Review Round-Up: Tales from a Talking Board, An Augmented Fourth

Our forthcoming anthology Tales from a Talking Board (Oct 24) just picked up its first review, courtesy of Leah Bond at Legends of Tabletop. Leah shares spoiler-free thoughts on all fourteen stories, and on the anthology as a whole. Check out the full review at Legends of Tabletop, and preorder your copy of Tales from a Talking Board today!

Tales from a Talking Board edited by Ross E. Lockhart

In other news, Tony McMillen’s An Augmented Fourth just picked up a new review–in Russian–as one of RussoRosso‘s Top 8 Recent Horror Books. From what we’ve been able to figure out with the help of Google Translate, it’s a rave review. And, we’ve got to say, the title looks downright metal in Russian: Дьявольский интервал (Literally, “The Devil’s Interval”).

An Augmented Fourth by Tony McMillen

And finally, it looks like Amazon has a few Word Horde titles at deep discounts right now. Grab Livia Llewellyn’s Furnace for just $8.47 (43% off!), This Is Horror Award-winning anthology Cthulhu Fhtagn! for just $13.38 (33% off!), and Michael Griffin’s The Lure of Devouring Light for just $11.37 (33% off!). While supplies last, of course.

Sing “The Soul of You,” a Jack the Ripper-themed contest

Today marks 129 years since Jack the Ripper began his deadly spree. To mark the occasion, we’re giving three lucky winners two free books: 1) a copy of Alan M. Clark’s novel A Brutal Chill in August, which tells the story of Polly Nichols, Jack the Ripper’s first victim, and 2) A copy of the anthology Tales of Jack the Ripper, which includes stories by Laird Barron, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, E. Catherine Tobler, and Mercedes M. Yardley, among others.

The catch? To win, you have to post a video of you singing “The Soul of You,” the Bonehill Ghost’s song from A Brutal Chill in August, and tag Word Horde in your post. A link to the original music video is below. Contest ends November 9, 2017.

We’re looking forward to hearing you sing. And to giving you cool books.

Now Available: She Said Destroy, by Nadia Bulkin

Nadia Bulkin’s debut collection She Said Destroy landed this past weekend at NecronomiCon in Providence, arriving on what would have been H. P. Lovecraft’s 127th birthday. Filled with thirteen weird and wonderful stories (including three Shirley Jackson Award nominees!) and an introduction by Paul Tremblay, She Said Destroy is now available where better books are sold. Here are just a few of the glowing reviews that She Said Destroy has received so far…

“…a debut collection that will surely be recognized as one of the year’s sharpest.” —Tor.com

“Most of the stories hit the ground running and don’t slow down…” —See the Elephant

“Bulkin serves up cerebral horror with plenty of bite.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Order your copy of She Said Destroy today!

If you’ve already picked up a copy of She Said Destroy, show us your #bookface! Just snap a photo like the two attached to this post (Thanks, Katie and Amber!), and email it to us at publicity[at]wordhorde.com, and/or post it to your own social media with the hashtag #SheSaidDestroy and tagging @WordHorde. On October 1, 2017, we’ll pick our favorite and send the winner a very cool prize!

Cover Reveal/Preorder Tales from a Talking Board

Today we reveal the cover to our newest anthology (out October 24), Tales from a Talking Board, in conjunction with this profile on Word Horde and publisher/editor Ross E. Lockhart in the Petaluma Argus-Courier. Check ’em out and order your copy today!

Tales from a Talking Board edited by Ross E. Lockhart

Can we speak with the spirits of the dead? Is it possible to know the future? Are our dreams harbingers of things to come? Do auspicious omens and cautionary portents effect our lives?

Edited by Ross E. Lockhart, Tales from a Talking Board examines these questions–and more–with tales of auguries, divination, and fortune telling, through devices like Ouija boards, tarot cards, and stranger things.

So dim the lights, place your hands upon the planchette, and ask the spirits to guide you as we present fourteen stories of the strange and supernatural by Matthew M. Bartlett, Nadia Bulkin, Nathan Carson, Kristi DeMeester, Orrin Grey, Scott R. Jones, David James Keaton, Anya Martin, J. M. McDermott, S. P. Miskowski, Amber-Rose Reed, Tiffany Scandal, David Templeton, and Wendy N. Wagner.

Edited by Ross E. Lockhart
Cover Design by Yves Tourigny

Order your copy today!

Now Available: An Augmented Fourth, by Tony McMillen

Tony McMillen’s An Augmented Fourth dropped on Tuesday, so if you’re looking to rock ‘n’ roll all night long this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few of the reviews An Augmented Fourth has received so far:

Fantasy Literature‘s Marion Deeds says, “Tony McMillen’s An Augmented Fourth (2017) is heavy metal rock and roll horror at its wailing-guitar best. Set in 1980, the point of transition from heavy metal to punk, An Augmented Fourth blends inter-dimensional eldritch horror, David-Cronenberg-movie grotesquerie, and psychedelia in a thrash-metal twenty-minute-guitar-solo of a story.”

LitReactor‘s Gabino Iglesias says, “This is a wildly entertaining novel that is both a hilarious deconstruction and a tender love letter to rock and roll. McMillen has a knack for dialogue and that helps the action and the story move forward at breackneck speed. […] If you think you’d dig watching a psychedelia-infused version of The Thing while blasting awesome tunes and having a great acid trip, then you need to pick this one up.”

An Augmented Fourth by Tony McMillen

“It would take a real virtuoso to properly blend The Thing, The Mist, Black Sabbath, and Bowie into one rollicking, comical cosmic horror tribute to early metal and the dark beyond. Lucky for us, Tony McMillen has the chops to make this mutant beast fly on blessed black wings. An Augmented Fourth is a strange, sludgy, progged-out blast!” –Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City and Entropy in Bloom

Ask for An Augmented Fourth wherever better books are sold.

Cover Reveal! Preorder She Said Destroy, by Nadia Bulkin

She Said Destroy by Nadia Bulkin

Coming August 20, 2017

Word Horde presents the debut collection from critically-acclaimed Weird Fiction author Nadia Bulkin. Dreamlike, poignant, and unabashedly socio-political, She Said Destroy includes three stories nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award, four included in Year’s Best anthologies, and one original tale. Plus, an introduction by Paul Tremblay.

“Weird fiction has been stuck in the era of new-fangled radio sets and fifteen-cent pulp magazines for ninety years. Finally, Nadia Bulkin has come to drag us kicking and screaming into the horrors of The Endless Now with a collection of hip, ultracontemporary, politically astute, and chilling stories.” –Nick Mamatas, author of I Am Providence and The Last Weekend

“Bulkin delivers a dose of delicious darkness with her debut collection.” –World Fantasy Award-winning editor Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“An expert balance of the fantastic and horrific, She Said Destroy is a prime example of how modern fabulism continues to reinvigorate and reinvent all modes of speculative fiction. This book is inventive, insightful, and inspiring, not to mention unnerving. The stories inside deftly blend the horrors of the cosmic with those of the personal, evoking awe both terrifying and sublime. Nadia Bulkin’s writing is beautiful, exciting, and a stellar contribution to the field of fantastic literature.” –Simon Strantzas, author of Burnt Black Suns

Cover Art by Kathrin Longhurst
Cover Design by Scott R Jones

Preorder She Said Destroy today!

Watch the Trailer for Tony McMillen’s An Augmented Fourth

Are you ready to rock? Good. The trailer for Tony McMillen’s An Augmented Fourth just dropped.

Codger Burton, bassist and lyricist for Frivolous Black, the heaviest heavy metal band to ever come out of the UK, awakens to find his hotel snowed in, his band mates evacuated, and monsters roaming the hotel. Looks like Codger picked the wrong week to quit using cocaine. From the twisted mind of Tony McMillen comes the hilarious rock and roll horror novel An Augmented Fourth, a novel of The Lord of Low End.

Preorder your copy today!

“An arcane cosmic horror descends on the day of a heavy metal musician whose own music might just have been the dagger that sliced open the veil between the worlds. Tony McMillen’s novel is love letter pastiche to the occult mythos of rock by way of a mystically-tuned hotel, tentacled horrors, and inter-band relationships, as well as the real-life toll of a debauched life. McMillen’s love of music and occulture is infectious. An Augmented Fourth has me wanting to search for hidden clues on my old album covers all over again.” –Peter Bebergal, author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

“Tony McMillen’s rock and roll fantasy is a fucking blast. This thinly veiled misadventure combines proto-metal lore with Lovecraftian tradition to birth a heavy hybrid written at maximum volume. Behind the music, in a world much like our own, the devil’s chord, church bells, rain, thunder, and weed all coalesce around a hilarious narrative that takes Frivolous Black bassist Codger Burton through withdrawals, cosmic tribulations, metamorphosis, Brummie banter, and world-shaking epiphanies. Tune in, turn on, rock out.” –Nathan Carson, author of Starr Creek

“Since Nefarious Twit, Tony McMillen has become one of the most unique writers I’ve read. Over the past weekend I had the great pleasure of cracking his forthcoming, An Augmented Fourth–it’s metal to the balls The Thing meets Black Sabbath riffing Thunderhorse cranked to 11. You guys are in for a treat come June.” –Chris Irvin, author of Ragged and Federales

“It would take a real virtuoso to properly blend The Thing, The Mist, Black Sabbath, and Bowie into one rollicking, comical cosmic horror tribute to early metal and the dark beyond. Lucky for us, Tony McMillen has the chops to make this mutant beast fly on blessed black wings. An Augmented Fourth is a strange, sludgy, progged-out blast!” –Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City and Entropy in Bloom

“A ferocious and funny read, full of foot-chases, body horrors, and the requisite screeching monster immolation or two, even some fun wish-fulfillment for connoisseurs of heavy-metal cover art as one of the band’s mystery models literally jumps off one of their albums and into the action. […] To put it all in clearer terms for easier shelving at the video store, think This Is Spinal Tap meets The Thing meets From Beyond. Actually, there wasn’t a shelf for the new genre he’s conjured up here, but there should have been. In the meantime, I’ll be over there waiting for the soundtrack LP so I can scratch it up playing backwards messages.” –David James Keaton, author of The Last Projector

Preorder your copy today!

Eternal Frankenstein Ebook Now Just $6.99

During a haunted summer 201 years ago, author Mary Shelley was inspired–in a waking dream–to write Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, a novel of galvanism, philosophy, and the re-animated dead that would change literature forever, giving birth to what we now call science fiction. As Mary Shelley later wrote, “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.”

In celebration of this momentous dream, we have reduced the ebook price for our anthology Eternal Frankenstein, a tribute to Mary Shelley, her Monster, and their entwined legacy, to just $6.99. Eternal Frankenstein features sixteen resurrecting tales of terror and wonder by Siobhan Carroll, Nathan Carson, Autumn Christian, Rios de la Luz, Kristi DeMeester, G. D. Falksen, Orrin Grey, Michael Griffin, Scott R. Jones, Anya Martin, Edward Morris, Amber-Rose Reed, Betty Rocksteady, Tiffany Scandal, David Templeton, and Damien Angelica Walters.

Order Eternal Frankenstein for your Kindle, Kobo, or Nook, or purchase it in your choice of formats from Weightless Books today!

Cover by Matthew Revert.

Preorder An Augmented Fourth, by Tony McMillen

Are you ready to rock? We’ve got just the right book for you. Dropping June 27, and available to preorder now is Tony McMillen’s novel An Augmented Fourth, which has been called “This Is Spinal Tap meets The Thing meets From Beyond.” We know you’re going to dig it.

An Augmented Fourth by Tony McMillen

Codger Burton, bassist and lyricist for Frivolous Black, the heaviest heavy metal band to ever come out of the UK, awakens to find his hotel snowed in, his band mates evacuated, and monsters roaming the hotel. Looks like Codger picked the wrong week to quit using cocaine. From the twisted mind of Tony McMillen comes the hilarious rock and roll horror novel An Augmented Fourth, a novel of The Lord of Low End.

“It would take a real virtuoso to properly blend The Thing, The Mist, Black Sabbath, and Bowie into one rollicking, comical cosmic horror tribute to early metal and the dark beyond. Lucky for us, Tony McMillen has the chops to make this mutant beast fly on blessed black wings. An Augmented Fourth is a strange, sludgy, progged-out blast!” –Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of Skullcrack City and Entropy in Bloom

Cover art by Alan M. Clark.