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The Lovecraft eBook Bundle

The Lovecraft Bundle

Curated by Nick Mamatas

H. P. Lovecraft is undoubtedly one of the most influential writers of the pulp era, leaving an indelible mark on the last hundred years of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Not only is Lovecraft a central element of genre fiction today, he has ascended to the heights of mainstream literature, thanks to editions of his stories published by the definitive Penguin Classics and Library of America lines. Lovecraft was also a cult writer whose themes were explored in underground comics, in rock music, film, and fine art. And this all while being the sort of racist, anti-Semite, and homophobe that would exclude him from dinner parties…even during his own era.

For a long time, Lovecraft’s mantle was carried in the small press, where slavish pastiche and careful avoidance of his politics were rules to be carefully followed. These days, however, Lovecraftian fiction is wider and more diverse. His themes and voice are being remixed, detourned, and exploded by a new generation of writers, and his distasteful opinions critiqued and parodied. This Lovecraftian Literature bundle explores the Lovecraftian idiom in a diversity of ways, from intense erotica to beat literature, from neo-pulp fun to theological exegesis.

Among the goodies in this bundle is the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology of She Walks in Shadows edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, a bundle-exclusive collection Home from the Sea by pulp master William Meikle, the Pynchonesque (!) Lovecraftian military thriller duology Radiant Dawn/Ravenous Dusk by Cody Goodfellow, a real-life attempt at “keeping it R’lyeh” by examining the metaphysics of Lovecraft’s vision of the universe by Scott R. Jones…and a whole lot more!

And StoryBundle’s a cool form of alternative publishing, letting indie and small press authors join together to present bundles that pack a whole lot of reading into a price that you choose (as long as it’s $5 or above). For that $5 you get the basic bundle of six books in any ebook format. $15 (or more if you want to support the writers even further) gets you the bonus books as well. – Nick Mamatas

The initial titles in the Lovecraft Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • When The Stars Are Right by Scott R Jones
  • RESONATOR: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond by Scott R Jones
  • Gateways to Abomination by Matthew M. Bartlett
  • Sword and Mythos by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Nickronomicon by Nick Mamatas
  • Radiant Dawn by Cody Goodfellow

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all six of the regular titles, plus SIX more!

  • Home From the Sea by William Meikle (details below)
  • Priestess: The Collected Blackstone Erotica by Justine Geoffrey
  • Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis by Scott R Jones
  • She Walks in Shadows by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas
  • Ravenous Dusk by Cody Goodfellow

This bundle is available only for a limited time via https://storybundle.com/lovecraft.

It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books.

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

 

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price.

Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

HOME FROM THE SEA Details

In these pages you’ll find some glowing fog, some mad scientists, some tentacled things, booze, dreaming gods, cigarettes, some boats of various sizes, a bar or two, some stiff upper lips, a ghosthunter, a great detective and a multitude of universes, among other things.

Home from the Sea contains 14 tales of Lovecraftian Terror

Contents:

  • SymbiOS
  • Carnacki: The Island Of Doctor Munroe
  • The Terror that Came to Dounreay
  • Inquisitor
  • The Tenants of Ladywell Manor
  • Carnacki: The Larkhall Barrow
  • The Invisible Menace
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Color that Came to Chiswick
  • Professor Challenger: Ripples in the Ether
  • The Doom that Came to Dunfield
  • Home From the Sea
  • Amoeboid
  • From Between
  • #Dreaming

 

Guest Post: Beatrice Beecham & Dave Jeffery

 

A guest post today, and the launch day of a new BEATRICE BEECHAM book from a good pal and a great writer, Dave Jeffery. 

Here is the gen, from Dave in his own words.   Make him happy. Buy his book. And share this far and wide. 

First of all, I’d like to thank Willie for inviting me along to talk about my new novel Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt, released on 3rd March through Crystal Lake Publishing. Anyone who reads Willie’s work will already know that he is a rare breed in terms of talent, but I would say this tenet extends to his support for other authors. This guest blog is testament to such a claim. So thank you, kind sir!

dj-promo-image-5Well, what is the Beatrice Beecham series all about?

On a very basic level it is about fun and danger and mystery. It is about blending those elements together in order to take readers on a wild ride that thrills and entertains. Others suggest the series is symbolism for the ongoing challenges of growing up in a repressive adult world. Who am I to argue?

So how did it all happen?

It started in 2005, in a cinema at Great Park, Rubery, Birmingham, UK. Having spent the afternoon with my son watching the film adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, I found myself captivated by idea of the displaced Pevensie children finding adventure in a new home. I thought about the idea of a teenager in similar circumstances – having to leave where they knew and loved and try to fit in a new town. From this basic concept the character that is Beatrice Beecham was born.

Beatrice is a red-haired, teenager; fiercely loyal to everything she holds dear and often day dreams about wanting to become a world famous chef. While she has the tools and the talent, more often than not, Beatrice – and her group of friends – find themselves at the centre of mysterious events intrinsic to the town of Dorsal Finn; events that are both fantastic and dangerous.

People often ask why I choose to write the Beatrice Beecham books when my successes have, by and large, been in the adult horror genre. For me, queries such of this imply a belief that the drive behind writing is to make money, to go with the market and pocket the coin. As any writer will tell you, not many get to write full time; most have to work to keep the wolves from the door while spending the evening appeasing their muse. So, no, I don’t write to make money, nor do I feel the need to chase the market.

What I want to do is tell stories. It is who I am, as much a part of me as an arm or a leg. Yes, I want people to read what I do; writers without readers are nothing, after all. But do I want this at the expense of telling the same story over and over, and become creatively sterile in the process? No. Not one little bit.

bbhh-cover-imageThe Beatrice books have given me great joy. The setting, the fictitious coastal town of Dorsal Finn, is in fact a blend of Liskard in Cornwall and Clovelly in Devon, UK. The characters are deliberately oddball, their nature defined by the mysteries and secrets the town imbues. The Beatrice Beecham universe gives me such a sense of freedom, and comfort for that matter, that I always love the thought of returning there. Readers of the books pretty much say the same, and it is this level of investment that appeals to me. It says that this strange, whimsical place, and the people who live there, means something to those who have visited, it also means that as a teller of stories I am doing something right on a fundamental level.

There will be another Beatrice Beecham book later this year. Ship of Shadows is released once again through Crystal Lake Publishing in September. Beyond that, I can only be certain of one thing; I will be paying Dorsal Finn and its madcap inhabitants another visit. Who knows, I may have a few others wanting to come along and keep me company.

Dave Jeffery
February 2017

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Latest book sales and what’s up next

 

I’ve got three big bits of news to report on the recent sales front, a novel and two collections.

1/ I’ve sold a novel, RAMSKULL to DarkFuse, the first of my most recent three book deal with them.

This one’s a return to Scotland, and this time I’m in Hammer horror territory again, on a small island with a pair of cops investigating the strange disappearance of the locals. There’s a cave, old bones, an ancient skull, some mad monks, a lighthouse, a bar and a lot of blood spatter. My roots are showing.

2/ I’ve sold a new Carnacki collection, THE EDINBURGH TOWNHOUSE, to Mike Davis’ Lovecraft ezine fiction imprint.

Ten all new stories, featuring a couple of Captain Gault crossovers, more meetings with Winston Churchill, the story of how a pentacle came to be left in an Edinburgh Townhouse, high jinks with Arkwright on the cricket field, and more.

This is my third, and possibly last Carnacki collection, although I still have a few stories uncollected as yet so I’m not saying never.

3/ I’ve sold a Victorian supernatural story collection to Crystal Lake Publishing.

This is a bit of a pet project for me. The premise is that they are stories told by members of an exclusive dining club in London in the late 19th Century. Storytellers include Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and more. I had a lot of fun with this one and I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction it gets.

 

Before all that, next up will be THE JOB novella from DarkFuse. It’s running as a serial in their magazine in March for subscribers, then will be later available in ebook and pocket sized limited hardcover.

Again, this one is set in Scotland, and features my ongoing sigil and totem mythology in a tale of a burglar in the wrong house, at the wrong time. The cover has just been released, a nice representation of one of the aforesaid sigils. Groovy.

Onward, to infinity and beyond.

I’ve got a little list… of favorite novels by Scots

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Here’s a personal top 10 of novels by Scots. Ask me tomorrow, you might get a different 10. 🙂

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The 39 Steps – John Buchan
  • Sunset Song – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • Lanark – Alasdair Gray
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Where Eagles Dare – Alistair MacLean
  • Laidlaw – William McIllvaney
  • The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  • Flashman – George MacDonald Fraser

 

VEIL KNIGHTS 5: RUN OF LUCK out now.

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The VEIL KNIGHTS series continues with book #5 RUN OF LUCK.

I’m part of this major new fantasy series, and Book 5, RUN OF LUCK launches today. Here’s the gen for this latest adventure. As ever, I’ll be very grateful for any of your shares. likes or comments on any of the social media platforms.

Jaz “Lady Luck” Archer doesn’t believe in knights. If she did, she wouldn’t be the hero of her tale, no matter what the illusionist Dante Grimm believes.

Grimm has seen through her carefully constructed lies—that the death of her sister was an unfortunate accident—and now, to make up for Jaz’s past, she must find a lost artifact. Combined with its legendary counterparts, the superbike artifact will hold back a world filled with monsters.

Grimm makes a convincing case, but Jaz doesn’t believe in heroes, she doesn’t believe in magical motorbikes either. All that changes with an accidental death at Jaz’s casino and the arrival of the alluring, Siobhan—A woman who appears to be able to bring the dead back to life.

Siobhan makes Jaz an offer she cannot refuse: Jaz’s sister’s life for Grimm’s artifact.

To claim the bike, Jaz must return to the street racing crew she abandoned and rekindle her talent for speed. Only then will the true test begin. A battle of wills and of lies, for the mysterious Siobhan is not who, or what, she claims to be.

Jaz doesn’t believe in myths and legends, but they believe in her, and they’ll stop at nothing to see the veil fall once again.

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Twelve authors, including New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestsellers Lilith Saintcrow, CJ Lyons, Joseph Nassise, Steven Savile, and Annie Bellet, have come together to create a modern reimagining of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table sure to please fans of urban fantasy and Arthurian legends alike!

The Veil Knights urban fantasy series will be published under the pseudonym Rowan Casey and will feature regular new volumes detailing the exploits of one of the knights through to summer 2017, when season one of the series comes to its stunning conclusion.

With more than ten million copies of their books in print around the world, the authors bringing this series to you include Lilith Saintcrow, CJ Lyons, Joseph Nassise, Steven Savile, Annie Bellet, Jon F. Merz, Pippa DaCosta, Robert Greenberger, William Meikle, Steve Lockley, Hank Schwaeble, and Nathan Meyer.

Cover art by Lou Harper of Harper Design.

Book Review – 5/5 stars to THE ABOMINABLE by Dan Simmons

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was wary approaching ABOMINABLE. I liked his other recent works, DROOD, and THE FIFTH HEART but felt both were bogged down somewhat by too much detail. And judging from the reviews I’d seen, ABOMINABLE was getting tarred with the same brush.

But I needn’t have worried. There is indeed plenty of detail here, especially of climbing gear and clothing, and the acts of climbing itself, but it serves the story better than in the other books, and where DROOD especially felt somewhat claustrophobic and dense, ABOMINABLE feels much more expansive and open, and gives a real idea of the joys of being on top of the world, and the freedom that can be felt there.

I hate heights. They make me go weak at the knees, and just reading some of the scenes here had almost the same effect, a testament to Simmons’ way with a descriptive passage.

Simmons’ prose is as excellent as ever, and the narrator, Jake, feels fully formed and alive. It’s a tale of derring-do on the world’s highest peak of course but it’s also about friendship, and adversity, and conquering obstacles. There’s also much in the latter part of the book that reminds me of some of Alistair Maclean’s adventures, with skullduggery in snowy landscapes.

It takes twists and turns I wasn’t expecting, and the title of the book might seem like a misnomer to some, as expectations of snowmen are a bit of a red herring. That doesn’t detract from the story. It’s a hefty book, but it doesn’t seem like it, and I thoroughly enjoyed Simmons’ return to the cold landscapes he evoked so wonderfully in THE TERROR.

Quality stuff, and highly recommended.

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Musings on another birthday

Another birthday, the last one of my fifties, 59 years old and into my sixtieth year on the planet.

I remember my dad telling me that time speeds up as you get older. He was right. A year now is only a sixtieth of my life. Back when I was ten it was a tenth. There’s inflation for you.

As usual these past few years, it’s provoked a period of navel gazing about the writing. These recent years have been the best of my writing career, by quite some margin, with novels and collections sold to good markets, books appearing in lovely illustrated hardcover editions, and stories sold to some of the top publishers. I’m now into my tenth year of supporting us as a full time writer.

If you’d told me back when I started I could have this, I’d have bitten your arm off for the chance.

And yet… money’s too tight to mention. If I’d stayed working in IT back in the UK, I’d be a damned sight better off by now, and have a much better pension coming up next year for a start. But that would have meant trading in the past ten years spent doing what I want to do, writing full time, here on the coast of Newfoundland, and losing most of those aforesaid nice publications in the process.

Swings and roundabouts, but in the end, I’m glad we made the leap. I’ve made a lot of good online friends in this business over these recent years, and although we haven’t met in the flesh, it doesn’t make that friendship any less real.

I used to think I’d slow down in the writing as I got nearer 60, but I’ve got contracts in hand for a few more novels to take me over that hump, ideas for many more, and some secret stuff in the pipeline that looks to keep me too busy to worry about getting old.

So thanks to everybody that puts up with me, and onward, into the wide blue yonder.

VEIL KNIGHTS THE CIRCLE GATHERS just 99c

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If any of you have been dithering about buying the VEIL KNIGHTS series, the price of the first ebook, THE CIRCLE GATHERS is just 99c on Amazon now. There’s been thousands of copies sold already, with the first four books ( of twelve) available, so get in now and enjoy.

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A modern reimagining of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table sure to please fans of urban fantasy and Arthurian legends alike!

The Veil Knights urban fantasy series is published under the pseudonym Rowan Casey and features regular new volumes detailing the exploits of one of the knights through to summer 2017, when season one of the series comes to its stunning conclusion.

With more than ten million copies of their books in print around the world, including New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestsellers, the authors bringing this series to you include Lilith Saintcrow, CJ Lyons, Joseph Nassise, Steven Savile, Annie Bellet, Jon F. Merz, Pippa DaCosta, Robert Greenberger, William Meikle, Steve Lockley, Hank Schwaeble, and Nathan Meyer.

Cover art by Lou Harper of Harper Design.

VEIL KNIGHTS #4 – THE QUESTING BEAST launches.

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With the release today of The Questing Beast, the first four books of the VEIL KNIGHTS series (The Circle Gathers, Hound of Night, Cloak of Fury and The Questing Beast) are now all available, with book 5 coming in February.

As ever, all shares, likes etc are gratefully accepted.

The Questing Beast

Destiny won’t be denied…

All their lives, Dani and Perce Pellin have known they were different. Raised in the backwoods of Colorado by a paranoid mother who taught them to hunt and survive while filling their heads with haunting stories of a family curse involving a mythical Beast, escaping to civilization and seeing the world for themselves is all the twins have ever dreamed of doing.

But then a man named Grimm invites them to a meeting in LA, a meeting where they discover that they are not as alone in this world as they had imagined themselves to be. Tasked with finding the blade of Llawfrodedd Farchog, one of the pieces of the Caeg Dimmre, Perce and Dani are sent back to the wilderness, this time deep into the heart of the Yukon Territories.

There they will discover that far more lurks in the woods than just bears and moose, and it will take all their skills to finish the quest.

For their mother wasn’t mad, and the cursed Beast is very real…

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Here’s the gen about the series.

ARTHURIAN MYTH MEETS URBAN FANTASY

Twelve New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors – including Lilith Saintcrow, CJ Lyons, Joseph Nassise, Steven Savile, and Annie Bellet – have come together to create a modern reimagining of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table sure to please fans of urban fantasy and Arthurian legends alike!

Launching in November 2016, the Veil Knights urban fantasy series will be published under the pseudonym Rowan Casey and will feature a new volume detailing the exploits of one of the knights every month through summer 2017, when season one of the series comes to its stunning conclusion.

With more than ten million copies of their books in print around the world, the authors bringing this series to you include Lilith Saintcrow, CJ Lyons, Joseph Nassise, Steven Savile, Annie Bellet, Jon F. Merz, Pippa DaCosta, Robert Greenberger, William Meikle, Steve Lockley, Hank Schwaeble, and Nathan Meyer. Cover art by Lou Harper.

Follow this exciting new series at the links.

Amazon (COM) | Amazon (UK)

Website: http://www.rowancasey.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorrowancasey

Contact: authorrowancasey@gmail.com

This is a bit of a sideways lurch for me into trying something different. I had an awful lot of fun doing my book, and I think it shows in the final product.

And no, we’re not saying who wrote which one. Not yet anyway 🙂

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