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”.

Free Fiction Friday: Hot Blooded Twins

For our Free Fiction Friday post for this week we have a set of Hot Blooded Twins. These two books are a part of the Hot Blood Series which was an ongoing anthology of horror erotica books. There are 13 books in this series, the first one came out in 1989 and the last one came out in 2007. Hot Blood was created and edited by Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett.  The two editors have also worked together on other anthologies such as Shock Rock, Dark Delicacies and Fear Itself.

Our first twin was number 6 in the series and is called Strangers By Night. Some of the stories that are included here are Dead Girls in Love by Edward Lee, Take It as It Comes by Tom Piccirilli and The Body In The Window by Ramsey Campbell. This book originally was released in 1995 and according to some of the reviews I read its much nastier then the 5 books that came before it.

The second twin is called Fear The Fever, it was  the seventh book in the series and was released in 1996. Some of the stories in this anthology includes: Love Letters From The Rain Forest by Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee, Untamed Sex by James Crawford and The Sinister Woods by Wendy Rathbone. If its possible this book is even more racy then its predecessors. According to what I read some of the stories include an erie pornographic art gallery, necrophiliac humor and a story about a long lost cookbook.

So if you like a little sex and humor with your horror  or if you want some erotic thrills before bedtime, you’ll probably want to adopt these two books. Sure they’re a little raunchy but with a little love they’ll fit nicely on your bookshelf. So in order to have these two Bram Stoker award winning books mailed to your home, all you have to do is leave a comment on the blog as to why you want to have these books and why you would make a good owner. The best comment wins the books. This is open to US residents only. Good Luck.

1500’s Horror Novels

The first book for the 1500’s that I found was The Chronicles of Agustus Seton by William Meikle. Augustus Seton is a sword for hire and a seeker of truth. He spends his time hunting witches and demons and at the same time is trying to find an explanation of the supernatural events that shaped him. The book  follows Agustus as he searches for a holy relic, confronts a beast that terrorizes Glenmore castle and tells the story of how he received a magical sword and what price he had to pay to get it.

This book is set in Scotland in the 1590‘s. This was a time when people thought that demons and witches roamed the countryside and people were very superstitious. William Meikle in the writing of The Chronicles of Agustus Seton tries to make the setting, the events and the people as historically accurate as possible and at the same time talk about the magic and myths that people believed in.

The next book that I want to mention is Cast in Dark Waters by Ed Gorman and Tom Piccirilli. This story follows a pirate queen named Crimson as she travels through the Caribbean sea in search of treasure in the 1500’s. Crimson’s crew comes to an island where there is believed to be temple that has treasure hidden inside. They find the temple but its guarded by a tribe of vampire like creatures who plan on turning the pirates into undead monsters. Vampires, pirates and a secret temple of treasure, this one definitely sounds like fun.

Another book I found was Dark Desire by Elaine Moore. Its about a woman named Victoria Mackay who was turned into a vampire by Johann Nikolai in 16th century Scotland. After she becomes a vampire, Victoria escapes Nikolai and is pursued around the world. This book chronicles her adventures in 17th century France, 18th century Spain, 19th Century South Africa and early 20th century San Francisco. In her journeys Viktoria learns about undying love and how to live as one of the undead. If your into vampires and history you may want to check this one out.

If you want a comedic look at the 16th century look no further then Shakespeare Undead by Lori Handeland. Zombies have invaded London in 1592 and the only one that can stop them is William Shakespeare. How can he do it, you ask? Well Shakespeare is really a vampire and he has a zombie hunter named Katherine to help him. Can Shakespeare stop the zombie apocalypse in time for the premiere of his latest play? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Finally leaving 16th century Scotland and moving on to France we have a book by Mary Casanova called  Curse of a Winter Moon. The book takes place in a French village  in 1553. A boy named Jean-Pierre is born on Christmas Eve and his mother dies in childbirth. Jean-Pierre’s 12 year old brother Marius is left with the responsibility of caring for him. To make matters worse for Marius, the superstitious townspeople believe that because Jean-Pierre was born on Christmas Eve it means that he is a werewolf.

Unable to get help from the church who think that Jean-Pierre is evil. The two siblings leave town and set off on their own. What made this book look good to me was that the author gives a very accurate history of religious beliefs and what people were like in France during the 1500‘s. This book is actually geared towards young adults but it looks good and I wanted to mention it.