News Round-up Week Ending 16 October 2020

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

WhitechapelNew dark poetry collection, tackling the subject of Jack the Ripper by Alessandro Manzetti, out now

From Two-Time Bram Stoker Award-winning autor Alessandro Manzetti 26 new poems telling in a new way the story of Jack the Ripper, between the alleys and shadows of Whitechapel district in East London during the Victorian Era. Did the Ripper consider himself an artist? Maybe his victims were still life sculptures? Discover the dark vision of the best know serial killer through this modern rhapsody playing the bloody melody of the canonical five victims and the life in Whitechapel slums. Jack is Back! Cover art by Wendy Saber Core, interior illustrations by Stefano Cardoselli. Pick up your copy in paperback or eBook right now, here.

screensFrom writer Christopher Laine comes sci-fi horror, Screens, coming 26 January

Sometime in 2016, dark web posts began appearing about a document known only as “The Manuscript.” Originally written with a manual typewriter and impossible to digitise, the Manuscript can only be read by those who can procure one of its precious few handwritten copies. It is said that The Manuscript contains horrific knowledge and those who have read it have immediately disconnected from the internet, vanished off the digital grid, never to return.    In short order, all online posts regarding the Manuscript were gone without a trace.  Everyone with any knowledge or connection to them has disappeared or been gruesomely murdered.   Screens is the fourth book in the Seven Coins Drowning series and you can pre-order your copy here, now.

darknessNew from Twisted Fate Publishing, Darkness, in support of mental health charity, Mind, out now

With much of the world in isolation, support for mental health is more important than ever. Realising this, a number of established like-minded authors formed The Sons of Twisted Fate to turn their skills to creating this collection of short stories to support the mental health charity: Mind. The collection is the result of a unique collaboration by a diverse group of authors, all writers of Speculative fiction (Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy) but all very different from one another. Each was challenged to contribute one or more short stories around the theme of Darkness. Featuring contributions from Gareth Clegg, C. M. Angus and more, you can pick up your copy in paperback or eBook right now, here.

Mr Sandman

Coming 10 December from writer SJI Holliday, Mr Sandman, from Absinthe Books

Sophie is bored with her perfectly nice but deathly dull boyfriend Matthew. Sensing he’s about to lose her, Matthew takes her on a last-ditch attempt trip to the seaside, hoping to rekindle their dying flames. But things take a dark turn when Sophie visits Mr Sandman, a Haitian priest, who claims that he can change Matthew into the boyfriend that she wants. But does Sophie really know what she wants? Never has the phrase “be careful what you wish for” been more apt. Because Matthew does change…just not in the way that anyone could’ve predicted. Available in jacketed hardcover and a signed edition limited to 100 copies, you can pre-order your copy now, here.


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