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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Frankenstein by the late English author Mary Shelley is is a standalone classic science fiction horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for September and is narrated by Jim Weiss. The novel was originally published in 1818 as Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was later heavily revised by the author in the 1831 edition best known today as one of the first modern science fiction/horror tales, and an enduring favourite adapted into many media as well as the source of the iconic monster.
The story is centred around an ambitious scientist and the new creature he creates via an unorthodox experiment, exploring themes of discovery, tragedy, and humanity.
Offered worldwide until just before noon Eastern Time on September 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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Stained by Lee Thomas, a Lambda Literary and Bram Stoker Award-winning author, is a standalone horror thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This was originally published in 2004 by Wildside Press and won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. The reprint is a 10th anniversary edition which comes with a new introduction by the author and a foreword by Steve Berman.
The story follows the aftermath of one man’s confrontation with a sadistic serial killer, which left a disturbingly increasing blight upon his soul.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.
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As part of the promotion for The Dynamite Women Comics Bundle from Groupees, a tier of free comics is being offered, courtesy of publisher Dynamite.
UPDATE: the bundle has been extended a few more days for the September 4th long weekend, the $20 tier has been boosted with 35 extra comics (automatically added for previous purchasers)
At the $0 minimum price for the free tier, 9 issues are offered:
- Barbarella #1, a revival of the French science fiction comic book series which inspired the cult classic 1960s film
- Red Sonja #0, starring the heroine from pulp fantasy author Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Conan adventures
- Sheena, Queen of the Jungle #0, a Tarzan-inspired pulp adventure series starring a protector of the wilderness
- Vampirella Magazine #1-3, reprinting stories from the Warren era of the cult classic horror drama series
- Vampi #1-3, a revival of the Vampirella series, recasting her as a superhero in the 21st century
In addition to the free tiers, more levels of comics are available from $1.99 to $19.99, with titles including the Charmed and The Bionic Woman TV series tie-ins, urban fantasy author Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series adaptation, modern adventures of classic characters Betty Boop and Miss Fury, pinup queen Bettie Page and horror hostess Elvira, popular comics creator Garth Ennis’ Ninjette, and more.
Offered DRM-free worldwide until 4:30 AM Eastern Time on August 31st, available at Groupees (requires account signup with billing address, but no payment info).
The Wolves of Craywood by V. J. Banis, aka Victor J. Banis, a pioneering 1960s LGBT pulp author who also wrote across multiple genres, is a standalone contemporary gothic suspense/horror novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1970 by Lancer Books using the pseudonym Jan Alexander.
The story takes place at Cray Manor, where a series of brutal, beastly killings have reawakened local belief in werewolves, and the fiancée of one of the Cray brothers calls upon her sister for help, only to find her sister blaming the brothers for the killings as the insanity escalates, and herself seemingly marked for death as well.
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