Tulsa author Michael Vance has signed with Cornerstone Book Publishers and Airship 27 for publication of the second of three novels, Weird Horror Tales: The Feasting. His second braided novel of fifteen interrelated horror, SF, and fantasy stories was also written in the style and tradition of pulp magazines in the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, and will be released in the fall of 2010.
“The first volume of this collection was simply the unnerving appetizer. Vance and Geier now offer up the main course and it’s a terror filled delight!” said Ron Fortier, editor of The Feasting.
“My stories are founded on the premise that there is something larger than our narrow view of reality,” said Vance. “Each interconnected story shares setting, history, prominent families, and a macro plot. The stories also focus on the Azrealites, a religious cult that works tirelessly to reinstate that ‘Other’ on Earth through science and the occult.”
These stories about the fictional town of Light’s End in Maine have been published in dozens of magazines in three countries. Vance’s influences on these stories are H. P. Lovecraft, William Faulkner, and Ray Bradbury.
The cover was done by France’s Christophe Dessaigne, a journalist, scenarist for role playing games, and photographer. Mainly influenced by the science fiction, horror, and fantastic genres, his atmospheric, surreal creations combine digital photography and manipulation in a dark and post-apocalyptic future.
The interior illustrations are by artist Earl Geier, best known for his horror, fantasy and science fiction artwork. In the role playing game industry, his work includes art for Battletech, Call of Cthulhu, and many others. He has illustrated books for Cemetery Dance Publications, Chaosium, Gryphon and Subterranean Press. For comic book, he’s had work published by Dark Horse Comics, Comiczone, Now, Innovation and DC Comics Paradox.
Vance has written for national and international magazines, and as a syndicated columnist and cartoonist in over 500 newspapers. His history book, Forbidden Adventures, has been called a “benchmark in comics history.” He briefly ghosted an internationally syndicated comic strip, wrote his own strip and several comic books. He is listed in the Who’s Who of American Comic Books and Comic Book Superstars.
The publisher of The Feasting and Weird Horror Tales, Cornerstone Book Publishers also publishes Masonic and esoteric books, selected pulp fiction, art literature, limited children’s books, and poetry collections. The braided novel, Weird Horror Tales, is available on-line, at book stores, and from Cornerstone.