In April at the World Horror Convention in Austin, Texas Dark Continents was proud to hold the official Launch Party for thirteen debut books! The DCP Vice President Tracie McBride came all the way from Australia to join in on the celebration and help promote her novel, Ghosts Can Bleed. We celebrated by hosting a Bat Cruise Launch Party at sunset on beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. Our guests were treated to a buffet supper and open bar, a special Audio Sample Presentation of our entire line of books read by the talented voice narrator, Wayne June, as well as a fantastic view of the famous Austin Bats as they left their caves for the evening. Three special cruise guests each won a lifetime membership guarantee of one free copy of all future Dark Continents publications, so long as they keep in touch and let us know where to mail the books!
In other exciting news, author Dave Jeffery’s novel Necropolis Rising Kindle version has enjoyed remarkable success in the UK, where it reached #1 in the Amazon Horror chart. Since this time the novel has maintained a top-ten presence in the Amazon Occult chart, where as of this writing it is currently #8.
David M. Youngquist, Sylvia Shults, and John Prescott participated in a whirlwind book signing tour in Illinois this June, stopping at three bookstores in two days. Many people turned out for the signings, and many books were sold. But, most exciting of all, Barnes and Noble and Waldens (so sorry to see you go, Walden’s!) have begun displaying our titles as end caps. End caps are the equivalent of the Holy Grail for authors – having books we have loved and nurtured majestically displayed at the end of a row. Nirvana!
John Prescott’s PRAY novel made it into the top 100 Horror Novels in the Amazon US Kindle ratings in July, and we’re expecting a bigger reception for the second novel in the series, HELL, set to debut on Black Friday November 25, 2011.
Sylvia Shults continues to do research on her as-yet unnamed novel about the Bartonville, Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane, a very haunted and very cool old abandoned place. Sylvia and S.L. Schmitz spent a wonderful afternoon on the grounds of the asylum, taking photographs of the graveyards and the main building in preparation for her research!
John Irvine and his wife, Maureen Irvine, are in New Zealand enjoying all of that LOTR’s scenery and working on two joint collections called Collected Haibun and Echoes of Exotic Places. Maureen’s novel (set in Greece) is called Bitter Olives, and is slated for DCP’s 2012 new imprint collection. If you can’t wait to sink your teeth into the next Irvine publication, you simply must check out the gourmet short stories, poetry and recipes (yes- recipes!) in Blood Curry, featuring that most unique of ingrediants; fresh animal blood!
Also in July, the newest edition of the DCP Book Catalog became available for distribution. Additional books now added to the collection include S.L. Schmitz’s dark and mysterious Let It Bleed; the upcoming launches for John Prescott’s HELL and Snareville II, the chilling sequel to David M. Younquist’s fast-paced zombie thriller, as well as Phobophobia, an anthology of short stories about the secret world of human fears and phobias edited by Dean M. Drinkel.
Dark Continents Publishing will host an official launch party of several new publications at the British Fantasy Society’s FantasyCon in Brighton on Saturday October 1, 2011 at 8:00pm. Huzzah! Simon Kurt Unsworth will be debuting his highly anticipated Quiet Houses novel, and Dave Jeffery’s haunting new collection of short stories Campfire Chillers. Adrian Chamberlin will be there as well, with his excellent novel The Caretakers, and if all things go as planned DCP’s President David M. Younquist will be journeying from the USA to join in on the fun.
On a more somber note, we were sad to lose Serenity J. Banks from the Core Board of Directors, but welcomed Julia Messina as our new Senior Editor and member of the Senior Board. Serenity will now participate as a Junior Board Member – looking for a good vampire novel? Check out her novel The Left Hand.
Over the next six months, stay tuned for more blog posts as the madcap Dark Continents Authors travel to such places as the FantasyCon in Brighton and Archon 35 in St. Louis, MO. There will be updates on bookings, podcasts, interviews, author appearances, blogging, and a VERY BIG Press Release announcing some VERY BIG author news…. So stay tuned, “LIKE” us on Facebook, and sign up to receive blog updates!
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