Black Hole Sundown – New Collection Coming

by Brian on May 14, 2021

in Fiction

After the upheavals of the past three years, there’s this welcome bit of new news, in a (qualified) return to normality. I’ve recently contracted with Cemetery Dance Publications for full-length collection #6, titled Black Hole Sundown.

Plans include an edition for everybody: hardcover, trade paperback, and e-book formats. Too early to say yet when it will be released.

A small detail from cover artist Vincent Chong’s conceptual sketch. Out of such simple seeds come gorgeousness and gorgeosity.

A small detail from cover artist Vincent Chong’s conceptual sketch. Out of such simple seeds come gorgeousness and gorgeosity.

But is it going to look gorgeous? Oh yes indeed. Cover art duties are again being handled by Vincent Chong, who also did the covers for Picking the Bones (collection #4) and CD’s big fat doorstop edition of Dark Advent.

Earlier this week I saw his conceptual sketch — of which the above bit is less than 10% of the whole — and am salivating in anticipation of the finished piece. Vinny will be weaving his take on various story imagery into a panoramic weirdscape that flows across the dust jacket like a wrap-around mural.

And the stories themselves? Here’s the rundown:

“West of Matamoros, North of Hell”
“Insanity Among Penguins”
“Rut Seasons”
“It’s All the Same Road in the End”
“The Lone and Level Sands Stretch Far Away”
“Butcher’s Blend”
“Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth”
“He Sings of Salt and Wormwood”
“Mommy’s Little Man”
“I Was a Teenage Shroom Fiend”
“The Weight of the Dead”
“On These Blackened Shores of Time”
“Endnotes: So Long, and Thanks for All the Squid”

This comprises most of my shorter works from the last few years, written since the cutoff point for Skidding Into Oblivion — the ones that fit the horror theme, and leaving out the more fantasy-oriented pieces, in hopes they’ll someday have their own dedicated volume.

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