The News According to Dim Shores

Just back from ReaderCon 2017, and I may have more to say about that soon. For now, just a couple of notes about news from today’s Dim Shores email update.

First, Sam Cowan of Dim Shores confirms that Looming Low (the first installment) will in fact be released at NecronomiCon Providence in both Deluxe Hardcover and Trade Paperback. You can order copies to pick up at the con, or to be mailed out afterward. Looming Low was talked about quite a bit at ReaderCon, and clearly a lot of people are very excited about it.

Also, Sam will have 10 copies each of several sold-out chapbooks to sell at NecronomiCon, including:

THE XIPÉHUZ (J.-H. Rosny aîné, Scott Nicolay, Michael Bukowski)
THE TIRED SOUNDS, A WAKE (Michael Wehunt, Justine Jones)
AN IDEAL RETREAT (Michael Griffin, Mikio Murakami)

So, if you missed out on any of these, make sure you race directly to the Dim Shores table in the dealer room as soon as you can!

Lastly, back to Looming Low news, seven contributors to the book will be reading in a pair of reading blocks yet to be scheduled. Those include:

Nadia Bulkin
Michael Cisco
Michael Griffin
Livia Llewellyn
Anya Martin
Scott Nicolay
Michael Wehunt

I’m most definitely looking forward to seeing the book and hearing all these readers together!

Walk On The Weird Side

WALK ON THE WEIRD SIDE is a weird fiction anthology edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr. to be sold at NecronomiCon Providence as a fundraiser for the convention. Those who want to obtain the book but can’t attend will be able to order via the con’s online store.

The book will include my story “Everyone Gathers at Haystack Rock,” along with work by a really impressive selection of writers. See below.

Cover art by Nick Gucker:

Table of Contents:

Nadia Bulkin – Empire Down
S.P. Miskowski – 140 x 76 (A Tour of Griffith Park)
Kristi DeMeester – A Sound from the Earth
Matthew M. Bartlett – The Two-Wheel System
Ann K. Schwader – Haunted Innsmouth
Michael Griffin – Everyone Gathers at Haystack Rock
Craig L. Gidney – Eidolon Realty, LLC
Farah Rose Smith – As Unbreakable as the World
Peter Rawlik – The Final Days of Der Zirkus LAvenza
Ashley Dioses – Daemonolatry
– A Sea of Snow and Frost
Daniel Braum – Goodnight Kookaburra
Nathan Carson – Divine Providence
Jon Padgett – A Little Delta of Filth
Rebecca J. Allred – Lambda 580
Alistair Rennie – The Fear Seeker
S M Wright – Night Gaunts, Too (On reading sonnet XX in H.P. Lovecraft’s *Fungi from Yuggoth* cycle)
Rhys Hughes – The Bannister
John Claude Smith – Eouem Chumkpaa
Ashley Dioses – Hollow King
Michael Bukowski (Illustration for Michael Wehunt text)
Michael Wehunt – The Loved One (being among the Thousand Forms of Nyarlathotep)
Anna Tambour – The Godchildren
Christopher Slatsky – The Anthroparian Integration Technique
Scott Thomas – The Red Gryphon
Lynda E. Rucker – Stolen
Tom Lynch – Release
Cody Goodfellow – He Opens a Window
Robert Levy – This is Love
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy – The Night Of Maya
Philip Fracassi – ID
Ann K. Schwader – Tomb-Feasters
Maura McHugh – Impossible to Feign

Looming Low Table of Contents

I think one of the most interesting books coming out this summer is Looming Low, the first anthology from Dim Shores. I’m very pleased to have a story in the book, which features quite an impressive array of talent.

Looming Low Table of Contents:

Kurt Fawver – “The Convexity of Our Youth”
A.C. Wise – “The Stories We Tell About Ghosts”
Michael Wehunt – “In Canada”
Brian Evenson – “The Second Door”
Daniel Mills – “The Christiansen Deaths”
Betty Rocksteady – “Dusk Urchin”
Livia Llewellyn – “The Gin House”
Damien Angelica Walters – “This Unquiet Space”
Sunny Moraine – “We Grope Together, and Avoid Speech”
Brooke Warra – “Heirloom”
Lucy A. Snyder – “That Which Does Not Kill You”
Simon Strantzas – “Doused by Night”
Kaaron Warren – “We Are All Bone Inside”
Lisa L Hannett – “Outside, a Drifter”
Kristi DeMeester – “The Small Deaths of Skin and Plastic”
Scott Nicolay – “When the Blue Sky Breaks”
Craig L. Gidney – “Mirror Bias”
Anya Martin – “Boisea trivittata”
Michael Cisco – “Rock n’ Roll Death Squad”
S.P. Miskowski – “Alligator Point”
Jeffrey Thomas – “Stranger in the House”
Christopher Slatsky – “SPARAGMOS”
Richard Gavin – “Banishments”
Michael Griffin – “The Sound of Black Dissects the Sun”
Nadia Bulkin – “Live Through This”
Gemma Files – “Distant Dark Places”

If that list of writers isn’t enough to convince you, or the expertise of co-editors Steele and Cowan, how about these two covers:

Trade Paperback art: Yves Tourigny

Deluxe Hardcover art: Marcela Bolívar

Looming Low Hardcover Alternate Cover

I recently previewed the beautiful cover art by Yves Tourigny for the trade edition of Looming Low, to be published this summer by Dim Shores.

This week, Sam from Dim Shores offered a peek at the alternate cover artwork that will be featured on the limited hardcover version. This wonderful art is by Marcela Bolivar.

I love the idea of very different artwork variations for different formats of the book, similar to what Word Horde did with The Children of Old Leech, with a hardcover art by Matthew Revert and paperback art by Dalton Rose.

Here’s a bit of a closer focus on just the front cover:

The book is meant to be out this summer, with an official launch at NecronomiCon in Providence in August, and it appears the plan is that both trade paperback and limited hardcover will be available at that time, as well as through the Dim Shores online store. The paperback version will be available through other outlets such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and so on.

More information about the project, including a listing of all the writers and their stories, can be found at Sam Cowan’s blog HERE.

Preview of Looming Low from Dim Shores

Dim Shores, the excellent small publisher responsible for my own An Ideal Retreat last year, has released quite an impressive series of limited edition paperbacks. Not long ago, Sam Cowan announced Looming Low, the first Dim Shores anthology, which he planned to co-edit with Justin Steele.

The book will be released this summer in a limited hardcover, and an unlimited trade paperback, and the editors have just offered a preview of the cover.

The cover art is by Yves Tourigny, and I think it looks fantastic! Here’s the full wraparound design, the back cover of which includes the roster of authors. You can click on the image to see it bigger.

I’m very excited about this book, which will include my novelette “The Sound of Black Dissects the Sun,” along with a lot of really great-sounding stories by some of the best names in the Weird & Horror fiction scenes.

I mentioned the limited hardcover, which will utilize different art by another artist. I look forward to seeing and sharing that as well, when it’s available. Great work by Sam, Justin and Yves so far.

New Hieroglyphs Review by Shane Douglas Keene

Shane Douglas Keene’s new review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone just appeared on Horrortalk.com. The review is a great one, and begins:

I had my first experience with Michael Griffin’s words last summer when I read his collection of novellas and short stories, The Lure of Devouring Light. It made an instant fan of me and I was something approaching ecstatic when I found out his newest work, Hieroglyphs of Blood & Bone, from Trepidatio Publishing, was headed to my mailbox. Griffin has a uniquely captivating style and a voice all his own, and every story he writes is different from the last. Even when taking on familiar themes, he approaches his subject in a singularly original way, making the familiar seem new and the new seem somehow familiar.

My thanks to Shane and to HorrorTalk.com for the boost.

LINK:
https://www.horrortalk.com/reviews/book-reviews/7443-hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-michael-griffin.html

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Hieroglyphs Reviewed by Michael R. Collings for The Horror Review

The Horror Review has just posted Michael R. Colling’s new review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone. As usual, you’ll have to follow the link to read the whole thing, but here’s a sample:

Although the word is often applied to stories of horror and terror, few weird tales can legitimately claim to be phantasmagorical—composed of real or imaginary images resembling those experienced in dreams. Michael Griffin’s Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone is among the few… Hieroglyphs of Bone and Blood is ambitious in conception and scope. Its language is Hemingwayesque in its seemingly disarming simplicity while at the same time the perfect vehicle for telling Guy’s story.

LINK:

http://www.horrorreview.com/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-book-review/

My thanks to Michael R. Collings and The Horror Review for giving their time and attention to Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone!

Des Lewis Real-Time Review of An Ideal Retreat

It’s great to see Des Lewis doing one of his real-time reviews for my novella AN IDEAL RETREAT, published by Dim Shores and now sold out of its limited edition of 200 copies.

For those not familiar with Des’s real-time reviews, essentially he reviews each section, chapter or story in a separate comment on his own blog as he proceeds through the book, rather than reading the whole thing then summarizing in a single review. Not long ago, Des reviewed HIEROGLYPHS OF BLOOD AND BONE here.

This time, I didn’t realize Des had a review underway until he was more than halfway through the book.

Here’s a preview of the first installment:

The full real-time review (so far) is here:

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/an-ideal-retreat-michael-griffin/

Thanks to Des Lewis for giving his attention to my novella!