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David A Sutton – Horror on the High Seas

Posted by demonik on January 20, 2015

David A Sutton (ed) – Horror on the High Seas: Classic Weird Sea Tales (Shadow Publishing, 2014)

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Cover Artwork by Jim Pitts

David A. Sutton – Introduction and author notes

J. A. Barry – A Derelict
Edgar Allan Poe – MS. Found in a Bottle
William Hope Hodgson – The Riven Night
Vernon Lee – Dionea
F. Marion Crawford – Man Overboard!
Richard Middleton – The Ghost Ship
Rudyard Kipling – A Matter of Fact
W. W. Jacobs – The Rival Beauties
William Hope Hodgson – The Phantom Ship
Warren Armstrong – A Phantom of the Seas

Blurb:

The oceans have long been places of danger, mystery and horror. From ancient times there has been the terror that a trip might lead to edge of the world and the nameless place beyond its edge. There have been the strange lights of St. Elmo’s Fire. The sunken cities of Atlantis and Lyonesse. The Sargasso sea entrapping ships. The Bermuda Triangle. And within the ocean’s depths sea creatures both real and unreal. The great white whale in Moby Dick and the giant octopus in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The oceans beckon us… and repel us. And storytellers have used the sea as a basis for ghost and horror stories down the centuries. In this anthology there are stories about phantom ships and their phantom sailors, weird encounters with spirits, a vengeful sea sprites, and sea serpents, and all manner of horror below decks. So, readers, take a passage with us to the weird realms of the benighted oceans!

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Beth K. Lewis (ed.) – The New Gothic

Posted by demonik on January 20, 2015

Beth K. Lewis (ed.) – The New Gothic  (Stone Skin Press, 2013)

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Beth K. Lewis – Introduction

Jesse Bullington & S. J. Chambers – Dive In Me
Fi Michell – The Debt Collector
Laura Ellen Joyce – The Death Bell
Richard Dansky – A Meeting In The Devil’s House
Steve Dempsey – No Substitute
Ramsey Campbell – Reading The Signs
Dmetri Kakmi – The Boy By The Gate
Sean Logan – Viola’s Second Husband
Mason Wild – The Devil In A Hole
Damien Kelly – The Whipping Boy
Phil Reeves – The Vault of Artemas Smith
Ed Martin – The Fall Of The Old Faith

Biographies

Blurb:
The Gothic is the most enduring.literary tradition in history, but in recent years friendly ghosts and vegetarian vampires threaten its foundations. The New Gothic is a collection of short stories which revisits the core archetypes of the Gothic – the rambling, secret-filled building, the stranger seeking answers, the black-hearted tyrant – and reminds us not to embrace, but to fear the darkness.

A dozen tales of terror fill this anthology including an original, never-before-seen story from the godfather of modem horror, Ramsey Campbell.

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Charles Black – Black Ceremonies

Posted by demonik on January 16, 2015

Charles Black – Black Ceremonies  (Parallel Universe Publications, Jan. 2015)

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Cover:Paul Mudie

The Obsession of Percival Cairstairs
Call of the Damned
The Revelations of Dr Maitland
Tourist Trap
Face to Face
The Coughing Coffin
The Madness Out of the Sea
Death on the Line
The Necronomicon
A Bit Tasty
A Fistful of Vengeance
To Summon a Flesh-Eating Demon
The Strombolli Collection

Blurb:
Those that participate in the thirteen strange dark rites that comprise Black Ceremonies find themselves at the mercy of sinister forces.

Make an invocation to evil.
Witness the horrors of war.
Hear the sound of death.
Feel the hand of vengeance as it reaches out from the grave.

Are you ready to join the doomed and the damned?

“When it comes to dark and twisted tales, they don’t come much darker and more twisted than this. If you have a taste for the macabre, you really will be biting off as much as you can chew with this exciting debut collection from renowned editor and creator of the Black Books of Horror, Charles Black.” – Anna Taborska, author of For Those Who Dream Monsters

‘Charlie’s yarns are very entertaining.” Johnny Mains, editor of Best British Horror

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Joel Lane & Tom Johnstone (eds.) – Horror Uncut

Posted by demonik on September 27, 2014

Joel Lane & Tom Johnstone (eds.) – Horror Uncut  (Grey Friar Press, Sept. 2014)

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Cover illustration: Neil Williams

Tom Johnsone – Foreword

Joel Lane – A Cry for Help
Simon Bestwick – The Battering Stone
Priya Sharma – The Ballad of Boomtown
John Llewellyn Probert – The Lucky Ones
Stephen Hampton – The Sun Trap
Gary McMahon – Only Bleeding
Anna Taborska – The Lemmy / Trump Test
John Howard – Falling into Stone
Laura Lauro – Ptichka
Stephen Bacon – The Devil’s Only Friend
David Williams – The Procedure
Rosanne Rabinowitz – Pieces of Ourselves
John Forth – A Simple Matter of Space
David Turnbell – The Privilege Card
Alison Littlewood – The Ghost at the Feast
Andrew Hook – The Opaque District
Thana Niveau – No History of Violence

Tom Johnstone – Afterword

Blurb
‘We’ve all heard rumour: that the austerity measures will be over by Christmas. That there will be a Christmas…’ ” But now the prime minister, in the opulent surroundings of a banqueting hall, has publicly called for permanent austerity.

The Con Dem Coalition government’s policies have brought real life horror stories: cancer patients bullied by the DWP, bereaved parents forced out of homes by the bedroom tax, pregnant migrants endangered by avoiding medical help in fear of hospital bills.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, Gray Friar Press presents macabre tales from the frontline of aus-terror-ty. We asked fine writers of horror to bring dark visions of a society blighted by poverty, debt and privatisation, exploring what ghosts, private madness and afterlife such a world might bring.

The anthology counters a culture encouraging ordinary people to scapegoat benefit claimants and migrant workers, show-casing fiction that examines the real roots of a crisis that causes hardship for many and lining the pockets of few.

Here you will encounter the…
…terrible price exacted for treatment in a private hospital…
…ancient curse on an abandoned housing development…
…torture gang of wealthy thugs who hunt the poor…
…suicidal apparitions encountered by a healthcare P.R. man…

Such acclaimed talents as Alison Littlewood, John Llewellyn Probert, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Gary McMahon, Anna Taborska, Joel Lane, Simon Bestwick, Andrew Hook, and Priya Sharma invoke a world where you queue to join the queues, personal space is strictly rationed, and sadistic game-shows control the population.

 

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Alex Davis (ed.) – Worms

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2014

Alex Davis (ed.) – Worms    (Knightwatch, 2014)

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Stephen Cooney
Alex Davis – Worms: Introduction

K. T. Davies – Zombie Worms Ate My Hamster
Adam Millard – Tommy Squirm
Sandra Unerman – The Twitching Tail
Anna Taborska – Cyril’s Mission
Amelia Mangan – The Figurehead
Stephen Palmer – Nobody Likes Worms
Simon Dessloch – The Worm Boy
James Everington – The Place Where It Always Rains

Blurb:
If ever an anthology did exactly what it said on the tin, this one would be precisely it. And why not? Worms have been fine horror fodder for a number of years now, and it was something that Editor Alex Davis always wanted to explore. Insects have always been a sort of fear for him. Worms was the one that felt that he could just about manage – although he has to admit that there were still plenty of uncomfortable moments in reading through these tales. So step on in and read this glorious, gruesome, squirmy anthology about – Worms.

 

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Jared Shurin & John J. Johnston [eds.] – Unearthed

Posted by demonik on August 22, 2014

Jared Shurin & John J. Johnston [eds.] – Unearthed   (Jurassic London, 2013)

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Garen Ewing

John J. Johnston – Going Forth by Night (Introduction)

Guy Boothby – A Professor of Egyptology
Louisa May Alcott – Lost in a Pyramid
Arthur Conan Doyle – Lot No. 249
Edgar Allan Poe – Some Words with a Mummy
Herbert W. Crotzer – The Block of Bronze
George Griffith – The Death-Bridal of Nitocris
Théophile Gautier – The Mummy’s Foot
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Ring of Thoth
E. Heron and H. Heron – The Story of Baelbrow
Julian Hawthorne – The Unseen Man’s Story
Charles Bump – The Vanished Mummy

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Jared Shurin [ed.] – Book Of The Dead

Posted by demonik on August 22, 2014

Jared Shurin [ed.] – The Book Of  The Dead  (Jurassic London, 2013)

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Cover: Garen Ewing
John J. Johnston – Introduction: “Some Words from an Egyptologist”

Louis Greenberg – Akhenaten Goes to Paris
Den Patrick – All is Dust
Maria Dahvana Headley – Bit-U-Men
Maurice Broaddus – Cerulean Memories
Jonathan Green – Egyptian death and the afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62-3)
Jesse Bullington – Escape from the Mummy’s Tomb
Glen Mehn – Henry
Lou Morgan – Her Heartbeat, An Echo
Michael West – Inner Goddess
Molly Tanzer – Mysterium Tremendum
David Thomas Moore – Old Souls
Paul Cornell – Ramesses on the Frontier
Jenni Hill – The Cats of Beni Hasan
Gail Carriger – The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was and the Cat in the Jar
David Bryher – The Dedication of Sweetheart Abbey
Sarah Newton – The Roof of the World
Roger Luckhurst – The Thing of Wrath
Will Hill – Three Memories of Death
Adam Roberts – Tollund

 

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Paperback Fanatic #29/ #30

Posted by demonik on July 19, 2014

Out now; a delicious double-whammy from Fanatic HQ!

Justin Marriott (ed.) – Paperback Fanatic #29 (July, 2014)

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Fanatical Thoughts – The Renegade Publishers issue
Fanatical Mails: Readers’ letters. Andrew Kersten, Chris Mikul, Colin Clynes, Dave Hyman, Nigel Taylor, Jim Walker, Tom Tesarek, Stuart Williams, Andy Boot, Kev Demant.

The Renegade Publishers & Friends

American Hysteria – Wisdom House
Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used To Be – Everest publishers
Get Banner – Banner Books
A – Zebra – Early Zebra Books
Top (Shelf) Sellers – Top Sellers And Flamingp
I Fought The Law – The Trials and Tribulations of Freeway Venus Press
Six Continental Sin Publishers – Bedside, Chariot, Magnet (not that one), Bell-Ringer, Gaslight and Imperial Page.
Whacking Off! – Essex House Erotica
Chills & Boom – Laser & Venture books
Never Mind The Haddocks – Peter Haddock Imprints
Major Minor Books – Major Books
Justin Marriott (ed.) – Paperback Fanatic #30 (July, 2014)

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PAJ – Interview with SF & Fantasy Artist Peter Andrew Jones
Warm Flesh & Hot Lead – The ‘Adult Western’ Genre
James Doig & Graeme Flanagan – James Workman – A Scot Aus-Pulp Legend
The Human Crossbow – The Crusader fiction of Andrew J. Offult
The Mad Reader – The Mad magazine paperbacks.
Nigel Tatlor – Lure Of The White Worm; Bram Stoker’s other strangely strange horror novel
Dawn Of The Dead– The Horror Movie Tie-ins.

Subscription details, etc from the Fanatic Megastore

See also the Paperback Fanatic 29-30 thread on the Vault forum

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Paul Finch – Terror Tales Of Wales

Posted by demonik on June 7, 2014

Paul Finch (ed.) – Terror Tales Of Wales  (Gray Friar Press, June, 2014)

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Cover illustration: Paul Mudie

Ray Cluley – Under The Windings of the Sea
Legions of Ghosts
Steve Duffy – Old As The Hills
The Beast of Bodalog
Reggie Oliver – The Druid’s Rest
Night of the Bloody Ape
Simon Clark – Swallowing A Dirty Seed
The Devil Made Him Do It
Thana Niveau – The Face
Hoof-beats in the Mist
Steve Lockley – Don’t Leave Me Down Here
The Werewolf of Clwyd
Stephen Volk – Matilda of the Night
The Goblin Stone
Paul Lewis – The Sound of the Sea
A Quick Pint and a Slow Hanging
Tim Lebbon – The Flow
Doppelganger
Steve Jordan – The Offspring
Prophecy of Fire
Bryn Fortey – Dialled
The Dark Heart of Magnificence
Priya Sharma – The Rising Tide
The Hag Lands
Gary Fry – Apple of their Eyes
Beneath the Sea of Wrecks
John Llewellyn Probert – Learning the Language

Blurb:

Wales – ‘Land of my Fathers’, cradle of poetry, song and mythic rural splendour. But also a scene of oppression and tragedy, where angry spirits stalk castle and coal mine alike, death-knells sound amid fogbound peaks, and dragons stir in bottomless pools …

The headless spectre of Kidwelly
The sea terror off Anglesey
The soul stealer of Porthcawl
The blood rites at Abergavenny
The fatal fruit of Criccieth
The dark serpent of Bodalog
The Christmas slaughter at Llanfabon

And many more chilling tales by Stephen Volk, Tim Lebbon, Simon Clark, Priya Sharma, John Llewellyn Probert and other award-winning masters and mistresses of the macabre.

 

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Simon Marshall-Jones – The 13 Ghosts of Christmas

Posted by demonik on December 13, 2013

Simon Marshall-Jones (ed.)   – The 13 Ghosts of Christmas  ( Spectral Press , 2012)

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Vincent Shaw-Morton

Johnny Mains – Introduction  

John Costello –  An Odd Number at Table                                           
Jan Edwards –  Concerning Events at Leinster Gardens              
William Meikle – Carnacki: A Cold Christmas in Chelsea                
Raven Dane – A Taste of Almonds                                                     
Richard Farren Barber  – Where the Stones Lie                                                  
Nicholas Martin – All that is Living                                                           
Thana Niveau –  And May All your Christmases                              
Martin Roberts –  Now and Then                                                               
Paul Finch – December                                                                        
Gary McMahon –  Ritualism                                                                         
Neil Williams –  We Are a Shadow                                                          
 John Forth  – The Green Clearing                                                    
Adrian Tchaikovsky –  Lost Soldiers      

Simon Marshall-Jones – Publisher’s Acknowledgements            

BONUS

Stephen Volk – Whitstable novella preview

Blurb:

Christmas – a season of goodwill given to all mankind, and of snowbound winter wonderlands; a time for the gathering of families and friends to share in a bounteous harvest of good cheer, of sparkling decorations and roaring fires lighting up the parlour; and of glittering presents strewn beneath the glorious fir tree, and of excited children full of boundless joy in their hearts. And the time when the ghosts of those long gone, of the restless, the unhappy and the bitter are closest to the living, walking abroad in the frozen landscape outside the cosy living-room window. Here are thirteen seasonal tales of those lonely, wandering spirits, guaranteed to bring delicious thrills to all aficionados of the ghostly and the supernatural. Inside these pages you will find, amongst others, stories of eerie urban myths, age-old rituals, lost invaders from history, haunted weather phenomena, strange spirits, and creatures of myth and legend, told by some of the finest and most exciting writers working in the field today.

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