This might be a long post. If so, I apologize. It’s entirely off-topic and personal, but it’s also something that I need to write, so . . . bear with me, if you will.
This is a huge day for the folks at Crystal Lake Publishing. Today’s the release day for their GUTTED anthology. Here’s more info:
From Bram Stoker Award-nominated publisher, Crystal Lake Publishing, and the editing duo who brought you the best-selling and critically acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian horror anthology Shadows Over Main Street, comes Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories—a disturbing journey into the beauty that rests inside the very heart of darkness.
Awe meets ache.
Terror becomes transcendence.
Regret gives way to rebirth.
Fifteen short stories and one poem span nearly every twisted corner of the horror and dark fiction genres:
- A woman experiences an emotional reckoning inside a haunted house.
- A father sees his daughter rescued after a cold case is solved, only to learn the tragic limits of his love.
- A man awakens a vengeful spirit and learns the terrible price of settling scores.
- A boy comes of age into awareness of a secret universe of Lovecraftian scale.
- A young woman confronts the deathly price of existence inside a German concentration camp during the Holocaust.
- And much, much more…
Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories features the most celebrated voices in dark fiction, as well as a number of exciting, new talents, including:
Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Tremblay, John F.D. Taff, Lisa Mannetti, Damien Angelica Walters, Josh Malerman, Christopher Coake, Mercedes M. Yardley, Brian Kirk, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Amanda Gowin, Richard Thomas, Maria Alexander and Kevin Lucia.
With a foreword from Cemetery Dance magazine founder Richard Chizmar.
I mean, seriously, look at that roster. It’s a who’s-who of horror. Joe @ Crystal Lake worked his ass off to make this happen, so I encourage you all to go check it out. Not only will you be getting an incredible horror collection, you’ll also be supporting one of the finest horror publishers in the business.
I’ll shut up now. Go check it out!
This morning I was stunned to learn that fellow author/reviewer Wayne C. Rogers passed away. I didn’t know him well—at least not as well as I should have—but I’m saddened nonetheless. He was kind and gracious enough to read and review ALT and TLM for Hellnotes a couple of years ago, an act for which I will always be grateful. He was also a rather prolific writer himself, with a number of titles available on Amazon. I admit I never read any of his fiction, but I aim to remedy that soon.
Rest in peace, sir. Thank you for everything.
It’s rather serendipitous, as I may (bold, underlined, & italicized–may) have some news in the near future regarding this collection. I really can’t say more than that right now. Anyway, that’s all. I’m off to work in the mines at Moon Hill.
As I write this, there are actually just 21 hours left. So if you’ve been putting things off, now’s a good time to act. We’ve got T-shirts, slipcases, custom sculptures, a hand-drawn map, and of course, the signed and numbered limited edition hardcover of GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL. Get on that.
We’re doing one last push for the Moon Hill campaign. We’ll also be discussing Mercedes Yardley’s recent Stoker win. JOIN US!
We’re down to the last six days of the campaign. I swear it’s like this month has gone by in a blur. It’s certainly left my head spinning. So much, in fact, that I haven’t really had an opportunity to post here all that much. I don’t really have much time right now, in fact, but I wanted to at least say something, so . . .
Yeah. Six days left. We’re going to do slipcases. And Mercedes is offering another Halloween-themed blanket as a reward. And if we manage to reach $7,300 in funding, we’re going to offer T-shirts.
So there it is. Maybe in another week I can come up for air. For now, I’m going back under. See you in a week.
Tonight! Tony and I are going live on YouTube to take your questions about the Moon Hill Kickstarter campaign. Want to know what inspired the stories? Or how Tony designs his sculptures? ASK US! Seriously, you can ask us anything. ANYTHING.
We’ll be live at 8 PM EST. If you can’t make it, feel free to submit your questions to us ahead of time so we’re not staring at each other awkwardly on camera. Please and thank you.
See you all tonight!
Goddamn, what a week. Seriously, folks, between the campaign and my day job, I’ve barely had time to decompress. But it’s been worth it. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the campaign progress, we have achieved over 50% of our funding goal in the first week. The first week! When I did this years ago for ALT, I struggled to get funded in 60 days! The Kickstarter staff also designated Moon Hill as a “Project We Love,” giving it top billing on the front page of the site.
Doesn’t hurt that we’ve received some incredible press this week. Dread Central, Popcorn Horror, The Moon is a Dead World, Horror Fiction Books, and Horror Society have all posted about our little campaign. Next week Tony and I will be on Armand Rosamilia’s Arm Cast podcast to talk about the project, and we’re giving away a Box of Dread from Dread Central when we reach 75 backers. So yeah, we’re both busy with this thing, and will be for the next three weeks. On that note, I just want to say thanks for your patience with all the sharing/promoting across my social media streams (mainly Facebook and Twitter). I know it turns into noise after a while, but please understand that it’s necessary.
And speaking of noise . . . have you backed the campaign yet? 😉
Right. I’m on my way back to Moon Hill. See you all on the other side of Old Road.
Tony Rapino and I have teased you relentlessly over the last several weeks, and now we’re finally pulling back the curtain on a project that’s been nearly two years in the making.
The project is this: A limited hardcover run of a new collection by Anthony J. Rapino, titled GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL. This will be the first title published by Precipice Books that isn’t by me. As you can imagine, it’s a huge step for me and for Precipice, and if successful, it will lead to subsequent titles by other authors. This Kickstarter campaign will combine Tony’s fiction with his sculptures, allowing the reader to hold a piece of Moon Hill in their hands.
Our goal is $6,800 in 30 days, but we have a lot of really cool stretch goals planned should we exceed that amount. Things like glow-in-the-dark variants of the sculptures, a video documenting Tony’s sculpting process, illustrations for the collection, T-shirts, and possibly even a story collaboration between Tony and me.
You can get the full details on the project here. This probably goes without saying, but supporting this project means supporting Precipice and its future. Any and all support is greatly appreciated.
So there you have it, folks. That’s the big secret. We have 30 days to raise nearly $7k. Please help us get there.