We had a great year in 2016.
Creeping Waves by Matthew M. Bartlett
My favorite book of the past several years, horror or no. Yeah, yeah, I’m biased and all, but it’s really, really good. A tableau of nightmare imagery; a mix of pulpy decadence and existential terror; gleeful, mean-spirited stories of a witch-cult spreading its madness through a Satanic radio station. Bartlett manages to impress thrill-seekers and literary folks alike.
But don’t take my word for it:
“Bartlett is a visionary. He actually reinvented the wheel here, with his idea of a collection. His stories are woven into intricate quilts of passage and prose, stitched through catalog entry or radio editorial, want ads and personal ads. Black and white pictures. You get an entire world between the covers. It’s not a pretty one.” – Ginger Nuts of Horror
“It is horrific and yet wryly funny, coherent and yet fragmentary. The author draws with enormous skill on a dark and troubled psychogeography, the trivia and banality of daily life, and the kind of history which sucks you down into the blackness. The result is a small wonder.” – greydogtales
And it’s only $6.66 for a paperback copy through our online store! It’s also available from Amazon.
Hive by Alex Smith
First-timer Alex Smith’s novella is one hell of ride. It starts with a relationship breaking
apart in the wake of an abortion and heads into an urban, subterranean bio-horror hell. For fans of early-period Cronenberg and Clive Barker, this short read repulses and lingers on in your memory. Available in our online store (click the image) or on Amazon.
“Alex Smith puts forth a great debut. All the characters are well developed, as are the settings. The pace of the book is superb. Building slow and rocketing faster until the surprising end.” – Hellnotes
“Alex Smith takes the bleakest feelings of forced change and weaves into it the monstrous embodiment of creation, of wicked evolution. HIVE is a gruesome reminder that our cyclical lives are constantly thrust into this terrifying, blood-soaked battle of rebirth, of emergence, against the dark evils we must defeat if we have any chance of surviving the chrysalis.” – Philip Fracassi, author of ALTAR
The Secret Goatman Spookshow & The Lesser Swamp Gods of Little Dixie by Jonathan Raab
It was a goal of mine to one day make it into the Lovecraft eZine, so I was thrilled when I sold them “The Secret Goatman Spookshow.” It’s probably the best short story I’ve ever written, and you can read it for free.
My novella The Lesser Swamp Gods of Little Dixie is my tribute to Robert E. Howard’s style of southern-fried pulp-Gothic horror. Action, suspense, magic, rural horror, corn sorcery, an occult detective, and more await you! It takes place in Mer Whinery’s Little Dixie, a haunted forgotten reach of southern Oklahoma where the dead linger on and the past never quite dies. You can grab the book on Amazon by clicking the image, or get a signed copy from our online store here.
It was my pleasure to defend the Pet Sematary films on one of my favorite podcasts, Miskatonic Musings. Thanks to Sean M. Thompson for inviting me on. I had a great time!
Matthew M. Bartlett and I also started Spooklights, a podcast where we interview some of our favorite horror authors. It’s just an excuse to talk to folks we admire and generally talk about horror culture. It’s on SoundCloud, iTunes, and YouTube.
We’ve got a whole slate of great guests lined up for the new year, so keep watching the skies… and stay spooky everybody.