Revelations: Norman Partridge

Author Norman Partridge poses in the Nevada Desert.
Author Norman Partridge poses in Nevada.

I first heard Norman Partridge’s name when talking to Norman Prentiss at my second Borderlands Bootcamp in 2010. It came up by happenstance. During dinner, Norman was talking about how someone at the most recent World Horror Convention had mistaken him for Norman Partridge, because of their similar first names. Norman Prentiss‘ wistful response was, “I only wish I was Norman Partridge.”

Not only has Norman Prentiss been a wonderful friend and editor, he’s also been a trustworthy guide to powerful voices in the genre. His endorsement certainly put Norman Partridge’s name on my TBR list. So, the following Halloween, when folks started chattering about this Halloween novel which had been published a few years before—Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge—I figured it would be the perfect entry point. And, boy howdy…what an entry point it was. About the time I hit this beautiful block of prose, which snapped with the ferocity of high-voltage wire, I was hooked…Continue Reading

Review: The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden

The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden
St. Martin’s Press (April 23, 2019)
320 pages; $18.29 hardcover; $14.99 e-book
Reviewed by Dave Simms

Christopher Golden returns to the realm of high concept thrillers with The Pandora Room, a novel chock full of action, horror, mythology, and history. Following in the footsteps of Ararat, the story that successfully combined the aforementioned elements in one of the best novels of the year, this entry also keeps the setting claustrophobic and tight, a motif that could be a mess in less capable hands.Continue Reading

Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon: Shipping Next Week!

The trade hardcover edition of Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon is in our warehouse and we’ve been packing our preorders since last week, so they’ll begin shipping out the door next week!

Our slipcase maker is hard at work on the slipcase for the signed Limited Edition hardcover, which will be ready to ship in June.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to higher than expected demand from book distributors, our supplies of the 1st Printing of the 1st Edition are dwindling fast, so please do not wait to place your order!

Cardinal Black

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Review: The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz

The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz
Flame Tree Press (April 2019)

352 pages; $16.48 hardcover; $10.37 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Sadie Hartmann

2019 is the year of Jonathan Janz. There. I said it. Flame Tree Press performed the remarkable act of acquiring his previously released titles and then doling them out to us on a pretty aggressive schedule, which is an impressive gesture all on its own…but wait! There’s more. Flame Tree is also releasing new titles from Janz.Continue Reading

Video Visions: Why Slashers?

What’s not to love?

Any horror fan who grew their first pubic hairs during the golden age of the genre in the ’80s has a special place in their cold, dead hearts for slasher movies. How could we not? We were surrounded by game changing flicks like Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (a VHS darling in my neck of the woods), and A Nightmare on Elm Street. And then there were the likes of Maniac, The Burning, Madman, My Bloody Valentine, Prom Night and so many others, good and very, very bad. It seemed like every month there was a new villain hacking his way through scores of pot smoking, beer swilling, hormone raging teens and twenty-somethings. Continue Reading

The Chrysalis by Brendan Deneen: Brand New Signed Limited Edition Announced!

We’re pleased to report we’ll be publishing Brendan Deneen’s acclaimed novel The Chrysalis as a signed Limited Edition hardcover with a very small print run for our collectors!

Although this is a brand new novel, the story is kind of a throwback to the horror of the 1970s and 1980s, and the tag line tells you exactly what kind of horror to expect:

Welcome to the dark side of suburbia…
The Chrysalis

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Review: Black Wings by Megan Hart

Black Wings by Megan Hart
Flame Tree Press (February 2019)
240 pages; $20.64 hardcover; $10.37 paperback; $6.99 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

Briella is a bright child, some would say gifted. That being said, she does have trouble making friends.

Along with a loathing for personal hygiene and lack of friends, Briella had taken up lying. Much like her father, she wasn’t really very good at it.

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Sinister Purposes by Gary Raisor: NEW eBook Edition includes A BRAND NEW Novel!

Wow, do we have a treat for horror readers today! Even if you think you know the book Sinister Purposes by Gary Raisor, you really don’t — especially not THIS new version!

Heavily re-worked, with a brand new novel leading off, this is a hefty collection of connected stories that form a unified, terrifying tale from horror master Gary Raisor!

Bargain priced for a limited time only, snag your copy while you can, even if you don’t have time to read it right now… you don’t want to regret missing out on this one!

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Sinister Purposes eBook

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Review: I Dream of Mirrors by Chris Kelso

I Dream of Mirrors by Chris Kelso
Sinister Horror Company (February 2019)
158 pages; $15.68 paperback; $2.99 e-book
Reviewed by Dave Simms

File this short novel under the “mind-blowing, mind-boggling, weird horror” category. There. It’s done. Attempting to classify I Dream of Mirrors is nearly impossible to explain or put into a genre box.

Translated: it’s one of the cool, weird stories that can be called horror, dark fantasy, sci-fi, or bizarre fiction. Readers who crave the out-there settings and characters of Jeff Vandermeer, Neil Gaiman, and John Langan will find plenty to lose themselves in here with a tale that, while being  heady and intelligent, keeps itself grounded.Continue Reading

Bev Vincent reviews Pet Sematary (2019)

Stephen King News From the Dead Zone

Sometimes they come back again, but they don’t come back the same.

The possibility of a remake of Pet Sematary first emerged (from the grave?) in February 2011. Every year or two since then, there would be new and different names attached to the project. Each time, it seemed like it was just about to happen. Any day now! I greeted these reports with a shrug. Why remake such an effective film?
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The Long Way Home by Richard Chizmar: New Special Edition Trade Paperback Coming Soon!

We’re pleased to report we’ll be publishing a very special trade paperback edition of The Long Way Home by Richard Chizmar next month!

The first 1,000 copies of this trade paperback edition will have deckled edges and “French Flaps,” two special production features we’ve never offered on any title before. After these copies are gone, the second printing and beyond will use a more traditional look and feel!

About the Book:
Gathered here for the first time ever are seventeen short stories, two essays, and a short script by award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, Richard Chizmar.

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories inThe Long Way Home run the gamut from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery. This brand new collection features more than 100,000 words of short fiction, as well as more than 5,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes.

Chizmar’s previous short story collection, A Long December, was published in 2016 to starred reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus, and was included on numerous “Best Books of the Year” lists. Entertainment Weekly gave the book high praise: “Each tale is a magic trick, luring you toward the light while leading you down an ever-darkening path. There is hope mingled with horror, and that’s Chizmar’s secret power. His storytelling always beats with a huge, passionate heart.”

Stephen King says he writes “terrific stories served with a very large slice of Disquiet Pie,” and with The Long Way Home, Richard Chizmar has taken his evocative and compelling storytelling to an entirely new level.

The Long Way Home

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Review: The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste

The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste
JournalStone (November 2018)
218 pages; $17.95 paperback; $4.95 e-book
Reviewed by Dave Simms

For those out there who are unfamiliar with Gwendolyn Kiste’s gorgeous prose, The Rust Maidens would be a great place to start. After last year’s stellar collection, And Her Smile Will Untether The Universe, Kiste steps out with her debut novel, which rattles the soul in a disturbing, yet beautiful read.Continue Reading

Review: The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish

The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish
Flame Tree Press (January 2019)
240 pages; $16.48 hardcover; $12.86 paperback; $6.29 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington

Catherine Cavendish is a prolific writer of horror, frequently with ghostly, supernatural, Gothic and haunted house themes. She’s very active on social  media. I have no idea why I’ve never read her work before now, but now that I’ve finally read one of her novels, I know I’ll be back for more.Continue Reading

Review: The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman

The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman
Titan Books (October 2018)
400 pages; $10.37 paperback; $6.15 e-book
Reviewed by Dave Simms

Kim Newman has an extensive resume that goes far beyond his Anno Dracula — but YA fiction? Gothic young adult fiction? Newman nails this genre in a fascinating story that will recall both Harry Potter and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in a novel that sets itself apart from the others in style and characters.Continue Reading

When the Clock Strikes 13: New Anthology Coming Soon!

Richard Chizmar Will Be Signing Our Copies!

We’re very pleased to report we’ll be getting copies of When the Clock Strikes 13, a great new anthology that also includes a story by Richard Chizmar, so he’ll be signing all of the copies pre-ordered through our online store!

Your time is running out. When the clock strikes 13, all manners of hell will break loose.

When the Clock Strikes 13 is a collection of thirteen short horror stories by some of the best horror and dark fiction authors writing today.

Inside, you will find stories to frighten, shock and gnaw at your inner fears, and take you places that belong only in the dark recesses of your mind.

There are monsters on these pages; some are human, some are not…

When the Clock Strikes 13

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