Blurring The Line, ed. by Marty Young – Review by Greg Chapman

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ed. by Marty Young

Cohesion Press

Review by Greg Chapman

Blurring the Line was definitely not the anthology I expected.

But, in this case, that’s a very good thing.

Described as a collection of fiction/non-fiction, Blurring the Line delivers on its intent of exploring the grey area between real and inventive horror, and in doing so, revealing just how diverse – and satisfying – horror fiction can be.

Commencing with probably the most definitive non-fiction piece, Tom Piccirilli’s Our Doom is Nigh, is a poignant and revelatory insight into his battle with cancer. From there though, the lines do indeed begin to blur. What follows are stories that delve into paranoia, witchcraft, cryptids, human anomalies, conspiracies and several cracking ghost stories.

Some of the stand-out tales included Lisa Morton’s Woollen Shirts and Gumboots, Tim Lebbon’s Clown’s Kiss, Miskatonic Schrödinger by Steven Lloyd Wilson, Consorting With Filth by Lisa L. Hannett, Hoarder by Kealan Patrick Burke, With These Hands by Brett McBean, The Body Finder by Kaaron Warren, Paul Mannering’s Salt on the Tongue and Annie Neugebauer’s Honey.

All in all, the selections by editor Marty Young, are inspired and several of the stories even managed to have me scanning Google to see if there was any truth to them.

The only negative – if there is one – was the inclusion of the “non-fiction” articles interspersed between the stories. Although I believe they were designed to give the reader a taste of the proceeding stories, I found the articles occasionally inhibited the flow of the stories. But this is just the reviewer’s personal opinion.

Blurring the Line is a very solid anthology of horror stories that certainly kept me enthralled and entertained and wondering what is truth and what is fiction.

Recommended.

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THE 11th BLACK BOOK OF HORROR – Reviewed by Mario Guslandi

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Edited by Charles Black

Mortbury Press 2015

Reviewed by Mario Guslandi

The eleventh volume in the successful series edited and published by Charles Black continues to offer new, exciting material to horror fans, always with a distinct trend towards the more graphic aspects of horrific fiction.

The current instalment includes fourteen original tales penned by established authors in the field , whose contributions provide an effective source of shivers and disturbing sensations for many evenings of pleasantly scary reading.

Among the various stories assembled in the book, some have especially pleased your humble reviewer.

First of all I’d like to pinpoint “Two Five Seven” by Thana Niveau, a creepy tale where an old radio becomes the vessel to convey forbidden information about the relative of a little girl.

Another winner is Edward Pearce’s “ East Wickenden”, a sinister piece à la MR James, portraying a greedy man haunted by an inhuman creature seeking vengeance.

Equally worth mentioning is the excellent “Teatime” by Anna Taborska, a vivid horror story featuring a sadistic killer who finally gets his long due punishment.

Other, well crafted and accomplished tales are Stephen Bacon’s “Lord of the Sand” , depicting the well deserved fate of a stern former sergeant who served in Iraq, and David Williamson’s “And the Dead Shall Speak”, which revisits in an unusual way the time honoured subject of the séance by showing how a fraud gets in actual contact with a vengeful spirit.

The other contributors to the present volume are Tom Johnstone, John Llewellyn Probert, Kate Farrell, Stuart Young, David A Riley, Tony Earnshaw, Marion Pitman, Sam Dawson and John Forth.

Long live this hair-raising, delightful horror anthology series!

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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

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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

Australian Shadows 2014 shortlist

The Australian Horror Writers Association is thrilled to announce the final shortlist in the 2014 Australian Shadows Awards.

From the AHWA: “We believe this year’s short list represents the finest in horror fiction written or edited by an Australian or New Zealand author and first published in 2014 in the fields of short fiction, novella, novel, collection and edited works.”

Judges were asked to prepare a shortlist of up to five works from each award category, with a finalist to be announced from that shortlist on Friday, April 24.

The shortlisted authors and their works are (in alphabetical order):

Novel:
Jeremy Bates – Suicide Forest
Greig Beck – Book of the Dead
Lauren Dawes – Dark Deceit
Aaron Sterns – Wolf Creek Origin
Matthew Tait – Davey Ribbon

Short Fiction:
Alan Baxter: Mephisto
Alan Baxter: Shadows of the Lonely Dead
Rebecca Fung: Mummified Monk
Michelle Jager: Bones
Andrew McKiernan: Last Year When We Were Young

Edited Works:
SQ Issue 14 – edited by Sophie Yorkston
SNAFU – edited by Geoff Brown and Amanda J Spedding
Suspended in Dusk – edited by Simon Dewar

Collected works:
No shortlist, winner to be announced

Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction (novella)
Darcy Coates – Ghost Camera
Shane Jiraiya Cummings – Dreams of Destruction.
Robert Hood – The Shark God Covenant

A big thanks goes to the judges Natalie Satakovski, Bianca de Loryn, Christine Ferdinands, Lee Pletzers, Kathy Williams-DeVries, and Jay Caselberg who had the tough job of pouring over the entries and choosing the final shortlist.

Winners will be announced online via the AHWA Facebook page on Friday, April 24 at 8pm. If you haven’t already be sure to go online and follow the AHWA to get the winners as they drop.

Winners will receive an engraved trophy created by Creepy Collectables.

Defying Doomsday crowd funding campaign

Twelfth Planet Press is currently running a crowd funding campaign for Defying Doomsday, an anthology of apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters, which will be edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, and published by Twelfth Planet Press in mid 2016.
DEfying DoomsdayFrom the editors: “We love apocalypse fiction, but we rarely find characters with disability, chronic illness and other impairments in these stories. When they do appear, they usually die early on, or are secondary characters undeveloped into anything more than a burden to the protagonist. We believe that disabled characters have a far more interesting story to tell in post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction, and we want to create an anthology sharing those stories.”

For full details, go to: http://www.pozible.com/project/188146