Dansk sci-fi horror antologi: UNIVERSETS MØRKE

UM-largeMørke historier fra fremtiden.

Sci-fi horror noveller skrevet af danske forfattere.

Mød manden, som prøver at hjælpe sin demente mor imens verden går under; pigen med ovnen, som skaber alt hvad hjertet begærer; de rumrejsende som støder på rædsler i universets afkroge.

Mød også de genmanipulerede killinger; ormene i kroppen, som vil ud; og oplev Scream Vacation—det ultimative inden for interaktive overlevelsesferier.

Alt sammen historier som viser et glimt af universets mørke.

Universets mørke er en antologi med et fokus på varierede historier, der alle tager favntag med kombinationen af science fiction og horror. Spændende, tankevækkende og uhyggeligt.

  • Majbrit Høyrup: “Killinger”
  • Patrick Leis: “Starten på en krig”
  • Anna Line Søgaard: “Mikromennesker”
  • Thomas Daugaard: “Ud over kanten”
  • Lars Ahn Pedersen: “Slagtehus 13”
  • Klaus Æ. Mogensen: “Universets mørke”
  • Flemming R. P. Rasch: “Chalmers verden”
  • Lars Kramhøft: “Cestoda”
  • A. Silvestri: “Itu”
  • Kristoffer J. Andersen: “Ildskolopendrene”
  • Aske Munk-Jørgensen: “Svaret”
  • Jesper Rugård Jensen: “Undergangen”

Du kan købe bogen via forlagets hjemmeside. Den kan også bestilles hjem i din boghandel (hvis ikke den allerede står på hylden).

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Hex Code and Others by John Mayer Out Now In Hardcover

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As some of you have already noticed, John Mayer’s Hex Code and Others, our first hardcover outside Denmark, is now available in our H. Harksen Productions Lulu Store. And it so happens that from now and till December 14, 2012, there’s a 20% discount on all orders at Lulu.com. Just write “FELICITAS” at the check-out. Now that’s quite a deal!

In time it will also be available on Amazon.com and other big online retailers, but as always that takes a little longer. So grab this offer while you can:-)

Here’s the complete blurb, in case you’re still not convinced:

Where does the nightmare begin and reality end?

Chaos is about to take over the world. The armies of the Elder Gods and the Great Old Ones are ready for the final, epic battle. Can Darius and the Spectral Squadron save mankind from certain doom? How far will Darius go for the sake of fame and fortune? Will he risk the loss of a friend? Of his sweetheart’s love? Of his honor?

Is he willing to risk the existence of humankind?

One of the world’s most famous horror writers is dead, leaving his magnum opus unfinished. A dedicated fan is planning to finish the epic—no price is too high. What malignant spirit is curling upward from his whiskey glass? In the Wonderworld amusement park, secrets of the world’s most ancient mountains start to surface, and not all the screams in the park are of delight. An ivy-covered hall on a picturesque campus gives no hint of the torments visited upon the helpless creatures within.

Hex Code and Others features a novelette, three macabre short stories and four poems written by John Mayer, a new, exciting writer in the weird tale and pulp tradition. John Mayer is also the illustrator.

Sounds good, right? Here you go:-)

URBAN CTHULHU: NIGHTMARE CITIES Cover Revealed (Sort Of)

Okay, just so you know that things are progressing. Here’s a hint at the cover for Urban Cthulhu: Nightmare Cities. It’s not done yet, but it should give you an idea. The artwork is by the amazing artist Paul Carrick, but the design and, well, mash-up or collage-like style (depending on your temper) is by yours truly.

So yes, late March for that tome is still well on track:-)

Here’s a reminder of what writers we’re talking about… ‘Tis cool stuff, folks.

CONTENTS:

“Dancer of the Dying” by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

“The Neighbors Upstairs” by John Goodrich

“Carcosapunk” by Glynn Owen Barrass

“Architect Eyes” by Thomas Strømsholt

“Slou” by Robert Tangiers

“Ozeelah’s Lake” by Morten Carlsen

“The Statement of Frank Elwood” by Pete Rawlik

“In the Shadow of Bh’Yhlun” by Ian Davey

“The Screamer” by T. E. Grau

“Night Life” by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen

“the guilt of each … at the end…” by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

Off to bed I go…

Snart: GRUFULDE MØRKE (hplmythos.dk Bind 3)

(Danish post;-))

 

 

Så er det på tide, der kommer et blogindlæg på dansk. Og hvad er mere passende end denne lille teaser?;-) Jeg vil da ikke lade jer gå ind i weekenden uden… Så jeg kan afsløre, at der senere denne januar måned udkommer det længe ventede 3. bind i hplmythos.dk serien, Grufulde mørke. Ret cool cover, ikke? Det er den fantastisk talentfulde Tom Kristensen, der står for illustrationen — og jeg kan glæde jer med, at han har illustreret hver novelle med en afsindig (!) flot tegning. Eller rettere: Med en afsindig flot radering, for, ja, der er skam tale om ægte raderinger; flotte, flotte kunstværker i sig selv.

Her er listen over forfattere og deres historier:

“Spejlet” Thomas Daugaard
“Kælderen” Bjarke Schjødt Larsen
“Dybt nede” Morten Carlsen
“Under marehalmen” Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen
“Djævlen byggede et hus” Lars Kramhøft
“Hvad skal barnet hedde?” Helene Hindberg
“I helvede venter rommen” Jon Terje Østberg
“I et vindue” A. Silvestri

Composing A Table of Contents

Composing — what is it? I imagine in many people’s mind it’s a process closely linked to music. For years it was to me. Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner — great classical composers. In more recent times John Lennon, Prince and Kate Bush can probably rightfully be referred to as great composers as well, in the modern realm of music.

“Compose” essentially means “to make by combining things, parts” etc. (Notice that I say essentially, not exclusively, since I know there are variants, but this element is at the core, and that’s my point.)

So an editor, and a collector of stories gathered between the same covers, is also a composer. Probably not something many people consider. I may be wrong, but that’s my suspicion. There’s nothing wrong with that, but to me this idea is important, the idea of composing is something I am quite aware of when trying to fit stories in an anthology. And am becoming more aware of with each new project. I don’t know how other editors do, but it certainly is an integrated part of my working process.

I actually liken this to the idea of creating a piece of music. There is basically a start, a middle and an ending — and for the piece to actually work, to move, to excite, all notes, movements etc. have to be combined in a way that creates a unified whole. Much like literature, a good story, wouldn’t you agree?

The same goes — at least for me — for creating an anthology.

Now, I am of course not saying the editor (in casu me) deserves all credit for the collection, and that the stories should only be considered as part of that whole. Some might think that’s what I mean. Not at all. The stories are of course a unified whole in themselves and the writers are the ones to be credited for everything here. What I am saying is merely that for me, when I have the stories I need for a collection of stories I start to work with these stories as if creating a greater whole; that is, in my small way I compose. I consider if there is an overarching theme — in case of e.g. Urban Cthulhu: Nightmare Cities there obviously is — and then I start to look at how this puzzle can be solved best to create a unified whole.

All elements — that is, all the stories — are equally important, and the trick is to make it all fit in the most suitable and satisfying manner. With a beginning, a middle and an end. I have no doubt that not a single soul except me will ever see this “general puzzle” of things, but that’s OK, for I know it, and it is something that’s important to me and the way I work. (OK, after this post there may be a few other readers who see this too:-P)

I try to approach this without considering if, for instance, the opening story is written by a Big Known Name or not. (Doesn’t make much sense anyway, since books from my small press are primarily purchased by readers online and not in a brick-and-mortar bookstore, so it’s not like they’re browsing the first couple of pages, now is it?) Instead I wonder what tale seems most suitable to create just the right note for a beginning in this particular collection. That is of course depending on what comes after — and so it goes right to the end, where we need the right kind of story to fill in as a Finale. Whether a Grand Big Bang Finale or a more low-key tale of subtle darkness. Depending on — ta-daaaa — what went before and seems to be the right ending in this context.

Much ado about nothing? Perhaps, for the reader; but not for me. It’s how I do it. I can’t help it (and I don’t want to help it). I am doing it these days with Urban Cthulhu, with Dystre Danmark 2 and the third volume of the Danish hplmythos.dk anthology (still untitled).

Thank you to all the amazingly talented writers for giving me another opportunity to delve into this editorial world of weird, dark composing.

DYSTRE DANMARK 2: Update

(In Danish.)

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Ja… Allerede en update. Der er i løbet af de sidste dage sket par ændringer i forbindelse med novellerne til Dystre Danmark 2. F.eks. kan jeg nu afsløre forfatteren til den novelle, som jeg afventede svar på: Ingen andre end A. Silvestri! Velkommen i flokken, hr. Silvestri. Det glæder mig at have Deres nye og yderst grumme fortælling med i samlingen.

Det er derfor med stor fornøjelse at jeg kan oplyse at indholdslisten nu er som følger:

INDHOLD:

  • “ Jacobs stige” af A. Silvestri
  • “Blomstervanding” af Lars Ahn Pedersen
  • “Sammenhold” af Jonas Wilmann
  • “Ønsket” af Thomas Daugaard
  • “Babyalarm” af Patrick Leis
  • “En morders drøm” af Thomas Bøttern
  • “Strålende lys, udstrakt verden” af Nikolaj Johansen
  • “Portræt af dukke og dreng” af Bjarke Schjødt Larsen
  • “Stemmen” af Søren Kayser
  • “Jægeren” af Sandra Schwartz
  • “Stumt vanvid” af Freddy E. Silva
  • “Røg” af Morten Carlsen
  • (Endnu uden titel) af Jeppe Bisbjerg
  • (Endnu uden titel) af Henrik Sandbeck Harksen

Jeg er en glad mand:-)

DYSTRE DANMARK 2: Noveller valgt

(I told ya — this one is in Danish;-))

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Så er det blevet tid til at afsløre indholdet af Dystre Danmark 2:

INDHOLD:

  • “Blomstervanding” af Lars Ahn Pedersen
  • “Sammenhold” af Jonas Wilmann
  • “Ønskebarnet” af Thomas Daugaard
  • “Babyalarm” af Patrick Leis
  • “En morders drøm” af Thomas Bøttern
  • “Strålende lys, udstrakt verden” af Nikolaj Johansen
  • “Portræt af dukke og dreng” af Bjarke Schjødt Larsen
  • “Stemmen” af Søren Kayser
  • “Jægeren” af Sandra Schwartz
  • “Stumt vanvid” af Freddy E. Silva
  • “Røg” af Morten Carlsen
  • (Endnu uden titel) af Jeppe Bisbjerg
  • (Endnu uden titel) af Henrik Sandbeck Harksen
  • (Afventer bekræftelse på en enkelt novelle mere…)

De af jer, som er bekendt med første bind af Dystre Danmark samt Lyden af vanvid (2. bind i hplmythos.dk serien) vil bemærke, at der er tale om en fin blanding af nye og “gamle” forfattere. Nogle har udgivet noveller i andre sammenhænge. En skøn, skøn blanding af 13 nyskrevne, dystre danske fortællinger. Mange, mange tak til alle som sendte materiale ind. Jeg måtte sortere en del fra, men sådan er det jo. Resultatet er dog, efter min mening, en fantastisk god og spændende samling. Jeg glæder mig meget til at give mig i kast med den til efteråret.

Coveret er et af de første, grove, udkast til bogen. Igen er H. Harksen Productions faste design-medarbejder, Tomas Gindeberg, på banen med sit talent.