News Round-up Week Ending 6 October 2023

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

The Horror at Pleasant BrookArriving 13 October from writer Kevin Lucia and Crystal Lake Publishing, The Horror At Pleasant Brook

At the edge of the Adirondacks, an ancient malevolence descends upon the quiet town of Pleasant Brook, setting the stage for a chilling battle between the forgotten and an unstoppable evil.
Standing resolutely in its shadow is an unlikely alliance—the remnants, the forgotten, the outcasts, and the underestimated. As the malevolence swells, they emerge as the town’s last bastion of defense, its only hope against an ancient, remorseless force that brooks no resistance.
Yet, how can they hope to prevail against a power so ancient, so pitiless, so inexorable? The town of Pleasant Brook becomes the battleground for a confrontation between humanity’s resilience and an evil beyond imagination. Available for pre-order now in eBook, with physical editions to follow soon, you can guarantee your copy here.

MidnightMasqueradeAvailable on Halloween from author Greg Chapman and IFWG Publishing International, Midnight Masquerade

Midnight Masquerade, a collection of Greg Chapman’ s acclaimed and original fiction: Clown-for-hire, Harvey has the worst day of his life A childhood display of malice is resurrected thirty years later A priest finds true faith means devotion to blood and pain Revenge shows Emma what lies beneath her mask of fear A Halloween expert unleashes her own personal hell In these stories, you’ ll discover how the masks we all wear hide our innermost fears, and how our choices can expose true horrors. Also included are Chapman’ s acclaimed novellas, The Last Night of October and Vaudeville, and the short stories, Octoberville and Left on October Lane. Available to pre-order now in eBook and paperback, you can guarantee your copy here.

DreamArriving 31 October from writer Daniel Willcocks and Devil’s Rock Publishing, Dream

Follow Alice as she falls into an abyss of unimaginable horrors, leaving behind the whimsical and entering a realm where madness reigns supreme. In this twisted Wonderland, familiar characters and enchanting landscapes give way to grotesque monstrosities and eldritch abominations.

As Alice traverses this nightmarish landscape, her courage is tested against gelatinous creatures, monsters from the depths, and other unspeakable creatures from Lovecraft’s terrifying mythos. Sanity becomes a fragile thread as she grapples with mind-bending encounters, cryptic rituals, and the malevolent presence of the Red Queen. Available to pre-order now in eBook, with a paperback edition to follow, you can guarantee your copy here.

BlackBeaconHorrorsComing 13 October from editor Cameron Trost and Black Beacon Books, The Black Beacon Book of Horror

The Black Beacon Book of Horror features dark and disturbing tales from some of the most original and imaginative authors writing in the genre today. These tales of psychological, supernatural, folk, gothic, and cosmic horror will usher you into the darkest of realms and leave you there to fend for yourself. You’ll lose your way in abandoned houses and hospitals, and be trapped on stormy beaches and along foggy country roads. There are haunted dolls, creepy-crawlies, malevolent spirits, creatures of legend, Lovecraftian terrors, and the demons within our own minds. But as varied as the settings and themes are, each tale has that one essential trait; the power to make you glance over your shoulder just to be sure the terror hasn’t found a way to leave the page. Available to pre-order now in eBook and paperback formats, you can guarantee your copy here.

TheLastHauntComing 24 October from author Max Booth III and Cemetery Gates Media, The Last Haunt

On the one-year anniversary of a young woman’s tragic death, an extreme haunted house attraction reopened its doors to the public. What happened next would forever traumatize a small Texas town. The Last Haunt is an attempt to make sense of the mysterious brutality that occurred on that fateful Halloween night. Constructed from interviews with the survivors, this oral history is the closest anyone has ever come to documenting the truth behind the McKinley Manor massacre. Available for pre-order now in eBook, with a paperback edition to follow, you can guarantee your copy here.

TheEndisAllICanSeeAvailable 24 October from writer Brian B. Baker, The End is All I Can See

When Gerald Marks is invited to a company retreat at a defunct cult’s compound, his fears of isolation, giving into his delusions, and the fear of losing control of his mind creep in. He’ll discover there are worse things in the woods than the loss of one’s mind. His discoveries about the Social Media company he works for will lead him into a dark world he’d rather have avoided. Available for pre-order now in eBook and paperback editions, you can guarantee your copy here.


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