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Bad Moon Books Release D’Lacey Fiction

15 12 2011

Snake Eyes by Joseph D'LaceyBad Moon Books have this week announced a brand new release from the eco-horror overlord Joseph D’Lacey. Snake Eyes will be launched in the New Year and is available for pre-order now.

Snake Eyes is a collection of two brand new novellas from the author of Meat. The first of these two stories is called A Trespasser in Long Lofting and involves an isolated, starving community that sees something enormous and red crash land. The villagers are torn – is it possible to eat what has landed or is it a vile demon that must be destroyed? More to the point what are their other options?

The second novella is A Man of Will and Experience and features Robert Johnson, an ordinary man who wakes up with a tube in his head, although apparently he is the only one that is aware of this! His world begins to unravel in a paranoid delusion as he battles with unseen forces for control of his life.

D’Lacey has not released a book for over two years so this announcement is brilliant news for fans of his quirky take on sci-fi, horror and everything in-between. Be sure to check Read Horror soon for more special Joseph D’Lacey news.

DAN HOWARTH

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From Flu to Fever

8 12 2011

Wayne SimmonsGood news continues to come in for Wayne Simmons fans, in addition to the special edition books announced last week; we now have exciting news about brand new releases from the zombie master.

Wayne has announced that Fever, the follow up to his excellent tome Flu, will be available in February 2012 and a full launch is expected to take place at Cardiff Comic Expo 2012.

Fellow zombie scribe David Moody has provided the cover blurb for Fever and said “Fever wears its reanimated heart proudly on its sleeve. Simmons builds on the nightmare world he created in Flu and manages to make it even more horrific and diseased. A sequel which surpasses the original.”

In addition, Wayne has announced that Doll Parts, a book on hold since 2009 and the long-awaited sequel to Drop Dead Gorgeous, will be released in March 2012.

If that isn’t enough for Wayne’s fans, he is also pleased to announce that Morpheus Tales have published his story from the Flu world, Mary’s Boy Child in their special Christmas issue which is available to download for free now.

DAN HOWARTH

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Ghost stories come but once a year…

5 12 2011

Alt. FictionChristmas has always been one of my favourite times of year. Not just for the presents (although of course that’s always nice), and not just for the excessive and luxurious eating over the festive season. Indeed, one of the things I have come to look forward to the most over the last couple of years is the ghost stories.

Many years in the past, some of our finest writers of ghost stories would gather their friends around a fire to share their latest chilling creation. And what a canon of writers we are looking at – MR James, Algernon Blackwood, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens – as well as an astonishing set of some of the best-known and best-loved stories of all time. Ghost stories have over time developed a universal appeal, touching some basic and essential fear that lives within all of us. The unknown, the spiritual, the beyond – all of these authors explore these themes with deft skill and artistry.

And when I began work for Writing East Midlands on the Alt.Fiction brand, this was one of the things that I was keen to bring back in some capacity. With the right atmosphere and delivery, there are classic ghost stories out there to entertain and thrill audiences today. And it was as such that Christmas Spirits was born – a night of classic ghost stories, infused with a festive feel and an eerie atmosphere. Our first event took place in 2010 and sold out in a matter of no time, and the night itself was a great success, presenting superb versions of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, an extract from Henry James’s Turn of the Screw and Charles Dickens’ classic The Signalman.

So naturally, come 2011, we were keen to revive this fine tradition again and present a new night of spooky tales for Christmas. As such, Christmas Spirits 2011 takes place this December, and Sustained Magic Theatre Company will be presenting their versions of two well-loved stories – Lost Hearts by MR James, showcasing a true master of the form at work, and Charles Dickens’ festive classic A Christmas Carol, surely the most festive story ever told.

So if you’re a fan of ghost stories, or horror, or just want to relive the Christmas tradition of yesteryear, Christmas Spirits is the night for you. We’ll be presenting two nights of this fantastic event – on 9 and 15 December – so be sure not to miss out! You can find full information on the event, and booking details here.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Alex Davis

Co-ordinator, Alt.Fiction

for Writing East Midlands





Drop Dead Frickin’ Gorgeous: Special Edition

2 12 2011

Wayne SimmonsThis week zombie aficionado Wayne Simmons has announced that his Belfast-based undead tomes Flu and Drop Dead Gorgeous are to see limited edition hardback release.

Each title will be strictly limited to 500 collector’s edition hardbacks that will be of exemplary paper stock and have a ribbon bookmark amongst other features. In addition to being signed, each book will be re-edited and will contain some extra features.

Drop Dead Gorgeous will feature brand new cover art from Wayne’s favourite tattoo artist, the award winning Chris Jones [Editor’s note: that’s Chris ‘Frickin’ Jones!].

Wayne is expected to release more details of this must have book for British zombie fans over the next few weeks.

DAN HOWARTH





Shaun Hutson’s column delayed due to unforeseen circumstances

30 11 2011

Unfortunately Shaun’s e-mail server is down at the moment so there will be a temporary delay in his regular last Wednesday of the month column appearing on the site. We fully expect his column to feature on Read Horror before the end of the week. Watch this space.

Apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment that this has caused, but we would like to stress the column will go live very soon.

MICHAEL WILSON





New William Meikle Releases

29 11 2011

The Invasion by William MeikleFans of Scottish author William Meikle will be delighted with the news coming from Dark Regions Press this week as they have announced that they will be releasing two books for pre-order by the prolific scribe.

The first of the two new books is entitled Sherlock Holmes: Revenant, and features the world’s most famous detective in a new case that will see our hero and his assistant Watson travel the length and breadth of the United Kingdom to foil a deadly nemesis who threatens to bring London to its knees.

The second of these two exciting titles is a Dark Regions Double flip book that contains two of Meikle’s best known titles. The first story is The Invasion a story that reached #2 in the Kindle Sci-fi Chart and #4 in the Kindle Horror Chart.

The North Eastern seaboard of America is shrouded in a mysterious green rain that causes devastation and death wherever it lands, however this is only the start as strange creatures begin to emerge from this ooze.

The second part of this Meikle double bill is another Kindle bestseller – The Valley. Set in 1863, a group of mercenaries arrive in a town they are supposed to be protecting to find it empty, a historic evil has emerged from the nearby caves and is anxious to meet them.

DAN HOWARTH

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