Black LabyrinthDark Regions has announced its new Black Labyrinth imprint, a line of original psychological horror/thriller novels and novellas, beginning with The Walls of the Castle by Tom Piccirilli.

The imprint will consist of ten novels/novellas all illustrated by renowned Argentinian Gothic artist Santiago Caruso.

Santiago’s artwork can be found on the The Best Horror of the Year Volume One & Two edited by Ellen Datlow, The King in the Golden Mask published by Tartarus Press and countless other books and publications. He has become renowned for his darkly Gothic and brilliantly imaginative illustrations, making him the perfect visionary for the Black Labyrinth imprint.

The Black Labyrinth books will be available in ebook, trade paperback, signed and numbered limited hardcover and leather-bound deluxe hardcover stamped with the Black Labyrinth logo on the front cover. The books will be without dust jackets and The Walls of the Castle will feature the artwork as a color frontist piece and each book will feature at least four interior illustrations by Santiago. But we’re doing something we’ve never done before…

For the first time ever Dark Regions Press will be offering an ultra-deluxe edition. This edition will be an over-sized 8.5×11 tome bound in a deep-black dyed cowhide featuring a special edition tray case. This edition will feature an exclusive essay from author Tom Piccirilli and Santiago Caruso’s artwork in a beautiful 8.5×11 size. Only thirteen copies will ever be produced and numbered and will be signed by author Tom Piccirilli, artist Santiago Caruso and editor Chris Morey.

The first book in the ten book imprint is The Walls of the Castle by two-time winner of the International Thriller Writers Award Tom Piccirilli and will be launching on the website this holiday season. All hardcover editions will feature a bonus novelette by the author, Face Blindness, a deliberating and engaging noir crime story.

“I’ve always had a fascination with the inner-workings of the human brain,” says Chris Morey from Dark Regions Press. “In my opinion, the most terrifying horrors are those created from the depths of your subconscious, from the exhumed graves of your most well-buried demons. What is more terrifying than losing control of your own perceptions? Of your ability to recognize the world beneath your feet? Authors like Edgar Allan Poe and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper reflect these horrors well, though I’ve found it difficult in recent years to find true, revealing psychological horror fiction.

“These books, this imprint, it will reflect this intimate and world-bending form of horror. The Black Labyrinth books will explore the human mind and test the psyche in ways most of us will never experience. It is in these pages that you will experience madness and expositions of the human subconscious unlike anything you have read before.

In The Walls of the Castle by Tom Piccirilli you will find a man consumed by the death of his son, who refuses to leave the giant hospital that sheltered the boy until his dying breath. A man who battles the demented and sadistic within the Castle walls while battling the growing madness of his own. Through the trials of the Castle and of his own tortured memory he rescues the innocent from the vicious, until his final confrontation with Abaddon the destroyer.

“I couldn’t think of a better author to initiate the Black Labyrinth imprint than best-selling author and four-time Bram Stoker Award winner Tom Piccirilli. He writes with a level of intensity and truth that is shocking to some, but will grip you to follow the protagonist until the end. This story, The Walls of the Castle, is an intense and visceral psychological thriller novella that pushes boundaries and tests the human mind in shocking ways. I was captivated until the final moments, and I believe you will be as well.”

Look for The Walls of the Castle this holiday season, around November 6th, and check out the webpage at: Black Labyrinth

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