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New Horror Fiction BLACK STATIC ISSUE 68 OUT NOW!

Books Received - An Update

20th Nov, 2010

Author: Peter Tennant

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Listed below are the books received for review since the last update, which was back on 27 September 2010 (it's been a while).

Lots of good stuff in for review this month, and I'm particularly pleased to see a new novel by Exorcist author William Peter Blatty in the TBR pile. The other big name is Stephen King, whose work appears to be enjoying something of a renaissance if reports that I've heard about Under the Dome are anything to go by. Full Dark, No Stars is the first King review copy I've been sent in a while, and it's a collection of four novellas (actually, one of them looks to be more like short story length, but who's counting?), a form which King excels at, so I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in, though you'll probably all have read the book and formed your own opinions before I get around to reviewing it (I'm nothing, if not a slowcoach).

I'm enamoured of the little touches, and so was quite pleased to discover that the ARC of A Discovery of Witches had a mock library card inside the cover and was inscribed 'This Book Belongs To Peter Tennant'. The debut novel from Deborah Harkness and the first book in a trilogy, Discovery is a major release from Headline, who 'fought off competition from five other publishers' for the title. The name Harkness is associated with witches for another reason - in the Marvel universe Agatha Harkness is one of the Salem witches and acted as governess for Franklin Richards, the son of Reed and Sue (the Fantastic Four). Not a lot of people know that.

Drew Stepek's Knuckle Supper is set in a Los Angeles where the drug trade is run by vampires. To quote from the back cover blurb, the book 'explores chemical dependency, inner-city brutality, religion, molestation, abortion and the very nature of evil itself'. Part of the proceeds from the book are being donated to Children of the Night, a Los Angeles based charity that helps former child prostitutes. Along with the book author Drew sent me a Knuckle Supper t-shirt complete with a blood filled syringe on the front, which looks rather fabulous, even if it's probably not the sort of thing a gentleman of my age should be seen in.

Chomu Press is a new indie publisher with an impressive catalogue, and I recommend that you check out their website sooner rather than later. All being well, there should be a review of Quentin Crisp's superb "Remember You're a One-Ball!" in #20, and the books they've sent me since look to match that promise. In particular I'm looking forward to The Dracula Papers by Reggie Oliver. I've admired his short stories for a while now, and I'm eager to see what Oliver can do at novel length. We've received several Dracula themed titles of late, making me wonder if there's an anniversary I wasn't aware of or something similar.

The Standard Offer and Disclaimer - If anyone wants to query with me the suitability of their book(s) for a review in Case Notes, then I can be contacted by writing to whitenoise@ttapress.com and, as ever, an expression of interest in seeing the book does not guarantee that a review will be done. We receive many books and space is limited.

February 2011

  • William Peter Blatty - The Redemption - Piatkus paperback
  • Deborah Harkness - A Discovery of Witches - Headline hardback

January 2011

  • Reggie Oliver - The Dracula Papers - Book 1: The Scholar's Tale - Chomu Press
  • Justin Isis - I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like - Chomu Press

December 2010

  • Edited by Mike Mitchell - The Dedalus Meyrink Reader - Dedalus paperback

November 2010

  • Drew Stepek - Knuckle Supper - Alphar Publishing hardback
  • Edited by Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner - Wolfsbane and Mistletoe - Gollancz hardback
  • John Hicklenton - 100 Months - Cutting Edge graphic novel, landscape format and hardback
  • Stephen King - Full Dark, No Stars - Hodder hardback
  • Matthew Smith, Al Ewing & Rebecca Levene - The Best of Tomes of the Dead - Abaddon paperback

October 2010

  • Edited by R. J. Cavender & Boyd E. Harris - Horror Library Vol 4 - Cutting Block Press paperback
  • Graham Joyce - The Silent Land - Gollancz hardback
  • David Moody - Autumn - Gollancz hardback

September 2010

  • Douglas Thompson - Sylvow - Eibonvale Press paperback
  • Edited by David Rix - Blind Swimmer - Eibonvale Press paperback
  • Jonathan Maberry & Janice Gable Bashman - Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and other kick-ass enemies of evil - Citadel Press paperback
  • Mark Howard Jones - Songs From Spider Street - Screaming Dreams paperback

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