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Now on Dark Arts Books: Brian Pinkerton’s ROUGH CUT!

Posted January 23, 2017

Rough Cut by Brian PinkertonSix years ago this month, Roy Robbins, the publisher of Bad Moon Books, reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in designing the cover for fellow Chicago horror writer Brian Pinkerton. I said possibly, let me take a look at the manuscript. And when I read it… wow. I couldn’t wait to do the cover.  Rough Cut is seriously one of my favorite horror novels that I’ve read in the past ten years. And it inspired one of the best book cover designs I think I’ve done.

So… a few weeks ago when Bad Moon phased out the last of their original book line… I was super excited when Brian agreed to have Dark Arts Books take on the paperback edition of Rough Cut. (Crossroad Press currently publishes the e-book edition).  I’m proud to have had anything to do with this novel…  and I’m excited to be able to bring it to more readers.

Here’s the description of the novel:

Horror legend Harry Tuttle is desperate for a hit. Harry’s career has been on a painful slide ever since he directed a couple of box office winners in the 1980s. Enter Marcus Stegman, a young unknown with a horror picture of his own. It’s not only a brilliant debut — it’s the movie Harry always dreamed of making. A rivalry ensues — and it’s about to become bloody. A suspicious film critic, beautiful young starlet, and deranged fan become entangled in the cut-throat competition where hungry hopefuls will go to any means necessary to break into the big-time…and no one is safe.

Read Rough Cut… NOW!   You can thank me later.

–John Everson

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Dark Arts Books to publish John Everson’s REDEMPTION!

Posted November 28, 2016

In January, Dark Arts Books will publish Redemption, the final novel in John Everson‘s demonic trilogy that started with the Bram Stoker Award-winning novel Covenant over a decade ago.

To promote the launch of this climactic new novel, a Kickstarter Campaign is running throughout December.

Please consider supporting the Kickstarter this month to get your name listed in the acknowledgments of the book and an autographed, personalized copy as soon as it’s released!  You can even get a complete set of the trilogy in trade paperback. Click the video to learn more or click the Pledge graphic to visit the Kickstarter website:

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Goodbye Robert Weinberg… will watch for you on Mars.

Posted September 26, 2016

bobweinberg-johneversonI was working in Los Angeles today when my wife Geri texted me from Chicago to let me know that amazing author, editor and all-round good soul Bob Weinberg had died. It has weighed heavy on my mind these past few hours as I finished my day working here.

Bob was one of the first and best writers I met on the “Chicago” scene when I first began publishing my own work in the ’90s. He was an inspiration, and I was privileged to design a book of his short fiction (The Occult Detective) for Twilight Tales and later to publish some of his stories here on my own Dark Arts Books press (When The Night Comes Down). Bob was a prolific author, co-founder of Chicago Comic Con, and an editor who compiled dozens of horror anthologies with Stefan R. Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg in the ’80s and ’90s.

bobweinbergI’ve reposted a photo here of Bob and Phyllis from Bob’s 70th birthday party just three weeks ago.

I always wanted to see Bob in person more than I ever got to and some day tour his home “genre museum.” Once when I did a library reading near his house, we had planned to do that… but then health got in the way. He lived just a few miles from where I grew up, and yet, somehow I never saw his fabled collection of books, posters, and horror/sci-fi memorabilia. And now never will.

14484897_10157312461910012_7051053488607920048_nI was honored to have been able to know him, and sign books near him more than once, including at World Horror Convention 2002 (where the first photo of us hails from – the other is from a panel at World Horror 2001). I will always remember him, and dream of Mars in his honor. When we land a manned mission there, I will speak his name.

What does that last sentence have to do with anything? Read Bob’s essay from just over a year ago called “A Dream of Mars” on his Facebook wall:
https://www.facebook.com/r.pweinberg/posts/10210549015225348

Rest in peace, Bob. And thanks for all the amazing stories. I’m glad to have known you, and gotten the chance to work with you, if even just a little bit.

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