New Cover Art Unveiled for Michael West’s Straightjacket Memories

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art by Natasha Alterici for Michael West’s new short-story collection, Straightjacket Memories!

Featuring 10 tales of horror, including both previously published stories and brand new ones, Straightjacket Memories will be released Friday in eBook format with a print version in trade paperback to follow one week after. Straightjacket Memories is Michael’s second collection of short fiction, following the critically-acclaimed Skull Full of Kisses.

On the new release, Michael said, “I am just so crazy about this collection! Gathered from various magazines, anthologies, and eBooks–some in print for the very first time–these stories represent some of my best work to date. I’m very happy with the way in which Seventh Star Press has put them all together, and excited that my faithful readers will be able to share in more of my nightmares and slightly twisted imaginings!”

Straightjacket Memories includes the following stories:

“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite”
“Flowers in Winter”
“The Grove”
“Sandwalkers”
“In Vino Veritas”
“For the River is Wide”
“Masako’s Tale”
“Hell’s Hollow”
“Inner Goddess”
“Unknown Caller”

The new release continues a banner year for Michael that saw his novel Cinema of Shadows become a national bestseller in horror on Amazon.com and his Legacy of the Gods series take the next step with the recently-released Hades Disciples.

For further information on Michael and his work, please visit his site at www.bymichaelwest.com

Synopsis of Straightjacket Memories: There is a fine line between love and madness, between insanity and pure evil.

This is Michael West at his terrifying best! From heart-stopping horror to the strangest of fantasies — these are tales from the darkest regions of his twisted imagination! All the usual tropes are here — vampires and shapeshifters, ghosts and witches, gods and monsters, mummies and zombies — but none of them are exactly what you would expect…

A dream vacation takes a nightmarish turn when a couple finds they did not come home alone…

A man agrees to a meeting with his estranged wife and learns the horrible, obscene truth of the old saying: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…”

An American platoon, cut off from the outside world, discovers an unbelievable enemy they were never trained to fight…

And a man struggling with depression and grief receives text messages from beyond the grave, messages that push him to the edge of sanity…and beyond…

Ten more reasons to say your prayers.

Ten more reasons to check beneath your bed.

Ten more reasons why you may never want to close your eyes again.

About Michael West: Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

Writing keeps him sane.

Cover Art and Illustration Reveal for Bob Freeman’s Shadows Over Somerset!

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the brand new cover art and illustrations by Enggar Adirasa for Bob Freeman’s Shadows Over Somerset, the first book in the Cairnwood Manor Trilogy!

Shadows Over Somerset will be released in all eBook formats and softcover, with the eBook version to be out the last week of June, with softcover to follow a  week afterward.

The Cairnwood Manor Trilogy tells the story of a clash and curse with roots in 14th century Scotland. In a world of werewolves, witches, and vampires, a descendant of the Cairnwood clan named Michael Somers must come to terms with his family’s legacy while preparing to confront an ancient evil that awakens in the town of Somerset.

Interior illustration from Enggar Adirasa
from Shadows Over Somerset

Keepers of the Dead and In Time’s Shadow are the next titles in the trilogy, following Shadows Over Somerset.

For further information on the Cairnwood Manor Trilogy or Shadows Over Somerset, please visit the author’s site at www.occultdetective.com or Seventh Star Pres at www.seventhstarpress.com

Interior illustration from Enggar Adirasa
from Shadows Over Somerset

About the Author: Bob lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor. In addition to his pursuits as an author, he is a card carrying paranormal adventurer who founded Nightstalkers of Indiana in 1983. A lifelong student of witchcraft, magic, and religion, Bob’s studies are reflected in his art, both as an author and illustrator.

He can be found online at occultdetective.com

Crymsyn Hart’s Death’s Dance Cover Art by Enggar Adirasa Revealed!

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the new cover art by Enggar Adirasa for the forthcoming dark fantasy/horror novel Death’s Dance by national bestselling author Crymsyn Hart.

Death’s Dance is Book One in a brand new series called Deathly Encounters that will introduce readers to psychic Kerstin Palmer.  Regarding the events of Death’s Dance, Kerstin has this say:

“Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.

Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.

From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance. From there things went from bad to worse.”

Death’s Dance will be released mid-June in all eBook formats and softcover (trade paperback)

Crymsyn Hart is a national bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends. 

To find out more about Crymsyn and the Deathly Encounters series, check out her website at www.ravynhart.com or visit Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

Cover Reveal for Peter Welmerink’s New Zombie-filled Thriller Transport!

Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the new cover art by Jason C. Conley for Peter Welmerink’s Transport, the first book of an exciting new post-apocalyptic trilogy by the same same!

Transport brings together the elements of a military thriller and zombie-laced horror in a character-driven adventure and will be released in print and all eBook formats in May. The book will also feature a pair of brand new interior illustrations from internationally renowned artist Tim Holtrop.

Transport tells the story of the HURON, a 72-ton heavy transport vehicle and an army of four; tracked, racked and ready to roll, to serve and protect the walled metropolis of Grand Rapids—both her living and her undead. Captain Jacob Billet and his crew patrol the byways, ready for trouble.

William Lettner, the North Shore Coalition High Commissioner, has enemies from the mainland to the lakeshore and needs to be covertly transported home after his helicopter is shot down en route to Grand Rapids. He has no love for a city that give unliving civilians the right to survive. Lettner’s venomous outbursts assaults Billet and his crew along every mile travelled as they are assigned to safely bring him through the treacherous landscape outside the city back to his hometown.

The HURON and her crew will have to face domesticated zombies and the feral undead; marauders holding strategic chokepoints hostage; barricaded villages fighting for survival, and a group of geneticists who’ve lost control of one of their monstrous experiments if they want to complete their mission.

The crew will need to stay strong and trust one another in order to finish the mission and bring their “precious” cargo home, even knowing, all the while, the terrible deeds Lettner has done.

Travelling through West Michigan was never so dangerous.

Peter Welmerink has been published in various online and wood pulp publications, mainly in the realms of Dark Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery. Peter’s biggest novel endeavor to date was a collaborative effort with Steven L. Shrewsbury, entitled Bedlam Unleashed. His most recent published short story prior to Transport was published in Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous. His is married with a small barbarian horde consisting of three rambunctious boys.

For further information on the Transport trilogy or Peter Welmerink, visit the author’s site at peterwelmerink.com or Seventh Star Press at www.seventhstarpress.com

Irredeemable, Jason Sizemore’s new SF/Horror/DF Collection, Now Available on eBook!

Now available in eBook format!  Jason Sizemore’s Irredeemable, a great new collection of science fiction, dark fantasy, and horror tales featuring a special introduction by Geoffrey Girard.

Many people know of his amazing work as an editor with Apex Magazine that has garnered Jason no less than three Hugo Award nominations, but now everyone has the chance to discover for themselves the very talented and creative writer that he is in this wonderful collection of 18 tales.

Pick Irredeemable up today in Kindle or Nook formats for $3.99.  Kobo, iBookstore, and other channels will be live shortly.

Kindle Edition

Nook Edition

Synopsis of Irredeemable: Flowing like mists and shadows through the Appalachian Mountains come 18 tales from the mind of Jason Sizemore. Weaving together elements of southern gothic, science fiction, fantasy, horror, the supernatural, and much more, this diverse collection of short stories brings you an array of characters who must face accountability, responsibility, and, more ominously, retribution.

Whether it is Jack Taylor readying for a macabre, terrifying night in “The Sleeping Quartet,” the Wayne brothers and mischief gone badly awry in “Pranks,” the title character in “The Dead and Metty Crawford,” or the church congregation and their welcoming of a special visitor in “Yellow Warblers,” Irredeemable introduces you to a range of ordinary people who come face to face with extraordinary situations.

Whether the undead, aliens, ghosts, or killers of the yakuza, dangers of all kinds lurk within the darkness for those who dare tread upon its ground. Hop aboard and settle in, Irredeemable will take you on an unforgettable ride along a dark speculative fiction road.

About Jason: Jason Sizemore is a writer and editor who lives in Lexington, KY. He owns Apex Publications, an SF, fantasy, and horror small press, and has twice been nominated for the Hugo Award for his editing work on Apex Magazine. Stay current with his latest news and ramblings via his Twitter feed handle @apexjason.

Cover Reveal and Release Announcement for Jason Sizemore’s Irredeemable!

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the new cover art by Tomasz Trafiał for Jason Sizemore’s Irredeemable! The single-author collection features stories of a dark SF and horror nature, many with an Appalachian tone. The eBook and print versions will be made available the second week of April, and those wanting a softcover version signed by Jason can take advantage of a special pre-order offer that includes a copy of the eBook version.

The new release features a special introduction by Geoffrey Girard, author of Cain’s Blood (Simon and Schuster).

Irredeemable brings together many of Jason’s previously published fiction and includes two brand new stories. The tales to be found within the pages of Irredeemable include:

A Flash of Light
An Ingenious Adventure
Art Imitating Life
Caspar
City Hall
Faithless
For the Sake of Pleasing
Hope
Ice Cream at the Falls
Little Digits
Mr Templar
Plug and Play
Pranks
Samuel
Shotgun Shelter
Sonic Scarring
The XX Agent
The Dead and Metty Crawford
The Sleeping Quartet
Useless Creek
Yellow Warblers

Jason is a writer and editor living in Lexington, Kentucky. He is also the owner of Apex Publications, a highly acclaimed SF, fantasy, and horror small press. He has twice been nominated for the Hugo Award for his editing work on Apex Magazine.

This is one collection of stories that you do not want to miss!  As Maurice Broaddus, author of the popular Knights of Breton Court series from Angry Robot, said regarding Irredeemable:  ” Jason Sizemore doesn’t want you to know that he’s a writer. He’ll hide behind being a publisher or an editor, but in the wee hours of the night, he puts pen to paper. With this collection, the secret’s out.

These short stories are like 18 shots in a chamber. No matter how you spin the barrel, you will end up with a live round. His stories are dark, powerful, and unsettling.”

Those wanting to get a signed and personalized copy of Irredeemable can reserve one today, at a special offer page that runs until April the 2nd on the Seventh Star Press website!

For more information on Jason, follow him on Twitter @apexjason, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jason.sizemore1. For further updates and news aboutIrredeemable, visit the Seventh Star Press site at www.seventhstarpress.com.

Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness Cover Reveal and Release Announcement!

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the brand new cover art by Enggar Adirasa for the newest installment in the popular Southern Haunts Anthology series, Devils in the Darkness.  Featuring 20 tales of horror and dark fantasy, from editors Alexander S. Brown and Louise Myers, the eBook version of Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness will be released this Thursday, with print availability to follow next week!  The release also features 20 brand new interior illustrations from Robert K!

From the fiery abyss of the underworld comes 20 hellish tales from the south and southwest. Within these charred pages are stories that will introduce you to the many demons that stay hidden but are always nearby…

20 authors provide stories of possessed people, objects, houses, highways, and the devil’s favorite playground – the forest.

Dare to meet Deidless, a demon who is a buyer of souls. Discover what kind of demons men can summon. Read of battles between good and evil. Learn of ancient artifacts and stones that crave sacrifice. Finally, become acquainted with legions of evil.

Again, we invite you, sit back, dim the lights, and prepare yourself to meet the devils in the darkness.

Featured stories and authors in Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness:
The Demon of the Old Natchez Trace by J L Mulvihill
Battle for Vicksburg by Della West
Dediless by Linda DeLeon
What Goes Around by Herika Raymer
Dead End by C.G. Bush
Sorry Charlie by Angela Dalton Lucius
The Misconception about Demons by Phillip Drayer Duncan
The Blackberry Man by Diane Ward
The Devil’s Stone by Melodie Romeo
And There was Nothing Left but Ash by Miguel L. Viscarra
Barred for Life by Louise Myers
The Devil’s Doorway by Kalila Smith
What Demons Men Make by Windsong Levitch
Ancient Blood by Ethan Nahte
Let Demon Dogs Lie by Pamela K. Kinney
Jack in the Box by H. David Blalock
Dorm Rat by E. G. Glover
Beleth by Roman Merry
Are You Ready? by L R Barrett- Durham
Attachment by Alexander S. Brown

The eBook version for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBookstore will be released on Thursday, with a trade paperback version next week.

For further information on Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness and the Southern Haunts Anthologies, please visit the series’ Facebook Page at or www.seventhstarpress.com

Brick Marlin Welcomed to SSP Author Family!

Seventh Star Press is proud to welcome Brick Marlin to its author family with a fascinating horror/cross-genre series of three books titled Transitional Delusions!

The first book of the series, Transitional Delusions, introduces readers to the small town of Woodbury, which wears a dark shroud, a past in which speaks of a stranger who once called himself the Pied Piper ridding out a rat infestation long ago. Executed by the king, a selfish tyrant, who could not fathom the thought of another stealing his spotlight, the Piper swore vengeance.

Tonight, decades later, the shadow out of the sky, the evil entity of the Pied Piper returns. It cleaves into the flesh of each and every child, possessing them, using them as puppets, moving their strings, making them not only slaughter their parents, but each and every adult.

And the horror does not cease there; a living, breathing terror that spreads into the next town of Hampshire, leaving Woodbury a crimson stain on the map.  Repeating the same dread, the entity swoops down, opens up fresh wounds, invading the population and, of course, snatching up the children as his followers.

Dean, Wendy, and her husband Shro, as well as a few others including a Christian woman named Martha who has joined their group, embark on this dreaded tale of survival as they shove their way through this story fighting not only the possessed children, still chasing them at full throttle.

With the Lord in her heart, a reloaded shotgun resting in her arms, Martha decides to go after the shadow out of the sky and its followers…

Other titles in the Transitional Delusions series are: Westersphere and Slader Corp. The first book will be released in Summer of 2014, with subsequent titles at the end of 2014 and early 2015. The books will be released in trade paperback and all eBook formats.

“I wanted to work with SSP because I truly believe they are one of the very best small presses out there, lead by an owner who goes out of the way to promote and work extremely hard for authors,” Brick said about coming aboard the press.

Residing in the Louisville, Ky. area, Brick Marlin has been writing since he was a child, with main influences such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz, Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, H.G. Wells, and W.W. Jacobs. His main focus is in the horror and dark fantasy genre. A member of the Horror Writers Association, Brick was first published in 2007, and now has a number of novels and nearly twenty-five short stories published with small presses.

To find out more about Brick, check out his website on: http://www.brickmarlin.com/

Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based in Lexington Kentucky. For further information on the press or the forthcoming Brick Marlin titles, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com

Crymsyn Hart Welcomed to SSP Author Family!

Seventh Star Press is proud to welcome Crymsyn Hart to its author family with a fascinating dark fantasy/horror series of four books called Deathly Encounters!

The first book of the series, Death’s Dance, follows the story of psychic Kerstin Palmer, who has endured recurring dreams since childhood of a hooded spector. One day, the specter appears in her bedroom mirror; and then emerges from the glass.

Jackson, her ex and ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, shows up to help her with the new dilemma. Soon, Kerstin finds herself in a whirlwind, with her house burned down, being stalked by ancient evil, and drawn back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic.

Jackson drags her into a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance along with a few other psychics and things only go from bad to worse. Jackson had no idea what haunted the place and only the black robed phantasm haunting Kerstin has the answers; and he’s not saying a word.

Other titles in the Deathly Encounters series are: Death’s Revival, Death’s Demise, and Death’s Descent. The first book will be released in Summer of 2014, with subsequent titles on six month intervals. The books will be released in trade paperback and all eBook formats.

On coming aboard Seventh Star Press, Crymsyn said, “Ever since I met the authors from SSP, I have always enjoyed the sense of family I got from them. That was the biggest draw I had for wanting to be a part of this great press. That, and their books just kick ass.”

Crymsyn is a National Bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband and her three dogs.

To find out more about Crymsyn, check out her website on: http://www.ravynhart.com

Seventh Star Press is a publisher of speculative fiction based in Lexington Kentucky. For further information on the press or the forthcoming Crymsyn Hart titles, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com

Jason Sizemore’s Short Story Collection Irredeemable Announced!

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2014

Seventh Star Press proudly announces the short story collection Irredeemable from Jason Sizemore.

Featuring twenty one tales of dark SF and horror, many of which have flavors of Appalachia, Irredeemable brings together a number of Jason’s previously published stories and features two brand new ones. The book will be released in all eBook formats and trade paperback during the second week of April. The collection will also feature a cover from Polish artist Tomasz Trafial.

“The stories in the collection address remorseless evil and how we react and adapt to such entities,” Jason commented. “My Appalachia upbringing had a big impact on me, and I think that is reflected throughout the book.”

The April release will be followed by a special campaign to introduce readers to Irredeemable. “We are very excited to be entrusted with this special release,” Seventh Star Press’ Stephen Zimmer said. “Many people are well aware of Jason’s exceptional talents as an editor and in the publishing realms. It will be truly wonderful to see readers discover what a gifted writer he is, as Irredeemable solidly testifies.”

Jason is a writer and editor living in Lexington, Kentucky. He is also the owner of Apex Publications, a highly acclaimed SF, fantasy, and horror small press. He has twice been nominated for the Hugo Award for his editing work on Apex Magazine.

As to why he brought “Irredeemable” to Seventh Star Press, he remarked. “I wanted to work with Seventh Star Press because I’ve long admired Stephen Zimmer. He’s a savvy marketer, a wonderful person, and has a great enthusiasm for his authors and the small press.”

For more information on Jason, follow him on Twitter @apexjason, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jason.sizemore1. For further updates and news about Irredeemable, visit the Seventh Star Press site at www.seventhstarpress.com.