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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Horror 2009: Part 2

In Part 3 I will highlight some more books that I think are worth your time, but for Part 2 I wanted to start talking about horror publishers specifically.

There are many specialty, small presses who are dedicated to putting out as many horror publications as they can. As the editors over at Horror Fiction Review noted in a recent editorial:
The horror genre is one of the few genres that even HAS its own small press. Many mass market horror authors were discovered there. I believe the small press is (and actually has been for quite some time) the FUTURE of horror fiction.
I agree and I want to highlight these brave horror publishers. Use the links to go directly to their homepages. Many are running Halloween specials too, so think about making a purchase. Also, these are books libraries don't always buy. So if you do go and buy some, after you read and enjoy them, pass them on to your local library. Even a horror friendly library like mine, can only buy a certain number of these wonderfully scary books.

The largest mass-market publisher of horror novels is Leisure Books, a division of Dorchester Publishing. This month they are featuring new releases by Edward Lee, John Everson, Bryan Smith, and Sarah Pinborough. All four authors, and for that matter, all of the Leisure Books novels are worth a look.

Now, I will take the other small horror presses in alphabetical order. Click through to see what they have to offer. Each of them has worked hard for this, their busiest season. Also, please note that many of these presses only sell through Horror Mall.

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