Martin Blaskett moves to a small town to oversee construction of a housing development, where he encounters a shape-shifting figure from local legend—Scratch. He is taken under the wing of his new neighbor, a retired hunting guide named Gil Rose, and befriends a local woman named Alison. Along the way, trouble ensues as Scratch feels threatened by changes to the landscape, luring locals out into the woods, including Alison's son. As the blame for a range of events falls at Martin’---s feet, he is beset by increasingly inhuman dreams, and comes to doubt his own innocence. A literary novel of wilderness noir that engages the supernatural elements of folklore in the manner of magical realism, Scratch explores the overlapping layers of history, ecology, and storytelling that make up a place.
Steve Himmer is author of the novels The Bee-Loud Glade and Fram. His stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Hobart, Hawk & Handsaw, The Collagist, and Los Angeles Review, and in anthologies such as On The Clock: Contemporary Short Stories of Work and Re:Telling. He edits the webjournal Necessary Fiction and teaches at Emerson College in Boston.
In this haunting and hypnotizing novel, a young woman loses everything—half of her body, her fiancé, and possibly her unborn child—to a terrible apartment fire. While recovering from the trauma, she discovers a photo album inhabited by a predatory ghost who promises to make her whole again, all while slowly consuming her from the inside out.
Damien Angelica Walters' work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015, Year's Best Weird Fiction Volume One, Nightmare, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Shimmer, Apex, and Glitter & Mayhem. Until the magazine's closing in 2013, she was an associate editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede.
Vile Men is a collection of fourteen short stories that are transgressive in nature, filled with heart and emotion, leaving you sweaty and spent, your heart pounding in your chest. Stolen moments on the subway, fear of intimacy, sexual perversion and dark fears come home to roost all unite in a powerful mixture of literary fiction, contemporary fairy tales, and late night confessions. Shocking and yet touching, unnerving and yet brutally honest, Rebecca Jones-Howe is an emerging author that you'll want to keep an eye on.
Exigencies: A Neo-Noir Anthology
Includes "Wilderness" by Letitia Trent, "Monster Season" by Joshua Blair,"Cat Calls" by Rebecca Jones-Howe, "Ceremony of the White Dog" by Kevin Catalano, "The Armadillo" by Heather Foster, "The Last Manuscript" by Usman T. Malik, "Single Lens Reflection" by Jason Metz, "The Mother" by Nathan Beauchamp, "Everything in Its Place" by Adam Peterson, "When We Taste of Death" by Damien Angelica Walters, "Figure Eight" by Brendan Detzner, "My Mother’s Condition" by Faith Gardner, "Fragile Magic" by Alex Kane, "The Eye Liars" by Sarah Read, "Searching for Gloria" by W. P. Johnson, "And All Night Long We Have Not Stirred" by Barbara Duffey, "Dull Boy" by David James Keaton, "Brujeria for Beginners" by Marytza Rubio, "Heirloom" by Kenneth Cain, "The Owl and the Cigarette" by Amanda Gowin, "Desert Ghosts" by Mark Jaskowski and "Blood Price" by Axel Taiari.
Foreword by Chuck Wendig.
The Doors You Mark Are Your Own
(Joshua City Trilogy)
Joshua City is one of seven city-states in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality where water is scarce and technology is at mid-twentieth-century Soviet levels. As the novel opens, the Baikal Sea has been poisoned, causing a major outbreak of a leprosy-like disease called necrosis. Against this backdrop of increasing violence and oppression, a struggle for control of the city ensues.
Okla Elliott is currently an Illinois Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois, where he works in the fields of comparative literature and trauma studies. He also holds an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University. His work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, New Letters, A Public Space, The Southeast Review, and Subtropics, among others. He is the author of a collection of short fiction, From the Crooked Timber, and a collection of poetry, The Cartographer’s Ink.
Raul Clement lives in Urbana, IL. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in Blue Mesa Review, Coe Review, As It Ought to Be, and the Surreal South '09 anthology. He is an editor at New American Press and Mayday Magazine.
After the People Lights Have Gone Off
This collection of fifteen stories taps into the horrors and fears of the supernatural as well as the everyday. Included are two original stories, several rarities and out of print narratives, as well as a few "best of the year" inclusions. Stephen Graham Jones is a master storyteller. What does happen after the people lights have gone off? Crack the spine and find out.
With an introduction by Joe R. Lansdale, this collection includes "Thirteen," "Brushdogs," "Welcome to the Reptile House," "This is Love," "The Spindly Man," "The Black Sleeve of Destiny," "The Spider Box," "Snow Monsters," "Doc's Story," "The Dead Are Not," "Xebico," "Second Chances," "After the People Lights Have Gone Off," "Uncle," and "Solve for X."
WINNER, Best Collection of the Year, THIS IS HORROR
FINALIST, Best Collection of the Year, BRAM STOKER AWARDS
FINALIST, Best Collection of the Year, SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARDS
Foreword by Laird Barron.
Echo Lake by Letitia Trent (June 2014)
30-something Emily Collins inherits her recently murdered Aunt's house, deciding to move to Heartshorne, Oklahoma, to claim it and confront her family's dark past after her dead mother begins speaking to her in dreams, propelling this gothic, neo-noir thriller toward terrifying revelations of murderous small-town justice when a horrible community secret is revealed through the supernatural pull of Echo Lake.
Letitia Trent grew up in Vermont and Oklahoma and spent her teenage years traveling with her flea-marketing parents. She received her MFA in poetry from Ohio State University. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Denver Quarterly, Fence, Folio, The Journal, Blazevox, and The Black Warrior Review. Her poetry collections include One Perfect Bird (2012) and You aren't in this movie (2012). She was the 2010 winner of the Alumni Flash Writing Award from the Ohio State University's The Journal and has been awarded fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center and the MacDowell Colony.
THE NEW BLACK
The New Black edited by Richard Thomas (May 2014)
The New Black is a collection of 20 neo-noir stories exemplifying the best authors currently writing in this dark sub-genre. A mixture of horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, the transgressive, and the grotesque all with a literary bent, these stories represent the future of genre-bending fiction from some of our brightest and most original voices.
The table of contents includes the following authors and stories: Stephen Graham Jones, "Father Son, Holy Rabbit," Paul Tremblay, "It's Against the Law to Feed the Ducks," Lindsay Hunter, "That Baby," Roxane Gay, "How," Kyle Minor, "The Truth and All Its Ugly," Craig Clevenger, "Act of Contrition," Micaela Morrissette, "The Familiars," Richard Lange, "Fuzzyland," Benjamin Percy, "Dial Tone," Roy Kesey, "Instituto," Craig Davidson, "Rust and Bone," Rebecca Jones-Howe, "Blue Hawaii," Joe Meno, "Children Are the Only Ones Who Blush," Vanessa Veselka, "Christopher Hitchens," Nik Korpon, "His Footsteps are Made of Soot," Brian Evenson, "Windeye," Craig Wallwork, "Dollhouse," Tara Laskowski, "The Etiquette of Homicide," Matt Bell, "Dredge," and Antonia Crane, "Sunshine for Adrienne."
Foreword by Laird Barron.