Stone Skin Press is our fiction imprint, set up because of Simon Rogers’ enthusiasm for genre-crossing writing from writers like Michael Chabon, Iain Banks, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin and Adam Marek. Its goal – to mine the wealth of talented writers, both mainstream and genre, who enjoy writing to a challenging brief. Stone Skin Press wants to inspire all-new fiction, and take our writers and readers in new directions.
 

Stone Skin Press – Writing at the Crossroads

Where genre meets literature, where geek culture meets the mainstream, there is Stone Skin Press. With a series of literary anthologies to challenge the boundaries between genres and creative scenes, Stone Skin gathers together writers from such disparate fields as gaming, literary fiction, F/SF, film, YA, comics, and podcasting. Its eclectic author rosters bring colliding perspectives to bear on themes that combine the classic with the surprising.
 
Authors include heavyweight New York Times best selling authors, up and coming new talents, and favourites from the Pelgrane Press stable including Alex Bledsoe, Tobias Buckell, Jesse Bullington, Ramsey Campbell, Adam Marek and Kyla Ward.
 

 

Stone Skin Press Titles

 

  • The New Hero Volume 1 – Fourteen gripping and distinctive variations on the classic hero story.
  • The New Hero Volume 2 – Thirteen thrilling stories of threatened identity and vanquished disorder.
  • Shotguns v. Cthulhu – Pulse-pounding action meets cosmic horror in this exciting collection from the rising stars of the New Cthulhuiana.
  • The Lion and the Aardvark – Seventy writers from across the creative spectrum bring their modern sensibilities to the wisdom and clarity found in Aesop’s 2,500 year old fables.
  • Schemers – A genre-spanning short fiction exploration of grand schemes, Machiavellian maneuvering, and the knotty, micro-scaled twistings of the human heart.
  • The New Gothic – 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. Includes an original story from the godfather of modern horror, Ramsey Campbell.
  • Letters to Lovecraft – Eighteen whispers to the darkness, taking its inspiration directly from the literary manifesto behind H. P. Lovecraft’s entire mythos.
  • Gods, Memes and Monsters – A dictionary of mythological creatures, offering more than sixty entries and short stories that range from the horrific to the humorous.
  • The Forgotten Monk – A high fantasy and high adventure novel, woven into a story of strong friendships, deadly hatreds, ingenious criminal mysteries and baffling affairs of the heart.
  • Swords v. Cthulhu – Twenty-two tales of the bite of steel against eldritch flesh, relentlessly hurtling you into madness and danger.
  • The Complete Stone Skin Bundle – Collecting all ten Stone Skin Press titles in a discounted bundle.
  • The Lovecraft Fiction Bundle – Featuring the mythos anthologies Shotguns v Cthulhu, Swords v Cthulhu, and Letters to Lovecraft.

 

Stone Skin Press Letters to Lovecraft

EIGHTEEN WHISPERS TO THE DARKNESS

‘The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.’

So begins H. P. Lovecraft’s essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” arguably the most important analysis of horror ever written. Yet while hordes of writers have created works based on Lovecraft’s fiction, never before has an anthology taken its inspiration directly from the literary manifesto behind his entire mythos…until now.

Like cultists poring over a forbidden tome, eighteen modern masters of horror have gathered here to engage with Lovecraft’s treatise. Rather than responding with articles of their own, these authors have written new short stories inspired by intriguing quotes from the essay, offering their own whispers to the darkness. They tell of monsters and madmen, of our strange past and our weirder future, of terrors stalking the winter woods, the broiling desert, and eeriest of all, our bustling cities, our family homes.
 

Corresponding with the darkness are:
Kirsten ALENE • David Yale ARDANUYASAMATSU Ken
Nadia BULKIN • Chesya BURKE • Brian EVENSON
Gemma FILES • Jeffrey FORD • Orrin GREY
Stephen Graham JONES • Robin D. LAWS • Tim LEBBON
Livia LLEWELLYN • Nick MAMATAS • Cameron PIERCE
Angela SLATER • Molly TANZER • Paul TREMBLAY

 
Cover & interior illustrations by Jason Morningstar.
 

Author and first-time editor Bullington (The Folly of the World) explores macabre maestro H.P. Lovecraft’s enduring legacy in this deeply satisfying anthology. … The stories in this essential compilation are as diverse as the contributors, and together they form a wonderful confluence of criticism and creativity.

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

There is a lot of Lovecraftian ephemera out there and sometimes it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Letters to Lovecraft strikes me as an intelligent attempt to do something different and as such should be applauded…It is the first time that I have come across Stone Skin Press, but based on the evidence presented here, it is not going to be my last.

SFF World

 
ISBN-13: 9781908983107
Format: B Format – 198x129mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 280 pages
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Stone Skin Press Schemers

A cruel lover who refashions her prey. A bioengineered warrior on the run. An internet mapping service with a stalker’s eye. A carjacker with a conscience. A Victorian thespian turned super-criminal. A murderer of video game characters. All these and more meet in the poison-soaked pages of Schemers, a genre-spanning short fiction exploration of grand schemes, Machiavellian maneuvering, and the knotty, micro-scaled twistings of the human heart.

Together these writers, hailing from the disparate precincts of poetry, fantasy, science fiction, comics, gaming, crime writing, and literary fiction have entered a dark room to put their knives on the table for you. Here’s a goblet of wine, to parch your thirst. Don’t worry if it tastes slightly off.

You can trust us.

Bending genres and crossing boundaries are:

Tobias S. BUCKELL  •  Jesse BULLINGTON •  Tania HERSHMAN
Ekaterina SEDIA • Jonathan L. HOWARD •  Kyla Lee WARD
Robyn SEALE • Laura LUSH • Nick MAMATAS • Molly TANZER
John HELFERS  • Gareth RYDER-HANRAHAN
Elizabeth A. VAUGHAN   •  Kathryn KUITENBROUWER 

“All the stories in Schemers were well done… A few, such as the ones I mentioned, will be stories I am not likely to forget. If you like speculative mysteries with twisty endings, give Schemers a try.”

-Fantasy Literature.com

“…a great book for people who like murder, mystery or intrigue. It is a real treat to see a book that is complex and beautiful inside and out. I would ask you to raise your glasses and toast the success of Schemers…”

Pop Cults

ISBN-13: 9781908983046
Format: B Format – 198x129mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 232 pages
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Stone Skin Press Shotguns v. Cthulhu

Pulse-pounding action meets cosmic horror in this exciting collection from the rising stars of the New Cthulhuiana.

Steel your nerves, reach into your weapons locker, and tie tight your running shoes as humanity takes up arms against the monsters and gods of H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Grab your pistols, your knives, your gearpunk grenades. Confront deep ones, mi-go, and flying polyps. Fight in the past, present and future, from the birth of the shotgun to the end of the world. Escape by car, carriage, and hot air balloon.

Above all, remember to count your bullets…you may need the last one for yourself.

Relentlessly hurtling you into madness and danger are:

Natania BARRON • Steve DEMPSEY • Dennis DETWILLER
Larry DiTILLIO • Chad FIFER • A. Scott GLANCY
Dave GROSS • Dan HARMS • Rob HEINSOO
Kenneth HITE • Chris LACKEY • Robin D. LAWS
Nick MAMATAS • Ekaterina SEDIA • Kyla WARD

 
Cover & interior illustrations by Jason Morningstar.
 
ISBN-13:    9781908983015
Format:     B Format – 198x129mm
Binding:    Paperback
Extent:     282 pages
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Stone Skin Press Gods, Memes and Monsters

A 21st Century Bestiary

The magic of bestiaries, or dictionaries of mythological creatures, has been captivating the human imagination since ancient times. Now, Stone Skin Press brings a fresh take on these compendiums of the fantastic with its latest anthology—Gods, Memes and Monsters. Featuring over sixty authors, this stunning international volume offers entries and short stories that range from the horrific to the humorous. The bestiary shed lights on familiar beasts that are coping in our modern era, including gorgons, minotaurs, and mantichores. It also introduces newly discovered creatures such as meme mosquitoes, trashsquatches, and urbantelopes that are thriving in the cyber age.

The full and phenomenal extent of the writers:

Sam AGRO * James ASHTON * Peter M. BALL * David BARNES

Steve BERMAN * Peter BIRCH (Aishling Morgan) * Jonathan BLUM

Dennis E. BOLEN * Rupert BOOTH * Andrew J. BORKOWSKI

Charlene CHALLENGER * Jean-François CHÉNIER * Peter CHIYKOWSKI

Emily Care BOSS * Richard DANSKY * Marie DAVIS and Margaret HULTZ * Arinn DEMBO * Malcolm DEVLIN

Dennis DETWILLER * Peter DUBÉ * Julia Bond ELLINGBOE * Ann EWAN * Chad FIFER * J.M. FREY

Ed GREENWOOD * Dave GROSS * Kate HARRAD * Kenneth HITE * Jonathan L. HOWARD * Sandra KASTURI

Nancy KILPATRICK * Kathryn KUITENBROUWER * Chris LACKEY * Robin D. LAWS * Carrianne LEUNG

Laura LUSH * Nick MAMATAS * Helen MARSHALL * Isabel MATWAWANA * Silvia MORENO-GARCIA

Patrick O’DUFFY * Lilly O’GORMAN * Helen Cusack O’KEEFFE * Gareth RYDER-HANRAHAN * Jerry SCHAEFER

Ekaterina SEDIA * Greg STAFFORD * Greg STOLZE * Kate STORY * Molly TANZER * John Scott TYNES

Jacqueline VALENCIA * Monica VALENTINELLI * Kyla WARD * Myna WALLIN * James WALLIS * Jim WEBSTER

Bill ZAGET * Kurt ZUBATIUK
 
Cover & interior illustrations by Shel Kahn.
 
ISBN-13: 978-1-908983-11-4
Format: B Format – 198 x 129mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 310 pages
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Stone Skin Press The Lion and The Aardvark

These confusing times of Internet trolls, one-percenters, toxic fame, and impending singularity cry out for clarity—the clarity found in Aesop’s 2,500 year old fables.

70 writers from across the creative spectrum bring their modern sensibilities to this classic format. Zombies, dog-men and robot wasps mingle with cats, coyotes and cockroaches. Parables ranging from the punchy to the evocative, the wry to the disturbing, explore eternal human foibles, as displaced onto lemmings, trout, and racing cars. But beware— in these terse explorations of desire, envy, and power, certitude isn’t always as clear as it looks.

The full and phenomenal extent of the writers:

Peter M. BALL * Robert Jackson BENNETT * Jason L. BLAIR

Emily Care BOSS * Nadia BULKIN * Jesse BULLINGTON * Susannah DAINOW

Richard DANSKY * Graeme DAVIS * Jim DEMONAKOS * Steve DEMPSEY

Dennis DETWILLER * Julia Bond ELLINGBOE * Ann EWAN * Ray FAWKES

Chad FIFER * Matt FORBECK * Peter FREEMAN * Katarina GLIGORIJEVIC * Ed GREENWOOD * Dave GROSS

Rob HEINSOO * Tania HERSHMAN * Will HINDMARCH * Jonathan L. HOWARD * Stephen Graham JONES

John KOVALIC * Kathryn KUITENBROUWER * Chris LACKEY * Livia LLEWELLYN * Laura LUSH * Nick MAMATAS

Adam MAREK * Julie McARTHUR * Janqui MEHTA * Silvia MORENO-GARCIA * Sarah NEWTON * Daniel PERRY

Sandy PETERSEN * JT PETTY * Ursula PFLUG * Wena POON * Epidiah RAVACHOL * Aaron ROSENBERG

Gareth RYDER-HANRAHAN * Richard SCARSBROOK * Ekaterina SEDIA * Greg STAFFORD * Greg STOLZE

Molly TANZER * Benj TENTT * Sue TRAIN * Genevieve VALENTINE * Monica VALENTINELLI * Halli VILLEGAS

Kyla WARD * Chuck WENDIG * Heather WOOD * Jim ZUB.

Cover & interior illustrations by Shel Kahn.

ISBN-13: 9781908983022
Format: B Format – 198x129mm
Binding: Hardback
Extent: 229 pages
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Stone Skin Press The New Hero Volume 2

Every generation fits the time-honored constants of the hero tale to its own needs. Today’s serial adventurers, whether they burst from re-envisioned histories or ply the humming foredecks of an imagined future, ride a cresting cultural wave. Through thirteen thrilling stories of threatened identity and vanquished disorder, The New Hero 2’s diverse cast of top writers slices, dices and recombines the limits of the form.

Plunge into danger alongside their unforgettable problem-smashers, from a feminist painter-mercenary to a spacefaring badass, from steampunk cowgirls to a mutant paladin of the semiotic apocalypse. Hunt monsters churned up in the wake of the crusades. Plumb occult secrets on Chicago’s meanest streets. Crack wise with hardboiled sword-slingers. Succor lost souls on the soft shores of Limbo.

Grab camera, medkit or mystic tome and rush to your rendezvous with the heroes of tomorrow.

Mapping genre’s shifting borderlands are:

Alex BLEDSOE • Emily Care BOSS • Jennifer BROZEK • Tobias BUCKELL • Jesse BULLINGTON • Matt FORBECK • Robin D. LAWS • Will HINDMARCH • Jean RABE • Christina STILES • Greg STOLZE • James L. SUTTER • John Scott TYNES • James WALLIS
 
Cover and interior illustrations by Gene Ha.
 
ISBN-13: 9781908983039
Format: B Format – 198x129mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 285 pages
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Stone Skin Press The New Hero Volume 1

Older than the written word and more popular than ever today, the hero story crosses cultures as an eternal constant.

The New Hero gathers an unexpected team of writers, celebrated and emerging, to deliver fourteen thrilling and distinctive variations on this classic theme. Their new heroes span the spectrum from post-apocalyptic seer to post-traumatic arm-twister, from outcast vampire to steam-age avenger, from two-fisted aviator to rabbi pirate.

Join us as self-hood is tested, obstacles shattered, and disorder vanquished.

Bending genres and crossing boundaries are:

Bending genres and crossing boundaries are:

Maurice BROADDUS • Monte COOK • Richard DANSKY
Graeme DAVIS  •  Julia Bond ELLINGBOE  •  Peter FREEMAN
Ed GREENWOOD  •  Kenneth HITE  • Adam MAREK
Johnny NEXUS  •  Jeff TIDBALL  •  Monica VALENTINELLI
Kyla WARD  •  Chuck WENDIG

 
Cover and interior illustrations by Gene Ha.
 
ISBN-13:     9781908983008
Format:      B Format – 198x129mm
Binding:     Paperback
Extent:      280 pages
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Stone Skin Press The Forgotten Monk

A Man Without A Past

Cipher is a monk: a master of the Deadly Arts, able to dismantle enemies using his bare hands. He is immune to lies, and can see volumes of information in the smallest detail.

Unfortunately, that’s all he knows. His real name, his history – all stolen by an unknown foe.

Without memory or purpose, Cipher can only follow his instinct to find bad people, and hit them until they stop doing bad things. Joining a crime-fighting cavalry unit in a remote corner of the Dragon Empire, he finds himself allied with a singing orc, an indecisive elf, and a flying carpet that doesn’t like heights. Together they’ll take on a crazy halfling death cultist, a love-maddened alchemist, a charming drunkard dog-thief, a blinded arch-demon in chains, and the bizarre Mantischorgoth.

The Forgotten Monk is a high fantasy and high adventure novel, woven into a story of strong friendships, deadly hatreds, ingenious criminal mysteries and baffling affairs of the heart.

 

About the author:

Greg Stolze was born in 1970 and grew up alongside the World Wide Web. It should come as no surprise that he relies on 307 connections with his old college pal the Internet to make money. You can see (and download) the fruits of his labors at www.gregstolze.com/fiction_library. Everything there is free because it’s already been paid for through a complicated fictional-risk deferral scheme, to which you are already a party simply by having read this paragraph. So, since you’re already in, point your web browser to find stories about jujitsu, math, fish telepathy, aliens, magic, and grief. Follow him on Twitter at @GregStolze if you don’t mind hearing a lot about his literary trickery and insomnia.

Cover illustration by Pat Loboyko.

ISBN-13:   9781908983152
Format:    B Format – 198x129mm
Binding:   Paperback
Extent:    288 pages
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Stone Skin Press Complete Bundle

 

The Stone Skin Press Complete Bundle gathers all Stone Skin Press titles at a 45% discount from the total retail price.

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