Peripheral Visions by Robert Hood is out now

The last element of the publication of Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories (by Robert Hood) is now completed, with the release of Volume 2 of the trade paperback version. The 800+ page cloth bound volume and equivalent two-volume trade paperback versions are now available, as well as ebook formats of each. The hardcover (cloth bound) version has internal illustrations by Nick Stathopoulos, and is the premier title in IFWG Publishing Australia’s Dark Phases series of excellence in horror and dark fantasy. Curiously, the single volume ebook version has the same illustrations, but are treated differently – collectors note this if they want the complete experience. Nick was also the genius behind the cover art and designs for all the editions.

Peripheral Visions by Robert HoodThe first wave of the numbered limited edition has been shipped, but until all 200 copies are purchased, the offer will continue. Bonus material is offered with the limited edition, including Robert Hood’s dark YA title, Backstreets (paperback) as well as the chap-ebook Haunted Flesh, a collection of zombie stories by Robert Hood.

Peripheral Visions by Robert Hood

Without a doubt, the hardcover version of Peripheral Visions has been an outstanding success – proven by its sell out at Supanova Melbourne (the Melbourne Launch of the title) last April, as well as great sales at Continuum 11 a few weeks ago. Robert Hood will be turning up at Oz Comicon Melbourne on 27 and 28 June, where he will sign any purchases. We will have plenty of the cloth bound editions available.

Also, stay tuned – the Sydney Launch will occur in July and a formal announcement will be forthcoming very soon.

Rob and Nick (plus an uninvited guest) [Photo courtesy of Cat Sparks and Nick Stathopoulos]

Rob and Nick (plus an uninvited guest) [Photo courtesy of Cat Sparks and Nick Stathopoulos]

Cohesion Press upcoming releases

Cohesion Press continues to be busy and shows no signs of slowing down.

FUBAR by Weston Ochse has just been released. Print and ebook are now live, and the ordering period for the signed/limited edition is open until September.

“A wild blend of nail-biting thriller action and out-of-the shadows horror. This is the supernatural thriller at its most dynamic. Perfect!” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling-author of Dead of Night and The King of Plagues

FUBAR Weston Ochse


Also, Cohesion Press has just signed Patrick Freivald for the final three books in his Matt Rowley series. The first two were released by Journalstone, but Cohesion has them from now on.


Their next release will be The Road to Golgotha, through the Cohesion Comics imprint.
For sale online (print) in a week or two, with the official release at Melbourne Oz Comic Con June 27-28. Amanda J Spedding and GN Braun will be there all weekend for signing.


After that, in July and August, they will release the first two of a projected seven-book series (Secret Files of the League of Silence series) by Jack Hanson.
July – Cry Havoc by Jack Hanson
August – Forlorn Hope by Jack Hanson

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Their complete release schedule for the near future is:

June – The Road to Golgotha (Cohesion Comic #1)
July – Cry Havoc by Jack Hanson
August – Forlorn Hope by Jack Hanson<
August – SNAFU: Survival of the Fittest
September – Blurring the Line (ed. Marty Young)
October – TBA
November – SNAFU: Hunters featuring James A Moore and Patrick Freivald
December – [Untitled] (Cohesion Comic #2)
January (2016) – TBA
February (2016) – SNAFU: Future Warfare featuring Weston Ochse and Brad Torgersen
March (2016) – TBA
April (2016) – [Untitled] by Patrick Freivald (Matt Rowley 3)
May (2016) – TBA
June (2016) – TBA
July (2016) – TBA
August (2016) – SNAFU: Creature Feature

The Eschatologist by Greg Chapman

Queensland horror author Greg Chapman has announced the upcoming publication of his fifth novella, The Eschatologist.

The Eschatologist is a survival horror tale centred on David Brewer, who is trying to keep his family alive in a world torn asunder by a Biblical apocalypse. Yet there is salvation, in the guise of a stranger who offers survivors sanctuary. All they have to do is declare their faith in God’s final – and bloody – plan.

The post-apocalyptic tale is expected to be published by Voodoo Press in the second half of 2015.

Chapman’s previous novellas include Torment, The Noctuary and The Last Night of October. Black Beacon Books released his debut short story collection, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares in September last year. He is currently working on a novel.

Bullet Ballerina, the one-shot comic Chapman illustrated for Tom Piccirilli and SST Publications is also now available in hardcover, paperback and digital formats.

You can find out more by visiting www.darkscrybe.com

Skin Deep by Gary Kemble – review

11013387_1122508204442757_7333956707652664974_nSkin Deep

by Gary Kemble

Echo Publishing, 2015

ISBN: 9781760068172

When washed up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. When more tattoos appear — accompanied by visions of war-torn Afghanistan, bikies, boat people, murder, bar fights and a mysterious woman — he begins to dig a little deeper. Harry’s search leads him to Jess McGrath. She’s successful, married; they are drawn to each other though they have nothing in common but unwanted tattoos and high definition nightmares. Together, they edge closer to unearthing the truth behind the sinister disappearance of an SAS hero and his girlfriend Kyla.

Skin Deep is a supernatural political crime thriller. That’s the best way I can think to describe this genre-mashing book, and it’s really a rather excellent debut novel from Gary Kemble. The story is tight, fast-paced and exciting, the characters three-dimensional and believable and the researched details utterly authentic. Kemble is a journalist, like his lead character, Harry. But it’s not just Harry’s profession that comes across with that lived authenticity. There’s a heavy element of war, military service, politics (both state and national), and tattoo and biker culture, and it’s all totally convincing.

The supernatural elements are very well handled, at times horrific, at times bleak, at times fascinating, but always believable. The suspension of disbelief with this novel is easy, thanks to Kemble’s tight prose, snappy dialogue and firm hand.

Some character motivations are a bit strained in places. Dave, for example, goes above and beyond what anyone might expect even from their best mate, and there are one or two slightly too convenient occurrences along the way, but certainly not nearly enough to spoil the reading experience.

The city of Brisbane – where Kemble used to live before moving to Scotland – is a strong and vibrant character throughout. You can feel the oppressive summer heat and the effect it has on proceedings. I consumed this book quickly, never bored for a moment. As Kemble’s first novel it’s a fantastic read and a herald of far greater things to come.

Highly recommended. Skin Deep comes out in July.

http://echopublishing.com.au/

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ASIM’s Statement on its Hugo nomination

[The following has been taken from the ASIM website]

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine is absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for semi-prozine in the 2015 Hugo Awards. We’re grateful to our wonderful readers, our excellent authors and our hardworking team of editors and minions for this honour – in particular David Kernot and Sue Bursztynski for editing our two 2014 editions that have garnered the nomination.

We’ve been publishing for more than twelve years now, with our rotating editorial system. We’ve been immensely proud to publish authors who have gone on to gain wider recognition, such as Ann Leckie, Rachel Swirsky, Eugie Foster, Jim C Hines, Doug Van Belle and Ian McHugh.

Our mission has been and will always be to publish fiction that we believe readers want to read; to be a pageturner of a mag that you can’t put down. We will be providing a sample for the Hugo Packet that we hope will demonstrate our commitment to that mission.

However, it’s been a rollercoaster journey for the ASIM collective this past week. Delight as we discovered our nomination, and then dismay as we collectively discovered about the existence of the “Sad Puppies” just before the Hugo shortlist was announced.

We would like to state from the outset that we have never been contacted by anyone to let us know that we were listed on the Sad Puppies slate, and nor were we ever asked if we wanted to be on it (or given a chance to remove ourselves). We would have removed ourselves if offered the chance.

We hope you’ll judge us by our works, not by a small, but vocal, element of fandom.

For further comment from ASIM see Simon Petrie’s post at: https://simonpetrie.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/hugo-nominations-fan-incoming-3-2-1/ and Sue Bursztynski’s post at: http://suebursztynski.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/the-hugos-2015.html

See also http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Feature/402587,gamergate-style-factionalism-has-changed-the-face-of-this-years-hugo-awards.aspx for further comments by ASIM’s Zara Baxter and Simon Petrie.