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Death’s Realm: The Anthology Review

 

 

Grey Matter Press continues to publish high quality horror/speculative fiction with their anthology Death’s Realm.  The theme of Death’s Realm is the crossing over between life and death and back again as the stories in this thought-provoking anthology suggest that states of existence and nonexistence might not be so absolute after all. Editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson have selected an eclectic collection of stories that showcases a wide range of moods, themes, and styles, and yet they all ingeniously highlight the cracks and fissures that occur when the world of the living and the world of the deceased overlap. The opening selection “Omniscopic” by Rhoads Brazos is a perfect example of how the stories in Death’s Realm exist on the cusp of different genres and approaches to what happens when we shuffle off this mortal coil. Brazos’s story mixes science fiction and horror, physics and metaphysics, and machine and spirit to suggest that conquering eternity might not be a victory but the worst defeat. John F.D. Taff’s “Some Other Day” is a particularly somber meditation on mortality while John C. Foster’s “Burial Suit” is a nightmarish smash up of noir fiction and splatterpunk. Several pieces like JG Faherty’s   “Foxhole” and Paul Michael Anderson’s “To Touch the Dead” suggest future worlds and technological advances but the questions of the meaning of life and death are still unanswered. Perhaps the most melancholic story in Death’s Realm is Gregory L. Norris’s  “Drowning,” as a survivor of the Titanic finds it impossible to shake the feeling that he should have perished on that fateful  night in 1912. All the stories in Death’s Realm offer engrossing conjectures on the horrors of life and the mysteries of death as well as all the midway points between. read more

Zak Bagans Opens Up on “I Am Haunted”

By Christine Caprilozzi

 

Zak Bagans Opens Up on “I Am Haunted”

Recently Sr. Editor, Christine Caprilozzi spoke with Zak about his new book, “I Am Haunted,” his spiritual connections, and how paranormal investigations have changed his life.

 

Horror News Network: First off, I want to ask about the very personal nature of “I Am Haunted.”  You really open up and are very candid about not only about Ghost Adventures, but also about your life. What made you want to be so open? read more

‘Stuck on You’ Coming in February

Crystal Lake Publishing is very excited to announce the paperback release of STUCK ON YOU: and Other Prime Cuts by Jasper Bark. Following a successful launch on Amazon that has seen the collection reach the number two spot in the horror charts and garner nothing but five star reviews to date, the collection is coming to book stores worldwide in February, 2015. The paperback will feature design and formatting that are completely unique to this new release.

 

About Jasper Bark:

Jasper Bark finds writing author biographies and talking about himself in the third person faintly embarrassing. Telling you that he’s an award winning author of four cult novels including the highly acclaimed ‘Way of the Barefoot Zombie’, just sounds like boasting. Then he has to mention that he’s written 12 children’s books and hundreds of comics and graphic novels and he wants to just curl up. He cringes when he has to reveal that his work has been translated into five different languages and is used in schools throughout the UK to help improve literacy, or that he was awarded the This Is Horror Award for his last anthology ‘Dead Air’. Maybe he’s too British, or maybe he just needs a good enema, but he’s glad this bio is now over. read more

‘Death’s Realm’ Now Available Worldwide

The forces of the living have been engaged in an age-old battle with the spirits of the dead for ultimate control over the human soul, and each of us will serve in one of these ‘armies’ at the end of our own lives suggests the new anthology of horror fiction from Grey Matter Press, DEATH’S REALM.

Seeking to answer the terrifying question of what awaits humanity when we die, DEATH’S REALM  features sixteen short stories of horror by critically acclaimed and award-winning genre authors and some of modern horror’s freshest new voices. read more

David L Tamarin releases ‘This Book Hates You’ and ‘Hurting My Toys: Spiritual Suicide’

Extreme horror author David L Tamarin is kicking off the new year with the release of two new books: This Book Hates You, a dark short story collection, and Hurting My Toys: Spiritual Suicide, a nihilistic horror novel.

This Book Hates You is an extreme collection of brutality, violence and black humor, including a story that was originally banned by Amazon Kindle. Hurting My Toys: Spiritual Suicide follows a schizophrenic torturer who believes he will become God after he has killed enough people. Its cover is illustrated by Andrey Iskanov, director of the controversial Philosophy of a Knife. read more

‘The Sunken Cathedral’ Coming in 2015

Grey Matter Press announced today that it will publish the highly anticipated novella by John F.D. Taff that explores the controversial topic of institutional child abuse in a manner that has rarely been attempted, within the framework of dark horror fiction.

 

Exploring polarizing themes that seem ripped from the headlines, THE SUNKEN CATHEDRAL deals with the concepts of betrayal, loss of childhood innocence, mental and physical abuse, and redemption in a manner that is both horrendously uncomfortable and beautifully moving. read more

‘Dracula of the Apes’ Now Available

Dracula of the Apes picks up where Bram Stoker’s Dracula left off and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes began. In this horror/fiction hybrid, genre-jumping indie author G. Wells Taylor puts a terrifying twist on a pair of timeless classics. The complete trilogy is now available to download with Book One: The Urn FREE and Books Two: The Ape and Three: The Curse for $3.99 each at Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and GWellsTaylor.com.

 

In Taylor’s direct sequel to Dracula, we find the count’s Gypsy servant Horvat has been ordered to preserve his master’s body if the worst should ever happen. Van Helsing’s vampire hunters have reduced Dracula to ashes, so his remains must be kept in a special urn and bathed in blood while en route to South Africa where a mysterious ally will see to his resurrection. read more

Dario Argento Debuts His Book ‘Fear’ At Courmayeur Noir Festival

Dario Argento debuted his autobiography at the annual Courmayeur Noir Festival. Entitled ‘Paura’, or ‘Fear’ in English, the book shares stories of Argento’s personal life and career. Argento writes, “There’s only one thing I know for sure: As long as there’s someone out there to scare, I know I will be a happy person.” Argento discusses topics ranging from his relationships and drug use to his writing process and censorship. The 74-year-old director includes advice for readers as well in his book, with bits of wisdom from his long life. He writes, “Things you say as a kid, write them down, put them aside, and read them again when you’re a man.” The book is what Argento says is his effort to put the record straight after having so many books written about him. read more

‘Death’s Realm’ Arrives January 6th

The next dark horror fiction release from Grey Matter Press seeks to answer the terrifying, age-old question of what death has in store for humanity when the anthology DEATH’S REALM is published on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

DEATH’S REALM, the latest volume of all-new horror from the Chicago-based publisher, features sixteen tales by critically acclaimed, award-winning genre authors and horror’s freshest new voices whose work investigates what happens at the end of this existence and the beginning of next. read more

John F.D. Taff Talks ‘The End In All Beginnings’

Grey Matter Press has recently published horror author John F.D. Taff’s ‘The End in all Beginnings.’ The impressive collection of novellas has received some truly impressive praise from readers, horror media and industry insiders such as Jack Ketchum, Jonathan Maberry, Kealan Patrick Burke, Michael R. Collings and many others.

We caught up with John F.D. Taff to talk about the book.

Horror News Network: ‘THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS’ contains five novellas: “What Becomes God,” “Object Permanence,” “Love in the Time of Zombies,” “The Long, Long Breakdown” and “Visitation.”  All are well written and different.  What do you see as the common thread that makes the collection so cohesive? read more