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The Black Book - tales of horror selected by Charles Black. Cover by Paul Mudie

The Black Book of Horror - Charles Black (editor) Mortbury Press 2007

CROWS - Frank Nicholas
REGINA vs. ZOSKIA - Mark Samuels
THE OLDER MAN - Gary Fry
POWER - Steve Goodwin
CORDS - Rog Pile
THE SOUND OF MUZAK - Sean Parker
SHAPED LIKE A SNAKE - D. F. Lewis
ONLY IN YOUR DREAMS - David A. Sutton
THE WOLF AT JESSIE’S DOOR - Paul Finch
SIZE MATTERS - John L. Probert
SPARE RIB: A ROMANCE - John Kenneth Dunham
FAMILY FISHING - Gary McMahon
SUBTLE INVASION - David Conyers
A PIE WITH THICK GRAVY - D. F. Lewis
LOCK-IN - David A. Riley
LAST CHRISTMAS (I GAVE YOU MY LIFE) - Franklin Marsh
"SHALT THOU KNOW MY NAME?" - Daniel McGachey
TO SUMMON A FLESH EATING DEMON - Charles Black

Cover by Paul Mudie

ISBN 978-0-9556061-0-6

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Doorways 2 edited by Brian Yount

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Weirdmonger by D F Lewis

Weirdmonger by D F Lewis

This 'retrospective showcase' anthology consists of 67 short stories (with 3 never published before) by the British writer of Weird Fiction and Nemonymous originator, D.F Lewis. The tales (ordered in alphabetical order) weave a strange narrative through a dreamlike texture of unsettling vision and stunning wordplay, which may leave the reader frequently bewildered but nonetheless satisfied that stories, with their own peculiar internal logic, make sense.

Most of the stories are a few pages long, and as Ramsey Campbell has commented, 'some of his stories are best read as prose poems'-- Blasphemy Fitzworth is an example that Campbell gives.

'Darkness, cruelty and despair' are some of the themes found in the stories as highlighted by Campbell in a 1993 introduction to The Best of D.F Lewis. And the genre trappings of horror, science fiction and fantasy are all made peculiarly bizarre and unique with a recurrent twisted humour. If the reader longs for something more conventional, this can be found too in the The Season of Lost Will and Welsh Popper (the latter tale reprinted in The Year's Best Horror Stories XXI, 1993); each of these two stories prove that Lewis is a master of the short form if the reader had any doubts.

If there are criticisms these are not directed at D.F. Lewis's fiction of which I have the utmost respect and delight for. Perhaps it was a lost opportunity by not including a long introduction, scholarly or otherwise to this collection, as does The Best of D.F. Lewis (TAL, 1993) with its interesting introduction by Ramsey Campbell. Admittedly I found it somewhat a slog reading, obsessively, all 67 stories over a week; a 'showcase' of twenty or thirty of the best here mapped out by theme may have sufficed considering that Lewis is now archiving his written work on the Web. But these are minor criticisms to a wonderful, if rather over-fattened collection.

Fragments of Fear by Andy Boot

Fragments of Fear by Andy Boot

Although this fascinating book is far from error-free, it's one I find myself returning to again and again. Boot is arguably at his best in the chapter on Tod Slaughter who he clearly loves. As you'd expect, there's plenty on the rise and fall of Hammer and Amicus, and useful overviews of Tigon, Tyburn, and various maverick independents. The unutterably wonderful likes of I Don't Want To Be Born, Death Line, Witchfinder General, Corridors Of Blood and Crucible Of Terror are all well represented. A brilliant selection of stills, too.

Voyeurs of Death by Shaun Jeffrey - a collection of horror stories

Voyeurs of Death by Shaun Jeffrey

There was some trepidation on buying this book. Having previously read Shaun Jeffreys excellent novel Evilution, there was some felling of can he live up to my expectaions.

And he delivered in spades, this is a fantastic collection of spooky, eerie and disturbing stories. Short fiction and in particular horror short fiction can be hard to pull off. This collection shows an expert at work.

I enjoyed this book so much that I even missed a night's sleep between work shifts. I just couldn't put it down.

In a fair world Shaun would be known to a much wider audience, buy the book and spread the word.

They That Dwell in Dark Places by Daniel McGachey

They That Dwell in Dark Places by Daniel McGachey

Dark Regions is introducing another exciting new imprint: Ghost House with the publication of They That Dwell In Dark Places by Daniel McGachey.

“This is a ghost story about ghost stories. It tells a tale about the telling of tales, and of the need, the absolute necessity, for stories that strike fear into men’s hearts - stories that delve into the unknown and the uncanny…” … and in most of the stories in this collection, the telling of ghostly tales plays a vital part.

Here are stories told by firelight in isolated cottages, by lantern-light on storm-lashed beaches, by gaslight in scholars’ studies and clubrooms, or by twilight in libraries and in lonely asylum cells.

Here are stories of things that crawl stealthily across moonlit lawns, of legends it is better to remember, and of relics that are best left forgotten in the dark, of the malice of objects that are not as inanimate as they might seem, and of ancient tragedies re-enacted before helpless and horrified eyes.

Here are stories of…
Strange books unearthed from the college library foundations, and the dreadful shadowy form that seeks their return…
The man with no sense of humour who plays a joke that has deadly results…
The legendary gambling club where something far more precious than money is at stake…
The book of ghost stories whose contents prove more than usually absorbing for the unfortunate reader…
The solitary lighthouse in the middle of a treacherous sea, and the nightmare that awaits its keepers one stormy night, when someone comes knocking at the door…
The painter whose commission for an unseen sponsor produces horrifying portraits that capture more than a mere likeness of the subjects…
The old house with an alarming history, and the professor who is drawn to it in hope of fulfilling his overwhelming ambition to finally see a ghost…
And the gentlemen’s club where the patrons gather on Hallowe’en night to exchange ghoulish tales, and where a very special tale of horror must yet be told.

Here are stories of phantoms and demons, of those who are haunted by them, and those, like Dr. Lawrence, the antiquarian scholar, who seek them and face them. Here are stories of They That Dwell In Dark Places!

School: The Seventh Silence by Craig Herbertson

School: the Seventh Silence by Craig Herbertson

Jean Deforte has found a caterpillar. But lost his little sister.

It's a difficult year. Father is dying and mother has sent him to an English school. Nobody likes Jean because he is half French. The girls are laughing. The teachers are on his back. The bullies are waiting in the hallways. Unluckily for Jean there are worse things than bullies: there are vacant black holes in the corners of his mind. There are darker things that would gladly fill them.

Jean is about to discover that his school is more foreign than he could possibly imagine.

Behind the stockroom door there are other classrooms. Classrooms where paper planes carry passengers, statues cry, board games cost your life, books ask you questions. There are endless dusty corridors, back ways, cellars and chimney flues, hidden rooms, and garrets and just occasionally you might find a pupil running for his life. Better join him.

Jean knows his little sister is here. But is she hiding or helping? Is she alive or dead? In point of fact is Jean alive or dead? It's a question that the enigmatic Moonster might answer. But he is trying to get out, not in.

Jean's quest to find her becomes a personal journey. A Journey to the door of the Seventh Silence.

A rite of passage, a symbolic journey through Hades, the struggle between good and evil, the adventure of appearance and reality? There is something here of Dante, Peake, Carroll. Add a little Kafka, Philip K Dick and Conrad and you will have guessed that this is not a book for children - unless like Jean they are very brave.

Mike Glyer, multiple Hugo-winning fan writer and Worldcon chair: "Brilliant."

Mike Don of Dreamberry Wine: "A cracker."

Cover Artist: James Hannah

The Faceless: A Terry Sharp Story - Graphic novel by Adrian Salmon and Robert Tinnell

He's willing to go to Hell - so you won't have to!

The Faceless: A Terry Sharp Story - Graphic novel by Adrian Salmon and Robert Tinnell

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ENGLAND - 1962.

By day, Terry Sharp is a hard-living, skirt-chasing, celebrated director of classic horror films. But by night, the horror turns real - Terry has discovered a shadowy group of Satanists hell-bent on taking control of the British government. This knowledge has made him a marked man. Black magic or bullets - the Faceless conspirators don't particularly care which - as long as the end result is Terry's death.

Too bad for them, Terry Sharp isn't ready to die just yet - not without taking a whole lot of bad guys with him.

The 2nd BHF Book of Horror Stories edited by Chris Wood The Face of Twighlight by Mark Samuels

The Face of Twilight by Mark Samuels

Who is the sinister little man with the scarred head?

Why is there no end to the twilight?

What is symbolised by the strange graffiti that seems to be appearing everywhere?

Ivan Gilman is the penurious author of several obscure novels. When he rents a cheap flat overlooking Archway Road in north London, he is determined to finish the new book that he believes will finally establish his literary reputation. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a bizarre conspiracy to replace the living with the cryptic dead. Gradually, Gilman discovers evidence of this conspiracy operating at all levels of society but, by then, it appears to be far too late to escape the consequences of his prying...

Cover Artist: James Hannah
Editions: Hardcover (300 copies) £25 / $45
Paperback (500 copies) £10 / $18
ISBNs: Hardcover 1904619606
Paperback 1904619592
Publication Date: April 2006

All Your Gods Are Dead by Gary McMahon

All Your Gods Are Dead by Gary McMahon

Who is sending Doug Hunter mysterious emails that seem to be from his murdered brother, Andy? Why are severed human body parts being discovered in drains and rivers across the country? What is the real meaning behind the graffiti that ominously states “All your gods are dead”?

When Doug travels to Leeds, where six months ago his brother’s defiled and mutilated corpse was found on an abandoned industrial estate, he is drawn into a web of religious mania, orchestrated torture, and deceit. There he encounters the Church of All Sufferance, a strange sect comprising of bald, androgynous men and women who claim that they are able to see “all the colours of pain”.

Then, when he meets and reluctantly starts a relationship with Andy’s ex-girlfriend, all the pieces of a bizarre cosmic puzzle begin to slot into place, and Doug realises that the bloodied acolytes who call themselves the Sufferers have dark and monstrous plans for the entire world…

A new novella by Gary McMahon, with an introduction by author Mark Samuels.

All Your Gods Are Dead £7.99

ISBN: 978-1-905532-40-7

Size: 216mm x 139mm x 9.1mm

Page Count: 124

Released: March 31st, 2007 (World Horror Con)

Doorways 2 edited by Brian Yount

Doorways issue 2
A magazine of horror fiction and the paranormal, edited by Brian Yount.

Click the picture to visit the site for instructions how to pay.

Weirdmonger by D F Lewis

Weirdmonger by D F Lewis

This 'retrospective showcase' anthology consists of 67 short stories (with 3 never published before) by the British writer of Weird Fiction and Nemonymous originator, D.F Lewis. The tales (ordered in alphabetical order) weave a strange narrative through a dreamlike texture of unsettling vision and stunning wordplay, which may leave the reader frequently bewildered but nonetheless satisfied that stories, with their own peculiar internal logic, make sense.

Most of the stories are a few pages long, and as Ramsey Campbell has commented, 'some of his stories are best read as prose poems'-- Blasphemy Fitzworth is an example that Campbell gives.

'Darkness, cruelty and despair' are some of the themes found in the stories as highlighted by Campbell in a 1993 introduction to The Best of D.F Lewis. And the genre trappings of horror, science fiction and fantasy are all made peculiarly bizarre and unique with a recurrent twisted humour. If the reader longs for something more conventional, this can be found too in the The Season of Lost Will and Welsh Popper (the latter tale reprinted in The Year's Best Horror Stories XXI, 1993); each of these two stories prove that Lewis is a master of the short form if the reader had any doubts.

If there are criticisms these are not directed at D.F. Lewis's fiction of which I have the utmost respect and delight for. Perhaps it was a lost opportunity by not including a long introduction, scholarly or otherwise to this collection, as does The Best of D.F. Lewis (TAL, 1993) with its interesting introduction by Ramsey Campbell. Admittedly I found it somewhat a slog reading, obsessively, all 67 stories over a week; a 'showcase' of twenty or thirty of the best here mapped out by theme may have sufficed considering that Lewis is now archiving his written work on the Web. But these are minor criticisms to a wonderful, if rather over-fattened collection.

Fragments of Fear by Andy Boot

Fragments of Fear by Andy Boot

Although this fascinating book is far from error-free, it's one I find myself returning to again and again. Boot is arguably at his best in the chapter on Tod Slaughter who he clearly loves. As you'd expect, there's plenty on the rise and fall of Hammer and Amicus, and useful overviews of Tigon, Tyburn, and various maverick independents. The unutterably wonderful likes of I Don't Want To Be Born, Death Line, Witchfinder General, Corridors Of Blood and Crucible Of Terror are all well represented. A brilliant selection of stills, too.

Zencore - The Seventh Nemonymous - Scriptus Innominatus - Edited by D F Lewis

(The cover of this volume is another of its secrets)

Zencore - The Seventh Nemonymous
(signed)

Scriptus Innominatus

An iconic paperback book of short fiction
(published June 2007).

17 original stories of the Ominous Imagination.

You are strongly advised to read the stories in the order they are printed.

The authors are listed on the back cover in a random order.

The Ebay auction-purchased edition of this book will be signed to you by its publisher and editor, DF Lewis. Only the auction-purchased edition can be thus signed.

Any extra proceeds will be invested in the Nemonymous Eight book.

There will also be a free copy of the beautiful and acclaimed NEMO BOOK (Nemonymous Five).

After Dark, a collection of horror stories by Jeani Rector

After Dark by Jeani Rector

Imagine a world where there is only the daylight to banish the darkness. And when the sun goes down, what lurks in the shadows after dark? This book of thirteen scary tales is storytelling at its finest, with monsters in the closet, boogeymen under the bed, and ghosts in the graveyard. Timeless in their style, these stories are relentless in their approach to basic fears. From dark fantasy and pure suspense to classic horror tales, this collection of twelve short stories and one novella surprises its readers with Hitchcock-style, twisted endings. So after dark, let's gather around the campfire and tell each other tales of terror.

Terror.

Paperback: 383 pages
Publisher: PublishAmerica (January 2, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1424113040
ISBN-13: 978-1424113040

Bullrunning For Girls by Allyson Bird will be published early 2008

Bull Running For Girls by Allyson Bird

A selection of adventure/horror stories set in many locations, from the dark and dangerous Catacombs of Rome, to small town life in Madison County, U.S. Stories set amidst the bustle of Hong Kong, on The Silk Road in China and under a Hunter’s moon in Bordeaux. Then there are those which are much closer to home.

Within this collection there are females who cause trouble, some who help you out of it and some who just can’t leave it alone.

The White Hands and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels

The White Hands and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels

Paperback reprint available now.

This is the first collection of strange stories by contemporary writer Mark Samuels. The themes that thread through these nine accomplished stories are drawn from the great tradition of the twentieth-century weird tale, and they are suffused with a distinctly cosmopolitan, European feel. Mark Samuels writes about the fundamental fears of modern life, especially the effects of isolation and the dislocation that city dwellers can experience in their inhospitable, man-made environment. H.P. Lovecraft wrote about entities beyond human comprehension that might be summoned from beyond the stars, but did he ever consider that they would feel quite at home in the sodium glare of some run-down inner-city? When one of Samuel’s characters stands alone looking up at the vast, illimitable darkness of space, the reader is forced to wonder if there is much difference between the hopeless emptiness of eternity and the bleak interstices between the concrete and steel of their daily life?

The White Hands was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Awards this year in the best Collection category. The title story of The White Hands was also on their shortlist for the best Short Story category.

Born in 1967 in London, where he has lived ever since, Mark Samuels’ first story was published in 1988. His writings have appeared sporadically since then in a variety of small press magazines. He is currently working on a weird novel set in London.

The new paperback reprint of The White Hands is £9.99/$18 inc. p&p.

To read Vrolyck from The White Hands and Other Weird Tales right-click with your mouse on the title and choose "Save target as". You can then decide where to download the story onto your computer. You will need Adobe Acrobat to be able to view the story.

Praise for The White Hands and Other Weird Tales:

Samuels' prose is some of the most highly polished and surreal it has been my pleasure to read since I first discovered Thomas Ligotti. Scott Connors in Weird Tales, issue 342

In The White Hands, Mark Samuels earns a reputation as the contemporary British master of visionary weirdness. - Ramsey Campbell, Postscripts Number 5

A really impressive collection of stories: genuinely chilling -- almost mercilessly so, I kept thinking -- with really sharp, elegant writing, great sense of mood, and great intelligence and control in each piece. And they work extremely well with one another; I especially love the way the final story ties the whole collection together by once more bringing in Lilith Blake. - T.E.D. Klein

This is a book that was recommended to me about a week ago by Stephen Jones, who is a British anthologist, one of the two or three leading anthologists working in the UK. He said he'd come across a book called The White Hands and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels, published by Tartarus Press. It's a beautifully made book, published in an edition of 350 copies. Steve Jones says Samuels is the most exciting new young(ish) writer that he (Jones) has come across in at least a year. … I think that there is just a chance that we are seeing the emergence of the next Clive Barker. Certainly a name worth keeping in mind. - Richard Lupoff, Cover to Cover

[The White Hands] is a treasure and a genuine contribution to the real history of weird fiction ... Even when the settings and characters are modern Samuels manages to convey a sense of otherworldly nightmare. For example, the use of computers in The Impasse gives these infernal machines the feel and function of the strange books that stock the shelves of so many of the best weird tales from Lovecraft to Borges. (Mannequins in Aspects of Terror is the other major instance of this wonderful feat.) I thought the most impressive story in the collection was The Search for Kruptos. The exotic locale and the historical setting are not the sort of thing that I would attempt in a story, and I thought Samuels handled both tasks magnificently, not to mention the ingenious and awful concept of a book in innummerable volumes. The other stories that were among my favorites, and served most powerfully to convey a uniform sensibility to The White Hands, were Apartment 205 and Colony - Thomas Ligotti

In my opinion, although already in his late thirties, Mark Samuels is a rising star of supernatural horror fiction. Pick up a copy of his first collection now and be in at the beginning of the career of a major new British talent. You'll only regret it if you don't. - Steve Jones, The Alien Online

An impressive debut collection, The White Hands is an unexpected dark miracle of invention, tradition, and archetypal revision.... The author exhibits in this carefully arranged onslaught of weird fiction individualistic taste, thoughtfulness, and a strict control of literary subtlety. Re-envisioning the archetypal images and concerns of traditional supernatural fiction with distinctly contemporary, urban settings and bleak if heartfelt characters, Samuels weaves a deceptively subtle, menacing web of wizardry. - William Simmons, Hellnotes

If you thought The White Hands sounded like a lost story by Arthur Machen you would not be far from the truth. Machen is the dominant influence on this collection . . . One can also detect the influence of Kafka, of Christopher Fowler's urban nightmares, perhaps even Beckett at his most surreal. Samuels articulates brilliantly what modern man secretly fears most about death: not that it is extinction, but that it is an eternity in which the utter meaningless of life is fully revealed. - Reggie Oliver, All Hallows

Those good folks at Tartarus Press publish books that are beautifully presented collectors' items and this anthology of macabre tales by Samuels is a sewn hardback with a silk ribbon marker. Tartarus has cornered an intriguing market of cult writers who deal with arcane, supernatural fiction. They publish Arthur Machen and M.P. Shiel alongside lesser-known contemporary writers, such as Mark Samuels.... The stories have an old-fashioned feel about them, owing something to the sinister atmospheres evoked by Poe and Lovecraft, but without the torture and slime.... Much of the writing is subtle with sinister undercurrents, always understated even when describing torment and suffering.... Samuels has certainly mastered the art of ambiguity most effectively and understands well the power of fantasy. - Jeff Gardiner, Prism

Mark Samuels is a perfectionist when it comes to creative writing. The fact that this is his first book actually makes me wonder if he's been holding back, continually striving for a level of creativity with which he's truly satisfied. And who wouldn't be satisfied with a book written to this standard? I found this collection of stories totally stunning! It's a book that Machen, Lovecraft, or Ligotti would be proud to have written. The stories are beautifully dark nightmares that mix escapism with strange, haunting qualities, fascinating and always compelling. - John B. Ford, Terror Tales

With his unique style, best described as something of a cross between Lovecraft and Robert Aickman, Thomas Ligotti has become an inescapable influence on the younger crop of promising writers of literary horror like Matt Cardin, Stephen Sennitt, Quentin Crisp and Mark Samuels. Samuels may be the best of the lot, if this excellent collection of weird fiction tales from Tartarus Press is any indication. There are times when I actually prefer Samuels to Ligotti, partly because he eschews the latter's often maddening obliqueness but also because of his uniquely urban sensibility. - Gabriel Messa, 'A Year's Best List', Fantastic Metropolis

Samuels is an extremely talented writer, his stories are superb and the present collection highly recommendable." - Mario Guislandi, Supernatural Tales

Probably one of the most important debut collections by a writer of ghost stories since Terry Lamsley and Thomas Ligotti more than a decade earlier, The White Hands and Other Weird Tales contained nine strange stories (two reprints) by London writer Mark Samuels, limited to just 350 copies from Tartarus Press - Steve Jones, Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #15 (Oct 2004)

Rough Cut by Gary McMahon

Rough Cut by Gary McMahon
(0 9538598 9 4; 140pp; £6.99)

Jude, the son of Vanna St Clair - the voluptuous star of a series of controversial British horror films in the 1970s, who died forgotten - is offered the opportunity to write her biography, a warts-and-all expose of the seamy side of the British film industry.

But this proves no ordinary book, and Vanna is no ordinary subject.

When Jude discovers the existence of "Charred Image", a fabled lost film - the last project Vanna worked on with director Derek Reef, her lover - his life is changed forever. Jude is led on a dark journey that leads to the Daleside, a brooding derelict mental asylum, the location where the footage was shot. Only there can he finally lay his ghosts to rest.

As phantoms tumble off the silver screen, Jude realises that life, unlike most movies, doesn’t always have a neat and happy ending.

Sometimes the roughest cut is the deepest.

With an introduction from the acclaimed editor Gary Fry.

cover illustration and design by Vincent Chong

"A compelling search for a lost film and then rises to heights of visionary horror. Richly atmospheric, it builds on classic terrors to reveal new ones. Its sense of a haunted landscape is worthy of the greats." Ramsey Campbell

"An unguided tour through the secret history of the British horror film, in which its stock elements – inverted crucifixes, exposed breasts, fake blood – are revealed as a mask for something far more disturbing. McMahon prowls the backstreets of trash cinema and weird fiction with his own private agenda. His writing is fierce, intelligent and mood-swingy. Like a signet ring, this story will leave its mark on you." Joel Lane

"[A]n intelligent, well-crafted novel that was obviously written from the heart... told just as it has to be told, knife-blade straight and underlain with passion." Terry Grimwood, Whispers of Wickedness

"[E]ssentially a well crafted and very readable piece... [it] marks McMahon out as a writer of no little class and promise - definitely a name to watch for." John Berlyne, SFRevu

Only Connect by Gordon Lewis and D F Lewis

Only Connect
Ten Honestly Strange and mostly ghostly tales by D F Lewis and Gordon Lewis

Cartref, 1998

The Eyes Have It: “I sat bolt upright in bed, my body covered in a lather of sweat and every nerve of my being screaming as I sobbed for breath. So real had been my dream, I reached up, desperately searching for the pendant light switch to see if it was just perspiration that was making my body so wet and sticky. I even thought I could smell blood...blood that had found outlets from the slashing knife of the raving maniac who attacked me. Seeming so real, I even felt the pain of the stabbing blade.”

With snow covering the countryside, sitting by the fire with his friend, Bobbie has begun to doze and dream of childhood days in similar rooms when a sudden noise from the empty house next door wakes him...

I found this one thoroughly enjoyable. A little like a short John Buchan adventure with a chill, I got entirely wrapped-up in it and it was one of those rare stories I didn’t want to end.

Only Connect is a book showing different kinds of connections. Lines in the stories are often titles of other stories in the book. A library described in one story might be the same – even to the books on the shelves – as the library in another. It also demonstrates the connection between two writers, father and son. It’s difficult not to speculate on who influenced who.

The Lurkers in the Abyss by David A Riley

Coming soon!

The Lurkers in the Abyss by David A Riley

Will be published by Midnight House later in 2007

The Lurkers in the Abyss
The Farmhouse
After Nightfall
The Urn
A Bottle of Spirits
The Satyr's Head
Prickly
Writer's Cramp
A New Lease
Out of Corruption
Help-Plants
Terror on the Moors
The Shade of Apollyon
Hoody
The True Spirit.

It will also include an Introduction by John Pelan.

The front cover will be illustrated by Allen Koszowski

Doorways 2 edited by Brian Yount

Doorways issue 2
A magazine of horror fiction and the paranormal, edited by Brian Yount.

Click the picture to visit the site for instructions how to pay.

Weirdmonger by D F Lewis

Weirdmonger by D F Lewis

This 'retrospective showcase' anthology consists of 67 short stories (with 3 never published before) by the British writer of Weird Fiction and Nemonymous originator, D.F Lewis. The tales (ordered in alphabetical order) weave a strange narrative through a dreamlike texture of unsettling vision and stunning wordplay, which may leave the reader frequently bewildered but nonetheless satisfied that stories, with their own peculiar internal logic, make sense.

Most of the stories are a few pages long, and as Ramsey Campbell has commented, 'some of his stories are best read as prose poems'-- Blasphemy Fitzworth is an example that Campbell gives.

'Darkness, cruelty and despair' are some of the themes found in the stories as highlighted by Campbell in a 1993 introduction to The Best of D.F Lewis. And the genre trappings of horror, science fiction and fantasy are all made peculiarly bizarre and unique with a recurrent twisted humour. If the reader longs for something more conventional, this can be found too in the The Season of Lost Will and Welsh Popper (the latter tale reprinted in The Year's Best Horror Stories XXI, 1993); each of these two stories prove that Lewis is a master of the short form if the reader had any doubts.

If there are criticisms these are not directed at D.F. Lewis's fiction of which I have the utmost respect and delight for. Perhaps it was a lost opportunity by not including a long introduction, scholarly or otherwise to this collection, as does The Best of D.F. Lewis (TAL, 1993) with its interesting introduction by Ramsey Campbell. Admittedly I found it somewhat a slog reading, obsessively, all 67 stories over a week; a 'showcase' of twenty or thirty of the best here mapped out by theme may have sufficed considering that Lewis is now archiving his written work on the Web. But these are minor criticisms to a wonderful, if rather over-fattened collection.

Fragments of Fear by Andy Boot

Fragments of Fear by Andy Boot

Although this fascinating book is far from error-free, it's one I find myself returning to again and again. Boot is arguably at his best in the chapter on Tod Slaughter who he clearly loves. As you'd expect, there's plenty on the rise and fall of Hammer and Amicus, and useful overviews of Tigon, Tyburn, and various maverick independents. The unutterably wonderful likes of I Don't Want To Be Born, Death Line, Witchfinder General, Corridors Of Blood and Crucible Of Terror are all well represented. A brilliant selection of stills, too.

Voyeurs of Death by Shaun Jeffrey - a collection of horror stories

There was some trepidation on buying this book. Having previously read Shaun Jeffreys excellent novel Evilution, there was some felling of can he live up to my expectaions.

And he delivered in spades, this is a fantastic collection of spooky, eerie and disturbing stories. Short fiction and in particular horror short fiction can be hard to pull off. This collection shows an expert at work.

I enjoyed this book so much that I even missed a night's sleep between work shifts. I just couldn't put it down.

In a fair world Shaun would be known to a much wider audience, buy the book and spread the word.

Noctem Aeternus - a free quarterly PDF magazine of high quality horror and fantasy

Noctem Aeternus is a FREE quarterly PDF magazine where the reader will find science fiction, fantasy, western, or even mystery stories…but all tales will have an element of horror. The first issue (January 2008) will include a short story and interview from master storyteller Ramsey Campbell. Cherie Priest, Charles Coleman Finlay, Tim Waggoner, and Michael Laimo will have stories as well.

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The Black Book - tales of horror selected by Charles Black. Cover by Paul Mudie

The Black Book of Horror - Charles Black (editor) Mortbury Press 2007

CROWS - Frank Nicholas
REGINA vs. ZOSKIA - Mark Samuels
THE OLDER MAN - Gary Fry
POWER - Steve Goodwin
CORDS - Rog Pile
THE SOUND OF MUZAK - Sean Parker
SHAPED LIKE A SNAKE - D. F. Lewis
ONLY IN YOUR DREAMS - David A. Sutton
THE WOLF AT JESSIE’S DOOR - Paul Finch
SIZE MATTERS - John L. Probert
SPARE RIB: A ROMANCE - John Kenneth Dunham
FAMILY FISHING - Gary McMahon
SUBTLE INVASION - David Conyers
A PIE WITH THICK GRAVY - D. F. Lewis
LOCK-IN - David A. Riley
LAST CHRISTMAS (I GAVE YOU MY LIFE) - Franklin Marsh
"SHALT THOU KNOW MY NAME?" - Daniel McGachey
TO SUMMON A FLESH EATING DEMON - Charles Black

Cover by Paul Mudie

ISBN 978-0-9556061-0-6

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