All the parties have come and gone, and with luck we are all experiencing a little Jólabókaflóð. That would be the Icelandic tradition of the “Yule Book Flood” that has been popularized on some literary and news sites lately. I’m a long time book-giver myself and between this and All Hallows Read, well, if you need a reason to gift a book, then there you are. Perhaps that will be the new gift for February holidays, too, neatly combatting the vilification of sugar.
Legends of the Dragon Cowboys
David B. Riley and Laura Givens
Legends of the Dragon Cowboys features two weird western adventures in one book: David B. Riley‘s “The Venerable Travels of Ling Fung” and Laura Givens‘ “Chin Song Ping and the Long, Long Night.”
Lynne Jamneck and S.T. Joshi, editors
Edited by scholars Lynne Jamneck and S.T. Joshi. Illustrated hardcover with dust jacket. This fascinating anthology contains all unpublished works by promising newcomers and outstanding veterans alike—with the sole exception of one fine reprint which exemplifies the theme of the book—fusing the idioms of Lovecraft and the Gothic tradition.
Jane lives alone in a strange old house with her invalid mother who has been catatonic for years, afflicted by a strange wasting disease. But the friendship of a new girl in town, Sabrina, will push Jane to unearth the mysteries of her mother’s past and the dark history of her missing father, forcing her to face a monstrous lineage and the cost of her dark life.
Darkverse: The Shadow Hours
Lori R. Lopez
Fairy Fly Entertainment
In these pieces of illuminating verse, life is examined as glittering shards on an atmospheric journey of discovery that pokes into the darkest places of the mind, soul, and cosmos. A variety of poetic styles weave tales of mad adventures and deeds in narrative or cryptic verse from long to short, rhyming and non-rhyming, with near-epic confrontations, sonnets, ballads, Horror Haiku, and more.
Guy Anthony De Marco, Peter J. Wacks, Josh Vogt
Based on the Interface Zero 2.0 universe by Gunmetal Games, Solar Singularity is a cyberpunk novel where a massive solar flare becomes the spark for an all-out war between two AIs, with Humanity caught in the middle.
The Noctuary: Pandemonium
Psychiatrist Desmond Carter had always believed that his former patient, author Simon Ryan, was dead. When a bloodstained manuscript penned by Ryan arrives at his office, Desmond begins to doubt everything he thought he had known; not just about the troubled author’s past, but his own sanity. Desmond seeks the truth. Instead, he discovers a wellspring of madness.
Hell’s Bells: Wicked Tunes, Mad Musicians and Cursed Instruments
April Grey, editor
Mozart finds an unexpected ally in Hell; A belly dancer’s bargain leads to shocking results; Pagan rituals endure in an out-of-the-way church … In Hell’s Bells, thirteen talented writers lure you closer with stories of music that seduce, intrigue, and hold you fast.
The Late Edition
The Beauty of Death Vol. 2 – Death by Water
Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renée Lester, editors
Independent Legions Publishing
In each of these stories from some of the greatest writers of horror and dark fiction, water plays the dual role of accomplice and executioner. With accidental drownings, irresistible calls of sirens from the deep, strange whisperings from household plumbing, faces of the dead in droplets of water, rabid fish, leviathan monsters, and more, these thirty-nine tales of death by water will make you think twice about taking that long-awaited cruise, going for a midnight swim, or taking your next shower.
Forever Konrad: A Vampire’s Vampire
News filters through to the Vampire Council of a baby born to an Ancient Species. Konrad, who writes the true stories of his kind, is woken from a century-long slumber to chase the story back to East Yorkshire. It’s time for the eighteen-year-old he finds there to come of age.
Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre
Michele Brittany, editor
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
This collection of new essays examines the space-horror subgenre, with a focus on such films as Paul W.S. Anderson‘s EVENT HORIZON, Duncan Jones‘ MOON, Mario Bava‘s PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES, and John Carpenter‘s GHOSTS OF MARS. Contributors discuss how filmmakers explored the concepts of the final girl/survivor, the uncanny valley, the isolationism of space travel, religion, and supernatural phenomena.
Clive Barker: Dark Imaginer
Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, editor
Manchester University Press
This timely academic collection reconsiders the dark-fantastique and horror works of Clive Barker. Including an extensive introduction and twelve essays spanning three decades of his work in fiction, film, and art, this book is for Barker enthusiasts and scholars in gothic and horror studies. It also includes artworks by Clive Barker.
A Collection of Nightmares
Raw Dog Screaming Press
A poetic feast of sleeplessness and shadows; an exquisite exhibition of fear and things better left unsaid. Featuring a surreal dreamscape of seasonal creatures, bone carvers, listless gods, vengeful angels, post-apocalyptic survivors, and the end of all things good and evil.
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