Archive for June, 2013

an alternateThe ebook is available for a mere $.99 for a limited introductory time! Here are the table of contents and my introduction.

Table of Forbidden Contents

Rookwood – Rick Kennett & Bryce Stevens

An Uncommon Stew – Nicholas Knight

The Love of a Good Book – Christine Cornell

When Satan Sings the Blues (13 Sinful Selections from a Little South o’ Heaven) – James Newman

From H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon to The Voynich Manuscript, from the Rongorongo artifacts to The Georgia Guidestones, from The Oerea Linda Book to The Book of Soyga, certain arcane writings, it seems, are not to be read – or at least not fully fathomed – by ordinary mortals.

The stories in this text, however, each dealing with a document from beyond the pale, are not only designed to be read – their contents have already proven their ability to creep into the shadows of one’s mind and linger, awakening dark visions, etching themselves into your memory.

While one of our narratives details a newly discovered work of outre erudition, three of the tales have been brought back to light from relative antiquity. Your humble editor and authors delved past the wards and sigils of obscurity, spelunking into the dungeons and mist-shrouded tombs of classic tomes. At long last we smuggled these forgotten manuscripts back from their time-eroded publications to be unleashed once more upon the waking world, our purpose to shock, thrill and entertain you anew.

“Rookwood” was first published in the Australian magazine Aurealis in 1999.

“An Uncommon Stew” was originally published as a bonus story in the back of all IDW comics in October 2004.

“The Love of a Good Book” tells the tale of a newly discovered (rumoured?) forbidden text…

“When Satan Sings the Blues” was first published in The Rare Anthology in 2001.

While the volumes containing their original publications might be slightly dusty, these tales are anything but. Each holds within the very structure of its literary essence the power to twist and transform the darker corridors of the bibliophile’s brain.

Come read… or, in the case of our final tale, listen … if you dare!

Rick Kennett is a life-long resident of Melbourne, Australia where he work in the transport industry (the day job) and has an equally life-long interest in cemeteries, ghosts and all things spooky. His stories have appeared in Aurealis, Andromeda Spaceways, Weird Tales, the podcasts Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine and Pseudopod, and several anthologies including Gaslight Grimoire, Southern Blood and More Great Ghost Stories. Co-author with A.F. (Chico) Kidd of 472 Cheyne Walk: Carnacki, the Untold Stories (Ash Tree Press 2002). You can find his web site at

 Bryce Stevens creates horror and fantasy fiction and art, having had work published in various magazines and anthologies and online.  He has been an editor, illustrator and book reviewer for horror magazines and was for two years president of the original Australian Horror Writers while editing and illustrating its bimonthly news magazine Severed Head. Originally trained in mental health, Bryce now concentrates on fantasy paintings and constructing novels of the macabre. He is editor for his quarterly online magazine Choking Dog Gazette. He has had published several collections of his tales and continues to brutalise the English language with new short fiction and novels, his latest entitled The Malign Comedy. He lurks amid bushland North of Sydney on Australia’s east coast where he works with an Australian wildlife service rescuing and rehabilitating venomous and non-venomous snakes and reptiles.

Nicholas Knight is the bestselling author of the official Supernatural companion guides and The Essential Supernatural coffee table book, as well as a feature writer for the Official Supernatural Magazine. His short fiction has appeared in places such as H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror, Mad Scientist Journal, Trailer Park of Terror, and Weird Tales, and he’s received honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. He lives among bears and sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently writing a role-playing app series entitled Monster’s Choice.

Christine Cornell divides her creative time between writing and computer animation. Her short story “Hard Water” was published in Blood and Water, an anthology nominated for an Aurora Award. She is currently working on an animated short inspired by Plato’s ring of Gyges. Christine lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

James Newman is the author of the novels Midnight Rain, The Wicked, Animosity and Ugly as Sin. Several short film adaptations of his works are currently in pre-production, including the fan favorite “Holy Rollers”.  James lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife, Glenda, and their two sons, Jacob and Jamie (they have a toddler and a teenager . . . and you think YOU know horror?). His website is