Saturday, June 1, 2013

Celebrating A New Anthology From The Horror Zine

All day today at our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating the Imajin Books release of SHADOW MASTERS: An Anthology from The Horror Zine.

SHADOW MASTERS: An Anthology from The Horror Zine.

Fear casts a long shadow, and shadows take many shapes…

From award-winning editor, Jeani Rector, who brought you the terrifying anthology, WHAT FEARS BECOME, comes a wicked brew of spine-tingling fiction. Featuring never before published works from best-selling authors such as Bentley Little, Yvonne Navarro, Scott Nicholson, Melanie Tem, Elizabeth Massie, Earl Hamner, Simon Clark, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Ronald Malfi, Lisa Morton, Jeff Bennington, JG Faherty and many others, this chilling collection of works also includes a foreword from Joe R. Lansdale.

From classic horror and exciting suspense to Twilight Zone-type speculative fiction with twisted endings, SHADOW MASTERS: An Anthology from The Horror Zine delves into the darkest corners of our nightmares and delivers the shivers.

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Table of Contents:
FOREWORD by Joe R. Lansdale

 THE THING THAT WAS NOT THERE by James Marlow
RED VELVET by Shaun Meeks
THE END OF THE TRAIL by Bentley Little
SAME SEX VAMPIRE WEDDING by Garrett Rowlan
THE CHURCH by Matthew Wilson
HOLODOMOR GIRL by Yvonne Navarro
THE HUNG PREACHER by Scott Nicholson
THE UNKNOWN by Chris Castle
DON’T FEED THE DOG by Rick McQuiston
THE CLASSMATE by Melanie Tem
ABANDONED by Bruce Memblatt
WET BIRDS by Elizabeth Massie
FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Devon Carey
“COME DOWN TO THE STORE, MINERVA!” by Earl Hamner
THE PEOPLE EATERS by Christian A. Larsen
101 DAMNATIONS by Carl Barker
THE TIN HOUSE by Simon Clark
THE CELLAR by Tim Jeffreys
PIG by Michael Thomas-Knight
DREAM HOUSE by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
THE LAST MEMORY by Dominick Nole
THE WOOD WITCH by Jonathan Chapman
THE HOUSEWARMING by Ronald Malfi
I AM THE FEEDER by Christopher Hivner
RED INK by Lisa Morton
SASSAFRAS by John T. Biggs
TOMMY BOY by JM Cozzoli
WILLARD JUNCTION by Christopher Nadeau
SUKA: THE WHITE WOLF by Jeff Bennington
SEEING THE LIGHT by William C. Rasmussen
THEM OL’ NEGRO BLUES by JG Faherty
HAPPY CTHULHU TO YOU by Lance Zarimba
THE GREMLIN by David W. Landrum
FLAME OF FREEDOM by Aaron J. French


Editor’s Corner
REANIMATED by Jeani Rector
THE FAMOUS FILM STAR by Jeani Rector
FOUNDLINGS by Dean H. Wild

7 comments:

  1. WOW - this is quite the collection of short stories! It sounds fantastic!

    I'd like to welcome the editor Jeani Rector and all the authors involved in this massive anthology. Please stop in and tell us all about yourself and your story in this collection.

    I've seen great things about the book already - in the top 100 and some great reviews - you guys must be thrilled with it!

    I hope you enjoy today's celebrating for SHADOW MASTERS (great title, btw) and here's to it being a HUGE bestseller for you all!

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    1. I wrote "The People Eaters" for SHADOW MASTERS and I helped write the market copy on the back cover as well. "The People Eaters" is inspired by the events of Operation Auca when Christian missionaries tried to convert the Waodani of Ecuador in 1956, but its a new story; it's not a retelling of those events.

      Jeani Rector gave me my first big break when she accepted my story "Bast" for WHAT FEARS BECOME. She also published "Clawed Sod" in A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, both of which are awesome anthologies, if you haven't read them yet. Jeani also blurbed my upcoming novel, LOSING TOUCH which is now available to pre-order at Amazon.com and features a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony.

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  3. Afternoon all! Thanks for hosting this event, am happy to take part and give people a little bit more info about both myself and my contribution to the anthology:-

    I currently live in a sleepy little village just a stone's throw from the English/Scottish border. It's the kind of place where everyone knows everyone and people still don't lock their doors at night when they go to bed - a way of life that for the most part no longer exists in the majority of the UK. A ruined castle and an abundance of local wildlife make it an ideal place to go wandering about in the dead of night and find some inspiration for new horror tales.

    The genus for '101 Damnations' actually came from some music lyrics (as my ideas occasionally do from time to time). In this case, it was the chorus from a song entitled 'Bones' by a great US country band called 'Little Big Town'. If you've never heard of them, I urge you to check them out as they're awesome (kind of what Fleetwood Mac might have sounded like, if they'd been born in Tenessee):-

    "You've got bones in your closet,
    You've got ghosts in your town.
    Ain't no doubt, dear,
    They're gonna come out,
    They're waiting for the sub to go down.
    You can't hide from your demons,
    Feel them all lurking around.
    You're runnin' scared cause you know they're out there,
    They're waiting for the sun to go down."

    First time I listened to this song, the idea just lodged in my head and once I came up with a title (I admit I'm a sucker for a play-on-words title) the rest was, as they say, history. I hope people enjoy the piece, and would love to hear what people think of it after reading, as I'm always looking to try and improve what I do.

    Thanks for having me.
    BCNU,
    Carl.

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  4. I love when people do this for anthologies I am part of, so thank you very much for it.

    The story I wrote for this one is called "Red Velvet". Jeani contacted me last year and asked for something "gruesome, scary and in-your-face". I sat down that day and wrote two stories and sent them to her and she immediately loved this one.

    The story is based on someone I once knew who had a very strange fetish, but I didn't stay grounded in reality for too long. I wanted to make this one fly far out into left field. And I think it does. I look forward to hearing what others think.

    Jeani Rector and The Horror Zine have played a huge part in my recent success when she gave me a break and published "The Soldier" on the website and in A Feast of Frights. So this is the second time, but not the last, that my work has been involved with them. There are so many great things about being part of one of The Horror Zine anthologies. Jeani keeps us all in the loop for every step of the process, something that is rarely done I have found out. She also packs each book with some of the best known and soon to be well known writers. Just being a part of these books I have found new writers to read and am always happy to share a table of contents with them. I can only see these anthologies getting better and better and I will always try to have a story ready for her no matter what.

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  5. Thanks for hosting the anthology. I was honored to include a "Littlefield" story from events in The Red Church, Drummer Boy, and the forthcoming McFall.

    Great to work with Jeani and appear alongside both these established greats and the hard-working newcomers.

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  6. Hi everyone. I'm Yvonne Navarro and I wrote "Holodomor Girl" for Jeani Rector when she asked me to contribute to the Shadow Masters anthology. I'd had the idea rolling around in my head for quite awhile, after reading an article in MORE magazine that mentioned one woman who was lucky to be alive today because she was the youngest in her family. The Holodomor refers to the genocide by man-made starvation of the Ukrainian people in 1932-33. Millions died and cannibalism became widespread. To be the youngest child is a family was dangerous, because that one was often sacrificed to feed the rest of the family. I kept wondering, "What would it take to survive something like that?" And after a bit, "Holodomor Girl" slipped out of my brain and onto the screen.

    Thanks for hosting this cyber party and inviting me to be a part of it!

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