Ginger Nuts of Horror
Finalized table of contents for Lynda E. Rucker's debut collection, The Moon Will Look Strange, has been been finalised. The book will be out in paperback at World Fantasy Convention (that's the first week of November) and probably out for Kindle a few weeks prior. 11 stories, 8 reprints, 3 originals.
I'll admit I haven't read a great deal of Lynda's work, but what I have read has impressed me greatly. And her brand new column in Black Static Magazine has been a must read since it's first appearance in the magazine.
The book will be published by Karoshi Books.
The Moon Will Look Strange Table of Contents
Introduction by Steve Rasnic Tem
The Burned House, Original to this collection
No More A-Roving
The Chance Walker
The Moon Will Look Strange
In Death’s Other Kingdom, Original to this collection
These Foolish Things, Original to this collection
Beneath the Drops
These Things We Have Always Known
The Last Reel
The Bell Witch by John F.D. Taff is an historical horror novel/ghost story based on what is perhaps the most well-documented poltergeist case to occur in the United States. It tells the story of the Bells, an early 19th-century Tennessee farm family who begin to notice strange occurrences—odd noises, bangings, gurglings. Eventually, an entity reveals itself to the family, calling itself, simply, the Witch, and makes it clear from the outset that it was sent to kill the patriarch of the family, John Bell, for a reason it never makes quite clear.
The Witch’s antics, while not exactly endearing it to the Bells, make the spirit somewhat of a novelty. Word of its existence spreads, first through the Bell’s slaves, then through the rest of the community. It tells jokes, makes predictions, offers unwanted advice and even sings. It shows an intimate knowledge of The Bible and of history and politics.
It harasses those who annoy it most, saving its ire for John Bell and his teenage daughter, Betsy. These two people become the focus of the apparition’s attacks, both verbal and physical. Ultimately, the Witch fulfills its promise of killing John Bell, while also forcing Betsy and her mother, Lucy, into considering their own roles in what created the spirit.
The Bell Witch is, at once, a historical novel, a ghost story, a horror story and a love story all rolled into one
“An outstanding read by one of my favorite horror writers of all time.”
~ Rhiannon Elizabeth Irons, TrulyDisturbing.com
“A compelling ghost story like no other, which will haunt you long after the last page.”
~ John Milton, Horror Reviewer at AndyErupts.com
“A classic ghost story full of creepy sounds, scary nights, and top-notch dialogue. Fans of great ghost stories now have cause for celebration.”
~ Gabino Iglesias, HorrorTalk.com
“If you enjoy scares and surprises, skillfully wrought human drama, and dark secrets, you must read The Bell Witch.”
~ Award-Winning Author, Erik T. Johnson.
“An American Haunting meets Casper. Kept me entertained the whole time!”
~ Ann Hale, Pop-Break.com
“I enjoyed it quite a bit. The Bell Witch will haunt you long after you finish this well-crafted, all-American ghost story.”
~ Rob Errera, Author of Hangman’s Jam
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Normally I leave these sort of posts until my Best of The Rest posts. However, this is such a fascinating and informative post from the ever excellent Mark West I thought it deserved its very own highlight post.
Mark West was born in 1969 and lives in Northamptonshire, England with his wife, Alison and their young son Matthew. Writing since the age of eight, he discovered the small press in 1998 and since then has had almost sixty short stories published in various magazines around the world. His first collection, Strange Tales, was published by Rainfall Books in 2003 and they also published his short novel, Conjure, in 2009. His debut novel, In The Rain With The Dead, appeared from Pendragon Press in 2005 and following this — and the birth of his son — he spent two years wrestling with writer’s block. This was broken when his story The Mill, which Mark Morris called ‘one of the most moving pieces of writing I have read in a long time’, appeared in the acclaimed five-author collection We Fade To Grey, edited by Gary McMahon.
Hello folks, I'm on the scrounge. Not for myself but for a student who is looking for help with their Masters Dissertation entitled Oh, the Horror! An Investigation into the Logic of the Field of Horror Publishing.
All you have to do is follow the link below and take part in the survey, and do your good deed for the day. Thanks a million folks. Oh and if you can share this post around you'd be even more awesome.
FREE for Kindle until Sunday: FAILURE, an erotic horror novelette by John Everson! Originally FAILURE was the first release in Delirium Books' "hardcover chapbook" line back in 2006.The 2013 Dark Arts Books new edition features new cover art and an author Afterword.
One review of the original edition said:
"Failure is one nasty tale -- full of evil spells and bloodshed. It's fast-paced and unforgettable."
"Raymond is such a failure, he can't even kill himself and get it right. Cindy just plain doesn't care; she'll get on her knees for anyone beneath the football field bleachers to score a nickel bag hit. And Sal is a frustrated goon with a hook nose and an attitude so sour he can't nail a girl even with the lure of free dope and a getaway car.
When these three desperate teens meet Aaron, a failed practitioner of the dark arts who offers them the best high they've ever smoked in exchange for some kinky sex play inside his pentagram, things can only go from bad to worse. Aaron hopes to ensnare and re-birth the spirit of a late witch, to capture her power from beyond the grave for his own.
Soon, they'll all learn the darkest, bloodiest, most terrifying definition of Failure."
Originally released as a limited edition hardcover chapbook from Delirium Books in 2006, this updated 2013 Dark Arts Books e-book edition of John Everson's novelette Failure features new cover art and an Afterword by the author.
Here are some of the great posts that I have enjoyed reading this week. Read on for links to Stephen King, Joe Hill,and Mark West.
In July 2013, eight of the most successful independent authors in the United Kingdom had an idea. That idea was to release an omnibus edition of eight complete novels and novellas for a limited period only, with all profits being donated to Centrepoint, a charity that supports homeless children and young people in the UK.
The box set will be released on the Kindle on Thursday 22nd August 2013, and will be free for the first five days, to push it up Amazon's lists, at which point it will revert to its normal price of $5.99 / £3.95. The title will be removed from sale on Friday 22nd November 2013.
Great news folk, one of the Grandmasters of Zombie Horror has a new book out. David Moody, is not only a damn fine author, he is also one of the good guys. So why not help make this book the success it so deserves to be.
David Moody presents the final book in the acclaimed AUTUMN series. The human race is finished. Mankind is all but dead and only a handful of frightened individuals remain. These people have survived through chance, not skill, and they are a desperate bunch: cheating lovers, workshy civil servants, permanently drunk publicans, teenage rebels, obsessive accountants, failed husbands, first-time cross-dressers, disrobed priests and more... Experience the end of the world as seen from almost fifty different perspectives. Part-companion, part-guidebook and part-sequel, AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION follows the individual stories of these desperate survivors through their final dark days.
'The best survival horror since Richard Matheson's I am Legend' - Wayne Simmons, author of Flu and Plastic Jesus
'Moody is as imaginative as Barker, as compulsory as King, and as addictive as Palahniuk' - Scream the horror magazine
'Takes the genre in a fascinating new direction. If John Wyndham was alive and writing zombie novels, they'd read like this' - Jonathan Maberry, best-selling author of Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin
It's that time of the month folks (OK that time of every second month) when the best Horror Magazine in the world is ready to drop through your letter box. This is a statement that I don't make lightly. Black Static is the best magazine for horror fiction, horror interviews and reviews of horror fiction and film. All topped of with two excellent columns from Stephen Volk and Lynda E. Rucker