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Title: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on March 13, 2010, 11:24:03 am
Hello all. I resisted taking Ally up on her invitation to join here as long as I could, but this place seems to be fast growing into "the place to be". Heaven forbid I get left out in the cold!

So, about me, my weblog bio:

Simon Strantzas is the author of the critically-acclaimed COLD TO THE TOUCH (Tartarus Press, 2009), a collection of thirteen tales of the strange and supernatural. His first collection, BENEATH THE SURFACE (Humdrumming, 2008) was called "possibly the most important debut short story collection in the genre [in years]. . ." by multiple award-winning editor Stephen Jones. Strantzas's stories have appeared or are due soon in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR, CEMETERY DANCE, POSTSCRIPTS, and elsewhere. In 2009, his work was nominated for the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction. Current projects include a third collection of short fiction, a novella, and a short novel. He also hopes to one day catch up on a voluminous amount of reading. He has lived in Toronto, Canada, for his entire life and has no plans on leaving for sunnier climes.

I think that about covers my credentials. I'm happy to answer (or deflect) any questions, should there be any. In the interim, a short interview with me was just posted to The Savvy Reader's Bookshelf:

http://www.savvyreaders.com/Blog/post.cfm/author-simon-strantzas-interview (http://www.savvyreaders.com/Blog/post.cfm/author-simon-strantzas-interview)

(Yes, those are my abs.)
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: allybird on March 13, 2010, 11:52:49 am
How did you know I was looking at those abs....cool place we have here  8)
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Gary Fry on March 13, 2010, 12:51:27 pm
How's ya nov coming on, boyo?
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on March 13, 2010, 01:56:42 pm
Slowly but surely, chief.
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: DFL on March 13, 2010, 06:49:50 pm
In common with others on this BFS Board, I have carried out a real-time review of this author's work.

http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/beneath_the_surface_by_simon_strantzas.htm
and http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/cold_to_the_touch__by_simon_strantzas.htm
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Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: simonbestwick on March 14, 2010, 12:51:59 pm
Hey there Captain Awesome...

(There goes the neighbourhood!)

Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on March 14, 2010, 04:23:45 pm
This board has a gazillion guys named "Simon" on it. I counted.  >:(
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on March 14, 2010, 06:04:27 pm
Hi there Simon, hope you are keeping busy.

Cheers

Simon (actually it's Colin...but I think we should all be called Simon here, kind of like Monty Python's Bruces)
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: allybird on March 16, 2010, 03:20:08 pm
COLD TO THE TOUCH


(http://tartaruspress.com/coldtothetouch.jpg)


Reality is a thin translucent membrane that separates this world from the one beyond, and that membrane bends and buckles as we thrust ourselves against it. Through the barrier we see distorted visions, the merest glimpse of which is enough to infect our minds. . . .
 
Thirteen tales of strangeness and surrealism await the reader of this book; stories of loss, despair, and what happens when those without hope meet that which they cannot understand.
 
Two women vacationing far away encounter the mysteries of island life. . . . A trip north of the city to woods and a lake and a sky hungry for more. . . . Snow is falling, reminding the dying of all they've lost, or the young of all they have yet to lose. . . .
 
The other world, it awaits you in the dark, cold to the touch.
 
Contents: 'Under the Overpass', 'The Other Village', 'The Uninvited Guest', 'A Seed on Barren Ground', 'Writing on the Wall', 'A Chorus of Yesterdays', 'The Sweetest Song', 'Pinholes in Black Muslin', 'Fading Light', 'Poor Stephanie', 'Like Falling Snow', 'Here’s to the Good Life', 'Cold to the Touch, and 'Afterword'.
 
Published by Tartarus Press.
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on March 16, 2010, 10:20:13 pm
I imagine anyone coming to this thread is doing so on the strength of "Cold to the Touch", but if by chance someone reading this is looking for a copy, you can visit Tartarus Press here: http://www.tartaruspress.com/coldtothetouch.htm (http://www.tartaruspress.com/coldtothetouch.htm)

The book just made the Recommended list of SFsite.com and has also garnered reviews such as:

"Outcasts and disaffected loners find their alienated states of mind mirrored in eerie and inexplicable experiences in this noteworthy collection of thirteen weird tales . . . Readers who prefer subtlety to shocks and suggestion over explicitness in horror fiction will find much to enjoy."
— Publishers Weekly

"Strantzas succeeds in imbuing his strange tales with the sense of intellectual fear..."
— Dead Reckonings

"A new and important voice in the canon of weird fiction."
— FearZone
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: simonkurt on March 17, 2010, 08:06:49 am
Hello third or fourth Simon! I'm the first Simon! Me!

Nice to see you here!

S
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on August 01, 2010, 08:21:57 pm
Good news, everyone. My first collection, BENEATH THE SURFACE, is due to be reprinted shortly. This version will contain more stories, and unlike the first edition actually remain available for more than six weeks (at least, that's my hope). Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: simonbestwick on August 02, 2010, 08:48:16 am
Great news Captain Awesome!
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: allybird on August 02, 2010, 01:35:43 pm
Good news, Simon!

My experience of working with Dark Regions Press has been fine. I'm sure they'll look after you.  :)
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on August 02, 2010, 09:46:10 pm
So far so good, Ally.
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: iamacanadian on August 04, 2010, 02:20:51 am
HOORAY! This is a damned good book, and I'm confident that more "goodness" will be added by both the author and the publisher.
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on October 03, 2010, 02:31:12 am
For the collectors among us, Dark Regions has put BENEATH THE SURFACE up for pre-order. Or, rather, they've put the leather-bound, lettered hardcover up for pre-order. Due to my neglect, I didn't mention it here, and it's sold rather faster than any of us expected. Currently, there is perhaps one copy remaining (if it hasn't sold yet). If anyone is interested, I'd urge you to not dally.

www.darkregions.com/products/Beneath-The-Surface-by-Simon-Strantzas.html
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on October 17, 2010, 01:46:10 pm
Quick note to those interested: the trade paperback edition of BTS is in stock and shipping now from Dark Regions. The first 100 copies are signed, for those who want them.

Additionally, should anyone want to review the book, I urge you to contact the publisher for a copy.
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Paul Campbell on October 17, 2010, 09:42:13 pm
Cheers for the heads up Simon! One copy duly ordered. (Other than the charity http://www.betterworldbooks.com - only $4 for international shipping - I never order from the US. But I gotta say, Dark Regions' $7 charge is VERY reasonable.)

I'm VERY fortunate to own the original 2008 Humdrumming Press incarnation of this title (purchased directly from yourself Simon: I believe my Prism review at the time was the only review of that edition in an official/print publication). At the World Horror Convention in Brighton this year Mark Samuels graciously signed his foreward.

But I'm happy to buy this new edition, too, being as it's revised and expanded!
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on October 17, 2010, 11:25:28 pm
Not the only printed review (it was also reviewed in Dead Reckonings and Supernatural Tales) but darn close to it. I must say, it warms my heart to think that someone lugged a copy of my book to WHC merely to get Mark's signature. Hopefully it inspired people to pickup a copy of the Tartarus book while it was available.

Thanks again, Paul, for your wonderful support of the book: then, and now here and in your review of BNH 21.
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Paul Campbell on October 27, 2010, 05:13:42 pm
Arrived today, Simon!  ;D

Which can't be said for my subscription copy of Black Static 19. It's been three weeks now since it was published...
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on October 29, 2010, 12:17:24 am
Great news! I hope you enjoy to twice as much the second time through. I'd start from page one to get the full effect.
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Robert Mammone on November 01, 2010, 12:36:29 pm
Great news! I hope you enjoy to twice as much the second time through. I'd start from page one to get the full effect.

Ordered a copy last week Simon - very much looking forward to this.
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on November 03, 2010, 11:28:12 am
You are a king among men, Mr Mammone.
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Robert Mammone on November 08, 2010, 02:44:39 am
You are a king among men, Mr Mammone.

I certainly am!  ;D

If only PS Publishing were as quick (and as cheaply posted) as Dark Regions Press.  Where is my order..?
Title: Re: Simon Strantzas
Post by: Simon Strantzas on November 16, 2011, 05:48:28 pm
(http://www.darkregions.com/productimage.php?product_id=153)

Dark Regions Press is proud to announce that the new collection Nightingale Songs by Simon Strantzas is now available in both a leather-bound signed by both author and artist Deluxe Lettered Hardcover with slipcase edition and a 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover edition with free United States shipping!

PREORDER SPECIAL: order the 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover edition while still in preorder stage and get $5 off the retail price!


http://www.darkregions.com/nightingale-songs-by-simon-strantzas/


In the dead of night, there are footsteps in the hall . . .
In the dead of night, your past mistakes will haunt you . . .
In the dead of night, you hear a discordant tune . . .
In the dead of night, the nightingale sings . . .
 
Simon Strantzas, master of the subtle and the bizarre, returns with a dozen strange tales and eerie mysteries. From the shores of a remote oil-stained sound to deep within the familiar heart of suburbia, these are the songs of broken people who cannot find a way to fix themselves, who must search the dark for salvation. Like a siren, the nightingale sings them onward to face their end. But it sings for you too. A requiem in your honor. Because, for you, it is already too late.


"Nightingale Songs is a dark gem. Strantzas demonstrates once again why he is so highly regarded amongst connoisseurs of the macabre and the fantastic."
- Laird Barron
 
"Simon Strantzas displays a gift for evoking disturbing atmospheres and creating odd, frightening encounters with the uncanny . . . "
- Lisa Tuttle
 
"He does not show you the gate to this new Golden Age of weird fiction that is upon us, but leads you through it."
- Joseph S. Pulver
 
"Strantzas deftly establishes ordinary and seemingly innocuous situations that spin out of the characters' control and always end with an uneasy sense of menace, even when their resolution is ambiguous or cryptic."
- Publishers Weekly

"Like the subtly disquieting locations in which they take place—a suburban house obscured by weeds and dark butterflies, the basement of a former home grown suddenly unfamiliar, a sleep clinic where the patients never meet—Simon Strantzas’ elegant stories worry at the reader’s sense of certainty. The songs they sing won’t comfort you. But you will remember them."
- Glen Hirshberg


About the author

Simon Strantzas is the author of the critically-acclaimed Cold to the Touch (Tartarus Press, 2009), a collection of thirteen tales of the strange and supernatural. His first collection, Beneath the Surface (reprinted by Dark Regions Press, 2010), has been called "one of the most important debut short story collections in the genre". Strantzas's stories have appeared in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Cemetery Dance, and Postscripts. In 2009, his work was nominated for the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and an unyielding hunger for the flesh of the living. For more information, please visit http://www.strantzas.com


Publisher contact

Dark Regions Press
P.O. Box 1264
Colusa, CA, 95932
http://www.DarkRegions.com

Contact us directly with any questions or comments at:
support AT darkregionspress.com


http://www.darkregions.com/nightingale-songs-by-simon-strantzas/