News Round-up Week Ending 7 April 2023

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

LinghunOut now from author Ai Jiang and Dark Matter Inc. Linghun

From acclaimed author Ai Jiang, comes the debut novella, Linghun, from Dark Matter Inc. follow Wenqi, Liam, and Mrs. to the mysterious town of HOME, a place where the dead live again as spirits, conjured by the grief-sick population that refuses to let go. This edition includes a foreword by Yi Izzy Yu, Translator of The Shadow Book of Ji Yunthe essay “A Ramble on Di Fu Ling & Death” by the author, and two bonus short stories from Jiang: “Yǒngshí” and “Teeter Totter.” Available now in eBook and paperback editions, you can grab your copy here.


TheyHideOut today from writer Francesca Maria and Brigids Gate Press, They Hide: Short Stories to Tell in the Dark

Who are we if not for the monsters that we keep?
They Hide: Short Stories to Tell in the Dark collects thirteen chilling tales that weave through the shadows, exploring the nature of fear, powerlessness, and control.
A series of murders in a New England colony, an untamed beast in pre-revolutionary France, a mysterious stranger who invades 18th-century Ireland, a traveling circus that takes more than the price of admission, a gathering of the Dark, telling tales on the longest night of the year, and more.
Come play with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, ghouls and the devil himself. Make sure you check under the bed and don’t turn out the lights. Available now in eBook and paperback editions, you can pick up your copy here.

ScatteredAshesOut now from writer Jack Rollins, Scattered Ashes
Who will survive, and what will remain?

Psychological terrors and shocking spirits reside within the pages of Jack Rollins’ short stories. Face the horrors of vengeful spirits and creatures best left undisturbed in ancient legend, see inside murderous minds, and run from ruthless wraiths.

These yarns of paranormal dread will have you afraid to turn the page. Expect your house lights to burn long after bedtime. Jack Rollins’ visions expose your primal fears, from horrors rising beneath the black surface of the open sea, to the shadowy corners of your own home. Nowhere is safe. Available now in paperback and eBook editions, you can grab yours here.

ConjuringTheWitchAvailable for pre-order now from author Jessica Leonard and Ghoulish Books, Conjuring the Witch, arriving 2 May

There are witches in the woods. These are the words the reverend of the Lilin Assembly of Our Lord repeats to his parishioners each week. Steve and Nicole Warby think it’s just a metaphor, until Nicole takes a walk in those woods and comes back changed. Something came out of them with her, and the simple small-town life they’ve always known is forever altered when they discover the dark secrets buried deep and those intent on keeping them there. Fearing for his wife’s sanity, and his own comfortable status in the church, Steve is unsure if he wants to help or ignore the problems. The reverend believes there are witches in the woods, and he thinks Nicole is only the most recent. Available to pre-order now direct from Ghoulish Books in eBook and paperback editions, you can guarantee your copy here.

Live Wire Coming soon

Arriving 14 April from writer Kyle Toucher and Crystal Lake Publishing, Live Wire

A storm is coming … In 1993 New Mexico, Black Magic and High Tech find common ground in Medusa Engineering’s Project Dragonfire―and for one endless October night, a fissure opens between here and Elsewhere … Live Wire, a horror thriller for science fiction fans, begins with four people sequestered in a desert filling station during a freak thunderstorm. Outside, one-hundred-foot electrical towers―miles and miles of them―uproot and stalk the desert. In tandem arrives The Signal, a dissonant machine language that subverts the human mind…harvesting old guilt, shame, and trauma. Fifty miles down the road at the Very Large Array, the Medusa Engineering Corporation unleashes Project Dragonfire, a bold technological effort that has summoned a ravenous entity from the very fabric of creation—perhaps unwittingly, perhaps not.

Our ensemble includes Pale Brody and his son Caleb, en route to Austin to start a new life; Ken Lightfeather, an Apache trucker with a .44 on his hip; Kwik Gas proprietor Otis Thompson, who assumes the freak electrical storm has spawned the wandering giants; and fast-thinking Nikki Barlowe, who suspects a parallel, sinister operation―led by shadowy Medusa Engineering executive Armand Jenks―is in play. High stakes and high octane fuel the incendiary action―mass murder and suicide, AC-130 Spectre gunships engaging the VLA in a brutal firefight, electrical towers pulverizing anything in their path, a massive gridwork of steel and feral energy blocking the only route of escape. Old ghosts and unresolved conflicts plague our characters as the signal interferes with their only task: surviving the onslaught. The night wears on everyone as the electrical towers converge on the Kwik Gas, and only the end of the circuit reveals the nexus of their power. At dawn on Route 60, a final showdown pits human resolve against brute force and inner horror. Will an ancient, shadowless terror find dominion on Earth? Available for pre-order now in eBook, with a paperback edition to follow, you can guarantee your copy here.


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