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Book of the Month: Eternal Frankenstein (HC) 25% off!

It’s October and the spookiest season is upon us. What better time to read about grave robbing, galvanism, and strange resurrections? To celebrate, we’re offering the hardcover of Eternal Frankenstein at 25% off throughout October. Just $22.50 when you order direct!

Two hundred years ago, a young woman staying in a chalet in Switzerland, after an evening of ghost stories shared with friends and lovers, had a frightening dream. That dream became the seed that inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, a tale of galvanism, philosophy, and the re-animated dead. Today, Frankenstein has become a modern myth without rival, influencing countless works of fiction, music, and film. We all know Frankenstein. But how much do we really know about Frankenstein?

Word Horde is proud to publish Eternal Frankenstein, an anthology edited by Ross E. Lockhart, featuring sixteen resurrecting tales of terror and wonder paying tribute to Mary Shelley, her Monster, and their entwined legacy.

Brian Hauser wins HPLFF Best Screenplay Award

Congratulations to Word Horde author Brian Hauser (Memento Mori: The Fathomless Shadows), whose screenplay “Flypaper” won the Best Screenplay Award at this past weekend’s H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon. Now you’re gonna have to make it into a movie, Brian.

Read about Brian’s experience at the film festival at this link.

Photo by Christina Xydias.

 

Book of the Month: The Raven’s Table, by Christine Morgan

September’s Book of the Month is ready for epic action, the clangor of battle, and a soundtrack including Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” That’s right, Christine Morgan’s Viking-themed collection The Raven’s Table is on sale when you order direct. Just $11.99 (that’s 25% off the list price!) all September long.

So get in touch with your inner Viking and order yourself a copy of The Raven’s Table today!

“These works have the sure, solid feel of a talented author deeply engaged with her source material and genre. They’re an excellent read for those who enjoy myths and legends of all kinds.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

Nicole Cushing’s A SICK GRAY LAUGH lands today!

Nicole Cushing’s A Sick Gray Laugh hits the streets today. Here’s just some of what’s been said about A Sick Gray Laugh so far…

“A wholly erratic and unstable narrator drives this kooky, outlandish tale. […] Cushing constructs a convincing portrayal of someone rationalizing away their lunacy […] but Cushing keeps it lively with clever parody.” —Publishers Weekly

“Cushing has once again delivered an original story that’s hard to define, yet manages to bring the chills in a way all its own and seldom seen in genre novels. Don’t miss this.” –Nick Cato, The Horror Fiction Review

“…it is my opinion that A Sick Gray Laugh is Cushing’s masterpiece. […] this is the best horror novel I’ve read all year, and I strongly suggest you check this out as soon as you can.” –Scott Kemper, Signal Horizon

A Sick Gray Laugh by Nicole Cushing

Award-winning author Noelle Cashman is no stranger to depression and anxiety. In fact, her entire authorial brand, showcased in such titles as The Girl with the Gun in Her Mouth, Leather Noose, and The Breath Curse, has been built on the hopeless phantasmagoric visions she experiences when in the grip of paranoid psychosis. But Noelle has had enough, and, author brand be damned, has found help for her illness in the form of an oblong yellow pill, taken twice daily.

Since starting on this medication, Noelle’s symptoms have gone into remission. She’s taken up jogging. She’s joined a softball team. For the first time in Noelle’s life, she feels hope. She’s even started work on a nonfiction book, a history of her small southern Indiana town.

But then Noelle starts to notice the overwhelming Grayness that dominates her neighborhood, slathered over everything like a thick coat of snot, threatening to assimilate all.

From Bram Stoker Award-winning author Nicole Cushing comes A Sick Gray Laugh, a novel about madness, depression, history, Utopian cults, literature, sports, and all the ways we struggle to stay sane in an insane world.

Ask for A Sick Gray Laugh wherever better books are sold. Or order direct from Word Horde.

 

August Specials: Get A Brutal Chill in August and/or An Augmented Fourth for just $11.99 each!

A new month means a new featured book, and this month we’ve got not just one, but two awesome books at 25% off when you order direct: Alan M. Clark’s Whitechapel-set thriller A Brutal Chill in August and Tony McMillen’s rock-and-roller (with monsters) An Augmented Fourth. Just $11.99 each when you order direct. You don’t need to perform an augury to know this is one heck of a deal!

A Brutal Chill in August by Alan M. Clark“With A Brutal Chill in August, Alan M. Clark continues his terrific fictionalized accounts of the Ripper’s victims–always compelling, and always expertly evoking nineteenth century London. Gripping, suspenseful–written with sensitivity and heart.” –Simon Clark, author of Night of the Triffids

An Augmented Fourth by Tony McMillen“[An Augmented Fourth] 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 breakneck 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.” –Gabino Iglesias, LitReactor

Trivia: Both A Brutal Chill in August and An Augmented Fourth feature fantastic cover art by the multi-talented Alan M. Clark!

Congratulations to Tony McMillen and his wife Taylor on the birth of their baby Nora Wren. If you’re picking up An Augmented Fourth this month and would like us to pass along a note of congratulations to the happy parents, please feel free to include it in the comments section of your order.

Now Available: A Spectral Hue

Craig Laurance Gidney’s A Spectral Hue drops today, marking and celebrating both Pride and Juneteenth with a tale of of art, obsession, and the ghosts that haunt us all. Here’s just some of the praise A Spectral Hue has received so far…

A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney

“A deft look at obsession through a group of outsider artists in touch with something truly outside. A Spectral Hue is the kind of book that creeps up on you, baring its teeth only once you have moved calmly into the depths of its trap.” –Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World

“A town and an art movement arise from a ghostly source in this arresting, hypnotic debut novel from Craig Laurance Gidney. Upon a grim undercoat drawn from America’s shameful histories of slavery and homophobic oppression, Gidney masterfully layers a centuries-spanning tale of survival, triumph, and obsession, with a memorable cast of characters linked by a secret both joyous and frightening. No simple tale of terror, A Spectral Hue enthralls as much as it disturbs.” –Mike Allen, author of Unseaming and Aftermath of an Industrial Accident

A Spectral Hue is a subtly disturbing hymn to the joy and terror of working with a muse, to queer passion and creation, and to the power of art to channel both ancestral voices and personal journeys with equal intensity.” –Ruthanna Emrys, author of Winter Tide

Ask for A Spectral Hue at your favorite bookseller, or order your copy direct from Word Horde today!

Cover Reveal: Nicole Cushing’s A Sick Gray Laugh

Coming this August: The new novel from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Mr. Suicide, Nicole Cushing.

A Sick Gray Laugh by Nicole Cushing

Award-winning author Noelle Cashman is no stranger to depression and anxiety. In fact, her entire authorial brand, showcased in such titles as The Girl with the Gun in Her Mouth, Leather Noose, and The Breath Curse, has been built on the hopeless phantasmagoric visions she experiences when in the grip of paranoid psychosis. But Noelle has had enough, and, author brand be damned, has found help for her illness in the form of an oblong yellow pill, taken twice daily.

Since starting on this medication, Noelle’s symptoms have gone into remission. She’s taken up jogging. She’s joined a softball team. For the first time in Noelle’s life, she feels hope. She’s even started work on a nonfiction book, a history of her small southern Indiana town.

But then Noelle starts to notice the overwhelming Grayness that dominates her neighborhood, slathered over everything like a thick coat of snot, threatening to assimilate all.

From Bram Stoker Award-winning author Nicole Cushing comes A Sick Gray Laugh, a novel about madness, depression, history, Utopian cults, literature, sports, and all the ways we struggle to stay sane in an insane world.

Praise for Nicole Cushing’s Mr. Suicide:

“Nicole Cushing comes in smart and hard, skilled and strange times three. Many aspire. But you can’t fake this kind of weird.” –John Skipp, author of The Art of Horrible People

“Novels don’t come much more transgressive than this one, folks. Got a taboo? Watch Nicole Cushing grin while she dances all over it. In other hands that might be reason enough for the witty Mr. Suicide to exist. But this is more and better than that — a truly nightmare world, richly imagined, told to us in a canny, subversive second-person voice that makes you, the reader, the hero of this tale, like it or not. That it also manages to be ultimately life-affirming is yet another wonder.” –Jack Ketchum, award-winning author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door

Cover Art by Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen
Cover Art and Design by Matthew Revert

Pub Date: August 27, 2019

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-939905-52-9

Format: eBook
ISBN-13: 978-1-939905-53-6

Preorder your copy today!

 

Now Available: Memento Mori: The Fathomless Shadows

Brian Hauser’s Memento Mori: The Fathomless Shadows hits the streets today, and we think you’re going to love it. Here’s just some of the praise for Memento Mori: The Fathomless Shadows so far…

Memento Mori: The Fathomless Shadows by Brian Hauser

“…an engrossing, baffling horror debut that veers hard into the weird […]. Fans of the uncanny (and especially of Robert W. Chambers’s The King in Yellow, to which this work alludes) will find much to love and laud.” —Publishers Weekly

“Brian Hauser has crafted a tense, readable ride down a rabbit-hole that goes straight to Carcosa. […] The result is a book that feels vital, as deeply connected to people as it is genre.” –Carson Winter for Signal Horizon

“I want to tell you about Brian Hauser’s Memento Mori. I want to tell you about the fanzine that reopened the door, and the memoir, and the lost films. I want to tell you about the medium being the message. How that message is transmitted, and how it can be transformed through translation into different–new media. How the message is corrupt and corrupting, infected and infectious. I want to tell you about Tina Mori, and C.C. Waite and the disappearance of Billie Jacobs. I want to tell you these things and how they all spiraled together into a coherent wave of madness. But I can’t. Brian Hauser won’t let me. It’s not my place. I have seen–but you must see–must read–for yourself. Come and see. Say that you will. Please. Will you come?” –Pete Rawlik, editor of The Chromatic Court

“Brian Hauser’s Memento Mori is a mysterious deep dive into the dark waters connecting underground film, music and weird fiction. A fascinating blend of found footage, lost writings, and incantations, Memento Mori leaves its imprint on your psyche.” –John Palisano, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Ghost Heart, President of The Horror Writers Association

Ask for Memento Mori: The Fathomless Shadows where better books are sold, or order direct from Word Horde.

Cover Reveal: Craig Laurance Gidney’s A Spectral Hue

Coming this June: Craig Laurance Gidney’s A Spectral Hue. Here’s a peek at Matthew Revert’s stunning cover art:

A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney

For generations, the marsh-surrounded town of Shimmer, Maryland has played host to a loose movement of African-American artists, all working in different media, but all utilizing the same haunting color. Landscape paintings, trompe l’oeil quilts, decorated dolls, mixed-media assemblages, and more, all featuring the same peculiar hue, a shifting pigment somewhere between purple and pink, the color of the saltmarsh orchid, a rare and indigenous flower.

Graduate student Xavier Wentworth has been drawn to Shimmer, hoping to study the work of artists like quilter Hazel Whitby and landscape painter Shadrach Grayson in detail, having experienced something akin to an epiphany when viewing a Hazel Whitby tapestry as a child. Xavier will find that others, too, have been drawn to Shimmer, called by something more than art, something in the marsh itself, a mysterious, spectral hue.

From Lambda Literary Award-nominated author Craig Laurance Gidney (Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories, Skin Deep Magic) comes A Spectral Hue, a novel of art, obsession, and the ghosts that haunt us all.

A Spectral Hue is a subtly disturbing hymn to the joy and terror of working with a muse, to queer passion and creation, and to the power of art to channel both ancestral voices and personal journeys with equal intensity.” –Ruthanna Emrys, author of Winter Tide

“This is the book we have been waiting for. One of our best short fiction writers finally brings his edgy scary sexy gifts to bear on a novel. A brilliant concept, gorgeously executed. Haunting and unforgettable. Go ahead and give it all the awards right now.” –Sam J. Miller, Nebula Award-winning author of Blackfish City

Cover by Matthew Revert

Pub Date: June 18, 2019

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-939905-50-5

Format: eBook
ISBN-13: 978-1-939905-51-2

 

Preorder today!