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An eruption of sacrilegious slaughter -- a symbolic reign of terror unleashed by a mysterious  assassin known only as the Samaritan -- exposes a vicious underworld of sadistic depravity, ritual obscenity and quintessential evil lurking beneath the civilized veneer of metropolitan London.                                                               

Investigating the slaying with the help of Dr. Cassandra Stark, an enigmatic and brilliant psychiatrist, Detective Inspector James Verlaine is plunged into an infernal nightmare of snuff pornography, political corruption and a labyrinthine conspiracy dedicated to a monstrous totalitarian agenda.  

And when he finally discovers the Samaritan's true identity, Verlaine must confront the insidious power wielded by a secret elite -- and a sinister new technology designed to enslave the minds of millions ...

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Don't worry if you don't 'get' Conway yet; he's several years ahead of his time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Stephen Sennitt, Headpress                                                                                                                                 Grant Morrison's introduction describes Conway as "the most powerful and distinctive writer of horror fiction since Clive Barker ..."  He is that and considerably more.  Where Barker was merely extending the horror tradition maintained by writers like Ramsey Campbell, adding his own themes of sexuality and body horror, Conway transcends genre altogether, forging a unique vision from an amalgam of generic modes ... The invention at work here puts to shame the entire output of legions of lesser writers ... This is a book which leaves the senses convulsed in the delirium one might expect after a week mainlining mescaline.  Walter Pater said "to burn always with a hard gem-like flame, that is success in life."  David Conway's flame is diamond bright, and it burns with the fury of an exploding sun.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John Coulthart, The Edge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   QUANTUM HORROR.  I first read David Conway in "The Starry Wisdom" and immediately fell in love.  This is non-human horror, something Lovecraft aspired to.  It's difficult to put into words, but this is game-changing horror.  I am reminded of the first time I read Clive Barker or H.P. Lovecraft.  This is transformative literature.                                                                                                                                                                                                         Amazon Review by Petegrinder13.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Available as a Paperback and Kindle edition from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and lulu.com                                                                                                                                                                                                      READ THE KINDLE EDITION FOR FREE -- UNTIL 27TH JULY 2014 -- WITH AMAZON'S PRIME PROGRAM ... 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Inspired by the Book of Revelations, an enigmatic femme fatale embarks on a campaign of ritual murder, staging her crimes as a series of elaborate rituals steeped in mystical symbolism.  Dispensing a deadly brand of divine justice, she preys on the member of a decadent elite whose depraved activities recreate the sadistic visions of history's most infamous literary madman.

Investigating the lethal spree, intelligence agent Justine Sinclair is caught in the crossfire between the mysterious killer and a cult of sinister fanatics whose malignant influence spans centuries.  And when the killer's homicidal mission reaches its spectacular conclusion -- a holocaust of apocalyptic proportions -- Justine must face the most startling revelation of all...the truth about herself.

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 "THE GREATEST PERFORMANCE IS THE ONE THAT ACHIEVES MADNESS..."  Tokyo.  A serial killer known as the Doll Maker is stalking the streets of Kabuki-cho, preying on the prostitutes that work in the city's notorious red light district.  Obsessed with obscene fantasies and terrifying visions of an apocalyptic holocaust, the killer is a divinely inspired psychopath whose crimes incorporate elements of the occult, Buddhist doctrine and kabuki theatre.

Takeshi Harada, a disgraced former police officer, is hired by a powerful yakuza crime boss to track down the elusive killer.  Embroiled in a cycle of sex, violence and murder, the investigation leads Harada through the neon netherworld of the Tokyo vice trade -- its love hotels, image clubs and pink salons -- culminating in a life-and-death confrontation with the Doll Maker...and a final chilling act of bloody, symbolic justice.

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TURN OFF, TUNE OUT, TRANSFORM!

"WHEN I HEAR THE WORD CELEBRITY I REACH FOR MY REVOLVER!"  The revolution will be televised as the suicide bombing of a TV studio and the symbolic on-stage martyrdom of a charismatic rock star present the world with a startling new phenomenon -- the Radicalized Celebrity.

Investigating a wave of attacks directed against high profile media targets, lifestyle magazine editor Miranda Blake participates in the Celebrity Bedlam reality TV show, staged in a disused asylum by the controversial psychiatrist, Dr. Eloise Midwinter. And as the program approaches its catastrophic climax, Miranda finally discovers the truth behind the escalating terror campaign and the subversive ideology its visionary founder describes as "a quantum leap into an unimaginable future..."

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               TOKYO GOTHIC                           DAVID CONWAY

Tokyo.  The city of the future is a neon inferno where an eruption of madness and murder exposes a legacy of evil whose roots lie in an unspeakable atrocity committed during the darkest chapter of Japanese history.  For Inspector Koichi Sakamoto it begins with the ceremonial suicide of a radical psychiatrist notorious for his controversial theories. His death is the catalyst that triggers a terrifying killing spree perpetrated by a beautiful and mysterious woman known only as Taro.  She slays her victims in a series of bizarre rituals incorporating elements of occult symbolism, including a Tarot card and enigmatic haiku left at each scene.  Enlisting the aid of Yuki Horiuchi, a gifted young psychologist, Sakamoto uncovers a hidden world of secret societies, political corruption and horrific medical experiments.  And as he discovers Taro's true identity Sakamoto is drawn into a dramatic confrontation with the killer and the sinister forces that have motivated her murderous crusade -- a bloodbath of death and desire and the ultimate acceptance of his own inevitable destiny.

Publisher:  DOUBLE DRAGON PUBLISHING

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      SONGS OF THE BLACK                   WURM GISM                             DM MITCHELL (EDITOR)

THE BLACK WURM GISM CULT -- OCEANIC INSECT PORN -- A VORTEX OF COSMIC MAYHEM STALKED BY RAVENING LYSERGIC ENTITIES -- A POST-HUMAN PSYCHEDELIC SEIZURE OF LOVECRAFTIAN TEXT, ART, FRAGMENTS

SONGS OF THE BLACK WURM GISM picks up where the acclaimed anthology THE STARRY WISDOM left off and goes beyond -- way beyond! -- what H.P. Lovecraft dared to show.  Editor DM Mitchell presents an illustrated brainstorm of visceral deep-sea dream currents, aberrant trans-species sex visions, and frenzied ophidian entropy.

Contributors include:

Alan Moore (cover illustration), John Couthart (introductionary), Grant Morrison, David Britton, Ian Miller, John Beal, David Conway, Kenji Siratori, Herzan Chimera, James Havoc,  Reza Negarestani and many others...

Publisher: CREATION; Illustrated Edition (7 Sep 2009) 

        H. P. LOVECRAFT'S       THE HAUNTER OF THE DARK               JOHN COULTHART

John Coulthart is one of H.P. Lovecraft's major visual interpreters.  This collection presents all of Coulthart's Lovecraft-inspired work from the last decade, including two complete comic strip adaptations -- The Haunter of the Dark and The Call of Cthulhu -- over thirty pages of previously unseen drawings and paintings plus selections from the controversial Lord Horror series Hardcore Horror and Reverbstorm, which have been evolving Lovecraftian imagery in bold new directions.

Material specially created for this volume includes The Great Old Ones, a kabbalah of Lovecraft's gods with accompanying evocations by Alan Moore.

           Publisher: CREATION ONEIROS; Illustrated Edition (Sep 2008)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LORD HORROR:                        REVERBSTORM                           DAVID BRITTON                                                         &                                                     JOHN COULTHART                                                                                                                                                                 Welcome to the nightmare metropolis of Torenburgen, where New York's Art Deco architecture has fused with the termination machinery of Auschwitz.  In this urban inferno Jessie Matthews is singing Sondheim, James Joyce is at work on a new novel and Lord Horror, ex-Nazi propaganda broadcaster and Torenburgen's model citizen, is stalking the streets in search of fresh victims for his razors.  Murderous apes infest the alleyways, Ononoes feast on the living and the dead, while above the rooftops the Soul of the Virgin Mary drifts like a swollen Lovecraftian dirigible, picking at bodies destined for the charnel furnaces.  Lord Horror: Reverbstorm is a unique graphic collaboration between writer David Britton, the author of the Lord Horror novels, and artist John Coulthart, whose book of Lovecraft-derived comic strips and illustrations, The Haunter of the Dark, featured a collaboration with Alan Moore.  Reverbstorm was originally published in serial form and is now being presented in a single volume for the very first time.  Britton's debut novel, Lord Horror (1990), was the last work of fiction to be banned in the UK; an earlier Lord Horror comic series, Hardcore Horror, was also banned by a British court in 1995.  Coulthart's death-camp artwork for the final issue in that series appears as a prelude to the main narrative.  There's never been a comic like this surreal collision between Modernist art and pulp aesthetics, a world where Finnegan's Wake is drenched in Alligator Wine and Picasso's Guernica is invaded by Tarzan's simian hordes.  Ambitious, transgressive and meticulously rendered, Reverbstorm is one answer to the eternal question posed by those cultural philosophers, The Cramps:  'How far can too far go?'                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PUBLISHER:       SAVOY BOOKS     (FEBRUARY 2013)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A SCENE IN BETWEEN   TRIPPING THROUGH THE FASHIONS OF UK                              INDIE MUSIC 1980-1988                                                                                                                                                                                                               SAM KNEE                                                                                                                                                                                The mid to late 1980s indie scenes in Britain from C86 to Shoegaze are a lost moment in music history.  There has been much coverage of punk, of post-punk and of the acid-house rave era of the early 90s, but the scene surrounding independent guitar-based music of the mid-80s has been largely overlooked,  A Scene In Between looks at the fashions, personalities, and youth cultures of that era.  Bands featured include: Television Personalities, Spacemen 3, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Talulah Gosh, Loop, The Pastels, Vaselines and more obscure bands such as The Shop Assistants, Boy Hairdressers, Flatmates and countless others.  Sam Knee has reconnected with a vast network of people and resources to unearth literally hundreds of previously unpublished photographs of the people, clubs and bands of the time.  Taking a sartorial angle he looks at the anoraks, oversized jumpers, leather trousers, bowlcut hairdos, blouse shirts, stripey tees and box jackets that were so popular at the time.  He also uses his understanding of music history to look at the diverse influences behind the looks and the sounds from the sharply dressed mods of the 60s to West Coast and Texas psychedelia.  Contributions from members of The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine make this a must-have for music and fashion aficionados alike.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PUBLISHER:  CICADA BOOKS (OCTOBER 2013)                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

            A SERIOUS LIFE                                     DM MITCHELL

The main voices in A Serious Life belong to DM Mitchell -- his evaluation of the books, comics and records produced by Savoy Books over the past thirty years -- and the company's founders, David Britton and Michael Butterworth, publishers of the eclectic, the maverick and the marginalised.  Here they give their first ever extended interviews concerning the company's history, and state their aims and intentions from Savoy's inception in the early 1970s to the present day, most notably a disdain for anything occupying the middle ground and an insistent advocacy for the merging of High and Low culture.

Topics featured include their personal creations, Lord Horror and Meng & Ecker, the 20 year confrontation of the company with the Greater Manchester Police Force, and the involvement of the Index on Censorship and Geoffrey Robertson QC in the same, culminating in the defence of their works at the Royal Courts of Justice in 1996.

A Serious Life is an ironic title.  It is a friendly book, and an informal read, to be dipped into at leisure by readers.  It is hoped it will amuse as much as it will inform, entertain, irritate and confound.

First published 2004 by SAVOY BOOKS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     THE SEVENTH SONG                     OF MALDOROR                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   DM MITCHELL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The first in a line of provocative titles from Paraphilia Books, a branch of  Paraphilia Magazine  (www.paraphiliamagazine.com).  A deranged serial killer goes on a rampage of sexual atrocity across a Europe falling apart in the wake of an unspecified global crisis.  But is he what he seems?  A cast of implausible characters in a (to say the least) unreliable narrative push the boundaries of credibility and expression.  Dreams and nightmares, desire and delirium, all melt together in a metatextual puzzle.  A psychosexual anti-novel that owes much to its transgressive ancestors -- Sade, Lautreamont, Bataille, Artaud with more than a dash of Burroughs and Lovecraft thrown into the mix.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               PUBLISHER:  PARAPHILIA BOOKS (2009)          

     THE STARRY WISDOM          A TRIBUTE TO HP LOVECRAFT               DM MITCHELL (EDITOR)

Contemporary visions of cosmic transformation, mutation and madness -- many inspired directly by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, others reflecting his strangely presentient themes, perhaps unwittingly in their own bizarre subtext.  The Starry Wisdom is a long-overdue retrospective, which reveals him to be a true prophet of the 20th Centiury.  It will appeal not only to readers of H.P. Lovecraft, but to all loves of innovative art and literature in the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres.

Contributors include: J.G. Ballard, John Beal, William S. Burroughs, Ramsay Campbell, David Conway, John Coulthart, Michael Gira, Adele Olivia Gladwell, Rick Grimes, James Havoc, Dan Kellet, D.F. Lewis, Brian Lumley, D.M. Mitchell, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Mike Philbin, Robert M Price, Stephen Sennitt, Peter Smith, Don Webb, Henry Wessels, Simon Whitechapel.

Publisher: CREATION BOOKS; 2nd Edition (January 1995) 

                                                                                                                     THE TWELVE                             REVELATIONS                                                                                                                                                                                    STEVEN SEVERIN

Dark erotic poetry by the founding member of the rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees

It's not often that a book can be called a work of art as a whole, but this can.  Reading it is a sensual experience, not just a literary one: text, illustrations and design all combine to unsettle and arouse as Severin's free verse details all manner of physically and mentally demanding sex.  It's full of gem-like phrases that would make excellent titles for books of very dark and intelligent pornography; how about "The P*** of Angels"?

(Amazon review)

First published by ONEIROS BOOKS (2000)

TEENAGE TIMBERWOLVES:       LUST FOR LIGHTNING                 JAMES HAVOC & DANIELE SERRA

"Daniele Serra's artwork makes Ben Templesmith's 30 Days of Night look like a church picnic.  Horrifying and graphic.  Bravo!"

-- Del Howison, Dark Delicacies.

In 1795 the survivors of a torture orgy at the Chateau de Selligny in France are attacked by rabid wolves.  Badly bitten Guillaume Garou ends up in New Orleans, on hundred years later, as a cannibal necrophile recruited by the Knights of the White Camelia to carry out acts of atrocity and carnage.  One hundred years after that, he emerges as the leader of a lightning addicted gang of graveyard shape-shifters, roaming the southern states in search of flesh and bones and vying for survival in a nightmarish grindhouse underworld of vampiric sex covens, serial killers, hellfire lunatics, sadistic bounty hunters, acid-damaged circus freaks, and the resurrected spectres of his former masters.

TEENAGE TIMBERWOLVES: LUST FOR LIGHTNING is the new graphic novella of extreme horror by James Havoc (text) and Daniele Serra (art)

72 Full Colour Pages

Publisher: CREATION BOOKS (31ST October 2009)

DREAM SPECTRES

EXTREME UKIYO-E:

SEX, BLOOD & THE SUPERNATURAL

UKIYO-E: "images from the floating world"  were the most popular art-form of 19th Century Japan.  Like modern day manga, these images could be mass-produced and were admired by people from all sectors of society, and as in manga, the art of ukiyo-e included significant sub-genres dealing in violence, erotica and horror.

With unflinching images of weird sex, bloody carnage and grotesque demonic ghosts, DREAM SPECTRES is a powerful collection of extreme ukiyo-e, featuring the work of such artists as Yoshitoshi, Ekin, Kunichika, Yoshiiku, Kunisada, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, Yoshitsuya, Hiroshige and Chikanobu.

DREAM SPECTRES features over 250 amazing full-colour images, including the complete Eimei Nijuhasshuku ("28 Blood Atrocities") of Yoshitoshi and Yoshiiku, and ranging in content from bondage and bestiality to decapitations, demons, dragons and designs for classic irezumi (body tattoos).  This is Japanese art not only at its extremes of imagination but often at its most accomplished and innovative.  No comparable collection has been published in the English language.  With Text by Jack Hunter, author of Eros in Hell

Publisher Creation-Shinbaku (Mar 2010)

MAGAZINES

   PARAPHILIA MAGAZINE         Edited by DM Mitchell & Dire McCain

The constraints and restraints of cultural conditioning are omnipresent, spreading like knotweed into every crevice of humankind's psyche, thus throttling genuine expression at its roots.

Enter, PARAPHILIA, an unlicensed, underground enterprise that renounces established and arbitrary rules, regulations, guidelines, genres, categories, and all other manmade shackles.  Paraphilia recognises that expression is a fundamental function of the human organism, and within these walls, it will only be presented in the purest, rawest, most unfettered form.  The sole requirement for admission is an open mind, so do come in, we embrace your presence.

Contributors include:  Alan Moore, David Britton, Michael Butterworth, Rick Grimes, John Couthart, Chris Bradrick, DM Mitchell, David Conway, Dire McCain, Jim Lopez, Stewart Home, Stephen Sennit, Steven Severin, James Havoc, Michael Roth and many others

"Paraphilia Magazine is among the most innovative and challenging publications available anywhere in the world today -- don't miss it!" 

www.paraphiliamagazine.com

  

            BLACK STATIC                             The UK's Premier Horror and Dark Fantasy Magazine 

Black Static magazine publishes some of the finest horror writers working today including Christopher Fowler, Stephen Volk, Lisa Tuttle, Nicholas Royle, Conrad Williams, Simon Clark, Tony Richards, Scott Nicholson, Steve Rasnic Tem, Cody Goodfellow, Melanie Fazi, Matthew Holness, Michael Marshall Smith, Graham Joyce, Gary McMahon, Alexander Glass, Joel Lane to name but a few; alongside new talents such as Aliette de Bodard, Daniel Kaysen, Shannon Page, Roz Clarke, Ray Cluley, Sarah Totton, James Cooper, Nina Allan, Eric Gregory and many more. 

"Britain's finest magazine of Dark Fantasy" -- Suite 101

                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                  

                   SCREAM                                   UK's  N0.1  HORROR                              ENTERTAINMENT  MAGAZINE                                            IN PRINT!                                         SCREAM  is Britain's premier horror magazine, your best source for horror movies, DVD and Blu-rays, reviews, previews, celebrity interviews, books, games, film festival reports, comics and pretty much everything else you can think of in the world of horror ...                                                                                                                                                                                            The magazine is published bi-monthly and available at all good newsagents and book stores across the UK.