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Little Girls’ Games
by: K.Z. Morano
I’ve always hated Red… always envied her pretty riding hood.
“Come on, let’s play dress-up,” she said.
“Can I be the wolf this time?” I asked.
But I already knew what she was gonna say. “You’re too short to be the Big Bad Wolf.”
I watched jealously as she slipped into the wolf’s luxurious fur.
Must be like being embraced by fluffy black clouds…
Pouting, I put on granny’s wrinkly though well-preserved skin then hopped into the bed where her corpse had been…
I promised myself that someday, I’m gonna wear that fur, that hood… and maybe my sister, too.
BIRMINGHAM, UK, December 8, 2013 – Short, Scary Tales Publications (SST Publications) Owner, Paul Fry is very pleased to announce that the trade paperback and eBook editions of Eric Red’s first novel Don’t Stand So Close have re-launched with a brand new cover. Paul stated: “We’re really excited to re-launch Eric’s novel with a brand new cover which we feel now perfectly captures the book’s erotic thriller theme. We believe that the cover is much more eye-catching and more striking.”
About Don’t Stand So Close: “She was every student’s fantasy and he was the teacher’s pet. She was older, beautiful and experienced. It was the brush of her hand passing back homework. That special glance. He spent hours in class imagining what her body looked like under her dress, until the day came when they had their first kiss. But his wildest dreams soon became his worst nightmare. She took him to forbidden places he wasn’t ready for, but when he wanted to stop she wouldn’t let him. If she couldn’t have him, nobody could, and lives would be lost before it was over. He never should have crossed the line with his teacher, because some lines should never, ever be crossed.”
Praise for the book:
“A powerful concoction of one part coming-of-age story, one part erotic thriller, and the sexiest and most twisted villain ever to give a homework assignment.”
—Ray Garton, author of Live Girls, Meds and the forthcoming Frankenstorm
Titillating and original.
—Joel Schumacher, director of The Lost Boys, Flatliners and Falling Down
Eric Red brings his considerable talent as a screenwriter to bear on this powerful tale of sexual adventure and teenage turmoil. Erotic and suspenseful, breathlessly narrated, incisively characterised, Don’t Stand So Close had me in its grip until I finished it at a single sitting.
—Ramsey Campbell, author of The Grin of the Dark
In Don’t Stand So Close, Eric Red takes what, at first, seems like a typical teen ‘coming-of-age’ sex romp and leads it down a very dark and twisted path. Being ‘Hot For Teacher’ has never been more disturbing.
—Nancy A. Collins, author of Sunglasses After Dark
Don’t Stand So Close is a riveting coming-of-age thriller. Heartbreaking, nail-biting, compelling and deeply insightful. Highly recommended for any teen who stands with one foot in the shadows.
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Dust & Decay
About Eric Red: “Eric Red is a Los Angeles based motion picture screenwriter, director and author. His original scripts include The Hitcher for Tri Star, Near Dark for DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group, Blue Steel for MGM and the western The Last Outlaw for HBO. He directed and wrote the crime film Cohen and Tate for Hemdale, Body Parts for Paramount, Undertow for Showtime, Bad Moon for Warner Bros. and the ghost story 100 Feet for Grand Illusions Entertainment. He is currently writing and directing the film version of New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry’s bestselling zombie novel Dead of Night.
His first novel, a dark coming-of-age tale about teenagers called Don’t Stand So Close, was published in 2012 by SST Publications. His second novel, a werewolf western called The Guns Of Santa Sangre, will be published by Samhain Publishing in November 2013. His third book, a science fiction monster novel called It Waits Below, is coming out through Samhain in summer 2014.
Eric’s recent published horror and suspense short stories include “The Buzzard” in Weird Tales magazine, “Little Nasties” in Shroud magazine, “In the Mix” in Dark Delicacies III: Haunted anthology, “Past Due” in Mulholland Books’ Popcorn Fiction and “Curfew” in Peep Show, Volume 2 anthology. His short stories “Colorblind” and “Do Not Disturb” will be appear, respectively, in upcoming issues of Cemetery Dance magazine and Dark Discoveries magazine.
He created and wrote the sci-fi/horror comic series and graphic novel Containment for IDW Publishing and the horror western comic series Wild Work to be published summer 2013 by Antarctic Press.”
SST Publications (sstpublications.co.uk) is an independent publisher focusing on publishing the best in horror and erotic horror fiction. We have published several books; our first title, Cold Storage included an introduction by legendary author Graham Masterton. Our most recent books include the erotic horror anthology Peep Show, Volume 2 and the debut dark, thriller novel Don’t Stand So Close by screenwriter/director Eric Red. We also published the classic erotic horror magazine Peep Show, and have recently launched our new horror fiction & dark art magazine Beware the Dark, which is a unique size (7.44 x 9.69 in), full-color interior, high-quality produced mag of between 100-130 pages bringing you the best dark and disturbing fiction and artwork. We publish our titles in multiple formats and they are distributed worldwide by Ingram, the world’s largest book distributor.
Edited by Jonathan Oliver
Cubicle 7 Entertainment (UK)
By Michael R. Collings
World War II was, by itself, an unmitigated horror; and even beyond documentary accounts of atrocities and barbarities, it has served as the source of literary horror as well. Such stories as F. Paul Wilson’s stellar The Keep (1981)—long one of my favorites using a WWII landscape–frequently pit Nazis against supernatural, ravaging entities that, in a sense, give them precisely what they deserve.
(The novel was made into a less-than-stellar film, by the way, which—for those who might have missed it thirty years ago—is now running full-length on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMYExzEOmic.)
Lovecraft and his Cthulhu Mythos are of course also virtually unending sources of horror, whether the tales are set in Lovecraft’s own backwoods New England or in the farthest reaches of outer space and alternate dimensions. Collections of such stories abound and are always good for a shiver or two.
Jonathan Oliver has taken an obvious but welcome step in combining these two sources in World War Cthulhu, evocative (and often provocative) Lovecraftian tales set amid the authentic horrors of World War II. With stories by Jonathan Green, Weston Ochse, Simon Bestwick, Sarah Newton, James Lovegrove, and nine other highly effective storytellers, the anthology never falters regardless of the frequent shifts in landscape, mood, and theme. Every one of the stories works, and works well.
What makes the volume particularly interesting is the way the authors blend history and mythos. One might expect stories of perfidious Nazis performing obscene occult rituals to call forth the Lovecraftian unnameables and enlist their effort in defeating the Allies. And they are there, as in John Llewellyn Prober’s ghastly “The Death House.” But Oliver—and Cthulhu—does not play favorites. Almost as intriguing and certainly as uncomfortable are those in which the Allies succumb to temptation…and themselves seek the services of darkness. Jonathan Green’s “The Scottish Patient,” set in a dream-like England, explores this possibility. Weston Ochse’s unforgettable “When I Knew Baseball” goes even further; the “good guys” not only sacrifice their own men to an unspeakable creature but (and I don’t think I’m giving away too much of the story here) their men volunteer to be sacrificed…in a particularly horrifying way.
It seems a bit odd to talk about the pleasure of reading stories of gore and horror and death…yet each of Oliver’s selections was in fact a pleasure to read. Each was skillful, well handled, and masterfully told.
JournalStone Publishing will be offering Jonathan Maberry’s Pine Deep Trilogy in hardcover for the first time ever. The first of the books, Ghost Road Blues, will be published in March and is available now for pre-order. All you have to do is click here.
GHOST ROAD BLUES, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel is the first book of the Pine Deep Trilogy.
Halloween is coming. The darkness is already here.
Thirty years ago the small town of Pine Deep was torn apart by a series of brutal murders. Now, on the anniversary of that slaughter a new evil has come to town. More terrifying, more destructive and far less human.
Pine Deep has always been known as the ‘Most Haunted Town in America’. They’ve built their tourism around that reputation. America’s Haunted Holidayland. Each autumn there is a massive Halloween Festival and haunted attractions that draw thousands of tourists.
However Pine Deep is a lot more haunted that anyone guesses. One month before Halloween – it begins. Unspeakably desecrated bodies. Inexplicable insanity. And an ancient evil walking the streets, drawing in those who would fall to their own demons and seeking to shred the very soul of this rapidly fracturing community.
Night is falling.
The residents of Pine Deep have drawn together and faced a killer before. But this time, evil has many faces–and the lust and will to rule the earth. This struggle will be epic.