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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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samhain-logo1International publisher Samhain Publishing® today announced that executive editor for Samhain Horror Don D’Auria has selected authors for the second Samhain Horror anthology. The anthology, titled Childhood Fears, will be published in two parts. First, the four individual novellas will be published as ebooks in May, 2015. Then, all four novellas will be combined for print and will be published in trade paperback in October, 2015. This is the same model of release used for Samhain Horror’s highly successful Gothic horror anthology collection, What Waits In The Shadows, which was published in 2014.

The anthology call for submissions was once again very popular among horror authors. Out of more than one hundred submitted works, the four selected manuscripts are:

Nightmare in Greasepaint, by L.L. Soares and G. Daniel Gunn 
Scarecrows, by Christine Hayton
The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, by Holli Moncrieff
Winterwood, by J.G. Faherty

We were excited to receive so many excellent submissions for this second anthology call at Samhain Horror, resulting in four remarkable tales of horror from the depths of childhood memories and fears,” says D’Auria. “In addition to welcoming back author J.G. Faherty, we are proud to introduce authors Christine Hayton, Holli Moncrieff, and L.L. Soares and G. Daniel Gunn as new Samhain authors.”

To learn more about this title and all Samhain Horror books, and to order books at a special discounted rate, visit the publisher online at

About Samhain Publishing

Samhain Publishing® is an international publisher of ebook and traditional print fiction, whose diverse array of titles include all genres of romance fiction, award-winning horror fiction, and Retro Romance® fiction—a program which enables previously print-only titles to reach a new e-reading audience. An acknowledged expert in digital publishing since its founding in 2005, Samhain is dedicated to ensuring extraordinary stories reach every reader. To learn why at Samhain “It’s all about the story…”, visit Samhain Publishing online at


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hap-and-leanardShort, Scary Tales Publications (SST Publications) owner, Paul Fry is absolutely delighted to announce the signing of SST’s biggest deal to date. SST have acquired the exclusive comic/graphic novel rights to the entire series of best-selling and multiple award-winning author Joe R. Lansdale’s acclaimed “Hap and Leonard” crime books. The books will be adapted and illustrated by Finnish comic artist Jussi Piironen. They will be published as full-colour oversized hardcovers and also in oversized softcover and digital formats.

SST Publisher Paul Fry says: “This really is a huge honour for me and a massive deal for SST to have acquired the comic/graphic novel rights to Joe Lansdale’s entire ‘Hap and Leonard’ series. The books have ahuge fan base and are really incredible crime stories. It’s also fantastic for the series that Jussi Piironen will adapt and illustrate the books as he’s a long-time, massive fan of Hap and Leonard and will be perfect to adapt the books into graphic novel form. Our number one priority is to keep the graphic novels as close to the original books as possible. We really believe they need to stay completely faithful to the original work, and we really don’t want to let the fans down! The first title in the series, Savage Season is already in the works and we estimate a rough publication date of late 2015.”

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Sponsorship Announcement - Samhain PublishingLos Angeles – September 26, 2014.

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce JournalStone Publishing as Supporting Sponsor for the Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet, which is part of the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend and 25th Anniversary World Horror Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia and will be held on 9 May 2014. Full details are at the dedicated website:

Christopher C. Payne, President of JournalStone ( said, “It is both an honor and a pleasure to support the HWA.  The members and Board have been instrumental in supporting JournalStone‘s endeavors as a publishing company. I can only hope that we as a publisher continue to live up to the expectations of the HWA and all of its members.”

HWA President Rocky Wood welcomed JournalStone’s support: “This renewed sponsorship from genre publisher JournalStone is greatly appreciated by HWA and I am sure by all our members. JournalStone has proven to be a highly professional and innovative genre publisher, with a strong horror line. We look forward to welcoming them again in Atlanta.”

There are limited sponsorship opportunities available – for more details contact .

The Horror Writers Association (, the peak group for horror writers, is a worldwide organization promoting dark literature and its creators. Started in 1985, it has over 1250 members writing professionally in fiction, nonfiction, videogames, film, poetry, comics, and other media.

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