Not a whole lot to update for today, but we did want to show off the new card stock for our Rooster Republic bookmarks. Earlier this year, we showed off a prototype bookmark on a solid black card stock, but we opted for something a little flashier, with a nice grain that really captures direct light. Here you go:
(apologies for less-than-stellar photos, but the office is in the middle of a move and there’s simply not too many good places to take pics right now!)
February 22nd! February is wrapping up and so, it appears, is our month-long look at upcoming Bizarro Pulp Press titles.
CRIMSON KING is the fourth and final title acquired for Bizarro Pulp Press’s 2021 lineup. Every week, we have showcased a different upcoming title, and if you’d like to catch up on our previous announcements, then click the title(s) below and follow their respective link:
February 15th! We are halfway through the month, folks.
Today will be our third look at Bizarro Pulp Press’s 2021 lineup. Every week in February, we have showcased a different title we’ve acquired for the Journalstone imprint. Last week, we showcased what has to be one of 2021’s biggest Bizarro releases, THE RUN FANTASTIC. Before that, we gave everyone a look at the highly-anticipated collection of horror poetry, LOST LETTERS TO A LOVER’S CARCASS.
This week, we share with you Kyle Wright’s IN CONTROL, a tightly-wound novella exploring body and psychological horror.
What a week and change! Great stuff happening in the indie horror community, these days, and no further proof needed than to see HOW MANY indie titles hit the Bram Stoker Award preliminary ballot. Holy smokes, folks! And congratulations to everybody, not just the writers, but the publishers and readers and the folks tirelessly pushing this stuff in their circles. We see you and appreciate you!
And what really blew us away was seeing ALL THREE of our 2020 Strangehouse titles on the ballot:
Happiest New Year to you, dear reader. Glad to have you with us! Last year was a bit nuts, and though we are sure that 2021 will have its own nasty surprises, here’s hoping the year gives everyone a shot in the arm of positivity (and a real shot in the arm of vaccine). Regardless, we have no intention of slowing our particular roll, and that means stepping up our production-side of things. Namely, our special editions, which we formally introduced in 2020.
Our 2020 hardcovers were pretty popular, and we will continue offering hardcovers in 2021. However, we fielded some interesting requests, and after brainstorming a little bit, we’ve decided to offer “deluxe” editions of our hardcover releases. These will include, at a minimum, a numbered hardcover featuring foil designs, housed in a custom slipcase and/or box, with a small art print signed by author and artist(s). Additional swag will include a sticker and an exclusive die-cut bookmark. Now, there is a lot of R&D going on right now, but here’s a look at some test-run prototypes:
We’re gonna lead off with that sneak peek at the cover for CRIMSON KING, because we think it’s just grand. And it works as the perfect segue into our first topic: December and January. To be more exact, our lack of coming availability during those two months, but we promise it’s for a good cause.
Want to know who we’ve signed for 2021? We’ve talked about a couple titles in previous articles, but next year is Don Noble and Nicholas Day’s 5-year anniversary of owning and operating Rooster Republic, so we are releasing a complete collection of Don Noble’s short works, which will include original art and an original novella, as well as the finished, full text of TRAILER TRASH SAMURAI (portions of which have been previously anthologized). In addition to this, we will be releasing OCTOBER ANIMALS, a new novella from Nicholas Day. Both of these will be limited releases, and will have a pre-order window during summer 2021.
Hailey Piper (whose latest, THE WORM AND HIS KINGS, is available for pre-order from Off Limits Press) has signed on to release a new horror novel through Strangehouse Books, and this is one hell of a manuscript. We are tempted to call the book “Cronenbergian” but we aren’t sure that really does the story justice. It’s more than that. This book will knock yer socks off. It’ll be getting the hardcover treatment, as well, and we’ll have further announcements over the next couple of months. But, go ahead and get excited.