Personal Art Work, by Antonio José Manzanedo Luis, via CGHub.
The Resurrection of Horror Comics in the 1960’s and 1970’s: An examination of the artists who brought illustrated horror back from the grave, by Richard Hilliard, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2014. Info: lap-publishing.com.
"During the 1950’s concerns arose about the growing trend of juvenile delinquency and its causes. Society found a scapegoat in the comic book, and while not completely destroyed, the medium would never fully recover from the events during that decade. Hardest hit during the purge was the horror comic, for all intents and purposes stricken from the marketplace by publishers bent on self-censorship. Fearful of governmental intrusion if they did not act, they instead overreacted, and buried all aspects of the genre. But like many conventions of the horror story, the genre refused to die, and arose less than a decade later, similar to a zombie or vampire, changed by the events of its death, now more malevolent and unstoppable. This manuscript examines the history of the horror comic’s demise, and its rebirth at the hands of a group of determined and talented individuals. Through previously published articles, research and new interviews, the author hopes to tie together disparate events, and profile their architects to recount a rebellious time. A time when writers and illustrators sought avenues around issues of censorship and brought horror comics slithering back to life."
Psychomania: Killer Stories, edited by Stephen Jones, Skyhorse Publishing, 2014. Cover art by Les Edwards, info: skyhorsepublishing.com.
"When journalist Robert Stanhope arrives at the Crowsmoor asylum for the criminally insane to interview the institutes enigmatic director, Dr. Lionel Parrish, little does he realize that an apparently simple series of tests will lead him into a terrifying world of murder and insanity… In this chilling new anthology, compiled by multiple award-winning editor Stephen Jones, some of the biggest and brightest names in horror and crime fiction come together to bring you twisted tales of psychos, schizoids, and serial killers with occasional supernatural twists. Reggie Oliver revives Edgar Allan Poe’s wily French detective C. Auguste Dupin, and there is a new story from the popular British mystery series, “Bryant & May” by Christopher Fowler. Internationally best-selling author Michael Marshall also contributes to this collection with the return of The Straw Men conspiracy. An original wraparound sequence in the style of John Llewellyn Probert sets the tone for this dark collection of stories, as well as a hitherto unpublished introduction by Robert Bloch, author of Psycho and the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film."
INTRODUCTION – Robert Bloch
PROLOGUE: SCREAMS IN THE DARK – John Llewellyn Probert
I TELL YOU IT’S LOVE – Joe R. Lansdale
THE GREEN HOUR – Reggie Oliver
THE SECRET LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE – Steve Rasnic Tem
THE RECOMPENSING OF ALBANO PIZAR – Basil Copper
NIGHT SOIL MAN – David A. Sutton
LET MY SMILE BE YOUR UMBRELLA – Brian Hodge
THE TREMBLING LIVING WIRE – Scott Edelman
CASE CONFERENCE #1 – John Llewellyn Probert
THE UNDERTAKER’S SIDELINE – Robert Silverberg
THE LONG SHIFT – Joel Lane
THE MAN WHO PHOTOGRAPHED BEARDSLEY – Brian Lumley
HOLLYWOOD HANNAH – Lisa Morton
I SPY – Paul McAuley
REFLECTIONS ON THE CRITICAL PROCESS – Mike Carey
THE FINGER – David J. Schow
HOT EYES, COLD EYES – Lawrence Block
HUSH … HUSH, SWEET SHUSHIE – Jay Russell
CASE CONFERENCE #2 – John Llewellyn Probert
THE GATECRASHER – R. Chetwynd-Hayes
THAT TINY FLUTTER OF THE HEART I USED TO CALL LOVE – Robert Shearman
THE TELL-TALE HEART – Edgar Allan Poe
GOT TO KILL THEM ALL – Dennis Etchison
ESSENCE – Mark Morris
THE BEACH – Michael Kelly
YOURS TRULY, JACK THE RIPPER – Robert Bloch
CASE CONFERENCE #3 – John Llewellyn Probert
SEE HOW THEY RUN – Ramsey Campbell
MANNERS – Conrad Williams
BRYANT & MAY AND THE SEVEN POINTS – Christopher Fowler
ALL THE BIRDS COME HOME TO ROOST – Harlan Ellison®
WIDE-SHINING LIGHT – Rio Youers
FEMININE ENDINGS – Neil Gaiman
EATER – Peter Crowther
CASE CONFERENCE #4 – John Llewellyn Probert
MISTER MELLOR COMES TO WAYSIDE – Peter Crowther
FAILURE – Michael Marshall
THE ONLY ENDING WE HAVE – Kim Newman
KRISS KROSS APPLESAUCE – Richard Christian Matheson
EPILOGUE: A LITTLE PIECE OF SANITY – John Llewellyn Probert
Apex Magazine, Issue 58, edited by Sigrid Ellis, Apex Publications, March 2014. Cover art by Julie Dillon, info and free version: apex-magazine.com.
"Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field. New issues are released the first Tuesday of every month."
“Waking” by Cat Hellisen
“Undone” by Mari Ness
“To Increase His Wondrous Greatnesse More” by Sunny Moraine
“The End of the World in Five Dates” by Claire Humphrey
“Actaeon” by Jacqueline Carey (eBook/subscriber exclusive)
“Maze — Excerpt” by JM McDermott (eBook/subscriber exclusive)
“Tempus” by J.J. Hunter
“The Parable of the Supervillian” by Ada Hoffmann
“Resolute: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief” by Sigrid Ellis
“Invisible Bisexuality in Torchwood” by K. Tempest Bradford
“Apex Interview with Claire Humphrey” by Maggie Slater
“Apex Interview with Julie Dillon” by Loraine Sammy
Autumn in the Abyss, by John Claude Smith, Omnium Gatherum Books, 2014. Info: omniumgatherumbooks.com.
"When enigmatic poet Henry Coronado disappears six months after the New Year’s Eve, 1959, Welcoming Chaos event, he takes with him a profound secret wrapped within the words of his poem, Autumn In The Abyss. Fifty years later, an ill man’s research into Coronado’s work and life reveals that poetry can indeed change the world, or leave it in ruins. The Word is a living thing…and often with lethal intentions. Reality is the strangest mirror…"
Autumn in the Abyss
La mia immortalità
Where the Light Won’t Find You
Journeys Into Darkness: Critical Essays on Gothic Horror (Studies in Supernatural Literature), by James Goho, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014. Info: rowman.com.
"The tradition of supernatural horror fiction runs deep in Anglo-American literature. From the Gothic novels of the eighteenth century to such contemporary authors as Stephen King and Anne Rice, writers have employed horror fiction to unearth many disquieting truths about the human condition, ranging from mistreatment of women and minorities to the ever-present dangers of modern city life. In Journeys into Darkness: Critical Essays on Gothic Horror, James Goho analyzes many significant writers and trends in American and British horror fiction. Beginning with Charles Brockden Brown’s disturbing novels of terror and madness, Goho proceeds to discuss the influence of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” on H. P. Lovecraft, who is treated in several penetrating essays. Lovecraft was a uniquely philosophical writer, and Goho approaches his work through the lens of existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, while also probing Lovecraft’s racism as exhibited in several tales about Native Americans. Goho also discusses the Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s tortured tales of suffering and evil and Algernon Blackwood’s numerous stories set in the wilds of the Canadian backwoods. The book concludes with a centuries-spanning essay on the witchcraft theme in the American Gothic tradition and a comprehensive essay on Fritz Leiber’s invention of the urban Gothic. In this wide-ranging study, James Goho examines the varied ways in which supernatural fiction can address the deepest moral, social, and political concerns of the human experience. Journeys into Darkness will be of interest to readers and scholars of horror fiction and to students of literary history and culture in general. James Goho is an independent scholar in Canada with numerous publications in Gothic literature and in social science studies."
SQ Magazine, Edition 13, edited da Sophie Yorkston, IFWG Publishing, 1st January 2014. Cover artwork by Steve Santiago, info: sqmag.com.
"International Speculative Fiction e-zine."
The Stills by Jeremy C Shipp (Bizarro)
Interview: Jeremy C Shipp (interviewed by Sophie Yorkston)
Catch of the Day by J R Johnson (Fantasy)
Book Review: The Hazards of the Old Ones by Ren Garcia(Mysti Parker, reviewer)
Keeping An Open Mind by Dan Rabarts (Horror)
Girl in the Glass Bottle by Brian G Ross (Supernatural)
Museum Review: EMP (Spec Fic Museum) (Sophie Yorkston, reviewer)
Get Rich Quick With Digital Ink by Megan Neumann(Science Fiction)
Serial Fiction: Clutter Coach (Part 2 of 2) by Tom Barlow (Dark fantasy)
Book Review: Unidentified Funny Objects 2 edited by Alex Schvartsman (Damien Smith, reviewer)
Church of Asag by Cameron Trost (Supernatural)
Like Bread by Patricia Russo (Fantasy)
Harvey Horrors Collected Works Black Cat Mystery Volume 4, February – December 1954; Issues 48-53, by Various Artists, foreword by David Tosh, PS Publishing, 2014. Cover art by Lee Elias, info: pspublishing.co.uk.
"Strangest tales of fear and terror from this pre-code 1950’s classic title! Launched in the 1950’s The Black Cat Mystery later evolved into the Black Cat, The Black Cat Western and The Black Cat Mystic. We’ve collected the Mystery titles together here for the first timein this unique 4 volume collection. Each contains between 5 - 6 issues digitally enhanced and faithfully reproduced. Special introduction from leading horror-genre authors, each volume also features profiles of the artists such as Howard Nostrand, Rudy Palais, Joe Certa and Manny Stallman with some fine examples of their original artwork. Greats such as Moe Marcus, John Giunta and Abe Simon, together with some fine examples of their original artwork. Volume Four features issues 48-53 from February – December 1954. Includes a specially commissioned foreword by David Tosh."