2012 was a quiet year for Brimstone Press. However, the title we published this year was an important one: the charity anthology Rage Against the Night.
The print edition of Rage Against the Night was published in March, and along with the ebook edition, which was published in late December 2011, the anthology has generated $1000 for HWA President and Aussie author Rocky Wood. This injection of funds has helped Rocky reach his fundraising goal of $25000 to purchase an Eye Gaze machine to help him communicate as his motor neurone disease progresses.
Rage Against the Night brings together the masters of modern horror – including Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, F. Paul Wilson, Nancy Holder, Scott Nicholson, Jonathan Maberry and Sarah Langan – with tales of the fight against supernatural evil. The book has been gathering amazing five star reviews on Amazon. The ebook is available at $3.99 and the print edition is $12.99, which represents tremendous value for money. You can buy Rage Against the Night from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Diesel, Apple, and other online retailers.
2012 was also the year we sadly farewelled Paul Haines, author of The Last Days of Kali Yuga. Paul’s years of fighting cancer are chronicled at his Livejournal. His thoughts on family, writing, and health as he battled his terminal disease are sobering, insightful, and witty.
For those interested in discovering Paul’s work, there is no better testament to his dark side than The Last Days of Kali Yuga. For a different perspective, the book’s lighter companion (if ‘lighter’ is the correct word to use) is Slice of Life, published by The Mayne Press in 2009.
Published by Brimstone Press last year, The Last Days of Kali Yuga features Paul’s most iconic stories: the grim misogynist cautionary tale “Wives”, the unnerving “Her Collection of Intimacy”, the confronting “Father Father”, the brutal titular novella “The Last Days of Kali Yuga”, and his most personal story, drawing on a disturbing fictionalised account of his life, “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt”.
The Last Days of Kali Yuga is available for $3.99 (ebook) and $9.99 (print) and can be purchased from Amazon, Book Depository, Australian Online Bookshop, and other good retailers.
If Paul was still with us, 2012 would have been a red letter year for him:
- “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt” won the Australian Shadows Award (Long Fiction), Aurealis Award (Horror short story), Ditmar Award (Novella), and Chronos Award (Short fiction). It was a finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards (Novella).
- The Last Days of Kali Yuga won the fan-voted Ditmar Award (Collected Work) and Chronos Award (Long Fiction) and was a finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards (Collection), Aurealis Awards (Collection), and Sir Julius Vogel Awards (Collection).
Congratulations, Paul, wherever you are. You will be missed, and your work will always be remembered.