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JournalStoneI have to start the newsletter this month by saying CONGRATULATIONS to Joe R. Lansdale! “Fishing With Dinosaurs,” his contribution to Limbus II, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction at the Horror Writers Association convention in Atlanta on May 9th. We couldn’t be happier, nor could we be more proud of the work accomplished by him and all of the other contributors to Limbus II. Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the efforts of all of the Bram Stoker Award winners. Congratulations and well done!

If you’re wondering what our offerings are for this month, we’ve got a couple of treats for you. Fans of Lovecraft will be enthralled by Brett J. Talley’s He Who Walks in Shadow, a follow up to his very successful novel, That Which Should Not Be. I promise you won’t be disappointed. We are also happy to present 7 time Bram Stoker Award winner Gary A. Braunbeck’s In Silent Graves. Those of you who have read any of his work know that this is a must have. If you’re not familiar with his previous writings, then this is a dynamite way to start.

Now for the big announcement some of you have been waiting for. JournalStone Publishing is open for submissions, but only until July 1, 2015. If you want details on how to submit a book for publication, then just go to the JournalStone Submissions website. There is one note of caution. As you are aware, JournalStone is known for publishing only the best in horror/sci fi/fantasy fiction. You can count on us being very selective in the work we accept for publication.

Until next month…

Russ Thompson
Assistant Publisher


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he who walkHe Who Walks in Shadow
by Brett J. Talley

The Incendium Maleficarum has been lost and Carter Weston presumed dead, but the story of That Which Should Not Be is only just beginning. Now Carter’s only daughter, Rachel Jones, and his oldest friend, Henry Armitage, must embark on an epic journey that will take them from the hell-blasted Tunguska forest to the catacombs of Paris to the shores of the Scottish Isles.

They are in a race against time, for in France, strange murders and whispers of occult rituals herald the rise of an ancient evil bent on plunging the world into eternal darkness.

It is up to Rachel and Henry to learn Carter’s fate, recover the Incendium Maleficarum, and perhaps even save the world.

silentIn Silent Graves
by Gary A. Braunbeck

One moment, Robert Londrigan is a rising-star newscaster, devoted husband, and expectant father; the next, he’s a widower in a morgue, staring at gaping holes in his daughter’s body where surgeons have harvested every useful scrap of her organs and tissue.  The rock-bottom falls out from under his life when a disfigured man knocks Robert out and steals what’s left of her tiny corpse out from under his nose, and leaves a gruesome surprise waiting for him back home.

Robert’s search for the disfigured man leads him through a rapidly-fragmenting reality into a chiaroscuro world and the discovery that neither his wife nor his daughter are who he thought they were.

Gary A. Braunbeck’s work has earned, 7 Bram Stoker Awards, an International Horror Guild Award, 3 Shocker Awards, a Black Quill Award, and a World Fantasy Award nomination.

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by David Liss

There was a time when Pete felt like he had the world in the palm of his hands, but lately everything is falling apart. His wife is growing cold, his business is in trouble, and even his friends show him nothing but contempt. Then a neighbor introduces him to paleo – the old way of eating, exercising, and even communing with the ancient sprits of the Neanderthals.  All it takes is a little work, a little discipline, and a little blood sacrifice, and mysterious powers are within his grasp, but there’s a price Pete never expected.  It’s a dark tale of terror, revenge, and suburban fads.


The Doomsday Prepper 
by Eileen Curtright

Eric can sell insurance, but he can’t sell anyone on what he knows for a fact: this world is about to go down in flames. Eric is forced to prep in secret. His wife won’t listen, neither will his clients. But Eric’s worst enemy has been making careful plans, and now he’s ready jump start the destruction. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and all the worst people are the best prepared.

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JournalStoneJournalStone Publishing (JSP) President, Christopher C. Payne is pleased to announce The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft, a brand new anthology that collects the twelve principal deities of the Lovecraftian Mythos and sets them loose within its pages. Featuring the biggest names in horror and dark fantasy, including many NY Times bestsellers, full of original fiction and artwork, and individual commentary on each of the deities by Donald Tyson, author of Grimoire of the Necronomicon and Alhazred.

About the book: Lovecraft’s bestiary of gods has had a major influence on the horror scene from the time these sacred names were first evoked. Cthulhu, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth—this pantheon of the horrific calls to mind the very worst of cosmic nightmares and the very darkest signs of human nature. The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft brings together twelve all-new Mythos tales from:

1. Cthulhu (Adam Nevill)
2. Yog-Sothoth (Martha Wells)
3. Azathoth (Laird Barron)
4. Nyarlathotep (Bentley Little)
5. Shub-Niggurath (David Liss)
6. Tsathoggua (Brett Talley)
7. The Mi-Go (Christopher Golden)
8. Night-gaunts (Jonathan Maberry)
9. Elder Things (Joe Lansdale)
10. Great Race (S.T. Joshi)
11. Yig (Douglas Wynne)
12. The Deep Ones (Seanan McGuire)
With commentary on each deity by Donald Tyson

About the Authors: Aaron J. French (a.k.a. A. J. French) is currently a book editor for JournalStone Publishing and the Editor-in-Chief for Dark Discoveries magazine—a professional, internationally distributed print magazine specializing in dark fiction, currently on its tenth year of continuous publication and distribution. In 2011 he edited Monk Punk, an anthology of monk-themed speculative fiction and The Shadow of the Unknown, an anthology of nü-Lovecraftian fiction. The two anthologies have recently been released together in an omnibus edition from Hazardous Press. His latest anthology Songs of the Satyrs was published in 2015 by JournalStone Publishing and features a brand new novella from New York Times best-selling author David Farland. Aaron also served as co-editor for The Lovecraft eZine for several months in 2012. His single-author collection Aberrations of Reality is out now from Crowded Quarantine Productions.

JournalStone Publishing is a dynamic publishing house, focusing in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genres in both the adult and young adult markets. JSP also owns and operates the Hellnotes website,, and, offering daily news and reviews of interest to genre readers and fans, Dark Discoveries Magazine, a slick, full color, distinguished and internationally distributed quarterly magazine and Bizarro Pulp Press, (next big thing in weird) an independent publisher of genre fiction.  We publish in multiple book formats and market our authors on a global level. We are also active with numerous major writer’s groups, including the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and produce a monthly newsletter with a wide circulation.

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by David Barker & W. H. Pugmire


A-Z Deluxe edition -$99.00
150 signed and numbered hardcover edition – $45.00
Page count: 274
Cover and interior illustrations by Erin Wells

A brand new collection with twenty-six stories! A companion volume to THE REVENANT OF REBECCA PASCAL.

With this new collection from Dark Renaissance Books, David Barker and W. H. Pugmire explore the uncanny realms of Lovecraftian horror, influenced by the fiction of that eldritch master, H. P. Lovecraft. With individual tales by each author, and two extraordinary and lengthy collaborations, the authors prove that the Cthulhu Mythos remains a valid and never-ending source of inspiration. Especially vivid is their depiction of Lovecraft’s Dreamworld, as it is explored in a powerful new novella that will fascinate all lovers of Lovecraftian fiction.


“Barker and Pugmire have written another classic tome of Lovecraftian horror, a worthy successor to The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal. The tales are born of ancient and obscure terrors, of unholy and obscene nightmares from the depths of timeless suffering and dread.” Jordan Hofer

SeaOfBlood_cover-200x300THE SEA OF BLOOD
by Reggie Oliver

A new retrospective collection which includes new fiction

Cover art by Santiago Caruso

In THE SEA OF BLOOD Reggie Oliver brings together some of the finest work from his six collections of stories, and some which have not been published before.
A long-dead nun with a fatal gift for prophesy comes to you across a sea of blood…
A television reality show host tries to restore a derelict London Music Hall and accidentally uncovers the true identity of Jack the Ripper…
A great Shakespearean actor is haunted by his former mistress in the shape of an all too affectionate cat…
A terribly strange meeting takes place on a playing field between an officer on leave from the World War I trenches and his former headmaster…
An aristocrat tries to exploit a haunted room at his county seat, but has the tables turned on him by a member of the Royal Family…
A theatrical landlady has her house taken over by a troupe of midgets who will not leave her alone, even after they are dead…
A Pantomime Horse is haunted…

The Devil and the Seven Deadly Sins go on holiday to an English seaside resort and create havoc…
And many other equally strange and terrible events, all told in Oliver’s famously elegant and evocative style.

You are in for a sophisticated ride… Nightmarish, terrifying, dangerous, theatrical, often strangely profound, a ride which will inspire and haunt your mind.

This excellent book will be available in a deluxe hardcover lettered edition and a signed and numbered hardcover edition. Coming this Fall from Dark Renaissance Books!

Winner of the 2012 Children of the Night Award for Best Work of Supernatural Fiction and short listed for numerous other awards.

“I envy anyone who has yet to discover the elegant work of Reggie Oliver.. Some of the most powerful stories.. clearly show him moving beyond genre, addressing human relations with the heartbreaking power of a V. S. Pritchett, or William Trevor. But then he is a comparably brilliant writer. Once you’ve read one story by Reggie Oliver, you’ll want to read them all.” Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize Winning Book Critic of The Washing Post

“Reggie Oliver, quite possibly our finest modern writer of spectral tales.” Ramsey Campbell

“…by miles, the best living exponent of the spooky yarn,” Barry Humphries

“Oliver’s ability to create a sense of time and place in every one of these stories is exemplary…As a work of spiritual terror it has few peers…” Jim Rockhill, All Hallows

sweet_poisonSWEET POISON

We are proud to announce that Sweet Poison is on the final ballot for the Bram Stoker Award. There are only 4 deluxe editions left. In celebration of the nomination, Dark Renaissance Books will offer these last deluxe editions at 50% off, and with free usps media shipping!

Bram Stoker Award winner Marge Simon and Nebula Award winner Mary A. Turzillo team up to create a stunning collection of phantastic verse, dark and light.

In musical terminology, a call and response is a succession of two distinct phrases usually played by different musicians, where the second phrase is heard as a direct commentary on or response to the first. Simon and Turzillo accomplish the same effect with their dual poems, such as “The Gods” and “The Gods Fallen”, “Lady M” and “Not About Shakespeare.”

Take a side road into Alice in Wonderland and discover a fiendish White Rabbit in love with the King of Hearts. Ponder what happens to a Lady from Lemuria, and a Plebe of Atlantis. You’ll find science fictional poems such as “The Castaway Bar” and “Foreigner,” dark poems like “This Undead Hand” and “Black Roses,” and some that are unclassifiable. Yet each and every one is a variant of sweet poison.


Three new Sherlock Holmes novellas! Nine full color illustrations, and nine black and white illustrations!

The best brains in the country are being hijacked from London – only the brains, the brutalized bodies being discarded after surgery.

The chase to find the perpetrators takes Holmes and Watson to Scotland, and a factory where they discover invaders that have designs not just on London, but the whole planet.

Can Holmes stop the alien schemes in time?

Three businessmen have discovered a unique avenue to fame and fortune, but when an unseen force begins to kill them off, Holmes and Watson must uncover the secret of the sarcophagus they have brought out of Persia.

And time is of the essence, for something walks the streets of London, something looking for revenge at having been woken from its long sleep.

The case of a lost husband leads Holmes and Watson into the bowels of the new Underground system, where they uncover a fiendish scheme – the recently deceased are being forced to work as unpaid labor in the tunnels. And soon the walking dead come up into the city itself, spreading mayhem and disease.

Holmes must find the perpetrator of these atrocities, and stop him, before the plague engulfs London.

Praise for William Meikle’s Sherlock Holmes stories:

“For anyone who loves great storytelling and well crafted stories.” Famous Monsters of Filmland

“Meikle writes Holmes and Watson with a warm friendship. Their interaction is reminiscent of the radio series featuring Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as the story-telling Watson.” Horrorview

“The plots are well conceived and the narrative style elegant and effective. Baker Street Irregulars should quickly secure a copy – BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY…a splendid and entertaining diversion.” Black Static #28

The deluxe edition of SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE TERRORS is sold out, and only 11 copies of the signed and numbered hardcover edition remain.

Order your copy today!

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Hello all. I hope that those of you who are reading this in the eastern two thirds of the United States and Canada haven’t gone stir crazy from all of the snow you received in February. At least there is one bright spot to being stuck in the house as the snow piled up outside. You were able to download and read all of the wonderfully scary books on offer from JournalStone and Bizarro Pulp Press. At least I hope that’s how you spent your winter of discontent. Hopefully March will finally bring you some long awaited relief. If it makes you feel any better, we’ve had a wonderful winter here in California.

As usual, we’ve got some great books for you this month, and I hope you give them a try. From JournalStone, we have two books from authors that just keep getting better and better. Patrick Frievald’s Black Tide continues the saga of augmented super agent Matt Rowley, while Benjamin Kane Ethridge’s Divine Scream will keep you on the edge of your seat. We also have Songs of the Satyrs, a collection of short stories dedicated entirely to the robust creatures of earthly pleasures edited by Dark Discoveries‘ very own Aaron J. French. Our Bizarro Pulp Press imprint will be releasing Beyond the Great, Bloody, Bruised, and Silent Veil of this World by Jason Krall.

It was brought to my attention that in my last newsletter, I incorrectly stated that several JournalStone books and stories had been nominated for Bram Stoker Awards by the Horror Writers Association. These works were indeed on the preliminary ballot. Now, however, I have the distinct honor of letting you know that the following works are indeed on the final ballot list:

Superior Achievement in a Novel
Patrick Freivald
Jade Sky

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Joe R. Lansdale
– Fishing for Dinosaurs, Limbus, Inc., Book II)
Jonathan Maberry – Three Guys Walk Into a Bar, Limbus, Inc., Book II
Joe McKinney – Lost and Found, Limbus, Inc., Book II

Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Brett J. TalleyLimbus, Inc., Book II

Congratulations to the nominees who have allowed JournalStone to publish their works.

I hope that spring finally comes to those of you who have had such a brutal winter. While you wait for the warmer temperatures that will melt the snow that has imprisoned you for so long, light a fire, grab a warm drink, and read your favorite JournalStone book.

Until next month…

Russ Thompson

Public Relations/Marketing

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Black Water
by Bobby Norman

Conceived in the black water swamps of Louisiana, her life was ripped from the womb of death and destruction. Her appearance was mostly human, a ruse planned far in advance. The swamp, her home, was a bubbling cesspool of superstition, suspicion, and accusation. She was a foul, sour presence, more creature than human, a thing so vile and loathsome that her name alone sent cold fear down the spine.

She had a name and everyone knew it, but to mention it was to invite her in. She preferred being alone, but wasn’t above capturing some poor soul too stupid to know any better.

As evil as she was, she knew love, but a man by the name of Hubert Lusaw killed what she loved.

He probably shouldn’t have done that.

by Gregory Bastianelli

Smokey Hollow is a quiet town, but all that changes when Brian Keays moves in and discovers a locked steamer trunk in the attic of his home.

A suspicious fire destroys a mental asylum, but there is no sign of any of its inhabitants. Victims are found dead with a pillowcase over their heads, the same method used in an unsolved series of murders, committed over fifty years ago.

Brian tries to piece together the connection to the trunk and its grisly contents, his investigation aided by anonymous notes. He follows the trail from a ventriloquist firefighter whose dummy knows more than its puppeteer, to a Somnambulist whose pockets contain clues, and to a Knackerman who disposes of animal carcasses but keeps a container with its own mysterious contents.

Death is everywhere, but answers are hard to come by.

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Black Tide
A Matt Rowley Novel
by Patrick Freivald

Matt Rowley – super human strength, unnaturally fast reflexes, enhanced senses – augmentation is something that he will have to learn to live with, for the rest of his life.

As cults spring up in worship of the demonic beings freed by the last of the nephilim, the United States calls on Matt Rowley to meet the threat. His unnatural powers returning with every passing day, Matt becomes the only weapon able to withstand eldritch forces older than time and darker than the blackest sea.

When his wife and infant son are taken in a violent attack on his hometown, Matt falls into a vast conspiracy that could destroy his family and his very soul.

They want Matt Rowley’s powers and will kill everyone to get them.

Divine Scream
by Benjamin Kane Ethridge

For Jared Kare, every part of life is terrifying. He relies heavily on his friends and family for everything in his day to day existence. So when he is confronted by a banshee who would soon herald his death, Jared finds a new type of terror.

There are things much worse than dying though.

Jared has been given as a gift to the Assembly, a demonic group who hunger to possess and torture him forever. Will the banshee save him from the assembly, watch him die, or both?

Love can be found in the most unlikely places, but nothing can be accomplished without a great deal of luck, and sacrifice.

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20150126145442-DarkRegions-WeirdFiction2Join Dark Regions for the Indiegogo campaign of their new anthology project, Dreams from the Witch House, at:​

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror continues the new Dark Regions Weird Fiction line, an imprint dedicated to Lovecraftian horror, cosmic horror and weird fiction. The first book in the imprint, World War Cthulhu: A Collection of Lovecraftian War Stories had a successful Indiegogo campaign that resulted in 23 original color illustrations, three extra stories and an illustrated signature sheet being created for the book.

Featuring authors Joyce Carol Oates, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Lois Gresh, Gemma Files, Nancy Kilpatrick, Elizabeth Bear, Storm Constantine and others accompanied by the lavish artwork of Daniele Serra, Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror is a representation of some of the finest cosmic horror and weird fiction from female authors in the field today.

With your support in reaching the Indiegogo campaign fundraising goal, Dark Regions can commission artist Daniele Serra to create an original full page illustration to accompany each story, expand the book with extra stories and much more. All original artworks created for the book will be available for sale on the campaign page as they are created as well as other original artworks by Dani. Please note that the Indiegogo campaign ends at midnight on Sunday, March 1st, 2015.

Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror is open to public fiction submissions for the duration of the Indiegogo campaign. Find the submission guidelines on the campaign page here.


BIRMINGHAM, UK, December 1, 2014 – Short, Scary Tales Publications (SST Publications) owner, Paul Fry is extremely pleased to announce that SST will publish an incredible new novel from Christopher Fulbright & Angeline Hawkes. Night Wraith will be published late 2015 in Trade Hardcover, Trade Paperback & eBook formats.

SST Publisher Paul Fry says: “Christopher Fulbright & Angeline Hawkes are incredible writers. Their stories flow and read so smoothly that the words just ooze off the page. Their latest horror novel Night Wraith is a fantastic read and I’m really looking forward to publishing it. I know people are going to love it!”

About the Authors
Christopher Fulbright is a former journalist turned technical writer with fiction published by DarkFuse, PS Publishing, Delirium Books, Elder Signs Press, Bad Moon Books, and several others. He is a recipient of the Richard Laymon President’s Award given by the Horror Writers Association, and is an active member of the International Thriller Writers organization.

Angeline Hawkes holds a B.A. in Composite English Language Arts and Secondary Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. A Bram Stoker Award nominated writer, Angeline works or has worked for such publishers as Delirium Books, Chaosium, Elder Signs Press, Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and many others. For more information about them and their works, please visit

About the Publisher
SST Publications is an independent publisher of all things dark. They have published several books; the first title, Cold Storage includes an introduction by legendary author Graham Masterton. Their 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. They also published the classic erotic horror magazine Peep Show, and have recently launched a new horror fiction & dark art magazine Beware the Dark, which is a unique size (7.44 x 9.69 in), full-color, high-quality produced mag of between 100-130 pages bringing you the best dark and disturbing fiction and artwork. SST has also launched a new Art Book Series and will publish some of the best artists in the genre. The first title Veins and Skulls is by award-winning professional illustrator Daniele Serra. SST owner Paul Fry has recently acquired the exclusive comic/graphic novel rights to Joe R. Lansdale’s entire ‘Hap and Leonard’ series of dark crime books, Richard Laymon’s classic horror novel The Cellar, and has signed a three-book deal with Cemetery Dance Publications owner Richard Chizmar. SST publishes their titles in multiple formats which are distributed worldwide by Ingram, the world’s largest book distributor.

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sirens-call-publicationsSirens Call Publications is very pleased to announce we have acquired Phrenic Press.

Phrenic Press has operated as an invitation-only, short story publisher since mid 2013 specializing in inspired and eclectic stories. In becoming an imprint of Sirens Call Publications, it will continue to operate in the same manner.

All Phrenic Press titles are published on Amazon and are part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

Check out the Phrenic Press website at:

The Phrenic Press blog can be found at:

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