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January Issue – Morpheus Tales Supplement

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Been so busy working and reviewing for the next issue of the Morpheus Tales Supplement that I haven’t even had time to write a blog! There’s more still to come, but here’s a good idea of what will be contained in those hallowed pages…

MARAUDER By Gary Gibson
THE LORDS OF SALEM
Ramblings of a Tattooed Head By Simon Marshall-Jones
DREAM LONDON By Tony Ballantyne
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR 24 Edited By Stephen Jones
MEAT By Joseph D’Lacey
GARBAGE MAN By Joseph D’Lacey
SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY By Mary Robinette Kowal
DRAKENFELD By Mark Charon Newton
SHAME THE DEVIL By Michael Lejeune
A BRIEF GUIDE TO GHOST HUNTING By Dr Leo Ruickbie
KNIGHT OF SHADOWS By Toby Venables
The Most-Visited Grave in Swan Point Cemetery By Hunter Welles
DEEP STORM By Lincoln Child
FROM THE FATHERLAND, WITH LOVE By Ryu Marakami
THE EIDOLON By Libby McGugan
THE CONJURING (2013)
DARK SKIES (2013)
JOYLAND By Stephen King
SPLATTERLANDS: REAWAKENING THE SPLATTERPUNK REVOLUTION By Various
ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS ZOMBIES (2012)
World War Z (2013)
THE WITCH’S DAUGHTER By Paula Brackston
THE WINTER WITCH By Paula Brackston
TIGER’S CLAW By Dale Brown
PLASTIC JESUS By Wayne Simmons
THE EMPEROR’S BLADES By Brian Staveley
BOUNTY KILLER
THE IRON WOLVES By Andy Remic

The FREE Morpheus Tales Supplement will be out in January… You can read and download the current and previous issues from the Morpheus Tales website: www.morpheustales.com

 

Morpheus Tales Supplement – January

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Have you bought a copy of 13: Tales of Dark Fiction yet? If not go now, get it! You got it? No? Go on!

Available from lulu.com and all good booksellers

 www.lulu.com/product/paperback/13-tales-of-dark-fiction/18720432

 Available as an ebooks in many formats:

 http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/110688

 Available on Amazon Kindle:

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/13-Tales-Dark-Fiction-ebook/dp/B006J6QV4I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323345709&sr=8-1

  http://www.amazon.com/13-Tales-Dark-Fiction-ebook/dp/B006J6QV4I/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1323353440&sr=8-4

  Soon available elsewhere!

Anyway, I’ve been real busy with the MT Supplement that’s coming out in January to accompany Morpheus Tales #15 which will launch on 1st of January.

The good news is that it’s going to be huge! 41 pages at the moment!

Three author interviews (Andy Remic, Mark Morris and Bruce Bethke), another gorgeous scream queen mini interview with Kachina Dechert, and Eric S Brown interviews Lyle Blackburn lead singer from Ghoultown.

New columns from Trevor Wright,  Simon Marshall-Jones, Jim Lesniak and Alan Spencer.

Loads of reviews! Pages of them!

And you finally you get to read my review of the year annual column, including the winners of the Stanley Riiks awards for brilliance! Drum roll please… Sorry, I’m not allowed to say. You’ll just have to read it!

The current table of contents looks like this:

Introduction to 13: Tales of Dark Fiction (excerpt from the book) 3

THEME PLANET By Andy Remic. 3

BLOODRUSH By Bryan Smith. 4

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR Edited By Stephen Jones. 4

DEAD TOWN By K.C. Elliot 4

Kachina Dechert Interview By Trevor Wright 6

ANNO FRANKENSTEIN By Jonathan Green. 7

HOW I SOLD 1 MILLION E BOOKS IN 5 MONTHS! By John Locke. 7

MANHATTAN IN RESERVE By Peter F. Hamilton. 8

From the Catacombs: Series or Serial By Jim Lesniak. 8

ROCK N’ ROLL IS DEAD: TALES INSPIRED BY MUSIC.. 10

STUPEFYING TALES (Volume 1, Number 1) 11

KATJA FROM THE PUNK BAND By Simon Logan. 11

ETHEREAL TALES #12. 11

Andy Remic Interview.. 13

THE SHADOW OF THE UNKNOWN Edited By A. J. French. 15

Ramblings of a Tattooed Head By Simon Marshall-Jones. 15

SOLARIS RISING Edited By Ian Whates. 16

STRICKEN By Sean A. Lusher 17

KULTUS By Richard Ford. 17

RED STATE. 17

Coping with Obscurity in the Horror Market By Alan Spencer 18

REDLAW By James Lovegrove. 20

HEIRS OF THE BLADE By Adrian Tchaikovsky. 20

Interview with Lyle Blackburn lead singer for Ghoultown By Eris S Brown. 20

REALITY 36 By Guy Haley. 24

KING DEATH By Paul Finch. 24

THE SAVAGE KNIGHT By Paul Lewis. 24

SKULL FEEDER By Pamela Chillemi-Yeager and Dana Joseph Schaff 24

DARK WATERS By Peter Mark May. 24

Interview with Bruce Bethke by C.M. Saunders. 25

HOUSE OF FEAR Edited By Jonathan Oliver 29

DOUBLE DEAD By Chuck Wendig. 29

My Scariest Scary Movie By Trevor Wright 31

DANGEROUS WATERS By Juliet E. McKenna. 32

GIANT THIEF By David Tallerman. 32

Mark Morris Interview.. 32

THE HOWLING REBORN.. 37

MERKABAH RIDER 2: THE MENSCH WITH NO NAME By Edward M. Erdelac. 39

2011: A year in reviews By Stanley Riiks. 39

Might change a little, but might not change much because I’ve been working on it all morning instead of doing what I’m paid for which is much less fun!

Check out the website, and go and download your copy in January!

www.morpheustales.com

FLU By Wayne Simmons – Reviewed

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A few years ago zombie novels were like gold-dust. Now they’re ten a penny. Most are bog standard zombie rehashes, offering nothing new. The king of zombie fiction is Brian Keene, whose zombie novels create a sense of undeniable dread and looming, unstoppable danger. So the question is, does Simmons have anything to offer, and can be usurp the king?

Sadly the answer is both yes and no.

Flu is a post-apocalyptic zombie novel, focusing on the further spread of the disease which kills and then brings you back, and the few survivors in Belfast as they try to stay alive as long as possible, seeking out supplies, grouping together with other non-dead humans, and having to deal with the dead-fucks. The story uses sectarian issues and guilt, police, army and civilian survivors in a nice mix, which gives the book its edge.

This isn’t The Walking Dead rehashed in Belfast. Although there are clear homages to Romero’s trilogy and other zombie movies.

The story has some brutal and some disgusting moments, which help take it beyond the average, but what really put this book ahead of most of the rest is Simmons easy and efficient writing style (polished to within an inch of its life), and his characters, all of which suffer their own personal demons they have to battle along with the zombies. The humans really are the heroes of this novel, a tough sell, but one that works in this case.

The UK is bereft of zombie novels, the only decent one I can remember is the composite novel created by Stephen Jones and loads of others, Zombie Apocalypse, the exceptional London-based zombie novel told ingeniously in a series of documents.

While Flu isn’t an inventive as Jones’ effort, it still works very well and is a massively satisfying zombie novel that creates a dead world you want to explore further, and leaves enough questions for us to want to read the sequel, Fever, coming in the summer. And Flu definitely shows Simmons’ massive potential to become Great Britain’s crown prince of zombie fiction.

Not perfect, but a damn good try. Zombie fans will love it, horror fans will love it. Simmons writes like a demon, smooth and dangerous. Zombie fiction with an edge.

Reviews – Morpheus Tales Supplement

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I’ve been doing loads of reviews recently, only a small amount of which have been for the blog (don’t worry, more will be coming soon!). Most of the reviews were for the Morpheus Tales Supplement, where I’m the big chief and head honcho and have to do my bit to fill up all those pages.

My reviews of the following titles will all feature in the next issue, along with my interview with horror editing legend Stephen Jones and loads more:

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! Created By Stephen Jones

A FIELD GUIDE TO DEMONS, VAMPIRES, FALLEN ANGELS AND OTHER SUBVERSIVE SPIRITS By Carol K. Mack and Dinah Mack

THE EMPATHY EFFECT By Bob Lock

ARROWLAND By Paul Kane

A BRIEF HISTORY OF WITCHCRAFT By Lois Martin

SOUL STEALERS By Andy Remic

SONGS FROM SPIDER STREET By Mark Howard Jones

DEAD BEAT By Remy Porter

I’m also working on my yearly article,  A Year In Reviews and will be awarding my own personal awards to my favourite books of the year.

The Morpheus Tales Supplement is free to read, view and download from the Morpheus Tales website!

www.morpheustales.com

The new issue of the Supplement will be out in January, so I’ll be hard at work on that for the next few weeks!