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About Sam Gafford
Sam Gafford has been published in a wide variety of anthologies and publications. His fiction has appeared in such collections as BLACK WINGS Volumes I, III and V, as well as FLESH LIKE SMOKE, THE LEMON HERBERTS, WICKED TALES and in magazines like WEIRD FICTION REVIEW, DARK CORRIDOR, NAMELESS and others. A lifelong Lovecraftian, he has written critical articles that have appeared in LOVECRAFT STUDIES, CRYPT OF CTHULHU, WEIRD FICTION REVIEW, NAMELESS and more. An expert on the life and work of pioneering science fiction writer William Hope Hodgson, Gafford is currently working on a book length critical biography of Hodgson. Recently, he wrote SOME NOTES ON A NON-ENTITY: THE LIFE OF H. P. LOVECRAFT which is a 120 page graphic novel biography of HPL and is currently being drawn by Jason Eckhardt with PS Publishing set to release it in 2017. Gafford has a collection of short horror fiction, THE DREAMER IN FIRE AND OTHER TALES, coming from Hippocampus Press in 2017. A pop culture junkie, Gafford has probably watched far more TV than recommended. He lives in Rhode Island with his long-suffering wife and three ambivalent cats.
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Since his first appearance in 1912, William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki has continued to thrill and amaze. Armed with his scientific apparatus of cameras and the ever-present ‘electric pentacle’, Carnacki has investigated cases of hauntings and terror both contrived and real!
Collected here are 11 new stories, and one play, featuring Carnacki and his ‘new adventures’! In these tales, he comes face to face with forces from the ‘Outer Monstrosities’ as well as numerous specters and evil curses. Danger and death are Carnacki’s companions and there are things that even the legendary SaaaMaaa Ritual cannot dispel. Thrill to these new stories of a character who has entranced readers for a century and, hopefully, a century yet to come!
Hot on the heels of their chart-topping hit album, Redwing Blackbird’s Summer Solstice Tea Party, the Lemon Herberts launch themselves on their very first world tour—and straight into more danger, more peril, more sheer adventure than they ever bargained for!
In six kicky, pulpy, far-out tales, you’ll meet drummer Ellroy, guitarists Honor and Dilly, bassist Ally, and the gorgeously fab Her Majesty — trouble-magnets that even their long- suffering manager, the mysterious Brighton Hawks, can’t hope to contain. Just ask the Lemon Herberts’ legion of screaming fans: they’re wild, they’re wonderful, they’re simply the most!
Herberts’ creator Jim Beard leads a band of groovy authors for a New Pulp collection that will have you tapping your toes and humming along as the Lemon Herberts conquer the world, shining their music into hearts both dark and light around the globe!
Spanning a time period that starts with prehistoric humans and culminates in the far future, these tales entertain the reader while shocking, amusing and, ultimately, terrifying them.
From acclaimed editor, Brian M. Sammons.
“Under the Skin: A Profile of William Hope Hodgson” by Jane Frank
“Carnacki Pastiche: A Bibliography” by James Bojaciuk
“Contemporary Views: Pieces on William Hope Hodgson from the Idler and the Bookman” by Phillip A. Ellis
“A Home on the Borderland: William Hope Hodgson and Borth” by Mark Valentine
“A Concluding Oink: An Abnormal Flight of Fancy” by James Bojaciuk
“Foreshadowing Carnacki: Algernon Blackwood’s ‘Smith: An Episode in a Lodging House” by Joseph Hinton
“Dust and Atoms: The Influence of William Hope Hodgson on Clark Ashton Smith” by Scott Connors
“Dead Seamen Gone in Search of the Same Landfall” by Phillip A. Ellis
“House on the Borderland I & II” by Charles Lovecraft
“Come, Dream of the Ocean” by Phillip A. Ellis
“Ocean Rain” by Phillip A. Ellis
“The Devil Mists, What Do They Hide?” by Charles Lovecraft
“Coral Seas” by Phillip A. Ellis
“The Burning Ship” by Phillip A. Ellis
“And the Worried Waters Laughed” by Charles Lovecraft
“Low the Ascomycotan Sky” by Deborah Walker
“The Flames of the Drakkar” by John B. Ford
“After ‘The Voice in the Night’” by Laurie Needell
“The Shop on the Borderland” by Robb Borders
With full color cover and back cover by Robert H. Knox. The first issue sold out quickly so demand for this second issue will be high!
H. P. Lovecraft is the focus of many of the stories in this book, Gafford’s first collection of short stories. With rare poignancy and delicacy, Gafford puts the figure of Lovecraft himself—either real or imagined—on stage in such stories as “Passing Spirits,” where the Providence writer’s terminal cancer is addressed; “‘The Dreamer in Fire,’” where a mysterious writer very much in the Lovecraft mold is the focus of a pseudo-scholarly analysis; “Casting Fractals,” in which Lovecraft’s work serves as an uncannily accurate prophecy of the cataclysmic events that followed after his death; and “Weltschermz,” where a character takes Lovecraft’s dark vision of the world a bit too seriously.
Other stories show the diversity of Gafford’s inspirations. “The Adventure of the Prometheus Calculation” is a new Sherlock Holmes tale—one that does not end well for that famous detective. In “‘How Does That Make You Feel?’” a patient undergoing psychiatric analysis imagines himself a pulp superhero from the 1940s—but is it only his imagination? And “The Land of Lonesomeness” evokes the final days of William Hope Hodgson on the bloody fields of Flanders.
These Swingin’ Super People are not only kooky and ooky, they’re also fab, gear, and not a little bit groovy!
In the SUPER SWINGIN’ HERO 1968 SPECIAL you’ll thrill to the audacious afterlife adventures of Ghostman, witness the outrageous origin of the Substandard Quintet, hang ten with Beauty and the Beetle, do the Frug with the fabulous Fate’s Four, and marvel at the terrific transformations of Changeor the Mutable Man! And that’s not all!
Comics legend David Michelinie (Iron Man), Chuck Miller, Lisa Collins, Mark Halegua, Irwin K. Roberts, Lisa M. Collins, Bonnie J. Sterling, Thomas Deja, Sam Gafford, and edifying editors Jim Beard and Lee Houston Jr. are your guides through ten send-ups of the scintillating Silver Age of Comics – It’s an uncanny collection of superhero prose fiction unlike anything you’ve ever read before!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Cthulhu Does Stuff #14
a comic strip by Ronnie Tucker & Maxwell Patterson
Echoes from Cthulhu’s Crypt, #12
a monthly column by Robert M. Price
The Drunks’ Totem
by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Seeking Whom He May Devour
by Josh Reynolds
Art as a Mirror
by Tracie McBride
Gently Down the Stream
by Evan Dicken
The Silent Symphony
by Sam Gafford
The Changing Things
by Josh Wagner
by K.G. Orphanides
by Tom Lynch
The City of Yellow Lights
by Jason Andrew
The Secret of Ventriloquism
by Jon Padgett
Stories like Marie Andrews’ “Clockwork Carousel” take us to new realms of horror. I dare anyone to look at a circus carousel the same way after reading this unnerving tale. Victorian settings are used in two very different tales. “Whitechapel Transfer” by Theresa Derwin connects the hideous crimes of Jack the Ripper with futuristic Steampunkish technology while “The Garretton Ghoul” by Christine Morgan finds another community rocked by a series of mysterious and gruesome murders.
Buck Weiss contributes a terror filled adventure in “The Black Banshee” that features two amateur sleuths of which I am sure we will read more about soon. So too is A. J. Sikes’ tale, “The Three Blind Men”, which sets the stage for more tales of technological terror. Taking us into the future is Nathan Robinson with “The Last of the Bad Few” which gives a different spin to the technological horror of Steampunk. And, as a contrast, “Nothing but a Dog: A Trio of Travellers Tale” by Travis Sivart brings us back to an Old-World European view of horror… with a dash of Steampunk added for good measure.
These stories represent an ability to look beyond a genre’s preconceptions and create new horizons. These writers are explorers in a wild, new land and, before us, they lay a vast vista of exciting, and terrifying, possibilities.
Sam’s a mechanical man who lives in the Big Apple and enjoys the friendship of Augie, a hapless ex-janitor and Doona, a gorgeous girl reporter—and boy do they have adventures! Or is that misadventures?
Regardless, SAUCY ROBOT STORIES offers up six terrific tales of the world’s first fully functional robot running amuck in the halcyon days of the early 1940s. He doesn’t know who built him or why, or what his purpose on the planet is, but with a little luck and the love of his pals he’s not going to let anything stand in his way of experiencing everything real life has to offer him in the big city…and beyond.
Creator Jim Beard (Sgt. Janus, Monster Earth, Monster Aces, The Lemon Herberts) has assembled an all-star line-up of authors: Sam Gafford, M.H. Norris, Travis Hiltz, Justin Bell, Aaron Smith, and Chuck Miller. They're spicing up the sauce with stories of larger-than-life gangsters, movie premieres, ghostly taxis, baseball hijinx, carnival freak shows, and the secrets of life and death. You’ll soon realize this ain’t your grandfather’s robot yarns!
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! Marvel at the performers! Gasp in amazement at their death-defying feats! Gaze at the wondrous curiosities arrayed before you!
In 1956, the Henderson & Ross Royal Circus is one of the last traveling shows of its kind, crossing the country by rail to entertain cities and towns with its amazing and varied acts. Beneath the Big Top, the circus performers play their parts for their spellbound audience, but their stories don’t end when the lights go dim…
BIG TOP TALES offers up six stories of daring drama spotlighting a handful of the Henderson & Ross Circus’ most important players: The Ringmaster! The Trapeze Artist! The Knife Thrower! The Human Skeleton! The Elephant Lady! The Boy!
Buy your ticket for a front row seat as New Pulp luminaries Frank Schildiner, John McColley, Frank Angelo, Jr., Sam Gafford, Rocko Jerome, and Nick Ahlhelm usher you into a world of mystery and adventure under the Big Top!
Concept and characters created by Jim Beard