News Round-up Week Ending 17 May 2024

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

TheDeadSpotComing 21 May from writer Angela Sylvaine and Dark Matter INK, The Dead Spot: Stories of Lost Girls

The Dead Spot, A corner drenched in shadow. An earthquake’s epicenter. The part of a roller coaster ride where the car rounds the final curve and all force dissipates, leaving those trapped beneath the safety bar feeling sick and hollow. This debut short story collection from the author of Frost Bite and Chopping Spree features seventeen stories of women and girls battling monsters, obsession, manipulation, and the darkness in the world around them and includes a moving introduction by J.A.W. McCarthy, Shirley Jackson Award finalist for Sometimes We’re Cruel. Available for pre-order now in eBook and paperback editions, you can guarantee your copy here.

BloodConvenantArriving 24 May from author Alan Baxter and Cemetery Dance Publications, Blood Covenant

What should have been a breeze of a bank heist for James Glenn and his crew goes violently wrong, forcing them to flee, blood-stained and angry. They stumble onto a remote lodge that doesn’t open for another month—a perfect place to lie low until the heat’s off.

Except it’s occupied.

The Moore family, just arrived to prepare for the season, are taken hostage by the criminals, but not without bloodshed. And when blood gets spilled, something ancient notices. Something malevolent. Something ravenous. Their only hope is the youngest Moore, teenager Rueben, outside and unseen when James and his gang arrive. It’s up to Rueben to get help and save his family, but the influence of the ancient evil is taking a toll on him as well … Available for pre-order now in eBook, with other editions to follow, you can guarantee your copy here.

IThinkImAloneNowAvailable now from author Ali Seay and Grindhouse Press, I Think I’m Alone Now

Every neighborhood has a Mr. Frank. You never want your ball to land in his yard. You never want to be on his radar.
Feral Gen Xer, Dorrie, is a latchkey kid with no one to watch after her. Lately, her neighbor, Mr. Frank, is watching her a little too close for comfort and she’s not sure why. Dorrie’s life and body suddenly seem to be in turmoil, her relationship with her mother is strained, and she hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Being watched by that creeper, Mr. Frank, is the last thing she needs and every time she turns around . . . there he is. When she’s finally brought face to face with him, she discovers the reason for his obsession. Available now in eBook and paperback, you can grab your copy here.

MaziAvailable 21 May from writer Koji A. Dae and Ghost Orchid Press, Mazi

When Silvena and her boyfriend take a vacation at an isolated mountain villa in Bulgaria, she gets the unsettling sense she is being watched by the knots in the house’s wooden walls. Her boyfriend tries to distract her with their usual BDSM games, but Silvena’s hallucinations only worsen when she encounters a local woodcutter who takes an unusual interest in her. Could his presence be somehow linked to her delusions?
The debut novella from Koji A. Dae, author of Scars that Never Bled, Mazi is a seductive erotic horror tale inspired by the author’s experiences using kink to deal with mental health issues and the bitter, sometimes isolating winter of the Balkan Mountains. Available for pre-order now in eBook and paperback, you can guarantee your copy here.

ShadowsintheStacksComing 28 May from editors Vincent V. Cava, James Sabata and Jared Sage, and Shortwave Media, Shadows in the Stacks: A Horror Anthology

Shadows in the Stacks is a new horror anthology, published in cooperation with Spirited Giving, to benefit the San Diego Library Foundation.
Shadows in the Stacks features a special foreword by Laurel Hightower and 21 all-new horror stories from a wide range of authors including Kevin David Anderson, Zachary Ashford, S.A. Bradley, Bridget D. Brave, Kel Byron, Clay McLeod Chapman and many more. Available now for pre-order in eBook and paperback, you can guarantee your copy here.


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