Michael Kelly – an update on a new anthology

Michael Kelly has been previously featured on Reading Recommendations. He’s back now with news of a new anthology of fiction he has edited and published.

Shadows and Tall Trees
edited by Michael Kelly
Published by Undertow Books
Genre: Anthology of Weird Fiction

The acclaimed literary anthology Shadows & Tall Trees has featured authors short-listed for the Man Booker Award, and World Fantasy Award winners. Several of our stories have been reprinted in “Year’s Best” anthologies and have garnered numerous award nominations. The premiere anthology of weird fiction.

Shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award!

Shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson Award!

Shadows and Tall Trees is a smart, soulful, illuminating investigation of the many forms and tactics available to those writers involved in one of our moment’s most interesting and necessary projects, that of opening up horror literature to every sort of formal interrogation. It is a beautiful and courageous series.”
– Peter Straub

Brian Evenson, Malcolm Devlin, Rebecca Kuder, V.H. Leslie, Robert Levy, Laura Mauro, Manish Melwani, Alison Moore, Harmony Neal, Rosalie Parker, M. Rickert, Nicholas Royle, Robert Shearman, Christopher Slatsky, Simon Strantzas, Steve Rasnic Tem, Michael Wehunt, Charles Wilkinson, and Conrad Williams

Michael Kelly is the Series Editor for the Year’s Best Weird Fiction. He has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the British Fantasy Society Award. His fiction has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Black Static, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21 & 24, Supernatural Tales, Postscripts, Weird Fiction Review, and has been collected in Scratching the Surface, and Undertow & Other Laments. He owns and runs Undertow Publications. Undertow Publications is home to two acclaimed series’ of anthologies: Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Shadows & Tall Trees.

Where to purchase:
Undertow Books

Steve Boseley

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? A Sinister Six: A collection of six darkly disturbing stories Genre – Horror / Dark fiction

Quick description: A Sinister Six is a collection of darkly disturbing stories, where the ordinary and mundane become extraordinary and fantastic.

Journey to the edges of reality and glimpse what lies just beyond our reach. Discover that nothing is quite what it seems, and explore the horrors that travel with us throughout our lives.

The characters within have been forced beyond the boundary of their reality and have encountered what lies beyond.


Brief biography:
Steve writes horror and disturbing fiction that has appeared in many online horror publications, as well as in several horror anthologies. He has also had work published by Alfie Dog Fiction. His first novella, Die, Blossom, Bloom, was published in 2016, quickly followed by his first collection of short stories, A Sinister Six. Steve wants to connect with readers by writing about the ordinary and mundane, but making it extraordinary and fantastic, giving readers a glimpse of what lies just beyond the edges of their realities.

Links to buy Steve’s book:

Steve’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
My next book! It will be another collection of short stories, similar in style to the ones within A Sinister Six. No title yet. Some of the stories were completed in last year’s NaNoWriMo. They just need editing!

Steve’s reading recommendation:
Keeping with the theme of short stories, I’m currently reading (and enjoying) C.S. Boyack’s 2nd Experimental Notebook. I am also loving the short fiction of Algernon Blackwood.

Randy McCharles

Today’s Reading Recommendation is an author living in Calgary who I have known for several years. In fact, I met Randy McCharles at a talk I gave at the Calgary Public Library when he was the first person to buy a copy of my (very) recently released eBook! I wanted to give Randy an extra shout-out here at the beginning of his promotion because, as is typical of him, he has been very humble in answering my questions regarding his non-authorial accomplishments in the Calgary writing community. For instance, Randy conceived and has become the Grand Poobah of the extremely successful annual conference, When Words Collide, that dares to promote and celebrate authors, books and writing of ALL genres. This year’s conference takes place next weekend, Aug. 8-10, and it sold out in record time, long ago, so even if you happen to be in Calgary you won’t be able to attend unless you’ve already registered. However, keep this conference in mind for next year – it’s a good one, and is growing with every new year! Now, here’s Randy to tell you about the authorial side of his life!

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Necromancer Candle – Contemporary Fantasy

Quick description: The Necromancer Candle is a collection of 3 contemporary fantasy novellas that combine mystery and humor. Everyday people face ancient evils while dealing with modern relationship troubles. Emotions run from horror to despair to anger to laughter. Enjoy the ride!


Brief biography:
Randy McCharles is active in Calgary, Alberta’s writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety. A multiple Aurora Award-winner (Canada’s most prestigious award for speculative fiction), Randy’s fiction can be found in various publications from Edge Press, CreateSpace, House of Anansi, Reality Skimming Press, and Year’s Best Fantasy 9 (David Hartwell and Kathryn Kramer, ed). Randy’s 2014 titles include The Necromancer Candle (Edge Press) and Capone’s Chicago (CreateSpace). In addition to writing, Randy organizes events for readers and writers including the When Words Collide literary festival, A Taste of Local Authors reading series, and the Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat. Randy also teaches courses for writers at the Alexandra Writers Centre.

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Links to buy Randy’s book:
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy

Randy’s promo links:
Amazon Author Page

What are you working on now?
I work on multiple projects at once. Much Ado About Macbeth is a contemporary fantasy in its final draft. When drama teacher Paul Samson decides to put on a High School production of Macbeth, he forgets that it isn’t just The Scottish Play, it is The Cursed Play. And Paul soon learns just how cursed. After grappling with his principal, the PTA, his family, and his students, he must contend with witches, ghosts, and skeletons from his past. The show is destined from the outset to end badly, but no matter how desperate or dangerous circumstances become, Paul cannot cancel the play. Theater has but one rule and one rule only: the show must go on.

In earlier stages is A Connecticut Gumshoe In King Arthur’s Court. Sam Sparrow was a bad cop and a worse private detective. But when he is miraculously whisked away from certain death at the hand of hoodlums, only to find himself working cases in King Arthur’s Court, it may just be the chance he needs to address his trust issues while at the same time proving himself worthy of his elusive idol, Sam Spade.

Randy’s reading recommendation:
I just finished Plague by C. C. Humphries, a brilliant historical mystery set in black plague London.

Randy McCharles was previously featured on Reading Recommendations, Jan. 23, 2014, as collaborating member of The Apocalyptic Four.

Bobby Nash

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Box Thirteen – Adventure wanted! is my latest release. Box Thirteen is 6 new stories based on the Box Thirteen radio series that ran from 1948 – 1949 starring Alan Ladd. The genre is mystery, crime, thriller, and maybe just a sprinkling of horror and sci fi thrown in for good measure.

Quick description: Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted!
Stories by Bobby Nash, Jim Beard, Barry Reese, and Andrew Salmon
Read by Nick Santa Maria. Liner Notes by Bobby Nash
Produced by Bobby Nash

“Adventure wanted — will go anywhere — do anything — Write Box Thirteen” c/o Star-Times.

When Dan Holiday opens Box Thirteen, he never knows what adventure awaits him. A former newspaperman turned novelist, Holiday crafts the plots for his books by living them. Spurred into action by letters from his readers, Dan Holiday’s adventures ranged from the outrageous to the dangerous. Whatever the case, Dan Holiday is sure to find adventure.

Based on the 1948-49 radio drama starring Alan Ladd, this collection includes 6 all-new Box Thirteen tales that carry on the action-packed tradition of the originals.

Dan Holiday’s new adventures spring to life as Nick Santa Maria opens up adventure’s favorite address, Box Thirteen. The beautiful cover painting is by Douglas Klauba. Available as an audio book and ebook.

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Brief biography:
2013 Pulp Ark Award Winning Best Author, Bobby Nash writes novels, comic books, short prose, graphic novels, screenplays, media tie-ins, and more.

Between writing deadlines, Bobby is an actor and extra in movies and television, including appearances in Deviant Pictures’ Fat Chance, FOX’s The Following, and more. He is also the co-host of the Earth Station One podcast (www.esopodcast.com) and is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers and International Thriller Writers.

Bobby was named Best Author in the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards, his first professional writing award. Rick Ruby, a character co-created by Bobby and author Sean Taylor also snagged a Pulp Ark Award for Best New Pulp Character of 2013.

For more information on Bobby Nash please visit him at www.bobbynash.com.

Links to buy Bobby’s book:
The Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted! Audiobook can be purchased at Radio Archives
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Box Thirteen Audiobook – Adventure Wanted! – 6 hours [Download] #RA964
The Box Thirteen – Adventure Wanted! ebook can be purchased at Radio Archives
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Amazon US (Kindle)
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon CA (Kindle)

Barnes and Noble (Nook)
iTunes (ebook)

Bobby’s promo links:
Lance Star
Amazon Author Page
Ben Books
Radio Archives

What are you working on now?
There are always new projects in process and on the horizon.
Upcoming releases include–
I wrote an episode of the webseries, Starship Farragut called “Conspiracy of Innocence” that will arrive in the next month or so. I’m very excited to see that.

Alexandra Holzer’s Ghost Gal is a novel I wrote that will arrive within a month or so from Raven’s Head Press.

The graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ At The Earth’s Core will arrive later this year from Dark Horse Comics and Sequential Pulp Comics.

Snow Storm, the follow up to Snow Falls, is an ebook novel that will arrive this summer from Stark Raving Group.

Domino Lady “Money Shot” is a political thriller novel I wrote for Moonstone Books. It will be out in September.

There are a few more things coming, but I don’t have confirmed dates as yet. You can keep up with the latest news and releases at http://www.bobbynash.com or at my Amazon Author Page– http://amazon.com/author/bobbynash

Bobby’s reading recommendation:
Authors whose work I enjoy: Michael Connelly, Alex Kava, J.T. Ellison, Van Allen Plexico, Paul Bishop, Gary Philips, Jonathan Maberry, and more (it’s an ever-changing list). If you read something by one of these authors you won’t be disappointed.

Stephen Kozeniewski

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Ghoul Archipelago is a hardcore horror sea adventure (with a soupçon of political satire.)

Quick description: The Ghoul Archipelago is partly my love letter to zombie fans (try to count all the Easter eggs) and partly my attempt to gain real street cred in the horror community. This is extreme horror at its goriest and I’m very proud of all the stomachs I’ve turned. This book’s got heart, though, in the form of a scrappy crew of smugglers who find themselves adrift in the South Pacific in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. When they receive a distress call from the American mainland they feel obliged to rescue the survivors, but first they must battle cannibals, pirates, and three of the nastiest villains who ever disgraced the globe.


Brief biography:
I’m an author, Germanist, and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I live with my wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of modern zombie horror.

Links to buy Stephen’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and paperback

Stephen’s promo links:
Amazon Author Page

What are you working on now?
I am working on a vampire novel for Permuted Press tentatively titled Hunter of the Dead.

Stephen’s reading recommendation:
I’m really enjoying reading Mary Fan’s Synthetic Illusions, which is Book II of the Jane Colt Series.
Mary Fan is featured on Reading Recommendations here!

Robert Chazz Chute

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? This Plague of Days, Season 3. I’ll also be releasing This Plague of Days, The Complete Series at the same time as Season 3 comes out. It’s horror, though I call everything I do suspense. I’m into twisty fiction.

Quick description: Season 3 is the finale to my apocalypse with an autistic hero. A plague virus unleashed by bio-terrorists transforms survivors into cannibals and it’s up to a very unlikely hero to stop it. It’s a big saga that takes place across continents and goes to unusual places, from horror to the metaphysical.


Brief biography:
I’m a former journalist and columnist. I worked in publishing books, newspapers and magazines and now I write books. I love it.

Links to buy Robert’s book:
I’m exclusively on Amazon for now. My author page is here.
Amazon Worldwide – eBook

Robert’s promo links:
My author site is AllThatChazz.com. From there I talk about new books and I host the All That Chazz podcast. I also host the Cool People Podcast at CoolPeoplePodcast.com.
To learn more about This Plague of Days, go to ThisPlagueOfDays.com.
I connect with many readers on Facebook and Twitter.

What are you working on now?
The next book is a thriller set in New York. A young man who idolizes John Leguizamo wants to be a movie star. Suicidal friends, a missing mom and a murderer with a hammer get in the way. Should be out in the fall of 2014. After that, I’m writing the third crime novel in the Hit Man Series. Lots to do.

Robert’s reading recommendation:
Blake Crouch. After I read Run, I really wanted to write a crime novel with similar pacing. That was the guiding principal to the foundation novel of the Hit Man Series, Bigger Than Jesus.

Claire C Riley – an update on a new release

Claire C Riley was previously featured on Reading Recommendations Jan. 14, 2014. She’s back now to tell us about a new publication!

Odium, The Dead Saga is a top #100 dystopian selling book on Amazon.com for 2013, Indie book of the day winner December 2013, and Indie Author Land 50 best self-published books worth reading 2013/14. Limerence was the featured book in the Guardian newspaper for Best Indie Novel 2013.

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Odium II – The Dead Saga

Fortune favors . . . the DEAD!

Some secrets are too horrific to ever be forgiven, and some people should never be trusted.

Tortured, starved, and on the run, Nina thinks she’s faced the worst that mankind has to offer, but she’s wrong. She may have survived this long, but she hasn’t come out of it unscathed, and there’s worse to come.

Nina’s trusty Doc Martens are showing signs of the zombie apocalypse, and she isn’t faring much better. With her snarky attitude guaranteed to get her in trouble, Nina needs to forgive the past, to live once more in the present, and learn that sometimes she needs to place her trust in other people.

Because when people are faced with the end of times, they’ll do anything to survive.

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Claire C Riley’s work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult-classics while still feeling fresh and cutting-edge. She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy.

Claire is the author of “Limerence,” “Odium. The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella Part One,” “Odium II The Dead Saga” “Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Two” a contributor to several zombie apocalypse anthologies, including the charity anthology “Let’s Scare Cancer to Death.”

Claire lives in the UK with her husband, three daughters and one scruffy dog.

Coming up in 2014 are several projects including, “Odium III The Dead Saga,” “Odium Origins A Dead Saga Novella Part Three,” “Nina’s Odium,” “Limerence II: Mia,” plus anthology contributions to several exciting projects including “Fading Hope,” “The Murderous Campbell’s,” and “State of Horror: Illinois.”

She can be stalked at any of the following:
Amazon Author Page

Purchasing links for Odium The Dead Saga:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and Print

Purchasing links for Odium Origins Part One:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and Print

Purchasing links for Odium II. The Dead Saga:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and Print

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Kevin A. Ranson

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Matriarch.
Genre: vampire mystery horror thriller

Quick description: Cedarcrest Sanctum.
Sixty residents. Forty staff. One immortal.

Vampires don’t believe in ghosts.

“Every October, the freshmen at Glenville State College are told stories about Sis Linn, the local ghost who haunts Clark Hall and the graveyard where she’s buried. Murdered in 1919, she was beaten beyond recognition, the target of a brutal killer who was never caught.

“Present-day student Janiss Connelly is about to find out that the stories are wrong – and that there are greater things to fear in life and in death than ghosts.”


Brief biography:
Content Creator, Horror Writer, Film Critic. Heeding a macabre calling listening to Mother Ghost Nursery Rhymes in kindergarten, Kevin started writing in grade school and filled countless notebooks with story ideas while touring the Mediterranean in the US Navy. He is the author of The Spooky Chronicles and the vampire thriller, The Matriarch, creator/critic for MovieCrypt.com and “ghost writer” for horror host Grim D. Reaper. His author blog is at ThinkingSkull.com.

Links to buy Kevin’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – Book and Print
Barnes & Noble – Print
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Kevin’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
A sequel to this and my other book series, The Spooky Chronicles.

Kevin’s reading recommendation:
Linda Mooney

Carole Gill

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Fourth Bride – Gothic horror and romance

Quick description: The Fourth Bride is the fourth novel in The Blackstone Vampires Series. After the tragic and sudden death of her groom, Dia, cursed by Dracula as a babe, is taken to his castle. Once there she is seduced and turned by the count and becomes his fourth bride. The other brides are to be her sisters. All are to love and feed upon one another.
As her master says: “The joy is in the blood…the passion is in the blood…endless life is in the blood…!”
Dia’s tale is full of erotic sex and graphic violence. It is a tale of love and lust but mostly of blood for the blood is everything

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Brief biography:
I’ve always written but life, as it often does, got in the way and I turned back to writing some years ago. In 2000 I was selected by North West Playwrights of England for further development but found I preferred writing fiction (novels and short stories).

Recently I signed with Creativia and they are republishing my books. There are four books in The Blackstone Vampires Series:
The House on Blackstone Moor, Book 1
Unholy Testament – The Beginnings, Book 2
Unholy Testament – Full Circle, Book 3
The Fourth Bride, Book 4

I enjoy writing short stories and am widely published in horror and sci-fi anthologies.

Links to buy Carole’s books:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print
The House on Blackstone Moor
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print
Unholy Testament – The Beginnings
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print
Unholy Testament – Full Circle
Amazon Worldwide – eBook and print
Unholy Testament – The Fourth Bride

Carole’s promo links:
Author Page at Facebook

What are you working on now?
I’ve begun a brand new series. There are two characters that appear in The Fourth Bride that feature in the series. I write historically based horror and this series will be expansive. It will take the reader from Ancient Egypt to the French Revolution on to vampire clubs in Paris and beyond. There are to be three novels in the series. I am well into the first.

Carole’s reading recommendation:
I love Anne Rice’s work. She is my icon. Her fiction deserves to be called Gothic. She redefined vampires and made them interesting three dimensional characters, not a bunch of crazed blood sucking monsters. I love Interview with the Vampire. I particularly found the vampire child, Claudia, to be the most haunting character I ever read about.

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