press release: midnight plus hch offer from apex

Buy Midnight and Harlan County Horrors for one low price!

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

Midnight by Mari Adkins has officially been released and to celebrate we’re running a deal to make sure readers get their fill of the horrors that haunt Harlan County, Kentucky. Buy Midnight and Harlan County Horrors, Apex’s regional horror anthology that Mari edited, together for one low price.

Snag print copies of both books for only $20, plus free domestic shipping!

Prefer the paperless feel of eBooks? The eBook editions can be bought together for a mere $8.99.

The sale runs from May 13th till May 20th

To take advantage of this fantastic deal head over to the Midnight product page. Order links for the sale are below the cover image.

Midnight Cover - Billy Tackett

press release: annihilation

annihilation

“Wonderfully creepy.” — Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)

“Thoroughly suspenseful.”— Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

“VanderMeer unfolds a tale as satisfying as it is richly imagined.”
— Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

ANNIHILATION
Book 1 of the Southern Reach trilogy
A novel by Jeff VanderMeer
published by FSG Originals
February 4, 2014
$13.00 | ISBN: 978-0-374-10409-2

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition. The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and multiple year’s-best anthologies. He writes nonfiction for The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife. Scott Rudin Productions and Paramount Pictures have optioned the Southern Reach trilogy.

Tour Dates for Annihilation
Feb. 3 – Elliott Bay in Seattle, WA
Feb. 4 – Powell’s Books in Portland, OR
Feb. 8 – Writers with Drinks hosted by Charlie Jane Anders in San Francisco, CA
Feb. 11 – City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, CA
Feb. 26 – McNally Jackson with editor Sean McDonald in New York, NY
Feb. 27 – WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY
April 12-13 – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
April 24-27 – Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock, AK

Additional events for the Southern Reach trilogy TBA in Tallahassee, FL / Miami, FL / South Carolina / Asheville, NC / San Diego, CA / Atlanta, GA / Austin, TX, and other cities in the United States & Canada.

For media and event queries, please contact Alyson Sinclair, publicist, at aly@alysonsinclairpr.com or 612.201.3867. Visit www.southernreachtrilogy.com for more information.

press release: national buy a book day!

Fellow Bloggers,

This foundation, of which I am a board member, needs your help this week.

On September 7, go to any book store, anywhere (including cyberspace) and buy any book.

That’s all we ask!

http://www.buyabookday.org/home.html

You can also join the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/426409130738868/

And get a snazzy badge for your website here: http://www.graspingforthewind.com/national-buy-a-book-day/

Thank you in advance for helping get the word out!

Sincerely,

John Ottinger III
Visit me at my website: Grasping for the Wind
Or follow me on Twitter: @johnottinger

call for submissions

A Call for Submissions for Brigid Anthology Project

Brigit: Sun of Womanhood
an anthology edited by Michael McDermott and Patricia Monaghan, scholars and followers of Brigit
publishing date: Imbolc 2013
Seeking proposals comprising works about the Celtic Goddess and Christian Saint Brigit in any printable form, including but not limited to:
  • Scholarly essays
  • Personal essays
  • PoetryInterior artwork (including small line drawings, in black and white)
  • Cover and Back artwork (color)
  • Chants and Invocation
  • translations of ancient poems, prayers and invocations to Brigit

Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2012

Planned publishing date for the anthology: Imbolc 2013.

Please direct inquiries to BrigitAnthology@gmail.com

For prose submissions, please send 150-word abstract outlining your approach to the subject; other submissions should be sent complete, with limit of 3 poems or chants per author.

For submission:
  • Submit up to three poems of no more than 50 lines each
  • Previously published work will be considered, but authors must hold all rights and have written proof from previous publisher.
  • Include author bio of up to 200 words at end of submission.

To submit, please go to: Submit to Goddess Ink Press

We thank you for your interest in this project.

Michael McDermott and Patricia Monaghan

Co-editors, Brigit: Sun of Womanhood

(Source: goddess-ink.com)

press release: finger’s breadth

 

PRESS RELEASE: In what is clearly an act of pure desperation, author M. Christian has threatened to amputate part of one finger to publicize his new novel, Finger’s Breadth (Zumaya Books).

“The fact is, it’s getting harder and harder to get the word out about anything new, especially novels,” says M. Christian, whose biography includes over 400 short story sales, nine author collections, the editing of 25 anthologies, and six previous novels.  “Is it no surprise that writers are having to resort to obvious stunts to try and get their work noticed?”

Though Finger’s Breadth – described as a gay erotic science fiction horror thriller – has garnered respectable reviews, Christian says that it has yet to gain the notoriety he believes it deserves.

“Even with Zee at Firepages saying ‘Finger’s Breadth has a way of getting under your skin and sending chills to your bones in both a terrifying and arousing kind of way. Finger’s Breadth is not a story; it is an experience I highly recommend,’ it’s been too damned hard to get word out about the book.

Christian points out other reviewers who, apparently, have also found the book to be superb: “I’ve got Lisabet Sarai, who says ‘If you’re looking for an easy, sunny, sexy book with a happy ending, don’t pick up Finger’s Breadth. If, on the other hand, you want a scary but enlightening ride through the twisted labyrinth of the human psyche, I highly recommend this book,’ and the Circlet Press calling it ‘…one of the most psychologically astute erotic novels since Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s Venus in Furs, and it deserves to be just as widely read,’ and even science fiction author Ernest Hogan, who calls it ‘a world of crime, out-of-control passions, mutilation, and madness. Terms like noir and hardboiled don’t quite fit – this is more like ultraviolet, the invisible light that makes the scorpions glow in the dark.'”

M. Christian, with fingers intact – so far (photo by Shilo McCabe)


As for what the novel is actually about, Christian says that the book’s description as erotic, nightmarish, fascinating, disturbing, intriguing, haunting, you have never read a book like Finger’s Breadth is actually pretty accurate – if a little vague: “There are far too many scary books and movies about serial killers, psychos, nasty supernatural forces … but all of that, to me, is just too removed.  It’s far too easy to be able to say it’s a matter of them – or him – and us: but the real horror I’ve always felt, and tried to explore in Finger’s Breadth is that the real horror is human nature itself.  That, given the right set of circumstances, otherwise good people can have their minds, and most of all their desires, turned inside out.”

And so to try and get the word out about what he feels to be his best novel yet, the reclusive author says that he is willing to step into the light with his most audacious publicity plan ever: to lop off one of his own fingertips

“Okay, my track record for honesty isn’t the best … I’m the first to admit that,” Christian says about his planned amputation.  “The whole ‘stolen identity’ campaign around Me2 [his previous novel] was lost on more than a few people.  Never mind that it worked and the book sold like hotcakes.  But this time I’m totally, completely, absolutely, honest: I really want people to read Finger’s Breadth … and if it takes lopping off the tip of my little finger then I’m gonna do it,” he says.

When asked if the planned amputation is simply a publicity stunt, Christian responded with faux outrage: “A stunt?  A STUNT?!  Of course it’s a publicity stunt … these days writers have to be creative and, let’s be honest here, more than a bit outrageous if they are going to get noticed.  The book’s about a mysterious figure cutting off the tips of little fingers in a near-future noir San Francisco so a pretend self-amputation is just too damned perfect!”

In answer to his admission that the whole thing is nothing but a publicity-seeking prank, Christian shook his head: “That’s not to say that it still won’t happen; they say that a good writer has at least a few good books in them, so if a finger is all it takes to get the word out about this novel … well, I have 19 more fingers and toes to go.  Seems like a small price to pay.”

M. Christian can be reached at zobop@aol.com or mchristianzobop@gmail.com.  His website is http://www.mchristian.com

To receive a review copy of Finger’s Breadth send an email to publicity@zumayapublications.com.

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More Finger’s Breadth reviews:

It is not that hard to come up with an idea that can be turned into a horror story and that is why horror has been part of the folklore of America and why these stories are so popular on camp-outs as we sit around a campfire. To successfully do this, we need a combination of characters and plot but more important than all else is a novel way to relate the story. For me that is the definition of M. Christian. This book is unlike anything I have read before and I suspect that it will stay with me for quite a while.
– Amos Lassen, reviewer

Finger’s Breadth creates a vivid portrait of a community torn apart by suspicion, where the thrills of hot, anonymous sex go hand in mutilated hand with the chill of fear, and no one is entirely what they seem. M. Christian skillfully mixes a dark, potent cocktail of lust, longing, paranoia and an overwhelming need for acceptance…
– Liz Coldwell, author of Take Your Slave To Work

To be effective, the act of literary intercourse between horror and erotica should be deeply unsettling. It should leave the reader feeling uncomfortable, overwhelmed by equal parts dread and anticipation. M. Christian understands this better than most, weaving a tale that permits the reader but a finger’s breadth of space between fear and arousal. His deft control of the story makes us feel the blade, but it’s his subtle manipulation of our emotions that makes us want the cut.
– Sally Sapphire, Bellasbookslut

M. Christian has seen the future – and it is hardboiled! If you love crime stories – gay or otherwise – and you love science fiction, you will love Finger’s Breadth. No other storyteller nails it quite like M. Christian does. This is a real page turner.
– Marilyn Jaye Lewis, author of Freak Parade

M. Christian is a force to be reckoned with. Just when you think you understand the path that his narrative and characters are taking, Christian throws a monkey wrench, or a limb, or a head into the works and you have to get your bearings and start all over again. No matter which book of his you pick up, prepare for an intoxicatedly weird ride.
– Ily Goyanes, author and filmmaker

Finger’s Breadth is mesmeric storytelling, riveting in execution and appalling in implication.  M. Christian’s tale of erotic terror in a near-future San Francisco is imagined so skillfully that it grabs the reader with its easy familiarity, then refuses to let go as it careens to its shocking yet completely believable conclusion.  Evoking such Grand Masters as Armistead Maupin, Thomas Harris and Rod Serling while remaining strikingly original, Finger’s Breadth is Christian at the height of his considerable powers.  Like Charon the ferryman, the author takes the reader down the dark rivers of human sexuality and shows us things that would normally never see the light of day.  Ultimately the most compelling aspect of this fiction is how fascinatingly and terrifyingly plausible it is. Finger’s Breadth should come with a warning label: Read this before clubbing.
– Christopher Pierce, author of Rogue Slave, Rogue Hunted, and Kidnapped By A Sex Maniac

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M. Christian is – among many things – an acknowledged master of erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many, many other anthologies, magazines, and Web sites.

He is the editor of 25 anthologies including the Best S/M Erotica series, Pirate Booty, My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica, The Burning Pen, Guilty Pleasures, The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi) and Confessions, Garden of Perverse, and Amazons (with Sage Vivant) as well as many others.


He is the author of the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, Licks & Promises, Filthy, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, Technorotica, Coming Together Presents M. Christian, Pornotopia, How To Write And Sell Erotica; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Brushes, Fingers Breadth, and Painted Doll.  His site is http://www.mchristian.com.

Fingers Breadth
Zumaya Books
Paperback: $15.99
ebook: $6.99
ISBN-10: 1934841463
ISBN-13: 978-1934841464

virtual con 1

DragonTalk Radio, Virtual Con, and the Purple Ears Society

Press Release for Virtual Con 1!

First of It’s Kind Virtual Sci-fi/Fantasy Convention Keeps Costs Down

St. Louis, MO (http://www.virtualcon.org/)—The price of gas and other economical factors adversely affected attendance at many media conventions so far this year. At these events, fans of science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, supernatural thrillers, anime, and comic books converge with an avid enthusiasm akin to a religious pilgrimage at hotels and other convention centers across the country for weekends filled with a celebration of all things geek. A few of the shows grew in attendance this year, but many declined. Many fans are having to work extra jobs or overtime hours to make ends meet (if they aren’t unemployed). Even if they can get the time off, they must gravely assess the current cost of road trip with gasoline prices soaring, while hotel rooms and restaurant meals don’t get any cheaper.

One convention coming up on Nov. 11th, 12th, and 13th, looks to address this by using videoconferencing technology. Virtual Con 1 will allow fans to enjoy the convention experience without leaving their homes, or simply by going over to a friend’s house for a virtual “con party”. The fan community will be able to rub shoulders with actors, authors, indie movie moguls, comic book artists, voice actors, and other celebrities from the convention world just as they would at a “brick & mortar” convention by using an easy-to-use user interface provided by the corporate training specialists at Smart Training. The interface will also provide a movie room, a cooking lesson from Stuart Bergman aka “The Con Cuisine Guy”, and a lesson in pirate fashion from the makers of “Salty Eye for the Mundane Guy”. Actor Guest of Honor is Jackson Bostwick of “Shazam!” and “Tron”. Author Guest of Honor is Shane Moore of “The Abyss Walker” series.

Virtual Con is the brainchild of Larry Lewis, the Executive Producer of “DragonTalk Radio: Your Convention Connection”, a weekly podcast and audio magazine that showcases the geek convention world. Virtual Con 1 will be convened on November 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2011.

For more information on Virtual Con, contact “DragonTalk Radio: Your Convention Connection” at dragontalkradio@gmail.com or call 314-662-3047. The website is http://www.virtualcon.org/.

an agreement with hell

http://www.apexbookcompany.com/an-agreement-with-hell/

In the divine struggle between good and evil, humans are hardly noticeable to the mal’akhim, but when an ancient seal is broken on the grounds of a California college campus, beings from dimensions beyond the balance of holy and unholy erupt from the earth. A retired priest and an ailing magickian must trust the mysterious Walker Between the Worlds and his skin-eating demon familiar as they step through Heisenbergian passages of probability and battle forces that are so far beyond demon they cannot be fully seen in earthly dimensions. Amidst the earthquakes and interdimensional intruders, the students and staff of California Hills University step across the boundaries of their knowledge and faith, revealing their true natures as the night erupts in earth and blood.