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SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE ADVENTURE OF THE NEURAL PSYCHOSES

While Titan Books prepares SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. CTHULHU: THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS for July 11, 2017 publication, I’m putting the finishing touches on the second novel in the series, THE ADVENTURE OF THE NEURAL PSYCHOSES.

As soon as I finish editing and polishing the second novel, I’ll write a couple of short stories, then turn my attention to the third novel in the SHERLOCK HOLMES series.

It’ll be interesting to see the book cover for the second novel. Titan revised my book cover at the last minute to what you see on this page. Notice (this is a teaser) the machine, the eye, the magnifying lens, and the tentacles.

Available for PRE-ORDER now! (click here)

SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. CTHULHU: THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS will be available on JULY 11, 2017.

SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS

Available for PRE-ORDER now! (click here)

SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. CTHULHU: THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS will be available on JULY 11, 2017.

FIRST in a new series of Sherlock Holmes thrillers! 

All novels will be available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble online and book stores, as well as other fine shops

A series of grisly murders rocks London. At each location, only a jumble of bones remains, along with a bizarre bone sphere covered in arcane symbols. The son of the latest victim seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, who discover a common thread that ties together the murders–and the persons responsible.

Bizarre geometries–based on ancient schematics–point to members of a secluded cult. These men and women build strange constructs that will enable other-worldly creatures to enter our dimension, seeking sustenance. As their power grows, even Moriarty fears that his empire is at risk—to the point that he seeks an unholy alliance with his eternal foe.

Holmes_forwebADVANCE PRAISE 

THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS is a wild, exciting and thoroughly satisfying collision of otherworldly horror and deductive reasoning. So much fun!”
–Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of V-WARS and PREDATOR ONE

“An irresistible eldritch mystery! Baker Street and the Great Old Ones are made for each other.”
–Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind and Aarat

THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS held me spellbound and kept me guessing…until 3 AM on a work day! The Great Detective has met his literary match, and ‘The Woman’ is author Lois H. Gresh. More!”
–Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author, the WICKED Saga

“The Great Detective confronts the Unnameable in Lois Gresh’s latest—grand fun!”
–Leslie Klinger, World Fantasy Award winning editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft

“The name Lois H. Gresh is as much advertising as her work needs. However, it is my privilege to recommend her latest tour-de-force. Just how the literary establishment missed engineering a dream collaboration between H.P Lovecraft and Arthur Conan Doyle before now is a mystery; but if it was waiting for Lois H. Gresh to do the thing justice, this one is all the justification necessary.”
–Loren D. Estleman, Edgar Award-Winning author

“Lois H, Gresh blends Sherlock Holmes and and the eldritch flavors of H.P. Lovecraft together brilliantly. Victorian nightmares and a properly twisted mystery make THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEADLY DIMENSIONS a must read for fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth.”
–James A. Moore, author of Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER! 

Cult of the Dead: Review in Black Static

CULT OF THE DEAD: Review in Black Static

Derrick Hussey of Hippocampus Press recently sent me a wonderful review of my book, CULT OF THE DEAD, from the current Black Static magazine. Hearty thanks to the reviewer for the kind words!

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Story by story, here are some excerpts.

Cult of the Dead: The supernatural aspects are fascinating and have a novelty to them that is missing from most material in this vein, while playing counterpoint to the outré elements is an awareness of human suffering and human greed, things that negatively impact on each other. And while it may not be entirely agreeable to non-Incans, there is a rightness to the story’s end that makes the reader want to cheer.

Dreams of Death: It’s a fascinating tale, one in which even though the protagonist is doomed to fail we cannot help but feel for him and share in the triumphalism of his end.

Necrotic Cove: an engaging study of resentment and what it can do, how we use each other even when we don’t intend to do so

Old Enough to Drink: remarkable and disturbing imagery

Death Doll: Beautifully written, ‘Death Doll’ gives us an original take on the Grim Reaper, with a baby spared only to cause complications further down the line, the story arguing for the rightness of death in its time. I loved the ideas being put forth, and the first person off kilter narration by Death.

Let Me Make You Suffer: a fascinating brew of science, sex, and horror.

The Lagoon of Insane Plants: Endless invention and a constant playing with the tropes of this sub genre. Enjoyable and provocative.

Debutante Ball: a strange and savage story, one in which the feminism bleeds from the text.

Snip My Suckers: the narrative reading like a version of Little Shop of Horrors on speed, I loved every blackly comedic moment of it.

PsychoMildew Love: There’s a gonzo quality to ‘Psychomildew Love’, the story of witch Cora and how she realises her passion for neighbour Warren by turning him into an ant eater, and while it should be absurd Gresh’s prose and her willingness to go the extra bit further into madcap invention result in a story that I thoroughly enjoyed

Algorithms and Nasal Structures: It’s full of ideas and has about it a feel of just desserts served for those most deserving. I liked Amy, and Frank was believable, but not especially likable, which worked fine for the story. And the thing with the scents added an element of novelty.

Digital Pistil: We get another manic story with ‘Digital Pistil’, the tale of two digital flowers in love, which is as crazy as it sounds, but done with considerable panache and conviction, so that their affair plays out like the mirror image of so many unhappy human relationships, with the cat High and Mighty performing a catalytic role.

Mandelbrot Moldrot: charming and inventive…the reader can’t help but be entertained

INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES: Best Horror of the Year

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INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES – now available as a $5.49 e-book!

Three stories are in top BEST OF THE YEAR 2015 anthologies:

  • –Steve Rasnic Tem’s excellent INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, Beneath the Pilings, THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR 2015 (editor, Ellen Datlow)
  • –John Shirley’s excellent INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, Windows Underwater, THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY & HORROR (editor, Paula Guran)
  • –Tim Lebbon’s excellent INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES story, Strange Currents, YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION 2015 (editors, Michael Kelly & Simon Strantzas)

Six stories received Honorable Mentions in THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR 2015 (editor, Ellen Datlow)

 

NECRONOMICON SCHEDULE

lhg_signing_WHC2015 I’ll be a Special Guest of Honor at NecronomiCon, August 20-23, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island.

(PHOTO left by Tim Waggoner 2015)

If you read fantasy, science fiction, horror, or anything “weird,” you must come to NecronomiCon.

“Weird” sits on the boundaries and merges the best of the genres.

MY SCHEDULE: 

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1.  Friday 4-5:15pm
NEW WEIRD
What are the challenges and rewards of subverting genre cliches? What are the challenges and rewards of mixing different elements of speculative fiction? Who are some of the best new weird fiction writers today? How can more diverse voices be encouraged and diverse fans be included?
Panelists: Lois Gresh, Caitlín Kiernan, Scott Nicolay, Vincent O’Neil, Joe Pulver, Jeffrey Thomas
Moderator: Anya Martin

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2.  Saturday
 9-11am
BOOK LAUNCHES and AUTHOR READINGS

INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES
CULT OF THE DEAD

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Copies of both books will be available for sale and signing at this session, snacks provided!

Readings and discussions with Lois H. Gresh, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Laird Barron, William F. Nolan, Richard Gavin, S.T. Joshi, Joe Pulver, Jim Moore, Jason V. Brock, Jonathan Thomas, and more

Innsmouth Nightmares features original stories by leading writers of weird fiction, including John Shirley, Lavie Tidhar, Laird Barron, Paul Kane, Tim Lebbon, Richard Gavin, Steve Rasnic Tem, Wilum H. Pugmire, John Langan, Joe Pulver, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Bill Nolan, Jim Moore, S.T. Joshi, and many more. This is an all-star lineup of The Weird edited by Lois H. Gresh.

CULT_FRONT_COVER_204x278Cult of the Dead is a special collection of Lois’ weird stories with an Introduction by S.T. Joshi, who writes, “Over the last decade or so, Lois H. Gresh has done some of the most scintillating work of any contemporary writer of imaginative fiction.”

3.  Saturday 1-2:15pm
SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS NO MORE

Many of the most unique and powerful voices in weird fiction belong to women! Although once looked upon incorrectly as a white man’s genre, weird fiction has a long tradition of women writers, and that tradition continues today. Join us in celebrating these talented authors, and find out why they write Lovecraftian fiction.
Panelists: Lois Gresh, Caitlín Kiernan, Anya Martin, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Ann Schwader
Moderator: Faye Ringel

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4.  Saturday 4:00-5:15pm
MECHANICS OF FEAR

Lovecraft wrote all sorts of terrifying tales. But how do you scare someone? What is horror, as opposed to terror, in a piece of fiction? What are different types of scary stories? Are there elements of a horror story that are guaranteed to make the reader sleep with the lights on?
Panelists: Lois Gresh, Stephen Jones, Caitlín Kiernan, Jonathan Thomas, Damien Angelica Walters
Moderator: Don D’Ammassa

5.  SUNDAY 10-11 am
AUTHOR READINGS
Lois H. Gresh and Ann Schwader

6.  Sunday 2:30-3:45pm
WRITING THE MYTHOS

Mythos and Lovecraftian fiction is bigger and more popular than ever before. What makes a story “Lovecraftian,” and how can a writer make a unique and powerful contribution to this ever-growing genre? Our panel of legendary writers show how they did it and which steps new writers should avoid.
Panelists: Joe Pulver, Darrell Schweitzer, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Rawlik, Lois Gresh, Laird Barron
Moderator: Mike Davis

World Horror Convention – schedule

Stop by my panels at World Horror Convention!

  • Friday, May 8th at 5 pm. The Real True Detective: When Horror Meets Noir, Mystery and Spy Thrillers
  • Saturday, May 9th at 9 am. Making Insane Characters Believable
  • Saturday, May 9th at 3 pm. Weird Fiction Renaissance

MORE DETAILS

FRI 5-6 PM The Real True Detective: When Horror Meets Noir, Mystery and Spy Thrillers – SARNATH

How dark does neo-noir horror have to be? Where do the lines fall where crime fiction becomes horror. Practitioners of the art of crime and thriller fiction shed light on the limits of human depravity.

SAT 9-10 AM Midmorning Madness: Making Insane Characters Believable – SARNATH

From classics like Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” to Stephen King’s Misery, to more contemporary works like Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, both film and literature alike have a soft spot for the insane. But what makes these characters believable and why do readers love a madman or a hysteric woman? Well, say hello to Tyler Durdan and get ready for a trip to the asylum because the first rule of madness is that we don’t talk about madness. And if it’s your first time going mad, well, then you have to scream.

SAT 3-4 When the Weird Go Pro: Exploring the Parameters and Considering the Directions of a Literary Renaissance – SARNATH

Some would call it a Renaissance. Not your daddy’s Lovecraft mythos pastiche, the Weird in the hands of today’s writers owes as much or more to literary titans such as Melville, Borges, McCarthy and Carter. Others talk about the New Weird and consider it a global movement. What is Weird fiction? Does defining the Weird focus or limit its growth? Why now, why is this literary movement so exciting, and what does the future hold for the Weird?