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Happy publication day The Lazarus Conundrum!

It’s Friday, and what better way to celebrate the coming weekend than with a nice fresh dose of zombie goodness, courtesy of Paul Starkey and The Lazarus Conundrum.

Yes, the third novella to be published from our Open Subs month (you can find out all about it in an interview our Glorious Commissioning Editor David Thomas Moore took part in over at the Brisol Books Blog) has now escaped quarantine and is in the wild, ready to infect your brain box and completely rewire it.

The Lazarus Conundrum – in which a woman dies in a world of zombies and doesn’t wake up – is all manner of awesome, and Paul has been chatting to those lovely folks over at Civilian Reader all about it.

The Lazarus Conundrum is out now!
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BUT WAIT! As you may already know, The Lazarus Conundrum is the end game in a process that has been rumbling on for some time. Y’see, we wanted to beam a whole bunch of new writers directly into your faces, and so there are actually three brand new novellas now out there, waiting to be snapped up by you.

The most excellent Cassandra Chaw’s Rupert Wong: Cannibal Chef is… well, it’s a tale quite unlike anything else you’re likely to read any time soon, and is quite, quite brilliant. Our Cass has been chatting to all manner of folk about it – check out some of the links below and then get thee to an eBook dispensary.

Rupert Wong: Cannibal Chef is out now!
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And last – but by no means least – Colin Sinclair’s Midnight In The Garden Centre of Good And Evil is also out there, doing good things, making poor folk poodling round garden centres wondering what lurks behind the creaking displays of fish pond ornaments. Colin has also been talking to folk near and far – check out some of his really Very Good Indeed blogs below:

Midnight In The Garden Centre Of Good And Evil is out now!
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Happy publication day The Sea Hates A Coward!

Brace yourselves, maties, for today is the day that The Sea Hates A Coward, Nate Crowley’s unholy voyage into the realms of the undead, is unleashed upon an unsuspected public (that’s you, FYI).

We discovered Nate via the saga of Daniel Barker’s birthday (Now collected as “The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack”!

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Now out in ebook and on Amazon (or available as a paperback and ebook in North America), The Secret Zombie History of the World is a collection of three nerve-rending novels about famous zombie outbreaks of the past thousand years.

… or they would be famous, if they hadn’t been suppressed by the authorities. Luckily, thanks to publishing these important stories as ‘novels’ rather than exposés, we’ve been able to get the truth out – that mankind has come closer than we realise to succumbing to the zombie apocalypse.

Toby Venables, Paul Finch, and Matthew Sprange have all bravely turned fact into fiction, lest They take notice and shut us down. Such brave warriors for the truth!

But to complete the illusion, we needed a cover; one that would accurately reveal the horrors contained within. And to make those horrors a reality, we naturally turned to our PR guy, Mike.

Mike dresses up at weekends. Mostly as a Roundhead but he has previously been spotted as a rather portly Judge Dredd and a beggar. (how would we tell that that was a disguise? – Ed.) One day in the office, this slightly unwell history obsessive declared that along with two of his ‘friends’ (shome mishtake, shurely? – Ed.) he was going to put the history into the hysterical (or possibly the other way around – Ed.) and provide our cover designer with some “authentic” images on which to base the cover… He was last seen clanking off into the distance with a determined look on his face (first and last time – Ed.)

Ed! Do you mind?! >:(

Anyway, along with his mates David Eliot Cooper and Rob Temple of Histrionics he found a spot in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds to get some shots of the three ‘ages’ in which the novels of tSZHotW are set: Vikings, Medieval, and Napoleonic.

These are the results…

Oh dear…

And lo. These images, SOMEHOW, were turned into this rather lovely book cover by the wonderous Pye Parr.

So now you know.

Reports that the participants have now disappeared after being bundled into cars by men in black suits and sunglasses have not yet been confirmed…