Ginger Nuts of Horror
June 13th 2013 was a very special date in the Lovecraft calendar: it marked the launch of Dreaming In Darkness, a collection of four Lovecraft-inspired novellas, at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans. The hardback will go on general release in July, and will also be available as an eBook on all major platforms.
Project creator John Prescott said; “I wanted to do a novella collection for a while with some other writers. I saw a piece of art a year or so ago and just fell in love with it. I knew there was a story buried there somewhere. I forgot about the piece for a while, and when I saw the piece of artwork that graces our cover the ideas meshed and fell into place pretty quick. I have worked and shared stories in anthologies with the three other authors that are in this collection. I knew they had the same strong interest in Lovecraft as mine, so it wasn’t a hard decision to ask them if they were interested in the project. Thank goodness they were and that they all agreed to it. After reading all the novellas in our collection I feel that this book can and should sit comfortably in any horror fan’s special Lovecraft section on their bookshelf.”
Each writer – two Americans and two from the UK - brought a unique spin on the themes of cosmic horror, madness and despair, so prevalent in Lovecraft’s fiction.
An elite security team assigned the task of protecting the last known woman who can become pregnant, find themselves caught in an endless claustrophobic underground tunnel system. The team soon learns - the real horror is not the unstoppable creature chasing them, but the ever growing smaller tunnel itself. The will to live for each member of the team gets challenged with the obstacle of a fourteen inch two thousand foot tunnel.
Laird Barron, a master of the weird tale, will edit the inaugural volume of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction for Undertow Publications. Barron’s work has been nominated for several awards, and has been reprinted in numerous “Year’s Best” anthologies.
“It's a tremendous honor to edit the inaugural Year's Best Weird Fiction. I am pleased to be working with Michael Kelly and his Undertow Publications, an eminent force in the horror and weird fiction genres,” Barron said.
Established in 2009 by writer Michael Kelly, Undertow Publications (UP) is home to the acclaimed weird journal Shadows & Tall Trees, from which a number of stories have been selected for various “Best Of” anthologies. The initial release from UP, Apparitions, was a finalist for The Shirley Jackson Award. As editor, Kelly has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson and British Fantasy Society Awards, and his fiction has appeared in a number of venues, including The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror.
“I’m thrilled that Laird Barron has agreed to edit the first Year’s Best Weird Fiction,” Kelly said. “I could think of no better person for the initial edition.”
Undertow Publications is undertaking a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for the book. Kelly says, “There has never been a dedicated volume of the year’s finest weird fiction. It seems evident that an independent press will have to take up the task. We are hopeful the many aficionados of weird fiction will help fund what we believe will become an important and vital annual anthology. We envision very little, if any, overlap with the other “Year’s Best” volumes. And I’m excited to see what Laird conjures.”
For more information, and to help fund the campaign, visit http://igg.me/p/448586/x/196748
Gary McMahon has just announced the release of his new novel The Bones of You from Earthling Publications.
It will be this year's Halloween release from Earthling Press. It's a modern ghost story, a mystery, and possibly his most personal novel to date.
This is great news. Gary is one of the finest horror writers working today. His Concrete Grove trilogy is a jaw droppingly brilliant example of British urban horror.
Innocent people are dying. Who will be next? Find out in the second Detective Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg from #1 ebook bestseller Paul Finch.
A vicious serial killer is holding the country to ransom, publicly - and gruesomely - murdering his victims.
When a man is burnt alive on a bonfire, it seems like a tragic Guy Fawkes Night accident. But with the discovery of a young couple on Valentine’s Day – each with an arrow through the heart – something more sinister becomes clear. A ‘calendar killer’ is on the loose. Detective Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg is up against it. With a rising body count and the public’s eyes on him, Heck must find the killer before he executes more victims. Because this killer has a plan. And nothing will stop him completing it. A heart-stopping and grisly thriller that will enthral fans of Stuart MacBride and Katia Lief.
About The Authors
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of film, audio drama and children's animation. He is also well known for his work in the thriller and horror fields.
Paul lives in Lancashire, with his wife Catherine and his children, Eleanor and Harry. His website can be found at: www.paulfinch-writer.blogspot.com
The complete presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards for 2012, presented by the Horror Writers Association at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans on the evening of Saturday, June 15th, 2013. With Jeff Strand as emcee and Tracy Devore as "Vanna". For more on the Bram Stoker Awards and HWA, visithttp://www.horror.org .
FROM HORRIFIC TALES WEBSITE -
Horrific Tales Publishing are looking to expand our range of horror novels and are now open for submissions.
We have decided to run an open submission period, from 1st July 2013 to the end of August.
What we are looking for:
- See more at: http://www.horrifictales.co.uk/submissions/#sthash.7Z78UaG5.dpuf
Bryan Smith has just announced the release of his newest short novel 68 Kill. This is the first in a brand new series of novels from this excellent author. Read on to see what Bryan has to say about this damn fine book.
From the website:
Stoker Award-winning anthologist Del Howison (Dark Delicacies 1-3, The Book of Lists: Horror) and internationally bestselling urban fantasy author Joseph Nassise (Eyes To See, By the Blood of Heroes) have joined forces with horror Grand Master Clive Barker to bring you back to the city of Midian and the creatures of the darkness known as the Nightbreed!
Tor Books will be publishing MIDIAN UNMADE: TALES OF CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED in simultaneous hardcover and trade paperback editions in the fall of 2014 and we’re looking for original horror and dark fantasy stories that fit the guidelines below.