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Summer Update

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The signal’s gone a little quiet out of the Muzzleland Press numbers station lately, but rest assured we’ve been hard at work. TERROR IN 16-BITS is *done* and the books are ordered for NecronomiCon Providence, so you’ll be able to snatch a copy there at a discount before wider release after the con.

I’ve also started editing a brand-new project, a novel that’s equal parts horror and … well, I’ll let you guess.

Our podcast Spooklights is on pause until September, when we’ll return with some very special guests and episodes full of simple moral lessons like “don’t lie to your parents” and “cosmic supernatural evil is real and you should take it more seriously.”

In Anticipation of “Terror in 16-Bits”

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Today the front cover for Muzzleland Press’ forthcoming video game-themed horror anthology Terror in 16-Bits was posted on Facebook by the editor/publisher Jonathan Raab.

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Art by Peter Lazarski

Also posted was the back cover and table of contents. As you can see, I’m one of the contributors.

The cover, as you can see, is gorgeous, and the ToC boasts a few of my favorite current writers (Sean M. Thompson, Raab himself, J.R. Hamantaschen, Matthew M. Bartlett, Alex Smith, and Orrin Grey among them).

My story “OneiroVision” was one it took a while to get right, and one I still don’t feel entirely confident about (but I’ve gotten used to this sensation; I have it whenever I finish a story). I won’t add much in the way of story notes, as those are included in the book. I’ll only say that its the first published story to involve my fictional New…

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Spooklights #21 Chop Talk with Matthew M. Bartlett

Matthew M. Bartlett joins us once again to talk about writing, social media use, substances (including coffee!) and writing, editing, networking, Twin Peaks, True Detective Season 2 sucks, and a whole lot more! Sean M. Thompson stays in the slot for most of the show, and I decided to cut out my buzzed, half-hearted defense of some of the elements in the Star Wars prequel films because I’m not a total monster.

Music by Terrortron: terrortron.bandcamp.com/

“Letters of Decline: Four Tales of Job Interview Horror” (Review)

The Conqueror Weird gives a very positive review to LETTERS OF DECLINE!

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Letters of Decline: Four Tales of Job Interview Horror
by Joseph Pastula, Matthew M. Bartlett, Sean M. Thompson, and Jonathan Raab

Hello, everybody. Welcome back to the second installment of “What in Beelzebub’s unholy name have those Orford Parish Books boys gotten up to now?” You may remember the first time we looked at the exploits of Orford Parish Books, probably because it wasn’t too long ago as the blog flies. That post covered such diverse topics as murder houses, picture books, the American flag, and wrestling.

Now we zone in a bit on their most recent publication, a self-styled “split chapbook” entitled Letters of Decline: Four Tales of Job Interview Horror. As the title suggests, it contains four weird horror narratives, all of which relate to the nerve-wracking experience of a job interview. Orford Parish Books has not yet failed to pick a…

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Spooklights #20: Jeremy Robert Johnson

Jeremy Robert Johnson joins us to discuss horror-as-influence on a not-necessarily-a-horror-author, SKULLCRACK CITY, ENTROPY IN BLOOM, night terrors, rural vs. urban, and so much more. Dude’s an excellent writer, humble and hungry AF, and you’d do well to read his work. Also I mumble-mouth my way through the opening description, and at some point we talk about drugs.

http://www.jeremyrobertjohnson.com/

Music by Terrortron: terrortron.bandcamp.com/

HIVE by Alex Smith (Book Review)

A glowing review of HIVE from Splatterpunk Zine!

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HIVE by Alex Smith (Muzzleland Press)

With HIVE, Alex Smith explores the world of urban paranoia with a Cronenbergian precision. The story follows the relationship of Mark and Carolyn as they try to piece things together following the decision to have an abortion. The act causes an emotional rift in their relationship, which they seek to close by moving out of their matchbox sized, loft apartment. As you can expect, it’s upon moving into their new apartment where things start to get creepy and weird. As to not spoil any more of the plot, let me just say that what follows is goddamn awesome.

Despite it’s short length, Smith manages to pack a whole lot of emotional realism in to the main characters and the rebuilding of their relationship. For all its paranoia, HIVE is a deeply human book. In that way, I wouldn’t be surprised if Smith was, along…

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