The Cold Is Coming

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The Killer Priest Is Coming! The Pre-Sale for Cold London Blues by Paul D. Brazill is happening now through Amazon.co.uk and Waterstones.

‘A killer priest is on the rampage across London and an egotistical Hollywood action movie star is out for revenge when is his precious comic book collection is stolen.Meanwhile, gangster Marty Cook’s dreams of going legit swiftly turn pear shaped when one of his bouncers accidentally kills one of his salsa club’s regular customers.Razor sharp wisecracks, gaudy characters and even gaudier situations abound in Cold London Blues, a violent and pitch-black Brit Grit comedy of errors.’

Caffeine Nights Publishing will release the novel this summer. Get caught up on the works of Paul D. Brazill in the meantime right here, or check out his author page at Amazon.

Also be on the lookout for The Last Laugh—the author’s upcoming crime collection from All Due Respect Books.

Tobacco-Stained Forever!

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#1 of the New, Revamped Print-Edition ‘Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat‘ Comic Book Is Now Available from Project-Nerd PublishingIn The U.S.A.!

Says author Andrez Bergen, “It draws on elements of the graphic novel, but I’m revamping, changing, and adding visuals/plot. So much fun.”

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat #1 also comes with a Variant Cover.

Be sure to check that out, as well as more from Andrez Bergen in the upcoming GrayHaven Comics anthology: Antithesis: A Twilight Zoe Inspired Graphic Novel.

Return of the Rook

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Two great stories from author Daniel Donche, “Gift of the Rook” and “Smallerhouse,” are now live at Everwindtimes.com—both previously published while one originally appeared at Solarcide. In a joint promotional effort, the author has graciously agreed to let us republish Gift of the Rook—an Everwind tale that introduced some of our readers to the Everwind Series and Universe.

Be sure to participate in the Gift of the Rook Treasure Hunt over at Everwind for a “special mystery prize and chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.”

Contest ends February 1st!

Gift of the Rook at Solarcide can be read here.

Forging on.

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Welcome to the second installment of our September guest content. Last week we had Richard Thomas round these parts, did you catch that? Scroll down the main page for the link if you missed that one.

This week we’re welcoming back a bona-fide veteran Solarcidian. Teri Skultety has been featured by us a few times now, both on the site and in our anthology projects. She’s a good friend of ours and today we’re delighted to be posting a brand new and exclusive story, a tale that is quite unlike anything else we have published.

Room 3327 is a fictionalised account of the mind and final times of the legendary scientist Nikola Tesla. And of course, us being the website we are and Teri being the author she is, there’s a darker slant to proceedings. It’s a touching and yet harrowing piece.

teriCheck it out, show your support for Teri, and spread the work at this link right here.

We’re not through with the month yet, either. Next week we’ll have another good friend of ours, Jay Slayton-Joslin, here to entertain you. In addition, we’ll be announcing some fun and games for October. Keep your eyes out for that.

Until then, kill the sun.

Risen from the slumber.

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There’s a rumbling down in the guts of this old engine. The vents cough once, twice, and then spit forth a stream of exhaust fume. The wheels grip, and traction gained, begin to spin.

That’s right, fine folk. Solarcide is back.

After a quiet summer (we hibernate at the wrong time of the year – it’s a sun thing, too damn bright and solar during the summer months) we are happy to announce our return. We’re looking towards a full schedule to take us through to deep winter, a schedule full of dark and weird words. There’ll be special guests abound, and the long-awaited and much delayed release of a project that has been WIP for a long time.

Feels good to be back.

There will be a competition or two along the way. Some flash fiction perhaps. We’ll be inviting a few of our friends to talk about their work. And there will be new fiction from the site’s court appointed custodians – Martin Garrity and Nathan Pettigrew.

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But don’t just take our word for all this. Let us lead with our money in our mouths. For we are kicking off our little revival with a brand new story from one of our favorite authors and one we have seen grow in status immensely since we first checked him out. He’s the author of the novels Disintegration and the forthcoming The Breaker, as well as being one of the best short story scribes we know. He also wrote a great introduction to our Solarcidal Tendencies anthology project.

RT facePut them together, folks, for Richard Thomas and his story Rapture. You can read that one right here.

In addition to this, we can confirm two other special guests that will be appearing over the course of September. Both long time friends of the site that we have published before and are honoured to feature again. Solarcide grew up with these two, featuring them again feels like meeting old buddies for lunch and a few (or more than a few) cocktails. Next week will see Terasa Skultety take to our stage with a very interesting story which considers the final days of the legendary scientist, Nicolas Tesla. And later in the month we’ll be meeting up with Jay Slayton-Joslin once more, who has another of his most peculiar tales in store for us.

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That other big project we mentioned. The poorly kept secret that is Corridors grows ever closer to being ready for release. It has been a long time coming, we know this. So how about another peek inside, to prove the thing even exists? Before we went to bed for the summer we showcased one preview in Sweet Revenge and Top Soil. Well here’s another peek with Observational Hazard. It’s a rather daft flash piece with a sci-fi flavour. Sent back in time from another world, no less.

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Towards the end of September we’ll be revealing some more of our plans. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the stories we have lined up.

It’s been too long, dear readers. Welcome back.

Kill the sun.

Fancy Something to Read?

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Good day, all!

Today we publish our newest guest author short story and today we’re happy to have a long time friend of ours here for you to read. We’ve known Renee Asher Pickup for a few years now, we got to know her through workshop sites, and since then we’ve read her work in competitions, we’ve listen to her podcasts, and we featured her in an anthology. She is a fine writer. Today we feature a story that originated from one of those competitions we mentioned, a haunting story that draws on a real life event. (follow the link at the end of the story if you want to compound the uncomfortable tragedy of it)

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This is The Grand Finale.

Have a read, spread the word, and as always, rock on.

But wait, don’t go just yet.

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You might have seen the post here recently about Solarcide’s very own Nathan Pettigrew‘s latest publication with the guys at State of Horror with his brand new story Dog Killer. Well, the good times don’t end there for our sun hunting comrade. At this link you can find Nathan’s very first author interview, which ties in perfectly with his recent publication.

Congrats and many pitchforks to the devilish one.

Dog Killer Released

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Solarcide’s Co-Editor In Crime from the South Returns—Nathan Pettigrew’s Acclaimed Story “Dog Killer” Is Featured in State of Horror: Louisiana Volume 2—Available Now from Charon Coin Press.

Dog Killer” Placed Among the Top 5 Winners and Finalists of the Writer’s Digest Eighth Annual Popular Fiction Awards for the Crime Category.

“Dog Killer” Is Also the Prequel to Nathan’s Story “Wakey Wake”—Featured In Thuglit Issue #3, and the Follow-Up to “Roland The Conqueror”—Which DarkMedia Named One of Their Most Popular Pieces of Original Horror Fiction To Date When It First Appeared.

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Fans of Horror and Crime Should Dig All Three—“Dog Killer” Is Available In Paperback and Digital through Barnes&Noble, Amazon, itunes / iBooks, and Kobo—All Editions Are Linked from the Charon Coin Press Website here.

Enjoy!

Click Tock! Flash fiction action with Andrez Bergen

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Good day! We are chuffed today because we have a brand new guest author post to present to you fine ladies and gents.

Flash fiction is the order of the day, and Andrez Bergen‘s particular brand of noir is the flavour. We’ve featured Andrez before, in interviews and as part of our Nova Parade collection. He’s been one our favorite authors for a good few years now. The man can write with a style all of his own

Click Tock is a quick and dirty tale. About a hat. A grey felt fedora, to be precise.

Don it, tip it, check it out right here.

Rock on, folks!

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Sweet Revenge and Top Soil

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After too bloody long on the back burner, Corridors is back in the front of the oven. The next feature project from Martin Garrity and Solarcide, a debut collection of short stories, flash fiction, and hack poems from the site co-coordinator, will be ready to see light under the coming moons.

There have been more than a few bumps in the road on this particular journey. But it is nearly ready now and as humble penance for the delay a new preview story from the collection can be read online right now here at Solarcide. Sweet Revenge and top Soil is a tale of insanity and revenge. It is also a story about a guy who hates his neighbour’s dog. It’s very much the kind of daft writing that will be infecting many of the pages in Corridors.

If you care to, you can read Sweet Revenge and Top Soil here.

Many sincere thanks to all who check it out. If it does peak your interest, then a few other cuts from the forthcoming book can be read at various fine homes around the internet. If you follow this link, all of the available preview stories can be found.

Honestly! The book is coming soon. Soon. For real.

All the best and rock on!

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Solarcidal Tendencies – updates!

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Bon jour and guten tag. Some updates to post about today regarding our Solarcidal Tendencies anthology. Previously a paperback-only release, the collection is now available from the Amazon Kindle store too.

And, of course, as part of our January sale the book is currently available for mega-discounted prices. For the next week or so the book is still less than $5 or £4 for the paperback, $1.50 or £0.99 for the Kindle file.

Tendencies features sixteen slices of dark fiction by some awesome authors and friends of ours, such as Ben Tanzer, Brandon Tietz, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Axel Taiari, and Garrett Cook. It’s a bargain at the sale price.

But don’t take our word for it, you can take a look for yourself. Until the sale ends we are featuring two of the stories from the book online. Perfectly Natural by Jessica Leonard is the opening story from the collection, and it offers a very different viewpoint of the miraculous experience of childbirth. Then ‘Burgatory, by Gordon Highland, takes us beyond the veil. To New York City.

If you have been wondering about the book but hadn’t yet been swayed, then take a gander at these two fine yarns. There’s plenty more where these came from.

Click here to read Perfectly Natural by Jessica Leonard.

Click here to read ‘Burgatory by Gordon Highland.

You can also read the introduction to the anthology by Richard Thomas here.

Rock on, folks. Look out for more new updates in coming weeks. Plenty on the horizon.