Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Major Karnage: the Animated Trailer!

Animated Trailer for Major Karnage is up on youtube! Check it out!

You know you want your own copy of Major Karnage.

Book of Tongues Review at the Turned Brain

The Turned Brain bought A Book of Tongues after reading a negative review of the book because she thought that even though it didn't interest the reviewer, it would interest her!

"Actually, and this coming from a die hard atheist, I found it be pretty unique and interesting. Normally I can’t stop yawning when reading about characters struggling with their religion and god and what have you, but Files definitely handled it pretty well. And she couldn’t very well have avoided it, with Rook being a once pious Reverend now killing people left and right and enthusiastically sodomising his boyfriend every chance he gets."

Read the rest of the review.

Get your own copy of A Book of Tongues here!

A "Sit-your-ass-down-and-lose-your-mind kind of read"

Andrew Wilmot at Backlisted has this to say about Major Karnage:

"Major Karnage was a great, sit-your-ass-down-and-lose-your-mind kind of a read—it reminded me, in a way, of what Spielberg and Lucas claimed to have been shooting for with the creation of Indiana Jones, a lovingly constructed tribute to the ‘50s adventure serial mindset. Though Karnage goes in the other direction, shooting for the travesty that will be the corporate designed far-flung future, the established tone is similar, the execution just as much of a blast to ride along with."

Read the rest of the review here!

Get your own Major Karnage to love forever!

Tom Piccirilli reviews In the Mean Time and Thief of Broken Toys

Tom Piccirilli, author of more than twenty novels including Every Shallow Cut, which is going to be released in Spring 2011, gives a shout out to two other CZP books, The Thief of Broken Toys and In the Mean Time.

Check it out here!

Check out Tom's upcoming book here!

"What Frightens us More than Anything Else"

The National Post has this to say about Craig Davidson's Sarah Court:

"Davidson has written a compelling and nuanced horror story about neighbours, those distant beings in close proximity. They may never be as popular as zombies or vampires in the canon of the uncanny, but if the hell of the other is an inextricable part of being human, it’s also what frightens us more than anything else."

Read the rest of the review here.

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Very Brief Interview with Brent Hayward!

Totally Tesseracts interviews Brent Hayward about writing and rabid squirrels.

Read it here!

Check out Brent's book Filaria!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Surprise Sale!

It's a Black Friday surprise sale on November 26th from your friends at ChiZine Publications! Buy any one book, and you will get a FREE novella (at no extra shipping cost)!

Not only that, we'll give you the ebook version of both books--also for FREE!

Here's all you have to do.

1. Go to our website.
2. Order a book & pay like you normally would.
3. Choose a novella from the list below.
4. Pop us an e-mail to brett@chizinepub.com and tell us which novella you'd like us to include, and whether you want the eBook versions of both.

Free novellas - TODAY ONLY!!

People Live Still in Cashtown Corners by Tony Burgess
Chasing the Dragon by Nicholas Kaufmann
The Thief of Broken Toys by Tim Lebbon
The World More Full of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema

SALE ENDS tonight at 12:00 midnight PST (3:00 a.m. EST).

Happy shopping!

Your Odd Little CZP Family

Tony Burgess interviewed by Bookends

Tony Burgess interviewed by Justine Lewkowicz in the debut edition of Bookends. They talk about People Live Still in Cashtown Corners and Justine talks with Chris Szego of Bakka Phoenix Books about the serial killer genre.

Doug Smith Interviewed

Doug Smith, author of Chimerascope, is interviewed at PlanetShifter Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

Do you understand what some writers and artists are calling "new mythologies"?

Actually, no. But the ancient myths were the way that humans tried to explain the unexplainable, and writers and artists are still trying to explain the universe and our place in it. Our myths simply change as we learn more. Science replaces myth, but each answer leads to another area of which we know nothing. Myths rush in to fill the void. We are story tellers and will always be story tellers.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's the Ice Age in Montreal!

On November 28th, Rover and Infinitheatre are teaming up to do dramatic readings of novels and short stories set in Montreal. Of course, Claude Lalumière's This is the Ice Age from Objects of Worship is one of the 24 readings selected!

Read more about it here.

Interpretive Reading by Gord Zajac

Gord Zajac, author of Major Karnage, does an interpretive reading of Robert Boyczuk's Nexus: Ascension at SFContario in Toronto.

If that's not reason enough to buy the book...I don't know what is.

The Gravity of Pain

Paul Goat Allen reviews Thief of Broken Toys at the Barnes and Noble Book Club! He says about the novella:

"Haunting, atmospheric, and lyrically melancholic, this dark little gem is, simply put, unforgettable."

Read the rest of the review here

Buy your own copy.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Animated Cashtown Trailer!

Murder and Mayhem in Munroe Country

Steven W. Beattie of the Quill & Quire has this to say about People Live Still in Cashtown Corners:

"It would be a mistake...to assume that Cashtown Corners is a work of exploitation, or a simple genre entertainment. Burgess uses the conventions of horror fiction to craft a deeply serious fable about human connection and the discordant consequences that can result from an inability to successfully integrate into the conventions of polite society. In this regard, Burgess numbers Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner among his literary progenitors."

Read the entire review here.

Buy this book!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Micro-Review for World More Full of Weeping

A nice micro-review of The World More Full of Weeping arrived in the CZP inbox today from Simon McNeil.

He says: "When I finally cleared the books ahead of it on my reading list and sat down to reading it I finished in a single reading. The haunting and captivating story touches on the mystery and beauty of the wild, and the pain of loss with touching poignancy."

Read the rest of it here.

Find out more about how you can get your own copy!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pontypool Screening!

Come to the Pontypool screening, December 3rd at 9pm at the Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Ave). There will be book signings, a Q&A with Tony Burgess, Stephen McHattie and Lisa Houle, and a screening of the book trailer for Tony Burgess' latest book, People Live Still in Cashtown Corners!

Podcasts for In the Mean Time

Today, we released a podcast of a story from Paul Tremblay’s short story collection In the Mean Time. “In the Mean Time,” read by the author, is the first of six stories we will be podcasting that feature the voice talents of Sarah Langan, Michael Cisco, Stephen Graham Jones, John Langan, Mur Lafferty and Paul Tremblay.

Each week, we will announce the new story on our Facebook page, Twitter and the ChiZine Publications blog as well as adding a link on the In the Mean Time page. Or, subscribe to the podcast feed to receive them automatically.

"Collection Succeeds so Powerfully"

Ideomancer has this to say about Chimerascope:

"Smith’s greatest talent lies in creating and then exploring worlds fashioned by posing a deceptively simple question. If a man awoke each morning and died each night, each time waking in someone else’s body, as in “A Taste Sweet and Salty,” would he be able to escape? What if, as in the book’s opening story, “Scream Angel,” an alien species secreted a chemical substance that warped humans’ emotional responses—changing extreme lows into torrid, wonderful highs? His aliens are fully-fleshed, complicated beings with tangible challenges."

Read the rest of the review here!

Get your own copy!

Globe and Mail Reviews Cashtown!

Tony Burgess' People Live Still in Cashtown Corners gets a favourable review in the Globe and Mail.

"[I]t is his voice, with its plain-spoken common sense, that draws us into the story and is so convincing that we almost don’t question the peculiarity of his perspective. Until the murders begin to multiply, of course. But even these random killings make sense in a certain context. According to Bob, people are the problem: “They make us nervous and then we kill them,” simple as that."

Click here to read the rest of the review!

Get your own copy here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Satisfies on Every Level

The Black Abyss has this to say about Tim Lebbon's Thief of Broken Toys:

"The Thief Of Broken Toys is a tragic, strange, emotional piece which satisfies on every level...Once again Tim Lebbon has delivered a beautifully crafted, marvellously written and emotionally powerful novella. Highly recommend: Rating 4.5/5."

Read the review here.

Get your own copy.

"Gross; Barbaric, But it Works."

Backlisted has an awesome last line on this one:

"And fuck you, Tony Burgess, if “blood moving through the cruiser like spiders jumping” pops up in my dreams tonight."

Read it all here.

Get your own copies here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Eerie": In the Mean Time Review

Joshua Chaplinsky, from Chuckpalahniuk.net, says about In the Mean Time:

"The spaces between the words, where these stories live and breathe, represent the author at his most interesting, ensuring that In The Mean Time will resonate long after the last page has been read."

Read the rest of the review here.

Get your own copy of In the Mean Time!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Preorder two Spring 2011 Titles!

Special, limited edition hardcovers are available at the Horror Mall for two of our Fall 2010 books! Get them before they're gone!

EVERY SHALLOW CUT, by Tom Piccirilli

NAPIER'S BONES, by Derryl Murphy

Three on the Bestseller List, Woo!

Three of CZP's titles, highlighted and linked below, are on the bestsellers list for the Horror Mall.

1. THE LIVING AND THE DEAD by Greg F. Gifune
2. HAND-CARVED COFFINS by Sheldon Higdon
3. INNOCENTS LOST by Michael McBride
5. CLOWN IN THE MOONLIGHT by Tom Piccirilli
6. MIDNIGHT BLUES by Brian Knight
7. IN THE MEAN TIME by Paul Tremblay
8. A BOOK OF TONGUES by Gemma Files
9. HERETICS by Greg F. Gifune
10. CHILDREN OF CHAOS by Greg F. Gifune

A Book of Tongues is from the Spring 2010 list, and it's still selling like mad. Wooo!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fangoria Mentions Cashtown Corners

Though he's not right about it being a short story (it's a novella!), Fangoria makes a brief mention of People Live Still in Cashtown Corners.

Click here to see! And scroll down to the bottom, although the picture is at the top.

You know you want your own copy.

The Velvet interviews Paul Tremblay

V: When people ask you what you do, and you (hopefully) tell them you're a writer, when they ask what you write, what do you tell them? You've shown quite the varied output in the last few years, what would you consider the genre or subject you consider safe ground?

PT: I tell people that I write all kinds of stuff. Then when they twist their face all up like I told them their haircut looks oddly like cheese, or something, I tell them I’ve written a few weird crime novels and a bunch of speculative fiction stories. When they ask me what speculative fiction is, I just say I write horror. Or I say dark fiction if I think the person will run screaming from the room if I say ‘horror.’

Read the rest of the interview here.

Get your own copy of In the Mean Time

"A Basis for Compare"

"There are times that Katja From the Punk Band is so good its almost scary. William Gibson fans might like this one as well as those who appreciate the colorful half images that China Mieville creates. But don’t be doing too much comparing as you read Logan’s book. I suspect that, before long, reviewers will be using this one as a basis for compare."

Click here to read the rest of the review at January Magazine.

Click here to get your own copy of Katja from the Punk Band.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Strange Horizons Reviews Book of Tongues

"Files has a knack for writing colloquially without resort to dialect or phonetics. Whether it's snappy dialogue or Rook's stream of consciousness, the language is vivid, often expletive-laden and sharply poetic."

"A Book of Tongues is definitely promising—tantalising, even, because it sets up such a fertile scenario and hammers home the themes of love, sacrifice, and apotheosis."

Click here to read the rest of the review

Click here to get your own copy of Book of Tongues!

House of Sighs Bestselling Pre-order!

House of Sighs by Aaron Dries is the number one bestselling pre-order at the Horror Mall! Woohoo!

That doesn't mean you still can't order a copy. There's lots for everyone.