The team at This is Horror have announced that pre-orders for Joe and Me are now open. The (very reasonably priced) chapbook is strictly limited to 500 signed copies, so get in quick if you want to secure one. You can also subscribe to the chapbook series and enjoy several exclusive subscriber benefits – click here for more details. Here’s a little more about Joe and Me:
“Joe is anything but an ordinary eight year old. His father’s a stay-at-home dad and his mom’s going to save the world.
Forced to live in cramped quarters after the military pull funding on his mother’s research, Joe is thrown into the midst of a race against the clock to save mankind. As tensions rise and the family disintegrates, they must face an uncomfortable ultimatum. Do they save each other or humanity?”
I think it’s a lovely little story, which is linked (though I’m not yet saying how) to the AUTUMN series. Fellow author Jasper Bark (who once had the honour of eating my brains) said: “This is compulsive reading, a story you can’t put down unless someone hacks both your arms off!” and Starburst magazine said: “Satisfyingly morose. Takes a lo-fi route to an unavoidable apocalypse.”
I promised to tell you about two new projects this week: here’s the first.
Many of you will already know about This is Horror – an excellent website which, in its short existence, has developed a large following and a reputation for being a key resource for finding out about all things horror. The founders of the site have plenty of enthusiasm and ambition, and are about to branch out into a new venture: the This is Horror Premium Chapbook series. These chapbooks will be released every quarter and will showcase original stories from (in TiH’s words) “some of the very best names in the genre today”.
I’m honoured to have been asked to contribute a story, and I’m very pleased to announce that my piece – Joe and Me – will be the launch title.
I don’t want to say too much at the present time, I’ll just give you the salient facts: the chapbooks will be strictly limited to 500 copies, and Joe and Me will be launched in early June (with a launch event to take place in Warwick later in the month). Pricing, subscription and ordering details will be made available very shortly, but for now you can find out more by visiting this page over at www.thisishorror.co.uk. My story will be followed later this year by tales from Conrad Williams, Joseph D’Lacey, and a collaborative story from Gary McMahon and Simon Bestwick.
So what’s Joe and Me about? Well again, I won’t give too much away at this stage, I’ll just say that if you have even a passing interest in the AUTUMN series, you might want to check it out!