Archive for February, 2013

Roadkill Joseph D’Lacey

February 27, 2013 - 10:08 pm No Comments

News from the world of This is Horror:

Earlier today we revealed the cover for Roadkill by Joseph D’Lacey, the fourth This Is Horror chapbook. The artwork from Jason Hicks has a distinctive grindhouse vibe, displaying an unpainted car with tribal symbols, a smashed in headlight and obligatory bloodstain. Roadkill will be released in Spring 2013 and no doubt we’ll be putting on a very special launch event to commemorate the final chapbook in year one of the This Is Horror Premium Chapbook series. But it won’t be the last chapbook, we have secured four excellent authors within the genre for year two. Watch this space.

In other news fans of Mr. D’Lacey will be pleased to hear he’s our next guest on the This Is Horror podcast. The third episode lands on Monday March 4.

Early March I’ll be posting an interview with Mr D’Lacey as well as a review of Black Feathers by Angry Robot

Blood Therapy

February 27, 2013 - 4:30 pm No Comments

Blood Therapy
Author Lynda Hilburn
Publisher Jo Fletcher Books
Pages/size 400pp
Release Date: 4th July 2012
Reviewer: Kate Middleton

Kismet Knight knows exactly how to handle her patients, but when it comes to her love-life, she’s on less steady ground. That was until she met master vampire Devereux, an 800-year-old hunk, who not only managed to convince the entirely rational shrink that vampires really do exist – he also convinced her to start dating him. Kismet’s still having nightmares after being kidnapped by Lucifer, a schizophrenic vampire. From a therapeutic perspective she finds his split personalities fascinating – but she’s constantly terrified. And Dev’s become obsessed with finding Lucifer – before he comes after Kismet again. So much for her nice, ordinary life…

I read this book in one sitting and really enjoyed it, although I hadn’t read the vampire shrink I felt that I picked up enough of what happened in it to not be confused or missing something big. I felt the fear that kismet had and the terror that Lucifer was constantly putting her through. I really enjoyed the humour within the story and the characters backgrounds and connections. I can’t wait for the rest of Kismet’s story.

NightWatch Urban Fantasy

February 18, 2013 - 4:38 pm No Comments

Hail the Robot Army!
Today’s the day we (Angry Robot) take the wraps off a brand new two-book urban fantasy deal with Nekropolis author Tim Waggoner. More information on the Angry Robot website, and the usual press-release stye info-drop follows:

Angry Robot Signs Tim Waggoner’s Brand New Urban Fantasy
Angry Robot, publisher of cutting-edge SF, F and WTF?! fiction, is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of a new two-book Urban Fantasy series by Tim Waggoner, author of the hugely popular Nekropolis saga.
The deal was brokered between Tim’s agent Cherry Weiner of the Cherry Weiner Literary Agency and Angry Robot’s Senior Editor, Lee Harris for worldwide English, translation and audio rights.

About the New Series

It’s Men In Black meets The Sandman. Meet the fine men and women of the NightWatch: a supernatural agency dedicated to hunting down rogue nightmares that escape from other realms when people dream about them, while ensuring that other dream-folk are allowed to live among the regular, human population… as long as they play by the rules.
The first book in the series – Night Terrors – will be published in the summer of 2014, with a follow-up volume scheduled for early 2015.
Tim Waggoner said: “One of the many wonderful things about Angry Robot is that they don’t publish cookie-cutter fiction. They seek out the different, the unusual, and – in my case – the downright weird. It’s a joy to be working with these mad geniuses again.”
Angry Robot Senior Editor Lee Harris said: “Tim’s Nekropolis was one of the first books we published when we launched Angry Robot, and it has been popular with our readers ever since. I’m hugely looking forward to our working with him again more than 100 books later!”
Find more about Tim Waggoner at www.timwaggoner.com or @TimWaggoner.

Rhiannon Mills author

February 16, 2013 - 12:35 am No Comments

Meet KnightWatch Press and horror author Rhiannon Mills.

Rhiannon Mills was born by the sea in Portsmouth, Virginia. Since then, she has lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Winchester, Indiana, and eventually settled in Itmann, West Virginia. She started writing when she was nine years old after watching a vampire film that held her young heart and mind captive. Starting out writing in notebooks and filling pages with gore and prattle, Rhiannon knew she was going to write for the rest of her life when she began winning awards in school for her creative writing endeavors. After starting her own family and having two daughters and two sons, Rhiannon began focusing on her writing once again.

Her short story, “The Heart Fixer” is featured in a horror anthology released by Rainstorm Press called “31 Nights of Halloween.” Another short horror story Rhiannon penned is featured in Rainstorm Press’s anthology, “With This Ring, I Bleed, Dead” and is titled, “Mr. and Mrs.” Next, Rhiannon published the romantic fantasy/horror novella, “The Demon King” with KnightWatch Press in February 2012.

Currently, she is working on the sequel to the novella, hoping to have it finished and ready for readers by summer 2013. Rhiannon is also working on a paranormal mystery and enjoys writing blog posts to keep her fingers warm.

In her spare time, Rhiannon loves to read any book that tells a story. In her mind, a good story with believable, loveable, or hateable characters is what makes a book great. She also enjoys baking, lots of coffee, and documentaries that generally no one else likes. Her favorite subjects are history, with an increasing interest in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Also, on occasion, Rhiannon can be found playing silly real life simulation video games for an extra dose of inspiration, relaxation, and entertainment.

The Demon King is on sale at £1.95 until 28th Feb.

Draken needs a soothsayer to help him keep his kingdom under his own rule and not that of his twin brother. What he doesn’t count on is that his bewitching soothsayer, Willow, could possibly be the fall of the entire Underworld without trying to do so. In The Demon King by Rhiannon Mills, one small twenty year old secret could destroy everything Draken has ever held dear. Through battles, both political and emotional, the King must do what is best to destroy his brother and hold his kingdom in the right hands, although nothing is ever what it seems and no one can be trusted in the Underworld.

Blood’s Pride

February 14, 2013 - 6:53 pm No Comments

Blood’s Pride (Shattered Kingdoms Book 1)
Author Eve Manieri
Publisher Jo Fletcher Books
Pages/size 528pp
Release Date: 30th Aug 20112
Reviewer: Kate Middleton

A generation has passed since the Norlanders’ great ships bore down on Shadar, and the Dead Ones slashed and burned the city into submission, enslaving the Shadari people. Now the Norlander governor is dying and, as his three alienated children struggle against the crushing isolation of their lives, the Shadari rebels spot their opening and summon the Mongrel, a mysterious mercenary warrior who has never yet lost a battle. But her terms are unsettling: she will name her price only after the Norlanders have been defeated. A single question is left for the Shadari: is there any price too high for freedom?

When I picked this book up I found that the first few chapters were hard to get through masses of character names, places and descriptions. Though the light of character names and what clans they are from at the start of the book greatly helped. Once past the first ten or so chapters I really felt that it was hard to put this book down, the unexpected plot twists, the forbidden love, the violence and everything that happened due to honour.

The characters were great and I really felt for their situation. I also can’t wait for the next book because I have no idea how it is going to unfold.