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What October Brings: A Lovecraftian Celebration of Halloween

What October Brings: A Lovecraftian Celebration of Halloween

Edited and with an introduction by Doug Draa

Halloween, a time for laughing children in white bedsheets and superhero costumes. A time for chocolate candy, and pumpkins, and Trick-or-Treat.
A time for dark things everything to slink out of the shadows and into our lives, reminding those unlucky few that our charades of Halloween cannot erase the centuries of history and pain behind the facade…

What October Brings celebrates the dark traditions of the autumn rituals, of Halloween and Samhain, in homage to the uniquely fascinating fiction of HP Lovecraft. Masters of the short story offer you a “once in a lifetime” Trick-or-Treat experience…
…perhaps your last experience!

The commissioned cover is by acclaimed Italian painter Daniele Serra.

Available in October 2018 in print and ebook editions:

  • Softcover
    ISBN: 978-4-902075-90-8
  • Ebook
    ISBN: 978-4-909473-51-6

Contents

  • Paul Dale Anderson :: That Small, Furry, Sharp-toothed Thing
  • Alan Baxter :: Waters Strangely Clear
  • Ran Cartwright :: The House on Jimtown Road
  • Adrian Cole :: No Other God But Me
  • Storm Constantine :: Down into Silence
  • Tim Curran :: Spider Wasp
  • Arinn Dembo :: The Old Man Down the Road
  • Cody Goodfellow :: The War on Halloween
  • Andre E. Harewood :: The Immortician
  • Nancy Holder :: Nyarlahotep Came Down to Georgia
  • Erica Ruppert :: Summer’s End
  • Brian M. Sammons :: A Night for Masks
  • Ann K. Schwader :: Inheritance
  • Darrell Schweitzer :: Uncle’s in the Treetops
  • John Shirley :: Hum—Hurt You. Hum—Hurt You. Hum—Hurt You.
  • Lucy A. Snyder :: Cosmic Cola
  • Chet Williamson :: Hell Among the Yearlings

Lin Carter’s Simrana Cycle

Lin Carter’s Simrana Cycle

Edited and with an introduction by Robert M. Price

Lin Carter, enthralled by the “Dreamland” tales of Lord Dunsany and others, contributed to the growing genre with a series of his own stories, dubbed “The Simrana Tales.” Some of them were published in a variety of small-press magazines and other publications, but they were never collected into a book, and many tales have never been published at all.
Until now.

As Carter himself commented in his afterword to Lord Dunsany’s Beyond the Fields We Know (Ballantine), “The most Dunsanian of my fiction is the Simrana series … the name was coined many years ago and lay in my notebooks awaiting the right kind of story to occur to me.” A complete collection of his Simrana tales could hardly be called complete without including the stories that inspired him to write them in the first place: Lord Dunsany’s masterpieces of fantasy.

Thanks to Bob Price, we are proud to be able to bring out, for the first time, the complete Simrana Cycle, accompanied by outstanding stories in the genre including Dunsany’s own “The Sword of Welleran” and others; Henry Kuttner’s 1937 Weird Tales gem “The Jest of Droom-avista,” and new stories by leading authors in the field: Gary Myers, Darrell Schweitzer, Adrian Cole, Charles Garofalo, and Glynn Barrass. Thanks to J. David Spurlock and Barry Klugerman, the book also features a series of six ink drawings by Roy G. Krenkel, originally done for the publication of Carter’s “The Gods of Neol Shendis” in AMRA No. 41.

The fantastic tales of Dunsany and his compatriots were snapped up by avid readers of Weird Tales over half a century ago, taking root in the imaginations of authors and artists who continue to craft new myths and tales today.
Here’s your invitation to a world of fantasy and fable that is as alluring and thriving today as it was in the heyday of Weird Tales!

The book features a commissioned cover by Stephen Hickman, master of delicate and colorful fantasies.


Contents

  • Lin Carter
    Introduction
    The Gods of Nion Parma
    The Whelming of Oom
    Zingazar
    How Sargoth Lay Siege to Zaremm
    The Laughter of Han
    The Benevolence of Yib
    How Ghuth Would Have Hunted the Silth
    The Thievery of Yish
    How Her Doom Came Down at Last on Adrazoon
    How Jal Set Forth on his Journeying
    The Gods of Neol Shendis
  • Lin Carter & Robert M. Price
    How Shand Became King of Thieves
  • Lin Carter & Glynn Owen Barrass
    Caolin the Conjurer (Or, Dzimdazoul)
  • Darrell Schweitzer
    The Philosopher Thief
  • Gary Myers
    The Sorcerer’s Satchel
  • Adrian Cole
    An Unfamiliar Familiar
    The Summoning of a Genie in Error
  • Charles Garofalo
    The Sad but Instructive Fable of Mangroth’s Tomes
    How Frindolf Got his Fill of Revenge
  • Robert M. Price
    The Devil’s Mine
    The Good Simranatan
    How Thongor Conquered Zaremm
  • Lord Dunsany
    The River
    The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth
    The Sword of Welleran
    Carcassonne
    How Nuth Would Have Practiced His Art Upon the Gnoles
    The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, and of the Doom That Befel Him
    In Zaccarath
    How the Enemy Came to Thlunrana
  • Henry Kuttner
    The Jest of Droom Avista

Reviews

  • Lin Carter’s tales herein are not just pastiches of Lord Dunsany’s work. That’s like saying the best of the current weird fiction writers working today are just doing pastiches of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. … Simply put, if you are a fan of fantasy that dabbles in the weird, you owe it to yourself to acquaint yourself with Mr. Carter and his stories. Now, thanks to this book, that is easier than ever.
    Brian M. Sammons, Hellnotes

Available now in several editions:

Arkham Nights: Tales of Mythos Noir

Arkham Nights: Tales of Mythos Noir
by Glynn Owen Barrass & Ron Shiflet
Introduction by Robert M. Price

Trevor and Barnes… two tough survivors of The Great War. They meet in the darkness of Arkham, friends at first sight:

I was pleased to see Towers grab the fallen gun and then stunned as he aimed it at me!
“You ungrateful asshole!” I yelled. “What’s the big . . .”

Joining forces as the Arkham Detective Agency, they fight the good fight against evil, together with office girl, a hot dame indeed:

I looked at the white-haired heavy weight in our doorway and asked, “Who are you?” I’m real quick witted that way.
The woman stepped forward and extended a mitt that was nearly big as mine. We shook hands and I reminded myself to check my pinkie later for fractures.

And against them are rallied all the horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos…

We’d truly entered an underground world of nightmare even the sinister streets of Innsmouth couldn’t bear to hint at.
…A mass of living white grease or filth, about thirty feet wide and sloping up to around half that in height, it was covered in pink, shiny globules of various sizes. That it was alive was obvious, for it pulsed and moved rhythmically, but not naturally.

With a stunning cover by M. Wayne Miller!

Revised from the original edition published as Two Against Darkness, by H. Harksen Productions.

Now available in softcover and ebook format:
Softcover:

Ebook:

Beyond the Mountains of Madness

SiteHeaderBeyond the Mountains of Madness – edited by Robert M. Price

The book fans have been waiting for with bated breath, finally available from Celaeno Press!

Rumored for years, with a few dozen copies printed and made available for a brief moment to a select few, it vanished on the verge of publication. We are proud to be able to finally get this book published, with the original contents plus a few new goodies to make up for the long wait: a new story written for this collection by award-winning weird fiction writer Willie Meikle, as well as a story Robert M. Price always intended for this collection, ‘In Amundsen’s Tent,’ by John Martin Leahy, reprinted from a 1928 issue of Weird Tales.
The volume is available from Amazon, Book Depository, and major book distributors in North America and Europe. Ebook versions are also available from major etailers including Apple iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and B&N Nook.

Cover and interior art by Steven C. Gilberts.

BtMoM.Cover.SmallAntarctica… a frozen wasteland of penguins, blinding ice and snow, and blizzards to kill the unprepared in minutes. But it is an ancient land, with ancient secrets, mysteries that humanity is only beginning to glimpse. HP Lovecraft introduced the world to the terrifying reality of this lonely continent in his famous novella, At the Mountains of Madness, and now a new team of intrepid authors follows in his footsteps.

New dimensions of horror will send chills up your spine, from the pens of Ken Asamatsu, Glynn Owen Barrass, Pierre Comtois, Laurence J. Cornford, Cody Goodfellow, C.J. Henderson, Willie Meikle, Edward Morris, William Patrick Murray, Joe Pulver, Mark Rainey, Peter Rawlik, and Brian M. Sammons, with a special guest appearance by Weird Tales legend John Martin Leahy and an introduction by Robert M. Price.

“The real question though is ‘is it any good?’ Well, overall it would be a strong “yes”. Okay, some stories didn’t quite work for me but this is by and large, a pretty good anthology with entertaining interpretations and extrapolations of what happened after the Miskatonic expedition’s discoveries.”

—George Anderson, Albedo One.

“A fantastic collection of Cthulhu Mythos tales set in Lovecraft’s most imaginative location, the cold dark heart of Antarctica.”

—David Conyers, author of The Shoggoth Conspiracy.

Table of Contents

Robert M. Price Introduction

Glynn Barrass “The City at the Two Magnetic Poles”
     Read an excerpt!

Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. “The Second Wave of Fear”

Pierre V. Comtois “Second Death”

Pete Rawlik “Beneath the Mountains of Madness”

Ken Asamatsu “The Continent of Madness”
     Read an excerpt!

Laurence J. Cornford “Gedney”
     Read an excerpt!

C. J. Henderson “The Pleasure in Madness”

Brian M. Sammons “A Biting Cold”
     Read an excerpt!

Cody Goodfellow “Garden of the Gods”
     Read an excerpt!

Stephen Mark Rainey “The Danforth Project”
     Read an excerpt!

Edward Morris “Tekeli-Li!”
     Read an excerpt!

Will Murray “Static”
     Read an Excerpt!

William Meikle “Into the Black”
     Read an excerpt!

John Martin LeahyIn Amundsen’s Tent
     Now Online!

Trade paperback now available at bookstores including Amazon and Book Depository.

Ebook now available at Lulu, and appearing on other etailer sites shortly.

In the Court of the Yellow King

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There was once a play with the power to drive the reader mad… or to transport him into a bizarre world of Carcosa, and the King in Yellow. Banned, burned, yet never totally destroyed, the play lives on, eating away the fabric of society and rotting the veneer of civilization… and we have prepared a special copy just for you!

Celaeno Press is delighted to announce a new anthology based on the King in Yellow Mythos, entitled In the Court of the Yellow King. Published in fall 2014, the volume is edited by Glynn Owen Barrass and made available via Amazon, Book Depository, and major book distributors in North America and Europe. Ebook versions are also available from major etailers including Apple iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and B&N Nook.

Now with seven Honorable Mentions in Ellen Datlow’s Full recommended list Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven:

  • Glynn Owen Barrass: “Future Imperfect”
  • Ted E. Grau: “MonoChrome”
  • Laurel Halbany “Light’s Fade”
  • Gary McMahon: “The Yellow Film”
  • Willie Meikle “Bedlam in Yellow”
  • Christine Morgan: “The Viking in Yellow”
  • Peter Rawlik: “The Sepia Prints”

“Nigredo,” by Cody Goodfellow has also been included in Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven, and two of the stories—Willie Meikle’s “Bedlam in Yellow” and Christine Morgan’s “The Viking in Yellow”—have received The Occult Detective Awards.

Cover of first edition of The King in Yellow

Cover of first edition

In 1895 a collection of ten short stories by author Robert W. Chambers was published under the title The King in Yellow. It featured amongst other tales four interconnected stories: “The Yellow Sign”, “The Repairer of Reputations”, “The Mask” and “In The Court of The Dragon.”
These tales are linked together by three main plot devices:

  • A mysterious and cursed play in book form, banned since its release, called ‘The King in Yellow.’
  • A supernatural entity mentioned in the play also called ‘The King in Yellow.’
  • A mysterious symbol called ‘The Yellow Sign’ which is connected with the play and the King in Yellow.

Those that read the play often end up insane or possessed by evil. Many suffer their minds being blasted by the horrible tale the play reveals, or haunted and hunted to death by the play’s monstrous avatars. Those that find the Yellow Sign suffer just as terribly as those that read the play.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading these stories, they are available to read free online through Project Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8492

Over the decades since Chambers collection first appeared, many other authors have written stories featuring his creations, adding to the rich canon of King in Yellow tales. If you haven’t read them already, books such as Peter A Worthy’s Rehearsals for Oblivion: Tales of the King in Yellow (Act I), and Joseph S. Pulver’s A Season in Carcosa are fine examples of what beautiful madness can be formed from a writer’s imagination.

You’d have to be stark raving mad to miss this collection.—David Goudsward, Hellnotes

And now we have invited some of the best authors in the genre to bring their own special madness to new interpretations of the King in Yellow, including (in alphabetical order):

  • Glynn Owen Barrass: “Future Imperfect”

    Men in black combat boots and fatigues, their faces concealed behind black balaclavas, stepping over the Carcosan corpses. They were armed with MP5 machine guns, the preferred weapon of choice for the F.B.I’s own Black Ops teams.

  • Tim Curran: “Penumbra”
    Read an excerpt!

    Oh, the rapture of ignorance. The guard did not see what I saw and how I envied the sheer simplicity of his mental processes. Simplicity, I began to believe, was close to divinity. I dreamed of it and wished for it, but once you have opened the book and seen the dark star and the hollow moon there is no going back.

  • Cody Goodfellow: “Nigredo”
    Read an excerpt!

    Nobody can teach you how to raise the dead. To join any cult, from the Masons to Aum Shinrikyo, you have to die. The old you dies and is buried inside you to fertilize the budding of the new you. To resurrect them, you just have to go digging.

  • T.E. Grau: “MonoChrome”
    Read an excerpt!

    The fire at the library was out, but the smoke from all of that smoldering parchment still filled the sky, white and fluffy and lighter than night above it. Ashes of dead books fell like a mockery of snow on a city that would never know it.

  • Laurel Halbany: “Lights Fade”
    Read an excerpt!

    “I wear no mask,” she said, and it was true. The pallid oval was her face…

  • CJ Henderson: “Yield”

    Does it ever end? It certainly looks like its ends for everyone else. Everywhere I look, slack-jawed morons enjoying life, typing away on their phones, flitting from one fascination-of-the-moment to another, stuffing their faces with food they can’t taste, listening to music they don’t understand, discussing movies they’re too dimwitted to realize are simply remakes of things they’ve already seen, pawing the controls to their televisions and game monitors like apes, thinking themselves masters of the universe as the world they actually inhabit shrinks to the size of something smaller than a standard prison cell—

  • Gary McMahon: “The Yellow Film”
    Read an excerpt!

    …written upon it in delicate black lines was a set of instructions. A map, if you will: a map to Carcosa, the land that only exists within the imagination of a long-dead writer of weird fictions.

  • William Meikle: “Bedlam in Yellow”
    Read an excerpt!

    Winner, Best Short Story in the Occult Detective Awards!
    Then I said one thing, one small sentence that changed everything.
    ‘Tell me about Carcosa.’

  • Christine Morgan: “The Viking in Yellow”
    Read an excerpt!

    Winner, Best Short Story in the Occult Detective Awards Swords and Sorceries subsection!
    A few yet lived, if such could be said to be living. They crawled, mad and cackling, mutilated. They rocked back and forth, slamming their heads into stone walls. They wept. They laughed. They wallowed in their filth, eating of it.
    “Finish them,”” said the man in the tattered yellow cloak.
    His warriors obliged.

  • Edward Morris: “Who Killed the King of Rock and Roll?”
    Read an excerpt!

    I don’t know why this transmitter is in this room of this hospital, or what the breakers in this section were doing all the way on. Some of the desks and keyplates and such are stamped CIVIL DEFENSE, with one puzzling lead plate on the panel hiding this very microphone, IMPERIAL DYNASTY OF AMERICA.

  • Robert M Price: “The Mask of the Yellow Death”
    Read an excerpt!

    Hoyt Hefti stood on an upraised dais at one end of his vast banqueting hall, surrounded and supported by his favorite concubines (he forgot which one he had “married”). He liked to call them Camilla, Cassandra, Carmella, and Cassilda, and so their fold-outs read.

  • Wilum Pugmire: “These Harpies of Carcosa”
    Read an excerpt!

    The entire thing makes one shiver and wish for movement, for some shifting of starlight or some song of wind. But those obsidian stars in the painted sky do not crawl, of that I am certain; and the air of that deserted city, one knows, is dead and still. And yet—and yet, how captivating it seems.

  • Mark Rainey: “Masque of the Queen”
    Read an excerpt!

    Where the opposite brick wall should have been there was vast, dizzying space: a midnight blue sky lit by alien stars over an endless body of inky water. High above and to the right, a huge, blood-red star lit the night sky, and she knew this was Aldebaran, the sun that blazed above the city of Alar. Around it, a cluster of stars—the Hyades—glittered like the jewels adorning Cassilda’s diadem.

  • Peter Rawlik: “The Sepia Prints”

    Then I heard the screams from below, and with a casual glance saw what had caused them. Evelyn was there on the square below, her arms and legs at impossible angles. Her other shoe was rocking back and forth on the masonry like a ship tossed on the sea.

  • Brian Sammons: “A Jaundiced Light at the End”
    Read an excerpt!

    “I would give anything to see some color. Everything is so damn gray now…”

  • Lucy A. Snyder:”The Girl with the Star-Stained Soul”
    Read an excerpt!

    Dazed, Penny stumbled through the gray ash and blasted debris. Charred human fat stained the fractured rocks of the old stone church. Blackened bones jumbled with the splintered charcoal of the pine roof beams. Most all the men of Fensmere, Mississippi lay dead around her, and many of its womenfolk, too. She spied a bit of wrought iron candelabra here, a burned scrap of a Klansman’s hood there.

  • Jeffrey Thomas: “Grand Theft Hovercar”
    Read an excerpt!

    Giff spotted a holographic sign floating in the air in front of a building’s brick face. The sign, in glowing yellow letters, read Imperial Dynasty. He slowed his pace, his brow rumpled. Strange; he didn’t recall any such establishment from this neighborhood he knew so well.

The cover is by award-winning artist Daniele Serra.

Note: Titles, authors, and reality iself are all provisional and subject to change.