News Round-up Week Ending 29 January 2021

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

AllTheMurmuringBones_y80iesPComing 9 March from writer A. G. Slatter and Titan Books, All the Murmuring Bones, available for pre-order now

Miren O’Malley was orphaned as a young child and brought up by her grandparents on their isolated, rambling estate, Hob’s Hallow. Long ago her family prospered due to a deal struck with the mer: safety for their merchant ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and their fortunes have suffered as a result. When Miren’s grandfather dies, her grandmother plans to restore their glory – but at the price of Miren’s freedom. Finding evidence that her parents may still be alive, Miren  embarks on a treacherous journey to Blackwater, the estate her parents built when they fled Hob’s Hallow. But on arrival Miren finds the estate in decline and her ‘Uncle Edward’ in  charge: where are her parents, and who is this Edward Elliott really? Available in paperback and eBook, you can pre-order your copy now, here.


Beautiful grotesqueBeautiful/Grotesque, the new anthology from Weirdpunk Books, available for pre-order now

Five authors of strange fiction, Roland Blackburn (Seventeen Names For Skin), Jo Quenell (The Mud Ballad), Katy Michelle Quinn (Winnie), Joanna Koch (The Wingspan of Severed Hands), and Sam Richard (Sabbath of the Fox-Devils) each bring you their own unique vision of the macabre and the glorious violently colliding. From full-on hardcore horror to decadently surreal nightmares, and noir-fueled psychosis, to an eerie meditation on grief, and familial quiet horror, Beautiful/Grotesque guides us through the murky waters where the monstrous and the breathtaking meet. They are all beautiful. They are all grotesque. Available for pre-order now in standard paperback and a limited edition signed by editor Sam Richard, you can buy your copy here, now.


A life TransparentFrom Todd Keisling, acclaimed author of Devil’s CreekA Life Transparent, book one of the monochrome trilogy, coming 2 March from Bloodshot Books

In A Life Transparent, first published in 2007, Todd Keisling welcomed readers to the Monochrome—a nightmarish parallel reality—and introduced Donovan Candle: a modern everyman experiencing an early mid-life crisis. Now, Bloodshot Books is proud to present a revised and expanded edition, featuring Keisling’s all-new afterword series, “Who is Donovan Candle?” Coming 2 March, in paperback and eBook formats, you can guarantee your copy right here, now.


FlashesofHopeFrom editor Theresa Derwin and a host of authors, Flashes of Hope, a charity flash fiction anthology in aid of covid-19-related causes, coming 31 January

This flash horror story anthology, curated by Theresa Derwin, has been compiled to bring hope in this time of darkness and to do something about it by raising funds for food-banks and people adversely affected by Covid and lockdown. This book celebrates the strength of our key-workers by making every hero in the book one of them: from cleaners, to nurses and doctors to shop keepers, these are the heroes at the frontline.And the heroes in these stories.Featuring stories from Alyson Faye, Ruschelle Dillon, Ken Shinn, Dave Jeffery, Eric Ian Steele and Anna Taborska, these protagonists fight all kinds of monsters, supernatural and other. So step inside, face the darkness, and see Hope win. Available for pre-order now, you can pick up your copy here.


KEV HARRISON


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