Tuesday, December 23, 2008

THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS - DAVID OPPEGAARD


ST. MARTIN'S PRESS ANNOUNCES "THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS" BY DAVID OPPEGAARD

“Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut..." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Oppegaard demonstrates a terrific sense of the macabre with absorbing sequences featuring feral children, a house papered in suicide notes, and other relics of a dying society. He also articulately ponders why such a plague might materialize." -Kirkus Reviews

"Just when it seems that there are no new plots left to write about, David Oppegaard has come up with a doozy. His “The Suicide Collectors” takes us to a startling theme we haven’t encountered before, with every page a thrilling new surprise." -Stan Lee, writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics

“David Oppegaard’s THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is a wonderfully creepy debut novel filled with unnerving twists and turns! Unsettling, bleak and dangerous.” -Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO

"Oppegaard's big bad is an abstraction, but it engenders very concrete terrors. I was reminded of Junji Ito's Uzumaki, which in my book is as good as it gets. " - Mike Carey, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, and bestselling and award-winning author of Vertigo Comics's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER:


In one of the most stunning debuts to come along in years, David Oppegaard gives us a world whose near future presents some terrifying realities.

In THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS, an inexplicable plague of ennui known as “The Despair” has enveloped the world for five years, and nearly ninety percent of the population has committed suicide, and the few survivors struggle to remain alive.

A mysterious, shadowy group called the Collectors has emerged, inevitably appearing to remove the bodies of the dead. But in the crumbling state of Florida, a man named Norman takes an unprecedented stand against the Collectors, propelling him on a journey across North America toward a scientist in Seattle who is rumored to be working on a cure for the Despair.

Oppegaard brings an intriguing new perspective to the concept of apocalypse. “There are dozens of man-made possibilities for the end of the world,” he explains, “but I was intrigued by the idea of humanity simply giving up and dying out.”

With harrowing twists and turns, THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is sure to appeal to fans of dystopian future novels like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and the works of John Twelve Hawkes and William Gibson.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Oppegaard was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. This is his first novel.



THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS
David Oppegaard
Price: $23.95
Publication Date: December 9, 2008
ISBN: 0-312-38110-7
http://us.macmillan.com/thesuicidecollectors

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fictionwritersgroup.com

Fictionwritersgroup.com is a writing resource which was created specifically with writers in mind. It was designed to be a place where established Authors can come to try out new or off market ideas with anonymity and see by our signature Quick Click Rating System how readers respond to their works.

But we are more than just that. With our continuously expanding network of Proofreaders, Publishers and Agents, we are also an excellent place for novice or amateur writers to grow into the field. In our experience the two primary factors that limit the success of most new or aspiring Authors is one - the amount of time they actually spend writing, and two – the lack of confidence they have in their own innate abilities as writers.

Our site addresses both of these issues by inspiring our members to work on weak areas with our review system and by motivating them to become more prolific through our challenges and friendly competitions and the camaraderie they develop with others in the same situation.

We at Fictionwritersgroup.com believe that the only way to become a better writer is to write more, and the best way to write more is to begin writing right now.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Pre-orders for The Monster Within Idea by R. Thomas Riley

One of our early 2009 titles, The Monster Within Idea, is a collection that contains nineteen stories from the dark mind of horror writer R. Thomas Riley.

Riley's work has been compared to horror legends Richard Laymon and Dean Koontz. In our experiences, it is the way Riley instills a deep sense of humanity into his characters that makes his style of writing horror so empathetic and powerful. Those of you who have read the Apex anthology Gratia Placenti will be familiar with this very writing trait in the story "Only Spirits Cry" (also included in The Monster Within Idea).

Cover artist/designer by Justin Stewart.

Pre-order now and get free shipping!

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Available from Apex Publications
Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales - Fran Friel
Orgy of Souls - Wrath James White & Maurice Broaddus
Beauty & Dynamite - Alethea Kontis

http://www.apexbookcompany.com

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Minnette Meador: Celebrating my December Release!

Minnette Meador's web site

I wanted to let you know that I have a very special Myspace contest going on right now for anyone who would like to join my mailing list. I am giving away one autographed set of Starsight books (Vol. I & II) to celebrate the release of the final book in the duology. If you would like a chance to win, just go to www.minnettemeador.com, hit "Enter", and put your email in the "Minnette's Mailing List" box on that page. Follow the signup instructions for a chance to win the two books. If you are a current member, then you are already entered in my December drawing for the two books taking place on New Years Eve. I will award both sets of books on that night!

Have a very happy holiday and a fabulous new year! Minnette :)

www.minnettemeador.com
http://minnettemeador.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/minnettemeador

Friday, November 28, 2008

Two books up for pre-order: THE CONVENT OF THE PURE and OPEN YOUR EYES

Apex Publications is excited to announce that they are opening pre-orders for the next two books in their novella series. Remember, they are running a free shipping special so now is a great time to take advantage of some USPS savings!

Sara M. Harvey - THE CONVENT OF THE PURE
Secrets and illusions abound in a decaying convent wrapped in dark magic and scented with blood. Portia came to the convent with the ghost of Imogen, the lover she failed to protect in life. Now, the spell casting caste wants to make sure that neither she nor her spirit ever leave.

"The Convent of the Pure is a compelling blend of the numinous and the creepy, with a rich, atmospheric setting. I devoured it in a single sitting!"
– Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel's Dart)

Publication Date: April 1st
http://www.apexbookcompany.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=78

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Paul Jessup - OPEN YOUR EYES
Her lover was a supernova who took worlds with him when he died, and as a new world grows within Ekhi, savage lives rage and love on a small ship in the outer reaches of space. A ship with an agenda of its own.

Open Your Eyes is a space opera described by Jay Lake (Escapement, Green) as "echoing the fantastic imagery of Samuel R. Delany and the angst-ridden identity paranoia of
Philip K. Dick."

Publication Date: April 16th
http://www.apexbookcompany.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=77

Thanks!
Jason Sizemore
Editor-in-Chief
Apex Publications

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Available from Apex Publications
Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales - Fran Friel
Orgy of Souls - Wrath James White & Maurice Broaddus
Beauty & Dynamite - Alethea Kontis

http://www.apexbookcompany.com

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Press Release: The Battering of Burstein

The Battering of Burstein

Apex Publications Ramps up the Raffle to Replace Stolen and Damaged Books

November 16, 2008 - Yesterday, Apex Book Company received a shipment of hardcover copies of Michael A. Burstein's new collection "I Remember the Future." At least, the box was supposed to contain the book. What we actually received was a box full of...nothing. A second box contained 16 copies of the book, but they were damaged and unfit for sale. In total, the damaged and missing copies amount to 1/3 of the shipment. The boxes containing the other 2/3 of the shipment have not yet arrived, and we are not optimistic about their location or condition.

Since the Annual Apex Raffle is currently in progress, we are extending the raffle in order to raise additional funds for the replacement cost of the books. Originally scheduled to end on November 30, the raffle will now run through December 15, with the priority allotment of funds going to replace the damaged and missing books.

We understand that many of you reading this have already participated in the raffle, and we are grateful for your support. We ask that you assist us by passing the raffle link below along to anyone you think might be interested, or posting it on your blog or any forums you frequent that allow such items.

Here's the raffle link: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/cart.php?m=product_list&c=7
There are plenty of items for readers, writers, and collectors of all that is dark and good. And don't forget, 'tis almost the season, and nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a gift that will scare the socks off your friends and family.

Remember, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Dolly's Imagination Library, a community program to foster a love of reading among children. Don't worry, we'll wait until they're older before we start making them read Apex books.
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Available from Apex Publications
Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales - Fran Friel
Orgy of Souls - Wrath James White & Maurice Broaddus
Beauty & Dynamite - Alethea Kontis

http://www.apexbookcompany.com

Minnette Meador: STARSIGHT, VOLUME II - BOOKS III & IV

Posted on behalf of Minnette Meador

Just a special announcement to let you know that
Starsight II has just been released and is now available at Amazon and Stonegarden. If you have not read the first Starsight it is also available from Amazon. For those of you who live in the Portland/Vancouver area, I will be signing both Starsight I and II along with The Centurion & The Queen on November 22nd from 1pm-5pm at the Clackamas Town Center, Lower Level, JC Penney Court. 30% of the proceeds will be donated to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, so please come join myself and several other local authors for this wonderful event. I will also be appearing at Powell's Books Beaverton on December 11th from 7pm-9pm with both Starsight books and the brand new sequel to The Centurion & The Queen, The Edge of Honor. For more information, please visit my webpage at www.minnettemeador.com.

This has been a thirty year odyssey for me and I am thrilled to invite you to join me in celebration. Feel free to drop me a note if you have any questions. Hope to see you at the signings! Minnette :)






STARSIGHT, VOLUME II - BOOKS III & IV
an epic fantasy by Minnette Meador
(book cover by Derrick Freeland)


War ravishes the Imperium, held together by the valor of ancient warriors and the devotion of the empire's elite. Trenara no longer trusts the power that has turned the boy she once loved into a man she no longer understands. He frightens her. Joshan's ascendancy grows every day as he leads them to Sirdar's domain. The monster has prepared a welcome that none of them expects and Joshan knows he is endangering them all. Sacrifices are made; bonds are broken. The line between good and evil is blurred in the blood of the innocent. Will Joshan use the
power to rescue his world or will a new tyrant sit upon Sirdar's throne?

EXCERPT
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Annual Apex Post-Halloween Raffle

Are you ready for Halloween to be over? We aren't! In fact, we've decided to hand out a whole host of treats, with only a little trick involved. That's right! It's time for Apex's Annual Post-Halloween Raffle!

We've pulled from our high-security cellar vaults some the most fiendishly delightful goodies you've ever seen, like free fiction critiques, ARCs of as-yet unavailable books signed by the authors, valuable rare books worth more than $50, a steampunk classic with zepplins--REAL ZEPPLINS!--doodled by the author himself, and the only Maurice Broaddus Quintuple Threat Pack in existence!

Don't waste a minute! Get your raffle tickets now! There's just too much good stuff to miss out! Happy Post-Halloween!

10% of all proceeds will be donated to Dolly's Imagination Library.

Check out the treats

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Available from Apex Publications
Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales - Fran Friel
Orgy of Souls - Wrath James White & Maurice Broaddus
Beauty & Dynamite - Alethea Kontis

Monday, October 20, 2008

Apex Publications signs horror legend Gene O'Neill

Apex Books
A Division of Apex Publications
Contact: Jason Sizemore, Publisher
(859) 312-3974
jason@apexbookcompany.com

"Man, something must be wrong with me, big time, he thought. Maybe the Puerto Rican had bruised more than his brain the night of the championship. Scarred something deep inside, hurt his ability to feel much of anything. " – from "Bruised Soul"

From Stoker Finalist Gene O'Neill - A Taste of Tenderloin

Apex Publications brings together eight tales of the dark side of San Francisco's 'Loin sector in this collection by horror legend Gene O'Neill. Several of the short stories included have appeared in prestigious magazines such as Cemetery Dance Magazine, Dark Wisdom, and the anthologies Unnatural Selection, Horror Beyond II, and The Grand Struggle. The tale "Balance" was a Stoker Award Finalist.

The 'Loin, Mr. O'Neill explains, is "a colorful section of [San Francisco], but rundown now like the famed Bowery used to be in NYC, hookers, pimps, junkies, all kinds of scam artists, but a certain kind of sleazy excitement in the foggy air at night […] Some of the characters in the various stories are composites of real people living in the 'loin back then. E.g.: There is a description in "The Apotheosis of Nathan McKee" of an aging junkie playing classical music on a corner for hat money, a tawdry angel trying to flap her broken wings and fly up out of the sleazy muck." The 'Loin will also be described by one-time resident and Mr. O'Neill's son, Gavin O'Neill, in the introduction to the collection.

Some of the tales included in this collection are "The Apotheosis of Nathan McKee," about a man who discovers a very special ability after receiving a vicious beating; "Bruised Soul," the story of an ex-boxer returning to the Tenderloin after a stay in a Sate Hospital, but still battling his own demons; and "Lost Patrol," which follows a wounded vet after his return to the 'loin after Vietnam, who is stalked by a supernatural presence. The collection also includes the original tale "Bushido." The book will be approximately 200 pages long.


Publication date: August 2009


APEX PUBLICATIONS (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of dark science fiction and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the critically acclaimed Apex Science Fiction and Horror Magazine. In 2006, Apex Publishing branched into producing novellas, collections, and anthologies, earning a 2007 Bram Stoker Award nomination for the Aegri Somnia anthology.

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Available from Apex Publications
Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales - Fran Friel
Orgy of Souls - Wrath James White & Maurice Broaddus
Beauty & Dynamite - Alethea Kontis

http://www.apexbookcompany.com

Sunday, September 14, 2008

E-books of Children of the Star novels


Posted on behalf of Sylvia Engdahl

The three novels of Children of the Star are now available as e-books for $5.95 each. Go to www.mobipocket.com and search for my name, or go to my home page www.sylviaengdahl.com and click on their book covers. The Mobipocket reader is free and works on many mobile devices as well on on PCs. (I really like it for reading on my desktop computer -- in fact I prefer to proofread in it rather than in a word processor, even though I have to go back to the word processing file to make corrections.)





I know I said these novels would never be issued separately again because I don't want readers to stop with the first one and think that I ignored certain scientific facts crucial to the motivation in the story merely for plot reasons, when in fact I wasn't aware of those facts back in the early 70s when I wrote the first two books. But I've decided that an Author's Note at the end of those books can make that clear without giving away the suspense of the third book. I found that many readers were hesitant to choose as long a book as the one-volume edition of the trilogy, and in any case, This Star Shall Abide can be enjoyed by younger readers than the others, which are rarely interesting to readers below high school age. Now that Meisha Merlin is no longer in business and the rights have reverted to me, I want to make the story available to as many new readers as possible.


I am planning to publish This Star Shall Abide (known in the UK as Heritage of the Star) -- but not the other two books -- in a print-on-demand trade paperback edition if there is any demand for it -- I know that some teachers used it in their classes before it became unobtainable as a separate book. If I do this, it will be available only at Amazon.com and from me; it will not be sold by distributors or in bookstores (for reasons having to do with the economics of book distribution). If you or anyone you know would be interested in buying it, please let me know now so that I can judge whether doing this is worthwhile. I will sell to schools and libraries (and bookstores if any want it) at 50% off.

There are still new copies of Children of the Star available, although it is officially out of print. The trade paperback can be obtained either from Amazon.com or from me. Also, there are now a few copies of the limited $50 hardcover edition available -- some turned up recently after a bookseller who had bought them went out of business. Fewer than 300 copies of the hardcover were printed, and there will be no more.

Also, I have signed copies available of both hardcover and paperback editions of The Far Side of Evil, which is out of print, and of Journey Between Worlds, which will not be in print much longer -- plus the hardcover edition of Enchantress from the Stars. I don't sell the paperback edition of Enchantress because it's still available from bookstores, as are both e-book and audio editions.

Don't forget that my adult novel Stewards of the Flame is available both in trade paperback and as an e-book. (If anyone who receives this message hasn't heard of it before, that's because it's not suitable for YA readers and so I didn't announce it to my teen list.) Stewards won a bronze medal in the 2008 Independent Publishers (IPPY) awards. If you have a copy and would like a foil award seal to put on the cover, just let me know -- copies I ship in the future will have seals; those sold elsewhere will not. Full information about the story, plus a video trailer, review quotes, sample chapters, and a book group discussion guide, can be found at www.stewardsoftheflame.com.

For a limited time I am offering FREE SHIPPING within the U.S., and discounted international shipping, on all of these books to anyone who mentions this message.

And of course, I'm always happy to receive comments on my books from those of you who have already read them.

I hope to hear from you!

Sylvia


PS:
These books are also available for Kindle
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Sylvia Engdahl - www.sylviaengdahl.com ~ www.stewardsoftheflame.com
http://towardtomorrow.blogspot.com ~ www.spacequotes.com

Monday, August 18, 2008

Apex Publications' Annual Halloween Short Story Contest

For Immediate Release: Apex Publications’ Annual Halloween Short Story Contest - Election Horror

In honor of the presidential election, Apex Publications is offering its Annual Halloween Short Fiction Contest, titled “Election Horror” to be guest judged by Jay Lake.

Write a flash fiction story (under 1000 words) based on this year’s theme, “Election Horror.” and submit online to
Apex Digest by 12 midnight, October 15, 2008

Prizes:
  • First—Publication (10 cents a word)
  • Second—Publication (5 cents a word)
  • Third—Choice of Apex Book Company Hardcover
  • Fourth—Choice of Apex Book Company Paperback
Visit: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/ for the official guidelines and updates.

If you would like more information about this contest or Apex Digest, please email Jason Sizemore at Jason@ApexDigest.com or phone: (859) 312-3974.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Sincerely,

Jason Sizemore, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher
Apex Publications
PO Box 24323
Lexington, KY 40524

Apex Publications - Where Science Fiction and Horror Collide

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Stinz classic revised and re-published

PRESS RELEASE: From: A Fine Line Press 360 963 2935 barr@stinz.com

Coming from A Fine Line Press, distributed by Diamond Distribution and Haven Distribution, December 2008.

AN INSUPPORTABLE LIGHT: The Original Stinz Novel, 2008 Revised edition, 406 black and white acid-free pages, 29 illustrations

ISBN: 1892253305 EAN: 998182-253309

Retail $37.95 (Print On Demand)

AN INSUPPORTABLE LIGHT is the original Stinz novel, featuring Donna Barr's half-horse hero back when she thought of him as having two legs instead of four. This is the new 2008 revision.

The story begins at the end of one war, with the hope of peace. Then one small incident after another, building and combining like pebbles tossed down a slope, become an avalanche of misunderstandings, broken hearts, fury and revenge. It's about how wars start: nobody wants them, nobody can see them coming and nobody can stop them.

Donna Barr is offering the revised edition of the original prose novel, AN INSUPPORTABLE LIGHT, that became the source of her classic drawn-book series, STINZ.

It has a completely new cover -- bright red as befits a novel about war – as well as major revisions in and modernizing of the language, and of the beginning.

(Note: The very limited-run first edition of AN INSUPPORTABLE LIGHT, also printed on acid-free paper, is now officially out of print – and highly collectible.)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

TYPHON Vol. 1, a new comics anthology

DIRTY DANNY PRESS is proud to announce the publication of a new, full-color, 192 page comics anthology called "TYPHON," available now.

TYPHON Vol.1 features new work by forty-two talented cartoonists from across the US, Canada, South America and Europe. TYPHON's contributor list includes many favorites of the alternative comics scene, as well as a number of exciting talents who will be new to most readers.

You can preview thirteen art samples from TYPHON Vol.1 here: http://www.dannyhellman.com/blog/
You can also preview TYPHON Vol.1 using Amazon.com's Search Inside The Book feature: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0970936338/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link

Readers in the United States can order TYPHON Vol.1 securely via PayPal for $24.95 (price includes shipping and handling) here: http://www.dannyhellman.com/blog/ (for orders outside the US, please email Danny Hellman for international shipping rates)

Individual copies of TYPHON Vol.1 can also be purchased from Last Gasp: http://www.lastgasp.com/d/33027/
and from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/TYPHON-Vol-1-Danny-Hellman/dp/0970936338/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217002046&sr=8-1

Retailers can order TYPHON Vol.1 through Last Gasp, Diamond, and indy sales rep Tony Shenton.

Retailers, please be sure to look for the TYPHON Vol.1 Staff Pick in Diamond's July Previews. Diamond's Order Code Number for TYPHON is: JUL083935

Don't miss critic Rod McKie's rave review for TYPHON Vol.1 at the Forbidden Planet blog: http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/?cat=26

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TYPHON is edited and published by Danny Hellman, who brought readers the acclaimed comics anthologies LEGAL ACTION COMICS Volumes 1 & 2 in 2000 and 2003.

"TYPHON is a departure from my previous projects, " says editor Hellman. "I'd initially set out to do a third volume in the Legal Action series, but as the contributions started coming in, I realized that I was looking at a far more ambitious book than what I'd done previously. The work presented in TYPHON covers a wide spectrum of what's possible in comics, from zany, offbeat humor to unnerving existential angst, and on to chilling horror, all of it brought to life with breathtaking, cutting-edge artwork."

Hellman comments, "as a comics reader, I'm a big fan of the anthology format. I first came across the work of many of my favorite cartoonists in anthologies like ARCADE, WEIRDO, RAW and DRAWN & QUARTERLY. I'm proud to carry on in the tradition of those legendary titles, and I believe that TYPHON will stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the bookshelf next to them."
Hellman adds, "anthologies give us the opportunity to enjoy work by talented cartoonists who, for whatever reason, don't produce enough material to fill out solo books. As an editor of anthologies, I'm excited to provide a showcase for artists and work that we might not see otherwise. Diversity makes for a richer comics scene."

Danny Hellman is an internationally-published illustrator whose drawings have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, and in countless other publications.

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For review copies and interviews, please contact Danny Hellman
By mail: TYPHON c/o Danny Hellman P.O. Box 901 Old Chelsea Station New York, NY 10113-0901 USA

TYPHON Vol.1
ISBN: 978-0-9709363-3-2
Price: $24.95 US
For mature readers
Here is a complete list of TYPHON's contributors:
Ken Avidor, Derek Ballard, Gregory Benton, Rupert Bottenberg, DJ Bryant, Mark Campos, David Chelsea, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Patrick Dean, Bald Eagles, Chance Fiveash, Richard Gagnon, Nicholas Gazin, Robert Goodin, Glenn Head, Danny Hellman, Hugo, Hawk Krall, Tim Lane, Jeff LeBlanc, Pat Moriarty, Cliff Mott, David Paleo, Lorenz Peter, Grant Reynolds, Hans Rickheit, Pshaw, R. Sikoryak, Doug Skinner, Fiona Smyth, Steak Mtn., Takeshi Tadatsu, Tobias Tak, Eric Theriault, Matthew Thurber, Motohiko Tokuta, Rich Tommaso, Rick Trembles, Henriette Valium, Dalton Webb, & Chris Wright.