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Promote Your Projects / Free copy of Johnny Mains' collection...
« on: March 28, 2020, 04:59:22 pm »
A  free copy  for you to read during the Coronavirus crisis...

Frightfully Cosy and Mild Stories for Nervous Types by Johnny Mains
ISBN 978-0-9539032-5-2. Introduction by Stephen Volk. Cover art by Richard Sampson.

During this very difficult time with the Coronavirus pandemic, Johnny Mains has kindly offered his collection "Frightfully Cosy and Mild Stories for Nervous Types" free to download and read. The physical book is out of print, but you can download a pdf from the Shadow Publishing website here:

https://www.shadowpublishing.net/frightfully-cosy

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Not for the Squeamish! The collection contains twelve bizarre stories, five previously unpublished. From classic themes in his sequel to M. R. James’ ‘A Warning to the Curious’, to his wild take on traditional horror subject matter in the strange case of ‘The Were-Dwarf’, to the bleakly dark modern horror of ‘Cure’. This collection of extraordinary horror yarns will not disappoint genre fans who enjoy variety in the books they buy.

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From the twisted mind of British Fantasy Award winner Johnny Mains Comes 12 stories of death, betrayal, insanity and pregnancies... “Johnny Mains not only carries a flame for the old horrors, but wants to cause a bit of a conflagration of his own. The most fitting result would be if the next generation of horror readers will look back with pleasure and affection at his tales as we did with the Pans and Fontanas of our ill-begotten youth” (Stephen Volk). “Where other writers might veil their threats in layers of obscurity, Johnny Mains just tells it like it is and in doing so creates a collection which is instantly engaging yet persistently memorable” (www.blackabyss.co.uk)

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Announcements and Suggestions / OLD BFS PUBLICATIONS NEED NEW HOME!
« on: January 11, 2020, 10:39:57 am »
I have a batch of BFS publications from the 1970s onwards if anybody would like them. These include The British Fantasy Society Newsletter and BFS Bulletin, Dark Horizons and Fantasycon programme booklets. The postage will be £13.75 (UK), so if there are any offers over that, please reply to this topic. I can supply a list of the publications and dates if required.

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Promote Your Projects / James Wade's Arkham House book that never was...
« on: September 03, 2018, 12:37:14 pm »
Fans of August Derleth and Arkham House may be interested in an Arkham House book that never was… James Wade (1930-1983) proposed a collection of his stories for AH (Derleth had already published some of the author’s stories and poems in anthologies). There was a Foreword written by Fritz Leiber.

Now, much expanded from that original concept, “Such Things May Be: Collected Writings” has been put together by editor Edward P. Berglund. Published by Shadow Publishing, this major retrospective contains 25 short stories, over 20 poems and more than 30 essays and reviews in this major retrospective of the author. Included are tales from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos: The Deep Ones, A Darker Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Silence of Erika Zann; darkly supernatural terror from the Midwest, The Nightingale Floors, The Pursuer, The Elevator, Snow in the City; Weird tales set in Korea: The Temple of the Fox, Time After Time.

A very good review of the James Wade collection, by Mario Guslandi, has been posted on the SFRevu website. http://sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=18156.

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"In short, an exhaustive and long due homage to an unjustly forgotten author in the field of dark fiction".
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THE BLACK PILGRIMAGE & OTHER EXPLORATIONS: ESSAYS ON SUPERNATURAL FICTION
By Rosemary Pardoe

Shadow Publishing
ISBN 978-0-9572962-7-5 (300 pages, £11.99)

https://www.shadowpublishing.net/the-black-pilgrimage

THE GHOSTLY WORK OF M.R. JAMES
 
The celebrated writer M.R. James (1862-1936) is arguably the most significant author of ghost stories in the world. His macabre work has terrified and fascinated readers for over a hundred years. Now collected in one volume, here are twenty-nine essays on his ghostly tales and themes by editor and James scholar Rosemary Pardoe.
 
Plus eight further essays on other authors, including Fritz Leiber, E.G. Swain and Manly Wade Wellman, and a fascinating miscellany of nine additional pieces on a variety of topics.
 
Rosemary Pardoe is a respected essayist and has edited the influential M.R. James-related magazine Ghosts & Scholars since 1979.  She also edited three volumes of The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows (Sarob Press), and is the co-editor of Ghosts and Scholars: Stories in the Tradition of M.R. James (with Richard Dalby, 1987) and Warnings to the Curious: A Sheaf of Criticism on M.R. James (with S.T. Joshi, 2007).

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Promote Your Projects / Shadow Publishing News
« on: November 23, 2017, 11:51:05 am »
SHADOW PUBLSHING is pleased to announce that we have three new cover images by Peter Coleborn, for the 2nd editions of Tales of the Grotesque: A Collection of Uneasy Tales, by L. A. Lewis, The Female of the Species & Other Tales of Terror, by Richard Davis and Creeping Crawlers, edited by Allen Ashley

There's a special discount offer if you order all three. https://davidsutton986.wixsite.com/shadowpublishing4/special-offer

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“L. A. Lewis undoubtedly earns a high place among the best masters of supernatural and macabre literature that Britain has ever produced”. (Richard Dalby)

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The eleven stories featured in The Female of the Species portray a writer well trained in the genre’s canons and literary tricks, providing many entertaining and pleasantly disquieting, shivering moments to the reader". (Mario Guslandi)

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Editor Allen Ashley has a pleasing mix of new talent and the “usual suspects” in his line-up for CREEPING CRAWLERS, including several writers whose work will be familiar to readers from the pages of Black Static... in a story that starts slow and minatory, with Cole ('Running With The Tide') constantly raising the stakes until something both horrific and awe inspiring arises from the deep (Peter Tennant - Black Static magazine).
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The new, 2nd edition of Samantha Lee's Worse Things Than Spiders & Other Stories is now available. Stunning new cover artwork and three additional stories. It's available from

Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Worse-Things-Spiders-Other-Stories-x/dp/0953903281/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489749232&sr=1-1&keywords=worse+things+than+spiders

Also in paperback from the Shadow Publishing website: https://www.shadowpublishing.co.uk/product-page/worse-things-than-spiders-and-other-stories

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NEW FROM SHADOW PUBLISHING:

THE SPIRIT OF THE PLACE AND OTHER STRANGE TALES: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES OF ELIZABETH WALTER.

Edited and with an introduction by Dave Brzeski.
Cover artwork by Edward Miller.
ISBN 978-0-9572962-5-1.
Large size paperback 4to, 420 pages.

For the first time, all of Elizabeth Walter's 31 short stories collected in one volume. Supernatural, eerie and uncanny tales from her collections Snowfall & Other Chilling Events (1965), The Sin Eater & Other Scientific Impossibilities (1967), Davy Jones's Tale & Other Supernatural Stories (1971), Come And Get Me & Other Uncanny Invitations (1973) and Dead Woman & Other Haunting Experiences (1975).

Elizabeth Walter was a novelist, short story writer, translator and for thirty years from 1961 editor of the Collins Crime Club imprint, the highly regarded subscriber club. She was a very private person, but in his informative introduction, the book's editor, Dave Brzeski, has researched snippets of bibliographic information from her days with William Collins. In addition he discusses her writing and reviews the adaptations of her stories on television.

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Positively brilliant. They should rank as classics among occult stories. The character building and atmosphere are superb. Dennis Wheatley on ‘The Sin Eater’
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Order from our website or Amazon:

https://www.shadowpublishing.co.uk/product-page/the-spirit-of-the-place-and-other-strange-tales

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spirit-Place-Other-Strange-Tales/dp/0957296258/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488189419&sr=8-1&keywords=the+spirit+of+the+place+and+other+strange+tales

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Promote Your Projects / Shadow Publishing - Fanzines for sale
« on: November 14, 2016, 10:34:48 am »
At the new Shadow Publishing website http://www.shadowpublishing.co.uk/shop-1 I am selling a selection of old, obscure, rare and collectable (mostly American) fanzines and chapbooks at very reasonable prices and post free (UK customers). Included are items relating to H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and others, many fascinating titles from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. These can be found on the webpage. Also a selection of second hand books in very good condition, again with postage free (for UK customers).

Please take a look by clicking on the Fanzine or Second Hand Books tab at the top of the website  page! If you need more information on any of the items, just contact me.

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JOIN THE DEAD AND THE DAMNED!

In the best tradition of pulp fiction, Edmund Glasby’s storytelling is fast-paced, fantastical, escapist and with a large dollop of Grand Guignol horror. Eleven deathly tales of shapeshifters, vampires, hybrid creatures, ghouls, zombies, hauntings and mad scientists!

“A clever melting pot, cooking some classical ingredients of horror fiction - the supernatural sleuth, the haunted house, exorcism... Vivid graphic horror... An offbeat mix of crime and pulp fiction, sparkling like a glass of champagne”

A new collection that signifies the emergence of a major talent in horror fantasy writing!

Shadow Publishing, May 2016. ISBN  978-0-9572962-4-4, £9.99

SHADOW PUBLISHING WEBSITE http://davidsutton986.wix.com/shadowpublishing

BUY AT AMAZON https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-After-Edmund-Glasby/dp/095729624X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463999642&sr=1-1&keywords=death+after+death+glasby&mc_cid=ed15d6082a&mc_eid=a0d46a539e

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Promote Your Projects / Haunts of Horror
« on: January 18, 2016, 12:10:09 pm »
HAUNTS OF HORROR. Shadow Publishing, 26th February 2016. ISBN 978-0-9572962-3-7.

If you happened to be a British Fantasy Society member in 2008 you will no doubt own a copy of "Houses on the Borderland". Out of print for 10 years, the reprint of this superb anthology of novellas will shortly be available from Shadow Publishing.

Stories by Allen Ashley, Simon Bestwick, Paul Finch, Gary Fry, Samantha Lee and David A. Riley. Cover artwork by Edward Miller.

See it at Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0957296231?keywords=haunts%20of%20horror&qid=1453117545&ref_=sr_1_4&s=books&sr=1-4

See on Shadow Publishing's website: http://davidsutton986.wix.com/shadowpublishing

“Houses are where we live, eat, sleep, love, dream. Houses are our private worlds, the places we find shelter from a cruel universe. But houses are also the venues of horrors and nightmares”
Four stars - Goodreads.com
Four stars - The Black Abyss website

"A seaside home, a school, a fantasy castle, a lighthouse, a wooden hut, a run-down tower block — all are tainted by an abnormal atmosphere. Be wary of what’s beyond the entranceway. For we have six dwellings eager to molest the human spirit at its lowest ebb, its most vulnerable time. Welcome… please step across the threshold…"

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Promote Your Projects / Creeping Crawlers. Edited by Allen Ashley
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:24:55 pm »
Shadow Publishing is proud to announce a major anthology of new stories, Creeping Crawlers, edited by Allen Ashley, to be published Autumn 2015. Allen says, “What is this lingering fear of insects, arachnids, arthropods, crustaceans and those that slither? Is it a hangover from the survival battles in the savannah or does it go deeper and further back than that in our evolutionary heritage? Does the highly regulated ant society represent a worrying paradigm of a potential human future? Unchallenged, the locusts, the maggots, the worms, the flies, the aphids and the termites may consume and destroy all that we have and hold dear. In a subtler way, we think we are in control of the Earth but the insect class are the great survivors biding their time and, whilst they are playing the long game, perhaps they are also manipulating us for their own inscrutable purposes”.
 
We are seeking submissions for the anthology commencing 1st March 2015.
 
For more information and writer’s guidelines email david.sutton986@btinternet.com or check out the website at:

http://www.shadowpublishing.webeasysite.co.uk/index.html

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Shadow Publishing is proud to announce a major anthology of new stories, Creeping Crawlers, edited by Allen Ashley, to be published Autumn 2015. Allen says, “What is this lingering fear of insects, arachnids, arthropods, crustaceans and those that slither? Is it a hangover from the survival battles in the savannah or does it go deeper and further back than that in our evolutionary heritage? Does the highly regulated ant society represent a worrying paradigm of a potential human future? Unchallenged, the locusts, the maggots, the worms, the flies, the aphids and the termites may consume and destroy all that we have and hold dear. In a subtler way, we think we are in control of the Earth but the insect class are the great survivors biding their time and, whilst they are playing the long game, perhaps they are also manipulating us for their own inscrutable purposes”.
 
We are seeking submissions for the anthology commencing 1st March 2015.
 
For more information and writer’s guidelines check out:

http://www.shadowpublishing.webeasysite.co.uk/index.html
 
http://shadowpublishing.blogspot.co.uk/

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Horror On The High Seas. Classic Weird Sea Tales, selected by David A. Sutton. With stories by William Hope Hodgson, F. Marion Crawford, Vernon Lee and others. Cover art by Jim Pitts. Stories about phantom ships and their phantom sailors, weird encounters with spirits, a vengeful sea sprite, and even an amusing yarn about a sea serpent. So, readers, take a passage with us to the weird realms of the benighted oceans!

Publication early 2015. Paperback and Kindle format will be available.

http://www.shadowpublishing.webeasysite.co.uk/index.html


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There's an excellent review of the Lewis collection from Shadow Publishing here:
 
http://themenaceofobjects.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/l-a-lewis-tales-of-the-grotesque/


TALES OF THE GROTESQUE: A COLLECTION OF UNEASY TALES by L. A. Lewis
Shadow Publishing 2014. ISBN 978-0-9572962-0-6

“A brilliant collection”. (Mark Samuels)

More Information: http://www.shadowpublishing.webeasysite.co.uk/shadow8_013.htm

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Promote Your Projects / Johnny Mains collection - Kindle Edition
« on: March 17, 2014, 07:43:29 am »
Frightfully Cosy and Mild Stories for Nervous Types is now available on Kindle. Originally published in 2012 in paperback format, Johnny's collection has been described as "another procession of marvellous exhibits, his prose style may often be succinct and his themes are often basic and brutal but that is perfectly suited to the idiosyncrasy of the stories on offer. Where other writers might veil their threats in layers of obscurity Johnny Mains just tells it like it is and in doing so creates a collection which is instantly engaging yet persistently memorable".

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Frightfully-Cosy-Stories-Nervous-Types-ebook/dp/B00J0DPSKK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395041936&sr=1-1&keywords=frightfully+cosy

Shadow Publishing
ISBN 978-0-9539032-5-2

http://www.shadowpublishing.webeasysite.co.uk/index.html

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