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Yes, that’s right. The wildly talented Luke Spooner has done it again and rendered a beautiful and creepy piece of cover art for the second book in the Shadows Over Main Street anthology series. Take a gander at this! (Click it to enlarge)

Shadow Street Art

We’ll share the full cover layout when it’s ready but for now you can gaze longingly at this cover art. But that kid on the bike? Yeah, don’t stare too long into his eyes.

 

 

Welcome to the “Behind the Shadows” series of blog posts, where every week or so we will share a peek inside the minds of our authors and learn about the stories behind the stories. This week, Stephanie M. Wytovich breaks down the creative process that shaped her poem, “The 21st Century Shadow.

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Writing “The 21st Century Shadow” was a challenge for me, but one I had a lot of fun with. While I read Lovecraft, I don’t necessarily write with a Lovecraftian edge, so I had to go back and familiarize myself with his stories again, and then readjust my style for this piece. When it comes to writing poetry, the first thing I do is write down a list of words associated with the piece that I want to write. In this particular case, I was researching and analyzing the mythos in relation to the ocean, so once I had a list, I started to spin my vision of a boy being sacrificed and accepted by the sea.

“The Shadow Over Innsmouth” has always been one of my favorite stories and I wanted to create something that played with the mythos of the Deep Ones while still balancing out themes of madness and paranoia. The little boy in my poem draws from the characterization of Lovecraft’s narrator, Robert Olmstead, while my old woman is a comparison to his Zadok Allen. Keeping with themes that are synonymous with Lovecraftian horror, I wanted to isolate the boy and place him a situation where he had no control, in a town that was already corrupt.

I surprised myself with how much fun I had writing the transformation scene because I traded in the blood and guts I usually work with and exchanged them instead for starfish and shells. To me, one of the scariest parts of the ocean is never knowing what’s beneath you, but also knowing that no matter how terrifying it is, that there is still a grotesque beauty to it. Pair that up with some mythical gods that have a taste for revenge and that, my friends, became the recipe for “The 21st Century Shadow.”

– Stephanie

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Stephanie M. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine, and a well-known coffee addict. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker nominated poetry collection, HYSTERIA, can be found alongside her second release, Mourning Jewelry, at www.rawdogscreaming.com. Follow Wytovich at stephaniewytovich.blogspot.com and on twitter @JustAfterSunset.

Stephanie’s poem appears in Shadows Over Main Street from Hazardous Press, available now: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Main-Street-Lovecraftian-ebook/dp/B00SXHSYUK/ref=zg_bs_tab_pd_bsnr_3

For regular updates on the book, please join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ShadowsOverMainStreet

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Welcome to the “Behind the Shadows” series of blog posts, where every week we will share a peek inside the minds of our authors and learn about the stories behind the stories. This week, Cameron Suey gets into the the apocalyptic inspiration behind his story, “The Crisis.”

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When I was asked to submit a story to Shadows Over Main Street, the first thing I did was a little dance, as I had been watching the project take shape with a mixture of interest and envy. The second thing I did was run my idea by the editors: I knew I wanted to write about the midcentury event that weighed heaviest on my imagination, the Cuban Missile Crisis. I knew a global geopolitical event wasn’t exactly the small town vibe the editors were shooting for, but having heard my family’s recollections of that October, I was confident I could tell that far reaching story from a much smaller viewpoint.

Of course, a writer feeling confident is just a prelude to a writer feeling like a total failure, and I quickly realized that I lacked the historical knowledge beyond my family’s vague apocalyptic recollections. I normally research basic details before I write, but for this story, I carefully planned out the timeline of actual history, and where I wanted to diverge into the supernatural. While most of the hard details of the Crisis were planed away in subsequent drafts as I focused on the human drama, I can still see the solid backbone of fact that, I hope, gives this story a cold grounding before the madness begins. I also spent an unusually obsessive amount of time visiting the small town of Plattsmouth on Google maps, plotting the locations of each house, the local Air Force Base, and Rebecca’s desperate night time bike ride, keeping as close as I could to the actual layout of the town.

In the end, I needed that grounding in reality in order to justify the story’s conclusion. In our world, that Saturday night in October marked the darkest point of the Crisis, as the powers that be rapidly moved towards resolution the following morning. In my world, (where I owe a debt to the incredible weird fiction that came from the wellspring of Lovecraft and his contemporaries) it’s only the beginning.

– Cameron

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Cameron Suey is a California native living in San Francisco with his wife (who can occasionally be convinced to edit his work, as long as it’s not too gross) and daughter. He works as a writer in the games industry, and along with several other talented writers, won the WGA Award for Videogame Writing in 2009 for “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.” His work has appeared on the Pseudopod Podcast, several anthologies including A Quick Bite of Flesh and Horrific History, and was featured in the first issue of Jamais Vu: The Journal of Strange Among the Familiar. He can be found on the web at thejosefkstories.com, where he writes about writing, horror, and other influences, and on twitter as @josefkstories.

Cameron’s story appears in Shadows Over Main Street from Hazardous Press, available now: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Main-Street-Lovecraftian-ebook/dp/B00SXHSYUK/ref=zg_bs_tab_pd_bsnr_3

For regular updates on the book, please join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ShadowsOverMainStreet

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The day has finally arrived when we can say that SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET, an anthology of small-town Lovecraftian terror, is now available for order.

At the moment, only the Kindle version is up but we expect the paperback to be available any time:

http://tinyurl.com/pmrwege

Or just click on the cover!

ShadowsHiResIt features 20 stories and poems by some of today’s masters of contemporary horror and includes a foreword by the legendary Ramsey Campbell. With cover art by Luke Spooner, there is also artwork from top illustrators including Galen Dara and Vincent Chong among others, which will provide some eye candy in between stories.

Tell your friends. Tell your parents. Tell your neighbors, especially those weird cultists who rent that house down the street.

Invite them all into the shadows.

(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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For a final and fitting addition to the anthology, we give you Josh Malerman, who will be contributing his nasty little story, “A Fiddlehead Party on Carpenter’s Farm.” You may recognize him as the lead singer of the The High Strung or possibly as the author of the acclaimed novel, Bird Box.

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We’re happy as hell to have Josh join us in the shadows. Bid him a warm welcome!

Shadows Over Main Street includes…

Foreword: Lovecraft’s Longest Shadow by Ramsey Campbell; The 21st Century Shadow – Stephanie Wytovich; Χταπόδι Σαλάτα – Nick Mamatas; The Black Pyramid – Kevin Lucia; Mountaintown – Chesya Burke; This Stagnant Breath of Change – Brian Hodge; The Floodgates of Willowhill – Mary SanGiovanni; Odd Quahogs – James Chambers; The Thing with a Thousand Legs – Tim Curran; Undergrounders – Aaron Polson; The Flesh or the Father – T. Fox Dunham; White Picket Fences – Richard Thomas; The Friendless Bodies of Unburied Men – Gary Braunbeck; Estranged – Adrian Ludens; Red Hill – Rena Mason; The Abomination of Fensmere – Lucy A. Snyder; The Crisis – Cameron Suey; A Fiddlehead Party on Carpenter’s Farm – Josh Malerman; The Ogre – Lisa Morton; Boss Cthulhu – Jay Wilburn; Homecoming – John Sunseri

 Cover art by Luke Spooner. Interior illustrations from Paul Carrick, Vincent Chong, John Coulthart, Galen Dara and M. Fersner.

 

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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As you may know, in addition to assembling some fantastic dark fiction writers for the book, Hazardous Press has also done a bang-up job of pulling in some equally mind-blowing artistic talent to contribute illustrations for the book’s interior.

These artists are:

Paul Carrick: www.nightserpent.com

Vincent Chong: www.vincentchong-art.co.uk

John Coulthart: www.johncoulthart.com

Galen Dara: www.galendara.com

M. Fersner: hagcult.com

And, finally, we are able to give you a look at some of the interior artwork here…

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Well, we did say “some” of it, didn’t we?

Without a doubt, the quality of the art is on par with the quality of the stories you will find in the book, so to see all of the pieces in their entirety, you’ll need to snag a copy of the book when it’s out.

When will that be, you ask? Don’t fret, friends, you won’t have to wait until the stars are right.

SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET is coming soon.

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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“SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET is a masterful blend of stories fit for both die-hard Lovecraft fans and readers new to the genre. Each and every tale is wickedly delicious.”

So says Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of FALL OF NIGHT and V-WARS.

Frankly, we couldn’t agree with him more. How could we not with a table of contents like this?

 

Foreword: Lovecraft’s Longest Shadow by Ramsey Campbell

The 21st Century Shadow – Stephanie Wytovich

Χταπόδι Σαλάτα – Nick Mamatas

The Black Pyramid – Kevin Lucia

Mountaintown – Chesya Burke

This Stagnant Breath of Change – Brian Hodge

The Floodgates of Willowhill – Mary SanGiovanni

Odd Quahogs – James Chambers

The Thing with a Thousand Legs – Tim Curran

Undergrounders – Aaron Polson

The Flesh or the Father – T. Fox Dunham

White Picket Fences – Richard Thomas

The Friendless Bodies of Unburied Men – Gary Braunbeck

Estranged – Adrian Ludens

Red Hill – Rena Mason

The Abomination of Fensmere – Lucy A. Snyder

The Crisis – Cameron Suey

The Ogre – Lisa Morton

Boss Cthulhu – Jay Wilburn

Homecoming – John Sunseri

 (Cover art by Luke Spooner. Interior illustrations from Paul Carrick, Vincent Chong, John Coulthart, Galen Dara and M. Fersner.)

 

It’s coming soon from Hazardous Press.

The shadows grow closer.

 

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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We are deep into final edits on the stories for Shadows Over Main Street and have finalized the table of contents. For those interested, what you see below are the stories and the order in which they will appear in the book.

What a book! This is going to be great! When does it come out again? Oh, right. Back to the final edits we go…

Shadows Over Main Street – Table of Contents

Foreword: Lovecraft’s Longest Shadow by Ramsey Campbell

The 21st Century Shadow – Stephanie Wytovich

Χταπόδι Σαλάτα – Nick Mamatas

The Black Pyramid – Kevin Lucia

Mountaintown – Chesya Burke

This Stagnant Breath of Change – Brian Hodge

The Floodgates of Willowhill – Mary SanGiovanni

Odd Quahogs – James Chambers

The Thing with a Thousand Legs – Tim Curran

Undergrounders – Aaron Polson

The Flesh or the Father – T. Fox Dunham

White Picket Fences – Richard Thomas

The Friendless Bodies of Unburied Men – Gary Braunbeck

Estranged – Adrian Ludens

Red Hill – Rena Mason

The Abomination of Fensmere – Lucy A. Snyder

The Crisis – Cameron Suey

The Ogre – Lisa Morton

Boss Cthulhu – Jay Wilburn

Homecoming – John Sunseri

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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It gives us great pleasure to announce that the wise and venerated horror author, Ramsey Campbell, is providing the foreword for the Shadows Over Main Street anthology. Entitled, “Lovecraft’s Longest Shadow,” this piece of writing is really something to behold and Mr. Campbell has some wonderful things to say about the anthology and the contributions of all the authors. For us, having such an icon involved in the project has been a very special thing indeed. We can hardly wait to share this book with the world, but for now we must hold our collective squee as we welcome a true master of the craft into the shadows.

Keep an eye out for more news on interior art and the release date!

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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We have been very excited lately to see some of the interior art for Shadows Over Main Street rolling in. Robert Helmbrecht at Hazardous Press has really outdone himself by pulling in some amazing artists who are contributing beautiful and disturbing images to the book. We’ve been gawking at the art from Paul Carrick and John Coulthart this week and we can assure you these are images that’ll be burned into your mind for quite some time.

Look for more updates in the future on the art being included in the book. In the meantime, you can check out these websites for the contributing artists.

NightSerpent: The Fantasy Art of Paul Carrick

John Coulthart