Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …
Coming 27 August from Crystal Lake Publishing and editors Aaron J. French and Jess Landry, There Is No Death, There Are No Dead
First appearing in the late 1800s, spiritualism became a religious movement that swept the nation. Under the assumption that the dead live on in the afterlife, spiritualists believed that contact with the dearly departed was not only possible, but something those who crossed over longed for. Contact was usually made through a medium, a person who claimed to have the ability to speak with the dead. There Is No Death, There Are No Dead is a horror anthology that tackles all aspects of the spiritualist movement: from the true believers to the nay-sayers, the hoaxes to hauntings, the real mediums to the scam artists. From ghosts to possessions, from profound loss to insurmountable grief, these short stories explore limitless genres, with a diverse cast of characters challenged at every corner. There Is No Death, There Are No Dead includes new work from Gemma Files, Helen Marshall, Kathe Koja, Lee Murray, David Demchuk, Lisa Morton, Gwendolyn Kiste, S.P. Miskowski, Seanan McGuire, Catherine Lord, Chesya Burke, Nadia Bulkin, Michelle Belanger, and Laird Barron, and edited by Bram Stoker Award winner Jess Landry and Aaron J. French. The dead are speaking. Will you hear? Available to pre-order in eBook, with a paperback to follow shortly, you can guarantee your copy here.
How did a low-budget British movie about Londoners battling zombies in a pub become a beloved global pop culture phenomenon? You’ve Got Red on You details the previously untold story of 2004’s Shaun of the Dead, the hilarious, terrifying horror-comedy whose fan base continues to grow and grow. After consulting dozens of the people involved in the creation of the film, author Clark Collis reveals how a group of friends overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to make a movie that would take bites out of both the UK and the US box office before ascending to the status of bona fide comedy classic. Featuring in-depth interviews with director Edgar Wright, producer Nira Park, and cast members Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Bill Nighy, Lucy Davis, and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, the book also boasts a treasure trove of storyboards, rare behind-the-scenes photos, and commentary from famous fans of the movie, including filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth, Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero, and World War Z author Max Brooks. As Pegg’s zombie-fighting hero Shaun would say, “How’s that for a slice of fried gold?” Pre-order your copy now in hardcover or paperback formats, here.
Coming 21 September from Beverley Lee, author of The Ruin of Delicate Things, The House of Little Bones
He thought he was untouchable. David Lansdown, esteemed British horror writer and supernatural sceptic, is used to basking in the glow of the press… Until a hastily snapped photo hits the headlines and makes his affair with his publisher’s son public. When David finds himself at Bone Hollow, a house with a glass wall overlooking a wild and desolate moor, his only concern is writing his next best seller to bury his misdeeds in the past. But something stirs beneath the earth. Something bound to the land. Something determined to take everything from him. Luca Fox-Waite is still in love with the man who cast him aside, but his own childhood demons lurk in his shadow. As he discovers more about Bone Hollow’s history, he finds himself ensnared in its story—a story steeped in time and tragedy. Because curses lie in bones, and they do not die. The House of Little Bones is a tale of avarice, adoration, and of how the sins of the past cling to the living as well as the dead. Available to pre-order in eBook format, with the paperback following soon, you can guarantee your copy now, here.
Damnable Tales: A Folk Horror Anthology, with stories selected and illustrated by Richard Wells, coming 1 September from Unbound
This richly illustrated anthology gathers together classic short stories from masters of supernatural fiction including M. R. James, Sheridan Le Fanu and Arthur Machen, alongside lesser-known voices in the field including Eleanor Scott and Margery Lawrence, and popular writers less bound to the horror genre, such as Thomas Hardy and E. F. Benson. These are damnable tales, selected and beautifully illustrated by Richard Wells. They stalk the moors at night, the deep forests, cornered fields and dusky churchyards, the narrow lanes and old ways of these ancient places, drawing upon the haunted landscapes of folk-horror. Available to pre-order in eBook and hardcover editions, you can guarantee your copy here.