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Posts Tagged ‘queer horror’

New Release – In the Closet, Under the Bed

Posted by Dark Whisperer on January 1, 2010

In the Closet, Under the Bed

Author: Lee Thomas

Publisher: Dark Scribe Press, LLC

Release Date: December 31st, 2009

ISBN-10: 0981863213
ISBN-13: 978-0981863214

Author Website

A breathtaking collection of literary dark fiction that will force you to face the terror lurking…in the closet and under the bed.

In this collection of fifteen tales, award-winning author Lee Thomas casts light on the shadows in our closets and explores the fear of boogeymen and beasts we sense lying in wait under our beds. Featuring nine original tales and six acclaimed short stories gathered together in one volume for the first time anywhere, In the Closet, Under the Bed reminds us that sometimes the most terrifying aspects of the human condition come from within.

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword | David Thomas Lord
  • All the Faces Change New
  • An Apiary of White Bees
  • Healer
  • Dislocation New
  • They Would Say She Danced
  • Shelter New
  • The Good and Gone
  • Appetite of the Cyber Tribes New
  • Crack Smokin’ Grandpa New
  • Anthem of the Estranged
  • I Know You’re There New
  • Down to Sleep New
  • I’m Your Violence
  • Tears to Rust New
  • The Tattered Boy New
  • Afterword | Michael Rowe

Whispers about In the Closet, Under the Bed

“From lyrical to poignant to funny to beautifully grotesque and back again, this smart, gleefully original collection showcases Lee Thomas’ Herculean talent. What I love most though, is that Thomas gets the purpose of horror: to cast light on the darkness, so that we readers recognize what is good, what is obscene, and what our society has confused between the two.” – Sarah Langan, Award-Winning Author of The Missing and Audrey’s Door

“Lee Thomas’ stories always start as a come-on, with silky smooth prose that draws you into a comfortable world so effortlessly you fail to see the razor-sharp teeth before it’s too late. This is horror at its best, guaranteed to leave you with the shivers, whether you wanted them or not.” – David Wellington, author of Monster Island and 23 Hours

“Lee Thomas brings to the writing of queer horror fiction a versatile sense of genre and a fierce emotional agenda. Here is a man with issues, as well as back issues. This intense and dynamic collection includes dark psychological narratives, grim physical horror, visionary fantasy, crime and science fiction. You will find fifteen stories in which the multicolored threads of horror and queer sexuality are woven together – but which are, first and foremost, stories about human nature.” – Joel Lane, British Fantasy Award-winning author of The Lost District and The Terrible Changes

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New Release – The Haunted Heart and Other Tales

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 9, 2009

HauntedHeartCoverThe Haunted Heart and Other Tales

Author: Jameson Currier

Publisher: Lethe Press

Release Date: October 1st, 2009

ISBN-10: 1590212037
ISBN-13: 978-1590212035

Author Website

Twelve new stories of gay men and the memories that haunt them.

A circuit boy stays at a haunted hotel. An actor recounts a grisly murder in the English countryside. A gay parent unravels a mysterious souvenir. A journalist chases a story through the streets of Amsterdam. An artist grapples with his muse. A musician is inspired by the spirit of a sailor.

In his newest collection of short stories, author Jameson Currier modernizes the traditional ghost story with gay lovers, loners, activists, and addicts, blending history and contemporary issues of the gay community with the unexpected of the supernatural.

Table of Contents:

  • The Woman in the Window
  • The Incident at the Highlands Inn
  • The Country House
  • The After Party
  • The Haunted Heart
  • The Theater Bug
  • Wait!
  • Death in Amsterdam
  • The Vision
  • A Touch of Darkness
  • The Man in the Mirror
  • The Bloomsbury Nudes

Whispers about The Haunted Heart and Other Tales

“Jameson Currier’s The Haunted Heart and Other Tales expands upon the usual ghost story tropes by imbuing them with deep metaphorical resonance to the queer experience. Infused with flawed, three-dimensional characters, this first-rate collection strikes all the right chords in just the right places. Equal parts unnerving and heartrending, these chilling tales are testament to Currier’s literary prowess and the profound humanity at the core of his writing. Gay, straight, twisted like a pretzel…his writing is simply not to be missed by any reader with a taste for good fiction.” Dark Scribe Magazine

“Currier is adept at drawing a fine line between the erotic and the tragic and at telling stories that although personal, are also the stories of our community.” – The New York Times Book Review

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New Release – Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet

Posted by Dark Whisperer on January 24, 2009

9780981863207Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet

Editors: Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helder

Publisher: Dark Scribe Press

Release Date: December 1st, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0981863207

Anthology Website

From the ghosts of dead lovers and malevolent queer faeries to devious doppelgangers and twisted psychopaths, an eclectic lineup of award-winning writers from the horror and GLBT literary communities come together in this groundbreaking collection of queer horror stories. These tales will surprise with their universally resonant themes while exploring the deeper aspects of the closet experience – coming out, staying in, and being haunted by.

Join Lee Thomas, Sarah Langan, Jameson Currier, Rick R. Reed, Scott Nicholson, Kealan Patrick Burke and others as they throw open their literary closet doors with 23 chilling tales. Be prepared as these master dark scribes reveal what lurks in those shadowy corners at the back of our closets.

And the horrors found there promise to be unspeakable.

Whispers about Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet

“In reflecting on this book, I’m reminded of how much fine work is being produced by the indie press. Liaguno and Helder, to their credit, took their time in producing the finest anthology possible, and the finished product doesn’t disappoint. On the whole, Unspeakable is a highly recommended read for all horror fans, as it offers something for everyone. Lovers of the dark, the literary, the gruesome, and even the disgusting, will find something to treasure.” – Fear Zone

“Whether you’re a fan of crime, mystery, fantasy or straight-up horror, chances are something that lurks in this anthology’s closet will reach out and grab you. And if you wind up sleeping with the lights on…you will have gotten your money’s worth.” – Horror World

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