Summer is gone, and the world is turning to ice.
The Rondian Empress Lyra has lost her husband, her army is defeated and the deadly Masked Cabal have seized the Holy City. Her allies have abandoned her and her empire is spiralling into chaos - and her only weapon is a forbidden magic she dare not use. She can't survive alone - but who can she still trust?
'Vibrant, memorable characters' - SciFi Now
The Eastern conqueror Sultan Rashid is victorious on the battlefield, but now he faces an enemy more deadly than Rondian knights: the winter. Unless he captures a major city to shelter his huge armies, his plans to overthrow the West face ruin in the snow. But standing between his men and safety is the remnants of a defeated army led by a general who knows all about fighting for survival.
'An epic journey of ordinary people destined to change the course of history... alluring... gripping' - BoHoMind.com
There are no easy options left. Lyra and her fellow dwymancers must master their deadly magic, whatever the cost. Even those who believe themselves to be fighting for good must grasp the reins of power with cold-hearted determination, and use even the most terrible weapon, if they are to stop the world from falling apart... for ever.
SHORT REVIEWS OF PS PUBLISHING'S NEW HORROR COLLECTIONS
The small independent publisher, PS Publishing, will publish three interesting horror collections this year. These collections are:
As you can see, this is a good year for horror readers. If you're as big a fan of horror stories as I am, I'm sure that you'll enjoy reading these collections, because they're great collections and they contain lots of stories. In my opinion PS Publishing has done their best with these three collections.
These collections contain several older and newer stories, which will be of interest to horror fans. These stories are fantastic, weird, horrifying and disturbing. If you're looking for something new and fresh to read, you've just found what you've been looking for. These collections offer something for everybody, so don't hesitate to read them.
Beth Bernobich is a new fantasy and science fiction writer. Her short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Interzone, and Subterranean Press, among other places. Her first novel, Passion Play, will be published in October 2010 by Tor. A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories is her first short story collection and it will be published in June 2010 by Lethe Press.
Beth Bernobich's official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF BETH BERNOBICH'S A HANDFUL OF PEARLS & OTHER STORIES
Ken Scholes is an American fantasy and science fiction author. He is the author of The Psalms of Isaak. His official website can be found here.
Risingshadow.net has had the honour of interviewing Ken Scholes.
AN INTERVIEW WITH KEN SCHOLES
Cinda Williams Chima is an American author. She has written the Heir series and now she's working on The Seven Realms Trilogy. Her official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA'S THE DEMON KING
What Will Come After: The Complete Zombie Stories of Scott Edelman will be published in early 2010 by PS Publishing. This collection contains the complete zombie stories of Scott Edelman.
Scott Edelman is an American science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer and editor. His website can be found here.
Here's a description of What Will Come After: The Complete Zombie Stories of Scott Edelman from the publisher's website:
During the three decades Scott Edelman has dedicated himself to the short story, his fiction has been called "darkly hopeful," "deep, disturbing, and emotionally draining," and "unnerving work that peers into the darkest corner of the human soul and makes one fear what lurks at the bottom of that abyss – but also makes it impossible to look away."
In these nine tales, you'll also discover that long before the current craze of mashing up mindless shamblers with the literary classics, Edelman was remixing zombies with "Romeo and Juliet," "Our Town," and other famous fictional worlds.
In the Stoker Award finalist "A Plague on Both Your Houses," you'll visit a post-apocalyptic Manhattan that reads like a fever dream created by George Romero collaborating with William Shakespeare, in which the living son of the mayor of New York City falls in love with the daughter of the zombie king.
In "Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man," another Stoker nominee, you'll lock yourself in a library as a writer struggles to keep his sanity by making sense of the zombie uprising the only way he knows how.
And in "What Will Come After," original to this volume, you'll learn what happens to Scott Edelman himself when he faces his own inevitable end.
Gathering his complete zombie fiction to date, Almost the Last Stories proves that the undead can be more than just rampaging braineaters – though you'll find plenty of gory gorging in these pages as well – but also a lens through which we can see that the living and the living dead are not so very different after all.
A REVIEW OF WHAT WILL COME AFTER: THE COMPLETE ZOMBIE STORIES OF SCOTT EDELMAN