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New Lorn, New Jennings, Lullabies, Maelstrom update, Nightworms, and Another Ghost

Hello all!

Lots of information to cover in today’s news letter.

Two new book announcements that will be shipping the last week of January.  Eleven days left to pre-order Lullabies for Suffering.  A Maelstrom VIII update. New Nightworms news. Another Ghost books 1 and 2 are now shipping.

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THERE WERE OTHER VERSIONS OF US by Edward Lorn.  Print run: 52 copies signed by Edward Lorn. $90.  Shipping the last week of January.

There Were Other Versions of Us is the culmination of a decade worth of short fiction by Edward Lorn. Inside, you will find selections from his previous collections: Three After, What the Dark Brings, Others & Oddities, as well as seven new stories, and a novella that has long been out of print: Fairy Lights, which was only ever available in limited and digital markets.

The previously-published stories within There Were Other Versions of Us have been overhauled, rewritten, and sometimes wrestled into what the author considers better shape. Not every story will seem different, sometimes the cleanup is only surface deep, but they are, as the title suggests, alternate versions of their former selves. Nothing is as it was. The same could be said for the author.

These stories are a mix of old and new, long and short, fan favorites and author selections, but they all have one thing in common: they are well loved by their creator.

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RECEPTION by Kenzie Jennings. Print run: 45 copies, signed by Kenzie Jennings, Jeff Strand (introduction) and Lynne Hansen (cover artist).  $99.  Shipping the last week of January.

While her rehab counselor’s advice replays in her mind, Ansley Boone takes on the role of dutiful bridesmaid in her little sister’s wedding at an isolated resort in the middle of hill country, a place where cell reception is virtually nonexistent and everyone else there seems a stranger primed to spring. Tensions are already high between the Boones and their withdrawal suffering eldest, who has since become the family embarrassment, but when the wedding reception takes a vicious turn, Ansley and her sister must work together to fight for survival and escape the resort before the groom’s cannibalistic family adds them to the post wedding menu.

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LULLABIES FOR SUFFERING.  11 days left to preorder this book before it is marked as sold out.  This book is signed by Caroline Kepnes, Gabino Iglesias, John FD Taff, Mercedes M Yardley, Mark Matthews, and Kealan Patrick Burke.  This book will immediately go to the printer on February 1st. Print run is limited to the number of pre-orders.

Come, listen to these Lullabies For Suffering.

Addiction starts like a sweet lullaby sung by a trusted loved one. It washes away the pains of the day and wraps you in the warmness of the womb where nothing hurts and every dream is possible. But soon enough, this warm state of bliss becomes a cold shiver. The ecstasy and dreams become nightmares, and for the sick and suffering addict, we can’t stop listening to the lullaby. We crave to hear the siren song as it rips us apart.

Each story in Lullabies For Suffering features the insidious nature of addiction—damaged humans craving for highs and wholeness but finding something more tragic and horrific on the other side. An incredibly talented group of writers sing these songs of suffering. You’re invited to listen.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Kealan Patrick Burke: “Sometimes They See Me”

Caroline Kepnes: “Monsters”

Mark Matthews: “Lizard”

John FD Taff: “The Melting Point of Meat”

Gabino Iglesias: “Beyond the Reef”

Mercedes M. Yardley: “Love Is A Crematorium”

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Maelstrom 8 update.

There have been some heavy delays in the publication of Maelstrom 8.  I am sorry about the wait.  The new estimated release date is the beginning of March.  I appreciate your patience.

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Thunderstorm Books is going to be working with the Nightworms crew again on some signed limited edition paperbacks made exclusively for their subscribers.  Click here for details.

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A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS (Another Ghost #1) by Robert Ford and Matt Hayward and A PLACE FOR SINNERS (Another Ghost # 2) by Aaron Dries are both now shipping.  I am about half way through the shipping process and it should be completed by Wednesday this week.  Both titles are sold out, but if you’d like to get on the waiting list for future Another Ghost titles, please email thunderstormbooks@gmail.com or poltergeistpress@gmail.com.

 

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New Pre-order! Caroline Kepnes, Gabino Iglesias, John FD Taff, Mercedes M Yardley, and Kealan Patrick Burke

Happy New Year!

Thunderstorm Books is proud to present a signed limited edition of LULLABIES FOR SUFFERING: TALES OF ADDICTION HORROR.  This edition will be signed by all six authors: Caroline Kepnes, Gabino Iglesias, John FD Taff, Mercedes M Yardley, and Kealan Patrick Burke.  The print run will be based on the number of pre-orders taken between January 1st, 2020 and January 31st, 2020.  The cover art was illustrated by the very talented Vincent Sammy.  The signature pages are all signed so the book should enter production immediately after the pre-order period and should be released in Spring 2020.


Come, listen to these Lullabies For Suffering.

Addiction starts like a sweet lullaby sung by a trusted loved one. It washes away the pains of the day and wraps you in the warmness of the womb where nothing hurts and every dream is possible. But soon enough, this warm state of bliss becomes a cold shiver. The ecstasy and dreams become nightmares, and for the sick and suffering addict, we can’t stop listening to the lullaby. We crave to hear the siren song as it rips us apart.

Each story in Lullabies For Suffering features the insidious nature of addiction—damaged humans craving for highs and wholeness but finding something more tragic and horrific on the other side. An incredibly talented group of writers sing these songs of suffering. You’re invited to listen.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Kealan Patrick Burke: “Sometimes They See Me”

Caroline Kepnes: “Monsters”

Mark Matthews: “Lizard”

John FD Taff: “The Melting Point of Meat”

Gabino Iglesias: “Beyond the Reef”

Mercedes M. Yardley: “Love Is A Crematorium”

5 new titles (Gonzalez+Keene, Rufty, Kozeniewski, Strand, and Triana)

Hey all,

Hope you are ready for winter!  I have five new books that are now in-stock, including two that are part of a new line called Black Voltage VS.  With VS, the author or authors pit iconic characters from the horror realm against each other.

Please click on the cover images to get more details and to place your order.

VS #1  Clickers VS Zombies by JF Gonzalez and Brian Keene.  Only 99 copies.

 

VS #2 Pillowface VS The Lurkers by Kristopher Rufty.  Only 52 copies.

 

The Hematophages by Stephen Kozeniewski.  45 copies.  I am sold out of this book, please check with booksellers.

 

My Pretties by Jeff Strand.  60 copies.

 

Full Brutal by Kristopher Triana.  45 copies.  I only have a couple of copies left.

Another Ghost: A Poltergeist Press and Thunderstorm Books lettered creation

Poltergeist Press and Thunderstorm Books are proud to present Another Ghost—a new creation for the horror genre. Another Ghost will specialize in signed limited editions, typically 26 copies, lettered A to Z.  The books will be produced in upgraded bonded leather boards, with gold stamping on the front, spine, and back.  Also included will be specialty endsheets, and a satin ribbon page marker.  

Another Ghost will feature books by some of today’s best horror authors.

Our first two productions are A Penny For Your Thoughts by Robert Ford and Matt Hayward, and A Place For Sinners by Aaron Dries. Buyers who purchase these two releases will get matching letters and will have the first rights to future Another Ghost titles. This is a perfect time to get on the ground floor of a new press. The books should sell out quickly, so act fast.

Questions can be directed to poltergeistpress@gmail.com or thunderstormbooks@gmail.com.

Also, you can follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/AnotherGhost10

 

A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS
by Robert Ford & Matt Hayward

26 Copies, $99

Fresh from a stretch in prison, Joe Openshaw is living at home with his father and trying to get his life together again. He has let go of old habits, especially the ones that turned him into an addict and helped land him in prison.

On a hike along the Lowback Trail, Joe stumbles on one of the town’s oldest secrets—buried long ago, if not forgotten.

It’s an unusual but safe enough treasure—a jar of old pennies. What interests Joe isn’t the pennies themselves, but the pieces of paper taped to every coin—a child’s handwritten wish on each one.

When the first few wishes come true, they are simple things. Fun. Harmless.

Except as time goes on, Joe realizes they aren’t really wishes at all…they’re exchanges, and the bill was racking up.

Nothing is free in life.

Sooner or later, you always pay.

A PLACE FOR SINNERS
by Aaron Dries

26 copies, $99

Sometimes, survival is a sin.

Amity Collins, a 20-year-old deaf woman, and her gay brother Caleb, have lived a sheltered life since the death of their father thirteen years ago, a day of gunshots and wild dogs. Now the time has come to escape their mother’s hoarded home in Australia, and a history of trauma they haven’t been able to reconcile–until now. Their adventure abroad isn’t just wanted. It’s essential. With flights booked, they leave their claustrophobic town behind, nervous yet hopeful.

The Collins siblings backpack through the jungles of Thailand, drink and dance in Bangkok, accumulating friends. There is laughter, budding love, delicious risk. Amity has never felt more awed. Or alive.
Everything changes when they purchase boat tickets to a tourist trap the locals call Bastard Island. ‘Discover paradise, ‘ the advertisement reads. ‘Come and feed the monkeys!’

But there on that remote beach, surrounded by people Amity doesn’t know or trust, the trees twitch as though impatient or hungry. From within those shadows, savagery is about to be unleashed.
The tide of teeth is near. Those sands will run red. And on Bastard Island, even survival is a sin.

A Place for Sinners is a surreal, ultra-violent odyssey into the absolute heart of darkness in us all. It will snatch you by the throat, blindside you with its twists, and leave you too broken to ever travel again.

New Bryan Smith and Chad Lutzke in stock and shipping! Only a couple Janz HCs left!

 

KAYLA
by Bryan Smith

Only 56 copies!

An omnibus edition of Kayla and the Devil, Kayla Undead, and Wicked Kayla.

KAYLA AND THE DEVIL

College student Kayla Monroe seems to have everything. Stunning looks, smarts, and loads of money thanks to her privileged upbringing. But something’s gone wrong. Ever since the start of her sophomore year, people have been avoiding her. Her friends shun her. Guys no longer flock to her. Even her former stalker, an awkward geek, now wants nothing to do with her.

She is on the brink of utter despair when she encounters a young man in the park. The man is charming and movie star handsome. Kayla thinks maybe her luck has taken a turn for the better. But she couldn’t be more wrong. Because this man is the Devil. Capital D definitely intended. The ultimate embodiment of evil. And he has something to tell Kayla.

Kayla hasn’t always been the nicest girl in the world. At times she has been downright mean. She’s grown past that, but now her past has come back to haunt her. Someone wants revenge. Bad enough to engage the services of the devil. But the tables have turned again and the devil now has his own deal to offer Kayla.

He can end her suffering. End the shunning spell. But only at a very high price. And Kayla must decide whether she has it within herself to surrender her soul and commit an act so heinous it will damn her forever.

KAYLA UNDEAD

For some, death may only be the beginning…

College sophomore Kayla Monroe has survived harrowing close encounters with Jack the Ripper, Elizabeth Bathory, and the devil himself. With those ordeals only weeks behind her, she is forced to weigh making a decision that could alter the course of her life forever and make it impossible to ever reclaim her place in the “normal” world she once inhabited. After a horrifying encounter with old acquaintances looking to settle a vendetta, Kayla finds herself drawn ever more deeply into the intrigues and conspiracies of the supernatural underworld. A haunted world where death may only be the beginning of an even more desperate struggle.

WICKED KAYLA

Six years after making her deal with the devil, things aren’t going so well for Kayla Monroe. Her life is in a seemingly irreversible downward spiral. She’s been kicked out of school. She’s drinking too much. All her old friends have abandoned her. Not even the devil wants anything to do with her anymore. That all changes on Halloween night, when she comes up with a desperate, last-ditch plan to pull herself back from the brink of total oblivion. A plan that will mean getting more than a little…wicked.

BONUS CONTENT: The Kayla sequels that never were. Partial manuscripts of followup Kayla stories that were never finished. An extra 23,000 words of content. This material differs drastically from what appears in Wicked Kayla.

NIGHT AS A CATALYST
by Chad Lutzke

Only 55 copies!

As beautiful as the night can be, it often plays a role in something more foreboding, supplying the catalyst for things both terrifying and imaginative. Utilizing this hallowed time of day, author Chad Lutzke offers 24 short stories, with creature features, sleep deprivation, hiding the undead, revenge, cannibalism, morbid habits, and executions of karma being just a handful of the themes covered in this book. Read on and discover what the mind produces when using the night as a catalyst.

 

 

TALES FROM THE SHADOW SIDE
by Jonathan Janz

Only 3 copies left.  Print run of only 40 copies for the Nightmare Alley version of this book.

A meek man enters a spooky theater for all-night horror movie triple bill. An unscrupulous contractor messes with the wrong family. A single mother discovers a bizarre link between her son and an unspeakable Lovecraftian horror. A con artist posing as an outcast from an Amish church gets more than he bargained for in the Indiana forest. And a college professor eager to make money by solving a decades-old cannibal atrocity learns the true meaning of terror in the Great Smoky Mountains.

In this collection of rarely-collected nightmares, you’ll find tales of suspense, dread, and madness.

It’s time to take a journey to Jonathan Janz’s Shadow Side.