Stone Skin Press Swords v. Cthulhu

What hope has a humble adventurer when faced with a fight against Cthulhu himself? No matter; the true swordsperson cares not for hope—only for the bite of steel against flesh, whether that flesh be eldritch or more conventional. So, grab your khukuri knife, your iklwa spear, or a legendary blade and journey with us from ancient Rome to feudal Japan, from the Dreamlands to lands there are no names for in any of the tongues of men.

If you have any doubts, inside this tome you can consult ask some of Lovecraftiana’s hottest voices, be they seasoned veterans or relative newcomers…

Hope be damned. Glory awaits!

Relentlessly hurtling you into madness and danger are:

Natania BARRON • Eneasz BRODSKI • Nathan CARSON
Michael CISCO • Andrew S. FULLER • Adam Scott GLANCY
Orrin GREY • Jason HELLER • Jonathan L. HOWARD
John Hornor JACOBS • John LANGAN • L. LARK
Ben STEWART • E. Catherine TOBLER • Jeremiah TOLBERT
Laurie TOM • Carrie VAUGHN • Wendy WAGNER • Caleb WILSON

Cover and interior illustrations by Jason Morningstar.

ISBN-13:    9781908983091
Format:     B Format – 198x129mm
Binding:    Paperback
Extent:     282 pages
Ebook:    PDF, EPUB, MOBI included with print book

This title, and all other Stone Skin Press titles, are available together in the Stone Skin Press Complete Bundle. This is also available in the Lovecraft Fiction Bundle.
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Stone Skin Press The New Gothic

The Gothic is the most enduring literary tradition in history but in recent years friendly ghosts and vegetarian vampires threaten its foundations.

The New Gothic is a collection of short stories which revisits to the core archetypes of the Gothic, the rambling, secret-filled building, the stranger seeking answers, the black-hearted tyrant, and reminds us not to embrace but to fear the darkness.

A dozen tales of terror fill this anthology including an original, never-before-seen story from the godfather of modern horror, Ramsey Campbell.

Instilling fear in the hearts of all are:

Fi MICHELL • Laura Ellen JOYCE
Richard DANSKY  •  Steve DEMPSEY
Dmetri KAKMI •  Sean LOGAN  •  Mason WILD


Editor Beth K. Lewis and the team at Stone Skin Press have selected a terrific set of stories. They hang together, despite disparate elements; each tale hints at the darkness lurking in urban neighborhoods, in old houses, on desolate roads, and in our hearts. Cue Vincent Price’s menacing laugh echoing down a black corridor. There are no castles here, but there’s no sympathy for the devil either.”

“I can heartily recommend The New Gothic. It’s a great read that hooks you – in a horrible blood-spattering way – and the talent on show here is excellent.”

Farsight Blogger

“…the sweetest kind of literary torture. If you want to enjoy a rickety roller coaster of Gothic goodness, this book is worth standing in line for. This is the way Goth should be done, by people who know how to do it.”

Pop Cults

“…there are some finely crafted stories here.  This is definitely a good sampler of the sub-genre. If you’ve wondered what gothic horror was, this collection would be a good starting place to answer that question.”

-Fantasy Literature

ISBN-13: 9781908983053
Format: B Format – 198x129mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 170 pages
Ebook: PDF, EPUB, MOBI included with print book

This title, and all other Stone Skin Press titles, are available together in the Stone Skin Press Complete Bundle.



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Screenshot 2015-08-25 at 9.20.28 AMAllen Stroud from the British Fantasy Society reviewed Letters to Lovecraft. Thanks Allen! You can read the full review here. Allen says,

“Reading ‘Letters’ is a good exercise in identifying and understanding the influence of H. P. Lovecraft on modern horror and in looking at a collection of stories you can see the techniques he pioneered. It is also a good demonstration of how much a writer can still learn from the 1925 essay, ‘Supernatural Horror in Literature’. It also highlights how Lovecraft’s legacy needs to be taken as a whole; both his personal prejudice and ability to project depth; allowing us to glimpse a universe we cannot truly comprehend and through the stories, learn to fear.”

“‘Past Reno’ by Brian Evenson is the first story of the collection and mixes personal character scars with a wider impression of the ritualised rules of our world. Through Bernt, we get an idea that the world functions on a clear set of guidelines, but Bernt’s ignorance of them, the assumption of others that he knows them, and ultimately his rejection of them, leaves us with the idea that they exist. Evenson replicates Lovecraft’s trick of reversing humanity’s quest for knowledge. Instead of journeying to find understanding, a glimpse of understanding is so strange and beyond what we expect that we are terrified by it and flee. This leaves the reader with the glimpse, not with the character or to some extent, the plot.”

“The stories that use Lovecraft’s mythos and style to make a hybrid work are of significant interest and it is here that the collection transcends the pastiche. ‘Allochthon’ by Livia Llewellyn blends macro and microplot, using the signifiers of mental depression to create a truncated narrative that depicts a surreal world of perception. In this, we have the internal and external explanations as expressed by Donaldson and we never know whether Ruth’s end is driven by a glimpse of the true nature of the world, by her own personal trauma or both.”

“There are some prevalent themes; the lingering images and intentional intangibility of Lovecraft features widely, but there are other stories that look to explore his racism, his Cthulhu mythos and more.  As you explore the collection, it is clear a lot of thought has gone into the placement of each story and how it relates to the others.”

Good afternoon, Pelgrane people. It’s me, Enigmatic Icon, here again with another update from Stone Skin Press. With summer nearly upon us it’s starting to get hotter than the top of my head, so we’ve got some cool links to help keep you refreshed all summer long. First up are three new entries for our ‘Stone Skin on the Rocks’ series, where we ask authors to pair their fiction with a thematic beverage:


There will be more entries in the weeks to come, plus other intriguing new developments. Be sure to follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ pages for up to the minute updates, and of course there’s also the main Stone Skin site.

One last thing to mention is that our entire ebook catalog is now available through the website Weightless Books. They are a wonderful ebook merchant and entirely DRM-free, so be sure to check them out if they’re not already on your radar. Here’s our “Meet Stone Skin” post over on their site.

See you next month, and until then may all your fault lines be still.

Hey there. It’s me, Enigmatic Icon, back with answers to questions so timely you hadn’t even thought to ask them yet. Who hewed me from the living rock of my jungle home and imbued me with seemingly immortal life? By what insidious design was I first loosed upon an unsuspecting world? If I am an icon–and I must confess that I am–what inscrutable power am I meant to represent? Should you fear me? How do you get an ebook from the Stone Skin Shop onto your ereader?

Get comfortable, because all this may take quite some time and… Um, you know what, the Pelgrane looks pretty agitated over there, and the last time I ruffled those feathers it took forever to clean up, so maybe I’d better just stick to the script. This time. In brief, then, here’s the latest from Stone Skin Press:

That’ll do for now, but I’ll be back next month with plenty more to share. Rock on, friends.

Enigmatic Icon here. The Pelgrane wants me to fill you in on the news over at Stone Skin Press, so I came as fast as I could. There’s been a lot of remarkable excavations at the word quarries, and since we keep unearthing new specimens I’ll try to stop in a little more often to keep you all abreast. Here’s what we’ve turned up this month:


That’s all the news that’s fit to chisel in granite for now, but I’ll be back next month to give you another update. Have a gneiss weekend, everyone.
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