Hello Ghouls and Boils,
Today we have some phantastic news to share from the folks at Northern Frights Publishing. They have signed a terrorific new author and will be releasing his new short story collection. It sounds quite spooktacular. He is certainly setting a high bar for himself with comparisons to masters like Lovecraft and Eco. I am quite interested in reading this one. I will let the publishers tell you all about it! Enjoy, my fiends!
Sarah L. Covert
Their most recent book, Timelines: Stories Inspired by HG Wells’ The Time Machine, will be reviewed here soon! But that’s not all, the publisher at NFP is giving us 5 copies of the ebook for our very first exclusive contest on the She Never Slept Forum (you must be registered to be eligible so come by and sign up)!
NOVEMBER 11 2010
Northern Frights Publishing has announced that it has signed a deal with author Kevin P. Keating to publish his collection of interconnected short stories titled “The Natural Order of Things“. The book has seen portions of it printed in the small press, and one of the stories, “Antiquing“, will be appearing in the upcoming NFP anthology Fallen: An Anthology of Demonic Horror. This marks the first time that the entire novel will be available in one place.
Using a collection of interconnected short stories gives the novel a disjointed yet still somehow connected feel that fans of movies such as Momento will love. Keating’s goal was to blur the lines of dark fiction while stretching the boundaries of what most would consider a novel length work: the stories stand alone, but they also weave together to tell a much larger story about the characters and the terrible things they do to one another.
“I like to think of my novel as “Holden Caulfield visits Dante’s Inferno” or “Dead Poet’s Society with a powerful dose of the demented,” said Keating. “Readers can expect a cross between H.P. Lovecraft and Umberto Eco, something like The Festival meets The Name of the Rose with, maybe, a little Richard Yates suburban angst thrown in for good measure. My intention has always been to blur the line between genres.”
A self confessed skeptic at heart, Keating avoids conventional horror tropes and instead seeks to show the darkness of people in everyday situations, often to great effect.
“The idea of straight horror has never especially interested me,” said Keating. “I’m a skeptic by nature and have never been terribly frightened by anything “supernatural.” Rather, I’ve always been fascinated by the elaborate wordplay and atmospheric descriptions of a writer like Lovecraft with his focus on the unknown and the unknowable, what he calls “the black seas of infinity,” but at the same time I’ve also had a strong appreciation for more literary endeavours.”
Kevin P. Keating is a college English teacher with nearly 50 published stories to his name. Anyone looking for a “sneak peak” of “The Natural Order of Things” can pick up the chap of the same name, containing the first three chapters in an earlier draft form. The Chap will be available from Strange Publications. Keating is very excited to be coming on board Northern Frights Publishing, however, as he admits it has been a rocky road at times navigating the zombie-filled waters of the small press.
“As one can tell by its high editorial standards and artwork, Northern Frights has consistently produced quality publications,” said Keating. “The fact that JW Schnarr has decided to publish “The Natural Order of Things” also shows that NFP is willing to break with convention and show the general reading public, and horror aficionados in particular, that the definition of weird fiction can be very broad indeed. Also, part of the excitement of signing a contract with NFP is to see how the creative artists and editors decide to present this rather unconventional, genre-bending piece of fiction.”
At the prospect of seeing his novel in print in 2011, he added, “2011 is going to be a big year for me–I turn 40 and my book is being released by NFP. I think this calls for a celebration! I’m thinking a pint of Guinness, maybe a wee bit of Irish whiskey, and some good music.”
Northern Frights Publishing is a Canadian Indie publisher specializing in quality horror and science fiction. Past releases include Shadows of the Emerald City and the Wells Unleashed Series of anthologies based on the work of H.G. Wells. Northern Frights Publishing
Kevin Keating has had over 45 short stories and essays published in places like Danse Macabre, Exquisite Corpse, The Fifth Street Review, The Avatar Review, The North Coast Review, The Spillway Review, The Furnace Review, The 13th Warrior Review, The Stickman Review, The Mad Hatter’s Review, Juked, Perigee, Tattoo Highway, and on and on. The Chapbook containing early drafts of the first 3 stories in “The Natural Order of Things” (the novel) is available from Strange Publications.