"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..."
(Clicking on the covers gives you more information and prices from Amazon.com and other outlets.)
It is a great pleasure for me to present the following trio of books created by two of the most creative and big-spirited women I know. ROAR!
CITY AT THE EDGE OF THE EARTH by Sandy DeLuca
Sandy DeLuca’s new novel takes place in her signature setting, the eerie Talbot Bay, where the grieving widow of rock legend Tyler Bane has retreated after her husband is gunned down. Diane Bane retreats to Talbot Bay, specifically the creepy old Hotel LaNeau, where she pores over her dead husband’s journals and belongings while she works to settle his estate. Diane soon falls under a dark melancholy that is accompanied by fever dreams and visions of terrible things. The hotel seems to draw and consume the darkest aspects of the world, acting as a black beacon on a wind-swept hill, bringing to it the nightmarish creatures for which it is legendary. Slithering creatures ooze from the sea, and cat-like entities stalk the night. Swept up in her husband’s past through his diaries, Diane begins a journey into his past. Who exactly was Tyler before he became a rock star? What exactly led him to fame and fortune…and to Diane? This is heady supernatural mystery that will not disappoint DeLuca fans.
SMALL SPIRITS, DOLLS OF DARKNESS by Marge Simon (Poems) and Sandy DeLuca (Art)
Brilliant, dynamic, formidable, and unflinching, Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca have joined together once again to create a volume of sublime and subversive poetry and verse for women and for the world at large, this time turning a dark gaze upon those most ubiquitous toys of a little girl’s youth: dolls. Love them, hate them, dolls are a part of the childhood landscape, and their presence leave impressions—sometimes scars—as this collection makes clear. Written by the award winning poet/author/artist Marge Simon and illustrated by the celebrated poet/author/artist Sandy DeLuca, SMALL SPIRITS examines the impact of dolls upon their owners as well as reporting on the experience from the dolls’ points of view. Sad, outgrown dolls left behind, naughty dolls that provide taboo pleasures, dolls that are repositories for rage and fear and immense dark power, dolls that offer solace, and dolls that drain the soul. Dedicated to their granddaughters, SMALL SPIRITS is a collection that should be on the bedside of grrrls everywhere. For more about Marge Simon, you’ll find her website at www.MargeSimon.com
LUPO MANNARO by Sandy DeLuca
Middleport Harbor is a city of strange beings—banshees and dark fairies swoop and fly through the air while the undead and seething elementals shamble through a magical land where curses and spells are the way of the world. Many years ago, a bloody and horrifying incident aboard an ocean-going ship bound for Middleport Harbor became the locus of a particularly dreadful curse that has since caused the town’s wolf-women to perish the moment they’ve finished bearing young. When Geneva Bento’s mother, Ellery, begins to die, Geneva is determined to break the curse. To save her mother, Geneva seeks out and propositions the Shadow Queen, an entity of enormous black powers, to save her mother. But other plans are in motion and the supernatural beings of Middleport Harbor are engaged. Only Geneva can end the curse of the wolf women, but she will require help to make it so. This is a wonderfully spooky supernatural adventure set in a beautifully drawn paranormal world. For more about the author, you may visit her online resting place here: www.SandyDeLuca.com
This week TombRats it's a collection of short fiction by G. O. Clark, aptly named TWISTS and TURNS. Then to balance things out I have a novella containing both prose and poetry by two award winning authors.
& TURNS by G. O. Clark
Always delightful and surprising, author G. O. Clark’s newest short fiction collection is aptly named. In seventeen clever, strange, and utterly enjoyable tales, the author writes of attractive young zombies, space creatures, a shape changer, a most oddly haunted house, a real Tom Thumb, a grieving widow, a space abductees, and so much more. Mr. Clark turns the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres on their respective heads, producing stories that make you wonder whether to laugh or shriek—or both! TWISTS & TURNS is a serpentine adventure into weirdness most grand. Enjoy! You may visit the author at www.goclarkpoet.weebly.com.
NIGHTS by Bruce Boston and Alessandro Manzetti
Bram Stoker Award™ winning authors Bruce Boston and Alessandro Manzetti have marshaled together their formidable talents in creating this superb new novella of poetry and prose. Here they examine the urban nightscape: a living, pulsing, glittering, dangerous thing that draws us into its depths. What compels us? What makes us seek out the forbidden pleasures of the darkness in all their beauty and madness? Seething, edgy, and dangerous, herein you will find the subterranean alleyways filled with miasmic figures. The authors turn blazing fictive illumination upon denizens of the shadows: whores, pimps, monsters, killers, arsonists, ruined saviors, and all of the darker angels of our nightmares. The wicked and irredeemable traverse the bleak peripheries of humanity live and breathe in the beating pulse of exquisite poems and flashing tales from authors whose pens flash like scalpels, flaying open the night with skill and precision. Artist Ben Baldwin contributes ultra-noir illustrations that perfectly accompany these dark proceedings. Beautifully imagined and wrought, SACRIFICIAL NIGHTS is a dazzling and unsettling journey through the land of the lost. For more about the authors, please visit their online resting places at www.BruceBoston.com and http://www.independentlegions.com/english-version---editor.html.
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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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