When young Sarah McPhee discovers a beautiful blue rose growing in the garden, it transports her imagination to a new world – one filled with blue rose horses and blue rose streams. But there’s a gray city nearby this wondrous world, one where a boy is trapped, sad and scared. Now it’s up to Sarah to do whatever she can to help him and, in doing so, discover the magic of The Boy with the Blue Rose Heart. Brought to life with gorgeous illustrations from the wonderful Luke Spooner.
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The Boy with the Blue Rose Heart
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June was a busy month for us. We released two new books of Horror/Speculative Fiction and have some exciting news we will be announcing soon!
Kristi DeMeester has quickly become a favorite author. Her feminist touch and original voice in the horror genre is absolutely gorgeous. “DeMeester can tell a story! Haunted by her mother’s heritage Lila tries to piece together these murders that makes her mother feel uneasy, she’s hiding something… And what is hiding inside herself? Switching between timelines, beautiful prose and an otherness that hunts the purity of young girls. Such a Pretty Smile is a haunting, magnificent book!”
16 short pieces of dark surrealism and folk horror, many of which are being published here for the first time. J.M. originally conceived of these stories as akin to unsettling campfire tales.
Dim Shores always brings the new goods to our shelves. Mixed with a few poetic pieces and some gorgeous prose. Bédard excites the body horror, plagues the mysteries of dark surrealism and carves out the folk horror. This collection may be slim but holds a powerful debut and I think the author is only breaking the ice. Collector #111
If you like Audiobooks or Short Stories. Check out PseudoPod
Found this podcast while searching for more of Kristi DeMeester’s work. She has two tales premiered on PseudoPod. I listened to Slipping Petals from Their Skins. Inspired by Kristi’s childhood obsession with Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies books and imagining that if she ate flowers, she could become one of those fairies.
Other Books in June The House from Hell: The True Story of Gertrude Baniszewski (True Crime Seven 2022)
Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 1-4 – Keith Giffen (Graphic novels – DC Comics 2017) Sensor – Junji Ito (Manga – Viz Media 2021)
The TikTok Queen drops in with some Extreme Horror
“Sloths luring the curious into its rainforest, watching and waiting. Backpacking amongst beasts of legend. A vindictive clone and a story of obsession, passion and revenge. Entertaining the consciousness and machines. A progeny of origami with a selfish mother. An ancient, monstrous beast that hungers for children. A mothers hidden secret and the power that lies within. Vampire/human hybrid, hunted and rebirthed. Extraterrestrials and the fight against the injustices of humanity. The dishonoring of mother earth and the monstrosities blooming into life.
The unique writing style and creations within evoke emotions from the depths of the mind. It wraps around like a shadow reaching out, clawing, grabbing, and then letting go for only a moment. Pondering each story, reveling in its dark beauty in words, the hybrids are imaginative creatures, discomforting and yet there is love and light that shines from the darkness. A labor of love for the unnatural, unusual and the monsters that lurk around corners.” 5 🌟
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Bizarro is so much fun to read. The creativity in this is amazing. There is a lot of horror elements that had me cringing and tons of humor that had me chuckling. All the elements in this were just crazy imaginative. It plays out like a full on movie production in your mind with it’s vivid imagery and detail.” Read Full Review HERE
May was National Short Story Month we dug up a collection from 2019
Brian Evenson’s blurb caught my eye “Here, things almost happen, and the weight of their almost happening hangs over the narrative like a threat.”
Most of Ha Seong-Nan’s stories are open-ending leaving the reader to take in the story and leave the imagination running. The surreal and strange at hand is mundane, yet entertaining and interesting. Open Letter Press and their translators find some of the best collections and novels to bring to life.
With Zombieland vibes and survival tactics at hand, Lopez journalizes events of the coming feast. This fast paced novella drops you right into the plague and chases you to the last page. Daniel Tinagan cover design is remarkable. Definitely in my top ten favorite covers. Recommended Reading for fast paced Zombie Fans! Aurelio Rico Lopez III will return to HsM in 2023 with a NEW RELEASE… Stay Tune
A punch gut laugh track over the roaring engines of motorcycles. Freville’s absurdities, violence and pornographic measures holds a madness that drapes the curtains over an applaudable encore. Rev up your reading pleasures and get on the road to Delacroix, that puts the Olympic Games to preschool levels and Adult Swim Cartoons on blast!
Returning to Leeds for another helping of Bartlett’s grotesque design of literature. The build up to the final minutes (or pages) is a deadly delightful dance with answers of destiny and diabolical terror.
The artwork by Aeron Alfrey and Dan Sauer’s stunning cover design compliments the monstrous visions of Bartlett’s GASPAR.
💥Proceed with caution in regards to this read as it is an extreme horror novel and NOT for the faint of heart💥
What a short, sick, and utterly disgusting read. The descriptions are superb at making you recoil and gag. I can’t really describe this read as it’s really one you have to delve into and experience yourself but I give this a solid 5 🌟 for being one hundred percent vile and repulsive and even a bit funny at times.
“Enter into this tragicomic melodrama the author himself in a stroke of metafiction that predates the emergence of postmodernism by nearly fifty years—Unamuno the Author intervenes in Augusto’s suicide attempt, informing his central agonist of his fictitiousness and insisting that a figment of the imagination does not have such luxuries as the right to die.“
This is a book by Miguel de Unamuno and anyone familiar with the late Spanish essayist can tell you, that means it is a psychic stew. Whether writing of Cervantes’ crowning creation, Don Quixote, or the agony of Christendom, the infamous rector is impassioned, distracted, and all over the place. He is also on fire, on point, and knows exactly where he is going, whether he realizes it or not.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
“The web of life is being woven and unraveled at the same time. And from time to time we get breaths and vapors and even mysterious murmurs from that other world, from that interior of our own world.”
Modern Custodian says: “If you took something from this exploration of Niebla, please consider subscribing to my newsletter (it’s FREE!!!) and be sure to keep an eye on my Substack for future updates on my top-secret Miguel de Unamuno project, a literary restoration I am curating with Donald Armfield for Hybrid Sequence Media’s forthcoming Hybrid Mended Series.”
HYBRID MENDED SERIES 2024 MORE INFO COMING SOON HYBRID SEQUENCE MEDIA
A Comedic Buffet of Old Whores and New Homes: The Short Stories of James Burr
Nanny Knows Best is the finest short story collection I have read since Benjamin Weissman’s Headless and twice as smart. This collection had me enthralled from the very first page of its prologue, a darkly comical vignette that deftly skewers the hospice arm of the health care industry with all of the cheeky inventiveness of vintage Vonnegut and the physical comedy of classic sitcoms.
Aurelio Rico Lopez III has provided readers with a robust assortment of free-verse narrative poems. There are literally dozens of stories and set pieces conveyed through poetry in this collection, and it’s well worth the time spent properly digesting each and every one. A Predisposition for Madness has certainly put this writer on my radar in a good way. In these pages, you’ll discover monsters both human and far from it, you’ll witness new pandemics and sickness ravaging households and the world, you’ll see warfare and apocalyptic scenarios played out, and you’ll encounter things far more challenging to describe. There’s most certainly something in here that will suit the tastes of any reader, assuming that reader enjoys poetry. Even if you don’t typically enjoy it, I’d recommend giving this collection a chance. The title is an apt one, the cadence of the poems coming across almost as if the stream of consciousness ravings of a madman in a padded cell, alternating between mumbles and screams.
We are ecstatic to announce the ToC for – Hybrid: Misfits, Monsters and Other Phenomena All these talented writers we get to work with is a dream come true. Stories and Poems by:
As Dark the Night – Nicole Givens Kurtz Clawing Through Mud as More Leaves Silt Down, as Plastic Bags, as Cast-Off Bottles – Romie Stott Fracking-lution – Linda D Addison Home is Where the Howl Is – John Claude Smith Hopital Automatique – D. Harlan Wilson How Does Your Garden Grow – Gene Flynn It Calls To You – Jamal Hodge Kolkata’s Little Girl – Alessandro Manzetti Madre Tempesta – John Palisano MAERO – Lee Murray Making Friends – Angela Yuriko Smith Mother Eve – Marge Simon My Farther’s Ashes – Philip Fracassi Raven-Wolf – Cindy O’Quinn Ruination of the Gods – Chris McAuley & Claudia Christian Savages Anonymous – Alicia Hilton Scoocoom of Big Rock Mountain – Michael Knost Slo-Mo – Michael Bailey Strange Progeny – Bruce Boston Vis-a-vis – Jeffrey Thomas Introduction by: James Aquilone And this creepy, gorgeous cover design by Luke Spooner
A poetry collection by Philip Fracassi in a dark set of emotions, beautifully illustrated with 11 full color images by Mark Licari
“In “Tomorrow’s Gone”, Philip Fracassi gives us beautiful melancholy vignettes of the inner self, marvelously illustrated by Mark Licari. A journey through the seasons and colors of the soul, “Tomorrow’s Gone” is a moving catalogue of emotions and intimate images, sometimes humorous, mostly dark, that will appeal to both fans of the writer and newcomers to his work.” – Seb Doubinsky, author of “The Word For Poetry Is Poetry“
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Collected over the span of a decade, these poems reveal the inner-musings of a man reflecting on issues of love and hate, of beauty, and despair, —when the nights are fast, the days are long, and tomorrow’s gone.
I began reading this book on a whim and was immediately drawn in by the interesting and oddly relatable characters. Once you are pulled into this bizarre and strangely humorous world, it is very hard to leave it behind before the last page forces you out of your shell of surprise and wonder.
Ben Fitts is a writer, musician, and zinester from New York City. He is the author of the books My Birth And Other Regrets (NihilismRevised, 2019) and over forty published short stories, and is the creator of numerous zines. He currently lives in Brooklyn, where he plays guitar in the indie rock band War Honey and puts too much hot sauce on everything.