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.

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