Chilling Horror Afternoon

New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning suspense author, editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer (including leading the Mysterious Galaxy Writers Coffeehouse monthly gatherings) Jonathan Maberry was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries, and his exhaustive list of creative works is staggering.  His most recent publications are Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, co-edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, collecting stories about Joe and the Department of Military Sciences by a stellar list of his writing peers, and the definitive book on Joe Ledger and Echo Team, Joe Ledger: The Official Companion.

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, award-winning prose writer, bookseller, and Halloween expert. Her work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening,” and Famous Monsters called her “one of the best writers in dark fiction today.”  Lisa and Ellen Datlow co-edited Haunted Nights, with contributions by Jonathan Maberry, Kate Jonez, Elise Forier Edie, and Eric J. Guignard, all of whom will be present. Lisa’s recent scholarly work, Ghosts: A Haunted History, is a spirited examination of the apparitions across cultures and time.

Mary Shelley, without whom there would be no Mysterious Galaxy, penned Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus when she was 19, publishing the work in 1818. In celebration of the bicentennial, Leslie S. Klinger, considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, Frankenstein, and 19th-century genre fiction, has released an annotated edition. Les’s recent non-fiction work, Anatomy of Innocence: The Truth of the Wrongfully Convicted tells the incredible true stories of over a dozen innocent men and women who were wrongfully convicted of serious crimes.

Robert Payne Cabeen is a screenwriter, artist and purveyor of narrative horror poetry. His screenwriting credits include: Heavy Metal 2000,  A Monkey's Tale, and Walking with Buddha. He also works as a script doctor. Cold Cuts, his new novel, states, “In Antarctica, frost isn’t the only thing that bites.”

 

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Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 2:00pm
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Joe Ledger: Unstoppable Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250090805
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 31st, 2017

Joe Ledger Fans Rejoice!

Everyone's favorite snarky, dangerous, idealistic, relentless covert operative is back, and this time he's brought friends. Joe Ledger: Unstoppable presents original short stories about Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences by some of New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry's "friends in the industry." Buckle up for powerful, exciting, and nail-biting adventures by Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, Larry Correia, Weston Ochse, Steve Alten, David Farland, Aaron Rosenberg, James A. Moore, James Ray Tuck, Javier Grillo Marxuach, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Jeremy Robinson, Joe McKinney, Jon McGoran, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Nicholas Seven, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, P.G. Charles, and Dana Fredsti!

Joe Ledger is a former Baltimore cop who was recruited into a secret government agency tasked with stopping terrorists who are using bleeding-edge science weapons. The stakes are always high. If you have to call Joe Ledger, it's already hit the fan!


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By Lisa Morton (Editor), Ellen Datlow (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101973837
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Published: Anchor Books - October 3rd, 2017

Sixteen never-before-published chilling tales that explore every aspect of our darkest holiday, Halloween, co-edited by Ellen Datlow, one of the most successful and respected genre editors, and Lisa Morton, a leading authority on Halloween. In addition to stories about scheming jack-o'-lanterns, vengeful ghosts, otherworldly changelings, disturbingly realistic haunted attractions, masks that cover terrifying faces, murderous urban legends, parties gone bad, cult Halloween movies, and trick or treating in the future, Haunted Nights also offers terrifying and mind-bending explorations of related holidays like All Souls' Day, Dia de los Muertos, and Devil's Night. "With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds" by Seanan McGuire "Dirtmouth" by Stephen Graham Jones" "A Small Taste of the Old Countr" by Jonathan Maberry "Wick's End" by Joanna Parypinski "The Seventeen Year Itch" by Garth Nix "A Flicker of Light on Devil's Night" by Kate Jonez "Witch-Hazel" by Jeffrey Ford "Nos Galen Gaeaf" by Kelley Armstrong "We're Never Inviting Amber Again" by S. P. Miskowski "Sisters" by Brian Evenson "All Through the Night" by Elise Forier Edie "A Kingdom of Sugar Skulls and Marigolds" by Eric J. Guignard "The Turn" by Paul Kane "Jack" by Pat Cadigan "Lost in the Dark" by John Langan "The First Lunar Halloween" by John R. Little


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By Mary Shelley, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Guillermo del Toro (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780871409492
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - August 8th, 2017

Remarkably, a nineteen-year-old, writing her first novel, penned a tale that combines tragedy, morality, social commentary, and a thoughtful examination of the very nature of knowledge," writes best-selling author Leslie S. Klinger in his foreword to The New Annotated Frankenstein. Despite its undeniable status as one of the most influential works of fiction ever written, Mary Shelley's novel is often reductively dismissed as the wellspring for tacky monster films or as a cautionary tale about experimental science gone haywire. Now, two centuries after the first publication of Frankenstein, Klinger revives Shelley's gothic masterpiece by reproducing her original text with the most lavishly illustrated and comprehensively annotated edition to date.

Featuring over 200 illustrations and nearly 1,000 annotations, this sumptuous volume recaptures Shelley's early nineteenth-century world with historical precision and imaginative breadth, tracing the social and political roots of the author's revolutionary brand of Romanticism. Braiding together decades of scholarship with his own keen insights, Klinger recounts Frankenstein's indelible contributions to the realms of science fiction, feminist theory, and modern intellectual history--not to mention film history and popular culture. The result of Klinger's exhaustive research is a multifaceted portrait of one of Western literature's most divinely gifted prodigies, a young novelist who defied her era's restrictions on female ambitions by independently supporting herself and her children as a writer and editor.


Cold Cuts Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780997971767
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Published: Omnium Gatherum Media - July 5th, 2017

Two environmental scientists, one who takes his work and himself seriously, the other a pop culture geek with a junk food habit, struggle for survival when Québécois paramilitary fanatics demolish their remote science station in the frozen wasteland at the bottom of the world. Drs. Pratt and Eaton uncover The Order of the Red Wolf's Cold War Era nuclear reactor, but not before it has irradiated the Antarctic fauna and created hordes of ravenous mutations.

Can the oddball duo survive monstrosities that roam the ruins of their devastated science station?

Will they be able to overcome their own desperate appetites-- born of madness and starvation?

One thing is certain. They will learn the meaning of terror when the cold cuts deep.


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$21.95
ISBN: 9781942712701
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Published: JournalStone - August 25th, 2017

If they have to call in Joe Ledger and Echo Team then it's already hit the fan!

The Official Joe Ledger Companion takes you inside the mysterious and dangerous world of the DMS: Department of Military Sciences. In here you'll find the following declassified data:

- Mission files for each of Joe Ledger's cases;
- Biographies of the members of the DMS -get to know more about Mr. Church, Top and Bunny, Bug, Dr. Hu and all the others;
- Background profiles on the madmen and terrorists Joe has fought -The Seven Kings, The Red Knights, the Jakobys, Majestic Three and more;
- Meet the allies of Joe Ledger and the DMS -Violin, Arklight, Toys, Lilith and others.
- Specs and information on weapons and technology;
- Comments from some of Mr. Church's 'Friends in the Industry;'
- Staff interviews with the members of DMS -crawl inside the heads and hearts of Mr. Church, Joe Ledger and the rest of the team;
- Get a complete list in reading order of the Joe Ledger novels, short stories, and even comic book appearances;
- Journey into the expanded Joe Ledger universe by exploring tie-ins to the Pine Deep Trilogy, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, the case files of Sam Hunter and more!

The Joe Ledger Companion is the mission intel you need to roll out with the heroes of Echo Team.

Hooah!


Ghosts: A Haunted History Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781780238432
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Published: Reaktion Books - November 15th, 2017

From that cheerful puff of smoke known as Casper to the hunkiest potter living or dead, Sam Wheat, there is probably no more iconic entity in supernatural history than the ghost. And these are just recent examples. From the earliest writings such as the Epic of Gilgamesh to today's ghost-hunting reality TV shows, ghosts have chilled the air of nearly every era and every culture in human history. In this book, Lisa Morton uses her scholarly prowess--more powerful than any proton pack--to wrangle together history's most enduring ghosts into an entertaining and comprehensive look at what otherwise seems to always evade our eyes.

 

Tracing the ghost's constantly shifting contours, Morton asks the most direct question--What exactly is a ghost?--and examines related entities such as poltergeists, wraiths, and revenants. She asks how a ghost is related to a soul, and she outlines all the different kinds of ghosts there are. To do so, she visits the spirits of the classical world, including the five-part Egyptian soul and the first haunted-house, conceived in the Roman playwright Plautus's comedy, Mostellaria. She confronts us with the frightening phantoms of the Middle Ages--who could incinerate priests and devour children--and reminds us of the nineteenth-century rise of Spiritualism, a religion essentially devoted to ghosts. She visits with the Indian bhuta and goes to the Hungry Ghost Festival in China, and of course she spends time in Mexico, where ghosts have a particularly strong grip on belief and culture. Along the way she gathers the ectoplasmic residues seeping from books and film reels, from the Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto to the 2007 blockbuster Paranormal Activity, from the stories of Ann Radcliffe to those of Stephen King.

 

Wide-ranging, informative, and slicked with over fifty unearthly images, Ghosts is an entertaining read of a cultural phenomenon that will delight anyone, whether they believe in ghosts or not.


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