Update on WEIRD NOIR

Swoon at our fabulous cover art by the remarkable S. L. Johnson

Submissions for the anthology come to me steadily: sometimes slipped under darkened doors, wiggling up through drains and occasionally, I find them lying on the cheap hotel room dresser after someone slipped me a mickey and left me stranded. In the past week I’ve been staggering from one continent to another, suffering from a throat infection and blood poisoning (yeah, it’s all weird all the time for me; I don’t just edit the stories, I live the life). I’m currently holed up in bucolic upstate New York and getting ready to dive into the submissions pool. I can only guess what dark shudders await me.

Here’s the skinny: in the next two weeks, I’ll make my decisions on what makes the cut. Then there’ll be some tinkering with the tales. When I’ve slapped it all together, I’ll send it to the Fox Spirits who will work their magic on it, producing a shiny book while I’m out hectoring ne’er-do-well bigwigs for shiny blurbs.

In time for the Halloween season and for Noir Con (www.noircon.info) in Philly, the book will hit the virtual streets, casting its irresistible weird spell before you all. You won’t even see it coming when it hits you. But you’ll like it, all right. No doubt about that.

I can feel it in my tentacles.

K. A. Laity

Press Release: Crossroads by Pandemonium Fiction

Press release below from the lovely people of Pandemonium Fiction:

Welcome to the Crossroads

The new Pandemonium chapbook is out now –
only 80p for four devilishly good new stories!

Deals happen at the crossroads. And in our latest chapbook, the Devil’s never been busier.

Christian Fox adds his haunting touch to the familiar town of Hamelin in “Prignitz was an Innocent”. Jenni Hill’s “Georgia” introduces Lili, a demonness looking for the deal of a lifetime. Rob Sharp’s “(0,0)” looks to solve the unsolvable problem. And Ian Whates – twice-a finalist for the BSFA’s best short story prize – gives us “The Golds”, a tale of hope and surprise.

Four wild new stories from original voices. Out now for the Kindle. Introduced by Anne C. Perry with a stunning cover by Vincent Sammy.

If that’s not enough, find more in Lost Souls (US / UK) – our new anthology of forgotten fiction, featuring stories from Robert Chambers, Mary Coleridge, Benjamin Disraeli, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Wilkins Freeman and many, many more (including a brand new tale from Apocalypse’s David Bryher).

Nun & Dragon is nearly here.

We are still aiming for a 31st August release however because everything has to be perfect we may not be live with the ebook until Monday 3rd September 2012.  It’s looking good though and just to whet your appetite here is another of the illustrations, there are five internal illustrations in total by Keiran Walsh and they will all be in black and white in the book.

and the final line up of authors is:

Sarah Cawkwell, Mhairi Simpson, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Jasper Bark, Mark E West, Joan De La Haye, Simon Bestwick, Colin F Barnes, Andrew Reid, Ren Warom, Pat Kelleher, Cat Connor, Peter Ray Allison, S.J.Caunt, Wayne Simmons, Geraldine Clark Hellery, V.C.Linde, Catherine Rogers, Jay Faulkner, Sammy HK Smith, Francesca Terminiello, K.A.Laity, Karen Davies.

Some of them you already know well, some of them I expect you will be hearing a lot more from soon.  I can’t wait to unleash it on the world.

There will be a limited edition print run to follow.

 

Nun & Dragon Updates

A couple of updates on the Tales of the Nun & Dragon

First of all Karen Davies whose story The Last Hunt will be appearing in the book was interviewed over on ‘Tony’s Thoughts‘ about her novel The Red Knight and other stuff.

Also, because at FS we are just too good to you, we had a little teaser done for the anthology, in song form. Sarah Cawkwell’s submission ‘The Ballad of Gilrain’ includes parts of a ballad, which is now complete and has been recorded by the talented Adam Broadhurst (Under a Banner).

You can listen to the track right here or on our ‘Bushy Tales’ page where it will remain.

For more information on Under a Banner

You can hear their music and download some songs for free at http://soundcloud.com/under-a-banner
Their website is www.underabanner.co.uk and shows their gig dates and other useful information.
They can also be found on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Under-A-Banner/258977934137184?ref=hl  and on Twitter @underabanner
And because I am so good to you, here are the lyrics:
GILRAIN

Oh come ye now from far and near to hear this tale I tell
A song of courage, dragons, knights and… other things as well
A story of a hero, of a warrior made for greatness
(And even better would he be were he not prone to lateness).

Gilrain, our hero, was a bright young hero to the core
He’d killed such things as unicorns (and saw a minotaur).
But like the best of warriors, our hero had a dream…
A dragon he would slay to be his bestiary’s cream.

So with his faithful friend our hero trod the forest’s floor
In search of dragons he could kill and how the rain did pour!
It positively threw it down and everything was soaking
And Gilrain’s patience wore quite fine… it did! D’you think I’m joking?

Therin and Gilrain did take up shelter in the trees
When suddenly they heard a roar that brought them to their knees
An angry dragon flew near by, and wanted them for dinner
Therin, he began to pray… although he was no sinner.

But Gilrain… well, he knew no fear and soon he was a-fightin’
The dragon roared and fought and scratched and even tried a-bitin’
Our hero though… he stood his ground and just when things got hairy
He stuck his sword right through it’s eye – the sight it was quite scary!

The dragon slain, our hero stooped to fetch once more his sword
Imagine then his horror when the gods of thunder roared!
A bolt of lightning struck the weapon he had used to fight
And Gilrain’s monster dragon rose again! A horrid sight!

Can you imagine such a thing? A slaughtered dragon rising?
Gilrain and Therin stood there for it was quite mesmerising.
Then coming to their senses did the best they’d done all day…
Our heroes turned their backs and from the dragon… ran away.

They made it to the ‘Nun and Dragon’ tavern where they rested
And told their story to the people there whilst they were guest…ed.
The hero managed to procure a dragon’s tooth for gold,
And so they hired me to write this ballad (which I’ve told).

So come ye now from far and near to hear this tale I tell
A song of courage, dragons, knights and… other things as well.
A ballad for our young Gilrain and Therin – aye, him too…
A hero for our times in all the things that he will do.

 

Press Release from Anachron Books: The Red Knight

We at Anachron Press are pleased to announce our first novel publication, The Red Knight, by KT Davies (The author of ‘The Deal’ from our Day of Demons anthology).

The Red Knight is the first book in an epic fantasy series, and we’re absolutely delighted to publish this wonderful story. It will be available in a staggered launch with the eBooks (Kindle, Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, iBooks etc) coming 27th July and a trade paperback coming a few weeks later. Price TBC.

Cover:

Blurb:

A thousand years have passed since the Clan Lords and the Fey commanded dragons and raised mighty citadels. The remnants of their ancient power lie dormant and a new conflict threatens the kingdom of Antia…

King Daris rules a peaceful and prosperous land, but his conniving brother Jerim covets the throne and civil war looms.

But there are worse threats to Antia than mere human greed.

Two people will stand against mortal and demonic enemies: Alyda Stenna, Captain of the Hammer of Antia returns from campaign to a hero’s welcome after prosecuting war abroad with brutal efficiency.

Garian Tain, the spymaster’s apprentice, hunts for an assassin through the streets of the capital while the knights bask in the adoration of the crowds.

This is just the beginning.

Both will fight overwhelming odds in a bid to save the kingdom. War and betrayal will test them to their limits. One will rise; one will fall; both will be changed forever.

Stay tuned for more details soon.

Available Now at Amazon.everywhere

I am pleased to announce that ‘Requiem in E Sharp’ by Joan De La Haye went on sale as an ebook on most amazon sites earlier today, slightly before it’s official release date on Monday. It is not yet available elsewhere and there is some delay in it becoming available in South Africa, however I hope to be able to announce wider availability and other eformats in place on Monday as planned.

In the mean time reviewers please contact me on adele @ foxspirit .co.uk if you are interested in a review copy of the ebook.

For more information on the book you can find the synopsis and an extract in our ‘Novels’ section and for more information on Joan please visit our authors pages.

Press Release: Requiem in E Sharp Release Date

Fox Spirit is pleased to announce the release of its first title, a serial killer thriller ‘Requiem in E Sharp’ by South African author Joan De La Haye.
‘Sundays in Pretoria are dangerous for selected women.

A murderer plagued by his childhood, has found a distinctive modus operandi to salve his pathological need to escape the domination of the person who was supposed to cherish him.

As The Bathroom Strangler’s frenzy escalates and the body count mounts, Nico van Staaden, the lead detective on the case, finds himself confronting his own demons as he struggles to solve the murders of the seemingly unconnected victims. The lack of evidence in the sequence of deaths and pressure from his superiors are challenges he must overcome.’

The ebook will be available from 9th July at Amazon and shortly after at Wizards Tower and other outlets.

The book will be made available as a paperback for print on demand later this year.
The release of ‘Requiem in E Sharp’ will be followed later in July by Joan’s post-apocalyptic zombie novella ‘Oasis’. The re-release of her horror novel ‘Shadows’ will be in August.

Also in August Fox Spirit will be releasing its first cross genre ‘Bushy Tales’ anthology ‘Tales of the Nun & Dragon’. This collection features the writing talents of Adrian Tchaikovsky, K.A.Laity, Wayne Simmons, Sarah Cawkwell and many others, with cover art by Vincent Holland-Keen and internal illustrations by Kieran Walsh.

Press Release from Anachron Press

As an indie publisher, here at Fox Spirit we believe it’s important to draw your attention to other small presses doing good things, with that in mind I wanted to share the press release for the latest Anachron title.

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On the back of the release of our previous City of Hell Chronicles title (Volume 1), we’re proud to announce the release of Trifecta, the new addiction to the City of Hell mythos. As we learned from Volume 1, The Great Maurr, the ancient ant god has risen from beneath the earth to rule over mankind. His minions devoured vast portions of the planet, leaving just a few remaining cities and human survivors. It’s from these survivors that we see the terrible consequences and experience the horror.

In Trifecta, James Everington, Phil Ambler, and Nina D’Arcangela present us with three more stories from varying points of view in this on-going bug-apocalypse. Even from one of Maurr’s very own ant drones.

Releasing initially on the kindle platform on 25th of June, the paperback and ePub book for all other devices will follow in the coming weeks. More details as soon as we have the final release date.

Trifecta will be Priced at $1.99 (£1.50, €1.50) for the ebooks, and £3.50 for the print book, which will be a 56 page ‘pocketbook’.

Trifecta Book Cover

 

Contents:

No Insects at Sea – by James Everington

The Harlot and the Bad Man – by Phil Ambler

Brethren – by Nina D’Arcangela 

More details can be found on the Trifecta page.