Salterin is a town full of fear. Fear and sheep. But mostly fear.
It lies in the north of a principality recently shattered by the Hanese war, cut off from its neighbours and warily watching the advance of winter. Bandits and wolves haunt the woods, but something worse lies within. A monster named Therian has installed himself as lord of the manor and no one is foolish enough to oppose him.
In their hour of need comes a man with one name. A man who will not suffer monsters. Or mutton. But mostly monsters.
Rhys Hughes' Sangria in the Sangraal was published by Eibonvale Press in September 2016. It was originally published in 2011. This new edition contains two stories not incluced in the original.
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Rhys Hughes was born in 1966. Tartarus Press published his first collection, Worming the Harpy, in 1995, and since that time he has published more than thirty other books. His fiction is generally fantastical and his output mainly consists of short stories, though he has published several novels. His work is frequently compared to that of Boris Vian, Flann O'Brien and R.A. Lafferty, but he cites his major influences as Italo Calvino and Donald Barthelme. His three most recent books are the collections Bone Idle in the Charnel House (Hippocampus Press), Orpheus on the Underground (Tartarus Press) and Brutal Pantomimes (Egaeus Press). Fascinated by paradoxes, he incorporates them into his fiction as entertainingly as he can. Sangria in the Sangraal was inspired by a real visit to the town of Albarracín in the year 2007.
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An entire story-cycle in miniature. One thousand years of the remarkable magical history of a secret region of Spain where few people venture even now. Albarracín is a rose-red town tucked away in the mountains of Lower Aragon. Once the seat of an independent taifa during the dominance of the Caliphate of Cordoba, it remained saturated with ancient mystery long after the separated kingdoms of the peninsular were forged through conquest into the single nation we know today. In Albarracín still lurk the djinn of the wondrous past in their dusty bottles and the ghosts of heroes and villains locked in the crucibles of a rogue alchemist.
As Alarcon once wrote, “A happy time it was when our land still remained in peaceful possession of all the spider's webs, dust, woodworm, respect, faith, traditions, uses and abuses sanctified by the centuries!”
Above the roofs of the crumbling town serenely float the clouds; but these are not mindless puffs of vapour. On the contrary, they control the destinies of those who dwell below. In a modern world where the East is trying too hard to become the West, only Albarracín has successfully reversed the trend; for in this place the West always was the East; and the true flavour of Oriental magic remains bright on the tips of the swords, in the pulse of the hearts and on the rims of the cups of the men and gods who enter therein.
This new edition contains two stories not included in the original - Señor Chimera’s Hysterical History and The Bone Throwers.
A REVIEW OF RHYS HUGHES' SANGRIA IN THE SANGRAAL
Paul Stuempel and Cormac Lambe's Augee: Guardian of Hohala was published by Werner & Lawrence Publishing in November 2017.
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Paul Stuempel is a native of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. His debut novel, Augee: Guardian of Hohala, is the first in the Augee series, an original saga imagined over four decades. Paul is based in Dayton, Kentucky where he lives with his wife, Rose Anne.
Cormac Lambe (PhD) is a writer, editor, and educator from Dundalk, Ireland, based in Atlanta, Georgia. His research interests are in Irish literary history. He lives with his fiancée, Amanda, and a cat named Elizabeth.
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In the far-off land of Hohala, an isolated, prosperous nation is threatened by an impoverished and ruthless foreign race. Faced with extermination, the natives are forced into exile where danger and fear are ever-present. As his people struggle for survival, young Nicholas Stone uncovers an ancient secret, and a miracle is born. That miracle is Augee - Guardian of Hohala.
A REVIEW OF PAUL STUEMPEL AND CORMAC LAMBE'S AUGEE: GUARDIAN OF HOHALA
Brhel and Sullivan's Her Mourning Portrait and Other Paranormal Oddities was published by Cemetery Gates Media in January/February 2018.
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John Brhel is a horror writer from upstate New York. His work has appeared in "The Vault of Ghastly Tales." He is the co-author of "Tales From Valleyview Cemetery"." He blogs at http://cemeterygatesmedia.tumblr.com/. His Twitter handle is @JohnBrhel.
Joseph Sullivan is a writer of horror tales (Tales from Valleyview Cemetery), occult fantasy (Marvelry's Curiosity Shop), explorer of urban legend (upcoming Route 12: The Legend Trip) hiker, songwriter, and co-founder of Cemetery Gates Media. His long-term writing goal is to combine his love of poetry, the American novel, and Upstate New York into one cohesive work of fiction.
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Her Mourning Portrait and Other Paranormal Oddities is the fifth anthology from Brhel & Sullivan. It is a collection of dark fantasy stories which focuses on the interplay between the euphoric and lamentable moments of romantic commitments. These ten tales are light romances, which take turns through various fantasy subgenres such as science fiction, the paranormal, the occult and the weird.
Such tales include: “Lady of Cayuga Lake,” which recounts the last hurrah of a separating husband and wife, a final vacation which takes a turn toward the paranormal when they both spy a ghost over the lake. Will they have what it takes to work together, confide in each other, and solve the mysterious disappearance of Mary Gold?
“The Lost Cache” tells of the strain an obsessive hobby can have on a marriage. Hillary appears to give Eric every chance to engage her, and work his way back toward an intimate companionship, even going so far as to plan out a special evening of hiking and geocaching in an old cemetery with her husband.
“Side by Side” is a quirky cemetery tale about a confrontation between a long-dead man and his widow’s second husband, regarding the final resting place of their beloved-in-common.
“Her, He, and a Corpse Makes Three” focuses on a love triangle between a living couple who work in a funeral home, and the woman’s recently deceased, yet spiritually returned ex-boyfriend.
A REVIEW OF BRHEL AND SULLIVAN'S HER MOURNING PORTRAIT AND OTHER PARANORMAL ODDITIES
Rebecca Hall's Instrument of Chaos was published Elsewhen Press in a digital edition on 2nd January 2018 and will be published in paperback in March 2018.
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Rebecca started writing when she was supposed to be studying for her exams at Otago University but somehow passed anyway, eventually graduating with a decorative piece of paper. She moved to the UK to pursue a career in publishing and after a couple of mishaps ended up in Edinburgh and sold Instrument of Peace to Elsewhen Press, which is not quite the career she had in mind. The career she did have in mind was along more editorial lines which is why she is now a volunteer at Inspired Quill and a freelance copy-editor for everyone else. She also has a blog which she infrequently remembers to update, where those mysterious things known as short stories can be found.
Even after three years, she is baffled by the fact that the British use miles, pints and 1p coins but things like pineapple lumps, black forest chocolate and L&P have not caught on. Rebecca would like to make it very clear that she is a Kiwi and absolutely NOT an Australian (or South African) and she will do almost anything for chocolate.
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The third book in the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy
The Angels are back
The long hidden heart of the Twisted Curse had been found, concealed in a realm that no angel can enter, where magic runs wild and time is just another direction. The Twisted Curse is the key to ending the Eternity War and it can only be broken by someone willing to traverse the depths of Faerie.
Unfortunately, Mitch has other things on his mind. For reasons that currently escape him he’s going to university, making regular trips to the Netherworld and hunting down a demon. The Academy might have prepared him for university but Netherworlds and demons were inexplicably left off the curriculum, not to mention curse breaking.
And then the Angels return, and this time they’re hunting his best friend.
Instrument of Chaos is the conclusion of the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy, as Mitch, Amelie and Nikola arrive in Dunedin in New Zealand to start their first year at the University of Otago.
A REVIEW OF REBECCA HALL'S INSTRUMENT OF CHAOS
Deborah Sheldon's Thylacines was published by Severed Press in January 2018.
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Deborah Sheldon is an author of dark fiction and crime and is based in Melbourne.
Her fiction has appeared in various magazines such as Quadrant, Island, Aurealis, SQ Mag, and Midnight Echo, as well as in many anthologies. Latest releases, all traditionally published, include the horror novel, 'Devil Dragon', the crime-noir novellas, 'Dark Waters' and 'Ronnie and Rita', the crime-themed collection, 'Mayhem: selected stories', and the horror collection, 'Perfect Little Stitches and other stories'. Other credits include TV scripts; stage and radio plays; feature articles; non-fiction books; and award-winning medical writing.
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The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was hunted to extinction some eighty years ago. Now, Professor Rosie Giuliani and her staff at The Resurrection Lab have done the impossible: created a living, breathing litter from a preserved specimen. Yet Rosie can’t share this scientific breakthrough with the world. The cloned animals are more like monsters than thylacines. By chance, a small band of activists hears about the caged litter, and their decision to free the tigers will unleash a deadly havoc upon the campus of Fraser University.
A REVIEW OF DEBORAH SHELDON'S THYLACINES