News Round-up Week Ending 29 May 2020

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

You are not alone

New charity anthology for causes related to homelessness, You Are Not Alone, coming 1 June from Storgy

Featuring stories by authors such as Gemma Amor, Tim Lebbon, Tracy Fahey, Ross Jeffery and many more, You Are Not Alone is a charity anthology created by Bristol-based publisher Storgy, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the devastating effect it has had on homeless people. The anthology will support The Big Issue Foundation, Centrepoint, Shelter and The Methodist Centre as they aim to mitigate the harm done by the UK-wide lockdown to some of the most vulnerable in society. With the eBook released 1 June and the paperback to follow, you can find out all the information about You Are Not Alone, and buy your copy, here.


What hell may come

Coming 12 June from writer Rex Hurst and Crystal Lake Publishing, What Hell May Come

The Satanic Panic was a moral outcry in the United States over supposed “satanic” influence in media that were warping the youth of America. What Hell May Come takes a look at what the world would actually be like if all of the claims of the satanic panic were true. Set in 1986, Jon St. Fond’s life is a living Hell. Deliberately abused and neglected by his parents, the only joy he has in life is an escape into a fantasy land of role playing games. Soon he discovers that his parents are part of a secret occult religion with hidden ties all across the world. As Jon and his friends dig, they learn more of the secret history of the world and discover the power of making deals with creatures from Beyond. However, power has its price, as Jon and his friends quickly discover. One-by-one they begin to become consumed by their own desires and hatreds. Jon learns there is method behind the madness of his life, as his Father begins to bring him closer and closer into the ways of the cult. Ultimately, Jon must make a choice between all the pleasures of the earth and the future of his soul. Find out which path he chooses and pre-order your copy here.


Book Man

Coming 2 June, from Castle Bridge Media and writer Peyton Douglas, The Book Man

Something evil stalks Laguna Beach– and only a young surfer girl named Frannie can stop it. In 1958 Laguna Beach, California, a girl escapes tragedy by learning to surf with a close-knit group of misfits while spending her nights working at the shady tiki bar Cafe Monstro. But when a powerful demon in disguise targets the cafe in search of the mysterious, future-revealing empty books called Blanks, she must learn her uncle’s Jewish mystical secrets to destroy the demon and free her friends. A 1950s thriller of surfing, water ghosts, dybbuk boxes, Yiddish curses, and supernatural romance. The Book Man is a debut coming-of-age horror novel and a love letter to California surf culture and the books, art and music of the mid-century, from Frankie & Annette and Gidget to Dragnet and Stephen King’s IT. Available 2 June in eBook and paperback, you can pre-order your copy here.


Mime

Coming 28 June from writer Chrissey Harrison, Mime, a supernatural thriller

Elliot Cross didn’t believe in monsters. At least, not until his brother died at the hands of something unnatural.  Four years later and a string of impossible deaths leave the police baffled. Consumed by a desire to shine a journalistic light on the supernatural world, Elliot sees a chance to make a difference. Enlisting the help of his (only) employee, Samantha, he quickly identifies the culprit – a demonic mime artist whose invisible creations are fatally real. Way out of his depth, Elliot’s only hope is renowned demon hunter Gabriel Cushing. But tracking down Gabriel is only the beginning… The search for a way to end the demon forever will take Elliot and Sam across the country, uncovering lost history, buried secrets, and a few new truths about themselves. Mime‘s kickstarter was funded in just four days, but there remains time for you to pledge and pick up one of the many rewards still on offer. Get all the information and make your pledge, here.


KEV HARRISON


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