- Chris soto on EPISODE 127: WINSTON THE HOMICIDAL DJ VOL. IV
- Chris soto on Episode 154: ASK THE EMBALMER
- Chris soto on Episode 155: SWALLOWED SOULS VOL. II
- David Goulet on REMEMBERING THE GREAT 1980s DUNGEONS & DRAGONS PANIC
- Alex Greenwood on Episode 155: SWALLOWED SOULS VOL. II
Sinister Seven: Dark Regions Press publisher Chris Morey on Clive Barker’s “The Midnight Meat Train”
Poor Chris Morey – here he is, an innocent publisher in the throes of one of the biggest projects to roll out of his Dark Regions Press this year, and he’s stuck in a dark room with no food or water until he coughs up answers to Rue Morgue’s Sinister Seven. The topic: Dark Regions’ upcoming release of Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition.
Serves him right for hanging out with horror journalists.
Following the success of his literary debut, WHAT MONSTERS DO, Nicholas Vince (of HELLRAISER and NIGHTBREED fame) is set to launch his second collection of short stories, ‘OTHER PEOPLE’S DARKNESS AND OTHER STORIES’.
[Alan Kelly checks in with the latest installation of his dark literature column.]
The otherworldly and the everyday collide in realistically creepy style in Sarah Pinborough’s The Language of Dying, a meditation on family and bereavement that is loosely based on the author’s own experiences of living with somebody who was terminally ill. Originally published as a limited edition hardcover back in 2009, the haunting, poignant novella has received a recent re-issue courtesy of Jo Fletcher Books.
Fans of Pinborough’s horror/crime hybrid trilogy The Dog-Faced Gods, her alternate history epics Mayhem and Murder, and her straightforward horror fare such as Breeding Ground will be caught off-guard by The Language of Dying; there is a subtlety to the supernatural in this tale that focuses on a young woman and her dysfunctional family coping with the final stages of their father’s fight with cancer, and something other that has stalked the woman since childhood.
Alan Kelly weighs in on a pair of recent releases.
HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS
Riffing on Peter Weir’s 1975 mystery Picnic at Hanging Rock and blending elements of hag horror with the killer-doll trope, Adam Nevill’s fourth novel, House of Small Shadows, is a far more self-contained and playful story than the author’s previous efforts, while still managing to maintain his signature grim tone throughout.
[Alan Kelly drops in with a new chapter of his column, Hell’s Shelves.]
With The Venus Complex (out now from Comet Press), cult favourite and horror personality Barbie Wilde (Hellbound: Hellraiser 2) has bloodily redefined the serial-killer story. Wilde’s gruesome debut novel doesn’t employ the traditional multi-character, third-person perspective that is so popular in the subgenre; instead, the actress-turned-author uses a first-person POV to narrate the story via diary entries written by her serial-killer antihero, omitting many of the usual procedural tropes in the process.
The novel revolves around art professor Michael Friday, after a heated argument results in a car crash and the death of his nagging wife. Wilde expertly charts Michael’s diabolical descent into voyeurism, stalking and murder in a transgressive tale that would make Patrick Bateman blush.
Black Labyrinth, an imprint of Dark Regions Press, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the second in a series of psychological horror titles. Joe R. Lansdale’s Black Labyrinth Book II will be published on November 11, 2014, with illustrations by surrealist artist Santiago Caruso. The book will be offered in three limited, signed hardcover editions, as well as trade paperback and eBook formats. You can pledge as little as $1 or as much as $8000; no matter how much you contribute, you’ll get some version of the novella at least one month before the publication date.
The crowdfunding campaign went live today; check it out here.
[Columnist Alan Kelly checks in with a new edition of Hell’s Shelves.]
Monster Kids with a soft spot for B-grade, creature-packed pulp tales should have a copy of Apocalypse Now Now (Century) on their bookshelves. The debut novel by South African writer Charlie Human (pictured above) is a seriocomic supernatural odyssey that would be perfectly at home sandwiched somewhere between David Wong’s John Dies at the End and the most dangerous adventures of Doc Savage.
The faithful among you have no doubt seen the name Brian J. Showers in the Ninth Circle section of the magazine, where he’s a regular contributor. Brian has his own genre imprint called SWAN RIVER PRESS that specializes in “literature of the Gothic, fantastic, strange, and supernatural, with an emphasis on Ireland’s past and present contributions to the genre.”
Swan River Press is currently in the running for a Guinness Arts Grant in Ireland, and you can help them win it…
[Only a few days left to pick up the March issue of Rue Morgue, which features a cover story on horror legend Arthur Machen! To give you a primer on one of the pioneers of horror fiction, Michael Doyle talks Machen with author Laird Barron (who's featured in our April issue, on stands Monday.)]
Few writers have preserved the spirit of Arthur Machen and H.P. Lovecraft with such unerring aptitude as Alaskan-born author Laird Barron. With a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, and two award-winning collections to his name (a third collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, will be published by Night Shade Books this April), the 42-year-old scribe has already established himself as the most exciting and powerful new voice in horror literature. Feted as the heir apparent to Machen and the other great masters of weird fiction, Barron shares his profane passion for The Laureate of Evil with Rue Morgue.