Jodie is a recent college grad who’s finally lined up an interview for a job in her field, not knowing that she’s never going to make it there.
While riding the subway to get downtown, a mysterious blue substance falls from the sky, encasing the train car and trapping everyone inside. As if this wasn’t bad enough, it doesn’t take long for the passengers to realize that amongst them is a killer.
Whatever you do...
Don't touch the Blue.
As a result of our August open submission period, we are pleased to announce our line-up of releases for 2017. First of all we would like to thank every author who submitted during the open period. We had a really tough time selecting these final four manuscripts, and although there were probably a dozen novels we would have taken on, based upon quality of writing and plot alone, it was not economically feasible for us to do so.
So without further ado, here are the three novels being released next year through Crowded Quarantine Publications.
Luke Walker's Ascent will be released in June 2017. After a nuclear device is detonated outside RAF Lakenheath, Kelly Wells races for a nearby office block, frantic to find her sister in their last moments. At the same time, a handful of others do the same—all desperate to make it to loved ones before the bomb goes off barely fifty miles away. In the frozen second of the explosion, Kelly, her sister, and three strangers are trapped in that instant and trapped in the building. But they are not alone. A sleeping evil from the deepest pits of the earth has awoken. Stalked by a creature that knows their most private secrets and fears, the group are lost in a world of their individual Hells.
Luke Walker writes horror and fantasy fiction. His novel Hometown is published by Caffeine Nights, and the novella Mirror Of The Nameless is published by DarkFuse. His collection of short horror, Die Laughing, is also available. Follow Luke on Twitter @lukewalkerbooks or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
In September 2017 we will be publishing a new novel by Kristal Stittle entitled Yellow Line.
Jodie is a recent college grad who’s finally lined up an interview for a job in her field, not knowing that she’s never going to make it there. While riding the subway to get downtown, a mysterious blue substance falls from the sky, encasing the train car and trapping everyone inside. As if this wasn’t bad enough, it doesn’t take long for the passengers to realize that one among them is a killer.
Kristal Stittle was born and raised in Toronto where she still lives with her cat. She was trained in 3D animation and enjoys painting, but her true passion is writing. Although currently focused on writing horror novels and shorts, she also dabbles in children’s stories, an odd bit of poetry, and scripts for both film and TV.
In December 2017 we will be publishing Anthony Watson's Witnesses, based upon the legend of the Two Witnesses as described in the book of Revelations. Set in four different locations over four different time periods, the book explores the cyclical nature of the selection of the two witnesses.
Anthony Watson is co-founder and co-editor of Dark Minds Press alongside Ross Warren. He also has several short story credits to his name, and has appeared in collections from Sanitarium and Charon Coin Press. Anthony lives on the Northumbrian coast amongst its rolling hills, ancient castles and unspoilt beaches with Judith and their dog Themba.
Following the release of Chris Kelso's latest book, Unger House Radicals, we are pleased to be able to give away three paperbacks over at Goodreads. To be in with a chance of winning, enter using the widget below. The competition runs from midnight on June 17th and closes at midnight on July 1st. Winning entries will be shipped out the same day as they are announced.
When aspiring and nihilistic film-maker Vincent Bittacker falls in love with mercurial serial-killer Brandon Swarthy they decide to embark upon a bloody journey to re-define cinema and create their own sub-culture - Ultra-Realism
We are thrilled to announce we will be publishing a new novel, Unger House Radicals by Chris Kelso, this June in both paperback and signed/lettered hardcover edition (limited to 26). A digital edition will be released simultaneously. The book will be jam-packed with black-and-white illustrations by Shane Swank. Unger House Radicals will be released on June 11th 2016.
When aspiring and nihilistic film-maker Vincent Bittacker falls in love with mercurial serial-killer Brandon Swarthy they decide to embark upon a bloody journey to re-define cinema and create their own sub-culture - Ultra-Realism.
‘Someday soon people are going to be naming him as one of their own influences. He’s worth checking out.’ – INTERZONE magazine
“This is a joyfully dystopian, fascinating and challenging book. There is a distinct risk you will get to like it. It may well ruin books for you.” – The British Fantasy Society
"Chris Kelso writes in a style of broken glass and razor blades, barbed wire and gasoline.” – John Langan, author of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
We're pleased to reveal the cover for the final book in Rich Hawkins' Plague Trilogy, The Last Soldier. If you haven't read the first two books, they are available from Amazon and our website, here.
The Last Soldier by Rich Hawkins
Publication Date: 19th March 2016
Her name is Florence, and she did not cry when the world ended.
Two years after Great Britain is devastated by an alien virus, a young girl and her ex-military guardian are drawn back to the mainland for reasons only known to the dark gift inside her head. It’s a gift neither she nor the old soldier trusts entirely, and their only hope is to obey its call into the wastelands. But is it a blessing or a curse? And will it deliver salvation or lead them to death?
Worldwide Giveaway! Win the Entire Trilogy!
Here's your chance to win the entire trilogy. This competition is open to everyone.
Limited Edition Hardcover: The Last Plague/The Last Outpost/The Last Soldier by Rich Hawkins (Limited to 26 - Signed and Lettered)
You can now preorder the limited hardcover edition of Rich Hawkins' The Last Plague/The Last Outpost/The Last Soldier Omnibus. This will be extremely limited to 26 signed and lettered copies (854pp of stunning post-apocalyptic fiction) so if you would like to get your hands on one when it is released, it's best to get your order in as soon as possible.
The books will be signed and lettered by Rich Hawkins at Edge-Lit 5 on Saturday 16th July, so if you preorder one here and are also in attendance at the event, you can collect it from the man himself at the Crowded Quarantine table. All uncollected copies will be shipped out on Monday 18th July, with the ink still warm.
A pestilence has fallen across the land. Run and hide. Seek shelter. Do not panic. The infected WILL find you.
When Great Britain is hit by a devastating epidemic, four old friends must cross a chaotic, war-torn England to reach their families. But between them and home, the country is teeming with those afflicted by the virus - cannibalistic, mutated monsters whose only desires are to infect and feed.
THE LAST PLAGUE is here.
Please reserve your copy by using the buttons below. UK £40 | US $65 inclusive of shipping.
We are beyond thrilled that Rich Hawkins' post-apocalyptic novel, The Last Plague, has been shortlisted for The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel in this year's British Fantasy Awards. Massive congratulations to Rich, and indeed to all the nominees. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday, 25 October 2015, at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham.
The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, ed. Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber (The Alchemy Press)
Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease, ed. by Joel Lane and Tom Johnstone (Gray Friar Press)
Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue, ed. Christie Yant (Lightspeed Magazine)
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, ed. Mark Morris (Spectral Press)
Terror Tales of Wales, ed. Paul Finch (Gray Friar Press)
Sarah Anne Langton
Black Gods Kiss, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
The Bright Day Is Done, Carole Johnstone (Gray Friar Press)
Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine Publications)
Nick Nightmare Investigates, Adrian Cole (The Alchemy Press and Airgedlámh Publications)
Scruffians! Stories of Better Sodomites, Hal Duncan (Lethe Press)
Best Comic/Graphic Novel
Cemetery Girl, Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden and Don Kramer (Jo Fletcher Books)
Grandville Noël, Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley (SelfMadeHero)
Through the Woods, Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
The Wicked + The Divine, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (Image Comics)
The Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel
Breed, KT Davies (Fox Spirit Books)
City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher Books)
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)
A Man Lies Dreaming, Lavie Tidhar (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Moon King, Neil Williamson (NewCon Press)
The Relic Guild, Edward Cox (Gollancz)
Best Film/Television Episode
Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Black Mirror: White Christmas, Charlie Brooker (Channel 4)
Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (Marvel Studios)
Interstellar, Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan (Paramount Pictures)
Under the Skin, Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer (Film4 et al)
The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel
The End, Gary McMahon (NewCon Press)
The Girl With All the Gifts, M.R. Carey (Orbit)
The Last Plague, Rich Hawkins (Crowded Quarantine Publications)
No One Gets Out Alive, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)
Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel (Knopf)
The Unquiet House, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)
Best Independent Press
The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn)
Fox Spirit Books (Adele Wearing)
NewCon Press (Ian Whates)
Spectral Press (Simon Marshall-Jones)
Black Static, ed. Andy Cox (TTA Press)
Holdfast Magazine, ed. Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee (Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee)
Interzone, ed. by Andy Cox (TTA Press)
Lightspeed, ed. John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed Magazine)
Sein und Werden, ed. Rachel Kendall (ISMs Press)
The Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer
Edward Cox, for The Relic Guild (Gollancz)
Sarah Lotz, for The Three (Hodder & Stoughton)
Laura Mauro, for “Ptichka” (Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease)
Den Patrick, for The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (Gollancz)
Jen Williams, for The Copper Promise (Headline)
D.F. Lewis Dreamcatcher Real-Time Reviews, D.F. Lewis (D.F. Lewis)
Ginger Nuts of Horror, ed. Jim McLeod (Jim McLeod)
Letters to Arkham: The Letters of Ramsey Campbell and August Derleth, 1961–1971, ed. S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing)
Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions, Hal Duncan (Lethe Press)
Sibilant Fricative: Essays & Reviews, Adam Roberts (Steel Quill Books )
Touchstones: Essays on the Fantastic, John Howard (The Alchemy Press)
You Are the Hero: A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, Jonathan Green (Snowbooks)
Cold Turkey, Carole Johnstone (TTA Press)
Drive, Mark West (Pendragon Press)
Newspaper Heart, Stephen Volk (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories)
Water For Drowning, Ray Cluley (This Is Horror)
Best Short Story
“A Change of Heart”, Gaie Sebold (Wicked Women)
“The Girl on the Suicide Bridge”, J.A. Mains (Beside the Seaside)
“Ptichka”, Laura Mauro (Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease)
“A Woman’s Place”, Emma Newman (Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets)
We are pleased to announce the first novella in the CQP Limited Edition Series will be The Last Bus by Paul M. Feeney.
We've all been there - the dreaded early morning commute.
The surly driver; the obnoxious teenagers; the guy who just has to invade your personal space; the awkwardness as everyone avoids any kind of social interaction with anyone else; the frustrations of snarled-up traffic and tail-backs.
For most of us, a trip on public transport is about as bad as it gets.
For these passengers, it's about to get a lot worse.
Jonathon, Justine, and Hanna don't know each other but they're about to be thrown together as a simple journey to work turns into a race for survival. Mysterious object begin to fall from the sky, the early onset of an alien invasion.
Mutated monsters, trigger-happy soldiers and personality clashes abound on…
The Last Bus.
The Last Bus will be available as a limited edition novella (Limited to 250) featuring signature sheets which will be signed and numbered by the author. It will only be available to purchase from the CQP Store from July 31st 2015. To avoid disappointment, you can pre-order your copy using the PayPal bus-stop links below. £7 UK. $11 US. Includes free shipping worldwide.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be publishing the sequel to Rich Hawkins' post-apocalyptic chiller, The Last Plague. The Last Outpost will continue to chronicle the events as a devastating epidemic reduces the UK to an infected wasteland.
The Last Outpost will be released in the autumn as a trade paperback and a digital book. The Last Plague is available now at the links below.
"One of the most intriguing post-apocalyptic novels I've read in a long time." - David Moody, author of Autumn and Dog Blood
"A blistering and visceral read!" - Daniel Marc Chant, author of Burning House
"A new voice in infection fiction." - Sean T. Page, Ministry of Zombies
"Great debut!" Paul M. Feeney, Ginger Nuts of Horror
Buy The Last Plague (UK)
Buy The Last Plague (US)
We are delighted to announce that we have acquired the rights to The Midnight Creature Feature Picture Show, the forthcoming collection from David C. Hayes (Cannibal Fat Camp, Cherub, American Guignol).The book will feature new stories, as well as tales previously published by Evil Jester Press, Dynatox Ministries, Burning Bulb Publishing, Thunderstorm Books, and many more.
Each story relates to a theme or trope often found in the B-Movie world, and the collection will have a decidedly grindhouse/exploitation feel to it as David Hayes gives us his versions of vampires, mummies, aliens, girl gangs, werewolves, cryptids, barbarians, mad science, and more.
The Midnight Creature Feature Picture Show will be released in the autumn as a trade paperback, digital book, and signed/numbered hardcover (limited to 50).
Visit David's website here.
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