Occult swamp war and urban body-horror: Now only 99 cents

As we’re gearing up for our next book and saving our pennies for Necronomicon, we’re dropping prices to get our titles into more hands.

The Lesser Swamp Gods of Little Dixie by Jonathan Raab and Hive by Alex Smith are now only 99 cents each for Kindle. For $2 that’s two tales of terror.

hive-isbn-uploadHive is the story of a couple who moves to a too-good-to-be-true apartment building in New York City following their abortion. When images of bizarre medical experiments appear on their television, they soon discover they’ve entered a surreal world of biological horrors and animalistic violence.lesser_swamp_gods_04

The Lesser Swamp Gods of Little Dixie follows a conspiracy theory radio show host turned county sheriff into the heart of haunted southern Oklahoma. Corn cob monsters, inhuman bog ghouls from hell, and warring witch-cults are all out for blood in this pulp horror adventure.

Things that we went and did in 2016

We had a great year in 2016.

Creeping Waves by Matthew M. Bartlett

cover_204-16_originalMy 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
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Spooklights #9 With Alex Smith

hive-isbn-uploadFor this episode, special guest host Sean M. Thompson and Jonathan Raab talk with Muzzleland Press’ own Alex Smith about his novella HIVE, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, masculinity, urban anxiety, and much more.

You can listen on Soundcloud, subscribe on iTunes, or listen via YouTube.

HIVE is a Cronenbergian paranoid thriller about a New York City couple discovering a cascading series of horrors within their seemingly idyllic apartment building. It’s Muzzleland Press’ final release of the year, and it’s one of our best books yet.

The Home Invasion – Part One: Novels

by Alex Smith

I wrote HIVE in conversation with the home invasion narrative. Not necessarily a big fan that sought out such examples of the trope, I’d nonetheless read, watched, and gamed in worlds where something or someone was trying to get in. The idea of an urban home invasion drew me to closer to the challenge. What happens when someone gets into your building, your apartment? Where do you go; what do you do? Continue reading “The Home Invasion – Part One: Novels”

the city can change so quickly: An interview with Alex Smith, author of HIVE

Alex Smith is the author of Muzzleland Press’ latest novella, HIVE, a Cronenbergian descent into urban paranoia, reproduction, body horror, abortion, and so much more.

Consider supporting the press by purchasing the book for Kindle here or in paperback.

What is HIVE?

HIVE is a short book about a couple that move to a nice new apartment in Queens, only to find their darkest fears about parenthood, life, death, and birth will be realized. HIVE is so short that saying more gives it away. I had this great experience of reading a short book called The Beckoning Fair One from start to finish on a flight from New York to Las Vegas. I wanted to write something that could be read in one or two sittings (with or without air travel) but that had enough substance to feel like a light meal, not a snack. I like to think of HIVE as a horror story where the characters matter as much as the horror.

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New Release: HIVE by Alex Smith

Muzzleland Press is proud to announce the release of HIVE by Alex Smith, a descent into urban and body horror. Now available on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback.

“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 and MOTHER

“Rarely have I encountered such a fantastic debut. A deliriously dark masterpiece worthy of Cronenberg, HIVE is a shining black gem in this weird world.”
-Brian O’Connell, Editor at the Conqueror Weird

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Cover Reveal: HIVE by Alex Smith

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Next week, journey into terror with a troubled couple recovering from the emotional turmoil of their abortion. They seek refuge in a refurbished New York City apartment building in an “up-and-coming” neighborhood, only to discover the Cronenbergian terror housed in the hive below. Secret medical experiments, social anxiety, and hideous reproductive cycles collide in this descent into true horror.

“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 Mother and Altar

“Rarely have I encountered such a fantastic debut. A deliriously dark masterpiece worthy of Cronenberg, HIVE is a shining black gem in this weird world.”
-Brian O’Connell, Editor at the Conqueror Weird

Copies will be available via Amazon, Kindle and our Storenvy storefront.