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About Peter Rawlik
Five years ago when my wife shamed me into picking up my pen again, one of the first things I started writing was a mash up novel of Lovecraftian characters, and I really wanted Herbert West to be part of that team. Unfortunately, I'm a stickler for established chronologies, and no matter how hard I tried I couldn't tell the story I wanted to tell with West in it.
Enter Dr. Stuart Hartwell.
He was the perfect solution, he had all of West's skills, but his timeline was mine to play with. But, I didn't know who he was, or what motivated him. So I wrote a story about him, and another, and then another. Quickly the mash up novel was set aside and all my time was spent focused on Hartwell. Those stories became the novel Reanimators.
Now, just a year later that mash up novel I wanted to work on. The one that was called at various times The League of Lovecraftian Gentlemen, The Miskatonic Club, The Miskatonic Men's Aide Society, The Arkham Oddfellowes - well that became The Weird Company and that hits the streets in September.
Hartwell is back, but this time he's not alone, he and his cohort have been recruited by . . .
Well you'll just have to read the book now won't you.
This is the book I wanted to write from the start, and if you liked Reanimators, you will adore The Weird Company.
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Spanning a time period that starts with prehistoric humans and culminates in the far future, these tales entertain the reader while shocking, amusing and, ultimately, terrifying them.
From acclaimed editor, Brian M. Sammons.
Join us for a collection of novellas from some modern masters of Neo-Lovecraftian fiction: Peter Rawlik (Reanimator, The Weird Company), Matthew Davenport (Andrew Doran, The Trials of Obed Marsh), David Hambling (Harry Stubbs, The Dulwich Horror), and Mark Howard Jones (Cthulhu Cymraeg) telling stories of Yig’s deadly machinations.
Watch the plot unfold, from the 1920s to the present day through four chilling episodes!
The story of Dr. Hartwell (Reanimators) continues, but now he has company. Weird company: a witch, a changeling, a mad scientist, and a poet trapped in the form of a beast. These are not heroes but monsters...monsters to fight monsters. Their adventures rage across the globe, from the mountains and long-forgotten caves of Antarctica to the dimly lit backstreets of Innsmouth that still hold terrifying secrets. The unholy creatures released upon the world via the ill-fated Lake expedition to Antarctica must be stopped. And only the weird company stands in their way.
Continuing in the fashion of Reanimators, The Weird Company finds Lovecraft expert Pete Rawlik taking some of the most well-known of H. P. Lovecraft's creations and creating a true Frankenstein monster of a story-a tale more horrific than anything Lovecraft could have imagined...
In this anthology, several authors bring Gray to life, showing the variety of effects he has on various individuals, both innocent and otherwise, who cross his path. The time periods range from the Edwardian era right up to the present, yet throughout each the man with the infamous portrait remains true to the variety of shades he embodies. Moreover, the paths of those he crosses will themselves be quite familiar to genre readers (e.g., Dracula, a mad scientist named Pretorius, artist Richard Pickman of Lovecraft’s nightmarish tale “Pickman’s Model,” a lady-loving she-vampire called Carmilla, Becky Sharp of VANITY FAIR). This volume brings you two novellas, a short play, two short stories, a timeline, and even a short personal bonus memoir, all of which give readers a glimpse into the many shades that Dorian Gray can paint on those whose lives he touches… and how their lives affect his own continuing saga.
Our Table of Contents: Caravans Awry by Maxwell Ian Gold / Within the Darkness of the Carnivále by Donald Armfield / The Association by Duane Pesice / An Autumnal Stain by Matthew A. St. Cyr / Circus of Crows by Russell Smeaton / The Devil’s Circus by Adam Bolivar / The Sundowners by Sarah Walker / Nanosophobia ~ The Fear of Clowns by A.P. Sessler / My Summer Job by Ralph Rotten / The Side Unshown ~ A Tale of Carnival Horror by Frank Coffman / The Tulsa Devil by T.M. Morgan / Two Silver Dollars by Scott J. Couturier / Sometimes We Come by Shayne K. Keen / Carnival Siren by K.A. Opperman/ Ice by Jill Hand / Calliope Comes Back by Peter Rawlik / The Price of Admission by Maxwell Ian Gold / Cannibal by Ashley Dioses / A Day at the Circus by E.O. Daniels / A Tale of Two Mirrors by James Fallweather / Pie Town by Sean M. Thompson / Wires by John Linwood Grant / Loop by S.L. Edwards / The Pumpkin Juggler by K.A. Opperman / The Procurer by John Paul Fitch / Mother Road by Candace Wiggins / Red Right Hand by William Tea / Carnivale ad Litteram by Frank Coffman
In this brand new collection of seventeen stories, some of weird fiction’s best authors present their versions of Pickman’s life and after-life. Join Peter Rawlik, Paul McNamee, Joshua Reynolds, Robert Price and more in this excursion into the dark side of art. Once you visit Pickman’s Gallery, you will never see the world the same way again!
In this winter issue, new fiction from Peter Rawlik, Leah Bond, Joshua Chaplinsky, Seras Nikita, G.D. Watry, Nick Manzolillo, Timothy G. Huguenin, Drew Nicks, Caleb Stephens, MarieAnn C. Raguso, and Tom Lund await your eyes and minds. An interview with Bram Stoker Award Winner John Langan calls you into the deep. Join us as we delve into Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and how it will forever change the endearing franchise.
Embrace the Unknown.
Our Table of Contents: Summoning Spirits by Michael Adams / The Stars are Black by D.L. Myers / The Woman in the Forge of Saturday Night by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. / Evidence of Absence by H.S. Graves / I Am Become Death by William Tea & Ron Gelsleichter / The Judge by Philip Fracassi / The Snake Beneath My Skin by Sarah Walker / The Hands of Chaos by Ashley Dioses / The Nomenclature of Unnamable Horrors by Peter Rawlik / Golden Girl by S.L. Edwards / Scenes From a Forgotten Diorama by Brian O’Connell / You Can’t Go Wrong With Grass-Fed Beef by Jill Hand / Abettor by Ruth Asch / Work Group by Pete J. Carter / The Cliffside Tavern by Sean M. Thompson / One Evening in Whitbridge by Scott Thomas / The Velveteen Volvo by Nathan Carson / Outre Non-limitations &The Kumiho Question by Frederick J. Mayer / I’ve Lived in This Place a Long Time by Can Wiggins / The White Terror by Frank Coffman / Symptom of the Universe by John Claude Smith / Sustenance of the Stars by Scott J. Couturier / Alien Shore by Rob F. Martin / Ye Hermit’s Lay by Adam Bolivar / Bridge by Don Webb / Balls by Russell Smeaton / Call Me Corey by Matthew M. Bartlett / Hero Mother by Cody Goodfellow / Red-Eye by Stephen Mark Rainey / Séance by K.A. Opperman / Looking for Ghosts & Prosaic by Duane Pesice
They were there when the Saurians were cast aside, and the ancestors of men were little more than pets for the things that once walked the Earth. They witnessed the wrathful judgment of gods and the terrible punishment inflicted on those who defy them.
They are there when Rome begins to crumble, manipulating the long course of Human thought, Human evolution, and Human history. They have tampered with things that should not have been, creating monsters of men. They play the Long Game, the purpose of which is hidden, perhaps even from themselves.
They shall be as saviors, manipulating forces we do not and cannot understand. We shall succumb to their benevolent rule, and they shall fall to the monsters we become to resist them, sacrificing Humanity itself, embracing our destiny to become so much more. But even this is only part of the Long Game, a game in which the universe itself is the prize.
The Yith Have Always Been With Us... and So Have the Peaslees.
Twenty-two tales of cosmic horror detailing the further exploits of H.P. Lovecraft’s Peaslee family, their ancestors, and descendants.
"Rawlik’s THE PEASLEE PAPERS transcends mere Lovecraftian homage into an area all its own, spanning time and space, slipstreaming historical characters into the mix while diving deep into occult conspiracies that linger on the mind long after the last page is turned." -- Bob Pastorella, This Is Horror
"Pete Rawlik, more than any other working with the Mythos today, brings a gleeful joy to his work. THE PEASLEE PAPERS sees Rawlik turning his fiendishly clever imagination towards one of the founding blocks of weird fiction as set out by Lovecraft himself. Good googly moogly it is fun. I want to have cocktails with this cat." -- Acep Hale, book reviewer
These aren't your mother's fairy tales.
Throughout history parents have told their children stories to help them sleep, to keep them entertained. But we're pretty sure none of those parents had this in mind. These are the fairy tales that will give you and your children nightmares. From the darkest depths of Grimm and Anderson come the immortal mash-ups with the creations of HP Lovecraft.
These stories will scare and delight 'children' of all ages!
- Introduction by Gary A Braunbeck
- “The Pied Piper of Providence” by William Meikle
- “The Three Billy Goats Sothoth” by Peter N Dudar
- “Little Maiden of the Sea” by David Bernard
- “The Great Old One and the Beanstalk” by Armand Rosamilia
- “In the Shade of the Juniper Tree” by JP Hutsell
- “The Horror at Hatchet Point” by Zach Shephard
- “The Most Incredible Thing” by Bracken MacLeod
- “Let Me Come In!” by Simon Yee
- “The Fishman and His Wife” by Inanna Arthen
- “Little Match Mi-Go” by Michael Kamp
- “Follow the Yellow Glyph Road” by Scott T Goudsward
- “Gumdrop Apocalypse” by Pete Rawlik
- “Curiosity” by Winifred Burniston
- “The Ice Queen” by Mae Empson
- “Once Upon a Dream” by Matthew Baugh
- “Cinderella and Her Outer Godfather” by CT Phipps
- “Donkeyskin” by KH Vaughan
- “Sweet Dreams in the Witch-House” by Sean Logan
- “Fee Fi Old One” by Thom Brannan
- “The King on the Golden Mountain” by Morgan Sylvia
- “The Legend of Creepy Hollow” by Don D’Ammassa
Brought to you by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths
So what makes this Lovecraftian Fairy Tales anthology special?
William Meikle: Lovecraft was working on stirring some base emotions in the reader, asking us to reflect on the depth and wonder of the Universe around us. Fairy tales, whether from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen or from the oral tradition are a similar means of tapping into something old and primal, and a fusion of both gives us added insight into how archetypes and myth might evolve in an age where the most frightening thing is ourselves.
Armand Rosamilia: The mashup of Lovecraft and fairy tales blended together way too easy. It makes you wonder... Reading through these stories you can see how the two parallel and fit nicely together, especially since the base for Cthulhu mythos and fairy tales are so dark and have that underlying gloom to them.
Tell us more about your horror short story.
William Meikle: I have a fascination with the power of music to affect changes in our mental, and physical, picture of how the world works at a basic level. THE PIED PIPER OF PROVIDENCE is one of my explorations of just that. Plus, it was a load of fun exploring how a modern city might respond to an age old menace.
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