James Chambers, an exceptionally fine writer with whom I collaborated with on our comic book series Shadow House (among other projects), has a new horror fiction collection coming out from Dark regions Press called The Engines of Sacrifice. This volume contains four novellas inspired by the Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.
"Investigation 37": In the late years of the Vietnam War, Lavender May runs away from home to search for freedom and peace in New York City, but instead, she finds only a world of magic, witchcraft, and lies.
"The Ugly Birds": Only one thing could save Carmine Darabont's comics magazine from going under: publishing the next chapter of the hit series The Otherworlders. But what dark secret drives its creator--Carmine's ex-fiancé--to refuse to deliver it?
"The Hidden Room": At the height of the Cold War, Doctor Calvin Lenox is a member of the Nuclear Emergency Search Team. With his life spiraling into despair, he confronts the mystery of a runaway Soviet defector and the death of three men, only to find himself at the mercy of...the Faceless God.
"The Engines of Sacrifice": What is the power of words? Can they control the fabric of reality? In a horrifying new world, underground author Rowley Cray struggles against a totalitarian government gone insane and the possibility that he can control the souls of the dead.
Jim's numerous tales of horror, dark fantasy, crime, and science fiction have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and magazines, including: Bad Cop, No Donut; the award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series; Bare Bone; Cthulhu Sex; Dark Furies; The Dead Walk; the award-winning Defending the Future anthology series; The Domino Lady: Sex as a Weapon; Dragon’s Lure; The Green Hornet Chronicles; Hardboiled Cthulhu; Allen K’s Inhuman; Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak: Supernatural Sleuth; New Blood; No Longer Dreams; Warfear; and Weird Trails. He wrote the collections The Midnight Hour: Saint Lawn Hill and Other Tales, and Resurrection House.
If Lovecraftian terror is your thing, I guarantee that you'll like Jim's handling of the Mythos. You can pre-order the book HERE.