Translated by Agnes Broome.
Once inseparable, Joel and Nina haven't spoken in twenty years.
When Joel's mother Monika develops dementia, he has no choice but to return to his home town. Monika needs specialist care, and that means Pineshade - which also means Joel is going to have to deal with his one-time best friend, for Nina works there.
It's not long before Monika's health deteriorates - she starts having violent, terrifying outbursts, and worse, she appears to know things she couldn't possibly know. It's almost as if she isn't herself any more... but of course, that's true of most of the residents at Pineshade.
Only Nina and Joel know Monika well enough to see the signs; only by working together can they try to find answers to the inexplicable...
The Home is an eerie story about love, friendship and the greatest fear of all: losing control of ourselves...
Douglas Thompson's Sylvow was published by Eibonvale Press in August 2010.
Here's some information about Douglas Thompson:
Douglas Thompson graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 1989, went to busk on the London Underground and won the Grolsch/Herald Question of Style Award for new writing, all in one strange summer. Since then he has published short stories in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, most recently New Writing Scotland, Chapman, Ambit, and reviewed architecture for The Herald. He won second prize in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition in 2007, and currently works as an architectural designer and computer 3d-visualiser. His first novel, “Ultrameta”, was published by Eibonvale Press in August 2009, and hailed as “a new form or literature for a new century” and “a modern classic” by Sci-Fi Online.
Douglas Thompson's official website can be found here.
Here's the description of Sylvow from the publisher's website:
In the city of Sylvow, brother and sister Claudia and Leo Vestra made a childhood promise to each other: he would look after the plants and she would look after the animals.
Unlike most promises, both of these were kept – each in their own way. Claudia is now a vet – looking after pampered pets or putting down strays and leading a mundane life in the city. Leo, on the other hand, disenchanted with modern urban life, has abruptly abandoned his wife and disappeared into the surrounding forest, his only contact with the outside world being a sequence of dramatic and prophetic letters – increasingly convinced that a semi-sentient natural world is preparing to rebel against its human irritants.
Nature is a strange thing – although we have done an amazing job of cataloguing and observing it, we still know very little about it. Nature always surprises – and always changes, especially under an external influence such as humanity's devastating effect on the environment. This book follows its cast of characters through a spectacular clash between everyday life and life on the evolutionary scale – as society dissolves and is stripped away under the onslaught of surreal environmental disaster. Douglas Thompson has dug deep into the inevitable guilt that we all feel, as a culture/species, for the disastrous state of civilization and its effect on both ourselves and the world around us – in the process touching on elements as diverse as literary surrealism, philosophical tract, horror, disaster novel and visionary science fiction.
A REVIEW OF DOUGLAS THOMPSON'S SYLVOW
Helen Lowe is a New Zealandian novelist, poet, broadcaster and blogger. She is the author of Thornspell and The Heir of Night (The Wall of Night, Book 1).
Risingshadow.net has had the honour of interviewing Helen Lowe.
AN INTERVIEW WITH HELEN LOWE
Lynn Flewelling is the author of two popular fantasy series (Nightrunner series and The Tamír Triad).
Lynn Flewelling's Glimpses will be published by Three Crow Press (here's another link) on September 21, 2010. Glimpses is a collection of Nightrunner short stories. It contains several illustrations by professional and amateur artists.
A REVIEW OF LYNN FLEWELLING'S GLIMPSES
Helen Lowe's official website can be found here.
Here's the description of The Heir of Night from the back cover of the Advance Readers Edition:
IF NIGHT FALLS, ALL FALL...
In the far north of the world of Haarth lies the bitter mountain range known as the Wall of Night. Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the Wall is the final bastion between the peoples of Haarth and the Swarm of Dark – which the Derai have been fighting across worlds and time.
Malian, Heir to the House of Night, knows the history of her people: the unending war with the Darkswarm; the legendary heroes, blazing with long-lost power; the internal strife that has fractured the Derai's former strength. But now the Darkswarm is rising again, and Malian's destiny as Heir of Night is bound inextricably to both ancient legend and any future the Derai – or Haarth – may have.
And here's the review:
A REVIEW OF HELEN LOWE'S THE HEIR OF NIGHT
Andy Duncan's novella, The Night Cache, was published in late 2009 by PS Publishing. The Night Cache is a World Fantasy Award nominee.
Here's some information about Andy Duncan:
Andy Duncan is the author of Beluthahatchie and Other Stories (Golden Gryphon Press, 2000) and The Night Cache (PS Publishing, 2009). He has also edited Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (with F. Brett Cox, Tor Books, 2004).
Here's the official description of The Night Cache from the publisher's website:
From Andy Duncan, master of the Southern tall tale, author of the acclaimed Beluthahatchie, a new novelette about lesbian love, cryptography, and signals from beyond the grave...
When Jenny, lowly cashier for a certain major book store chain, flirts with female customers, it is not in the expectation of lasting romance. But at last one of them reciprocates sincerely, and a deep love is born, as if predestined, and indeed Jenny's new lover is called Destiny, Destiny Creech, initiate in an eccentric subculture that hunts carefully concealed caches by means of GPS readings, coded co-ordinates, and oddball intuition. The happiness of the two persists for a time, but when death sunders the partnership, the living and the departed must find one another again, and now the clues are cryptic indeed...
The Night Cache is Andy Duncan at his witty best, and a fine foretaste of his upcoming collection from PS Publishing, The Pottawatomie Giant and other Stories.
A REVIEW OF ANDY DUNCAN'S THE NIGHT CACHE