It’s been a crazy couple of months and I haven’t been able to stay on top of the news-as-it-happens as much as I’d like to, so here’s what you should be keeping an eye out for in the “coming soon” or “recently released” department:
This novel originally started life as an e-serial, delivered a chapter a week to readers via email. The e-serial was a means of forcing myself to write a full-length novel, something I hadn’t been able to do up to that point. And it worked! Over the years as my writing improved, I rewrote and edited sections of the novel until what was left was a tighter, more fluid piece of work. Now you can read the finished result as a gorgeous signed limited edition hardcover from Necessary Evil Press. This marks my second time working with Don Koish at NEP. The first time, we won the Bram Stoker Award (for The Turtle Boy). Steve Gilberts provides some lavish and suitably gruesome artwork for what is best described as a cross between John Carpenter’s The Fog and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. Or, perhaps more succintly, and in the words of one faithful reader: “a kickass Hammer horror story!”
You can read some reviews of the book here, here, and here. And once you’re done and your appetite is suitably whetted, head on over to Don’s place and pick up a copy before Master of the Moors becomes another The Turtle Boy (i.e. impossible to find for less than your first-born in trade.)
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Coming very soon is a new anthology of horror stories from the talented folks at Cutting Block Press. Perhaps their most ambitious gathering yet, this latest volume includes stories by such notable scribes as Bentley Little, Scott Nicholson, and Gary Braunbeck, together with an equally impressive lineup of new- and up-and-comers. Head on over to the site to check out a full-size view of the beautifully eerie cover art, full table of contents, ordering information and a neat little feature where you can sample the first few pages of every story. My offering is a short Columbine-inspired piece entitled “After” and you can sample it here.
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Another excellent anthology nearing release is Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, edited by Vince Lugiano and Chad Helder, with amazing cover art by Michael Pucciarelli. I’m proud to be a part of this wonderful collection, which features a mixture of stories from the horror and GLBT communities. Here’s the jacket copy:
Something unspeakable is coming out of the closet…
From the ghosts of dead lovers and malevolent queer faeries to devious doppelgangers and twisted psychopaths, an eclectic lineup of award-winning writers from the horror and GLBT literary communities come together in this groundbreaking collection of queer horror stories. These tales will surprise with their universally resonant themes while exploring the deeper aspects of the closet experience – coming out, staying in, and being haunted by. Join Lee Thomas, Sarah Langan, Jameson Currier, Rick R. Reed, Scott Nicholson, Kealan Patrick Burke and others as they throw open their literary closet doors with 23 chilling tales. Be prepared as these master dark scribes reveal what lurks in those shadowy corners at the back of our closets. And the horrors found there promise to be unspeakable.
Be sure to check out the table of contents, contributor interviews, and the aforementioned awesome cover art for the book at the publisher’s page here, then head on over to Amazon.com to order yourself a copy for a paltry $15.
Here’s the nifty book trailer for the anthology…