News Round-up Week Ending 15 December 2023

Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …

TheSleepyHollowGangOut now from author Robert P. Ottone and Weird House Press, The Sleepy Hollow Gang

The Headless Horseman is back! A gang of middle school misfits. An occult ritual. A legendary spirit from America’s past. What could possibly go wrong?

On Halloween night, Derek Houseman, recent arrival to the Sleepy Hollow region of upstate New York, joins a group of classmates for an evening of trick or treating. They also have plans to perform a ritual that’s gone viral online. A ritual that just might work …

When the Headless Horseman rises from the grave for his annual ride across the countryside, empowered by the gang’s spiritual meddling, it’s up to Derek and the rest of the Sleepy Hollow Gang to stop him. Can they survive the night or will they lose their heads? Available now in eBook and paperback editions, you can pick up your copy here.

DarklitPressDark Lit Press announce partnership with Independent Artist Group (IAG) to elevate authors in film and TV industry

DarkLit Press, a leading small press publisher committed to amplifying the voices of marginalized and underrepresented authors, announced today its strategic partnership with Independent Artist Group (IAG).
The partnership aims to provide a robust support system for DarkLit Press authors, ensuring their literary works are connected with the right professionals in film and television. By leveraging IAG’s comprehensive representation capabilities and vast network, this collaboration promises to open new avenues for authors and their works. “DarkLit Press is committed to representing our authors with integrity. The best way we can do that is by developing strong support systems through meaningful partnerships with industry professionals,” said Andrew Robert, owner/operator at DarkLit Press.
With a rich history dating back to 1962, APA has cemented its position as one of the largest diversified talent agencies, boasting offices in major cities worldwide. Coupled with AGI’s reputation as the premier independent music touring agency, IAG stands as a formidable voice in artist representation. Its media rights department represents a tremendous roster of authors and creators, including numerous New York Times best-sellers and winners of prestigious literary awards including the Pulitzer, National Book Award, Eisner, and more. Its clients’ published works have gone on to become major film and television productions.
Much like IAG, DarkLit Press has always prioritized collaboration and teamwork, forging connections with small businesses and championing the work of unique voices in the literary world. With an impressive digital library and a strong commitment to supporting bookstores and libraries, DarkLit Press continually seeks to make a significant impact in dark fiction.

HailSantaNew from author John McNee and Blood Bound Books, Hail Santa

With a failing economy and dwindling population, the once-flourishing mining community of St. Nicholas in northern Canada is on the road to ruin.
That was until the arrival of the Bingzhen Group, a Chinese-American conglomerate with ambitious plans to buy the town and transform it into the most popular ski resort and holiday destination in North America.
With the deal done and Christmas approaching, the community is buzzing with excitement about the future and the influx of new residents, like Binzhen envoy Ling Wong, Scottish schoolteacher Shona Fleming, new school custodian Curtis Tate and a small army of contractors. What none of them realize is that St. Nicholas was never theirs to sell.
There is something else here which has long laid claim to the land. Something which has long held the town in its thrall and does not intend to give it up without a fight. Something strange and inhuman. Something cruel and powerful and very, very, hungry. The children call him Santa Claus. This Thanksgiving, reject God and worship Santa! Available now in eBook, with a paperback edition following soon, you can pick up your copy here.

dark-reflections-cover-thumbOut today from author Paul Kane and Black Beacon Books, Dark Reflections

What was the real story behind Jekyll and Hyde? How do you cheat the most notorious curse of all time? Why are people getting sick with a strange malady that makes them bleed to death, and how are they being brought back to life in a futuristic nightmare? What happens when the world’s most famous vampire falls in love, or the world’s greatest detective takes on his most dangerous foe? How will a deadly serial killer be caught, and how will a certain paranormal investigator deal with his most unusual case to date? These and many more questions will be answered in Dark Reflections, a collection of spine-tingling tales by award-winning and #1 bestselling author Paul Kane (the British Fantasy Award-Nominated MonstersSherlock Holmes and the Servants of HellBeforeThe Storm), which pay homage to the masters of dark fiction, including M.R. JamesCharles DickensWilliam Hope HodgsonH.P. LovecraftMary ShelleyBram StokerSir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe. With an introduction by the legendary Kim Newman (Anno DraculaAn English Ghost Story) and cover by Greg Chapman, you’ll find a lot to reflect on in here … Available on launch day only for a promotional price of £1.50/$1.99 in eBook, (rising to £3.00/$3.99 on the 16th December), you can pick up your copy here, now.


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