News and Notes from Leeds

by Matthew M. Bartlett

I recently referred to my blog as “oft-neglected.” It’s terrible and it’s true. But here I am. It’s been a while since I’ve updated, so let me fill you in on what I’m working on.

First and foremost (though I’m not going chronologically – you see, this is WHY I gatewaysneglect my blog) is “Creeping Waves,” the follow-up to “Gateways to Abomination.” This book will consist of short pieces I left out of Gateways (they were written within the same time period), stories that have appeared in anthologies over the past 7 months, and a substantial amount of brand new work.

During the next several weeks, I will be wrapping up two or three of those new pieces, including a story tentatively titled “The Egg,” a five or six-part story entitled “Vernon Golden,” which is a framing piece that will give the book something like a narrative structure, and a few others. Perhaps an additional “Uncle Red Reads To-Day’s News” installment, too. Muzzleland Press will be publishing this follow-up, and it will be a considerably longer book. It will also likely include a significant visual component. If you liked “Gateways,” I think you’ll like it. If you didn’t like “Gateways,” (I know you’re out there) you might like this, as there are longer, more traditional stories within. Either way, the publisher and I are having a good time hashing out the details. I think the result will be a hell of a book.

Life is busy right now, so these stories are coming a paragraph at a time. I don’t yet have an ETA for this. One thing I keep thinking about:  blurbs. I’ve never sought blurbs before, nor had a publisher do so on my behalf. I suppose it’s time to start thinking about it.

Second: I’ve put out an illustrated chapbook entitled “The Witch-Cult in Western witchcultMassachusetts.” Alex Fienemann did the lovely illustrations. It’s a curious little volume of fictional biographies.

Third: Soon Dim Shores, Sam Cowan’s new publishing venture, will be putting out a chapbook of my story “Rangel.” Rangel Bantam is a young woman mentioned in “Gateways” and elaborated upon, just slightly, in “Anne Gare’s Rare Book and Ephemera Catalogue.” The latter, by the way, I may have unnumbered and unsigned copies of to sell at Necronomicon this August. Stay tuned to find out who will be illustrating and doing the cover for “Rangel.” Dim Shores has started out strong with Jeffrey Thomas’s exquisite “Ghosts in Amber.” I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in the future.

Fourth: Next year, around June, will bring a limited edition hardcover from Jordan Krall’s highly regarded Dunham’s Manor Press. As soon as I wrap up work on “Creeping Waves,” I’ll work on this. It’s about half written now, and is darker, more bleak. I’m extremely excited about it.
Well, in fact, I’m extremely excited about all three publishers I’ll be working with over the next several months. I’m nearing a full year since the release of “Gateways to Abomination.” That little self-published book changed my life.

The one thing I haven’t done lately is submitted anything to any anthologies. All the stories I had out were either picked up or declined. I hope to start again soon with new stories, when time allows.

RESONATOR_cover_ebook-e1421651477512What else? I went to Anthocon and was on a self-publishing panel moderated by Hal Bodner, along with Jeff O’Brien and E.J. Stevens. It was my first time at Anthocon and my first time being on a panel. It was well-attended and interesting. Had it gone on another hour, I wouldn’t have minded. I also saw excellent readings, sold a few books, bought a bunch of books, and got a print of the artwork for “Wicked Tales” signed by the artist. I met a lot of great people, but didn’t spend nearly enough time hanging out with them. Next year I’ll stay in the hotel.

hsh_cover06For the record, a list of available anthologies that include my work:

Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond.” (“Machine Will Start When You Are Start”)

High Strange Horror” (“Night Dog”)

“Xnoybis #1” (“Carnomancer, or The Meat Manager’s Prerogative”) – sold out, I think, but Dave Felton will have copies for sale at Necronomicon.

Wicked Tales” (“Master of Worms”)

Siren’s Call – A Scream in the Night” (“Following You Home”) – free to read on the site

Dark Lane Quarterly Anthology Vol. 1” (“Great Uncle Eltweed” from “Gateways to Abomination”)

Faed” (“Pharaoh” from “Gateways to Abomination”)

More news soon, more details, more updates. Thank you for reading.

This post also appears on Bartlett’s blog, found here.

High Strange Horror Reviewed on The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast

The guys over at The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast reviewed our latest book, HIGH STRANGE HORROR… And loved it! They even give shout outs to a few writers, including Charles Martin for “So You’ve Lost Your Edge, Now What?”, Toni Nicolino for “The Dead Wait”, Doctor Gaines for “The Pirate-Ghost of Hole 19″… and me for my story about weaponized breakfast cereal, “Frosty Pyramid Treats”.

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The podcast is a quality show – I listened to their entire back catalog when I was deployed to Kuwait and I had to drive around the base at night… Very spooky stuff. Great music, great dramatic readings, and fun but insightful analysis of horror literature, especially that of H.P. Lovecraft.

Give the show a listen – it’s about a Robert E. Howard story. You can’t go wrong with this one!

Happy 4/20. High Strange Horror is available now!

The truth cannot be suppressed any longer.

For fans of The X-FilesCoast to Coast AMWelcome to Night Vale – or for anyone who loves a good (or bad) conspiracy theory. High Strange Horror is an examination of our modern mythologies, viewed through a horror lens.

High Strange Horror, edited by Jonathan Raab, Colin Scharf, and Doctor Gaines, features 17 different stories and two essays on our weird and wonderful world. The paperback and Kindle versions are available on Amazon, with other e-book versions available at your online retailer of choice in the next few days.

Now, we shall see that which lurks between the edges of our world and the next. Now, the truth will be revealed.

Are you ready to see what lies beyond the veil?

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High Strange Horror

Weird Tales of Paranoia and the Damned

On the Weird and the Damned (introduction) by Jonathan Raab

Investigations by Michael Bryant

So You’ve Lost Your Edge. Now What? by Charles Martin and Will Weinke

Frosty Pyramid Treats by Jonathan Raab

The Dead Wait by Toni Nicolino

The Keepers by David A. Owens

Night Dog by Matthew M. Bartlett

The Pirate-Ghost of Hole 19 by Doctor Gaines

The Lights Are Off by Christopher Fraser

Púca by C.R.J. Smith

Delve by Matthew D. Jordan

Brought Low by J. Howard Shannon

Black-Eyed Children, Blue-Eyed Child by Billy Lyons

The Vampire Sea by Amberle L. Husbands

Ascendance by Julie Godard

Cats by Jake Skillings

The Projectionist by Mer Whinery

Excerpt from Look For Me by Colin Scharf

I Want to Believe (post-script essay) by Colin Scharf

What’s a “Blue Falcon”?

This isn’t horror or weird-related, but this project is near and dear to my heart.

Here’s my interview and some background information on my upcoming novel from The War Writers’ Campaign, Inc. You can pre-order the book, or just learn a bit more about my writing process and inspiration for the work, which I’m calling “The Greatest War Novel to come out in at least two or three weeks.”

All proceeds from the book’s sales go to fund best-in-class veterans services. Click on the image below for the link.

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High Strange Horror – Weird Tales of Paranoia and the Damned

High Strange Horror is now available for pre-order through Amazon. The Kindle version is a measly $2.99; the terrifying paperback version is an unlucky $13.

The book will also be available as an e-book through Barnes & Noble, the Apple Store, and other online retailers.

The book will be released on April 20th, but advance copies will be available at MiniCon in Minneapolis, MN on April 2-5, and at StarFest Denver April 17-19.

Table of Contents:

On the Weird and the Damned (introduction) by Jonathan Raab

Investigations by Michael Bryant

So You’ve Lost Your Edge. Now What? by Charles Martin and Will Weinke

Frosty Pyramid Treats by Jonathan Raab

The Dead Wait by Toni Nicolino

The Keepers by David A. Owens

Night Dog by Matthew M. Bartlett

The Pirate-Ghost of Hole 19 by Doctor Gaines

The Lights Are Off by Christopher Fraser

Púca by C.R.J. Smith

Brought Low by J. Howard Shannon

Black-Eyed Children, Blue-Eyed Child by Billy Lyons

The Vampire Sea by Amberle L. Husbands

Ascendance by Julie Godard

Cats by Jake Skillings

The Projectionist by Mer Whinery

Excerpt from Look For Me by Colin Scharf

I Want to Believe (post-script essay) by Colin Scharf

What is “High Strange”? 

It’s the men in black erasing your UFO research. It’s a corporate takeover by bio-occult horrors. It’s losing your edge, and finding it again at the bottom of the cosmos. It’s your television telling you to eat your government-approved genetically-modified breakfast cereal. It’s the unexplained lights in the sky and the faceless gray woman haunting your dreams. It’s ancient legends working under contract. It’s the forbidden film playing at a haunted movie theater. It’s the medical staff making sure you stay crazy. It’s the 19th round of mini golf with a disembodied pirate. It’s the outer reaches of human experience.

Where conventional reality ends, High Strange begins.

Over a dozen authors mine the deepest reaches of consciousness and Fortean phenomena.

Are you ready to see what lies beyond the veil?

High Strange Horror Cover Reveal

If you’ve been on our Facebook (shudder) page, you’ve gotten a sneak peak at the cover design for High Strange Horror. Here’s the front and back, final version, in all of its neon glory! If you like the art style, head on over to the website for artist, designer, and game developer Peter Lazarski and let him know you dig it!

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The collection will be available in print and e-book (all formats) sometime in April, with a pre-release run available exclusively at MiniCon in Bloomington, MN April 2-5.

Matthew M. Bartlett, author of Gateways to Abomination, to join Muzzleland Press

Muzzleland Press is proud to announce that we will be publishing the new short fiction collection from independent horror author Matthew M. Bartlett.

Gateways to Abomination, Bartlett’s first collection, was an underground hit, generating praise from The Arkham Digest, PlayWithDeath.com, and many others for its disturbing and original take on occult horror. Bartlett’s grotesque, vivid style makes his work stand out as a unique contribution to the current Weird Renaissance.

Bartlett has also published stories in Faed published by A Murder of Storytellers, in Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond published by Martian Migraine Press, and in High Strange Horror published by Muzzleland Press. His next release will be The Witch-Cult in Western Massachusetts, an illustrated chapbook.

Muzzleland Press will publish the as-yet untitled follow up to Gateways to Abomination, a short fiction collection featuring his infamous cult and radio broadcasts, grotesque bio-horrors, and new dark and disturbing settings and characters. Accompanying the book will be a small series of short horror films set in Bartlett’s twisted universe.

The book is tentatively scheduled for late 2015 or early 2016.

For updates on Bartlett’s writing, check his blog at www.mathewmbartlett.com.