Press Rlease: Black Labyrinth – Joe R. Lansdale

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Joe R. Lansdale Joins the Black Labyrnith Imprint

Author of Edge of Dark Water and Ranked in Top

10 Horror Authors of All Time

Dark Regions Press is excited to announce that the best-selling author of Edge of Dark Water, The Bottoms, the Hap and Leonard novel series and Bubba Hotep will be joining Tom Piccirilli in the list of ten Black Labyrinth authors. Joe will be delivering an original psychological horror novella to the press by the end of 2013.

The projected launch publication date for the book on the DarkRegions.com website on Tuesday, November 12th of this year.

The book will be available in all Black Labyrinth editions, including the specialty oversized Ultra-Deluxe hardcover tome. For more information on the Black Labyrinth imprint visit the Black Labyrinth page at: http://www.darkregions.com/blacklabyrinth

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. He has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others. His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story Incident On and Off a Mountain Road was adapted to film for Showtime’s Masters of Horror. He is currently co-producing several films, among them The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive-In, with Greg Nicotero. He is Writer In Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University, and is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.

For more information on Joe Lansdale, be sure to check out these sites:

Amazon Author Page

http://www.joerlansdale.com/

Press Release: Black Labyrinth-The Walls of the Castle

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From the four time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, two-time winner of the International
Thriller Writers Award and finalist for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award Tom Piccirilli comes
an intense and visceral psychological thriller novella, the first title in the Black Labyrinth
imprint illustrated by Gothic artist Santiago Caruso.
 
 

the_walls_of_the_castle_cover-artworkIn the labyrinthian maze of endless corridors, annexes, and wings of the enormous medical complex known as The Castle prowls a grief-stricken man determined to redeem himself and bring justice for those victims incapable of doing it for themselves.

During the four months that his son lay dying, ex-con Kasteel lost his job, his wife, and nearly his mind.  He became a fixture at the Castle, a phantom prowling the halls in the deep night, a shadow of his former self until he faded from sight and was forgotten altogether.

Now, without any life to return to, he takes it upon himself to become the Castle’s guardian.  He lives off the grid hiding among the hundreds of miles of twisting passages, rooms, offices, and underground parking structures.  Despair, confusion, and terror are the natural state and trade of any hospital:  Not only must the patients endure disease and infirmity, but others are victims of physical and sexual abuse from the outside world or from cruel security guards. pill_skull

The Castle was originally a colonial Dutch settlement: a village that grew into a town which grew into a city and at last became a hospital.  Kasteel has lost his very identity to this place, taking for himself the original Dutch name for “Castle.”

Kasteel sleeps in empty operating theaters, sneaks food from the cafeteria, hacks into computers, and is privy to both staff and patient files.  Using his skills as a burglar he tracks down the attackers, the deceivers, and the killers.

In the psychiatric wing’s day rooms and gardens long-suffering patient Hedgewick is Kasteel’s only friend.  Hedgewick sees his father’s ghost and claims to fight in a gladiatorial arena while the hospital guards bet on the winners.  Kasteel and Hedge often meet in the Fool’s Tower, a ten-story high steeple once used to quarantine yellow fever victims a century ago, overlooking acres of gardens.  A place where family members go to pray for their loved ones, and the distraught often commit suicide.

But a new name is now whispered in the Castle: Abaddon, the ancient name for the angel of death.  A brain-damaged woman has visions and speaks only to Kasteel.  Abaddon is a killer, a man lost to the Castle like Kasteel himself, wandering the corridors searching out victims.  Even as Abaddon hunts the innocent, Kasteel hunts Abaddon, eager for a final showdown that may at last set him free.

20% of hardcover proceeds for The Walls of the Castle by Tom Piccirilli
will be donated directly to the author, and 100% of ebook proceeds will go
to the author in his fight against brain cancer. He recently underwent
surgery to remove a golf ball-sized tumor from his brain and there has
been a massive community outpouring.  Buying The Walls of the Castle is
another way to help Tom in his fight.

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imagesTom Piccirilli is an American novelist and short story writer. He has sold over 150 stories in the mystery, thriller, horror, erotica, and science fiction fields. Piccirilli is a two-time winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for “Best Paperback Original” (2008, 2010). He is a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. He was also a finalist for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award given by the Mystery Writers of America, a final nominee for the Fantasy Award, and he won the first Bram Stoker Award given in the category of “Best Poetry Collection”.