We are so pleased to announce the release of RJ Joseph’s fabulous collection Hell Hath No Sorrow like a Woman Haunted.
The Black women in these tales are women we all know. The mothers, wives, business owners, creatives, and more, that we see in everyday life. They perform the impossible and hold all ends together.
Sometimes, they’re an open book, their stories written in the beloved lines of their faces and the varied bodies they wear with pride or weariness.
Other times, their secrets squirm beneath the surface, aching for release and discovery while beckoning others to lean in. They whisper the horror of their predicaments, closer to home than you realize. These Black women are more than we know. They’re also victims, monsters…and often, a little of both.
“A look across the room that tells you you’re not alone in your Otherness. A caress from a blade. A book full of stories to make you feel profoundly unsettled. Hell Hath No Sorrow like a Woman Haunted is a superb collection that mixes smart, complex narratives about who we are with fast, bloody hardcore horror. Don’t miss it.” – Gabino Iglesias, author of The Devil Takes You Home
Available in Hardcover, Trade Paperback, and eBook now!.
Coming Soon! Terrace V: Penitent’s Gold.
Welcome to the Fifth Terrace in the famed Purgatorio, where you will atone for your incorrigible greed with your fellow Penitents, languishing in sight of gold forever out of reach.
In this collection of dark needful tales, an unusual door grants riches for an unexpected price, bikini clad thieves make the score of a lifetime at ravenous cost, an expensive mistress gets what’s coming to her, it’s all fun and games until the Hare kills the Hound, a family bound rock star longs for life he once led, memories are worth a terrible price, and a pair of grifters plunder a haunted gold mine.
You can never be too rich, and Chris Marrs, Taija Morgan, Chris Patrick Carolan, Lindsay Thomas, Shane Kroetsch, Sarah L. Pratt and Robert Bose will tantalize you with promises of wealth beyond the nightmares and poetry of Avarice.
“Terrace V: Penitent’s Gold is a golden goose of wicked, timely, and (literally) skin-crawling tales. Nothing blinds us quite like greed, and this bevy of wildly talented and wholly original voices remind us of the hidden costs buried deep within anything we may desire. A price paid with an altogether different kind of currency, each greedily-spun story poses the only question that should ever count: Can you afford it?” – P.J. Vernon, author of Bath Haus and When You Find Me
Available in Trade Paperback, and eBook November 7th!.
NEW! Sleeping Underwater now in Hardcover – In addition to the original text of this novel, this special Souria Edition Hardcover contains an extra twenty thousand words of supplementary material including a new introduction and an exploration of the mysterious island of Sel Souris in the form of notes, dreams and an extensive travelogue.
Sleeping Underwater – Souria Edition by Laird Ryan States (August 7, 2022)
Niles Townsend is a private detective, and a struggling survivor of supernatural violence. With his eye on retirement, he takes one final case, recovering a box of stolen mementos for architectural Wunderkind Carter Bennet.
In short order, Niles falls in love with his new client, that new client is kidnapped, and violence and the supernatural are back on the menu. So much for retirement.
With the help of an assassin, the search for Carter leads Niles to an immigrant gang from rogue nation Sel Souris and their illicit trade in a drug made from ground beetles found only on their island. Niles is unaware that his past lives link him to the colonial history of Sel Souris, and that he was instrumental in the destruction of their island’s numinous and strange magic. Of this magic, only the beetles remain as a hopeful flicker.
Sleeping Underwater explores the legacy of trauma, tracing scars travelling down one life into the next. Niles Townsend is about to learn that some mysteries can never be understood, and that love, even illegal love, is powerful enough to reach inside and heal, no matter how far we’ve withdrawn from the world.
We are so pleased to announce that the novella “Recitation of the First Feeding” has made the The 2021 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot in the Superior Achievement in Long Fiction!
Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy by Hailey Piper (May 7, 2021)
Love twisted into horrific shapes, nightmares driven by cruel music, and a world where what little light remains fractures the sky into midnight rainbows in eighteen stories tracing the dark veins of queer horror, isolation, and the monstrous feminine.
The universe unwinds to the tune of a malicious ice cream truck jingle in “We All Scream”. “The Law of Conservation of Death” dictates that a ghost pursue his prey across her every reincarnation. Superstitions thrive even in the distant future and across the stars when a colony shuttle mounts a witch trial in “Hairy Jack”. And try to “Forgive the Adoring Beast” as it scavenges a world of dead gods for tokens of bloody affection.
Including two new short stories and a never-before-published novelette, Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy digs deep inside and clings to the beating nightmare heart you always knew was there.
The Walking Son by Eddie Generous (June 7, 2021)
Stephen Barber has done, in hindsight, something very foolish. Investing his life savings, heirloom book collection, and all the blood, sweat, and tears he could wring out into an apartment complex development. Taking on financial partners was supposed to lessen the risk, but when a worksite accident leads to a dead hitchhiker with a pocket full of strange coins, those same partners draw him into an ill-advised cover up and soon find themselves in the grip of a travelling curse born of old, deep wounds.
Now Stephen is changing, transforming. He’s seen what happened to his partners and knows the clock is counting down. The future he risked everything for is swept away as he embarks on a road trip to uncover the history of the hitchhiker, and reverse his terrifying metamorphosis before time runs out.
Terrace VI: Forbidden Fruit Curated by Sarah L. Johnson and Robert Bose (July 7, 2021)
Welcome to the Sixth Terrace of Dante’s tower of Purgatory, serving up sins of gluttony in an eternal banquet. On this carefully curated menu you’ll find children stuffing themselves to death, a forgotten saviour gorging on cheeseburgers between bareknuckle rounds on the roadhouse circuit, wealthy socialites revel in an orgiastic alien feast, and the end of days as seen through an apocalyptic carnival of indulgence. Excessive consumption also manifests in darker hungers, for cruelty, for distraction, or possession. A pair of grifters bent on having it all chase a Scottish leprechaun across the English countryside, a newly deceased addict vies for the attention of Heavenly Higher Ups, degenerate poker players gamble with unforeseen currency, and when an old lady swallows a fly, it’s just the beginning…
Featuring nine stories of grotesque appetite and glorious excess from a gory gaggle of creators, they say too much of anything is poison, yet these condemned swallow each piece of forbidden fruit while reaching for the next, never to be sated. They can’t help themselves. Can you?