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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Award-Winning Author Paul Kane's New Novel BLOOD RED Now Available

Short, Scary Tales Publications (SST Publications) owner, Paul Fry is delighted to announce the publication of bestselling and award-winning author & editor Paul Kane's new novel BLOOD RED. The book is a reprint of Paul's 2008 horror fairy tale RED (now incredibly rare) alongside its brand new sequel. The book will again feature cover art from the wonderful Dave McKean (SANDMAN, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, MIRRORMASK), and includes an introduction by Alison Littlewood (A COLD SEASON, PATH OF NEEDLES, THE UNQUIET HOUSE). The book will be published as a Trade Hardcover Edition and a special Signed & Numbered Limited Edition. The Limited Edition is signed by Paul Kane, Dave McKean and Alison Littlewood and is limited to only 100 copies and features dust jacket artwork by Dave McKean and a special 'blood red' book board cover design. The limited edition will also come complete with some very special extras. A trade paperback and eBook will follow.

The hardcover editions can be pre-ordered now direct from the publisher's web site:
https://www.sstpublications.co.uk/Blood-Red.php

SST Publisher Paul Fry says: "I'm really happy to announce that Paul Kane's new novel BLOOD RED is now available to pre-order! It's a deliciously dark, sexy and sinister tale brilliantly re-working the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. Paul truly is an incredible writer and the book is a joy to read! The words just drip from the page drenched in blood and grab you by the throat. It's also an honour to have the incredible Dave McKean providing the fantastic cover art and the wonderfully talented Alison Littlewood writing the introduction to the book."

Paul Kane is the award-winning, bestselling author and editor of over fifty publications - including the ARROWHEAD trilogy (gathered together in the sellout HOODED MAN omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), THE BUTTERFLY MAN AND OTHER STORIES, HELLBOUND HEARTS AND THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BODY HORROR. His non-fiction books include THE HELLRAISER FILMS AND THEIR LEGACY and VOICES IN THE DARK, and his genre journalism has appeared in the likes of SFX, DREAMWATCH and RUE MORGUE. He has been a Guest at Alt.Fiction five times, was a Guest at the first SFX Weekender, at Thought Bubble in 2011, Derbyshire Literary Festival, Edge-Lit and Off the Shelf in 2012, plus Monster Mash and Event Horizon in 2013, as well as being a panellist at FantasyCon and the World Fantasy Convention. His work has been optioned and adapted for the big and small screen, including for network US television, plus his latest novels are LUNAR (set to be turned into a feature film) and the Y.A. story THE RAINBOW MAN (as P.B. Kane). He lives in Derbyshire, UK, with his wife Marie O'Regan, his family and a black cat called Mina. Find out more at his site www.shadow-writer.co.uk which has featured Guest Writers such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz and Guillermo del Toro.

General Quotes:

'Paul Kane is a first-rate storyteller, never failing to marry his insights into the world and its anguish with the pleasures of phrases eloquently turned.'
-Clive Barker, bestselling author of THE HELLBOUND HEART, ABARAT, MISTER B. GONE and THE SCARLET GOSPELS

'I'm impressed by the range of Paul Kane's imagination. It seems there is no risk, no high-stakes gamble, he fears to take…Kane's foot never gets even close to the brake pedal.'
-Peter Straub, bestselling author of GHOST STORY, MR X, LOST BOY LOST GIRL, IN THE NIGHT ROOM and A DARK MATTER

'Kane finds the everyday horrors buried within us, rips them out and serves them up in these deliciously dark tales.'
-Kelley Armstrong, bestselling author of BITTEN, HAUNTED, BROKEN, THIRTEEN and OMENS

'Paul Kane's lean, stripped-back prose is a tool that's very much fit for purpose. He knows how to make you want to avoid the shadows and the cracks in the pavement.'
-Mike Carey, bestselling author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, VICIOUS CIRCLE, DEAD MEN'S BOOTS, THICKER THAN WATER, THE NAMING OF THE BEASTS and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

Praise for RED:

'In RED Kane reveals himself to be a sensitive writer, someone who has a solid grasp of relationships and who isn't afraid to use that knowledge. His characters feel like real people, and that's essential if you're going to pit them against such a foe. He makes you care about them. Then he sends them out into the darkest parts of this urban jungle… So get ready to take this journey through a very modern fairytale. It has teeth, but not just at the end. These days, the path itself is full of dangers.'
-Tim Lebbon, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of COLDBROOK, ECHO CITY, DAWN OF THE JEDI and THE SILENCE

'Kane is well respected in the United Kingdom, getting praise from such giants of the genre as Clive Barker, Simon Clark, Jeff Mariotte and Graham Masterton... RED is a tale about Rachael Daniels, a caseworker travelling through the modern jungle - a crime-ridden, gang-banging city - to help an elderly lady. RED not only tips its hat to "Little Red Riding Hood," but "Peter And The Wolf," and "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?" and every werewolf type motif in between... This time around Kane puts a twisted horror spin to it, with even a fair amount of social criticism thrown in for good measure; due to mature themes, you'll want to keep the kids away from this one... Kane does an incredible job of combing horror and humour into one tasty morsel.'
-CEMETERY DANCE Magazine

'Kane expands on the "Little Red Riding Hood" mythos with a sharply-written novella that pits a descendent of the classic fairytale character against the "real" creature of the same story. But make NO mistake: this isn't for kids! You can tell Kane had a real ball twisting time updating "Riding Hood", especially in how he has crafted this new, psycho-sexual "wolf." For the sake of not ruining anything else, let's just say RED is a real BLOODY good time.'
-HORROR FICTION REVIEW

'RED is a gleefully gruesome tale that moves at an excellent pace. Its length is a joy, reminiscent of a line from another fairy tale: "Not too big, not too small, just right." Paul Kane does a rip roaring rendition of the Red Riding Hood story… He has the gift of summing up a situation in a sentence. RED is wonderfully written; it is easy to sink one's teeth into it and devour it with relish.'
-HELLNOTES

'RED by Paul Kane is a modern-day retelling of a classic fairy tale. The character of Rachael Daniels is one that many can identify with. The monster is a terrifying hunter who has the ability to shape-shift. He is intelligent, patient, and always hungry. He is the sort of monster that does not need any supernatural powers to make him terrifying, however the added abilities make him even more dangerous. It is entirely believable that he has been doing this for centuries in cities all over Europe because he is so smart and clever, and one is reminded of tales of a dark Trickster character from legends around the world when reading this story. The suspense builds from the very fact that the reader has some idea of what is going to happen. When the woman is murdered in the restaurant bathroom, the reader knows that is not the end and is left to wonder what horrors are still to come. The whole story builds up to a rather fascinating climax…This is a good scary story for those stormy nights or bright days. It is strong enough to terrify either way and will stay in your mind for days afterwards. Stories like this don't come along very often, as all readers know.'
-HORROR BOUND MAGAZINE
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