Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …
Released today through Trepidatio Publishing, Where All Is Night, And Starless, a new collection by John Linwood Grant
Where All is Night, and Starless collects seventeen unsettling stories of our fears and weaknesses, and of our often unreliable strengths: stories of monstrosity and the occasional hope, deliberately themed across three aspects of weird fiction. The section ‘On Mythos’ covers re-interpretations and subversions of themes from H P Lovecraft’s Mythos; ‘On Mysteries’ looks into strange transformations, and ‘On Myth’ delves into the realms of folklore and folk horror, each with a dark twist. From the churning hell of World War One to the quiet English suburbs, from contemporary Alaska to colonial Africa, these are weird tales of the decisions we make when faced with something strange, with turns wry, ironic, and dark. Some horrors are found not outside, but in the mirror before us. Released today, you can pick up your copy in paperback and eBook, direct from Trepidatio publishing.
Welcome to the Sixth Terrace of Dante’s tower of Purgatory, serving up sins of gluttony in an eternal banquet. On this carefully curated menu you’ll find children stuffing themselves to death, a forgotten saviour gorging on cheeseburgers between bareknuckle rounds on the roadhouse circuit, wealthy socialites revel in an orgiastic alien feast, and the end of days as seen through an apocalyptic carnival of indulgence. Excessive consumption also manifests in darker hungers, for cruelty, for distraction, or possession. A pair of grifters bent on having it all chase a Scottish leprechaun across the English countryside, a newly deceased addict vies for the attention of Heavenly Higher Ups, degenerate poker players gamble with unforeseen currency, and when an old lady swallows a fly, it’s just the beginning… Featuring nine stories of grotesque appetite and glorious excess from a gory gaggle of creators, they say too much of anything is poison, yet these condemned swallow each piece of forbidden fruit while reaching for the next, never to be sated. They can’t help themselves. Can you? Featuring stories by Mike Thorn, Julie Hiner, Konn Lavery and more, you can pick up your copy in paperback or eBook now.
Coming 21 July from Red Cape Publishing, J is for Jack-o’-Lantern, the tenth entry in the A – Z of Horror series
J is for Jack-o’-Lantern, the tenth book in an epic series of twenty-six horror anthologies. Within these pages you will find a collection of thirteen disturbing stories from some of the most creative independent horror writers on the scene today. While each tale features a Jack-0’-Lantern at its core, the events taking place around it are wildly varied. From Halloween pranks going too far to creatures stalking their prey, from evil entities of the Underworld to Halloween slashers, J is for Jack-o’-Lantern will make every day feel like October 31st… Just don’t let that candle go out! Available to pre-order in eBook, with the paperback to follow, you can guarantee your copy here.
In the isolated mountain town of Marble Woods, the townspeople harbor a dangerous secret. It’s here, away from the civilized world, that they can experiment with human genetics that have the power to alter your mind and body. When Ryder Ashling, a down-on-his-luck longtime sufferer of nightmares, discovers the town, he thinks he’s found a cure, but bears witness to their research and its terrifying, inevitable unraveling. In exploring the disturbing crossroads of genetic manipulation and lust for youth and control of the physical, Winters’ cautionary tale of the perversion of natural order and desire will entice and rattle readers in this thought-provoking tale of terror. Available in paperback and eBook, you can pick up your copy now.
Shooting People present a free horror masterclass event with two acclaimed female film directors
Join Shooting People for an online Masterclass in Horror Filmmaking with the two breakout directors of the year. Prano Bailey-Bond, writer/director of the Sundance hit CENSOR, and Jennifer Sheridan, director of BIFA nominated ROSE: A LOVE STORY, will be sharing their top tips. Wednesday 14 July, 7pm, online. Get your FREE ticket here: http://bit.ly/SPxHorror