News Round-up Week Ending 21 July 2023

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

ARedWinterintheWestNew from writer C.S. Humble and Cemetery Dance Publications, A Red Winter in the West

It is 1871. The landscape of the American West keeps getting colder and weirder in this highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning novel The Massacre At Yellow Hill. Three years after the supernatural calamity that befell Yellow Hill, the Miller family finds themselves living in Abilene,Texas. There, the new life they hoped to find has been fraught with change and hardship. As a family they struggle to endure the challenges of time, circumstance, and the pestilential cold smothering the Texas landscape.
In those years Carson Ptolemy’s life has changed too. No longer under the tutelage and provision of his father Gilbert Ptolemy, Carson directs the whole sum of his anger and young courage toward destroying the Society of Prometheus. But the occult society is old and powerful and vicious, and every day that passes brings them closer to ushering into the world a pantheon of nightmare gods known as – The Nine. The fated threads of the Ptolemy and Miller family intertwine again as they face enemies new and old, casting all their strength against beings of tremendous and malevolent power in this action-packed horror adventure set on the American frontier. A Red Winter in the West is the second book in C.S. Humble’s That Light Sublime Trilogy. Available now in eBook and paperback, you can grab your copy here.

Shakespeare-Unleashed-ebook-coverArriving 28 July from editor James Aquilone and Crystal Lake Publishing, Shakespeare Unleashed

From the blood of Macbeth and the ghosts of Hamlet, to the dark fantasy of The Tempest and the twisted love of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Unleashed reimagines the Bard’s greatest works as short horror stories…as well as horror sonnets. 
With new stories by Joe R. Lansdale & Kasey Lansdale, Ian Doescher, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Lee Murray, Steve Rasnic Tem, Gemma Files, Tim Waggoner, John Palisano, Lisa Morton, Gene Flynn, Hailey Piper, Philip Fracassi, Gwendolyn Kiste, and others. Dark sonnets by Linda D. Addison, Alessandro Manzetti, Jessica McHugh, Sara Tantlinger, Stephanie M. Wytovich, and Lucy A. Snyder, among others, and an introduction by Weston Ochse. Available for pre-order now in eBook, with physical editions to follow, you can guarantee your copy here.

TheChurchonWormhillStreetOut now from author Christopher Henderson and Shadowtime Publishing, The Church on Wormhill Street

London, April 1972: Six months have passed since the horrifying events at Lavender Edge. Paranormal investigator and reluctant psychic Harry Undine has finally gained some control over the sixth sense that plagues his life. At least, he hopes he has.

Ex-WPC Jo Cross now works with Undine, and she is finding it more than a full-time job. Each month sees an increase in the reports of ghosts, poltergeists, flying saucers, and Lord-only-knows what else reaching the Corsi Institute’s office in Shad Thames. The world is a stranger place than Jo had imagined – but that strangeness is a welcome distraction from darker forces abroad in the city, where the ultra-nationalist Excalbion party is on a mission to Make England Great Again.

Then a mysterious charred corpse is found at the old Empire Textiles factory in a run-down area of Vauxhall. Is it a case of Spontaneous Human Combustion, or is the truth even more bizarre? And, out of all the weird goings-on to choose from, why does Undine feel compelled to investigate this incident in particular? Available now in eBook and paperback, you can pick up yours here.

ThePromiseofPlagueWolvesArriving 12 September from writer Coy Hall and Nosetouch Press, The Promise of Plague Wolves

Austria. 1686. Two plagues rage in the countryside. One plague is smallpox, a torturous disease that ravages the body, turning homes into tombs. The other ailment is more mysterious, a scourge of occult origin, a plague that ravages the mind and consumes the soul. Here the deepest horrors are made manifest. Here the dead walk the shadowed wood. Here a spirit and its brood of changelings emerge from the earth to feed. Into this malefic maelstrom enters Dorin Toth, famed occultist and investigator. Accompanied by his faithful greyhound, Vinegar Tom, Toth must find the source of the eldritch epidemic. Will Toth and Tom prevail against the blights that they uncover? Or will the dark storm of ghosts consume them? Available for pre-order now in eBook and paperback editions, you can guarantee your copy here.

JapaneseBoxFront5x8Coming 1 August from author Jennifer Anne Gordon and Last Waltz Publishing, The Japanese Box and Other Stories

From the author of the Kindle Award Winning Novel for Best Horror 2020 –Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent – and Pretty/Ugly – Winner of The Kindle Award for Best Novel 2022 (Reader’s Choice) comes a collection of short stories contemplating horror, grief, and trauma. Available for pre-order now in eBook and paperback, you can guarantee your copy here.


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