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James Chambers writes tales of horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. He is the author of The Engines of Sacrifice, a collection of four Lovecraftian-inspired novellas published in 2011 by Dark Regions Press which Publisher's Weekly described as "...chillingly evocative...." He is also the author of the short fiction collection Ressurection House (Dark Regions Press, 2009). Most recently, Dark Quest Books published The Dead Bear Witness and Tears of Blood, volume one and two in his Corpse Fauna novella series. Volume three, The Dead in Their Masses, will be published in late 2013. In August 2005 Die Monster Die Books published his first short story collection, The Midnight Hour: Saint Lawn Hill and Other Tales, created in collaboration with illustrator Jason Whitley.
His short stories have been published in the anthologies Bad-Ass Faeries, Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad, Bad-Ass Faeries 3: In All Their Glory, Bad Cop No Donut, Barbarians at the Jumpgate, Breach the Hull, By Other Means, Crypto-Critters (Volume 1 and Volume 2), Dark Furies, The Dead Walk, The Dead Walk Again, Deep Cuts, The Domino Lady: Sex as a Weapon, Dragon's Lure, The Green Hornet Chronicles, Hardboiled Cthulhu, Hear Them Roar, Hellfire Lounge, In An Iron Cage, Lost Worlds of Space and Time (Volume 1), Mermaids 13, New Blood, No Longer Dreams, Sick: An Anthology of Illness, So It Begins, To Hell in a Fast Car, Walrus Tales, Weird Trails, and Warfear; the chapbook Mooncat Jack; and the magazines Bare Bone, Cthulhu Sex, and Allen K's Inhuman.
His tale "A Wandering Blackness," one of two published in Lin Carter's Doctor Anton Zarnak, Occult Detective, received an honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Sixteenth Annual Collection.
He has also written numerous comic books including Leonard Nimoy's Primortals, the critically acclaimed "The Revenant" in Shadow House, and most recently a Midnight Hour story for the comics anthology Negative Burn.
He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the current chairperson of its membership committee.
He lives in New York.
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Robert W. Chambers’s classic work of weird fiction, The King in Yellow (1895), contained two stories that have exercised wide influence in the genre. “The Repairer of Reputations” introduced the world to The King in Yellow, a play in two acts, banned for its reputed power to drive mad anyone who reads its complete text. Another story, “The Yellow Sign,” used the experiences of an artist and his model to elaborate on the mythos of the Yellow King, the Yellow Sign, and their danger to all who encounter them. In those tales Chambers crafted fascinating glimpses of a cosmos populated by conspiracies, government-sanctioned suicide chambers, haunted artists, premonitions of death, unreliable narrators—and dark, enigmatic occurrences tainted by the alien world of Carcosa, where the King rules in his tattered yellow mantle. In Carcosa, black stars rise and Cassilda and Camilla speak and sing. In Carcosa, eyes peer from within pallid masks to gaze across Lake Hali at the setting of twin suns.
Bram Stoker Award-winner for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction!
Nightmares come to life in this comprehensive how-to guide for new and established authors…
Book two in Crystal Lake Publishing’s The Dream Weaver series picks up where the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Where Nightmares Come From left off.
It’s Alive focuses on learning the craft in order to take your story from concept to completion.
With an introduction by Richard Chizmar and cover art by Luke Spooner. Featuring interior artwork from horror master Clive Barker!
Table of Contents:
- Introduction by Richard Chizmar
- Confessions of a Professional Day Dreamer by Jonathan Maberry
- What is Writing and Why Write Horror by John Skipp
- Tribal Layers by Gene O’Neill
- Bake That Cake: One Writer’s Method by Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Lansdale
- Ah-Ha: Beginning to End with Chuck Palahniuk and Michael Bailey (Discussing the Spark of Creativity)
- They Grow in the Shadows: Exploring the Roots of a Horror Story by Todd Keisling
- Sell Your Script, Keep Your Soul and Beware of Sheep in Wolves' Clothing by Paul Moore
- The Cult of Constraint (or To Outline or Not) by Yvonne Navarro
- Zombies, Ghosts and Vampires─Oh My! by Kelli Owen
- The Many Faces of Horror: Craft Techniques by Richard Thomas
- Giving Meaning to the Macabre by Rachel Autumn Deering
- The Horror Writer’s Ultimate Toolbox by Tim Waggoner
- Sarah Pinborough Interview by Marie O’Regan
- Conveying Character by F. Paul Wilson
- Sympathetic Characters Taste Better: Creating Empathy in Horror Fiction by Brian Kirk
- Virtue & Villainy: The Importance of Character by Kealan Patrick Burke
- How to write Descriptions in a story by Mercedes Yardley
- “Don’t Look Now, There’s a Head in That Box!” She Ejaculated Loudly (or Creating Effective Dialogue in Horror Fiction) by Elizabeth Massie
- Point of View by Lisa Mannetti
- What Came First the Monster or the Plot? In Conversation with Stephen Graham Jones by Vince A. Liaguno
- Building Suspense by David Wellington
- Conveying Horror by Ramsey Campbell
- Unveiling Theme Through Plot: An Analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” by Stephanie M. Wytovich
- Interview with Clive Barker by Tim Chizmar
- World Building (Building a terrifying world) by Kevin J. Anderson
- Speak Up: The Writer’s Voice by Robert Ford
- Writing for a Better World by Christopher Golden
- Shaping the Ideas: Getting Things from Your Head to the Paper or on Screen. Interview with Steve Niles, Mick Garris, Heather Graham, Mark Savage, and Maria Alexander by Del Howison
- On Research by Bev Vincent
- Editing Through Fear: Cutting and Stitching Stories by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
- Leaping into the Abyss by Greg Chapman
- Edit Your Anthology in Your Basement for Fun and Profit! . . . or Not by Tom Monteleone
- When It’s Their World: Writing for the Themed Anthology by Lisa Morton
- Roundtable Interview by John Palisano
- The Tale of the Perfect Submissions by Jess Landry
- Turning the Next Page: Getting Started with the Business of Writing by James Chambe
This collection of BRAND NEW Kolchak short prose fiction stories is a real scream!
Matthew Baugh, James Chambers, Cathy Clamp, Ed Gorman, Mark Graham, CJ Henderson, Tracey Hill, Nancy Holder, Nancy Kilpatrick, Rick Lai, Marilyn Romatka, Ricky Sprague, & Dave Ulanksi
NOT THE END OF THE STORY!
The lore of Averoigne didn’t end with Clark Ashton Smith. Over the decades other writers, fascinated by this "Lovecraft country" of medieval France, added their own contributions in tales spanning history from the Roman era to modern day. Revisit Vyônes and Périgon, meet Luc le Chaudronnier and Azédarac once again, as old foes like the Gargoyles of Vyônes Cathedral and the Colossus of Ylourgne return to wreck more havoc.
But new threats are always lurking in the shadows - join the peasantry of Averoigne in their struggles to survive in their cursed, monster-haunted homeland as they face dangers ranging from ghostly cats to man-eating ogres. Tales of harpies and werewolves, witches and necromancers, changelings and cockatrices await you, as well as adversaries of the more mundane variety like fanatical Inquisitors, heretical cults, and druids serving dark gods.
For the first time collected together into one volume, you can read over two dozen poems and stories of Averoigne (including some never before published) by Mythos authors like DJ Tyrer, Ron Hilger, Richard Tierney, Brian McNaughton, Michael Minnis, and James Chambers, including:
- THE ORACLE OF SADOQUA by Ron Hilger
- THE WEDDING OF SHEILA-NA-GOG by G. Arthur Rahman & Richard L. Tierney
- THE CULT OF THE SINGING FLAME by David Reid Ross
- THE DOOM OF AZÉDARAC by Ron Hilger
- THE PINK FLOWER OF SAINT ZÉNOBIE by Aaron Hollingsworth
- HUGH THE DISCERNING by Garnett Elliott
- THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF GHOSTLY CATS by Michael Minnis
- UNHALLOWED GROUND, UNHOLY FLESH by James Chambers
- THE LITTLE AND THE BIG by Michael Minnis
- THE PASSING OF BELZÉVUTHE by Simon Whitechapel
- THE BUTCHER OF VYÔNES by Michael Minnis
- BLACK ART IN VYÔNES by Keith Chapman
- THE COCKATRICE OF CORDELIERS by Michael Minnis
- CLOTAIRE OF THE CROSS by Colin Harker
- SYMPOSIUM OF THE GARGOYLE by Simon Whitechapel
- THE QUARRY by Simon Whitechapel
- THE GARGOYLES OF NOTRE DAME by Matthew Baugh
- THE RETURN OF THE COLOSSUS by Brian McNaughton
- THE MUSE OF AVEROIGNE by Ron Hilger & Henry J. Vester III
- THE FELL FÊTE by Manuel Arenas
- BOUFONOULA by D.J. Tyrer
- A HONEYMOON IN AVEROIGNE by Trevor O. Childers
... PLUS over a dozen poems of Averoigne by H.P. Lovecraft, DJ Tyrer, Ashley Dioses, Wade German, Cardinal Cox, Ron Shiflet and others, AND a Map of Averoigne by multiple Hugo-award winning artist Tim Kirk!
Constantine has a weakness for narcotics, alcohol, and sex; an unnatural obsession with the occult; and a long list of lovers he’s betrayed, hurt, and discarded. He’s slain his twin brother in the womb, taunted Satan, outwitted demons and angels, been trapped in Hell, and even fathered an elemental. No matter what the universe throws at him, he somehow always seems to come out on top… though his loved ones have usually ended up caught in the crossfire.
At times, John can be a bastard. He has questionable hygiene and a lack of ethics, and he’ll likely hurt anyone foolish enough to let him into their lives. But John is nonetheless a hero – well, a Byronic hero, in any case. As fans, we wouldn’t have him any other way.
The book features essays by Ade Brown, John E. Boylan, James Chambers, Julianne Clancy, Nancy A. Collins, Brian Cronin, Joseph Dilworth Jr., Sabrina Fried, Alex Galer, Richard Gray, Robert Greenberger, Rich Handley, Robert Jeschonek, Ross Johnson, Martín A. Pérez, Draško Roganović, Frank Schildiner, Tony Simmons, Lou Tambone, John Trumbull, James Wilkinson, and Genevieve Williams, with a cover by Leah Mangue.
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Join us for tails, or rather, tales of these mysterious, exotic and sometimes dangerous creatures. Read of tragedy, comedy and adventure, of loves both lost and found, of horrors inflicted on them or by them.
The stories in this book will take you on back yard adventures and to a big city night club, to war ravaged oceans and the realms of fantasy and, since you’re one of the lucky ones, on a much desired tour.
Featuring the talents of:
Michael A. Black
John L. French
C. J. Henderson
C. Ellett Logan
Darren W. Pearce and Neal Levin
Robert E. Waters
What will the future hold for Earth? Will it evolve into a unified utopia where anything is possible? Or will it topple into chaos and fear? What does it mean to be human? How will alien invasion shape the very nature of our ecology? Can overpopulation lead to long, long nights of anxious sleep? How will advancements in multimedia affect future politics and propoganda? How will crime be investigated and solved when time is no barrier? How will the common man deal with the apocalypse? And how will displaced humans - returning home from centuries in space - view that which they left behind? Join us as some of the best science fiction and fantasy authors today tackle these questions and more in thirteen stories about the future of our wondrous and delicate blue planet.
Featuring the talents of: Danielle Ackley-McPhail James Chambers John L French CJ Henderson & Kevin DiVico Stuart Jaffe Edward J. McFadden III KT Pinto Paul Popiel Bud Sparhawk Patrick Thomas Robert E Waters & James R Stratton CL Werner Jeff Young
A chronicle of survival in a world of the living dead.
There is no Heaven or Hell; there is only blood and the dust of flesh.
The Dead Bear Witness
Sentenced to life after a bank robbery gone bad, Cornell thought his worst nightmare had come true-and that he deserved it. After a stint in solitary, though, he learned his nightmare had only started: While Cornell rotted in isolation, all around the world the dead had returned to life.
Inside the prison walls, Cornell should've been well protected.
He didn't reckon on the stone-cold killer who demanded his help breaking out, nor the fanatic warden who forced him to help "save the souls" of other prisoners. He didn't count on being snared in a web of lies, violence, and betrayal. He didn't expect his survival to depend on fighting his way back to freedom before the eyes of the watchful dead. Now as nooses sway over the prison yard, Cornell can almost feel one tightening around his neck, and freedom seems so far away....
Moonstone is proud to present The Green Hornet Chronicles, the first anthology featuring all-new original crime fiction tales of the man who hunts the biggest game, public enemies that even the FBI can't reach!
It's the mid 1960s, the political climate is shaky, there's civil unrest, freedom and equality issues erupt everywhere from film to music to out in the streets. On police records the green Hornet is actually a wanted criminal, a master manipulator, a crime boss who has his fingers in every pie.
In reality, The Green Hornet is actually Britt Reid,m owner-publisher of the Daily Sentinel. His goal is to destroy crime from within by posing as a criminal himself.
In The Engines of Sacrifice, acclaimed writer James Chambers delivers four nightmare novellas inspired by the Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft.
Investigation 37: In the late years of the Vietnam War, Lavender May runs away from home to search for freedom and peace in New York City, but instead, she finds only a world of magic, witchcraft, and lies.
The Ugly Birds: Only one thing could save Carmine Darabont's comics magazine from going under: publishing the next chapter of the hit series "The Otherworlders." But what dark secret drives its creator--Carmine's ex-fiancé--to refuse to deliver it?
The Hidden Room: At the height of the Cold War, Doctor Calvin Lenox is a member of the Nuclear Emergency Search Team. With his life spiraling into despair, he confronts the mystery of a runaway Soviet defector and the death of three men, only to find himself at the mercy of...the Faceless God.
The Engines of Sacrifice: What is the power of words? Can they control the fabric of reality? In a horrifying new world, underground author Rowley Cray struggles against a totalitarian government gone insane and the possibility that he can control the souls of the dead.
Dark Regions Press presents The Engines of Sacrifice by James Chambers as part of Dark Regions Digital. Browse all of our digital titles by searching for "dark regions digital" or "dark regions press."
Publishers Weekly Starred Review:
Chambers (Resurrection House) draws readers deep into H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos with chillingly evocative writing and the clever integration of real-world events. Four interlocking stories take place at least in part in the Long Island town of Knicksport, where portals open into the uncanny dimensions inhabited by the elder gods. Could the emergence into our world of Azathoth, Shub-Niggurath, and Nyarlathotep be tied to the Wiccan enthusiasm of the 1970s, the strong presence of horror themes in 1980s indie comics, or the "accident" at Chernobyl? Can Cthulhu be reached through the transformative powers of fiction? Chambers's damaged characters cling to hope even as the world comes apart at the seams, making the insanity and despair of their circumstances poignant as well as deliciously creepy.