"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..."
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Looking for something totally different to read? I’ve got you covered! How about a play and a collection by three of my favorite DarkScribes? Come get some.
OF THE MUTANT RAIN FOREST by Robert Frazier and Bruce Boston
Of all of the genre collaborations I can think of, none is quite so powerful as the Mutant Rain Forest imagined by celebrated poets and authors Robert Frazier and Bruce Boston. Partly science fiction, partly horror, The Mutant Rain Forest is one hundred percent stunning reportage from one of the strangest locales in all of genre literature. The Mutant Rain Forest is the antithesis of the sterile technical world, a visceral, pulsating hellscape of seething, unrestrained organic growth. Frazier and Boston are intrepid explorers of this festering jungle in poetry and prose, encountering the wonders and terrors that lay in wait. Monstrous creatures and strange civilizations exist in the Rain Forest, where pain and terror are as common as the strange beauty of giant butterflies and breathtaking flora. This is a place where nature has taken hold in a rampage, a place where she reigns supreme, and woe be to those who enter her realm unprepared. VISIONS OF THE MUTANT RAIN FOREST contains some of the most evocative previously published poems and stories as well as a number of brand new, never before published poems and tales. Gorgeously illustrated by Luke Spooner with moody full-page artwork, this is in my opinion the definitive Mutant Rain Forest collection to date. Don’t miss it!
ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL REPLICAS by Christopher Conlon
In 1921, celebrated fantasist Karel Ćapek’s futuristic stage play, R.U.R, premiered in Prague, stunning audiences and becoming an instant classic. Now largely forgotten, it has been resurrected and reimagined by award winning author Christopher Conlon. In Ćapek’s stage production, mass-produced robots have been invented and employed to do mundane jobs that humans eschew, laboring in factories and sweatshops. The robots eventually develop consciousness and revolt against their makers and masters in an apocalypse of horror. Award winning author Christopher Conlon has retooled Ćapek’s vision into a futuristic 1921 setting reminiscent of the film Metropolis. Robots have been updated to Replicas, and a descent into terror awaits the cloistered Rossum family as they receive increasingly horrific news about the Replica revolt that is brewing and worsening beneath their high-rise castle keep. People are dying at the hands of the Replicas, who are rumored to be duplicating themselves. In the Rossum’s plush sitting room, the family begins to look at their Replica servants in a whole new light. I do hope this unnerving play sees the stage—I would love to attend. Until then, this play is a grand reading experience.
Finding a good book can be difficult in these days of
self-publishing and micro-publishing. Often is a good idea to hark back to
authors one knows and can rely upon for quality fiction, so here you go!
A QUIET NIGHT OF FEAR by Charles L. Grant
Who can recall the great hey-days days of horror that saw such great authors as Stephen King and Charles L. Grant emerge from a field of mucky garbage that included really dumb giant crab and rat monster novels? Me! Richard Matheson ushered in a new wave of grand horror storytelling and, as genres tend to do, horror split into distinct sub-genres. Two distinct types of horror emerged in the 1980s, a graphic, gore-drenched style called Splatterpunk, helmed by bad boys Skipp and Spector, and Quiet Horror, a literate, atmospheric style championed by Charles L. Grant and his contemporaries. The late, great Mr. Grant’s chilly brand of terror, exemplified by his award-winning Shadows series of anthologies, ran into the 1990s and included some of the finest horror fiction of its day. His collection of novellas entitled Nightmare Seasons won the world Fantasy Award, and his unforgettable short story, “A Crowd of Shadows” won one of his two Nebula Awards. One of the most talented and versatile genre authors of his generation, Mr. Grant also produced the occasional science fiction/horror hybrid tale such as this, A QUIET NIGHT OF FEAR. In this novel published in 1981, Carole Drake, editor for a large publishing company, finds herself embroiled in a nightmare when she takes a vacation in a seaside resort called Starburst. When vacationers begin dying, it becomes evident that time-travelers are involved and the killer may not be human. Suspenseful and atmospheric, this is a literary treat for fans of “quiet horror.”
BLOOD SACRIFICE by Barry Hoffman
Veteran genre author Barry Hoffman kicks off a brand new thriller series with BLOOD SACRIFICE, a police procedural with supernatural kick. Mr. Hoffman’s trademark minimalist style elevates the terror of this tale of homicide detective, Thea Hughes, who not only faces down society’s killers, but must also face an openly hostile working environment of her interdepartmental colleagues. Thea was the first uncloseted lesbian graduate of her police academy, and the great majority of her working partners want nothing to do with her. Her latest police partner, Ariel, can’t come to terms about anything until they are confronted with a serial killer case. The body of a young runaway whose body was left painted in her own blood becomes the focal investigation lead by Thea and Ariel. Thea becomes involved with another teen runaway named Ali, a young woman with a preternatural ability to heal emotionally damaged people. Ali and Thea come to share an intense bond, but Ali believes she can form an emotional connection with the killer terrorizing the Philadelphia area, hoping to heal the killer, thereby placing her own life in danger. It’s a cat and mouse game that could lead to the death of both Ali and Thea. Former inner-city school teacher Barry Hoffman knows the mean streets where he’s placed his narrative, and the results are riveting.
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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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