Glad I provided the inspiration, Johann!
King and Koontz get so much attention (and money) and there are a lot of great, underappreciated books out there.
Pete’s list is below. I haven’t read even close to half of the books on his list but when I have and there’s a book by an author I like more than Pete’s suggestion I add it in parentheses.
Also, because this is a vera male-dominated industry, I’ve made the female authors bold and I challenge you to buy a book by a woman from this list.
Pete himself says in a comment under the list: “I wish I had more female horror authors listed, but as I went through the list I realized that I…
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Time for another BLOODSHOT BOOKS COVER REVEAL!!
Now, I’m ecstatic to show you the 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?
“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.
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.
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!
This coming year we will be publishing his novel BLEED AWAY THE SKY.
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”