Sunday, 21 September 2008

The Tyranny of Thangrind the Cruel in Dark Horizons

The Tyranny of Thangrind the Cruel is now out in Dark Horizons # 53 - as is the excellent Fleet, by my good friend Rafe McGregor. Rafe is the author of some very fine crime stories and novellas, and has recently started exploring horror and weird tales, a category that Fleet definately falls into. Watch out for his first novel, historical thriller The Architect of Murder due out at the start of next year from publisher Robert Hale, because from what I've read it promises to be a great read. More details of Rafe's work present and future can be found at his website.

If you're a member of the British Fantasy Society then you will already have received your copy of Dark Horizons; if not, check out the link and consider joining up to avoid missing out again.

As a side-note, I claimed a couple of weeks back that the August issue of The Willows, featuring my The Space Beneath the Church, had been released. It hadn't then, but it has now - copies can be purchased from their website.

Finally: thanks to on-line magazine Allegory for kindly giving my as-yet-unpublished story Imaginary Prisons an honourable mention.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

The Living Dead Out, Also Burden of Kings in Aoife's Kiss

September looks set to be by far my busiest month ever for publications.

First up we have The Burden of Kings in Aoife's Kiss
# 26. It's a twisted little slice of dark fantasy, a tale of evil and responsiblity revolving around the bizarre secret of a pyrimidal wooden box. Copies of Aoife's Kiss can be picked up from The Genre Mall.

Secondly ... John Joseph Adam's The Living Dead anthology is now out to buy from Nightshade Books directly,Barnes and Noble
and Amazon US and will soon be available from Amazon UK.

The following is taken from the superb associated website, which also includes interviews with a number of the authors, myself included, and the full text of my story Stockholm Syndrome as a freebie.

"From White Zombie to Dawn of the Dead, from Resident Evil to World War Z, zombies have invaded popular culture, becoming the monsters that best express the fears and anxieties of the modern west. The ultimate consumers, zombies rise from the dead and feed upon the living, their teeming masses ever hungry, ever seeking to devour or convert, like mindless, faceless eating machines. Zombies have been depicted as mind-controlled minions, the shambling infected, the disintegrating dead, the ultimate lumpenproletariat, but in all cases, they reflect us, mere mortals afraid of death in a society on the verge of collapse.

Gathering together the best zombie literature of the last three decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of fantasy, speculative fiction, and horror, including Stephen King, Harlan Ellison®, Robert Silverberg, George R. R. Martin, Clive Barker, Poppy Z. Brite, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Joe R. Lansdale, The Living Dead, covers the broad spectrum of zombie fiction, ranging from Romero-style zombies to reanimated corpses to voodoo zombies and beyond."