Michael Vance has signed with Cornerstone Books and Airship 27 for publication of “Weird Horror Stories”, an anthology of psychological horror, SF and fantasy short stories. Published in the style and tradition of pulp magazines from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, the book is scheduled for release in early 2009.
“Michael Vance offers up 12 tales of horror in the Lovecraft tradition with a deft sense of suspense and heart-pumping terror,” said Ron Fortier, editor and producer of the Airship 27 line of books. “Perfect fare by candle light on a dark rainy night.”
These short stories about his fictional town of “Light’s End” have been published in dozens of magazines, and have also been recorded by legendary actor William (“Murder She Wrote”) Windom.
“The assumption of these stories is that there is something Other,” said the author, “larger than man and greater than our narrow view of reality. Each story, written to stand on its own, is related by setting, history, several prominent families, and a macro plot. It encompasses the Azrealites who work tirelessly to reinstate that something Other back on Earth through the manipulation of science and the occult.”
Vance has written for national and international magazines, and as a syndicated columnist and cartoonist in over 500 newspapers. His history book, Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group, has been called a “benchmark in comics history”. He briefly ghosted an internationally syndicated comic strip, and his own strip for five years that was reprinted as a comic book. Vance has written several comic books, and is listed in the Who’s Who of American Comic Books and Comic Book Superstars.
Vance’s weekly comics review column, Suspended Animation, has been continuously published for almost twenty years, currently reaching more than 700,000 readers. He also created the new Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection housed in the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
Cornerstone Books publishes Masonic and esoteric books, selected pulp fiction, art literature, limited children’s books, and poetry collections. For more information about Cornerstone, go to www.cornerstonepublishers.com.
Airship 27 packages and publishes anthologies and novels in the pulp magazine tradition. In the past, Airship 27 has released “Witchfire”, a series of “Captain Hazzard” pulp thrillers, more pulp fiction in “Brother Bones” and “Secret Agent X” and the WWII/SF thriller “The Light of Men”. For more information on Airship 27, go to www.airship27.com.