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Joe_Ledger_Collection-197x300JournalStone Publishing proudly announces the release of Joe Ledger: Special Ops, a collection of short stories by Jonathan Maberry on April 25th.   To get your very own copy, just click here.

Captain Joe Ledger. Former cop. Former Army Ranger. Currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction. Designer bioweapons. Cutting edge transgenics. Real mad scientist stuff.

If they have to call Joe Ledger – it’s already hit the fan.

JOE LEDGER: SPECIAL OPS collects several of the Ledger short stories and presents two brand new tales exclusive to this volume. Bonus features include character profiles and a never-before-published glimpse behind the scenes of the Department of Military Sciences.

Join the Hunt!


ARTIFACT – original short story
Joe Ledger goes after an enigmatic device that could hold the key to permanent sustainable energy –or could become the most dangerous weapon on earth.

THE HANDYMAN – original short story
Joe Ledger is naked and unarmed and has to escape a high-security facility armed with whatever he can find. Expect Joe to get cranky.

Borrowed Power, Changeling, Countdown, Deep Dark, Mad Science, Material Witness and Zero Tolerance

Bonus features include character profiles and a never-before-published glimpse behind the scenes of the Department of Military Sciences. 

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scarlet galleonFrom the Scarlet Galleon website:

Submission Guidelines for DEAD HARVEST

A Collection of Dark Tales

Scarlet Galleon Publications is proud to announce its inaugural horror/dark fiction anthology CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS.

We invite you to submit a story for consideration! Original stories only please. NO reprints, duplicate or simultaneous submissions.

Publication Date: September 23, 2014 (Autumnal Equinox)

Open Period for Submissions: May 1, 2014 – May 31, 2014. Any submissions emailed before or after set call dates will be deleted.

Project Title: DEAD HARVEST – A Collection of Dark Tales

Subject/Theme: Open concept horror/dark fiction stories. 4,000 – 9,000 words.  If your story consists of a ’harvest,’ ‘autumnal,’ or ‘agricultural’ theme, great, but it need not be to be consideration.

Manuscript Format: 12 pt Times New Roman; double-spaced; formatted tabs with 0.3 auto indent; extra line between paragraphs; pages numbered; your name/contact information/story title in header of every page.

Submissions must be sent directly to Scarlet Galleon Publications as an email attachment. Any questions or concerns should also be directed to Scarlet Galleon Publications  by emailing them directly to:

In your email please include your full name, title of the work you’re submitting, and the final word count of your manuscript.

It is expected that submissions will be fully edited and proofread prior to being sent in for consideration. Submissions with incorrect grammar, misspellings, or formatting issues will be disqualified and therefore excluded from the review process. ALL submissions that are accepted for publication in DEAD HARVEST – A Collection of Dark Tales, will be subject to minor editorial corrections. Any stories needing more than minor edits, but meritorious for their originality and content, will be discussed with the contributor prior to exclusion, however Scarlet Galleon Publications maintains the right to disqualify the entry if the overall editorial process would prove too exhaustive.

Submissions MUST be sent in DOC files; please NO DOCX. If your story is not in DOC format, it will deleted.

If your story is selected for publication, payment will include $25.00 (within 30 days of acceptance, or contract signing) and one (1) print edition of DEAD HARVEST – A Collection of Dark Tales, (within 90 days of publication).  Scarlet Galleon Publications will retain first worldwide publication rights for a period of 12 months from the date of publication.

Upon acceptance of your story, a brief biography will be requested, to be included at the end of the anthology. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of your publications or weblinks, just a short bio to let readers know about the contributors.

Again, kindly submit ALL correspondence dirctly to:

PLEASE NOTE: ANY submissions or inquiries sent anywhere other than to the email address provided above will be deleted.

Scarlet Galleon Publications would like to thank you for your interest, and wish each of you luck in writing a story filled with originality and all-out terror.

Now, get those stories written!

Dark Discoveries 27JournalStone Publishing announces the release of Issue #27 of Dark Discoveries Magazine on April 30th.  If you enjoy the very best in original horror fiction, interviews with the best of today’s horror authors, and news and features on all things horror, then this magazine is for you.  Just click here and you’re one step closer to receiving the best horror magazine on the market today.  Here is what you’ll get in the latest issue:

Dark Discoveries – Issue #27

Dark Mystery

Expected ship date of April 30, 2014

All new Fiction by: Douglas Clegg, Brian Evenson, Maurice Broaddus, John R. Little, Bentley Little, Tom Piccirilli

Interviews with: Brian Evenson, Jeffrey Sackett, and Tom Piccirilli

Articles on:  The Italian Connection: Crime Films of the 1970s by James R. Beach, Nightmare on Main Street: The Mad Slasher Pulps by Frank M. Robinson & Lawrence Davidson, Hannibal Lecter’s Reign of Terror by Aaron J. French

Jade Sky Comic by:  Joe McKinney and Patrick Freivald with artwork from Chris Bell

Columns from Jonathan Maberry, Yvonne Navarro, Richard Dansky, Robert Morrish and so much more!

Table of Contents


Funerary Rites by Douglas Clegg
BearHeart by Brian Evenson
Communication Breakdown by Maurice Broaddus
The Exchange by John R. Little
The Pen by Bentley Little
My Secret is the Faces in My Hands by Tom Piccirilli

Career in Misperception: An Interview with Brian Evenson by Geofreey H. Goodwin
What the Hell Ever Happened to… An Interview with Jeffrey Sackett by  Robert Morrish
Meeting the Black: An Interview with Tom Piccirilli by Joel B. Kirkpatrick

The Italian Connection: Crime Films of the 1970s by James R. Beach
Nightmares on Main Street: The Mad Slasher Pulps by Frank M. Robinson & Lawrence Davidson
Hannibal Lecter’s Reign of Terror by Aaron J. French
Genre Crossover: The Alan Wake Game Series by Richard Dansky
Double X Chromosome: Taxes Noir by Yvonne Navarro
Once Upon a Nightmare YA Horror: The Black Dahlia by Amy Shane
Things That Bite: Cryptids (Part 2) by By Jonathan Maberry and David F. Kramer
To Name the Genre by Michael R. Collings

Jade Sky Comic by Joe McKinney and Patrick Freivald – Artwork by Chris Bell

Hellnotes Reviews

Book Reviews

Movie Reviews


Dark Discoveries is a quarterly (Spring: April 30th, Summer: July 31st, Autumn: October 31st andWinter: January 31st), 8×11/color glossy magazine (100 to 130 pages) that is available in close to 500 stores in the US, Canada and Overseas (U.K., Germany and other countries) — including Barnes & Noble, Chapters, Powell’s Books, Tattered Covers, Borderlands, Things From Another World, Dreamhaven, Mystery & Imagination and Dark Delicacies.

In continuous publication for nearly a decade, the magazine features some of the best content in the Horror/Dark Fantasy/Science Fiction genres, offering in-depth interviews, insightful articles, regular columns, fantastic artwork and outstanding short fiction. Past contributors and topics include: RayBradbury, Richard Matheson, The Twilight Zone, H.R. Giger, William F. Nolan, Ramsey Campbell, EC ComicsJoe R. Lansdale, Dan O’Bannon, Forrest J Ackerman, Graham Masterton, Brian Lumley,George Clayton JohnsonDark Horse Comics, Brian Keene, Douglas Clegg, Joe Hill, J.K. Potter and many others.

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Davey RibbonAustralian author and Hellnotes scribe Matthew Tait is soon to release a new stand-alone novel Davey Ribbon – available in both print and eBook.


Hidden within the Pitch Pines of Cyclone Cove forty-five years prior, Wyvern Way becomes a sinister backdrop when a young autistic child bears witness to atrocity. Rescued by an unlikely source, the two make a final pact that resonates throughout the future generations of the town.

Though small, the municipal of Cyclone Cove sits at the very apex of cutting-edge technology, thanks to the giant computing firm: Azarcheal Systems Conglomerate. Led by Samara Reagan, the ASC maintains its stranglehold through means sometimes not of the human world …

Elusive and equally mysterious, Norman Perks is a wealthy recluse whose house looks down upon the town like a haunted idol – and whose love of the written word propels him to chronicle the ongoing story of Cyclone Cove.

And at the heart of this story lives Davey Ribbon … a gifted child shrouded in urban legend and the keeper of a legacy now grown to near mythic proportions. As a ghost story for children like the Barlow twins, and an allegory for grown-ups like Jerry Reed and Sean Hunt: Davey’s tale is about to climax. And when the annual Cyclone Fair comes rolling into town, it won’t just be the wealthy and powerful who have a part to play in Davey’s endgame saga.

“Just like his ghostly character, Davey Ribbon, author Matthew Tait latches on with haunting prose that doesn’t let go until the very end.” ~ Greg Chapman, author of ‘The Noctuary’ and ‘The Last Night of October’

Publisher: Hodgepodge Press

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: April 27th

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From the press release:

 The Darkest TouchNORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – Dark Hall Press is proud to present its newest release, The Darkest Touchby Joseph Sale. (Horror/Urban Fantasy)
In the aftermath of a world-wide nuclear conflict, dark forces have taken control in New York City. Gifted with powers beyond reckoning, the Touched have inherited the after world, instating their own notion of order, and killing all who oppose their rule. But rebels are gathering, along with strange voices that sound in the deep, and the dark city is about to go even darker.

As of today, April 11th 2014, The Darkest Touchwill be availalble for purchase via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other such sites in both Kindle and print editions.

Paperback: $14.95  /  eBook: $2.99

About the Author:

Joseph Sale is novelist, poet, musician and performer, originally from Bournemouth. He studied English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. His short stories have appeared in magazines such as Silver Blade and Fiction Vortex.

Find the book here:

About Dark Hall Press:

Dark Hall seeks to promote a diverse body of quality works, advancing the tradition of Horror storytelling as well as providing exposure for up-and-coming writers.

Our list includes works of supernatural and non-supernatural horror, as well as cross-genre pollinations (sci-fi/horror, fantasy/horror, noir/horror, etc.) and experimental works.

All Dark Hall titles are published in simultaneous eBook and paper editions, with distribution of the latter via Ingram.

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I was cruising around the web and came across this.  I thought you writers out there might be interested.  Below is from the website, but you can click on the link to find out more.


Lincoln CrislerA dark ritual anthology edited by LINCOLN CRISLER

Rituals have always been a powerful part of human life, from the ancient Aztec nation’s human sacrifice to the supposed transubstantiation of the Communion elements during Catholic Mass. They impart a sense of history, comfort, community, common ground—but also power, mystery and horror. Since this isn’t Clam Chowder for the Coddled Child, I’m interested in the latter attributes. I want to see dark ritual in all the various forms you can imagine—from the ancient and ceremonial to the simple and home-grown. The rituals in your stories can be grounded in painstaking research or your own twisted creations. They can have real power or simply exist in the minds of your characters. They can produce the desired effect or something else entirely.

Stories predicated upon the standard voodoo doll or zombie need to be particularly mind-blowing, as such topics are expected given the theme—the same goes for Cthulhu Mythos. If you’ve read CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY? you’ll know that I’m especially interested in the kind of stories that play with people’s preconceived notions and turn tropes on their ears. I’m anticipating a modern setting for most pieces, though I’m open to historical stories told with today’s sensibilities. Cross-genre stories will likely be a hard sell. No Science Fiction. Urban Fantasy might work. Gore and sex need to support an actual story, rather than be the end in and of themselves. Payment will be split royalties, paid quarterly*. Word count is 3-5,000. Reading period is from 1 January 2014 to 1 June 2014. Publication is tentatively scheduled for October 2014, by Angelic Knight Press. Send your stories in standard manuscript format to

Editor’s Note: For published pieces we ask for (whatever rights you take). Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint, which severely limits the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or eBook formats and/or on the web, giving up your First Publishing Right for no and/or a token payment, is really what you want to do.

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Amanda DownumFrom the Press release:

Solaris is proud to announce that it has acquired the new novel by Texan author Amanda Downum.

Dreams of Shreds and Tatters will be released in June 2015.

Downum’s urban fantasy novel centres around the King in Yellow from the wider HP Lovecraft mythos.

When Liz Drake’s best friend vanishes, nothing can stop her nightmares. Driven by the certainty he needs her help, she crosses a continent to search for him.

She finds Blake comatose in a Vancouver hospital, victim of a mysterious accident that claimed his lover’s life. Blake’s new circle of artists and mystics draws her in, but all of them are lying or keeping dangerous secrets. Soon nightmare creatures stalk the waking city, and Liz can’t fight a dream from the daylight world: to rescue Blake she must brave the darkest depths of the dreamlands. Even the attempt could kill her, or leave her mind trapped or broken.

And if she succeeds, she must face the monstrous Yellow King, whose slave Blake is on the verge of becoming forever. 

“To find a Lovecraftian novel that brings something new to the field, is a rare thing indeed,” says Solaris editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver. “And Downum is an extraordinary writer, revealing a world of dreams and nightmares of which Howard Philips himself would be proud. Amanda is one of the most exciting and progressive fantasy writers of recent years.”

About the Author 

Amanda Downum lives in Austin, Texas. She is the author of the Necromancer Chronicles – The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and Kingdoms of Dust – published by Orbit Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and in the anthologies Lovecraft Unbound and A Fantasy Medley 2. She has seen the Yellow Sign. For more information, visit

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