"Welcome to Count Gore De Vol's Tomb of Dark Delights. I'm J. L. Comeau, horror writer and resident Tomb Keeper. I have been charged with the daunting task of sorting and cataloging the Count's vast library of horror, science fiction and fantasy. Take a torch from the wall and follow me down the stone stairway into the darkness deep beneath the Dungeon. It's cold and damp down here--perfect for the kind of reading we're going to do. Never mind the shambling figures in the shadows, they're probably just some friends of ours looking for a good book. If you click on the cover, you'll be taken to a wonderful place where you can buy the book.
Now, let's reach into the musty stacks and see what we can find..."
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Gearing up for Halloween? What better way to get into the
Halloween mood than with some excellent scare fare! Come get some.
COLD CUTS by Robert Payne Cabeen
Artist/author Robert Payne Cabeen has constructed a sleek and entertaining scream machine with his first novel, COLD CUTS, set at the bottom of the world where an icy hellscape is the stage for a horrific and humorous tale of scientists under attack. Ozzy and Ben are studying the effects of climate change, and they are also driving each other crazy. What better place for a pair of polar opposites than an Antarctic environmental lab? Serious-minded Ben takes a dim view of Ozzy’s constant pounding of junk food and gaming, but they must band together when their isolated outpost comes under assault by a rampaging army of mutant tentacled Lovecraftian penguins created by a nuclear reactor built by a terrorist group that calls themselves The Order of the Red Wolf. Scientists are not known for their fighting skills, but Ozzy, Ben, and the rest of the environmental lab workers pull it together when the penguins run riot in their facility. By turns gruesome and hilarious, COLD CUTS is the perfect novel for Halloween. This is a grand mashup of horror and humor! For more about the author, please visit his online resting place at www.robertpaynecabeen.com.
THE DARK SEA WITHIN by Jason V. Brock
My last encounter with author Jason V. Brock’s poetry and fiction was his collection THE DARK PHANTASTIQUE, a rich tapestry of almost baroque tales that explored a strange outward universe of terrors. In THE DARK SEA WITHIN, the author turns his eye to an interior world, the very beating heart of darkness where impulses and desires reign. In these twenty short stories and poems, hidden motives and compulsions are thrust into view and examined. A man’s hidden life is exposed when a neighbor opens his mail by mistake; ancient gods make clear their dark intent by returning to reclaim what they believe is theirs to take; a bizarre sighting off the coast of Antarctica brings a ship’s crew into mortal danger; the death of an identical twin causes a woman to question her place in the world; scavengers in the human organ industry ply their trade; and much more. Meticulously penned, each of these poems and stories is encompassed by an aura of weirdness that one would like to label Lovecraftian, but which are not so easily branded. Cosmic, yes, but a shade darker, I would say. The author closes with explanatory notes regarding the genesis of each piece, and the influences affecting structure and tone. This is a beautiful and thoughtfully crafted collection with just the right shiver level for Halloween reading. More information about the author’s many creative adventures can be accessed here: http://www.jasunni.com/.
THE THINGS THAT ARE NOT THERE by C. J. Henderson
This novel ably demonstrates the considerable literary talents possessed by the late C. J. Henderson, a talented writer and a marvelous, sweet man. It's as if H. P. Lovecraft pulled up a chair next to Mr. Henderson's writing desk and collaborated in the creation of this hardboiled supernatural mystery. The story: Teddy London runs New York City's number one private detective agency--well, he did until his office was destroyed by a storm conjured by demons. But Teddy's still in top-notch form, and his new client is a beautiful woman who is being pursued by winged monsters who plan to use her to allow them entry to a portal that will swallow the world in a maelstrom of madness. Teddy is prepared to do battle with the forces of evil, and mankind is dependent upon his victory. This is an ingeniously plotted whirlwind of a novel written with brio and peopled by unforgettable characters. Plus, this is the novel that introduces one of Mr. Henderson's most beloved characters, Lai Wan. Lai Wan is a psychometrist, which means she can read the souls of humans and the history of objects through tactile contact. When Teddy London realizes he needs help to battle the monsters threatening our planet, the beautiful Asian psychometrist, Lai Wan, is sent to join him in battle against the winged hordes. This is a thrilling supernatural escapade that leaves the reader breathless and eager for more Teddy London! And the Kindle edition is free! We miss you, CJ!
This week, TombRats, we’re going to do some science fictional
traveling—to inner space and outer space... Read on and you’ll see what I
THE AFFINITIES by Robert Charles Wilson
Award winning author has written a speculative science fiction novel that is on the cutting edge of our present society. Set in the near future, a societal experiment is taking place: like-minded people are dividing themselves into separate groups, communities called Affinities, self-composed families in which people are closer in thought and opinion than in their own biological families. The members are sorted by sophisticated genetic and brain mapping, finding commonalities that places individuals into one of twenty two Affinities. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Except the Affinities become so completely entrenched in their beliefs and sure that their opinions and lifestyles are the only correct lifestyles and opinions that they find themselves in opposition to the other Affinities until war between the communities begins to break out. Adam Fisk is a young man who has been chosen to live in the Tau Affinity, and initially finds the loyalty, protection and group-think offered there quite comforting and pleasant. But soon he is caught in the crossfire of a problem concerning his real family, a brother and sister-in-law who do not agree with the Tau Affinity’s way of life, both of whom are on the brink of being sacrificed in the conflict between warring social groups. This is social networking gone mad, and a chilling and believable end result of people of common opinions taking sides until the very worst result occurs.
VIRTUES OF WAR (BOOK ONE OF THE ASTRAL SAGA) by Bennett R. Coles
Who’s ready go full-on epic and rock some military science fiction with rivets? Book One of Bennett R. Coles’s Astral Saga begins aboard the fast flying attack craft Rapier, carrying Lt. Katja Emmes, a bad-ass warrior who, along with Sublt. Jack Mallory and Lt. Commander Thomas Kane, are racing toward a confrontation that may very well determine the future of Earth. The Terran military’s mission to quash a colonial rebellion on the Centauri colony called Cerberus is over. The mission has succeeded, but the Expeditionary Force has not escape unscathed—their unit is in tatters and their arrival back on Earth has unexpected and grave consequences. War is erupting. Now Lt. Emmes and her fellow troopers are the only chance the planet has left and things don’t look good. Written by a military veteran, VIRTUES OF WAR is a realistic and edgy thrill ride filled with graphic battles and cool tech that will keep you flipping pages at light speed. Click on the cover and preorder this June 30 release.
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About the Tomb Keeper (Or, who is this person of mystery)
J. L. (Judy) Comeau is an award winning short story writer whose work has appeared internationally in major horror and dark fantasy anthologies such as the Borderlands series, Best New Horror, The Years' Best Horror, the Hot Blood series, and the Dark Voices series in the UK. She is an active member of the Horror Writer's Association, and she lives in the Washington, DC area where she also teaches short story writing. Click on FIREBIRD to read one of her most anthologized stories.
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