amy Grech
7-Oct Halloween in the Hudson Valley J.G. Faherty
8-Oct Stoker Spotlight Interview with Gene O’Neill
9-Oct Halloween Hootenanny Greg McWhorter
10-Oct Stoker Spotlight Interview with Lucy Snyder
10-Oct Why I Write Horror Carl Alves
11-Oct Beware Jersey Devil Carol MacCallister
12-Oct Stoker Spotlight Interview with Marge Simon
12-Oct Night Terrors Heather L. Reid
13-Oct Dracula: Entre l’Amor et la Morte James Dorr
14-Oct Halloween Animated Specials Ed Erdelac
15-Oct Stoker Spotlight Interview with Rocky Wood
16-Oct Halloween—What First Comes to Your Mind at the Thought? John G. Rees
16-Oct Halloween as a Kid Michael J. McCann
17-Oct Stoker Spotlight Interview with Lisa Morton
18-Oct Opening the Vein John Palisano
19-Oct Stoker Spotlight Interview with Greg Chapman
19-Oct Coming Home to Horror Rena Mason
20-Oct Sunglasses At Night Julie Campbell
20-Oct Reclaiming Horror Annie Neugebauer
21-Oct Traditions Marge Simon
21-Oct Halloween Is Every Day Johnny Worthen
22-Oct Stoker Spotlight Interview with Jerad Walters
22-Oct EquineAnatomy Kenneth W. Cain
23-Oct Plastic Fangs and Cotton Fur Mark Onspaugh
24-Oct Distances Marty Young
25-Oct The Slumbering One Jinx Strange
26-Oct Halloween Should Be Banned Mick Sims
27-Oct Halloween Stories Steve Rasnic Tem
28-Oct A Walk in the Mists Keith Deininger
28-Oct Autumn People Loren Rhodes
29-Oct Stoker Spotlight Interview with Mort Castle
30-Oct Haunted Halloween Party Joe Augustyn
30-Oct That Restless Halloween Feeling John Mantooth
31-Oct My Personal Haunted House John F.D. Taff
And Happy Halloween!
Yes, yes and five times yes. I love a good black magic tale, and this looks like it will be five great black magic tales. Any book that features a story from both John Llewellyn Probert and Thana Niveau will always get a seal of approval from me.
The fourth anthology in the Hersham Horror PenAnth range brings you five chilling tales of diabolism and black magic. With their twisted roots buried deep in the works of Dennis Wheatley, these stories reach out to embrace even darker, more horrifying, territory. Tremble with fear and wonder at the depraved imaginings of Peter Mark May, Thana Niveau, John Llewellyn Probert, David Williamson and Stuart Young.
It is available now as an ebook with a paper =back version coming very soon.
‘We’re all in pain. We try to keep the gates closed by falling in love, travelling, avoiding responsibility, getting drunk, taking drugs… anything to lose ourselves. But the dull ache remains in each of us.
These stories are about the gates opening.’
The Gate Theory holds five tales by award-winning Australian author Kaaron Warren, introduced by award-winning Australian author Amanda J Spedding.
Each story resonates with the pain of living.
This is available in ebook format only, and includes a novella and four short stories, with an introduction by Amanda J Spedding.
COMING SOON FROM ALCHEMY PRESS
Cover artwork by Bob Covington
Doors to Elsewhere collects Mike Barrett’s essays on late 19th / early 20th century horror and fantasy writers, including an overview of Arkham House:
Available from Amazon UK
It was supposed to be a fresh start. A place for Steve & Melody Samson to begin their new life together away from the noise and crime of the city. However, their new home – an idyllic cottage nestled deep within the dense solitude of Oakwell forest-has a disturbing history, hidden for generations by the locals. There is evil in Hope House, and the cursed forest that surrounds it. Evil that has awakened after lying dormant for decades, and has terrifying plans for the young couple.
Once you hear the whispers, it may already be too late.
officially launching the paperback edition of Whisper in the next week or so, but in the lead up to the launch, the ebook edition will be available for $0.99 or £0.77 for a limited time. Do yourself a favour and pick up one of the creepiest books you'll read this year at a bargain price.
Whisper by Michael Bray. Review by Mariane Spitzer. **Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Whisper for review. This did not, in any way, affect my review of the book or Mr. Bray s ...writing. The book opens with a terrified child running through the woods. It immediately grabs you and pulls you into the story. Although the story does weave through the past and present, each section flows seamlessly into the next. There aren t any jerky time changes, and each change makes sense pulling you into the next scene. It kept me wanting to continue reading to know how the story was playing out in both the past and present. All of the characters are well developed. Their descriptions are detailed and believable. They could be people you know or see on the street each day. Their dialogue is what you would expect, and reflects their individual character. The plot was intriguing. A young married couple buying their dream house. That dream began to unwind when they stepped through the door. This may sound familiar, but don t let that fool you. Mr. Bray has found a new road to terror. He builds his story from several angles, each one frightening on its own. When he combines them, you will find yourself wrapped in a story you will not soon forget. From beginning to end, the plot moves forward. At times it s fast to pull you quickly into the terror that is building, and at others slowly to allow you to take in all the details around the characters and their situation. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a scary read with many twists and turns. I enjoyed it and give it 5 stars. I like Mr. Bray s style and it was well written. --Mariane Spitzer
This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for – below are the respective blurbs for Paul Kane’s Ghosts collection of supernatural short stories and Tim Lebbon’s novella Still Life, both of which are due to be launched at this year’s World Fantasy Convention (31st October – November 3rd 2013, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, UK).
You can pre-order your copies here
Ghosts by Paul Kane (Spectral Collection I)
They are all around us all the time. But only a few make contact, and only certain people are destined to see the Ghosts. Here, you’ll read a lonely shade’s tale… a deceased old man’s house being invaded… how one person discovers the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, while a parent struggles to come to terms with the sad loss of a child… and what happens when the ghosts of war go on the rampage, or when a monstrous wraith stalks the streets looking for revenge. Gathering together all of award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane’s supernatural fiction, including three brand new stories–one a sequel to Charles Dickens’ ‘The Signal-Man’–and featuring an introduction from bestselling horror author Nancy Kilpatrick (Power of the Blood World series), the script of Wind Chimes introduced by its director Brad Watson (7th Dimension), plus suitably atmospheric cover art from Edward Miller, this is one collection that will haunt you forever.
Available in a limited signed hardback edition of 125 only.
Still Life by Tim Lebbon, Spectral Visions IV
Jenni’s husband was part of the Road of Souls––his flesh swarmed by ants and pecked by rooks, bones crushed to powder by wheels of dread––and yet she still saw him in the pool.
The incursion has been and gone, the war is over, and the enemy is in the land, remote and ambiguous. The village outskirts are guarded by vicious beasts, making escape impossible. The village itself is controlled by the Finks, human servants to the enemy––brutal, callous, almost untouchable.
Everything is less than it was before… time seems to move slower, the population is much denuded, and life itself seems to hold little purpose. This is not living, it’s existing.
But in a subjugated population, there is always resistance.
For Jenni, the happiest part of this new life is visiting the pool in the woods, seeing her dead husband within, and sharing memories of happier times. It calms her and makes her feel alive.
But the resistance comes to her for help.
And when her dead husband tells her it is time to fight, Jenni’s life is destined for a shattering change.
“Tim Lebbon conjures up the horror of a world distorted by fear, distrust, and something unspeakable. With respectful nods to H.P Lovecraft Still Life rubs reality up against nightmares in this compact, engrossing treat.” Muriel Gray
Available in a limited signed hardback edition of 125 only.
PLEASE NOTE: The actual cover artwork, to be created by famed artist Jim Burns, will be unveiled within the next three weeks or so – please be patient!