ChiZine Publications, in partnership with Leisure Books and Rue Morgue, will be releasing the winner of the Fresh Blood Contest, House of Sighs by Aaron Dries in limited edition hardcover.
Description: It’s the summer of 1995 in James Bridge, Australia and the passengers of the Sunday bus into town are about to learn how quickly the world falls apart. Liz Frost, their driver, began the day wanting to kill herself. It would have been better if she had. Her passengers are now hostages and she’s taking them home to meet her family.
The innocent are left with a terrifying ultimatum: unite or bleed.
This book will mark CZP’s first foray into contest publishing, a move which co-publisher Brett Alexander Savory hopes will foster a closer relationship with fellow publishers as well as readers.
“We’re excited to find new talent and take part in a contest with some great names in the horror genre,” says Savory. “In addition to myself, CZP co-publisher Sandra Kasturi, and Tightrope publisher Halli Villegas, we had some great author-guest judges: Jeff Strand, John Everson, Nate Kenyon, and Bryan Smith. Everyone contributed to the excitement of picking the winner, and being able to get together with Rue Morgue and Leisure really spoke to the rapport of the dark fiction community.”
Though the publication of House of Sighs does not follow the usual submission-publication model, co-publisher Sandra Kasturi sees it as a means of getting CZP’s readership involved. “Although we were judging the final choices for the contest, House of Sighs was ultimately chosen by public vote,” Kasturi notes. “The initial batch of titles were chosen by Leisure, and a top 10 list generated by CZP and Leisure from there, posted online for the public to read from and vote for the best. It kind of turned into a literary Survivor when it came down to the top 5, with titles being voted off each month until the winner remained. I think this was a really interesting way for our readers to get involved with the publication process, which is a rare thing! We’re really excited to see the audience reaction.”
CZP will be releasing the hardcover of House of Sighs on February 15, 2011 in limited edition format, with each copy numbered and signed by the author and cover artist, Erik Mohr. Pre-orders are available at Horror Mall for a limited time: House of Sighs