First up this week and it’s congratulations to friends and supporters of The Abyss, Tartarus Press who have just won a thoroughly well deserved HWA Stoker Award for Speciality Press, 2009. Tartarus continue to fill a variety of niches at the boundaries of what we would traditionally regard as “horror”. Luckily these niches are occupied by some of the finest writers out there and this coupled with the highest Tartarus production values has created some of the most treasured books in my collection. I wish Ray Russell and Rosalie Parker continued success and hope they enjoy picking up their award in sunny Brighton in March (A review of Simon Strantzas’ Tartarus collection, Cold To The Touch will be posted next week).
Get some free reading from new authors. You can read entrants to the Leisure-Rue Morgue-ChiZine Fresh Blood competition for January here. Then vote on your favourite to give them a chance of winning a book contract with Leisure. It’s too late to enter but you can find more details of the competition here.
More free reading from Apex Publications with the January issue of the Apex magazine here. Fun and laughs to be had in this 2012 Mayan End Of The World special edition.
And just so the Vampires don’t feel left out you can get a free extract from Charlie Hutson’s My Dead Body courtesy of Orbit here.
More Vampire news as Stephen King has announced he will be contributing to a new comic book series, American Vampire is to be published in the Fall, that’ll be the Autumn then. More details here.
More John Connolly news as he blogs about submitting “The Whisperers” his new novel due in May. The blog is a remarkably honest and open piece, you can read it here.
The growing line-up of quality authors at Angry Robot continues to blossom. Gary McMahon one of the best horror writers around, has just announced a two book deal. Pretty Little Dead Things will be out in the UK in July and Dead Bad Things will be out in 2011. More information here.
As always any news items can be sent to cgleslie(at)gmail.com.