[Free eBook] The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle [Award-Winning Lovecraftian Historical Horror]

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle is a standalone historical horror remix novella, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Tor Books imprint.

This is their featured free eBook of the Month Club offer for October and won the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella, and was also a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards, and is apparently in development for an AMC television series. I read it for Hugo Voting last year, and rather liked it; enough so that I bought some of the author’s unrelated sfnal novels when they went on sale.

The story is a subversive riff on H. P. Lovecraft’s 1927 tale The Horror at Red Hook about the dark occult underbelly of a Brooklyn neighbourhood, retelling its events from the perspective of a young black street musician from Harlem who becomes involved with the plans of an eccentric white millionaire seeking to raise the Great Old Ones.

Offered through October 12th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Half a Loaf by James Holding [Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Half a Loaf by the late James Holding, one of the authors behind the “Ellery Queen” shared pseudonym, is a self-contained short story in the The Photographer series of pulp mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1980 in the May issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine. The series is set in Brazil, starring Manuel Andradas, a hitman who disguises himself as a photographer.

This story sees him struggling with a conflict of interest when his next assigned target, a kindly doctor, treats his injuries after a seeming accident.

Offered worldwide through October 15th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] A Question of Ethics by Jacob Holding [Vintage Mystery/Crime Short]

A Question of Ethics by the late Jacob Holding, one of the authors behind the “Ellery Queen” shared pseudonym, is the 1st short story in the The Photographer series of pulp mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1960 in the September issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The series stars Manuel Andradas, a Brazilian hitman who disguises himself as a photographer (and is apparently one of the author’s best-known characters). This story is set in Rio de Janeiro, and sees him beginning to question an assigment upon meeting the target, who doesn’t seem to be quite what his employer claims.

Offered worldwide through October 9th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper [Classic Historical Adventure]

The Last of the Mohicans by the late James Fenimore Cooper is is the 2nd novel in the Leatherstocking Tales pentalogy of historical adventure fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for September, and is narrated by William Costello. This was originally published in 1826 as The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 and has been adapted repeatedly to many different media over the centuries, including the popular film starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

The novels takes place in the formerly Iroquois areas of mid-late 18th-century New York, starring the frontiersman Natty Bumpo, known by various nicknames to the European settlers and local Native Americans. This story is set during the Seven Years’ War when France and Great Britain were battling over America, and sees Bumpo as part of a caravan transporting a Colonel’s daughters to safety at a Fort, only to be caught up in the conflict as new rivalries and old wounds cause them to become a target for revenge.

Offered worldwide through September, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free eBook] Harmonious Hearts 2014 [YA LGBT Multi-Genre Fiction Anthology]

Harmonious Hearts 2014 is an annual volume anthology in the Harmonious Hearts series of young adult multi-genre short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint for teen readers.

The series showcases selections from Harmony Ink Press’ annual Young Author Challenge, selecting the best YA LGBTQ-themed stories submitted by authors between the ages of 14 to 21, across multiple genres. This is apparently being made free for a limited time to help promote an accompanying ebook sale in the publisher’s various imprints’ webstores.

This volume features coming of age, romance, adventure, and other stories in fantasy, science fiction, historical and contemporary settings from the 1st annual contest,

Offered worldwide through September 25th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher and also at multiple other retailers.

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[Free eBook] It’s Always Too Late by Gil Brewer [Vintage Pulp Crime Short]

It’s Always Too Late by the late Gil Brewer is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1951 and if you’re interested, there’s an introduction to the author and his works in this guest blogpost by David Rachels, the editor of the University Press of Florida’s retrospective reprint collection of Brewer’s short stories, Redheads Die Quickly and Other Stories

The story stars a man who turns to bank robbery, much to the surprise of his wife.

Offered worldwide through September 10th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Six Reasons for Murder by Fletcher Flora [Pulp Mystery/Crime Short]

Six Reasons for Murder by the late Fletcher Flora is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1964 in the March issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story is centred around the young wife of a former crime boss turned politician, who begins to imagine ways of getting rid of her husband after watching one too many western movies.

Offered worldwide through September 4th (maybe), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [Classic Sci-Fi Adventure]

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by the late French author Jules Verne, a pioneering figure in 19th century proto-science fiction, as well as being one of France’s literary greats, is a 19th century classic science fiction adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.

This is their Free Book of the Month selection for August, and is narrated by Michael Prichard. It was originally published in 1870 as Vingt mille lieues sous les mers: Tour du monde sous-marin, remaining a highly-popular and influential, much-adapted tale worldwide for well over a century.

The story stars the international cast of an expedition to hunt a rumoured giant sea monster, which turns out to be the amazingly advanced submarine of the mysterious Captain Nemo, who takes them upon a thrilling underwater tour of the hidden ocean depths.

Offered worldwide through August, available as DRM-free MP3s from the retailer’s website.

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[Free eBook] The Jade Alliance by Elizabeth Darrell [Historical Drama with Multicultural Romance]

The Jade Alliance by Elizabeth Darrell, a pseudonym for Hong Kong-born British author Emma Drummond, is a standalone historical family saga novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1979 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story follows White Russian siblings fleeing the Russian Revolution for the relative safety of Hong Kong, trying to establish lives which are threatened by troubles reappearing from their pasts and difficulties pursuing local Chinese and foreign British loves.

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[Free eBook] Fortress Santa Maria by Gordon Landsborough [Vintage Western]

Fortress Santa Maria by the late English author Gordon Landsborough, a prolific and pioneering multi-genre pulp fiction writer and publisher, is a standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1953 by Western Library under the title Lone Cherokee using the pseudonym Mike M’Cracken, and was later reprinted by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Philip Cornwell.

The story stars a Cherokee warrior who is at the centre of a conflict as an American army targets his people as an excuse to seize neighbouring Spanish territory, facing opposition from within by a rival and finding unexpected allies outside.

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