Check Out This Bad Ass Cover!


A few weeks ago, I posted the cover for the reprint of IT SUSTAINS by Mark Morris, designed by the amazingly talented Ben Baldwin.

Now, I’m ecstatic to show you the winter tree_front design_3the cover for the 2nd novel of Mark’s that we’re releasing: THE WINTER TREE. If you hadn’t heard, this is the novel that he wrote before his 1989 debut of TOADY. For nearly three decades, it was boxed up in storage and I was lucky enough to read his post when he re-discovered it. One of his Facebook friends suggested that he find a small publisher to release it, and I leapt at the chance.

Designed by renowned artist Vincent Chong, this cover is meant to evoke the vibe of a well-loved horror novel from the era in which it was written, the glory days of the mid-1980s. Don’t you think this would look great on your shelf?

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Need a Kidney?

The Organ Donor - Front CoverAt long last, Bloodshot Books has unleashed the 15th anniversary edition of Matthew Warner’s acclaimed first horror novel THE ORGAN DONOR on Kindle and as a trade paperback.

“They knew it was wrong to purchase a kidney off the Chinese black market. But what the Taylor brothers didn’t realize was that its unwilling donor was an executed prisoner—and an immortal being from Chinese mythology. Pursuing them to Washington, DC, this ancient king will stop at nothing to recover what was once his.”

This special edition includes nearly 7,000 words of new material, including the author’s riveting account of his true-life encounter with China’s illegal organ trade.

“A classic of modern horror literature.”
— E.C. “Feo Amante” McMullen, Jr.

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Gruesome Southern Horror with Heart

I’ll be honest. I thought choosing which of the Open Call submissions to read in full was difficult, but cutting the 18 finalists down to 10 or so is agonizing.

I’ve already inked Brian Fatah Steele and Adam Millard to contracts for their novels BLEED AWAY THE SKY and THE OCTOBER BOYS, and now I’ve come to a decision about a 3rd novel.

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Please join me in welcoming Justin M. Woodward to the Bloodshot Books family. Next year, we will be publishing his second novel TAMER ANIMALS which he described to me as “gruesome Southern horror with heart”

Check out his synopsis below

“After a boring career in a small town, Sheriff Paul Stanton was not prepared for what he found when he went looking for a group of teenage boys in the woods near the Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge in Blakely, GA.

Patrick Hall and his three best friends had just wanted to enjoy a fun camping trip. There were rumors of ghosts in those woods, but they would find that these tales weren’t true. What was lurking in the wilds was much, much worse…

TAMER ANIMALS can be described as coming-of-age horror reminiscent of Stand by Me meeting The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

We’ll be publishing his novel in late 2018, but if you can’t wait until next year to check out Justin’s work, his first novel THE VARIANT is only $0.99!

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In 2018, Get ready to Bleed Away the Sky

Please join me in congratulating Brian Fatah Steele for being the first author to be signed after the recent Bloodshot Books Open Call.

This coming year we will be publishing his novel BLEED AWAY THE SKY.

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Steele has been writing various types of dark fiction for over ten years, from horror to urban fantasy and science fiction. Growing up hooked on comic books and monster movies, his work gravitates towards anything imaginative and dynamic.

His work has appeared in such places as 4POCALYPSE, BLOOD TYPE, WHITE FACE DEATH, 4RCHETYPES, DEATH’S REALM, THE IDOLATERS OF CTHULHU, PAYING THE FERRYMAN, and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated DARK VISIONS, VOL.1. His own titles include the urban fantasy novel IN BLEED COUNTRY, the post-mythic novella collection FURTHER THAN FATE, and the dark sci-fi collection BRUTAL STARLIGHT.


Check out the short synopsis he sent along with his submission:

“A secret cabal and nightmarish monsters turn a road trip into a desperate escape as a young woman tries to outrun destiny.”

Audrey wants to enjoy the cross-country road trip her brother has planned, despite her anxiety, but destiny has other plans. It turns out that she’s the last remaining descendent of a bloodline responsible for holding ancient barriers in place and she hasn’t been doing her job. Now a secret cabal is after her, determined to force her into her role, while nightmarish things seep up from other realms, and would see her dead, so that they can be free forever. Audrey must make a choice about these new powers, about how to deal with the strange blood in her lineage, and about whether the world is worth saving or not”

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The October Boys Have a Tale to Tell.

It’s time to announce our next signing.

Please join me in congratulating Adam Millard. His novel THE OCTOBER BOYS hooked me from the first chapter and I’m certain that it will be keeping people up way past midnight when it’s released sometime around next Halloween.

Adam has been doing this for quite some time. He is the author of twenty-two novels,

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thirteen novellas, and more than two hundred short stories in various collections and anthologies. He may be best known for his post-apocalyptic fiction, but Adam also writes fantasy/horror for children and Bizarro fiction for several publishers, who enjoy his tales of flesh-eating clown-beetles and rabies-infected derrieres so much that they keep printing them. His “Dead” series has recently been the filling in a Stephen King/Bram Stoker sandwich on Amazon’s bestsellers chart. Adam is a regular columnist for UK horror website, This Is Horror.

Here’s a short synopsis he included with his submission:

“Halloween, 1988, a group of twelve-year-old boys are trick-or-treating. Off in the distance, the discordant chimes of an ice-cream truck seem somehow incongruous for a cold autumnal night. And then it’s there, idling at the end of the street, its driver a faceless shadow.

That was the night it took one of them.

It’s 2017, and Halloween is fast approaching. Tom Craven and his friends are still haunted by the events of their childhood, and the fact that their friend was never found. Plagued by horrific visions, Tom returns to the place where it all began, only to discover he’s not the only one who can feel it. His friends have already arrived and are preparing for a battle which could get them all killed.

The Ice Cream Man is back, returning to claim the ones that got away.”

Sounds pretty damned good, don’t it?? 😈🍦😈

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Halloween is a special time of year for anyone involved in the horror genre, especially the small presses (like Bloodshot Books, of course) that spread their love of all over social media like a generous slathering of mayonnaise on a hoagie. And anyone who knows me, particularly my best bud from college, Barak Blackburn, will agree that I LOVE MAYONNAISE.
So, I’m quite happy to announce that, over the next few days, Bloodshot Books will be featured on Becky Spratford’s Reader’s Advisory for Horror in their Small Press Horror feature. Becky starts it off today with her intro (with a nod to our mutual friend Anna Popp), then over the next 5 days, your favorite mayo-loving publisher and 4 of our authors will contribute a blog post to the series. Please check in every day, and share them far and wide.


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A Year and A Day…

The Awakening Cover

That’s how long it has been since THE AWAKENING by Brett McBean became the first novel to be released with our iconic eyeball logo on the spine.
Tomorrow, our 11th novel, THOSE WHO FOLLOW by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, will be unleashed into the wild.
Not too shabby for 12 months, huh?
So, let’s have a sale!! For the next week, get the book that kicked it all off for only 99c/99p!
And, as always, it’s FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited
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