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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Northern Haunts CLOSED to submissions.


WOW! What an absolutely wonderful project to work on. I have had the privilege of reading scores of delightfully wicked and well-crafted stories. NICE JOB!!! The pre-orders have been steady as well.

I have received a good number of submissions from people who have been personally touched by cancer, and that has made this anthology even more worth it.

We have had stories written by Nate Kenyon, Steve Vernon, and Stephen Mark Rainey as well.

I want to thank all of your for your support on this project. I endeavored to select those stories that fit the theme of the anthology, as well as select a nice variety as well. Having said that, I found a number of stories that offered different perspectives on classic rural myths and monsters. Very cool.

So, with the exception of a couple of last minute submissions to read, and a rewrite or two, Northern Haunts is now CLOSED to submissions.

Congrats to all of you. If you have any personal questions about why or why not your submission was/was not selected, please contact me via PM or email.

I will post the table of contents this week.

The stories have begun to be funneled to one of my talented assistant editors, Christa, for her delicate line editing touch, and she has begun to get them back to me.

All that will remain is the typesetting and the printing.

I PROMISE that this will all be done as very quickly as I am able. The worst thing I can do now is take your beautiful work and fail to give it the respect it deserves by rushing the last part of this process.

Not only will this book be available through a few international and national distribution services, but I am going to really push to get it into New Englnd gift shops and independent bookstores as well.

It will, of course, be available through all of the major online outlets to include Amazon,,, as well as others.

Fantastic JOB everyone!
Tim Deal
Editor & Publisher
Shroud Magazine
The Journal of Dark Fiction and Art

Friday, August 22, 2008


Not one signature, not two signatures, but THREE!


Signed by author Tom Piccirilli
Signed by Brian Keene (introduction by)
Signed by Alex McVey (illustrator)


Shroud Publishing is proud to announce the upcoming publication of a new novella by one of the most respected and dynamic voices in the horror and suspense genres: Tom Piccirilli.

In All You Despise, a signed, illustrated, limited edition hardcover, Piccirilli’s characteristically lean prose grimly illustrates the high price of redemption and the violent limits of brotherly love.

When a nameless man awakens to find his blood-spattered brother passed out in his trailer it sets off a chain of painful, hard-hitting events that tests family loyalty and shows the savage impact of a father’s dark legacy.

Fast-paced and packing a visceral punch, All You Despise will keep the reader anxiously turning pages all the way to its unexpected conclusion.

This exclusive offering from Shroud Publishing features a special introduction penned by Bram Stoker-winning author Brian Keene and stunning illustrations by veteran illustrator Alex McVey. Both contributors will also sign this special limited edition alongside the author.

Limited to only 500 copies and available only from Shroud Publishing, All You Despise will be a unique addition to your quality book collection.

All You Despise will be priced to move at only $29.99.

At this price, supplies will definitely not last.

Tom Piccirilli is the author of twenty novels including THE COLD SPOT, THE MIDNIGHT ROAD, A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN, and THE DEAD LETTERS. He's a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, the International Thriller Writers Award, and Le Grand Prix de L'Imagination.
Learn more at www. tompiccirilli. com

Brian Keene is a two-time Bram Stoker Award winning horror author. His novels include Dead Sea, Ghoul, City of the Dead, Terminal, The Conqueror Worms, Fear Of Gravity, and many more. Several of his books and stories have been optioned for film, video game and comic book adaptations. The New York Times, Fangoria, the History Channel, and others have credited Keene with ushering in the new era of zombie popularity in pop culture.

Alex McVey is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been published internationally, ranging from album art to graphic design to book illustration. He has illustrated the works of Stephen King, Joe R. Lansdale, Gahan Wilson, Brian Keene, Ramsey Cambpell, and Richard Matheson, among others. His clients include ad firms, gaming companies, film studios, bands, and book and magazine publishers.


http://www. shroudmagazine. com/all-you-despise-tom-piccirilli-limited-edition-hardcover. html

Monday, August 11, 2008

Intruder, by Cindy Little

We will be launching the first novella in the Shroud Publishing Signature Novella Series within the next week or two. I wanted to introduce you all to Intruder, by the talented Cindy Little.


An evil unseen force is forcing Carol to try and do unspeakably harmful things to her daughter Jennie. When the powers of an ancient malevolent creature invade a quiet suburban household, a young mother is forced into a pitched battle for the life of her child.

A shocking and intelligent novella from veteran supernatural investigator, Cindy Little.

"With her first foray into dark fantasy/fiction, Cindy Little already demonstrates an impressive imagination. Combining the all-too-true effects of postpartum depression with ancient faerie folklore, she weaves a surprisingly hard-hitting tale of a woman torn between doubts about her own sanity and the maternal desire to fiercely protect her child at all costs. With its combination of suspense and action, Intruders delivers on its promise."


"Postpartum depression gets a horrific make-over in Cindy Little's Intruder, as the dark path on which a new mother finds herself trapped takes a sudden turn into the territory of primal myth. Intruder is a chilling depiction of the corruption of a mother's love, reminiscent of Twilight Zone encounters with strange and terrible monsters who remain invisible to most while spreading suffering and death. Evoking the horror of the unknown, Intruder delivers chills as it takes the reader along the dreadful path of a mother's nightmare."

Gerard Houarner, ROAD FROM HELL and THE OZ SUITE

Just $7.99 for the trade paperback at: