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About Mike Chinn
Mike Chinn has had short fiction published in DARK HORIZONS, DARK VALENTINE, DOOMOLOGY: THE DAWNING OF DISASTERS, MORPHEUS TALES URBAN HORROR SPECIAL, NULL IMMORTALIS (NEMONYMOUS 10), KZINE and POSTSCRIPTS. As well as scripting comics for DC Thomson (fourteen issues of the black and white SF/fantasy digest STARBLAZER and an eight-week "Billy the Cat" adventure for the BEANO) he has published two books on how to write comics: WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING THE GRAPHIC NOVEL and CREATE YOUR OWN GRAPHIC NOVEL. His monster-hunting Pulp adventure character, Damian Paladin, first appeared in THE PALADIN MANDATES in 1998, and a second Paladin collection, WALKERS IN SHADOW, was published by Pro Se Productions in 2017. The same imprint published a revised and expanded edition of THE PALADIN MANDATES in 2020. 2015 saw the publication of GIVE ME THESE MOMENTS BACK: a collection of 18 short stories from The Alchemy Press, and a Sherlock Holmes Steampunk mashup, VALLIS TIMORIS, from Fringeworks. In 2017 Parallel Universe Publications released his horror collection, RADIX OMNIUM MALUM & OTHER INCURSIONS. His first Western, REVENGE IS A COLD PISTOL, was published by Pro Se in 2018
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The darkness that endures beneath the earth . . . the disquiet that lingers in the woodland surrounding a forgotten path . . . those ancient traditions and practices that still cling to standing stone circles, earthworks, and abandoned buildings; elaborate rituals that invoke elder gods or nature deities; the restless spirits and legendary creatures that remain connected to a place or object, or exist in deep wells and lonely pools of water, waiting to ensnare the unwary traveler . . .
These concepts have been the archetypes of horror fiction for decades, but in recent years they have been given a name: Folk Horror.
This type of storytelling has existed for more than a century. Authors Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, H. P. Lovecraft, and M. R. James all published fiction that had it roots in the notion of the supernatural being linked to objects or places “left behind.” All four writers are represented in this volume with powerful, and hopefully unfamiliar, examples of their work, along with newer exponents of the craft such as Ramsey Campbell, Storm Constantine, Christopher Fowler, Alison Littlewood, Kim Newman, Reggie Oliver, and many others.
Illustrated with the atmospheric photography of Michael Marshall Smith, the stories in The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror tap into an aspect of folkloric tradition that has long been dormant, but never quite forgotten, while the depiction of these forces as being in some way “natural” in no way detracts from the sense of nameless dread and escalating horror that they inspire . . .
- The Meddler, by Matthew John
- Tiger Girls vs. the Zombies, by Lucy A. Snyder
- Dead Between the Eyes, by Adrian Cole
- Alive Again, by Franklyn Searight
- The Night Hans Kroeger Came Back, by Kenneth Bykerk
- The Marching Dead, by Andrew Darlington
- I Wished for Zombies, by D.C. Lozar
- O Mary Don’t You Mourn, by Mike Chinn
- To Die, To Sleep, No More, by Erica Ruppert
- Run, Monster, Run, by Teasha Seitz
- Another Night in Bayou Sauvage, by Chad Hensley
- Kifaro, by Dilman Dila
- But I Love Him, by Scott Wheelock
- Who Wants to Live Forever?, by Angela Yuriko Smith
- The Dead Are Always Hungry, by Christopher Alex Ray
- Zen Zombies, by R. A. Smith
- Cassius Max, by KT Morley
- A Nanotech Samsara, by J.N. Cameron
- Pine in the Soul, by John Linwood Grant
- “Welcome Home”, by Craig E. Sawyer
- Papa Hanco, by Ed Reyes
- They Shall Eat Dust, by Josh Reynolds
- In Shadow Valley, by Nick Swain
- Devil’s Bargain, by by J.F. Le Roux
- Right for You Now, by Andrew Jennings
- E’Zunguth, the Zombie God, by Maxwell I. Gold
- Lazy River, by Kelly Piner
- The New Human, by Shayne K. Keen
- This Little Piggy, by EV Knight
- Life Unworthy of Life, by Stephanie Ellis
- More Blood, by Carson Ray
- This Creeping Cold, by Kevin Rees
- The Body I Used to Be, by Scott Edelman
- Queen of Hearts, by S.E. Lindberg
Some reviews of our first volume:
"This is an entertaining anthology of new sword and sorcery with a diverse range of unique tales."
"A varied collection of stories. Not to be overlooked. Available in paperback and e-book from Amazon. And be sure to keep an eye out for Volume Two out next year with more art by Jim Pitts. Recommended!"
"There is also a refreshing hint of the good old days in Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy spiced up with the approach of a new generation of fantasy writers."
"What an enjoyable book. Quality sword and sorcery stories and amazing art by Jim Pitts."
"Of all the anthologies put out featuring the works of contemporary S&S authors, I think this may be the best I’ve read to date."
In 2018, MX Publishing presented Parts XI and XII of this acclaimed and ongoing series, Some Untold Cases. Now that theme is revisited with 64 new Sherlock Holmes adventures that explore those many tantalizing references to some of Holmes's other cases, as mentioned in The Canon.
"Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch box with my name, John H. Watson, M.D., Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid. It is crammed with papers, nearly all of which are records of cases to illustrate the curious problems which Mr. Sherlock Holmes had at various times to examine . . . ." - Dr. John H. Watson
So wrote Dr. Watson in "The Problem of Thor Bridge" - and ever since, Sherlockians have been seeking to know more about these tales from the legendary tin dispatch box. While Watson's original Literary Agent only edited the pitifully few sixty stories that make up the original Canon, there have since been literally thousands of traditional adventures about the true Sherlock Holmes - and yet there will never be enough!
Throughout the original Holmes Canon, there were hints and teases of other intriguing cases - The Giant Rat of Sumatra . . . The Abernetty Tragedy . . . The Manor House Case. Watson mentions well over one-hundred of these, which have collectively come to be known as The Untold Cases. Now, once again MX Publishing brings us sixty-four of these adventures in three simultaneously published volumes, with all royalties going to support the Stepping Stones School at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's former homes.
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as "the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known."
Each volume contains forwards by Otto Penzler, Roger Johnson, Stepping Stones School, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum, as well as stories by the following contributors:
Will Murray (2 stories), Tim Gambrell (2 stories), Craig Janacek, I.A. Watson, Jane Rubino, Paul Hiscock, Hugh Ashton, Mike Chinn, Shane Simmons, Dacre Stoker and Leverett Butts, David Marcum, Matthew J. Elliott, Paul D. Gilbert, Tracy J. Revels, Margaret Walsh, Arthur Hall, Barry Clay, Steven Philip Jones, Jan van Koningsveld, and Marcia Wilson, and a poem by John Linwood Grant
Stories of the Strange, Marvelous, and Supernatural
Meet Nick Nightmare—hard-boiled private investigator who takes on the tough cases that make the cops, the FBI, and the CIA scatter for cover.
In this first volume from his private files, Nick shoots, punches and quips his way through an outrageous world of crawling horrors, spawned by the Old Ones as they seek to rise up from their primordial oceanic depths, “when the stars are right.”
Whether he is shooting it out with power-crazed acolytes in his native New York, or slipping across into other dimensions to battle the spreading plague of invasion, Nick Nightmare is never far from the long, clammy reach of ultimate night. Encountering bizarre artifacts of power, decrepit villages and citadels, magic and voodoo, life for this private eye is an endless diet of madness and mayhem.
Nick is accompanied by a host of weird characters, including the aging but still potent superhero team Vengeance Unlimited, the extraordinary Montifellini and his trans-dimensional Magic Bus, and the dazzling Ariadne Carnadine, a modern-day ninja nonpareil.
Told in his own blunt, dry words, as transcribed faithfully by British Fantasy Award-winner Adrian Cole, Nick Nightmare Investigates is a potent blend of HPL, Mickey Spillane, and the roller-coaster adventures of the golden age of the pulps.
“Adrian Cole is now at the height of his literary powers, and is currently producing the strongest work of his long career.”
—British Fantasy Society
In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene, featuring adventures set within the correct time period, and written by many of today's leading Sherlockian authors from around the world. Those first three volumes were overwhelmingly received, and there were soon calls for additional collections. Since then, their popularity has only continued to grow, with six volumes already released, and now two more, Eliminate the Impossible, featuring tales of Holmes's encounters with seemingly impossible events – ghosts and hauntings, curses and mythical beasts, and more.
In "The Sussex Vampire", Holmes tells Watson: "This agency stands flat-footed upon the ground, and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply." In each of the stories presented in this massive two-volume collection, Holmes approaches the varied problems with one of his favorite maxims firmly in place: "... when you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth..." But what, exactly, is the truth?
2017 is the 130th anniversary of the publication of A Study in Scarlet, the first recorded adventure of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson. What an amazing journey it's been! In addition to the pitifully few sixty tales originally presented in The Canon, published between 1887 and 1927, there have been literally thousands of additional Holmes adventures in the form of books, short stories, radio and television episodes, movies, manuscripts, comics, and fan fiction. And yet, for those who are true friends and admirers of the Master Detective of Baker Street, where it is always 1895 (or a few decades on either side of that!) these stories are not enough. Give us more!
The forty-eight stories in these two companion volumes represent some of the finest new Holmesian storytelling to be found, and honor the man described by Watson as "the best and wisest... whom I have ever known."
All royalties from this collection are being donated by the writers for the benefit of the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Discover tales about Achluophobia (fear of the dark), Ecophobia (fear of one’s home), Keraunophobia (fear of thunder and lightning), Ombrophobia (fear of rain), Trichinophobia (fear of poisoning), Ygrophobia (fear of water) and Zelophobia (fear of jealousy) amongst many others.
Compiled and edited by Dean M. Drinkel, the authors
of Phobophobias are:
Christopher Beck, Adrian Chamberlin, Lily Childs, Mike Chinn, Raven Dane, Nerine Dorman, Christine Dougherty, Tim Dry, Jan Edwards, John Gilbert, D.T. Griffith, Lisa Jenkins, Emile-Louis Tomas Jouvet, Rakie Keig, Amelia Mangan, Peter Mark May, Christine Morgan, John Palisano, Daniel I. Russell, Phil Sloman, Sam Stone, Andrew Taylor, Mark West, Barbie Wilde & D.M. Youngquist.
CRADLE OF THE DEEP, by Mike Chinn
INVASION OF THE DEADLY BRAIN FROM ALPHA-IX, by Scott Emerson
EVIDENCE OF THE MIRROR, by Herb Kauderer
MOTHERSHIP, by Stephen Persing
HAZTHROG’S CONTEMPT, by Maxwell I. Gold
PAYLOAD, by M. Stern
NEW LIFE, by Mark Slade
RED DRAGON, by Shadrick Beechem
SNACK TIME, by Franklyn Searight
AMIRI, by Nicole Givens Kurtz
STICKS AND STONES, by John B. Rosenman
T. GIPS AND THE TIME FLIES, by Ahmed A. Khan
THE ANGRY PLANET, by DJ Tyrer
THE HEART OF A HITMAN, by Rie Sheridan Rose
THE KIDNAPPED PRINCE, by Cynthia Ward
THE OUTPOST, OUTSIDE, by Larry Hinkle
THE VAULTS OF BAN-ERACH, by Steve Dilks
TOTALITY, by Andre E. Harewood
TRIPLET CROSS, by Patrick S. Baker
SEA BOUND-1, by Eddie D. Moore
DEFIANT, DEVIANT, DEVOID OF SOUL, by Russell Hemmell
THE BLOOD RED SKY OF MARS, by Adrian Cole
HORIZON, by John Gregory Betancourt
SUNRISE ON MERCURY, by Robert Silverberg
As Carnacki the Ghost Finder, the famous literary occult detective, once said:
“I view all reported ‘hauntings’ as unproven until I have examined into them, and I am bound to admit that ninety-nine cases out of a hundred turn out to be sheer bosh and fancy.”
In these pages, a range of contemporary authors explore 'what happens next' when the Great Detective confronts mysteries which question reason. A summons from Irene Adler’s daughter; a chance encounter with one of Houdini’s fraud investigators; the enigma of Dr John Silence. Mysterious events at Mary Morstan’s old school, and a threat to Queen Victoria. The return of the German agent Von Bork, somewhat changed, and a desperate hunt for a killer through the alleys of London with none other than Professor Van Helsing.
Join us in the second volume of this two-volume anthology as Holmes finds himself working with psychic investigators old and new in pursuit of answers, and must confront his own scepticism. Tales in the traditional style – but with a twist. Can Holmes’s logic work alongside the occult detectives’ willingness to embrace another set of rules entirely? Paranormal – or poppycock?
Who is Len Binn, a comedian or something worse? What secrets are locked away in Le Trénébreuse? The deadline for what? Who are the little people, the garbage men, the peelers? What lies behind the masks? And what horrors are found down along the backroads?
With stories by Ramsey Campbell, Storm Constantine, Stephen Laws, Samantha Lee, Stan Nicholls, Tony Richards and many, many others.