Archives for August2011

Author Focus: Joe Hill


Joseph Hillstrom King (born June 4th 1972) is an American writer of fiction, writing under the pen name of Joe Hill.

Joe is the the second child of authors Stephen King and Tabitha King. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. He currently lives in Bangor, Maine with his three sons.

Hill chose to use an abbreviated form of his given name (a reference to executed labor leader Joe Hill, for whom he was named) in 1997, out of a desire to succeed based solely on his own merits instead of as the son of Stephen King. After achieving a degree of independent success, Hill publicly confirmed his identity in 2007 after an article the previous year in Variety broke his cover (although online speculation about Hill’s family background had been appearing since 2005)

Joe’s first book, (the limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts published in 2005 by PS Publishing), showcases fourteen of his short stories and won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection, together with the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story for “Best New Horror”.

His first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, was published February and March 2007 in the US and the UK respectively. The novel reached number 8 on the New York Times bestseller list on April 1, 2007. The book tells the story of Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne who is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals…a used hangman’s noose…a snuff film. But nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase off the Internet: a one-of-a-kind curiosity that arrives at his door in a black heart-shaped box…a musty dead man’s suit still inhabited by the spirit of its late owner. And now everywhere Judas Coyne goes, the old man is there—watching, waiting, dangling a razor blade on a chain from his bony hand…

Joe is also the author of Locke & Key, a graphic novel book series. The first issue, released on February, 2008, sold out of its initial publication run in one day. The graphic novel thriller made it all the way to the pilot stage of a TV adaptation by Fox Television which was to star Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl where it was screened at Comic Con 2011, but unfortunately Fox decided to pull the plug on production of a complete series.

His new novel Horns was published in 2010, which tells the story of Ignatius Perrish, a guy who has always tried to do the right thing, only to see his whole life abruptly torn away from him. His girlfriend, the person he loves more than anyone in the world, is killed, and although he’s never charged with the murder, everyone, including his family and friends, believe Ig is responsible. Then one night Ig goes out drunk to rage and curse God, and when he wakes, he discovers he’s grown a pair of horns, and that people have a sudden compulsion to confess their darkest secrets and ugliest impulses to him. It isn’t long before Ig turns his terrible new powers to finding the man who killed his beloved, and taking his revenge.

Joe kindly wrote the introduction to the first volume of Chamber Of Chills which is part of our Harvey Horror Collected Works series. The slipcase edition features signed print by Joe featuring specially commissioned artwork by Glenn Chadbourne. Available to buy from www.harveyhorrors.com and www.pspublishing.co.uk

Read More

PS Artbooks launch ACG Collected Works…

Collected together for the very first time, these classic anthologies will thrill you today as much as when they were first published…

American Comics Group (ACG) was a small comic publisher which existed during the Golden and Silver Age of comic books.

Now for the first time we have collected together some of the classic titles Forbidden Worlds (16 Volume Set) and Adventures into the Unknown (21 Volume Set) into beautiful complete volumes exclusively from PS Artbooks.

Adventures Into the UnknownVolume One
Weird, Mysterious and Spine-tingling tales featuring Issues 1-5 from Fall 1948 to June/July 1949 of the ACG classic Adventures Into The Unknown. Featuring an essay by British author Barry Forshaw, this first volume has been meticulously compiled from the original source material and painstakingly digitally restored.

Deluxe Slipcase edition will feature re-imagined cover by Glenn Chadbourne of issue 2 as a limited edition print signed by Barry Forshaw, Glenn Chadbourne and PS Publishing founder Peter Crowther. Limited to just 300 copies.

Standard bookshop will be a limited first run of just 1700 copies.

Forbidden WorldsVolume One
Tales exploring the supernatural featuring Issues 1-5 from July/August 1951 to March/April 1952 of the ACG classic Forbidden Worlds. Featuring an essay by British author Stan Nicholls, this first volume has been meticulously compiled from the original source material and painstakingly digitally restored.

Deluxe Slipcase edition will feature re-imagined cover by Edward Miller of issue 5 as a limited edition print signed by Edward Miller, Stan Nicholls and PS Publishing founder Peter Crowther. Limited to just 300 copies.

Standard bookshop will be a limited first run of just 1700 copies.

Find Out More at www.acgcomics.com

Read More

Chamber of Chills Volume One Reviewed…


Our first volume of our Harvey Horror’s Chamber of Chills received a glowing review by James Lovegrove in this months Comic Heroes Magazine…

Harvey Publications may be best remembered for innocuous fare such as Richie Rich and Casper The Friendly Ghost. At the dawn of the 1950s, however, the company was producing a line of horror titles that outdid even EC in terms of gore and perversion. Of all the Harvey anthologies, Chamber Of Chills was by far the most notorious, even earning the accolade of a mention in Fredric Wertham’s vindictive Seduction Of The Innocent.

Collected in this gorgeous slipcased volume are the first seven issues, prefaced with a splendidly lurid introduction by Joe Hill. The reproduction is beautiful. Every smeary colour and demoniac brushstroke is faithfully rendered.

And what a cavalcade of depravity and fevered imagining it is. The stories lurk at the periphery of common sense, possessing the sinister incoherence of nightmares. They’re absurd, almost derisory, and yet that is their power. Were the scripts any more logical, the artwork any less lunatic, you might be able to dismiss them. Instead, they exert a grim, screw-turning grip on your brain.

Torture, whipping, bondage, entombment, cannibalism, zombification, transmogrification… You get the impression you’re looking at the product of seriously deranged minds, which makes these comics more than just crude curios from a bygone age. They’re capable of unnerving even the jaded modern reader.

****½

Comic Heroes is out now in all good outlets!
Chamber of Chills Volume One Available to order at www.harveyhorrors.com and www.pspublishing.co.uk

 

Read More