Limited edition hardcovers of Enter, Night by Michael Rowe and Bearded Women: Stories by Teresa Milbrodt are now available for pre-order from ChiZine Publications (Canadian customers only) as well as Horror Mall (everyone else). The last of CZP’s 2011 titles, these books mark the end of a very busy year for the mid-sized press.

Adding to the CV of award-winning horror author and Huffington Post writer, Michael Rowe, Enter, Night will be his first full-length novel. His previous books include the acclaimed essay collections Other Men’s Sons and Looking for Brothers. It will also be the first time that CZP has taken on a vampire-genre project.

“It’s something far removed from the current trends, that’s for sure … no sparkly emo vampires or disenfranchised youth here,” CZP Co-Publisher Sandra Kasturi assures. The novel follows the widow Christina Parr and her family as they return to the remote Ontario town of Parr’s Landing, built on the site of a decimated 17th-century Jesuit Ojibwa mission. But a three-hundred-year-old horror slumbers in the caves around Bradley Lake, begging for resurrection that will plunge the town and all its people into an endless night.

Teresa Milbrodt’s Bearded Women: Stories is a collection of short fiction featuring what Milbrodt calls “the contemporary freakshow,” wherein the protagonists are mothers, wives, and lovers, all of them trying to negotiate a world that is quicker to stare than sympathize. A woman internally battles the idea of having her vestigal twin Bianca removed in order to improve her marriage and chances of conception. A bearded lady considers coming out of the closet about her hirsute nature while having a clash of wills with an overeating fast-food patron. A woman with four ears makes extra money being a tattoo parlour mascot, while her extra ears become a trend and a suburban prophet thinks of them as a sign of the end times. All of these and more form part of a strange, beautiful and incredibly strong story collection.

Each hardcover edition has a limited print run of no more than 150 copies and will be individually numbered and signed by the authors, as well as cover artist Erik Mohr. As always, Canadian customers can order the books through ChiZine Publications.

CZP will be releasing the original trade paperback, as well as the electronic versions of both books on October 15, 2011.

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