Ill, by Abolfazl Filoo, via CGSociety.
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, Candlewick Press, 2014.Cover art by Yuko Shimizu, info: candlewick.com.
"Fifteen top voices in speculative fiction explore the intersection of fear and love in a haunting, at times hilarious, darkly imaginative volume. Predatory kraken that sing with — and for — their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Here you’ll find mercurial forms that burrow into warm fat, spectral boy toys, a Maori force of nature, a landform that claims lives, and an architect of hell on earth. Through these and a few monsters that defy categorization, some of today’s top young-adult authors explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders."
Introduction — Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
Paolo Bacigalupi — Moriabe’s Children
Cassandra Clare — Old Souls
Holly Black — Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind)
M. T. Anderson — Quick Hill
Nathan Ballingrud — The Diabolist
Patrick Ness — This Whole Demoning Thing
Sarah Rees Brennan — Wings in the Morning
Nalo Hopkinson — Left Foot, Right
G. Carl Purcell — The Mercurials
Dylan Horrocks — Kitty Capulet and the Invention of Underwater Photography
Nik Houser — Son of Abyss
Kathleen Jennings — A Small Wild Magic
Kelly Link — The New Boyfriend
Joshua Lewis — The Woods Hide in Plain Sight
Alice Sola Kim — Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying
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The Mad Scientist Journal Presents That Ain’t Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley, edited by Jeremy Zimmerman and Dawn Vogel, DefCon One Publishing, 2014. Cover art by Shannon Legler. info: amazon – defconone.com.
"Mad Scientist Journal has brought together eighteen tales of people who have either lived in this strange corner of New England or had the misfortune of visiting. Mixed in with nods to classic Lovecraft icons are stories that bring a new eye to the genre. Tales of horse drawn carriages share space with orbital shuttles, alternate worlds, and football. Included in this collection are Sanford Allen, Brandon Barrows, Folly Blaine, Darin M. Bush, Kelda Crich, Nathan Crowder, Erik Scott de Bie, Sean Frost, Phil Gonzales, Brian Hamilton, Samuel Marzioli, Erick Mertz, Craig D. B. Patton, Jenna M. Pitman, Evan Purcell, Damir Salkovic, Emily C. Skaftun, and Cliff Winnig."
Supernatural Tales 27; Autumn 2014, edited by David Longhorn. Cover art by Sam Dawson, info: suptales.blogspot.co.uk.
‘The House Warming’ by John Greenwood. A tale of a family making a new start in the country, and the strange folk they find there.
‘Quarry Hogs’ by Jane Jakeman. In the 19th century a gentleman’s estate was his little kingdom. But some kingdoms cannot repel the barbarians at the gates.
‘Our Autumnal Passage’ by Thomas Stromsholt. 'The quietness made us aware of just how dead the town had become: all the small shops were closed, the cafeteria was empty, no bells sounded from the church, and the streets lay undisturbed by traffic.'
‘An To Bury Ring’ by Tom Johnstone. An ancient stone circle exerts its influence over a pair of lovers.
‘Over the Gate’ by Aonghus Fallon. 'Maybe love can draw lovers together no matter what stands between them, whether it’s miles or years. Ever since that day I’ve always reckoned hate is every bit as powerful.'
‘The Tagalong’ by Sean Logan. A group of young people find themselves in a backwoods trailer park. Quiet, isn’t it?
‘Marshlights’ by Marc Lacard. 'I see you in your sorrowful, heavy flesh, and I would make you lighter.'
"Dusk. A time between times. A whore hides something monstrous and finds something special. A homeless man discovers the razor blade inside the apple. Unlikely love is found in the strangest of places. Secrets and dreams are kept… forever. Or was it all just a trick of the light? Suspended in Dusk brings together 19 stories by some of the finest minds in Dark Fiction: Ramsey Campbell, John Everson, Rayne Hall, Shane McKenzie, Angela Slatter, Alan Baxter, S.G Larner, Wendy Hammer, Sarah Read, Karen Runge, Toby Bennett, Benjamin Knox, Brett Rex Bruton, Icy Sedgwick, Tom Dullemond, Armand Rosamilia, Chris Limb, Anna Reith, J.C. Michael. Introduction by Bram Stoker Award Winner and World Horror Convention Grand Master, Jack Ketchum."
Alan Baxter – Shadows of the Lonely Dead
Angela Slatter – The Way of All Flesh
Anna Reith – Taming the Stars
Armand Rosamilia – At Dusk They Come
Benjamin Knox – The Keeper of Secrets
Brett Rex Bruton – Outside In
Chris Limb – Ministry of Outrage
Icy Sedgwick – A Woman of Disrepute
J C Michael – Reasons to Kill
John Everson – Spirits Having Flown (Reprint)
Karen Runge – Hope is Here
Ramsey Campbell – Digging Deep (Reprint)
Rayne Hall – Burning (Reprint)
Sarah Read – Quarter Turn to Dawn
Shane McKenzie – Fit Camp (Reprint)
S. G. Larner – Shades of Memory
Tom Dullemond – Would to God That We Were There
Toby Bennett – Maid of Bone
Wendy Hammer – Negatives
The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature’s Greatest Monsters, by Andrew McConnell Stott, Pegasus Books, 2014. Info: pegasusbooks.com.
"Love affairs, literary rivalries, and the supernatural collide in an inspired journey to Lake Geneva, where Byron, the Shelleys, and John Polidori come together to create literature’s greatest monsters. In the spring of 1816, Lord Byron was the greatest poet of his generation and the most famous man in Britain, but his personal life was about to erupt. Fleeing his celebrity, notoriety, and debts, he sought refuge in Europe, taking his young doctor with him. As an inexperienced medic with literary aspirations of his own, Doctor John Polidori could not believe his luck. That summer another literary star also arrived in Geneva. With Percy Bysshe Shelley came his lover, Mary, and her step-sister, Claire Clairmont. For the next three months, this party of young bohemians shared their lives, charged with sexual and artistic tensions. It was a period of extraordinary creativity: Mary Shelley started writing Frankenstein, the gothic masterpiece of Romantic fiction; Byron completed Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, his epic poem; and Polidori would begin The Vampyre, the first great vampire novel. It was also a time of remarkable drama and emotional turmoil. For Byron and the Shelleys, their stay by the lake would serve to immortalize them in the annals of literary history. But for Claire and Polidori, the Swiss sojourn would scar them forever."
The Great Old One, by Justin Fairfield (Methuselah3000), via DeviantArt.
"The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival promotes the works of famed American science fiction and horror author H.P. Lovecraft through motion pictures by both professionals and amateurs, current and classic, national and international. The festival was founded in 1995 by Andrew Migliore in Portland, Oregon to promote and encourage film and television adaptations of Lovecraft’s great works and other, similar weird tale writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James and Robert E. Howard. This is the fifth year the HPLFF-LA plays at the classic art deco Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California."
The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows: Vol. 2, edited by Rosemary Pardoe, Sarob Press, 2014. Limited edition, cover art by Paul Lowe, info: sarobpress.blogspot.co.uk.
"The first Book of Shadows, published in 2012, was a resounding success and sold out very quickly. This success encouraged editor Rosemary Pardoe and publisher Robert Morgan to invite submissions for a follow-up. Sarob Press is now pleased to present a terrific line up of a further twelve stories (prequels & sequels to eleven of the classic ghost stories of Montague Rhodes James not covered in volume one) for the chilling pleasure of the discerning enthusiast of the supernatural tale."
Introduction by Rosemary Pardoe
Peter Bell ~ “The Sands o’ Dee”
C.E. Ward ~ “11334”
David Longhorn ~ “Lineage”
Elsa Wallace ~ “A Tale from Kildonan”
John Howard ~ “Touched”
Reggie Oliver ~ “Absalom”
Christopher Harman ~ “Slapstick”
Rick Kennett ~ “Dolls for Another Day”
Derek John ~ “The Desecrator”
Helen Grant ~ “The Third Time”
Mark Valentine ~ “Character”
John Ward ~ “The Partygoers”