Archive for February, 2009

The story so far… 2007.

Posted in Back List on February 21, 2009 by ahwasinisterreads

Here’s your chance to take a look at some of the pieces that have come out over the last few years.

All of the books listed here are confirmed available for purchase. Follow the links to secure your copy.

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Green Velvet Shoes

by Christina Ann Alexander

Turkey Tracks Press

ISBN: 9780949693426 (pub) A823.4

RRP: PB 49.95 (inc. shipping within Australia) SB (Economy) $29.95

(inc. shipping within Australia)

Available from: Turkey Tracks Press & Dyslexia-Australasia

With comedic overtones, Green Velvet Shoes, spanning the years 1880-1950, tells of the horrific England-New Zealand voyage of migrants, land obsession, psychological imperatives and black mischief by tracking the antipodean migrants over the generations.

1880. Part one, Last Voyage of the Flying Fish, begins when 400 European migrants of varied culture, motivation, class, need and character, board the Flying Fish clipper ship, bound for Queensland, Australia, holding Queensland government land vouchers which were issued to fare-paying migrants for farm purchase, but negotiable for other agendas. A voyage of disease, storm, disorienting fog, fire, marooning, becalming and shipwreck on a New Zealand fjord.

1920. Part Two, Laughing Willows, set in the Southern Alps, details migrant fortunes in the remote, inaccessible, high country, where The Keyhole Detective, sybaritic trickster and poseur policeman, ignores crime to be welcome at regattas, banquets and hunts. Murder, blackmail, incest, atavism, displacement trauma, and female subjugation, entwine.

1950. Wheeled Hut Dreaming, set in Laughing Willows, features an extraordinary peripatetic hut built for farm worker shelter and refuge for mountaineers, but, like the hut on fowl’s legs of Russian witch, Baba Yaga, is also a nefarious killing chamber, ambulance and hearse to avenge sadistic educators, effect social justice, and preserve Laughing Willows from subdivision.

Reviews:

The writing portrays subversive and rebellious characters and their relationship between a sense of destiny and inner truths against life constraints, history and hardship with avoidance of platitudes. Marginalised people have given Christina subject matter, an unusual view of the world and a perspective of considerable depth to develop powerful and original work.” Anna Maria Dell ‘oso

Reading the story was a most enjoyable experience. It shows wonderful originality and understanding of the darker side of human nature.” Chris Kate Catley

…a multidimensional mix from Fabulous to Hoffmanesque (Strewwelpeter) to horror works well to explain motive and possibility where church ladies conspire with an unlikely killer to avenge pedagogue sadism and the beautiful ramparts of the Southern Alps of New Zealand might well be Dracula’s domain.” Dr Anna Kassulke – The Word Story

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In the Midnight Museum
by Gary A. Braunbeck

Tasmaniac Publications
ISBN Softcover 978-0-9803868-2-0
ISBN Hardcover 978-0-9803868-3-7
RRP: AU$22.95  (Softcover)
$150.00 Slip-cased Lettered Hardback
Available from: Tasmaniac Publications, Ellison Hawker Bookshop Hobart, Bloodletting Press.

‘To the limits of even the most unbound imagination…’

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All Tomorrow’s Zombies
by David Carroll and Jason Vey

Eden Studios
ISBN: 1-933105-03-8
RRP: US$17.50
Available from: DrivethruRPG.com

A science fiction supplement to the survival horror game All Flesh Must Be Eaten, with lots of new rules and scenarios, and the most dangerous zombies ever.

For more information, go to Tabula Rasa

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Tale Spin & Visions of Transition
A Collection of Short Fiction and Contemporary Verse
by Neil Cladingboel

Equilibrium Books
ISBN: 978-1-920764-44-9
RRP: AU$24.95
Available from: Equilibrium Books, Angus and Robertson and other online bookstores.

Tale Spin brings together an amazing collection of imaginative and often surprising short fiction.

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Secrets of Kenya
by David Conyers

Chaosium Inc.
ISBN: 1568821-88-3
RRP: US$29.95
Available from: Chaosium.com, and Amazon.

The Mythos Roams Wild. A Call of Cthulhu role-playing game supplement for Kenya in the 1920s and 1930s.

Click here for more information.

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The Spirling Worm
by David Conyers & John Sunseri

Chaosium Inc.
ISBN: 156882-212-X
RRP: US$15.95
Available from: Chaosium.com, and Amazon.

The Spiraling Worm offers seven espionage stories sharing background, characters, and storyline depicting humankind’s struggle against the Cthulhu Mythos.

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The Pilo Family Circus
by Will Elliott

ABC Books
ISBN: 0733319815
RRP: AU$29.95 (AU$7.95 from ABC Shop)
Available from: ABC Shop, or Amazon

Jamie unwittingly passes an audition to join a circus, located in a netherworld between Brisbane and Hell…

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The Lazarus Condition
by Paul Kane

Tasmaniac Publications
ISBN: 978-0-9803868-0-6 softcover, 978-0-9803868-1-3 hardcover
RRP: AU$$22.95 Softcover, $150.00 Hardcover.
Available from: Tasmaniac Publications or Ellison Hawker Bookshop, Hobart.

A book from the dead…

Click here for more information.

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The Darkness Within
by Jason Nahrung with Mil Clayton

Hachette Australia
ISBN: 978 0 7344 0971 3
RRP: AU$32.95 (trade paperback)
Available from: Any Australian bookshop or associated website

Can love overcome the Darkness within?

Click here for more information.

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Zombies
Editor: Robert N Stephenson

Altair Australia Books
ISBN: 978-09804566-0-8
RRP: AU$19.95
Available from: Altair Australia Books

The dead walk, they eat brains, they do office works and play baseball. From traditional horror to a new take on the old lore, these stories take you on macabre journey through the unlives of the undead.

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Dissecting Hannibal Lecter
edited by Benjamin Szumskyj

McFarland
ISBN: 978-0-7864-3275-2
RRP: AU$35.00
Available from: McFarland

This comprehensive study of author Thomas Harris’ popular works focuses particularly on Harris’s internationally known antihero Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter in the classic novels Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal.

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Dark Beckoning.
by Keith Williams

ISBN: 978-1-921240-62-1
RRP: AU$32.00
Available from: Poseidon Books

Three boys, their parents and friends will fight for their lives and perhaps their very souls against an unrelenting all-encompassing foe.

Click here for more information.

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Stephen King: The Non-Fiction
by Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks

Cemetery Dance
ISBN: 1-58767-160-3
RRP: AU$75.00
Available from: Cemetery Dance Publications

The 600 pieces of Stephen King non-fiction you’ve never read!

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The story so far… 2006

Posted in Back List on February 21, 2009 by ahwasinisterreads

Here’s your chance to take a look at some of the pieces that have come out over the last few years.

All of the books listed here are confirmed available for purchase. Follow the links to secure your copy.

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by James Cain

Active Bladder publications (USA)
ISBN: 0-9761729-2-5
RRP: AU$19.90 in Australia, US$10 in the USA from Active Bladder or Shocklines.
Available from: Dark Animus, and Galaxy Bookshop.

Evil has never looked so good.

Click here for more information.

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adfh2006Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror 2006 edition
edited by Angela Challis & Shane Jiraiya Cummings

Brimstone Press
ISBN: 0-9802817-0-9
RRP: AU$19.95
Available from: Any bookstore in Australia or from Brimstone Press.

The year’s best Australian horror and dark fantasy stories and essays. The dark age has begun!

Click here for more information.

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bos1Book of Shadows Volume One
edited by Angela Challis

Brimstone Press
ISBN: 0-9802817-1-7
RRP: AU$18.95
Available from: Any bookstore in Australia or from Brimstone Press.

More than 40 short and disturbing stories from Shadowed Realms, Australia’s professional dark fiction online magazine. Your descent into darkness begins here.

Click here for more information.

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Edited by Neil Cladingboel

Equilibrium Books
ISBN: 978-1-920764-81-4
RRP: AU$19.95
Available from: Equilibrium Books, Angus and Robertson and other online bookstores.

FlashSpec is an exciting new anthology, showcasing short, speculative fiction from around the world.

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by Stephen Dedman

ROC
ISBN: 978-0451461162
RRP: AU$17.95, US$6.99
Available from: Fantastic Planet, and Amazon.

The abandoned factory known as the Crypt is the home to society’s cast-offs – as well as a coven for some of the most successful shadowrunners in town. But it is also the home to a long-buried secret that has caught the eye of a corporate mover who’s willing to wage war against the Crypt to uncover it.

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by Edwina Grey

Lothian Books
ISBN: 0734409680
RRP: AU$19.95
Available from: Tabula Rasa

A novel of madness and plague, as a 200 year old secret on the shores of Sydney Harbour blossoms into world-wide pandemic.

Click here for more information.

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doorways_mockup_11Doorways For The Dispossessed
by Paul Haines

Prime Books
ISBN: 0-8095-5740-1
RRP: US$17.95 trade paperback, US$ 29.95 hardback
Available from: Prime Books, Amazon Trade Paperback, Amazon hardback

Follow murderous trails into the bloody foothills of Kathmandu; destroy yourself with obsessive sexual jealousies; disappear into the drug-hazed dust of the Baluchistan desert; and share health-conscious recipes with a gourmet cannibal.

Click here for more information.

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by Martin Livings

Lothian Books/Hachette Livre
ISBN: 0734409699
RRP: AU$19.95
Available from: Infinitas, Booktopia, and Bookworm.

The small south-west Australian town of Tillbrook has a secret, one that has been kept for over a hundred years; the Dervish Carnival, which has been there for a century, is run by people who are neither human nor animal, but live in the woods and howl at night. But when David Hampden, a journalist on the downward slope of his career, visits the town with his younger brother, unemployed photographer Paul, that secret is threatened. When Paul is seduced unknowing into their world, David will get him back, whatever the cost. And the cost may be both their lives… and possibly even more.

Livings is a master of his genre and manages to draw us into his world, kicking and screaming though we might be. And his world is dark, and there are things in the darkness that howl and hunger.
Stephanie Gunn, Australian HorrorScope

Martin Livings is the winner of Tin Duck award ~ Best WA Professional Long Work 2007, and has been nominated for Best Novel ~ Ditmar Award, and for Best Horror Novel ~ Aurealis Awards.

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themotherlgThe Mother
by Brett McBean

Lothian Books
ISBN: 0734409702
RRP: AU$19.95
Click here for more information and a list of places to buy the book.

Hitchhiking along the Hume Highway, a woman searches for the man who killed her daughter.

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cover_pictureStephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished
by Rocky Wood, with David Rawsthorne and Norma Blackburn

Kanrock Publishing Pty Ltd
ISBN: 0975059343
RRP: AU$29.95
Available from: Australian Book Group Online

99 Dark Secrets from the World of Stephen King

Click here for more information.

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The story so far… 2005

Posted in Back List on February 21, 2009 by ahwasinisterreads

Here’s your chance to take a look at some of the pieces that have come out over the last few years. All of the books listed here are confirmed available for purchase. Follow the links to secure your copy.

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The Laughing Willows Stories

by Christina Ann Alexander

Turkey Tracks Press

ISBN: 0 – 949693 – 41 – 3 9780949693419

RRP: $27.75 (inc. shipping within Australia)

Available from: Turkey Tracks Press & Dyslexia-Australasia

The Laughing Willows Stories portray a score of underestimated early rural feminists from pastoral princesses to a furious and adamant nonagenarian all forced into covert, ingenious, underground and underhand ways, including murder, in attempts to cure economic and social ills. They are sometimes ruthless, kind and innovative as they see fit but they are always pragmatic, risk-taking and brave whether surviving fir bombs by demented hatters or eloping by horseback in the teeth of a mountain blizzard under the gunfire of male relatives motivated by land greed and stymied inheritance.

The frightening story, Elopement of a Pastoral Princess was read nationally on Radio for the Print Handicapped.

Reviews:

The Laughing Willows Estate is placed at the core of these remarkable stories. Each character portrayed is as delicate as a miniature painting with great attention to vivid detail. At the same time it is a larger-than-life representation with each character metaphorically linked to a tree, flowering plant or creeper. The wild environment is always present with the bush, flash floods and often inaccessible mountain roads to mansions. The women risk breaking social barriers in enormous life-threatening danger to fulfil inner intellectual and emotional needs in unique fashion, and must be secretive to do so.” Joyce Brown – Editor, The Country Woman

Wheeled huts are carted through snowy mountains, old men roam deserted roads and seek revenge for hit and run killings, or fire-bomb homesteads. Laughing Willows is full of mayhem: the surreptitious exorcism of deeply disturbing psychological determinism. The stories have been very well received; ‘Tree Ladies’ was short listed in the 2004 Glen Eira Literary Awards (512 entries). ‘The Peacock Reunion’ was short listed in the Todhunter Literary Awards and published in the Victoria Park Journal, and ‘Marriage Annuls Teaching Certificates’ was selected for inclusion in Memories of the 20th Century (An Arrow Anthology Publication ).” Dr Anna Kassulke – The Word Story

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Shadow Box

Edited by Angela Challis & Shane Jiraiya Cummings

Brimstone Press

RRP: AU$5.00 (CD-ROM)

Available from: Bookstores Australia wide or from Brimstone Press.


Short.

Sharp.

Surreal.

An antology of flash fiction lashed together with dark art and multimedia nastiness.

Click here for more information.

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The Erebus Equilibrium

by Neil Cladingboel

Equilibrium Books

ISBN: 978-1-920764-00-5

RRP: AU$24.95

Available from: Equilibrium Books, Angus and Robertson and other online bookstores.


This one volume omnibus edition includes the complete and revised texts of Reflections, The Anvil Amulet and Wraith Tide.

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Bortag’s Curse

by Neil Cladingboel

Equilibrium Books

ISBN: 978-1-920764-74-6

RRP: AU$24.95

Available from: Equilibrium Books, Angus and Robertson and other online bookstores.

An ancient prophecy…a stolen life…5,000 years of secrets and lies…and only one who knows the truth!

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Stone Cold Calling

by Simon Clark

Illustrator: Vince Natale

Introduction by Kealan Patrick Burke

Tasmaniac Publications

ISBN: 978-0-9803868-4-4

RRP: $22.95 (free shipping within Australia)

Available from: Tasmaniac Publications

It beats but has no heart Calls without voice Desires yet is void of emotion And waits to destroy anyone unlucky enough to grant it freedom Stone Cold Calling It may well be the end of us all

Reviews:

“With Stone Cold Calling, Clark again proves that when it comes to generating tension, he is without peer. An ill-fated expedition doomed by the wrath of nature and powerful evil; this is Stephen King written in James Rollins’ blood. But the wicked ending? That’s all Clark.” Michael McBride, author, The Infected and the God’s End Trilogy.

“Stone Cold Calling takes you on a wildly imaginative ride from page one, masterfully twisting and turning and still never going the direction you think it might. Part Indian legend, part treasure hunt, part ancient mystery, but 100% Simon Clark at his horrific best. Wow! I stone cold loved it!” Gord Rollo, author, The Jigsaw Man and Lost in Translation.

“A page-turner from the start, this tightly written and highly entertaining tale is a testament to Clark’s skills as a master storyteller, and a must-have for anyone who enjoys exciting and expertly crafted horror fiction.” Greg F. Gifune, author, The Bleeding Season, Deep Night, Dominion and Blood in Electric Blue.

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Never Seen by Waking Eyes

by Stephen Dedman

Infrapress

ISBN: 978-0976654407

RRP: AU$24.95, US$15.95

Available from: Fantastic Planet, Amazon

Two dozen dark tales from one of Australia’s finest genre writers. Click here for more information.

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The Last Motel

by Brett McBean

Biting Dog Publications

ISBN: Paperback 978-0972948531

Hardcover 978-0972948524

RRP: Paperback US $16.95

Hardcover US $40.00

Available from: Amazon (paperback) or Amazon (hardcover)

A husband and wife…

A pair of petty criminals…

A young man…

And a perverse serial killer…

Strangers with seemingly little in common with one another, are inextricably linked through a series of macabre events. In one explosive night, these people’s lives will change forever. Their stories are all different, but their plans are all the same: Stay the night at the Lodgepole Pine Motel and leave the next morning. The only problem is that one night at the Lodgepole Pine Motel can be a lifetime.

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Confessions of a Pod Person

by Chuck McKenzie

Mirrordanse Books

ISBN: 0-9757852-1-4

RRP: AU$18.95

Available from: MirrorDanse Publishing

McKenzie’s work is reminiscent of Erik Frank Russell, Robert Sheckley and Terry Pratchett, letting fly at humanity, warts and all. The joke is on us, and it’s very, very funny.

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The Grinding House

by Kaaron Warren

CSFG Publishing

ISBN: 0-958-1390-3-2

RRP: AU$20.00

Available from: Dymocks, and Australian Speculative Fiction

Short story collection from award winning author Kaaron Warren.

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The story so far… 2004

Posted in Back List on February 21, 2009 by ahwasinisterreads

Here’s your chance to take a look at some of the pieces that have come out over the last few years.

All of the books listed here are confirmed available for purchase. Follow the links to secure your copy.

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complete_guide_coverThe Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King
by Rocky Wood, David Rawsthorne and Norma Blackburn

Kanrock Partners
ISBN: 0975059335
RRP: AU$50.00
Available from: Australian Book Group Online

The most Complete Reference Guide to Stephen King’s work ever compiled.

Click here for more information.

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