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Sinister Reads – April 2011

Posted in Awards Announcements, General Information, New Releases, Sinister Slices, Uncategorized on April 30, 2011 by ahwasinisterreads

Sinister Reads

Love Lies Dying
by Steve Gerlach
Legumeman Books
ISBN – 978-0987049681
RRP: AUD$23.95 (free postage within Aus.)

Available from (print) Legumeman Books and Amazon; (ebook) Smashwords and Amazon

She was on his sofa, reading a book. She was a complete stranger. And she was naked… Her name was Zoe, and she had survived a horrific ordeal. Fleeing from trouble and the threat of death, Zoe turned to her best friend, Helen. Driving for three days straight, she arrived cold and hungry on Helen’s doorstep. But Helen was at work. Leaving Helen’s husband, John, and Zoe together…all alone. Having escaped from a life of terror and violence, Zoe was sure she could hide out with them for a while. Just long enough to get back on her feet and her life in order again. John’s only mistake was to agree she could stay with them… Because Zoe’s past was fast catching up with her. And that past would draw them all into a game of life and death. By letting her stay, John had no idea of the horror that would be visited on them all…
For someone had a game to finish – a game that could turn very deadly indeed.
LOVE LIES DYING You always love, The ones you hurt…
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“Love Lies Dying is a disturbing, twisted, sexually charged dark ride of suspense.” —Douglas Clegg, author of Neverland
“With Love Lies Dying, Steve Gerlach gives us a page-turning psychological thriller of bizarre twists and never-to-be-forgotten characters. Truly a terrific read. —Rain Graves, Author of The Gossamer Eye
“Love Lies Dying is a spare and fast-paced novel…erotic, bizarre and horrifying….drenched in gut-wrenching suspense and sexual savagery. —Cemetery Dance Magazine –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hicky Knocky & Forsaken Blossoms
by Glenn Cannon
McKenzie Publishing
ISBN – 978-0-646-52363-7
RRP: AUD$19:99

Now available from: PolyEster Books

Hicky Knocky

Mother Nature now yearns for a great chunk of humanity to be annihilated.  Only then can she reclaim her majesty and balance.

This is the nightmare logic of Hicky Knocky, a poltergeist who views people as a cancer on the earth and instills a share house with its misanthropy.  As soon as Lee moves in, he experiences the menacing trances and hallucinations that grip the household.  Lee decides to restore his peace of mind, but not even his purification ritual of burning the house down abates Hicky.

Forsaken Blossoms

Ian is in a gang of high-school boys who form a creed against society’s materialism and hypocrisy. One day, his mother arranges a mentor for him, Gary, a martial arts instructor back in Melbourne after living in Japan.  At first, Ian idolizes Gary, but when the gang’s leader, Alpha, rules that Gary represents soft, New Age values – not manly virtue – the boys plan their retribution.

‘This is a quick read, a quick ride through madness.  The author, Glenn Cannon, takes you on a crazy and frightening journey where your adrenalin never stops.  It is an unsettling story at times, but the events unfold so quickly that the reader is swept along in the paranormal hysteria.’ ~    Wendy O’Hanlon (Acres Australia)

‘I’m not entirely sure if Forsaken Blossoms is a book that you can say you enjoyed, it’s not even a safe read in horror terms, but it’s certainly well written and has something to say. I was happy that I got a chance to be exposed to the ideas and writing style, and would recommend this one to those wanting something slightly deeper on their reading lists. Give it a go, every now and then it’s good to step beyond the simply dark and into more murky waters. I would certainly be up for reading some more from Glenn Cannon. ‘ ~ http://www.scaryminds.com

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Australian Hauntings: Colonial Supernatural Fiction
ed. James Doig
Equilibrium Books
ISBN – 978-1-921456-51-0
RRP: AU$29.95

Available from Equilibrium BooksAngus & Robertson and Emporium Books

James Doig, critically acclaimed editor of Australian Gothic and Australian Nightmares, presents another collection of weird and supernatural fiction. Reprinted here for the first time since their original publication in long-forgotten books and magazines, these rare relics from Australia’s past will stimulate the imagination and keep you awake long into the night. Australian Hauntings completes an outstanding trilogy of gothic fiction, unearthing many classic tales from Australian authors.

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Stephen King: A Literary Companion
Rocky Wood
McFarland Publishing
ISBN – 978-0-7864-5850-9
RRP: US$39.95

Available from Amazon and McFarland

This companion provides a two-part introduction to best-selling author Stephen King, whose enormous popularity over the years has gained him an audience well beyond readers of horror fiction, the genre with which is most often associated. Part I considers the reception of King’s work, the film adaptations that they gave rise to, the fictional worlds in which some of his novels are set, and the more useful approaches to King’s varied corpus. Part II consists of entries for each series, novel, story, screenplay and even poem, including works never published or produced, as well as characters and settings.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ghosts Can Bleed
Tracie McBride (Cover artist Molly Rodman)
Dark Continents Publishing
ISBN – 978-0-9831603-6-6
RRP: US$13.99

Available from Dark Continents Publishing

Alien landscapes and mythic societies…creatures of the night and the more terrifying monsters of the human psyche… Be warned: Ghosts Can Bleed… but it’s not just the blood you should be worried about…

By turns terrifying, darkly comic, surreal and stomach-churning, these forty one stories and poems from award-winning author Tracie McBride open the veins of the world to show humanity in a different – and much darker – light.

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Sinister Slices

Red on Red

by Jen White

Published in: Bewere the Night

Available from: Amazon

Listening to Tracy

by Jen White

Published in:  Dead Red Heart, due April 2011

Available from Ticonderoga Publications

Old Red

by Jen White

Published in: Ethereal Tales

Available from: Ethereal Tales

Cathedral Man and the Rare Twelve Inch

by Trost

Published in: Blue Crow Magazine #3

Available from: Blue Crow Magazine

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Sinister Awards

‘The Cloud’

by Paul Mannering

Finalist (Fan Award): Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2010

‘Doctor Who Season 3’

by Paul Mannering

Finalist (Fan Award): Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2010

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Sinister Reads – March 2011

Posted in Awards Announcements, Book Launches, General Information, New Releases, Sinister Slices, Uncategorized on April 1, 2011 by ahwasinisterreads

Sinister Reads

Should Have Killed the Kid
by R. Frederick Hamilton
Legumeman Books
ISBN – 978-0987049667
RRP: AUD$23.95 (free postage within Aus.)

Available from (print) Legumeman Books and Amazon; (ebook) Smashwords and Amazon

At the time it seemed so cut and dry. When the old man held out the knife and asked him to kill the kid, Dave didn’t think twice. The man was clearly nuts. Raving about an apocalypse that only the boy’s death could stop. Dave had done what any rational person would have – knocked the lunatic out. A lucky punch and all had been over… or so he thought.

Locked in a skyscraper in Melbourne, Dave Thomas has ample time to rue and lament his decision. As he watches the city burn, it’s a little difficult to escape the enormity of his mistake.

Claws have invaded the shadows.

Billions are dead.

Continents in ruin.

And to rub salt in the wounds, the only hope for salvation is to face that decision all over again.

He really should have killed the kid.

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This Green Hell
by Greig Beck
Pan McMillan
ISBN – 9781405040495
RRP: AUD$32.99

Now available from all good bookstores

Deep in the steaming jungles of Paraguay, Aimee Weir is in trouble.

The petrobiologist has found what she was looking for – a unique microorganism in a natural gas deposit – but it proves to be more destructive than anyone could have imagined. A contagion is striking down all in its wake. The camp is quarantined, but workers start to vanish in the night.

Is it fear of contamination – or has something far more lethal come to the surface?

Alex Hunter – code name Arcadian – and his Hotzone All-Forces Warfare Commandos must be dropped in to the disaster area to do whatever it takes to stem the outbreak. It has been a year since Aimee has seen Alex; she thought she had left him for good. Now she needs him more than ever.

In the sweltering jungles of South America, the Arcadian must learn to master his violent inner demons for this rescue mission to have any chance of success. But can he survive long enough to confront the danger that threatens the very survival of mankind?

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Torment
by Greg Chapman
Damnation Books
ISBN – Print  9781615723423/ eBook 9781615723416
RRP: eBook US$4.99 TPB US$12.50

eBook available from Damnation Books & Amazon

Print edition available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Jessica’s Newman’s tragic childhood has come back to haunt her. Her father, a Catholic deacon whom she hasn’t seen since he was found not guilty of her mother’s death during an exorcism ritual, has turned up dead in Scotland, a single gunshot wound to the head. Forced to take her family to Scotland and deal with her father’s estate – a derelict mansion in the Grampian Mountains – Jessica begins to question her mother’s death and just what role her father played in it. But the house – and its dark basement – could provide more answers than she bargained for.

“There are points in Torment when this novella is truly a torment to read, but in the all the right ways. Chapman inexorably draws the reader into Jessica Newman’s terrifying world to the point where there are two choices – put the story down to still your beating heart, or read on into the complex mystery, rightly fearing what lies on the next page. This is at once a tale of demonic and ghostly terror, as well as a compelling nod to the core imagery of classic horror. I don’t expect I’ll forget this tale any time soon, and that may not be a good thing!” ~Rocky Wood, author of Stephen King: The Non-Fiction and Horrors! Great Tales of Fear and Their Creators

Torment echoes The Exorcist with its tale of tortured souls and questions about faith. A chilling, tightly written story from a new voice in horror.” ~Brett McBean, author of The MotherTales of Sin and Madness, and Concrete Jungle

Torment is a slow-burning supernatural thriller that fuses the darkness of Blatty’s The Exorcist with the visceral thrills of ghost stories from masters such as Peter Straub and Robert Hood. With authorial sleight of hand, Chapman turns the exorcism sub-genre on its head with Torment. Greg Chapman is an author to watch.” ~Shane Jiraiya Cummings, author of Shards and The Apocrypha Sequence

“Well-placed dark fiction doused in history, ritual and intrigue.” ~Mark Farrugia, editor, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine: Best of Horror #2

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Sinister Slices

Resurrection in Red

by Jason Nahrung

Published in: More Scary Kisses, due April 2011

Available from: Ticonderoga Publications

Children of the Cane
by Jason Nahrung

Published in:  Dead Red Heart, due April 2011

Available from Ticonderoga Publications

Wet Work

by Jason Nahrung

Published in: After the Rain, due April 2011

Available from: Fablecroft Publishing

Mending the Fences
by Jason Nahrung

Published in: Aurealis #45, due May 2011

Available from: Aurealis

A Dark Forestby Jen White

Published in: Extinct Doesn’t Mean Forever anthology

Available from: Amazon

Behind the Midnight Blinds

by Marty Young

Published in: Horror World

Out of the Storm
by Rick Kennett

Published in:  Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine

Available from Dunesteef

Thirty Minutes for New Hell
by Rick Kennett

Published in: Aurealis #45

Available from: Aurealis

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Sinister Awards

An Ordinary Boy

by Jen White

Shortlisted for Young Adult Short Story: 2010 Australian Shadows Award

Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears

Ed. Angela Challis & Dr. Marty Young

Nominated for: Bram Stoker Award (Superior Achievement in an Anthology) 2010 Australian Shadows Award (Best Anthology)

Various tales listed in Ellen Datlow’s  ‘Honourable Mentions’ list -Best Horror 2010

by Jenny Blackford, Felicity Dowker, Andrew J. McKiernan, Amanda J. Spedding & Kyla Ward

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