Thursday, November 24, 2011

ChiZine Holiday Guide

It’s that time of year again. The holiday shopping season has begun! And CZP is here to help you find the right gift for that special someone. We’ve got it all—vampires, cowboys, aliens, and more. There’s something for everyone at ChiZine Publications.

Enter, Night
Sparkly vampires getting you down this holiday season? Cheer up with Michael Rowe’s Enter, Night—a return to the good old days of bloodsuckers as . . . you know . . . monsters. A three-hundred-year-old horror slumbers in Parr’s Landing, calling out to the insane and the murderous for centuries, begging for release. The novel follows one man cutting a swath of violence across the country, bent on the terrible resurrection of an ancient evil that would plunge the town and its inhabitants into an endless night. This “anti-Twilight” is sure to entertain during those long winter evenings.

Best For: Those not lining up to see Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I in theatres this Thanksgiving.

Isles of the Forsaken
After you’ve finished reading A Dance with Dragons, pick up Carolyn Ives Gilman’s Isles of the Forsaken. The Forsaken Isles are on the brink of revolution. Three individuals are about to push it over the edge and trigger events that will lead to a final showdown between ancient forces and the new overlords of the land. “Once all the players in this drama are gathered together it is impossible to turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens next.” (Reading Reality)

Best For: Those looking for something to kill time until Season 2 of Game of Thrones.

A Rope of Thorns: Volume Two of the Hexslinger Series
The adventures of Asher Rook and Chess Pargeter continue in the second volume of Gemma Files’ award-winning Hexslinger series. Chess Pargeter, bent on revenge over Rook’s betrayal, kills his way toward “Hex City” and his former lover. All will have to shed yet more blood as they face down the mysterious patron demon, known only as the Enemy . . . along with every other enemy Chess has already made along the way. And the best part is Volume Three, A Tree of Bones, will be out this spring!

Best For: Those looking for a healthy dose of cowboys, magic, and demons this Christmas.

Hair Wreath and Other Stories
If you’re a fan of subtle and creeping horror rather than buckets of gore then The Hair Wreath and Other Stories is for you. Halli Villegas weaves her strange stories into a wreath of memories, rife with an atmospheric and ominous creep redolent of Shirley Jackson. “Slippery, evocative, tasty.” A sure-fire spinetingler!

Best For: Those looking for something to curl up by the fire with.

Nexus: Ascension
Described by Publishers Weekly as the stuff of an epic nihilistic hangover, Nexus: Ascension is perfect for the discerning science fiction fan. After returning from a thirty-year trade mission, the crew of the Ea wake from cryonic suspension to find that their home world is dead—infected with a virulent and deadly disease. In a desperate scramble to save themselves, the crew members of the Ea must come to terms with the death of their world—and enter a deadly struggle for survival against an enemy they can’t hope to beat.

Best For: Those looking for something to fill the void of losing Battlestar Galactica.

Major Karnage
No Christmas is complete without big guns, massive explosions and a deadly threat from beyond the solar system. . . . In Gord Zajac’s Major Karnage an invading armada of aliens threatens to destroy the Earth, and it’s up to retired . . . well, committed Major Karnage to stop them—as long as he doesn’t accidentally blow his own head off first. This “oversize comic book adventure” is well worth a read. Plus, if you’re looking for more Karnage-y goodness, check out “A Karnage Kristmas.”

Best For: Those looking for a screw-ball, alien invasion story this Christmas.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bearded Women review at Scholars & Rogues

Hot off their recent interview with Teresa Milbrodt, Scholars & Rogues gives us an excellent review of her collection Bearded Women.
"I recommend it highly – and I look forward to whatever this gifted writer brings us next."

The full review is here.

More information on Bearded Women can be found here.

Picking Up the Ghost audio trailer

Tone Milazzo has released an audio trailer for his book Picking Up the Ghost.
You can listen to it on his website.

Picking Up the Ghost has recently been put on the long list for the 2011 Cybils Awards, nominated in the "Fantasy and Science Fiction - Teen" category. Congratulations, Tone!

Read more about Picking Up the Ghost.

Door to Lost Pages "weird and wonderful"

"Readers looking for something weird and wonderful may find it in this sequence of linked stories. ...While the narration swings from whimsical and hopeful to violent and despairing, the sense of wonder remains throughout." - Victoria Truslow for

Read the review. (third on the page)

Check out The Door to Lost Pages.

Chasing the Dragon now an audiobook!

Nicholas Kaufmann's Chasing the Dragon is the first ChiZine title to be made available on Lambik Audiobooks. The audiobook is narrated by Alex Foster, and can be purchaed as an MP3 or M4B for only $6.99.

Buy it here!

Or if you'd prefer a print or ebook copy, go here.

Westlake Soul and Ison of the Isles now available for pre-order!

ChiZine is proud to announce that our first two titles for 2012 are now available for pre-order.

Westlake Soul by Rio Youers and Ison of the Isles by Carolyn Ives Gilman can be pre-ordered in a limited edition, signed hardcover edition. Like our previous limited editions, only 150 of each book will be available in this way, so order quickly to reserve your copy!

Order Westlake Soul:
Cemetery Dance

Order Ison of the Isles:
Cemetery Dance

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kind words for Bearded Women

"Freakish in mind or body they may be, but Milbrodt's characters have the same problems as everyone else. . . . The characters are worth knowing, and the insight they provide into unusual lives is worth pondering." - Tzer Island

Read the full review.

Order Bearded Women.

Two profiles of Michael Rowe

Michael Rowe is getting quite a bit of press in relation to his newest work, Enter, Night. The Winnipeg Free Press promotes him as a local success story, while Outwords praises him as a pioneer of queer horror. In both articles, Rowe gives his thoughts on Enter, Night, writing 'niche' fiction, and LGBT issues.

Read the Winnipeg Free Press article.

Read the Outwords article.

Learn more about Enter, Night.

Teresa Milbrodt interviewed by Scholars & Rogues

Scholars & Rogues has a lengthy interview up with Teresa Milbrodt, author of Bearded Women.

S&R: I get the impression that you know your way around the ancient Greeks. Have you always enjoyed reading mythology or are we seeing the result of research done expressly for this book?

TM: One of my college professors classified my work as “Midwestern mythic,” which I thought was a fitting term. Mythic themes and magical realist plot lines have always been a fascination of mine. It’s fiction, so why be constrained to the boring old real world all the time?

But to actually answer your question, I loved reading Greek mythology when I was a kid, and I’ve returned to those tales since the characters in them are both interesting and skeletal. In other words, there’s already a backstory and history for mythological figures, but at the same time there’s a lot of space for a writer to flesh out exactly who these people/gorgons/cyclops are and bring them to three-dimensional life. Plus I wanted to explore what it might be like to go through life with snakes on your head.

Read more fascinating questions and answers here.

Order Bearded Women here.

Cashtown reviewed at Roundtable Reviews

Tracy Farnsworth at Roundtable Reviews called People Live Still in Cashtown Corners "dark and gripping", giving "Kudos to the author for taking a fictional story and making it seem incredibly real."

Read the full review. (here there be spoilers)

Why not visit Cashtown Corners?

The New York Times gives props to ChiZine!

We feel honoured to have been mentioned in this recent NYT article about dark fiction.
"The best work in dark fantasy and horror fiction these days is being published by small presses, haunted literary boutiques established (mostly) in out-of-the-way places. ...devoted to the weird, to the strange and — most important — to good writing."

Read the entire article!

ESC cuts close to the bone

"Every Shallow Cut is a new entry in a classic but too-rare form that cuts close to the bone. As such, it’s unflinchingly successful." - Thomas Roche, Boiled Hard

Read the in-depth review.

Buy Every Shallow Cut.