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THE DEVIL'S DOZEN by Gemma Gary
The operations of magic and witchcraft deal with the hidden worlds of spirit and the powers innate within the natural world; within plan, stone and magical loci. The "Old One", who, in folk tradition, is often named "The Devil", embodies both the "rend in the veil" and the spanning bridge between the worlds of the material and spiritual, the revealed and the hidden. It is through union with this entity that witches and folk magicians gained access to the powers that reside within the hidden realms and the natural world, and could awaken the potent fire within.
From this well-spring of inspiration, The Devil's Dozen, a modern 'gramarye' or 'black book' of thirteen Craft rites of the Old One has been created and is offered by a present-day initiate of the "old Craft".
Within its pages are to be found thirteen rites - for both the lone practitioner and the assembled companie - of vision, sacred compact, dedication, initiation, consecration, empowerment, protection, illumination, union, transformation and devotion.
SPOILS OF WAR (TALES FROM THE APT) By Adrian Tchaikovsky
A companion piece to his best selling series Shadows of the Apt, Spoils of War is an anthology of 12 short stories which act both as an introduction to the setting for new readers and an exciting addition for existing ones. A must read for any fan of the Shadows of the Apt books, where epic fantasy meets steampunk and so much more.
"The insectile-human premise is inventive, shaping the world in all sorts of ways" SFX
"Reminiscent of much that’s gone before from the likes of Gemmel, Erikson, Sanderson and Cook but with its own unique and clever touch, this is another terrific outing from Mr Tchaikovsky" Sci-Fi-London
"Tchaikovsky clearly has a great deal of talent, and a real handle on the fantasy genre, with the ability to splice in different influences almost seamlessly" SciFiNow
MINSTREL'S BARGAIN by Richard Ayre
An ordinary man. An age old evil. A blood soaked nightmare with no escape. When reporter Phil Sturgess hears of a new rock band called Minstrel's Bargain, his life descends into horror. As the city he lives in succumbs to ever more violent and macabre episodes of shocking murders and barbarous acts of self-destruction, Sturgess begins to understand that there is something very wrong with Minstrel's Bargain. Something very wrong indeed. With time running out for humanity, Sturgess is threatened with an ancient malevolence. And to stop it, he is forced to confront the terrifying stranger who has been dogging his footsteps for months. The only question is; will Sturgess do what needs to be done? If not, the souls of millions will be destroyed.
"Classic rock and age-old terror combine in a truly fantastic and chilling read. I cannot wait to read more from this author, if Bargain is anything to go by!" -Chris Tetrault Blay
"Knock out Horror. It's not only Stephen King you should fear there's a new kid on the block, he's sharp, slick and fiendishly clever with a firm grasp of all things grim and ghoulish. -Saira Viola
"This is one of those books I class as easy reading. It’s easy to get really involved in the story to the point where you just don’t want to put the book down. It’s an uncomplicated story that is very entertaining and a perfect introduction to the writing style of Richard Ayre." -Nev Murray
WINTER SQUAD By John Campbell Rees
In an Universe as infinite in possibilities as it is in size, there is an alternative Earth where trees are mighty citadels towering for miles above the landscape. This world is Arbouron, where each tree is a sealed environment, these are the homes of the population of the planet. One apple tree lies on a weak point, where our reality and Arbouron almost touch. Events on one world have an effect on the other.
In the Winter, when the Tree sheds its leaves, on Arbouron the population abandon the Canopy and its branches and spend the dark half of the year in the Roots. Only the Winter Squad, the dedicated team of maintanence engineers remain high above the ground, doing the repairs that are not possible during the Spring and Summer.
Cadet Nevamar 331/29 is the newest member of the Winter Squad. Quick thinking during a crisis on the last day of Summer sees Nevamar promoted from the nameless ranks of the cloned Sprites. With three fellow Officer Cadets, Nevamar must become a part of the team and a rounded individual during a difficult and dangerous tour of duty in a world that is shuttered and silent. Growing up is hard enough, but Nevamar suffers from a rare condition that means that in a world where there are males and females, but the words "Man" and "Woman" do not exist, there is no way of knowing if life will be as masculine Anther called Nevamarant or feminine Style called Nevamarsya.
"Its a thematic mash up of Brian Aldiss Hothouse and A Bugs Life with a large dash of Philip K Dick to top it all out.
A great debut novel with a fun and lively style that sets its themes in stone and wears its central conceit on its sleeve." -Comic Guru Ltd
BLACK DOG FOLKLORE by Mark Norman
The study of folklore is very often the examination of symbolism and symbolic interpretation changes over time. Many ghosts appear or behave in a way that seems less naturalistic than symbolic and this is certainly true of the image of the Black Dog.
It is telling that apparitions of ghostly Black Dogs have been sighted, felt, heard and experienced in an unnatural way by people for nearly a millennium now and yet people stumble across information about them by chance when attempting to provide themselves with an explanation for what has occurred. Many people's knowledge of the subject stretches no further than The Hound of the Baskervilles and where they are more familiar, people often think that the Black Dog is evil or portentous in the manner of the Shuck.
Black Dog Folklore aims to redress this balance. It is the first full-length study of the phenomenon by a single author, containing a gazetteer of over 750 key UK eyewitness accounts and traditions drawn from the author's archive