Creepy Cats (The Cats of Ulthar), by Raya Golden for Fantasy Flight Games, via rayagolden.com.
Creepy Cats (The Cats of Ulthar), by Raya Golden for Fantasy Flight Games, via rayagolden.com.
"The intricacies of chess meet the matchless Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. Stories of doors, of passages, of patterns. Squares and threats, moves and counter-moves. Forbidden knowledge and cosmic horrors… Two young lovers and the hand that plays them… A man trapped with an unwholesome companion uncovers the secret of a cosmic struggle… A professor and his protégé find themselves pawns on an ancient chessboard… A young Soviet boy’s chess match holds the fate of his nation in the balance… A battered woman seeks safety in a shelter, only to find there might be no safety anywhere. Let these five guides to the grotesque lead you into the dank depths of their imagination… where the monsters lurk."
Introduction by Travis Heermann
“Fried Liver Attack” by Guy Anthony De Marco
“The Isolated Pawn” by Sam Knight
“In the Move of Madness” by Peter J. Wacks
“The Final Game of Pripyat” by Vivian Caethe
“Patterns of Threat” by Travis Heermann
Appendix: Chess Notation
The King in Yellow (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading), by Robert W. Chambers, Introduction and notes by S.T. Joshi, Barnes & Noble, 2014. Info: barnesandnoble.com.
"First published in 1895, this collection of short stories by Robert W. Chambers takes its title from The King in Yellow, a fictional drama so laced with ‘the essence of purest poison’ that it drives anyone foolish enough to read it insane. Although suppressed by authorities shortly after publication, copies of the play continue to seduce and destroy unsuspecting men and women who fall under its spell. The King in Yellow was a bestseller in its day, and was later praised by horror emeritus H.P. Lovecraft as a book that ‘really achieves notable heights of cosmic horror.’ Its ten stories include ‘The Yellow Sign,’ considered by many critics to be one of the greatest tales of horror in the English language. This edition features an introduction and notes by horror fiction scholar S.T. Joshi."
Songs of the Satyrs, edited by Aaron J. French, Angelic Knight Press, 2014. Cover Design by Gary Mc Cluskey, info: angelicknightpress.com – amazon.
"From Dark Discoveries editor Aaron J. French, the man who brought you Monk Punk and The Shadow of the Unknown, comes Songs of the Satyrs, an anthology dedicated entirely to the robust creatures of earthly pleasures. Songs of the Satyrs is a collection containing 20 short stories from distinctive new voices in horror as well as such notable authors as David Farland (a.k.a. David Wolverton; New York Times best-selling author), Rhys Hughes, Mark Valentine, W. H. Pugmire, and John Langan, with an introduction by Gene O’Neill. Contains mature content."
INTRODUCTION – Gene O’Neill
TRAGÔIDIA – John Langan
CASTING LOTS – Jodi Renée Lester
FOUNDING FATHERS – K.H. Vaughan
MONTFORT FARM – R. Christophe Ryber
IN VINO VERITAS – Robert Harkess
FAIR WEATHER FROM THAT CRIMSON LAND – S.J. Hirons
A SATYR ONCE… – David W. Landrum
SHIP OF FOOLS – David Farland
BLOOD & BEAUTY – Jeff Chapman
WHEN THE FAUN FELL – Rhys Hughes
SATYRDAY – David Wayne
OPIATE OF THE LONELY ONE – Fel Kian
UNMIXED WINE – John “JAM” Arthur Miller
GAME PLAY – Dy Loveday
LAYIN’ A BRODIE – J.S. Reinhardt
WITCHCRAFT & DEVILRY – Bennie L. Newsome
TO DANCE AMONG YOUR PUPPETS – W.H. Pugmire
THE BRIGGS’ HILL PATH – Josh Reynolds
GOAT SONGS – Mark Valentine
UNCLE KANTZAROS – Iain Grant
About the Authors
About the Editor
Wet Teeth in the Darkness, by Daniel Danger, via tinymediaempire.com.
Best British Horror 2014, edited by Johnny Mains, Salt Publishing, 2014. Info and preview: saltpublishing.com.
"Edited by the British Fantasy Award winning editor Johnny Mains, Salt’s ‘Best’ series takes a journey into the bottomless depths of horror. You will find no ‘pleasing terrors’ here. Best British Horror is a new anthology series dedicated to showcasing and proving without doubt, that when it comes to horror and supernatural fiction, Britain is its obvious and natural home."
LAURA MAURO – When Charlie Sleeps
IAN HUNTER – Exploding Raphaelesque Heads
ANNA TABORSKA – The Bloody Tower
RAMSEY CAMPBELL – Behind the Doors
JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT – The Secondary Host
MURIEL GRAY – The Garscube Creative Writing Group
GARY FRY – Biofeedback
ADAM NEVILL – Doll Hands
THANA NIVEAU – Guinea Pig Girl
ELIZABETH STOTT – Touch Me With Your Cold, Hard Fingers
KATE FARRELL – Dad Dancing
STEPHEN VOLK – The Arse-licker
TANITH LEE – Doll Re Me
D.P. WATT – Laudate Dominum
MARIE O’REGAN – Someone To Watch Over You
V.H. LESLIE – Namesake
REGGIE OLIVER – Come Into My Parlour
MARK MORRIS – The Red Door
MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH – Author of the Death
STEPHEN VOLK – The Magician Kelso Dennett
ROBERT SHEARMAN – That Tiny Flutter of the Heart I Used to Call Love
Remembering Joel Lane (1963–2013)
SIMON BESTWICK – Joel Lane and ‘ Without a Mind’
JOEL LANE – Without a Mind
When the Stars are Right, by Alex Krofchak (akrofchak), via DeviantArt.
Cthulhu: Dark Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural Movies (Gothic Dreams), by Gordon Kerr, foreword by John Harlacher, Flame Tree Publishing, 2014. Cover art by Eddie Sharam, internal illustrations by various artists, info: flametreepublishing.com.
"Beneath the waves stirs a malevolent, giant kraken-like monster – the terrifying creation of master of horror H.P. Lovecraft. First brought to life as part of his short story ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, published in the magazine Weird Tales, and later featuring in several of Lovecraft’s works, Cthulhu is an iconic figure that has inspired imagination and terrified generations. It’s name has come to define the whole mythos built up around Lovecraft’s strange worlds and pantheon of monsters, inspiring many writers to this day. In this exciting new book, punchy text describes how fantasy art, literature, movies and even games have been influenced by the terrifying Cthulhu, accompanied by powerfully atmospheric artworks."
Foreword (by John Harlacher)
The Call of Cthulhu
Master of Horror
The Cthulhu Mythos
Cthulhu On Screen
Fun and Games
R’lyeh Good Art
A Monster Universe
Delve Deeper… If You Dare?
Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow, Tachyon Publications, 2014. Cover art and internal illustrations by John Coulthart, info: tachyonpublications.com.
"This deliriously affectionate tribute to the master of horror features riveting stories paired with incomparable illustrations of his wicked progeny. Celebrating Lovecraft’s most famous beasts in all their grotesque glory, each story is a gripping new take on a classic mythos creature. Behold these newly-illustrated legends of modern horror’s most wicked progeny. In Lovecraft’s Monsters, H. P. Lovecraft’s famous creations—Cthulhu, Shoggoths, Deep Ones, and more—are celebrated in all their terrifying glory. Contributors include such literary luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Karl Edward Wagner, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas. The monsters are lovingly rendered in spectacular original art by World Fantasy Award–winning artist John Coulthart (The Steampunk Bible)."
Introduction by Ellen Datlow
Foreword by Stefan Dziemianowicz
“Only the End of the World Again” by Neil Gaiman
“The Bleeding Shadow” by Joe R. Lansdale
“Love Is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Bulldozer” by Laird Barron
“A Quarter to Three” by Kim Newman
“Inelastic Collisions” by Elizabeth Bear
“That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable” by Nick Mamatas
“Red Goat Black Goat” by Nadia Bulkin
“Jar of Salts” and “Haruspicy” by Gemma Files
“Black as the Pit From Pole to Pole” by Howard Waldrop and Steven Utley
“I’ve Come to Talk With You Again” by Karl Edward Wagner
“The Sect of the Idiot” by Thomas Ligotti
“The Dappled Thing” by William Browning Spencer
“The Same Deep Waters as You” by Brian Hodge
“Remnants” by Fred Chappell
“Waiting at the Cross Roads Motel” by Steve Rasnic Tem
“Children of the Fang” by John Langan
The Black Monk; or, The Secret of the Grey Turret (1844), by James Malcolm Rymer, with a new introduction by Curt Herr, Valancourt Books, 2014. Cover art by Dave Flora, info: valancourtbooks.com.
"Lonely candles give feeble light to the eerie chill of the castle’s endless hallways. Winding staircases descend into damp crypts of discarded skeletons while rat-infested secret passages lead to satanic altars. Towering over the castle’s dank moat is the mysterious Grey Turret. Filled with legends of shadowy ghosts and terrifying demons, its only door has been locked for centuries.
Until now! Someone has discovered the key and wants the terrifying power locked away in the Grey Turret. Who dares to defy the legend of the Grey Turret? Agatha? Hungry for power, nothing can stand in her way! Eldred? Her nervous brother, the perfect foil for a murderous plan? Sir Rupert? The brave knight suffering from a heartbreaking loss? Nemoni? The mysterious wild-man of the woods? The Black Monk? Aided by Satan’s black magic, can he be stopped? Serialized in British newspapers throughout 1844, The Black Monk is an excellent example of the Victorian penny dreadful. Each week, eager readers would await the next penny’s installment and The Black Monk delivered so many thrills and terrors that it became the mid-century’s publishing phenomenon. This edition includes the unabridged text of the 1844 edition along with all 54 original illustrations and features a new introduction by Curt Herr.”
James Malcolm Rymer (1814-1884) was a major contributor to Victorian literature, yet remains largely unknown today. He wrote the first vampire novel in English, Varney the Vampire; or, The Feast of Blood, and the original Sweeney Todd novel, The String of Pearls. One of the most popular penny dreadful writers of the 1840s, his serialized novels are being rediscovered as excellent examples of mid-Victorian pop culture.
Curt Herr, Ph.D. has prepared the critical editions of several Victorian Sensation novels, such as Ziska, Vendetta, Dene Hollow, and the notorious penny dreadful Varney the Vampire, or, The Feast of Blood. He teaches Gothic and Victorian Sensation fiction at Pennsylvania’s Kutztown University.