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Thu
Feb 26 2015 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: March Releases in Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, and Horror

new releases Urban Fantasy Horror MarchThirty-one new releases in these mega-genres roar in like a lion (well, a leonine shapeshifter) this month, including new series titles from, among others, Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires), Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega), Devon Monk (House Immortal), Seanan McGuire (InCryptid), Leigh Evans (Mystwalker), Anne Bishop (The Others), Nancy Holzner (Deadtown), Dana Cameron (Fangborn), and Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Fri
Feb 20 2015 11:00am

Evil Eighties: The Paperback Horrors of Lisa Tuttle

Lisa Tuttle Familiar SpiritStarting last Friday the 13th, Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör, and Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction are back to uncover the best (and worst) horror paperbacks from the 1980s.

Who is Lisa Tuttle and why is she such a pervert? We may never find an answer to that second question. After all, what drives an author to write some of the most psychologically harrowing, squick-inducing, “find your soft places and dig in with my fingernails” mass market paperbacks of the 1980s? Why does she seem to delight in our discomfort? But maybe the answer is easy.

Why is Lisa Tuttle so perverse? It might be because her books taste better that way.

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 5:00pm
Excerpt

Dead Spots (Excerpt)

Rhiannon Frater

Dead Spots Rhiannon Frater The stillbirth of Mackenzie’s son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life’s dangers.

Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer...and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are besieged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.

Mackenzie’s mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac’s ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive. As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.

Horror novelist Rhiannon Frater returns with Dead Spots, available February 24th from Tor Books!

[Read an Excerpt]

Thu
Feb 12 2015 5:00pm
Excerpt

The Doll Collection

Ellen Datlow

the doll collection anthology ellen datlow The Doll Collection—available March 10th from Tor Books—is an anthology designed to frighten and delight, featuring all-original dark tales of dolls from bestselling and award-winning authors compiled by one of the top editors in the field, a treasured toy box of all-original dark stories about dolls of all types, including everything from puppets and poppets to mannequins and baby dolls.

Master anthologist Ellen Datlow has assembled a list of beautiful and terrifying stories from bestselling and critically acclaimed authors. Featuring everything from life-sized clockwork dolls to all-too-human Betsy Wetsy-type baby dolls, these stories play into the true creepiness of the doll trope, but avoid the clichés that often show up in stories of this type. The collection is illustrated with photographs of dolls taken by Datlow and other devoted doll collectors from the science fiction and fantasy field. The result is a star-studded collection exploring one of the most primal fears of readers of dark fiction everywhere, and one that every eader will want to add to their own collection.

[Read Ellen Datlow’s Introduction]

Tue
Feb 10 2015 5:00pm
Excerpt

Bones & All (Excerpt)

Camille DeAngelis

Bones & All Camille DeAngelis excerpt Maren Yearly is a young woman who wants the same things we all do. She wants to be someone people admire and respect. She wants to be loved. But her secret, shameful needs have forced her into exile. She hates herself for the bad thing she does, for what it’s done to her family and her sense of identity; for how it dictates her place in the world and how people see her—how they judge her. She didn’t choose to be this way.

Because Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them. Ever since her mother found Penny Wilson’s eardrum in her mouth when Maren was just two years old, she knew life would never be normal for either of them. Love may come in many shapes and sizes, but for Maren, it always ends the same—with her hiding the evidence and her mother packing up the car.

But when her mother abandons her the day after her sixteenth birthday, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, and finds much more than she bargained for along the way. Faced with a world of fellow eaters, potential enemies, and the prospect of love, Maren realizes she isn’t only looking for her father—she’s looking for herself.

Camille DeAngelis’ Bones & All—available March 10th from St. Martin’s Press—is an astonishingly original coming-of-age tale that is at once a gorgeously written horror story as well as a mesmerizing meditation on female power and sexuality.

[Read an Excerpt]

Mon
Feb 2 2015 4:00pm

Everything I Needed to Know about Writing Monster Horror I Learned from Alien

Alien

I wish I could say I saw Alien on the big screen in 1979, and experienced the glory of Ridley Scott and H.R. Giger’s chest-bursting, face-hugging terrors before they became property of pop culture and parody. Alas, Alien was years before my time. The film was nearly thirty years old before I borrowed the DVD from a friend and watched it alone in a small, dark room. Mistake.

What my tiny, flickering television experience lacked in silver screen quality, it made up for in atmosphere, intense claustrophobia, and the eerie sense of being isolated in the universe. Space is already a terrifying, incomprehensible void to me; adding Alien’s Xenomorph only made me check my locks thrice and start looking up how to make homemade napalm… at least for fiction’s sake.

I watched the film countless times, breaking down the movie down into its basest parts, trying to understand why it succeeded to frighten audiences so thoroughly with its modest budget, low performance expectations, and a fairly lukewarm critical reception. Nowadays, the film is widely considered a classic.

[Here’s what Alien taught me about writing horror.]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 6:00pm

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Paranormal/Urban Fantasy and Horror

new releases urban fantasy Thirty-five new releases in these mega-genres make your valentine all furry and fanged, including new series titles from, among others, Kait Ballenger (Execution Underground), Kathleen Tierney (Siobhan Quinn), Jaye Wells (Prospero’s War), J.D. Robb (In Death), Kylie Chan (Celestial Battle), and Bob Mayer (Area 51).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 10:00am
Reprint

Scarecrow

Alyssa Wong

Tor.com is honored to reprint “Scarecrow,” a horror short story by Alyssa Wong. Originally published in Black Static 42 (September 2014), “Scarecrow” has never before been available to read online. Please enjoy this horrific tale of tragic love and corvid loss. This story contains scenes that some readers may find upsetting.

[Read “Scarecrow” by Alyssa Wong]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 2:45pm

Day Four Follows The Three

Day Four Sarah Lotz

The Three was without question one of the best and most hellish horror novels released in recent years. As I concluded in my review, Sarah Lotz’s “nightmarish indictment of contemporary culture [was] assiduously ambiguous, brilliantly balanced, carefully controlled and in the final summation fantastically crafted,” so I’m on board for Day Four, the “unforgettable sequel” Hodderscape revealed recently.

Day Four appears to shift the focus of The Three from the skies to the seas.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 1:30pm

Back to Hell with Clive Barker

Clive Barker The Scarlet Gospels

Get ready to say hello and goodbye both to two classic characters. Harry D’Amour—a major player in Everville—and Pinhead himself, he of The Hellbound Heart in part and the whole of the Hellraiser film franchise, are finally ready to return in “a good versus evil saga that goes straight to Hell.”

Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you—or rather reintroduce you—to The Scarlet Gospels, a “farewell speech” of sorts, and Clive Barker’s first book for adults since 2007’s altogether too brief masterpiece Mister B. Gone:

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Wed
Jan 14 2015 1:30pm

Cold Season, Cold Silence

A Cold Season Alison Littlewood

Jo Fletcher Books has successfully concluded negotiations for not one, not two, but three new books by bestselling horror author Alison Littlewood, who today described the deal as “a very nice Christmas present indeed.”

The first of the three is called A Cold Silence—a surprise sequel to Littlewood’s 2012 debut. At the same time as getting all kinds of excited about its similarities to the Silent Hill series, I called A Cold Season “a powerful story about motherhood... about family, and the ties that bind us.” It went on to sell tremendously well, not least because it was featured in the Book Club chaired by former daytime television personalities Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

In the years since A Cold Season’s release, Littlewood has written two other unrelated novels—namely Path of Needles and The Unquiet House—alongside a whole host of superlative short stories. I for one thought she was done with Darnshaw, but obviously not.

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Mon
Jan 12 2015 6:00pm

Rocket Talk Episode 38: Mallory O’Meara and Jayson Utz

Jayson Utz Mallory O'Meara

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by Mallory O’Meara and Jayson Utz to talk about living with a writer and the horror genre gutter. These two items are in no way connected, honestly.

[Listen Now!]

Fri
Jan 9 2015 1:00pm
Excerpt

Red Equinox (Excerpt)

Douglas Wynne

Red Equinox by Douglas WynneThe Red Equinox has dawned, and the old gods who have slept for aeons are stirring.

Urban explorer and photographer Becca Philips was raised in the shadow of Miskatonic University, steeped in the mysteries of her late grandmother's work in occult studies.

As urban warfare breaks out between eldritch monsters and an emerging police state, she must uncover the secrets of a family heirloom known as the Fire of Cairo to banish the rising tide of darkness before the balance tips irrevocably at the Red Equinox.

Read an excerpt from Douglas Wynne's new book below, out on January 16, 2015 from JournalStone Books.

[Read an excerpt from Douglas Wynne's Red Equinox]

Fri
Jan 9 2015 12:00pm

You Are Never Coming Home. Holly Black Traps Readers in The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Beware the justice of children.

A book trailer has surfaced that relays the story behind Holly Black's new book The Darkest Part of the Forest and even a few seconds of it is enough to scare you sweetly. Check it out below.

[The Darkest Part of the Forest]

Wed
Jan 7 2015 3:27pm

Med Students Learn Why You Don’t Bring People Back from the Dead in The Lazarus Effect Trailer

The Lazarus Effect trailer Olivia Wilde Mark Duplass Donald Glover Evan Peters

You would think that Victor Frankenstein would be the best cautionary tale against playing with electricity and corpses, but there always has to be a group of doctors arrogant enough to believe that they can bring the dead back to life. This time it’s Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass as the good doctors, and in the first trailer for The Lazarus Effect, they’re going biblical.

[Watch the trailer]

Thu
Jan 1 2015 11:00am

Fiction Affliction: January Releases in Paranormal/Urban Fantasy and Horror

Thirty-eight new releases in these mega-genres will help you get rid of all those holiday gift cards, including new titles from, among others, Jaye Wells, Daniel José Older, Victoria Laurie, J.C. Nelson, Jim C. Hines, Seth Grahame-Smith, Myke Cole, Walter Mosley, Yasmine Galenorn, and Kelley Armstrong.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Wed
Dec 24 2014 11:00am

All I Want For Christmas is an Evil Snowman: Christmas Tales of Terror

Christmas Tales of Terror Christ PriestleyBy now, it’s safe to say that some of you might be harboring certain, shall we say, thoughts about the holiday season, and especially Christmas. Irritated thoughts. Cynical thoughts. Angry thoughts. Even—dare I say it—horrified thoughts.

If so, you might be in the mood for Chris Priestley’s Christmas Tales of Terror, where all kinds of terrible, nasty, awful things happen to adorable and not so adorable children on Christmas.

Also, ghosts.

[And, naturally, an evil snowman powered by BLOOD because why not? Spoilers.]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 2:00pm

On the Masterful Creepiness of Merricat: Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Shirley Jackson We Have Always Lived in the Castle I came to the Shirley Jackson party late. The first thing I read was The Haunting of Hill House, and that was just last year. On my way to the park for a lunchtime walk and brain-clearing, I pulled a parcel from the post box. In the park I didn’t refrain from tearing open said parcel because, well, book. I did laps whilst reading this tremendously weird tale, and by the time I returned home there was a kind of strange translucent wallpaper over my vision, an image of Hill House superimposed on the things of my everyday life. That’s kind of disturbing.

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about—Hill House (not sane, but brilliant) led me to We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and the thoroughly magnificently malignant creation, Mary Katherine Blackwood. Merricat, with her strange acts of sympathetic magic, her even stranger magical thinking, and her almost complete lack of conscience—I say “almost” because she does seem to know she’s doing wrong, but she shrugs and does it anyway because it’s all in the service of what she believes is required.

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Thu
Dec 11 2014 9:00am

Morning Roundup: Merry Cthulhumas!

Cthulhu Wreath

Photographer and improver-of-Christmas LiquidNight made this fantastic Cthulhumas wreath, and shared it with GeyserofAwesome! If you’d like to add some tentacles to your own holiday celebrations, there is a step-by-step Elder Guide over on imgur.

Morning Roundup demands more dinosaur hybrids, confirms that (flying cars aside) we are indeed living in the future, and decides to o some hardcore wassailin’ with Christopher Lee!

[Plus, Stephen Colbert will not rest until he has been every LOTR character!]

Fri
Nov 28 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: December Releases in Paranormal/Urban Fantasy and Horror

new releases urban fantasy December 2014Twenty-three offerings help deplete the holiday pocketbook this month. Look for new titles from, among others, Kristen Painter, Keri Arthur, Dorothy Hearst, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Carrie Vaughn.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]