ESP’s New Editor

ESP is delighted to announce that Charles P. Zaglanis has accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief at ESP. Charles brings with him a wealth of editing experience, from both his prior role as ESP’s Assistant Editor, as well from his current position as Editor-in-Chief for White Cat Publications (which he will maintain).
Please join us in congratulating Charles on his new position.

Pardon our dust…

Please pardon our dust as we make a few upgrades and updates. <insert exciting, low-resolution, animated, construction GIF here>

As we get the new site rolled out over the coming weeks, stay tuned for exciting announcements about ESP 2.0.

What to Do When You Meet Cthulhu – the Spanish edition

Elder Signs Press is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Nosolorol Ediciones, who will translate and publish What to Do When You Meet Cthulhu: A Guide to Surviving the Cthulhu Mythos.

Nosolorol Ediciones is an independent press with a long experience with terror, horror, and fantasy. They are the publishers of “Aquelarre”, the first roleplaying game developed in Spain.

Nosolorol Ediciones is going to publish this book with a new cover developed specifically for the Spanish edition. The book will be available in print and electronic format.

Spaniards will fear the unimaginable horrors very, very soon…

Submissions are closed

Hi everyone,
Our poor, beleaguered, editors are drowning in a sea of slushy goodness. To help keep them sane, ESP is closing submissions temporarily. We’ll post here when the floodgates are ready to reopen. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Best,
Chuck

Scavengers: Now Available

Scavengers

Amidst a zombie-ravaged city exposed to a toxic terrorist attack, Dejah Corliss discovers she has regenerative powers. When religious zealots capture her, a former Marine defies death to help her escape. Now they must join forces to rescue her daughter, a healer, who has been enslaved to create feasts of flesh in a zombie camp. Illustrating the will to persevere against all odds, this is a powerful story of human emotion and survival.

Authors: Christopher Fulbright & Angeline Hawkes
Cover: Steven Gilberts

Order the Trade Paperback

Scavengers: Now Available

Scavengers

Amidst a zombie-ravaged city exposed to a toxic terrorist attack, Dejah Corliss discovers she has regenerative powers. When religious zealots capture her, a former Marine defies death to help her escape. Now they must join forces to rescue her daughter, a healer, who has been enslaved to create feasts of flesh in a zombie camp. Illustrating the will to persevere against all odds, this is a powerful story of human emotion and survival.

Authors: Christopher Fulbright & Angeline Hawkes
Cover: Steven Gilberts
Release Date: Fall 2011

Order the Trade Paperback

American Horror

I grew up with The Twilight Zone, One Step Beyond, and The Outer Limits. These anthology shows gave us classic stories from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, and Harlan Ellison. The writing was often crisp and the stories bits of carefully crafted heaven. The episodes didn’t always work, and not all anthologies gave us memorable stories. I think Tales of the Crypt was uneven, and Hammer’s House of Horror was too often derivative.

Still, I love horror and science fiction anthologies and look forward to FX’s upcoming series American Horror Story. I say this even though it is created by the people who gave us Glee, and even though early word of it is that the show goes for shocks over tone and content. So enjoy the trailers, which are well done, and let me know what you think. Maybe Rod Serling is no longer with us, but perhaps this new series can evolve into something worthy of his memory.


 

THE SMALL HORROR

From  Stewart Sternberg–

The Little Beastiary

Lovecraft saw amazing things, and I’m thinking they were real. Except—maybe they were also very, very small. Small as in 1/2 milimeter in size. This picture is of something called a hydrothermal worm. It’s something to think about when  the bedbugs stop being creepy enough for you.

This is from redorbit.com and the photo is credited to Hydrothermal Worm marine organism imaged on a Quanta SEM. Credit: FEI/Philippe Crassous

I Was A Seventh Grade Monster Hunter Review

I WAS A SEVENTH GRADE MONSTER HUNTER
(THE STOKER LEGACY: BOOK ONE)

By A. G. Kent

E-book/126 pages

Review by Chris Welch

A.G. Kent’s I Was A Seventh Grade Monster Hunter is the first volume of The Stoker Legacy books, which are a series of short novels aimed at Young Adult readers.

This series has a fabulous start and promises even more fantastic adventures. This book (and series) draws inspiration from many elements, including literary, movie, and television sources. The book blends traditional YA themes of fitting-in with classmates and self-actualization, as embodied in a strong but occasionally vulnerable young woman, and the action of the supernatural monster-hunting genre, with a proper dose of humor sprinkled in as well.

Kent’s book is a unique mixture of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lovecraftian horror, and the 1970s Saturday morning kids show Monster Squad; there are equal parts middle-school melodrama, frightening but not too-scary monsters, cliff-hanging suspense, and sophisticated goofiness.

The story opens with seventh-grader Hannah finding out from her Grandfather that she is a descendent of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula — but that novel was actually about the “real” monster-hunting feats of Stoker himself; Van Helsing was just a fictitious characterization of Stoker’s own accomplishments.

Hannah’s Grandfather explains  that there has been a family-initiated truce between humans and the classical monsters for decades now. And just before he disappears, her Grandfather instructs Hannah to magically summon the monsters, and each one will bring her pages of a special spell book. She does, and the four primary monsters — an aristocratic vampire, a wise-cracking werewolf, a telepathic mummy, and a “man-made man” named Jigsaw — show up .  However Jigsaw’s pages have been stolen.

Hannah and her new Creature Crew have to figure out a number of mysteries: Where has her Grandfather disappeared to? Who stole Jigsaw’s pages? Are they connected to her Grandfather in some way? What awful entity do they plan to summon with the pages, and perhaps most alarming, will the thieves come after Hannah next since she now has possession of the remaining pages? Plus, there’s a party Saturday night she would like to attend.

While this volume has a complete and self-contained story, there are hints of upcoming conflicts for Hannah and the Creature Crew in future books, which will likely tie-in to a larger story arc. There is a strong suggestion that Book Two will have appearances by creatures of a batrachian nature, for example.

The Young Adult category is the target audience for this book, but Kent makes sure there is enough suspense and humor for readers of any age. Definitely recommend for all fans of the ageless, classic monsters.

ESP Author Signing: Stewart Sternberg

Word has reached us through the psychic aether that  Stewart Sternberg, author of the post–apocalyptic zombie novel The Ravening, will be enjoying a book signing party at The Gallery in Algonac, Michigan.

If you’re able to shamble over on Sunday, May 22 from 2-4 PM, do yourself a favor and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and frivolity with Stewart; he’s funny, approachable, and he’s had all his shots.

(Stewart Sternberg pictured with the ever-delightful Lois Gresh)