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New Release – Dark Matters

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 8, 2010

Dark Matters

Author: Bruce Boston

Publisher: Bad Moon Books

Release Date: July 15, 2010

ISBN-10: 0-984460152
ISBN-13: 978-0-984460151

Author Website

Bruce Boston’s 30th book of poetry collects 49 poems, six of them appearing here for the first time. This new collection includes reprints from Asimov’s SF Magazine, Chizine, The Pedestal Magazine, The Rhysling Anthology, Space and Time, Strange Horizons, and other leading genre and literary publications. Beautifully illustrated by Daniele Serra.

Table of Contents:

  • The Scarified Man
  • Harvest People
  • Curse of the Strangler’s Wife
  • Blue Rain in G-Minor
  • The Beast at Vespers
  • In Possession of Burning Snow
  • Ouroborus
  • A Stray Grimoire
  • The Sizing of Curses
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Vulture
  • The Demon Coal
  • Ten Dark Quatrains Channeling Nostradamus
  • Like Scarlet Birds Screeching
  • A Siren’s Tale
  • Hollows of the Blues
  • Death of a Changeling
  • Dead Heat
  • Faith of the Torturer
  • The Faithless
  • On Homo Reptilis
  • Conflicted as a Warrior Poet
  • Desert Ghost
  • Rat People
  • Dystopian Dusk
  • Casket of the Age
  • Assassin People
  • The Oblong Observatory
  • Rifling the Crosscut Blowfish
  • I Met a Woman in the Shadow City
  • The Final Word in the Shadow City
  • Light and Shadow in the Shadow City
  • The Knave of Shadows
  • Mole People
  • Arrive on Time
  • The History of Tomorrow
  • The Sky Merchants
  • On the Dark Side of the Sun
  • Robovamp
  • The Berserker Enters a Plea…
  • The FTL Addict Fixes
  • Key Events of the Third Millennium
  • Dark Rains Here and There
  • From the Damnation Cemetery
  • Necropolis Burning
  • Disembodied Haiku
  • Zombie Haiku
  • Nocturnal Retrospective
  • The Darkness We Possess
  • A Flight of Demons Rising from Still Waters…

Whispers about Dark Matters

“Whether he’s writing about an errant siren, a grimoire, a vulture, or the apocalyptic implosion of our way of life, Boston does it with stunning and unexpected complexity. There is a sense of completeness to his poems, a sense that he has turned the thing around and looked at it from every angle. He offers insights that are startling in their clarity, and – after he’s shown them to us – completely logical. This is a laudable achievement in and of itself, but the fact that he can balance his eye for detail and his intuition about character with a poet’s ear for the lyrical joy of language is awe-inspiring.” — Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Quarantined

Dark Matters places an extraordinary gallery before us – rat people and robovamps, dystopias and surreal landscapes – rendered in all the rich colors of Bruce Boston’s vivid word-palette. Whether he’s speculating on the dead who come to us in our dreams (“Like Scarlet Birds Screeching”) or taking us on a journey to a unique version of hell (“From the Damnation Cemetery”), every piece here brightens and expands what Boston calls ‘the bereft vocabulary of our lives.’ There’s no one in American poetry quite like Bruce Boston, and Dark Matters is one of his best.” — Christopher Conlon, author of Starkweather Dreams and Midnight on Mourn Street


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New Release – A Host of Shadows

Posted by Dark Whisperer on March 31, 2010

A Host of Shadows

Author: Harry Shannon

Publisher: Dark Regions Press

Release Date: May 1st, 2010

ISBN-10: 1888993820
ISBN-13: 978-1888993820

Author Website

“Everyone carries a shadow,” wrote analyst Carl Jung, “and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.”

Few of us see the shadow with any clarity. Turn around for a peek, it slips away. Our violent, sexually-tinged fantasies are indulged regularly in darkened theaters, savored in eerie prose, celebrated in song, sometimes reluctantly encountered within the depths of a reoccurring nightmare. When we do look hard at one, long enough to recognize it as our own, the experience can challenge reality. We can then choose to become wiser as a result — or spin totally out of control…

How many fragments of a shattered mirror could you examine and still survive?

In this collection, his first in nearly ten years, award winning author Harry Shannon gives us twenty three short stories, some published here for the first time.

Whispers about the work of Harry Shannon…

“Master craftsmanship.” – Cemetery Dance

“A literary muscle rarely seen in the horror field these days; in fact, the last time I can remember reading novels that were both this action-packed and this smart was in the heyday of Robert McCammon. Shannon is a writer of incredible energy who never blinks his eye for detail.” – Gary A. Braunbeck, author of Far Dark Fields and Coffin County

“Shannon is a writer who is not afraid to walk into the shadows and drag the things living there kicking and screaming into the light.” – Brian Keene, author of Urban Gothic and Darkness on the Edge of Town

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New Release – Unbound & Other Tales

Posted by Dark Whisperer on March 1, 2010

Unbound & Other Tales

Author: David Dunwoody

Publisher: Library of Horror Press

Release Date: March 1st, 2010

ISBN-10: 1451511582
ISBN-13: 978-1451511581

Author Website

A collection of weird horror tales, comprised of a novel, Unbound, and eight short stories.

Unbound & Other Tales is an excursion into the most bizarre corners of author David Dunwoody’s imagination. The titular novel and eight short stories that follow present strange horrors from every walk of life — and beyond. Insects imprinted with human rage, gleeful heralds of the apocalypse, ghosts who take the living for joyrides, and a fictional villain come to life wait within.

Here are nine tales of the weird and the obscene…of things that should not be, and things that shall. From the depths of the mind to the corridors of Purgatory to the streets of small-town USA, the warped nightmares of these pages know no limits. They know no end. They are UNBOUND.

Table of Contents:

  • Unbound
  • “Voice”
  • “Saligia”
  • “Ministry”
  • “Clowns”
  • “Peelin’ Ernie”
  • “Exhibit”
  • “Mother Tree”
  • “The Devil’s Due”

Whispers About Unbound & Other Tales

“Simply put, David Dunwoody is one of the most imaginative dark fantasy writers working today. His stories are endlessly inventive, and he never fails to cut new paths through our collective nightmare landscape. It’s been too long since a book raised the hairs on the back of my neck, but the stories in Unbound did just that. A truly outstanding collection.” – Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Quarantined

“David Dunwoody possesses a fascinating imagination…you’ll find some delightfully intriguing tales here. There is an uncanny eeriness to David Dunwoody’s stories. He uses the five senses effectively to mess with the reader’s mind, creating a creeping dread you want to laugh off, but you still might end up checking behind your shower curtain.” – Louise Bohmer, author of The Black Act

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New Release – Hellfire & Damnation

Posted by Dark Whisperer on February 2, 2010

Hellfire and Damnation

Author: Connie Corcoran-Wilson

Publisher: Sam’s Dot Publishing

Release Date: February 1st, 2010

ISBN-10: Not Provided
ISBN-13: 978-1935590071

Author Website

Hellfire & Damnation takes readers on a journey through the Nine Circles of Hell described in Dante’s Inferno via a remarkable series of tales, many based on true stories, which describe the progressively painful downward spiral to the nethermost regions of Hell. With an Introduction by William F. Nolan and 15 stories that detail the sins punished at each level, the stories and locations are varied.

Table of Contents:

  • “Hotter than Hell”
  • “Rachel and David”
  • “Love Never Dies”
  • “Konerak”
  • “Effie, We Hardly Knew Ye!”
  • “Amazing Andy, the Wonder Chicken”
  • “The Lemp Mansion Curse”
  • “Queen Bee”
  • “The Ghost Girl of Howard ‘Pappy’ Litch Park”
  • “Hell to Pay”
  • “On Eagles’ Wings”
  • “Going Through Hell”
  • “Living in Hell”
  • “Confessions of an Apotemnophile”
  • “An American Girl”

Whispers about Hellfire & Damnation

“Connie Wilson’s debut collection, Hellfire & Damnation, marks her not so much as a writer to wtach but one to watch out for…Never have the 9 Circles of Hell been so much fun. I had a blast following Wilson on her tour of the Inferno, and you will, as well.” – Gary A. Braunbeck, 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Coffin County and Far Dark Fields

“Connie Corcoran Wilson’s impressive collection Hellfire & Damnation is a series of remarkable tales, some based on true stories, organized around a brilliant and unifying theme…These riveting stories are vivid, disturbing accounts of the many opportunities evil uses to claw its way into our world and settle into our daylight psyches…and our nightmares. Wilson’s harrowing work will stay with you long after you finish the final page.” – Lisa Mannetti, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Gentling Box

“A terrifying collection, guaranteed to keep you awake at night.” – Dark Scribe Magazine

“In horror fiction, as in most any other sort, true originality is an increasingly rare commodity. But it does exist, as proven by Connie Wilson’s Hellfire & Damnation, an anthology that is genuinely, blazingly original. You won’t find another collection like this one…It fulfills most every expectation one might have for a horror anthology, being readable, entertaining, and deeply unsettling in a manner unique to itself.” – Fright.com

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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 – Holiday Madness

Posted by Dark Whisperer on December 27, 2009

Holiday Madness

Author: Fred Wiehe

Publisher: Black Bed Sheet Books

Release Date: October 17th, 2009

ISBN-10: 2009910455
ISBN-13: 978-0984213658

Author Website

The holidays have never before been more spine-tingling or more fun for tweens, teens, and adults alike than in this anthology of 13 supernatural tales. All of the stories were originally written and then read on the radio by author Fred Wiehe, primarily at Halloween and Christmas, for KKUP—a nonprofit, public radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Christmas-themed stories in this anthology include: “A Gremlin for Christmas”, “Holiday Madness”, “The Three Wolf Men”, “Run, Run Rudy: A Zombie’s Not Too Far Behind”, “Santa’s War”, and “Christmas-Time Gremlins: A Sequel”. The Halloween-themed stories include: “Trick or Treat: It’s the Puppet People” (published Halloween 2007 in Sinister Tales), “Trick or Troll” (published Halloween 2008 at ShadeWorks), “The Uglies”, “The Halloween Box”, and “Ghosts, Inc.” “Raven Mocker” and “Bad Moon” – two stories for all occasions – round out the collection.

Whispers about Holiday Madness

“Wiehe’s 13 tales of holiday terror will shock and thrill you to the bone. Teens and adults alike will love the twists and turns in this collection. Not a word wasted. Great stuff!” – Nate Kenyon, author of The Bone Factory, The Reach, and Bloodstone

“Ghouls and Santa, Ghosts and Aliens—a stocking full of bloody holiday stories hung with care. Scrooges of all ages will shriek with delight!” — Del Howison, editor of the award-winning Dark Delicacies anthology series

“With Holiday Madness Fred Wiehe proves that Halloween is no longer the scariest time of the year. Holiday Madness is weird, twisted, spooky, wild and outrageous. Very highly recommended!” — Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Ghost Road Blues, Zombie CSU, and Patient Zero

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New Release – Ghostly Tales of Route 66: From Arkansas to Arizona

Posted by Dark Whisperer on October 2, 2009

talesGhostly Tales of Route 66: From Arkansas to Arizona

Author: Connie Corcoran-Wilson

Publisher: Quixote Press

Release Date: October 2nd, 2009

ISBN-10: 1571665684
ISBN-13: 1571665684

Author Website

This second volume picks up where the first left off, in Oklahoma, and stops in Arizona. At 2,448 miles long, Route 66 is more than just a road; it is Americana. Along the many stops, there are plenty of ghost stories worth retelling and photographs that add authenticity.

You’ll get more than just your kicks on Route 66. You’ll get plenty of frightening, true tales of World War II POWs housed at Fort El Reno, of a young girl and her mother struggling to survive, of a doomed Commandant at Fort El Reno who took his own life. Learn more about the true stories of the Mother Road in this slim volume from Quixote Books.

Join the author as she travels the Mother Road, Route 66, boldly going where (a) few women have gone before, not unlike John Cusack’s character Mike Enslin in the film 1408. It’s not the Dolphin Hotel’s Room 1408 (from Stephen King’s short story), but there are plenty of suitable candidates to contend with that scary location. Lots of haunted theaters, homes, abandoned buildings, military installations, cemeteries, and playgrounds are haunted, according to the locals, who were only too happy to share their stories and personal interactions with the ghosts haunting the places where they live and work along Route 66.

Ghostly Tales of Route 66: From Arkansas to Arizona [the second volume in a planned trilogy] also includes a worthy story from Fort Smith, Arkansas — a route that was a precursor of the Mother Road.

This newly-published volume takes readers through Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, New Mexico and all the way to the Arizona border. There are stories from the Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, TX), a chilling tale from McClean, Texas, and several stories that recreate the history and hauntings of Fort El Reno, Oklahoma, gathered during an actual ghost tour on the grounds, November 15, 2008. All the stories are accompanied by actual photographs of the sites.

Whispers about Ghostly Tales of Route 66: From Arkansas to Arizona

“An unusual way of telling these tales is what sets this book [Volume I] apart from others of its kind; there is a journalistic approach to the facts as they are known, along with a sort of recreation of them akin to an episode of Unsolved Mysteries. It’s easy to see the appeal they can give to the stories when one sees the texture it provides.” – Cemetery Dance Magazine

“I attended the First Annual Route 66 Festival at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis October 3, 2008 and one of the vendors was Connie Wilson. I picked up the book Ghostly Tales of Route 66 and, after starting the book, I couldn’t put it down! I read it through in one sitting! The tales of hauntings and ghosts along Route 66 are very interesting. They keep your attention. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in hauntings and paranormal subjects (and Volume II has actual photos to add to the enjoyment). In addition to being a great read, Ghostly Tales of Route 66: From Arkansa to Arizona opens up a broader choice of places to explore while traveling Route 66.” Old Route 66 Blog

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New Release – Shades of Blood and Shadow

Posted by Dark Whisperer on October 2, 2009

shades_of_blood_medShades of Blood and Shadow

Author: Angeline Hawkes

Publisher: Dark Regions Press

Release Date: August 30th, 2009

ISBN-10: 1888993685
ISBN-13: 978-1888993684

Author Website

The palette of history and horror mingle in the hues of crimson blood and blackest death. The ghosts of the past mourn for lives unfinished, vengeance unfulfilled, and loves lost. The heart beats in a cacophony of anticipation and fear, echoing with the memory of those that once were, once danced, once believed. Hues of fear, of woe and dying, shades of death, of blood and shadow. Fallen women, queens, and angels. Angry men, ghosts, and devils. Life is woven in a tapestry of joy and sorrow; painted in the colors of pain, and triumph, and love. What artistry is found within the soul every man – some perfection, some wretched – painted words and pictures of things glorious and of things unspeakable.

Shades of Blood and Shadows by Angeline Hawkes is the second book in the New Voices of Horror series and represents an excellent short story collection from this Bram Stoker Award nominated writer. From ancient Mayans to the horrors at Chernobyl, she pulls you into the hearts and minds of fiendish creatures and tortured man. History offers up the wayward and monstrous in this collection of ghoulish hues.

Table of Contents:

  • Samhain
  • The Relic: Father Santiago’s Bones
  • All Becomes As Wormwood
  • The Heir
  • Opportunity
  • The Highwayman of Epping Forest
  • Last Breath
  • Incident Beside the Striped Tent: What the Fruit Seller Saw
  • The Piper of Glamis Hill
  • El Reptil Rey
  • The Tour Guide
  • The Woeful Tale of Fiona MacLean
  • Fallen

Whispers about Shades of Blood and Shadow

“…every story is unique, and every story works. Angeline Hawke’s writing is sharp, elegant and satisfying in the most deliciously dark way.” – Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Zombie CSU and Patient Zero

“Angeline Hawkes writes with the fatalistic poetry of unstoppable history gone disturbingly wrong.” – John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant, Sacrifice, and The 13th

“…Angeline Hawkes conducts an orchestra of creatures that are both bloody and sexy. You won’t forget this tour through historical horror; it’s sumptuous smorgasbord for beasts craving variety.” – Gregory Lamberson, author of Johnny Gruesome and Personal Demons

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New Release – Dare to be Scared 4: Thirteen More Tales of Terror

Posted by Dark Whisperer on September 10, 2009

Dare4_Jkt_300_rgbDare to be Scared 4: Thirteen More Tales of Terror

Author: Robert D. San Souci

Publisher: Cricket Books / Carus Publishing

Release Date: October 1st, 2009

ISBN-10: 0812627547
ISBN-13: 978-0812627541

Author Website

In this new addition to the popular series, author Robert D. San Souci and illustrator David Ouimet join forces to present 13 deliciously frightening tales. Powerful and suspenseful original stories that reveal all kinds of secrets. In “Snow Day,” a boy discovers that big magic involves a big-time payout. “Fairy Godmother” uncovers the true source of a family’s fortune. What’s behind the closed doors of the “Principal’s Office” becomes all too clear to one disgruntled student. Something lurking on the railroad tracks at dusk becomes a real threat in “Heading Home.” And the eerie fate of a youngster becomes all too clear in “Moonrise.”

Robert D. San Souci’s compelling prose and David Outimet’s unique scratchboard illustrations make this an unforgettable journey through the realm of ghosts and ghouls and other beings that dwell on the borderlands where the everyday world and the supernatural blend.

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New Release – Blanket of White

Posted by Dark Whisperer on August 20, 2009

blanketofwhite2Blanket of White

Author: Amy Grech

Publisher: Damnation Books

Release Date: September 1st, 2009

ISBN-10: 1615720170
ISBN-13: 978-1615720170

Author Website

A new collection of 14 short stories by Amy Grech, including two new tales.

True love knows no bounds. A young boy learns the perils of hunting fare game firsthand. Murderous twins help their dear mother into and out of trouble. A nuclear fallout survivor finds sustenance in an unlikely place.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Michael McCarty
  • Blanket of White
  • Ashes to Ashes
  • Come and Gone
  • Rampart
  • Prevention
  • Raven’s Revenge
  • Perishables
  • Cold Comfort
  • Damp Wind and Leaves
  • Initiation Day
  • Russian Roulette
  • Crosshairs
  • Apple of My Eye
  • EV 2000

 Whispers about Blanket of White

Blanket of White by Amy Grech is a stark and surreal fever dream, brimming with disturbing images and ideas. These tales claw at your heart and haunt your soul.” — Jeremy C. Shipp, Author of Vacation, Sheep and Wolves, and Cursed

“Creepy and chilling. In this collection Grech provides her readers with fascinating tales that explore the nasty underbelly of murder, treachery, electronic vampires, revenge and much more.” — Lisa Mannetti, Author of The Gentling Box, Winner of the 2008 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

“What makes Blanket of White stand out from other collections is the emotional response to common themes: death and sadness, love and sex, loss of innocence, and twisted family relationships. These are some very powerful stories that wrench at the human heart and plumb the darkest depths of the soul. Bravo.” — Nate Kenyon, Author of Bloodstone, The Reach, and The Bone Factory

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