"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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Let's start getting ready for Halloween!
edited by Ellen Datlow
World-class anthologist Ellen Datlow solicited horror stories that "…provide a frisson of shock or a moment of dread so powerful it might cause the reader outright physical discomfort…" , and the resultant anthology, INFERNO, hits the mark dead-bang. The range and tone of stories is breathtaking, from elegantly crafted psychological horror to horrific black humor to full-on supernatural screamers. "An Apiary of White Bees" by Lee Thomas--currently a Stoker nominee in the Short Story category--leads the reader into a nightmare of dark rooms and dark secrets. Nathan Ballingrud's "The Monsters of Heaven" is a shuddersome tale of bizarre beings and the humans who are drawn to them. P.D. Cacek creates a world where terror never dies with "The Keeper", and Jeffrey Ford brings us to the brink of madness with the very weird "Bedroom Light". There are twenty tales in all from established writers and rising stars, and not a clunker in the bunch. So which one gave me the greatest shock? I would have to say that K. W. Jeter really took me downtown with "Riding Bitch"; it'll be a long time before I'm able to shake off the image of a crazed motorcyclist hell-bent for infinity with his former lover's rotting corpse strapped to his back. Datlow's INFERNO is a legend-in-the-making anthology that should find a home on your bookshelf between PRIME EVIL and THE DESCENT OF HORROR. This is the real deal, folks. Read it and freak! And be sure to check out Ellen Datlow's online presence and read her live journal at www.datlow.com.
ENCYCLOPEDIA HORRIFICA by Joshua Gee
2007 nominee for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction, this "compendium of all things ghoulish and ghastly" is just plain fun! I enjoyed this perusing this clever and entertaining collection of horror factoids, and the ENCYCLOPEDIA HORRIFICA is perfect for horror fans of all ages. Kids and adults will enjoy the non-explicit and humorous insight into the nature of monsters, ghosts, the paranormal, phobias, superstitions, fairies and other cool horror stuff. Packed with full-color photos and illustrations, this volume contains the lowdown on curses, hoaxes, real and maybe real monsters, how to catch ghosts, and just about anything else you ever wanted to know about scary stuff. Hey, what's not to love about a book that includes the entire lyrics to the song "Pet Sematary" by the Ramones? And that's not all! This book comes with a super creepy animated skull cover, funzo! For more information about ENCYCLOPEDIA HORRIFICA, stop by the author's wildly amusing website at www.JoshuaGee.com.
As summer drags on into Fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve excavated some excellent modern Gothic chillers to put some ice on your overheated, knobby spine. Look!
FROM THE DEAD by Sandy DeLuca
Looking for a truly spooky read to take along when you head out for that last sun-drenched weekend before autumn ushers summer into memory? I suggest Sandy DeLuca’s haunting new horror novella, MESSAGES FROM THE DEAD, which is instantly downloadable in electronic format. In the wake of having found the brutalized body of her mother, who was beaten to death by her boyfriend, young Donna moves in with her mystical grandmother, a practicing seer and reader who takes her granddaughter into her home until Donna, searching for love and safe harbor, marries a young man with whom she has almost nothing in common. Unhappy in her marriage, Donna decides to get an education and try to make a more meaningful life for herself. An amateur painter, Donna packs her few belongings and art supplies with plans to perfect her artistic skills at New York’s Castell Community College. When she arrives, she discovers the building itself is old and forbidding, permeated dreadful memories. The moment Donna crosses the threshold, her hereditary ability to discern the paranormal kick in, and Donna soon discovers that Castell Community College has a very dark past. It was once a rehabilitation hospital for children afflicted with tuberculosis, and terrible atrocities were committed within. The restless ghosts of abused and murdered children are drawn to Donna, as though beseeching her for justice and salvation. The walls of building seem to breathe terror and agony, and Donna is no stranger to those feelings. If she can save these tortured souls, perhaps she can save herself. But there is something terrible standing in her way, and a battle is sure to ensue. Beautifully envisioned and wrought, Sandy DeLuca has crafted another heart-stopping novella that will have you shivering, even if you’re lying on the beach. For more about this talented author/poet/artist, she can be found online at www.sandydeluca.com.
HOLES FOR FACES by Ramsey Campbell
What could be a better treat for summer-blockbuster-weary horror fans than a collection of beautifully crafted knee-knockers from one of our greatest practitioners of the art of dread, Grandmaster of Horror Ramsey Campbell. With unparalleled accuracy and acumen, Mr. Campbell shoots straight for the heart with stories in which nothing is safe and no one is to be trusted, not even oneself. This world is set atilt with hidden trap doors springing open without warning. Here, we are betrayed by our senses and our most cherished beliefs, and negotiating the most well- trodden path becomes a perilous tightrope walk. These are stories of unremitting dread where an unexpected change of trains leaves a man in an eerily deserted station with only a garbled announcer’s voice for guidance; a visit to an ailing relative unearths long buried terrors; something half-heard through a hotel wall takes on sinister dimensions; monsters roam ancient catacombs; a silly rumor about a horror film takes on terrible significance; a Christmas celebration becomes a meditation upon death; a happy game of tossing a child into the air goes terribly wrong; and a true crime perpetrated by a pair of ten-year-olds who stone to death a kidnapped two-year-old takes on even darker hues in “Chucky Comes to Liverpool”, perhaps one of Mr. Campbell’s most unforgettably unsettling creations to date. This is a brilliant collection of fourteen intense terrors that ensnare the reader in persistent waking nightmares that do not fall away when the sun rises anew. No. These stories stick. HOLES FOR FACES is available in both print and electronic formats. For more about the author, please visit his website at www.RamseyCampbell.com.
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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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