Friday, August 29, 2014

Guest Post by Tina Ayres


This is from Tina Ayres who edits THE ORIGINAL VAN GOGH'S EAR ANTHOLOGY.

Tina doesn't write often enough to please most of us and I really appreciate it when she does and allows me to be the first to set it free on the world.



You don't have to be dead to be a ghost. It is usually a gradual thing. A slow and steady decline of the quality of life and the acknowledgement of existence. We are all the same you see. Whether anyone likes to believe it or not. Some people just seem to slip between the cracks until the world seems to forget that they still are.

Isolation leads the soul to fear dying. It is not the death, nor being forgotten. It is the fear that the loneliness of life will follow you to the grave. Beyond the void, you will be stuck, as alone and invisible as when you were breathing. In life bearable in death eternal. Alone forever is a fate worse than hell.

Eternally alone. No words, no feelings just numb. Numb to the pain and blind to the masses. The matters of the world matter not when you are not in it.
It happens at all ages you know. The youngest of children alone on the playground. Children avoid them and the teachers whisper in the corners, "there is just something..wrong with them. They are not like the rest" They forget that we are all the same you see. It happens to the elderly who have the curse of watching their bodies decline, who have outlived everyone they have ever known. Sometimes you just find that in this world you are alone.

Alone and still living left without feeling. But that is just a lie. A lie to the self to help you keep going. Shut out the indifference and turn off your dreams. Hide your soul away, protect it well. Don't let them close. Never let them close. The world doesn't know. It cannot understand. No one can hurt you if you don't let them in. You love them all anyway that is just how you are.

People go about their lives unaware they encounter ghosts in the flesh nearly every day. The people who do not fit. The edge of madness for them is not so far. They walk around empty, stare at the walls. Silently longing, dreams never spoke. Listening intently silent for things no one else can hear.

It all comes down to closeness and love. A soul alone is a very lost thing. Love is the dream to which the soul clings. In life and in death buried within the self the one thing timeless, eternal and deep. The ageless eternal longing of the soul to just belong to another at the end of it all.

Copyright 2014 by Tina Ayres and Baryon.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Donald Grant Newsletter



Donald M. Grant Publisher Newsletter # 90
Wed 8/27/2014 8:18 AM

Welcome to issue #90 of the Donald M. Grant Newsletter

27 August 2014

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1. THE DARK TOWER: REMARQUED COPIES
2. DELUXE GOAD AVAILABLE
3. RAY BRADBURY SPECIAL OFFER
4. RICK BERRY ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE
5. PHIL HALE ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE
6. DESPERATION - GIFT EDITION
7. THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE - ARTIST EDITION
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Note - If your order is over $300.00 you may pay in 3 monthly
installments. Please say so in the Comment box when you check
out. Your order will be shipped to you after the final payment is
made.

1. THE DARK TOWER: REMARQUED COPIES


Phil Hale, Dave McKean and Jae Lee have done original illustra-
tions in copies of the Dark Tower novels they illustrated. You
can choose the illustration you want and they will sold in the
order that we receive the on-line order (please do not phone
our office). If the book you want has been sold you will be
offered alternatives (putting second and third choices in your
order won't hurt).

Orders can be placed and images can be seen at:

https://secure.grantbooks.com/DT2-Remarqued.html

2. DELUXE GOAD AVAILABLE

We have finally received the last 20 copies of the edition from
Phil. Unfortunately for us, his original binder in England had
retired and these last 20 books cost us more than $100 per copy
than the first ones that Phil sent us. Phil has signed these on
the limitation page as well as on the original pencil drawing that
is bound in.

They can be ordered at:

https://secure.grantbooks.com/z-artists-phil-hale.html


3. RAY BRADBURY SPECIAL OFFER


We have only 3 copies left of the Lettered Edition of BRAD-
BURY: AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE by Jerry Weist. We will give
$200.00 off the total price if you order a copy of both the
Lettered Edition and the Limited 350 copy Numbered Edition.

You can of course order either edition alone at:

https://secure.grantbooks.com/z-titles-bradbury.html


4. RICK BERRY ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE

Rick Berry has up for sale the original paintings he did for the
Easton Press limited Edition of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA. We
have posted them as a service to Rick and his fans and if you
wish to purchase one you will be dealing with Rick directly.
Images and information are posted at:

https://secure.grantbooks.com/Rick_Berry_art_for_Sale_2014.html


5. PHIL HALE ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE


Phil Hale has created his own web side and is offering originals
for sale. You can check it out at:

http://philhalestudio.com/available_works.html

6. DESPERATION GIFT EDITION

In 2010 we sold our last copy of the Gift Edition of DESPER-
TION. Or so we thought. We just found a few cases of the book
in our warehouse/barn and have just 7 copies left. While they
last they are available at our original price of $75 plus shipping.
Illustrated by Don Maitz it was released a week prior to the
Viking Trade Edition:

https://secure.grantbooks.com/z-sk-desperation.html


7. THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE - ARTIST EDITION


You can still order copies of the slipcased Artist Edition (signed
by Jae Lee) of THE DARK TOWER: THE WIND THROUGH 
THE KEYHOLE at:

https://secure.grantbooks.com/z-sk-dt-twttk.html



Thank you.

Robert K. Wiener, President
Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Note from Richard Kadey



Dear Reader,

James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, wasn’t a killer when he was unjustly sent to Hell, but he learned a lot about murder while he was Downtown. Stark escaped back to LA to take revenge on the men who killed his girlfriend and sent him into the Abyss. Along the way, he reluctantly saved the world from destruction. Now it looks like he has to do it one more time.

The old gods that once ran the universe are coming back and they’re not happy. With no help coming from God or Lucifer, Stark is the only person alive with the strange skill set to do anything about it. He just wants some time off, but finds he has to pull the world’s bacon out of the fire. Again.

I hope you enjoy the new book. It takes Stark into new areas, while calling back to his origins. Have a drink. Have a smoke. Punch a shark. Whatever you do to relax, and take a look at THE GETAWAY GOD, out today.

It has teeth, but it doesn’t bite. I promise.

Best,

Richard

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pray for Marines


We are asking everyone to say a prayer for "Dark horse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their
families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 12 marines in 4 days.
IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more people could pass it on.

Nothing has been in the media about these guys because no one seems to care, especially our 'president' and his wife.

They are: Justin Allen, 23; Brett Linley, 29; Matthew Weikert, 29; Justus Bartett, 27; Dave Santos, 21; Chase Stanley, 21; Jesse Reed, 26; Matthew Johnson, 21; Zachary Fisher, 24; Brandon King, 23; Christopher Goeke, 23; Sheldon Tate, 27.

All are Marines that gave their lives for YOU this week. Please pray for them, their families, and their country.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A note from The Writers of the Future Contest


Hello Barry


Congratulations to all Hugo nominees and winners. And a particular salute to our alumni:


Aliette de Bodard - Writer winner - WotF 23 - 2007

Brad Torgersen - Writer winner - WotF 26 - 2010

Sarah Webb - Illustrator winner - WotF 30 - 2014


Aliette was nominated for her short story "The Waiting Stars."


Brad was nominated for his novella "The Chaplain's Legacy" and his novellette "The Exchange Officers."


Sarah Webb was nominated for Best Fan Artist and she won the Hugo!


Best wishes,


Joni Labaqui

Writers & Illustrators Contest Director

Thursday, August 14, 2014

HELLHOLE INFERNO AVAILABLE NOW


The planet Hellhole, ram shackled by an ancient asteroid impact, it is populated by the hardiest and most desperate colonists. It is one of fifty-four remote frontier worlds forced to pay tribute to the corrupt Constellation, which is ruled by decadent nobles. An exiled rebel general, Tiber Adolphus, was tough enough to keep his colony alive on Hellhole, and he has now mounted a second rebellion against the Constellation, much larger than his earlier failed attempt.

General Adolphus rallies his fellow rebels from across the vast Deep Zone to fight for their independence, while the ruthless leader of the Constellation, Diadem Michella, vows to eliminate the rebellion and all colonists on Hellhole.

As a barrage of deadly asteroids hurtles toward Hellhole, and the Constellation’s gigantic space fleet arrives for a final engagement against General Adolphus, the hardy settlers are caught between a human enemy that wants to demolish their colony and much more powerful aliens who can destroy not only themselves, but human civilization, as well as the foundations of the universe itself; eradicating the very reality that they exist in.

THIS IS VOLUME THREE OF THIS MARVELOUS WELL WRITTEN SERIES FROM THE SAME DYNAMIC DUO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BEST SELLING CONTINUATION OF THE DUNE SERIES. I THINK THE HELLHOLE SERIES IS A SHINING FEATHER IN THE CAPS OF BRIAN HERBERT AND KEVIN J. ANDERSON.

EVEN THOUGH THIS IS THE FINISHING VOLUME OF THE TRILOGY, I HAVE HIGH HOPES OF MORE ADVENTURES OF GENERAL ADOLPHUS AND HIS LIBERATION FIGHTERS.

IT'S AVAILABLE FROM TOR AND SHOULD BE AT YOUR FAVORITE BOOK STORE.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Press Release from Solaris Books


A SOLARIS PRESS RELEASE For immediate release

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Solaris Books™ is a trademark or registered trademark used by or under the licence of the Rebellion Group or its associated companies.

Nyctophobia
By Christopher Fowler


Some doors should never be opened.

UK: 9781781082102 | 9th October 2014 | £7.99
US: 9781781082058 | 28th October 2014 | $7.99

Available in paperback and ebook


“It’s a strange thing, nyctophobia. You’re not born with it. It can start at any time. It comes and goes, and it’s one of the only phobias you can transmit to other people.”

Hyperion House in southern Spain is an eccentric and remote place: serene and beautiful, but eerily symmetrical, and cunningly styled so that half the house is flooded with light, and half – locked up and neglected – is cloaked in darkness. But when recently qualified architect Callie Shaw and husband Mateo happen upon the building it seems the perfect home for their new family. Increasingly isolated in the foreign countryside, Callie determines upon a project to research the history of the curious building, and discovers instead that the past is sometimes best left alone. As a teenager Callie was afraid of the dark, and now with her adolescent nyctophobia returning she becomes convinced there’s someone in the shrouded rooms. In uncovering the folklore of the house’s strange history, Callie finds herself drawn into darkness and delusion. Somewhere in the shadows lurks the truth about Hyperion House…


WWW.SOLARISBOOKS.COM

Solaris Books™ is a trademark or registered trademark used by or under the licence of the Rebellion Group or its associated companies.
Nyctophobia is the stunning new stand-alone title from Horror master Christopher Fowler, which explores what it truly means to be haunted. Part ghost-story and part psychological-thriller; Nyctophobia is a beautifully written, cinematic masterpiece that draws readers into the nightmare world of Callie’s darkness, relentlessly building to the story’s chilling climax.

About the Author

Christopher Fowler is the award-winning author of over thirty novels and twelve short story collections, and the Bryant & May mystery novels, which record the adventures of two Golden Age detectives investigating impossible London crimes. His latest books are the sinister comedy-thriller Plastic, the memoir Film Freak and the haunted-house novel Nyctophobia. Other work includes the War of the Worlds videogame, a graphic novel and a Hammer horror radio play. He has a weekly column in The Independent On Sunday. He spends his time between London and Barcelona. Find out more at www.christopherfowler.co.uk.