Red Cape Publishing are proud to announce the release of H is for Hell on January 13th 2021.
Includes stories by Daniel R. Robichaud, Bob Johnston, Holley Cornetto, Sarah Jane Huntington, Simon J. Plant, Monster Smith, Gemma Paul, N.M. Brown, Mo Donovan, John Clewarth, Elliott Capon, Eric Butler, and Todd K. Denick.
Red Cape Publishing are proud to announce the release of The Vegas Rift by David F. Gray on Audible, narrated by Michael Brusasco. Blending science-fiction, fantasy, and cosmic horror, The Vegas Rift is a story of epic proportions.
From David F. Gray, author of Gamble’s Run, comes The Vegas Rift – An epic blend of science fiction, fantasy, and cosmic horror.
When Sam Carr becomes separated from his younger brother Doug during a trip to Las Vegas, he finds himself drawn into a world of unimaginable horrors. Through The Vegas Rift, Sam is taken to The Paradise, a sinister, Vegas-style hotel harboring dark secrets. Who is really running things behind the scenes? Will Sam reach Doug before it’s too late? Will they ever return to the world they left behind?
It’s time for our annual roundup of the last twelve months and what a year it’s been! From a publishing and writing perspective it’s been a busy and exciting year, despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic. From a personal perspective it’s been very up and down and a year we’ll be glad to get past.
January started off well with the Horror-On-Sea film festival where we were selling books. At the time, we thought it was the beginning of an events-filled year. January also saw the birth of our daughter Mathilda and we can hardly believe she’s almost a year old already.
February involved a Q&A at the Bloody Flicks Film Awards, selling lots of signed books, and the release of our first signed authors book – Dirges in the Dark by Antoinette Corvo.
Then everything went weird in March. We’d had a weekend away and the following week we were plunged into lockdown. We quickly found ourselves having to home-school the children 5 hours per day alongside work. This went on for almost six months and was honestly exhausting. In March we released Madman Across the Water by Caroline Angel and A is for Aliens.
April brought us The Ivory Tower by Antoinette Corvo and May saw the release of B is for Beasts. April also brought the exciting news that P.J. Blakey-Novis had won the Indipenned Short Story Contest 2020 with the short horror tale Passing Through.
June showed some relief from lockdown rules as businesses began reopening. This increase in people commuting resulted in a large bump in sales of audio books. In June we release the epic cosmic horror tale The Vegas Rift by David F. Gray, as well as C is for Cannibals.
November was mostly spent reading through the 114 submissions we received for our next anthology and listening to audio books we had in production. You can find out which audio books are available on our new Audio Page. Despite this, we still brought you three more books – the apocalyptic horror novel Less by Caroline Angel, A Very Zombie Christmas by Gemma Paul, and The Cat That Caught The Canary by Antoinette Corvo.
G is for Genies dropped on December 9th and H is for Hell is currently available to pre-order ahead of release of January 13th. December was a difficult month personally as we lost a close family member unexpectedly so we needed a little time to deal with that.
So what about 2021? What do we have in store? Well, it’s a lot. We’ll be bringing another 6 or 7 books from the A-Z of Horror Series out. We have a new novel from Caroline Angel coming. There is a trilogy from Antoinette Corvo. A sequel to The Vegas Rift is being written. Mark Anthony Smith has another collection of shorts and a novella in progress. Gemma Paul will be adding to the Kreepy Kids Collection. We have a novella from David Owain Hughes and a collection of short horrors from J.C. Michael. There will be a sixth collection of short stories as well as two novels from P.J. Blakey-Novis by the end of the year. We also have two other projects which we can’t discuss just yet but they look like they’ll be awesome.
Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us by buying the books, leaving reviews, sharing posts, and submitting to the anthologies. You’re all rather wonderful.
Today sees the launch of book seven in the A-Z of Horror Series – G is for Genies. You can find the book on Amazon here, in both Kindle and paperback formats. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with an online launch at 9.30pm UK time via our Facebook page. More info here. Including stories by Joshua Boliard, Astrid Addams, C. Marry Hultman, David Green, Mark Anthony Smith, Lee Franklin, Craig Crawford, Lynette S. Hoag, Armand Rosamilia, Dale Parnell, Monster Smith, Chisto Healy, and Daniel R. Robichaud.
We have some special guests joining us for today’s blog post. Lee Franklin and D.J. Doyle talk to Leanne about their upcoming extreme horror collaboration Xtreme Xmas.
Hello ladies! And thank you both for taking the time to answer a few questions about your NEW book Xtreme Xmas.
Now… I’ve been lucky enough to read some of your work and have had the pleasure of working with you both on a couple of projects now, but can you tell our readers more about yourselves?
Lee: I am a West Aussie who has been living in North Yorkshire for the past, almost four years. I found D.J Doyle in an FB horror group almost three years ago now, after she posted a review complaining about how sick her novella Red was. Naturally I had to go see for myself and Doyle didn’t disappoint. I refer to Doyle as my Writer Wifey. She has been a cheerleader, beta reader, and whip cracker for me from my first short story publication right through to reading bazillions of short story drafts and my novel Berserker – Green Hell published through Hellbound Books. She also nudged me to self-publish my novelette Nang Tani.
D.J.: Born and raised in Dublin, now living in Kildare for 16 years. Lover, well, maybe fanatic, of all things horror. Lee commented on a post, read my book, and she has stalked me ever since. She oozes talent and I’m privileged to be her writer wifey, being critique partners has developed my skills for description. I write a mix of subgenres and have two novels, a novella, three novelettes and multiple short stories – the comedy horrors with Father Jack being my favourite character to write about.
The question I have next for you both is – Who came up with the idea of Xtreme Xmas?
Lee: Doyle did. It was all her idea. I am sweet and innocent. I wanted to write warm fuzzy hallmark Christmas stories. No, seriously, we have talked about working on a project together for years now. We had the idea to do this last Christmas, but life being life it never happened. We got to October and tossed around a few ideas and by the time we got to November it was do or die.
D.J.: I’m not letting that one take the credit. I wanted to join forces to write some extreme together… Lee obliged, as a wifey should, and we aimed for Dec with Xmas Xtreme.
BOTH: We wanted to challenge each other, but most importantly have fun. The original concept was the 12 Days of Christmas song. But then we realised, that time of year is pretty boring and we needed a connection between the stories; the tree farm seemed the right way to go. So, we decided on a countdown to Christmas.
I also noticed you were killing off other indie authors in your stories (as I was also asked to be killed, ha). Which authors will we see dying within your dark and twisted words?
Lee: I read Roo by Alan Baxter and it was soo much fun seeing other writers and those in the horror industry being characters in the story. We were able to formally invite 90% of the characters. The remaining 10% are big name trad published, so we made sure to stick to first names only. Most horror people are a bit weird and were enthusiastic about being slaughtered in our stories. Some even specifically requested the most brutal deaths we could muster. Others, disappointed that they only played a cameo role.. this year.
DJ.:There Lee goes again, taking the credit. We had a habit of writing each other into our stories as a dedicated friend would, so I suggested we added our other friends and try to set the village as our community of horror writers.
BOTH: For Xtreme Xmas we have killed, maimed, and tortured nearly fifty of our fellow horror writers. A few big names appear throughout, but we really wanted to celebrate our fellow indie writers and horror aficionados.
Jennifer Sullivan and Paul Flewitt face off against some Xmas Gremlins.
Matt Shaw suffers a rat infestation.
Mark Cassell has some problems on the school bus run.
Natasha …. Gets to try out her new toys.
Eric Butler signs up for a milking job, just to discover the lengths Myk Pilgrim will go to, to save Xmas..
Eleanor Merry’s Xmas party gets a bit heated with some uninvited guests.
Joe X Young and a star-studded cast, including the veritable Blakey-Novis’ have an unforgettable family dinner.
Wade H is Shawville’s resident drug dealer who is about to change somebody’s Xmas
Adam Nevill and Jasper Bark run into some problems whilst breaking into Laymon’s Lot
Kyle Scott gets to play mad scientists with Justin Boote and friends.
Duncan Ralston discovers that life is a gift.
And the infamous Mr Campbell brings home the wrong Xmas tree.
Did you have stories and characters in mind before the title or the other way around?
Lee: I had the story and then went shopping for characters. I thought about who would enjoy playing that role. I ran it by my cast so nobody was in for any rude surprises.
D.J.:That would mean I’m a planner. I laugh in the face of planners, hahahaha!. Me: panster. Lee had some ideas written out and then we discussed our countdown and the topics, the stories originated from there. Some changed, but most we agreed to before we started writing.
This is an EXTREME HORROR book. What are we to expect (apart from horny snowmen)?
BOTH:Blood, oh so much blood. Lots of body parts, torture and death. As I mentioned, we have almost fifty characters, and the evisceration are just as varied. Most don’t survive, and those that do will probably wish they hadn’t. I believe we have hit the right mix of monsters; both human and supernatural. We don’t think you will ever look at Xmas the same after this. I definitely can’t look at a snowman the same way again.
Do you have a release date in mind for Xtreme Xmas? And where can our readers purchase it from?
Both: We are aiming for a Sunday the 13th December release and will be available from the Amazon / Kindle store.
This month we bring you our choice of children’s books, ideal as stocking fillers. Have a look through the list and find your child’s new favourite read!
The Little Bat That Could – Written & Illustrated by Gemma Paul
The Little Bat yearns to explore the world he reads about in his books, but there is one small thing holding him back. Delve into this tale and see if he can make his dreams come true. Buy here.
Bill, The Worm Who Ran Away – Written & Illustrated by Pamela Morris
Bill’s brothers and sisters are driving him crazy! They just won’t leave him alone. One night, Bill the Worm decides to run away. All too soon he discovers the world can be a dangerous place. Can Bill find a safe, new place to call home? Will he ever see his family again? Buy UK and US
Grace & Bobo: The Trip To The Future – Written by Peter Blakey-Novis, Illustrated by Leese Johnstone
When Grace’s teacher asks her to write about the future, it’s the perfect opportunity to build her own time machine! Join Grace and her pet monkey Bobo as they set off on a thrilling adventure to a strange land, and learn a valuable lesson from the creatures they meet. Buy here
The Twilight Princess – Written by Joe Duncombe, Illustrated by Cong Nguyen
The Twilight Princess is an enchanting tale of a little girl who cries at the sight of a flower bed, and the little boy who is determined to rescue her from her sorrow.
5 star critical review
I loved the air of mystery and sense of wonder shared by the narrator as he remembers this nightly occurrence from his childhood and can well imagine how young readers will likewise be swept into the mystery of the princess who wept every night. Cong Nguyen’s lovely and dramatic illustrations work so well to impart the magic and intrigue of the story and his sketches of the park where the Princess would play are elegant and compelling. The Twilight Princess is a grand selection for storytime, but it’s also written for new readers to try on their own. The Twilight Princess is highly recommended.
A beautifully illustrated, magical story with a unique style. The Twilight Princess is the second children’s book from author Joe Duncombe and illustrator Cong Nguyen. Buy UK and US
The Mummy Walks At Midnight – Written & Illustrated by Gemma Paul
The Mummy walks at midnight, that’s what the stories say. Are you brave enough to follow him and see where he goes? Join him on his adventure in the first of the Kreepy Kids Collection. Buy here
The Pomdig – Written by R.J. Furness, Illustrated by Kathryn Short
Dive into the wilderness with this remarkable rhyming tale about the mysterious creature who plants weeds and wildflowers everywhere.
Perfect for children aged 3-6 to share with their families.
Have you ever wondered where weeds and wildflowers come from? They pop up all over the place. Gardens, driveways, pavements, roads and walls are often littered with them at different times of the year. But nobody plants them there. Weeds somehow appear wherever they like. Or do they? Maybe they have some help.
“But where do weeds come from?” you ask in distress. “They show up everywhere, and they look a mess.” The answer is a secret you just can’t share. It’s the Pomdig who plants your weeds over there.
Today sees the release of The Cat That Caught The Canary by Antoinette Corvo, a dark drama set in the world of New York theatre. This is the third book of Antoinette’s we have published, following Dirges in the Dark and The Ivory Tower.Available for Kindle and in paperback from Amazon here.
Last Wednesday also saw the third release from Caroline Angel with the dystopian horror novel Less. Available for Kindle and in paperback from Amazon here. Caroline’s previous books, Madman Across the Water and The Curse Awakens can now be purchased as a two-book set here.
From Caroline Angel, author of Madman Across The Water and Origin of Evil, comes the dystopian horror novel Less. When Sam and the staff of the Blue Dawn Diner arrive at work one morning, it only takes a moment to see that something is very wrong. The streets of the usually-bustling town are eerily quiet – even the birds are silent. Sam and his friends soon discover that the world has changed beyond all comprehension, throwing them into a battle for survival as they try to create a new life and a new community. Coming up against other survivors and horrifying creatures, the group are forced to adapt quickly. Will the group survive long enough to find answers? Will they do what is needed to protect their community? Will humanity thrive again, even when there are Less?
Our next release will be the seventh book in the A-Z of Horror Series – G is for Genies. Now available to pre order ahead of launch of December 9th here. To mark the occasion, A is for Aliens will be free from tomorrow to Saturday (26th to 28th). There is now a handy link to purchase the full series on Amazon with one click – UK and US.
We’ve had a few updates on Audible and are able to offer FREE audio books in exchange for an honest review. Last week saw the release of Dirges in the Dark in audio format and we can provide review codes for this book and Madman Across the Water. Just email email@example.com to request a free code.
Currently in production are The Cat That Caught The Canary, The Curse Awakens, and Less. Already recorded and pending approval by Audible are The Vegas Rift, A is for Aliens, The Ivory Tower, and Keep It Inside & Other Weird Tales.
We’d like to finish with an update about the charity anthology, It Came From The Darkness. The book has sold really well since its launch on October 30th and has raised more than £250 for the Max the Brave Fund already. If you haven’t already got a copy, you can find it here.