Gargamathanga in Axes of Evil.

axesThis week sees the publication of Axes of Evil, the heavy metal horror anthology from Diabolus in Musica press. Clocking in at a whopping 500+ pages, this is not one to miss if you love short stories and heavy metal the way we do here at Solarcide.

Authors in the book include:

Del James, who has co-written with legendary metal bands such as Testament, and was said to have written the story that inspired Axl Rose to write November Rain.

Terry M. West, horror author and cult movie director.

Bram Stoker winning horror author, Lucy Taylor.

Solarcide favorite, and Sinthologist, Sean Leonard.

Noir-warrior, Chris Kelso.

and Solarcide’s own co-editor, Martin Garrity, with Gargamathanga, a story of daemons and possession, inspired by the essence of black metal music.

IMAG0005Raise thy horns! For we are at one with the dark!

Kudos to the Diabolus in Musica team. It’s a gorgeous book. The publishers hooked up with the excellent horror artist Stephen Cooney for the cover art, a great choice. There are 34 stories in here, all raising a fist to the riff-lords of heavy metal. Check it out at the following links.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

and, of course, rock the hell on!


Observational Harm @ Revolt Daily

rocksRevolt Daily is a very cool site that has grown through some interesting mutations since conception. It began as SYW mag with Laramore Black at the helm. More recently, as Revolt, with cool cats such as Jonathan Riley turning the gears, the good times continue.

This week is their second birthday. They are posting up some stories in celebration, each on a different theme. The first theme is ‘history.’ Solarcide’s co-editor Martin Garrity, and his short story/fictional essay “Observational Harm,” were selected for the slot.

This story is just a bit of fun really, though the real message isn’t so deeply buried. It was written in a flash fiction match-up in the last LitReactor community war. This story came out in a last-minute-before-the-deadline-rush, and has only been tweaked a little since then. In Revolt’s anniversary bash, it has an excellent home.

Many thanks to anyone who reads it and many thanks to the team over at Revolt.

Keep rocking on and fighting the good fight.


The Relaunch Continues


The 2013 relaunch of the site rolls on and the Solarcide authors gear for up for ever bigger, and ever better things. To continue the great vibe around the site this month, we have a couple more announcements.

The new author pages for the co-editors here are now fully live and up-to-date. Check them out under the “About ” tab.

John Spinx

First up Nathan Pettigrew offers you a chance to follow the white rabbit. In his author section you will find links to all of his online short stories, including several that follow the adventures of Roland Thomas from Bayou Black, the main character from Nathan’s WIP novel project. Look for Roland The Conqueror at DarkMedia for a highlight.

Right now Nathan is promoting a new story, Wakey Wake, which is published in the award-winning pages of Thuglit, available now at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

With more short story publications already confirmed for the future, Nathan is set to keep his hot-streak running way into the new year.


And then Martin Garrity gives a preview of the cover artwork for his short story collection, Corridors, set for publication by Solarcide in 2013.

Featuring dozens of short stories and flash fiction pieces, Corridors will be a cracked mirror to the world of the weird. Here’s what Paul D. Brazill, author of The Gumshoe, Guns Of Brixton, and 13 Shots Of Noir, had to say about the collection.

-“The sharply sliced tales in Garrity’s CORRIDORS give an askew view of the world, a peek over the precipice of a dream, a glimpse into life’s dark corners.”

More blurbs can be found at the author page.


Not content with simply blowing our own horns in this announcement, we have more to share. Solarcide has teamed up with Bradley Sands, bizarro veteran and authors of titles such as Sorry I Ruined Your Orgy and Rico Slade Will Fucking Kill You, for a great new book give-away.

To be in with a chance of winning a SIGNED copy of Bradley’s latest book, TV Snorted My Brain, all you have to do is either hit the “Like” button on the Solarcide Facebook page, or sign up directly to this site as an email subscriber, before the 31st of January.

At the end of the months we will draw a winner to receive the awesome prize.

Bradley’s writing is hilarious. You don’t want to miss this chance to get a signed copy of his latest adventure, which is published by Legume Man Books.

vaultAnd finally, we have added two more stories to The Vault today.

If you’re looking for something fun to read tonight, how about a bizarroadtrip with David Bobis and Curtain Cape, or a punchline from a forgotten joke with Bordello by Jay Slayton-Joslin.

See you again soon, folks.

As always, Rock On!