Sunday, January 29, 2012

Huge interview with Tom Piccirilli

"Me: Where do you see yourself going next? Or are you happy where you are, with what you’re writing?

Tom Piccirilli: For the time being I’m happy writing noirish dark crime fiction. One of these days I think I’d like to do a bigger novel that has less concentration on the crime stuff and more on other concerns, whatever they are. Family matters, relationships, and all that other shit that is the focus of so much modern literature. I think I’m finally at that point of my life when I see enough humor and darkness and oddity in the so-called “normal” everyday life that I don’t need the storytelling conventions of genre material. The guns, the double-crosses, the heist gone wrong. Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to writing that book, and then again maybe not. Part of the fun of being a writer is not knowing what’s going to suddenly become of interest to you somewhere down the line. You can’t guess at it, you just have to let it persuade you."

For this and a whole lot more insights, read Lee Thompson's interview with Tom Piccirilli.

Or learn more about Every Shallow Cut.

Every Shallow Cut nominated for a Spinetingler!

Critically-acclaimed novella Every Shallow Cut, by Tom Piccirilli, has been nominated for a Spinetingler Award in the new category of Best Novella. Voting is open to the public and will be open until February 1. Congratulations, Tom!

Vote for Every Shallow Cut!

Learn more about it here.

Bearded Women has "wit and charm"

"With wit and charm, [Teresa Milbrodt] beautifully weaves short stories about women who are as real as we, who are strong in the presence of adversity, and whose only desire is to live their lives, embracing those aspects which make them so different than those around them." - Living Peacefully with Children

Read the review.

Learn more about Bearded Women.

Rave review of Enter, Night!

"[T]his novel helped restore my confidence that a vampire novel can be a character-driven tale about relatable people facing adversity caused by something terrible and beyond their understanding or control. ... I haven’t felt honest physical concern for characters in danger this powerfully since I read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road for the first time. I loved Rowe’s characters that much." - Bracken MacLeod

Read the glowing review!

Purchase Enter, Night!

Good review of Bearded Women

Claire Miller of Bookshelf Bombshells writes that Bearded Women "forces the reader to examine the inherent privilege of passing as unexceptional... it is a book that urges us to experience the world in another’s life for a few brief pages. ...It’s good. You’ll like it."

Read the review here.

Buy Bearded Women here.

Hexslinger one of the best series of 2011

The Hopeful Librarian's Jen lists her favourite books and series from 2011. Here's what she had to say about Gemma Files' Hexslinger books:
" I picked up A Book of Tongues on a whim from the library and was just sucked in to this wonderful, dark alternate Old West... this is one of the most creepy-fun series I’ve read in a long time. If anything, Rope of Thorns improved on the first installment."

Read the article.

Learn more about A Book of Tongues and A Rope of Thorns.

Shelf Monkey loves Every Shallow Cut

Corey Redekop of Shelf Monkey loved Every Shallow Cut, writing: "Brutal, yes. Violent, sometimes. Unforgiving, oh yes, and spilling over with despair. It may be one of the finest literary recreations of depression I've come across. ... If I'd read it three days sooner, it would have been in my top reads of 2011."

Read the review!

Order Every Shallow Cut!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Locus interviews Claude Lalumière

Claude Lalumière, author of Objects of Worship and The Door to Lost Pages, gives his insights to Locus:
‘‘As a writer, I’m always interested in things I don’t understand. One of the worst pieces of advice ever given to writers is, ‘Write what you know.’ That’s terrible, awful! It’s very important for me to feel that I’m writing about something other. If I already understand things, why would I want to write about them? I try to write about characters who are very different from me – teenage girls, gay married men, forgotten Jews. And I just try to get into the mindset of somebody other than me. That’s where it becomes fiction, where it becomes something that is beyond self-expression, which I sneer at. Fiction is an attempt at communing with the world, trying to bridge some gap.”

Read the excerpt. The full interview can be found in the January 2012 issue of Locus.

Learn more about Objects of Worship or The Door to Lost Pages.

Nexus: Ascension now on Audible

ChiZine is pleased to announce our second title available as an Audible audiobook - Robert Boyczuk's Nexus: Ascension. The book is $24.95, or just $7.95 if you have an Audible Gold membership.

Nexus: Ascension on Audible

More information about Nexus: Ascension

The Pattern Scars a bestseller as Bakka Phoenix!

Bakka Phoenix Books has released their bestseller list for 2011. Coming in at number 8 on the trade paperback list is The Pattern Scars by Caitlin Sweet. Pretty sweet indeed!

See the list.

Order The Pattern Scars.

Lengthy review of A Book of Tongues

Eternal Haunted Summer has an excellent review up of Gemma Files' A Book of Tongues. It might be more accurate to call it an analysis, as Margaret O'Connell dives into specific scenes and talks about what worked and what didn't. Needless to say, spoilers within.

Click here to read it.

Click here to learn more about A Book of Tongues, and its sequel A Rope of Thorns.

Great review of The Door to Lost Pages

"The stories in The Door To Lost Pages have all been exquisitely crafted by Lalumière and readers cannot help but be drawn in to the worlds and lives he shows us. The stories are by turns funny, sad, bittersweet, and joyful. ...Anyone who enjoys at least slightly dark fantasy should enjoy The Door To Lost Pages." - Cathy Green, SF Revu

Read the review here.

Buy The Door to Lost Pages here.

Enter, Night is Geeks of Doom's #1 book

Geeks of Doom have released their list of the top ten fantasy and horror books of 2011, and Michael Rowe's Enter, Night tops the list.

"The author has restored my faith in the belief that it is possible to present vampires uniquely and at times, the book feels like a love letter to fans of the bloodsuckers who miss the days when vampires used to eat their prey instead of braiding its hair and going vegan."

Read the list.

Buy the book!

Every Shallow Cut "heart-stopping"

J. L. Comeau of Count Gore de Vol names Every Shallow Cut as one of his top ten picks of 2011, writing:
"Bleakness and anguish seethe on every page this heart-stopping story crafted in hues of utter desolation."

Click here to read the review.

Click here to purchase Every Shallow Cut.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Free eBook for Friday the 13th!

In honour of Friday the 13th, how about a promo?

All CZP ebooks are FREE from 1pm EST (1300 hours... get it?) today for 13 hours (until 2am EST).

Go to to see what's available, then contact Brett Savory on Twitter or Facebook or at and he'll send you the one you want!

One book per person!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Free eBook with Trade Paperback Purchases

Starting now, whenever you buy a trade paperback from our website you'll be able to download the ebook version for free. You got it—right away and for free.

Since we started, we've offered 30% off the cover price of trade paperbacks when you order directly from us. That's not changing. We also embraced ebooks. We don't see them as a threat to our business, but as another way for fans to read our stories. We do our ebook creation in-house and offer them on Amazon, Kobo, Wowio and other sites.

Now, with the launch of our online shopping cart system, we decided to bundle an ebook into the price of trade paperbacks. When your purchase is complete, you'll be directed to log into the website to download a ZIP file containing the ebook in EPUB, MOBI and PDF formats.

Brett Savory, one of our co-publishers, put it this way:
We believe strongly in the ebook format. And believe our prices are fair for those who just want to read on their Kobo or Kindle. But we’ve said all along we’re in the story, not book, business. For someone who purchases a trade paperback, it’s fair they should be able to start reading the story right away on their e-reader, tablet or smartphone.
Sandra Kasturi, our other co-publisher, added:
It’s also a way for a small publisher to compete with the likes of Amazon. Amazon can offer deals on prices or shipping because of the volumes they’re working with. Shipping costs for the physical books are often prohibitive for smaller outfits, so we hope this offer makes us competitive and gives a reason for readers to buy directly from us.
Please note: This offer is only being done via the CZP site.