“Behind the gleeful mayhem is the work of an old school horror writer.”
A word of caution gentle reader, these tales will take you places you’ve never been before and may never dare revisit. They’ll whisper truths so twisted you can only face them in the darkest hours of the night. They’ll unlock desires so decadent you’ll never wash their taint from your flesh.
All it takes is a single turn of the page and your taste in dark fiction will be transformed forever. So you have to ask yourself: ‘How daring do I feel…?’
Why We’re Excited About This Book: It’s safe to say that Jasper Bark occupies a unique position amongst British horror writers; his work is by turns scary, funny and gleefully taboo-breaking. Stuck On You And Other Prime Cuts is a collection of Bark’s short fiction, giving the reader ten peeks into his uniquely twisted view of the world. The collection begins with the title story (an erotic-horror novella which you won’t forget in a hurry) and before it ends it encompasses an economist in Hell, sentient blood creatures, Shakespearian lust and love, and a frankly disgusting story about a urinal. There’s sex and violence aplenty here, but Bark has the writing chops to ensure that whilst it’s never pointless it’s never the whole point, either. Behind the gleeful mayhem there’s the work of an old school horror writer here; Bark can do chilling as well as bloody (a story like the fantastic How The Dark Bleeds, included here, being proof of that). In the end, we’re not excited about this book due to the X-rated stuff, but because it’s by a talented horror writer at the top of his game.
This Book Will Appeal To: readers who want a laugh, a shudder, and a genuine scare all from the same story.
“The Madness Of Cthulhu promises to be a cut above the usual tentacled clichés.”
Fourteen brand-new stories of the macabre, plus two rare works inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s legendary novella At The Mountains Of Madness . With its terrifying account of a doomed scientific expedition, Lovecraft’s masterpiece has influenced many of the finest authors in modern fiction. Inspired by his dark mythos of cosmic abominations clawing at the edge of our reality, these writers have enthusiastically embraced… The Madness of Cthulhu.
Why We’re Excited About This Book: some readers might think that the only ‘madness of Cthulhu’ is the plethora of poor quality horror fiction the Great Old Ones continue to inspire. Fortunately, one look at the contributors for this volume of mythos fiction is enough to erase such fears; The Madness of Cthulhu features stories from the likes of Caitlin R. Kiernan, Joseph S. Pulver, Michael Shea, John Shirley and Melanie Tem. It’s also an anthology keen to stress that, looked at in a different light, some of Lovecraft’s work was as much science-fiction as horror – it includes two long-lost classics of Lovecraftian fiction by sci-fi greats Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Silverberg.
Edited by S.T. Joshi, the leading Lovecraftian biographer and editor, The Madness Of Cthulhu promises to be a cut above the usual tentacled clichés.
This Book Will Appeal To: those readers for whom there’s no such thing as too much Cthulhu.