Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The blog Criminal-E has posted a review with Simon Logan about Katja from the Punk Band, and about the writing and publishing process in general.
"What do you look for in a good book?
Interesting ideas and characters which are well-executed, basically. I think if you’re going to spend a year (or however long it takes) writing a book then why produce something that is similar, if not identical, to a lot of stuff already out there? For me, writing is about expressing myself, about creating something that adds something or pushes at boundaries so I tend to hone in on books and authors who are quite unique in style or ideas."
Read the whole interview!
...This time for Gemma Files' A ROPE OF THORNS.
" Potent mythology, complex characters, and dollops of creeping horror and baroque gore establish Files's Hexslinger series as a top-notch horror-fantasy saga."
Read the review.
Order a copy of A Rope of Thorns.
Brent Hayward's THE FECUND'S MELANCHOLY DAUGHTER got a starred Review in Publishers' Weekly!
"Beautifully written and morally ambivalent, this complex tale will appeal to readers of Gene Wolfe and China Miéville."
The review can be found here.
Click here to go to our page on The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter.
Horror blog The Tomb of Dark Delights calls EVERY SHALLOW CUT "Tom Piccirilli writing at his grittiest, darkest best. Bleakness and anguish seethe on every page this heart-stopping story crafted in hues of utter desolation."
The site also has an insightful interview with Piccirilli up.
"TK: Your work seems to make a particularly good fit with noir. Why?
TP: Maybe because I tend to write with some sense of sardonic humor. It tends to color most of the gut-wrenching stuff without lightening it at all. We all know that life is a tragi-comedy. One facet seems to underscore the other. The funnier something is, the more of a set-up it is for when the bottom drops out. And when you crash and burn, that's the perfect time to make a joke. In your darkest hour you cry until you laugh and laugh until you cry. "
Read the review here!
And the interview here!
Buy a copy of Every Shallow Cut!
The B&N Community blog has a pretty darn great review of EUTOPIA up: "Horror and dark fantasy fans who are glorying in the new generation of brilliant writers like Laird Barron, John Langan, Brian Hodge, Kaaron Warren, etc. should better add David Nickle to that list. He’s that good."
The review also concludes with this aside: "And additional kudos go out to ChiZine Publications. I’ve reviewed almost a dozen of their releases over the last few years... and have not been disappointed once." Sweet!
Read it here!
More information about Eutopia here!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Alex Good of The National Post has given his two cents on David Nickle's EUTOPIA! He writes, "Toronto author David Nickle’s debut novel... establishes him as a worthy heir to the mantle of Stephen King. And I don’t mean the King of Under the Dome or other recent flops, but the master of psychological suspense who ruled the ’80s with classics like Pet Sematary."
Read the review!
Buy a copy of Eutopia!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
April 21st will be the last day of our ChiZine's partnership promotion with e-book seller Kobo Books. Right now, you can get $2 off any of the ChiZine catalogue when you buy at Kobo Books and use the promo code "chizine". Now is the perfect time to pick up our newest titles, EUTOPIA by David Nickle and THE DOOR TO LOST PAGES by Claude Lalumière. Don't miss the savings!
Click here to buy Eutopia!
Click here to buy Door to Lost Pages!
(It keeps happening!)
"Tom Piccirilli brings us a suspense story for our current struggling times, taken directly from a broken heart. It is full of realism, grit, and a depth of the dark streets that give voice to the fears most of us can barely imagine." -Lee Thompson, The Crow's Caw
Read the review here!
Buy Every Shallow Cut here!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Darkeva's Dark Delights has a fascinating interview up with Tom Piccirilli, author of Every Shallow Cut.
"Question: What made you use such an intimate narrative in EVERY SHALLOW CUT and why all the imagined stream of consciousness scenarios?
PIC: Well, it’s an intimate story, so there really was no other way to tell it. I wanted to write the most noir kind of fiction I was capable of, but do it outside the confines of genre. ...People who are really stressed out tend to have vivid bad dreams. Their thoughts slither around and jump wildly from one topic to the next. When you’re frazlled your head is all over the place."
Blog reviews of Every Shallow Cut are just pouring in!
The October Country writes, "...A writer of Piccirilli’s ability deserves to be signing fat contracts and raking in the dough..." Read the review here.
Splash Of Our Worlds says, "...after two or three chapters I just could not stop reading; Tom Piccirilli has a unique way to keep you so interested." Read it here.
The Sci-Fi Guys rave, "This is Piccirilli at his best: one hell of a storyteller who knows how to make you laugh, cry, and hurt along with the characters. That's why I'm giving Every Shallow Cut 9.5 out of 10." Read their review.
And finally, My Love Affair With Books writes, "Every Shallow Cut is an intense, disturbing read. I could feel the narrator's disappointment and anger almost pouring off the pages of the book." Read their review here.
What a haul!
Click here to buy Every Shallow Cut!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
"What are the best stories but gateways to a writer’s dreams and nightmares? Pick up this book and open your own door to Lost Pages—you might find something inside that you didn’t know existed." - Chadwick Ginther, The Winnipeg Review
Read the full review!
Buy The Door to Lost Pages here!
Douglas Smith, author of CHIMERASCOPE, talks about Bruce Springsteen, seeing his work adapted into film, and why now is the best and worst time to be a writer.
Read the interview!
Click here for more info on Chimerascope!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
"Nickle comes from a different cut of cloth than a lot of current horror authors. ...he understands that the most important ingredients are strong characters, originality, and a compelling story. That his novel is also dark, frightening, and beautifully written is just icing on the cake."
Read the full review!
Buy a copy of Eutopia!
Friday, April 8, 2011
Liviu Suciu of Fantasy Book Critic has reviewed Napier's Bones. She writes: "The numerological stuff in the novel is as good as anything I've read and the action is fast and furious with no let-up till the powerful climax."
Read the entire review.
Find out more about Napier's Bones.
And don't forget to enter our contest for a chance to win a signed hardcover edition of the book!
Buy Picking Up the Ghost
Buy Isles of the Forsaken
Monday, April 4, 2011
An expert in mathematics and the occult, John Napier created a device that allowed multiplication and division to be simplified to addition and subtraction. It is from this device, Napier's Bones, that Derryl Murphy found the title for his novel. Napier also invented logarithms and popularized the use of the decimal place in addition to having an interest in alchemy.
To Win an Author-Signed Hardcover
Submit a fictional invention or concept by John Napier. What does the historical record not tell us about him? This can be an essay, a drawing, historical record, a tale told by one of his assistants or whatever you come up with. Be creative.
To Win a Trade Paperback
Send us a short story where numbers play some role in the plot.
To Win an eBook
Create a joke that involves numbers.
Deadline is May 4, 2011.
Find full details, including how to submit your entries, on our site.
"Every world is fully realized; they're rich and vibrant and disturbing all at the same time--real worlds full of impossible things. ...I found it absolutely enthralling, and it's rare anymore that I find something I put firmly into the 'couldn't put it down' category. I highly recommend this book; it's a truly imaginative and unique collection."
Read the review here!
Buy Objects of Worship here!
Friday, April 1, 2011
Spinetingler magazine has announced its nominations for the 2011 Spinetingler Awards. Among them is Simon Logan's Katja from the Punk Band, nominated in the "Best Novel: New Voice category. Cool!
Click here and you can vote for Katja from the Punk Band!
Click here to see Katja on the CZP site!
". . . Napier's Bones is a consistently compelling and inventive read. Think of it as literary prog-rock, stretching the bounds of what is possible . . ."
—Ian Daffern, Quill & Quire
More information about Napier's Bones here!