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After about two straight weeks of 24/7 work, telephone conversations, and troubleshooting… the website redesign and re-launch is complete! Talk about a Sisyphean task. And while there were days were we wanted to pull our hair out, we have to say that we are very happy with the results. We hope you take time to tour some of the pages and let us know what you think.
The major addition to the site, besides an all-around redesign, is the inclusion of our new SHOP page. We get asked about merch quite a bit, enough so that we decided to dedicate some website space to some (no bias) pretty nice design work.
We wanted to have a mix of some of the more traditional Rooster and Strangehouse logos…
And some newer designs from upcoming titles we’ve contributed artwork to, like CRIMSON KING (Bizarro Pulp Press) and QUEEN OF TEETH (Strangehouse Books)…
Horror is scary, sure. But Horror can be FUN, and we aim to reflect that sensibility.
A whole heap o’ work went into these product and apparel designs, so let us know if you like what you see. Let us know if you don’t like what you see! We’re always trying to keep an open ear and we do listen. We do!
Case in point, we kept hearing about a lack of women writing horror. We didn’t believe that for one hot second. So, last year we released a little anthology called NOT ALL MONSTERS. And we were pleased as punch to see it received so warmly by the horror community. And now, in 2021, NOT ALL MONSTERS is officially a Bram Stoker Awards® nominee for “Superior Achievement in an Anthology” (check out all the nominees HERE).
Now, we will be 100% honest with you, we were not looking to publish another anthology, but readers have been pretty vocal. And writers have been, as well. You may remember us mentioning something in the works back in March. Well, today we are announcing the title and theme for our follow-up anthology and second such collaboration with award-winning poet and author, Sara Tantlinger:
CHROMOPHOBIA: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror
Title expected to release in trade paperback during Halloween 2022
From the editor:
“The use of color in literature is something that has been studied, analyzed, and written about for decades. Think of classics like ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ by Edgar Allan Poe. Descriptions of color can entirely change a story’s atmosphere and tone; the imagery can lull us into safety or sickness. I’m looking for stories that use color in creative, unconventional ways. Terrify me with pastels. Use watercolors to invoke dread. Take a classic trope and redye it into something unique. I also welcome stories of chromophobia, stories with characters who have never seen color or who are color blind, or who deal with visual disabilities.
You do not have to use the color in your title — I don’t want a hundred stories titled ‘Red’ in my inbox 🙂 Feel free to run wild with these guidelines; the interpretation of the theme is yours, just make sure it’s horror/speculative fiction.
All women will be welcome to submit.”
NOTE: submission guidelines are forthcoming. We expect to open to submissions in late summer 2021.