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Look what we’ve summoned up: Tales from a Talking Board release/reviews/launch, Nadia Bulkin’s She Said Destroy reviewed in The New York Times

Today marks the launch of our latest anthology, Tales from a Talking Board. We’re really looking forward to putting this one into your hands.

Available now: Tales from a Talking Board

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 affect 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.

Here’s just some of the praise Tales from a Talking Board has received so far:

Tales from a Talking Board (Word Horde) is a brilliant collection of 14 short stories by some of today’s greatest authors, centered around the theme of the Ouija board, in its various forms and incarnations […] It’s an eerie compilation of tales that belongs in the personal libraries and/or Kindles of everyone who loves the macabre.” –Douglas Cobb, What’s New in Book Reviews

Tales from a Talking Board is a seasonal treat meant for crackling fires in the fireplace and dark spooky evenings. Enjoy.” –Marion Deeds, Fantasy Literature

“A blast to read.” –Rachel @ TheShadesofOrange

Don’t miss the Tales from a Talking Board launch party, this Friday night, October 27, at 7 pm at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, CA. RSVP and details at Copperfield’s Books.

In other news, Nadia Bulkin’s She Said Destroy has just received a mention in The New York Times. In “A Roundup of New Horror, All Indebted to an Early Master,” Terrence Rafferty calls She Said Destroy a “striking debut collection,” praising the way Bulkin’s stories “examine political oppression and the terrible choices it imposes,” and, singling out story “Endless Life”, the way “Bulkin sketches a deft portrait of a wounded society.” Read the full review and round-up here.

She Said Destroy by Nadia Bulkin

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.

Review Round-Up: Cthulhu Fhtagn!

Here are just a few of the critical raves our latest anthology, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, has been receiving:

“…if R’lyeh isn’t rising fast enough for you, if clammy, webbed-handed fishbelly-white figures aren’t circling your house, and the stars aren’t winking out just yet, the Cthulhu Fhtagn! anthology will get you through until the madness begins.” —Marion Deeds, Fantasy Literature

“A new, and highly personal, take on the legacy of the Cthulhu Mythos emerges shuddering and gibbering from the R’lyehian depths in the bloated tentacular shape of Cthulhu Fhtagn!, conceived and collated by Ross E. Lockhart, whose stature as an anthologist and creator of The Book of Cthulhu I and II, Tales of Jack the Ripper, and The Children of Old Leech, approaches legendary proportions. And here are 19 examples of Cthulhoid weird filtered through his own unique perspective.” —Paul St. John Mackintosh, TeleRead

“These are all Lovecraftian stories, then, even if more than a few of them, this many generations hence, have moved well past the tropes and conventions the Old Man developed. This book shows us some of the best that pastiche, tribute, and evolution of the Lovecraftian Weird Tale can offer.” —Jonathan Raab, Muzzleland Press

“…a collection of dark stories that Lovecraft himself would be thrilled to read. If you are a fan of terrifying short stories, this is a book you will want to pick up immediately.” —Matthew Scott Baker, Shattered Ravings

Cthulhu Fhtagn! edited by Ross E. Lockhart

Pick up a copy of Cthulhu Fhtagn! for yourself. Or, if you’re a reviewer, drop publicity[at]wordhorde[dot]com an email and request an electronic review copy today!