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New books and more to come…

The last few weeks have seen a couple of new releases on Audible – The Vegas Rift by David F. Gray & The Cat That Caught The Canary by Antoinette Corvo. Currently in production are B is for Beasts and The Curse Awakens by Caroline Angel.

The Vegas Rift by David F. Gray

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?

The Cat That Caught The Canary by Antoinette Corvo

From Antoinette Corvo, author of Dirges in the Dark and The Ivory Tower, comes The Cat That Caught The Canary – a hard-hitting drama. When an unloved child loses her only friend, she finds the courage to leave home and reinvent herself as Pearl Lancaster. Innocent and naïve, Pearl’s quest to become a theatre star puts her at the mercy of abusive teachers and predatory cult members. This is the story of one girl’s rise to fame and the desperate lengths she will go to in order to stay in the spotlight. Blood will be shed, tears will fall, but the show must go on.

A-Z of Horror Book 8: H is for Hell

January 13th saw the release of the eighth book in the A-Z of Horror series of anthologies. Available now for Kindle and in paperback, with audio coming soon.

Where Shadows Move by Caroline Angel

Coming February 3rd and available to pre-order now.

From Caroline Angel, author of Madman Across the Water, Origin of Evil, and Less, comes Where Shadows Move, a supernatural thriller set in Australia.

When Sarah brings home a box of assorted items from a market stall, she has no idea what she is about to unleash. Stored within an ornate box, Sarah finds a set of fortune-telling cards, each beautifully and intricately illustrated. Sarah’s dreams become more vivid and start to spill out into the real world – with deadly consequences. It doesn’t take long for Sarah to realise the danger that she, and everyone she knows, is now in.

As the body count rises and blood begins to flow, Sarah is forced to seek help to break the curse of the cards and free herself from their hold. How many people will need to die before she rids herself of their evil power? Will she be strong enough to resist their pull? How can she keep her loved ones safe in the places Where Shadows Move?

H is for Hell & A New Audio Release

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.

Find out more at http://www.redcapepublishing.com

Kindle version available to pre-order here

The previous books in the series are all available for Kindle and in paperback from Amazon, as well as through Red Cape Publishing’s website.

A is for Aliens, B is for Beasts, C is for Cannibals, D is for Demons, E is for Exorcism, F is for Fear, and G is for Genies.

Series link US – https://mybook.to/AtoZSeries

Series link UK – https://mybook.to/AtoZSeriesUK

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?

Audible UK – The Vegas Rift Audiobook | David F. Gray | Audible.co.uk

Audible US – The Vegas Rift by David F. Gray | Audiobook | Audible.com

Paperback and digital version, included in Kindle Unlimited, at https://mybook.to/Vegas

Goodbye 2020 (at last!)

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.

July saw the release of The Place Between Worlds, the fifth collection of short stories from P.J. Blakey-Novis.

August saw us release The Curse Awakens, the long-awaited sequel to Madman Across the Water, as well as D is for Demons. In September we brought you the first children’s book from Gemma Paul, The Little Bat That Could, as well as E is for Exorcism.

October came around quickly and things were really busy on the run-up to Halloween. We released four books that month – Keep It Inside by Mark Anthony Smith, F is for Fear, The Mummy Walks At Midnight, and the superb charity anthology It Came From The Darkness in aid of the Max the Brave Fund. October also hit us with a medical emergency and week’s hospitalisation for Leanne so it was a difficult time but we’re proud of the books we’ve managed to put out.

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.

Have a great 2021.

Peter & Leanne

Genies Release Day & A Special Interview

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.

#1

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. 

#2

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. 

#3

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.   

#4

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.

#5

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.

#6

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.