Sunday, November 27, 2016

Apex Publications announces Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Apex Publications
Contact: Lesley Conner, Managing Editor
lesley@apexbookcompany.com

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Apex Publications is proud to announce the release of Rosewater by Tade Thompson. Set in Nigeria, Rosewater is a science fiction novel spanning decades of Kaaro’s life: from when he was a young man and thief through his recruitment into a government agency known as Section 45 to when he must try to figure out why other sensitives like himself are dying. It’s story about love, survival, and a silent alien invasion.

"The story bounces over multiple decades, laying out Kaaro’s sordid past and assorted sins, but it never loses sight of the big picture, in which the machinations of aliens (whom the reader will find both understandable and frightening) and psychics are just the backdrop for a character-driven, morally gray tale of hope and potential redemption."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review:

"One of the most imaginative alien invasion scenarios I have come across ..."
—Aliette de Bodard, Nebula and BSFA award-winning author of THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS

"Part thriller, part mystery and part phantasmagoric journey across a strange yet not-too-distant future, and reminiscent at times of both Roger Zelazny and Nnedi Okorafor, Rosewater is the hardboiled, Nigerian alien invasion story you always wanted and now simply couldn't do without!" 
—Lavie Tidhar, author of A MAN LIES DREAMING and CENTRAL STATION

"This thrilling, ambitious novel offers a deftly woven and incisive blend of science fiction, psychology, action, and mystery. Highly recommended."
—Kate Elliott, author of BLACK WOLVES and COLD MAGIC

Synopsis:

Between meeting a boy who bursts into flames, alien floaters that want to devour him, and a butterfly woman who he has sex with when he enters the xenosphere, Kaaro's life is far from the simple one he wants. But he left simple behind a long time ago when he was caught stealing and nearly killed by an angry mob. Now he works for a government agency called Section 45, and they want him to find a women known as Bicycle Girl. And that's just the beginning.

An alien entity lives beneath the ground, forming a biodome around which the city of Rosewater thrives. The cities of Rosewater are enamored by the dome, hoping for a chance to meet the beings within or possibly be invited to come in themselves. But Kaaro isn't so enamored. He was in the biodome at one point and decided to leave it behind. When something begins killing off other sensitives like himself, Kaaro defies Section 45 to search for an answer, facing his past and comes to a realization about a horrifying future.

Release date: November 15th, 2016
Price: $16.95 (tradepaper), $6.99 (digital)
ISBN: 978-1-937009-29-8
360 pages

Rosewater is available now direct from Apex (http://www.apexbookcompany.com/products/rosewater) and through other online retailers.

TADE THOMPSON lives and works in the south of England. His first novel MAKING WOLF won the 2016 Kitschies Golden Tentacle award for best debut novel. He has written a number of short stories including BUDO at Escape Pod. His horror novella GNAW will be released in December from Solaris Books.

APEX PUBLICATIONS (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the thrice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Damien Angelica Walters, Catherynne M. Valente, and Brian Keene.

Friday, November 25, 2016

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS Presents THE RETURN OF THE DOMINO LADY

Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce that pulpdom’s sexiest masked adventure is back in a brand new collection of her sexy exploits.  From a gang of corrupt policemen to secret Nazis saboteurs out to destroy the Los Angeles Olympics, the beautiful and wily crime-fighter has her hands full in this new quartet of tales by Gene Moyers, Brad Mengel, Robert Ricci and Paul Findley.

“Volume One of this series was a whopping success for us,” reports Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor Ron Fortier.  “We couldn’t keep copies on our tables at the pulp cons.  Our readers, both men and women, are extremely fascinated by this character as there were so few female pulp heroes back in the 30s and 40s.”

Airship 27 Productions was also thrilled to reassemble the art team that made Volume One so beautiful for the fans.  Under the helm of Art Director Rob Davis, artist James Lyle delivered another 12 fantastic black and white interior illustrations while Canadian Ted Hammond offered his second Domino Lady cover; a stunning image that captures the allure and mystery inherent in this great character.

As always, lovely socialite Ellen Patrick weaves her way in and out of trouble, donning her black silk domino mask whenever injustice rears its ugly head. From the time of her father’s murder, Ellen has dedicated herself to righting wrongs.  She just does it in a most peculiar fashion becoming the pulps’ most alluring and deadly hero; the Domino Lady.

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

Available now from Amazon in paperback and soon on Kindle.

(https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946183016/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1479751166&sr=1-5&keywords=Domino+Lady)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

[Link] It's Show Time, Synergy!

by Ellie Raine

"Hey Ellie, what's the one thing you most love about good stories?"

Thanks for asking, Ellie's internal dialogue! That's an easy answer:

Synergy.

Read the full article: http://aizelleraine.wixsite.com/ellieraine/single-post/2016/11/21/Its-Show-Time-Synergy

Monday, November 21, 2016

Airship 27 and Bobby Nash take to the skies with Lance Star Sky Ranger

THE ADVENTURES OF LANCE STAR - SKY RANGER

Great news! Airship 27 Productions has collected my four Lance Star: Sky Ranger stories into one Kindle ebook volume called The Adventures of Lance Star - Sky Ranger on Amazon. In addition to collecting the stories, also look for a sneak peek at the Lance Star: Sky Ranger novel, "Cold Snap" coming in 2017.

You can find The Adventures of Lance Star - Sky Ranger here - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N8VOANK.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
THE ADVENTURES OF LANCE STAR – SKY RANGER By Bobby Nash

Way back in 2005, Airship 27 Productions launched a new series of pulp adventures featuring aviation hero, Lance Star.  One of the four writers recruited for that first volume was Bobby Nash, who quickly found himself completely enamored with the gutsy World War I veteran flyer.  Enough so that in the subsequent three volumes that would follow, Bobby made sure to provide a new story for each.

“It was clear to us,” admits Airship 27 Productions Managing Editor Ron Fortier, “that Bobby had a special love for this character.  Enough so that we transferred the copyrights to him.  Soon thereafter Bobby wrote and had published the first ever Lance Star comic book.”

When Nash approached Fortier a few years ago about publishing the first ever full length Lance Star novel, both parties were immediately on board with the idea.  That novel, tentatively titled – COLD SNAP, should be out sometime in 2017.  To promote its arrival, Airship 27 Productions has collected all four of Bobby Nash’s previously published Lance Star tales in this Kindle Only Edition.  Besides collecting those great pulp stories, this digital collection also includes the first chapter of Nash’s novel as a special bonus feature.

“We’re excited about Bobby’s plans for Lance Star,” concludes Fortier.  “We hope this collection will spur renewed interest in this great high flying hero.  Believe me, with a rising talent like Bobby Nash, the best is always yet to come.”

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

Available only on Kindle.

You can find The Adventures of Lance Star - Sky Ranger here - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N8VOANK

LANCE STAR GETS NEW ADDRESS.
Just a reminder that www.lance-star.com is no longer a viable address (thanks again, Google Apps). You can find Lance Star: Sky Ranger news at http://lancestar.blogspot.com. I will probably migrate this site into www.bobbynash.com for convenience.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Introducing the debut novel from Ellie Raine -- Willow of Ashes!

Willow of Ashes
By Ellie Raine

Reapers vs Demons

When he saves the Death king’s daughter from a yellow-eyed assassin, apprentice Reaper Xavier Devouh is thrown from a cliff and vanishes into the depths of the Ocean realm. His body, which may still be able to house life, is lost for years, while his soul remains trapped inside his twin.

Once the co-existing brothers surface in secret from Grim’s underground caverns to find Xavier’s missing mortal vessel, they find, in their absence, an ancient queen and her horde of demons have invaded. The Reapers find themselves unprepared and horrifically outnumbered in a foreign land that they are now unwelcome in.

One thing has not changed, they are Reapers!

http://www.darkoakpress.com/willow.html

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dark Oak presents Make Mine With a Side of Creepy by Herika Raymer!

Brains in boxes, creatures beyond the mirror, monsters from a child’s mind, hero dolls, daring ferrets…

Welcome to the imagination of Herika R. Raymer and discover 21 extraordinary stories ranging from horror to science fiction and steampunk. Lose yourself in the worlds within, and escape reality for a while.

“Welcome to my mind’s eye. Within these pages, you will discover people, places, and things to intrigue, entertain, and shock you. I like to explore many different realms. Come along, and I hope you enjoy.”

-Herika R. Raymer

http://www.darkoakpress.com/creepy.html

The Tales:

Don’t Talk To Strangers
Be Careful What You Wish For
Steam Race
Internment
Mirror Gate
Believe
Clash
Monsters From The ID
Cal’s Cutoff
Seventh Degree
Exchange
Immortality
Lost Child’s Little Protector
One Way
Dook
What Goes Around
The Children of Gennhara
Piasa Remains
Beyond The Mark
Cell Phone
Change Of The Guard

Saturday, November 5, 2016

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THE PURPLE SCAR Vol 2

Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release of its second anthology starring the haunted hero of the pulps, the Purple Scar.

When Dr. Miles Murdoch’s brother was murdered by the mobs, he vowed vengeance. In the following weeks, wearing a horrifying death mask, a new avenger appeared on the streets of Akelton, bringing with him righteous retribution. Now the city finds itself under protection of a haunted hero, a mysterious angel of doom who metes out his own brand of permanent justice.

In this second volume featuring this little known classic pulp figure, writers Gene Moyers, Paul Kevin Findley, Erik Franklin and David Noe pit the purple hued Master of Fright against a quartet of villainous opponents from a gang of deadly jewel thieves to a merciless arsonist bent burning down the entire city. In these new tales of the Purple Scar, justice and horror are on a collision course you don’t want to miss.

“The Scar, as he was tagged in the stories, is one of the more obscure second string pulp heroes of them all,” claims Airship 27 Productions Managing Editor, Ron Fortier. “The thing that always fascinated me about the character was how, via his grotesque death mask, he embodied both horror and action pulps blending them together in a truly unique fashion not found in any other hero mag.”

In this second volume, all art is by the talented Marco Santiago, including the cover which was colored by Shannon Hall. Book design provided by Airship 27’s Award Winning Art Director Rob Davis. And all brought to pulp fans just in time for Halloween. So strap on your .38, pull on that ugly purple mask and get ready to enjoy a little Trick or Treating in the gruesome Purple Scar style!

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION.

Available from Amazon and soon on Kindle.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Mechanoid Press Presents Star Swarm, Book One of The Chaos Wave!

Man's outer colonies are being destroyed one by one, leaving nothing behind. Suspecting an old enemy, Captain Henry Kuttner, of the Solar Navy rail-gun ship the Onslaught, wants to investigate. 

But the Onslaught is scheduled to be decommissioned, and Captain Kuttner given mandatory retirement on one of the League's pleasure worlds. But this old war dog isn't going down without a fight.

Going against orders, Kuttner leads his crew in search of answers. That search leads straight into the territory of mankind's former enemies, the deadly reptilian Draconi, whose colonies are also being destroyed, and they blame man.

Now the crew of the Onslaught must risk violating a fragile peace treaty and all out war to solve a cosmic mystery before more lives are lost. Only the ship's maverick second in command and a disgraced Draconi scientist can unravel the secret of this enigmatic enemy and its sinister purpose before it's too late. But there are certain factions who want the human-Draconi war to begin anew, and they'll stop at nothing to make it happen.

And meanwhile, in the outer dark, an ancient enemy returns. An enemy known only in the songs of a long-dead alien race. An enemy that leaves chaos in its wake.

A maverick first officer, a misfit crew and an aging vessel are all that stand between humanity and total destruction.

If you like Peter F. Hamilton, David Weber, and Chris Fox's Void Wraith series, you'll love Star Swarm, the first volume in an exciting new space opera trilogy.

“Classic military science fiction in the vein of David Weber, with conspiracies and ancient threats throughout. I want the next book now." --Joseph Cadotte, author of In the Land of Nod

Go ahead and get your copy today!

And before I forget, I also want to tell you about another space opera book you can get right now! I had nothing to do with this one, I'm just doing a friend a solid by mentioning it to you guys, because I think you'll really like it. It's called Broken Worlds: Book One of the Alorian Wars, by my friend Drew Avera, and it's super cool. You can check it out by going here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Nugget #84 -- Why Comics?


The complexity of human nature is expressed in the violence 
of adolescents’ hearts. You know what I mean? You could 
read Shakespeare, which actually does that, too, but it 
becomes very complex and intellectualized. In comic books, characters are like, The surface dwellers have destroyed 
my people and I'm gonna make war against them! 
-- Gary Phillips

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Halloween Rerun Show

It's Halloween again! This time of the year is one of my favorite seasons and holidays. A time to celebrate the ghoulish and ghastly, and enjoy the scares. In  honor of this time of the year, here are several of my favorite Halloween themed posts from this here little blog that could.

Cover up with a blanket if it makes you feel safer.

Enjoy.

Classic Scares in Black and White
http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com/2015/10/classic-scares-in-black-and-white.html

The Queens of Scream
http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-queens-of-scream.html

Halloween Horror Goodness
http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-writer-will-take-your-questions-now_25.html

Outgrow Horror Movies? Never.
http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-writer-will-take-your-questions-now_12.html

Required Reading: 50 of the Best Horror Comics
http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com/2015/10/halloween-link-required-reading-50-of.html

Scare Me
http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-writer-will-take-your-questions-now_10.html

Saturday, October 29, 2016

[Link] The Meaning of Bob Dylan’s Silence

Bob Dylan at a concert in London in 2011.
Credit Samir Hussein/Getty Images
by Adam Kirsch

In the summer of 1964, Bob Dylan released his fourth album, “Another Side of Bob Dylan,” which includes the track “It Ain’t Me Babe.” “Go ’way from my window/Leave at your own chosen speed,” it begins. “I’m not the one you want, babe/I’m not the one you need.”

That fall, the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre played a variation on the same tune in a public statement explaining why, despite having been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, he would not accept it. “The writer,” he insisted, must “refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution, even if this occurs under the most honorable circumstances.” Mr. Dylan was talking to an imaginary lover, Sartre to an actual Swedish Academy, but the message was similar: If you love me for what I am, don’t make me be what I am not.

We don’t know whether Mr. Dylan was paying attention to l’affaire Sartre that fall 52 years ago. But now that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, he seems to be following in Sartre’s footsteps. Indeed, Mr. Dylan has done the philosopher one better: Instead of declining the prize, he has simply declined to acknowledge its existence.

Read the full article.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Dark Oak Press presents Ellie's Raine's debut novel -- Willow of Ashes!

Reapers vs Demons

When he saves the Death king's daughter from a yellow-eyed assassin, apprentice Reaper Xavier Devouh is thrown from a cliff and vanishes into the depths of the Ocean realm. His body, which may still be able to house life, is lost for years, while his soul remains trapped inside his twin.

Once the co-existing brothers surface in secret from Grim's underground caverns to find Xavier's missing mortal vessel, they find, in their absence, an ancient queen and her horde of demons have invaded. The Reapers find themselves unprepared and horrifically outnumbered in a foreign land that they are now unwelcome in.

One thing has not changed, they are Reapers!

http://www.darkoakpress.com/willow.html

Thursday, October 27, 2016

[Link] WHY IS HORROR SO ANATHEMA IN PUBLISHING?

by Chuck Wendig

I write horror novels, mostly.

I just don’t call them horror. They’re urban fantasy. They’re supernatural suspense. They’re near-future sci-fi thrillers. But definitely, totally, super-not-horror. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge, a finger thrust up before my rubbery latex clown mask where I shush you long, low and slow, shhhhhhhhhh. Don’t worry! Not horror at all.

*squeaks clown nose to comfort you, honk-honk*

Except, psst: they’re totally horror. I don’t even necessarily mean they’re horror as a genre. Horror as a genre is a bullseye on the back of a galloping horse — sure, there are certain tropes and conventions that mark something as horror, but these usually mark it more as a subgenre of horror rather than an overarching convention. Horror, to me, is as much a mood as it is a convergence of tropes or ideas. That mood goes beyond merely invoking fright. It’s about traipsing into the dark, about shining a flickering flashlight beam on some nastiness, and probing fear and discomfort up and down the spectrum. From big stuff (surveillance state, religion, apocalypse) to little stuff (hey guess what there’s a guy in your closet covered in someone else’s skin and he has a camping hatchet covered in blood and hair). I love it. I grew up reading it. I write it. Zer0es is a wet-wired hacker thriller where the surveillance state is so intrusive it might literally be drilled into the back of your skull. Invasive is a fun thrillery Jurassic Park romp ha ha ha oh and did I mention it contains ants who will cut off your skin with their mandibles in order to farm your flesh snippets for delicious fungus? Miriam Black can literally see how you’re going to die, and people get eaten by flocks of birds and there are folks with no eyes and a guy gets chopped up in a garbage disposal. Doesn’t matter that nobody wants to call them horror — the Miriam Black books are horror novels from snoot-to-chute. Exuent will be apocalyptic in its scope, and though I’m sure it’ll be labeled a thriller, it is intentionally meant to be scary, creepy, unsettling in the same way you find The Stand or Swan Song. In other words: It’s horror.

Read the full article: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/10/26/why-is-horror-so-anathema-in-publishing/

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nugget #83 -- We Need the Dark

We need to look long into the dark. It’s part of who we are. 
We like to be scared. It gives us context. It gives us control. 
It helps us take the horror of the real world and give it 
shape so that we can conquer it, if only a little. Out of 
discomfort we find comfort. -- Chuck Wendig


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

[Link] Novelist Walter Mosley Talks Luke Cage, Colorism, and Why Spider-Man Was the ‘First Black Superhero’

by Abraham Riesman 

Whatever you think of Marvel’s Luke Cage, you can’t say it's not literate. A bevy of books are either seen or name-checked throughout the latest Netflix superhero series, and one that gets a particularly bright place in the spotlight is Little Green, a novel by one of the most prolific and acclaimed living crime-fiction writers, Walter Mosley. In the second episode, two of the leads debate the comparative merits of Mosley and fellow African-American crime novelist Donald Goines — and the one going to bat for Mosley is none other than the title character. As it turns out, the feeling of respect is mutual: Mosley is a longtime superhero-comics geek and grew up reading Luke’s initial comic-book adventures in the early 1970s. We caught up with the author to talk respectability politics, the thorny issue of colorism, and why he thinks Spider-Man was the first black superhero.

Read the full article: http://www.vulture.com/2016/10/walter-mosley-on-why-spider-man-is-black.html?mid=fb-share-vulture

Sunday, October 23, 2016

[Link] 40 SCARIEST BOOKS OF THE LAST 200 YEARS

by Sarah Mangiola

Creepy stories are as old as mankind, and the really good ones will continue to frighten generations to come.

We’re looking back through the scariest books of the past two centuries – from chilling gothic classics to post-apocalyptic tales of caution. These terrifying tales leave readers restless, never quite sure where fiction ends and reality begins.

Page through our master list below, and you’re guaranteed to stumble across a new nightmare in no time at all.

Read the full article: http://www.the-line-up.com/40-scariest-books-of-the-last-200-years/

Friday, October 21, 2016

Get your scare on from Dark Oak Press -- Introducing Ghost Stories!

Ghost Stories!
By Malice in Memphis
Edited by Carolyn McSparren

The ghost stories and the characters in this book are pure fiction, even if the locations in which they were set are not. The tales, written by members of Malice in Memphis, showcase some of the Mid-South's more interesting historical locations.

The geographical locations include the Mississippi River and the areas across from Memphis, as well as several of the villages and farms that survived the onslaught of Union soldiers. They've included graveyards and battlefields, some Memphis landmarks that survive and some that don't. Memphis has been touched by wars, the Yellow Fever epidemics, the flu epidemic, floods, tornadoes, murders, and other hateful occurrences. Plenty of misery for the ghosts to feed upon. Many interesting locations to attach themselves to.

Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, we hope that you'll enjoy these eerie stories of southern supernatural doings.

The Tales:
A Cry from the Ashes by James C. Paavola
A Grave Situation by Elaine Meese
A Very Worthy Human Being by Richard Warren Powell
After Hours by Richard Warren Powell
Noblesse Oblige by Carolyn McSparren
Cadence by Seth Wood
A Dance with the Devil by Juanita D. Houston
Drive-In Miss Daisy by Phyllis Appleby
Fallen Soldier by Susan Wooten
Ghosts of Ivy by Elaine Meece
Going Back Home by Barbara Christopher
An Indisputable Event by Steve Bradshaw
A Haunting in Midtown by Kristi Bradley
Kolopin by Seth Wood
Rainbow Lake by Kristi Bradley
Return to Russwood Park by Barbara Christopher
The Misadventures of Mama Lou: Victorian Mayhem by Angelyn Sherrod
The Adventures of Sonny Etherly: Special Powers by James C. Paavola
The Nature of Ghosts by Carolyn McSparren
War is Hell by Geoffrey Meece

For more information or to purchase, visit:  http://www.darkoakpress.com/ghoststories.html

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

[Link] THE TIME I WROTE A 150,000-WORD PULP NOVEL IN A MONTH TO WIN A BET

by Stanley Donwood

Thirteen years ago I wrote a novel as the result of a bet between myself and my publisher at the time. The result was Catacombs of Terror! I’m going to try to remember how this happened, although due to the passage of time and the vagaries of memory, much of what follows will be unreliable.

One afternoon in the pub, over several pints of cider, the eccentric publisher Ambrose Blimfield proposed that I write a novel. He promised he would publish it. But, he continued, lighting a cigar, I had to write it in a month. In fact, he said, to “encourage” me, he’d bet me five quid that I couldn’t do it.

“Don’t most publishers give writers an advance?” I asked.

“I’m not most publishers. Here’s the deal. I bet you five pounds that you can’t write a 150,000-word novel in one month. If you do it, you get the five quid and I publish the book. If you don’t, I get a fiver off you, and I have to go back to publishing local poets. I hate local poets. In fact, I hate all poets. And all poetry. I have a long-standing and deeply entrenched hostility to the form. Anyway. How about it? I’ll give you half the profits.”

At the time my finances were distinctly precarious.

“All right,” I said. “I’ll do it.”

Read the full article: http://lithub.com/the-time-i-wrote-a-150000-word-pulp-novel-in-a-month-to-win-a-bet/