Friday, September 21, 2018

Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter


Little Heaven
Author:  Nick Cutter
Publisher:  Gallery Books, July 11, 2017
Format:  Trade Paperback
List Price:  US$17.00
ISBN:  9781501104237
Previously:  Hardcover and eBook,  January 10, 2017

A “gripping and terrifying story…and one not to be missed” (Robert McCammon) from the acclaimed author of The Troop and The Deep!

A trio of mismatched mercenaries—Micah Shughrue, Minerva Atwater, and Ebenzer Elkins, colloquially known as “the Englishman”—is hired by young Ellen Bellhaven for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven, where a clandestine religious cult holds sway. But shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. There are stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—and above all else, the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust soon grip the settlement. Escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral toward madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. All present here are now forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is marshaling its power—and it wants them all…

“A slow boil of unrelenting terror and inescapable consequences. Nick Cutter ups his game every time. Beautifully written—menace drips from every page.” —Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author

“A sprawling epic that can stand alongside the best of ‘80s King, Barker, and McCammon. Fun, nasty, smart, and scary, and in all the right places.” —Paul Tremblay, acclaimed author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock



Brannigan's Review

I’ve read and reviewed Nick Cutter before, and, once again, I was very entertained. Little Heaven is a time-jumping, monster-hunting, rescue mission. You heard me right, there’s a lot going on in this one, and yet Cutter’s skill at balancing everything without it getting cluttered or confusing is on point. In my previous Cutter review of The Troop, I mentioned he isn’t afraid of the gore, and this book also shows us that he’s not afraid of tickling your gag reflex.

Our heroes are Micha, Ebenezer and Minerva, a gun-toting band of mercenaries with a long history. They get the band back together to rescue a young boy in a dangerous cult. Cutter spends some time revealing their relationship by jumping back and forth between 1966 and 1980. While on this rescue mission, we learn that there are monsters hiding in the forests surrounding the compound. All of this is very familiar to Micha’s past and his long-lost daughter.

I’ve read from some other reviewers that Cutter borrows heavily from the King of Horror, but as I’ve never been a big fan of his I can’t speak to that. What I can say is that Cutter knows how to write action and horror in a very unique and engaging way. The only thing I’d change would be less gore, but I don’t see Cutter stopping this anytime soon. One thing I really liked in this book is the illustrations, there are not a lot, but I’ve always wished they were used more in Adult Fiction. There’s one illustration that I found particularly creepy.

Nick Cutter knows how to keep his readers turning pages and Little Heaven is no exception. As long as you don’t mind getting creeped out by the monsters and gore, you’ll enjoy this one. There is plenty of Adult Language and violence so this one is for Adults only. If you like your horror mixed with action, you’ll want to pick this one up.

Auntie Agatha's Home for Wayward Rabbits Coming This November


KEITH GIFFEN RETEAMS WITH BENJAMIN ROMAN FOR THE SNARKY AUNTIE AGATHA’S HOME FOR WAYWARD RABBITS

PORTLAND, OR, 09/20/2018 — In his return to creator-owned comics, Keith Giffen (Legion of Superheroes, Justice League, Scooby Apocalypse, and co-creator of Lobo, Rocket Raccoon) teams up again with artist Benjamin Roman (I Luv Halloween, The Cryptics) for an all-new, dark humor miniseries—AUNTIE AGATHA’S HOME FOR WAYWARD RABBITS—this November.

"I'm incredibly proud to work with Keith Giffen again,” said Roman. “It's awesome to be a part of his return to Image Comics after more than 20 years. This has been a rewarding project to work on. The series has a fun dynamic group of characters we feel the audience will enjoy.”

Giffen added only: “Together again despite popular demand.”

Auntie Agatha’s Home for Wayward Rabbits is a most peculiar shelter. Within its walls, Agatha and her niece, Julie, care for damaged and dysfunctional rabbits. But now it’s in danger—from a wealthy businessman who will stop at nothing to tear it down.

AUNTIE AGATHA’S HOME FOR WAYWARD RABBITS #1 (Diamond Code SEP180039) will hit comics shops on Wednesday, November 7th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, October 15th.





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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Over $100K Where We Live Anthology Proceeds Given to Route91Strong


OVER $100K IN WHERE WE LIVE ANTHOLOGY PROCEEDS GIVEN TO ROUTE91STRONG NON-PROFIT TO BENEFIT SURVIVORS OF VEGAS SHOOTING ONE YEAR LATER

PORTLAND, OR, 09/20/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that local New York Times bestselling artist J.H. Williams, will grant the proceeds raised by the WHERE WE LIVE anthology book published by Image Comics this Friday, September 21 at 12 PM to Lisa Fine Survivor, Co-Founder & President of the non-profit, Route91Strong. The event will be held at Red Rock Resort & Spa, 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135.

"When Jim first came to me about this project and his plans to support and give back to his community in Vegas, I knew Image had to do this,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “I think people everywhere have been looking for ways to reach out to the survivors, and a year later, I am thrilled to sign off on a check for over $100,000 that we look forward to seeing go toward rebuilding lives that were ripped apart on that tragic day.”

Williams added: “Wendy and I are so thankful to Image Comics, and to everyone who donated their time and talents to this effort. And thank you to everyone who has purchased Where We Live, or will be soon. The book wouldn't have been possible without everyone's support and caring. You've all helped people.”

J.H. and Wendy Williams along with survivors Lisa Fine and Christina Caria will be joined by special guests and survivors of the Vegas Shooting that occurred a year ago on October 1st.

WHERE WE LIVE anthology (ISBN: 9781534308220) is available now and can be purchased at your local comic shop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.



ABOUT WHERE WE LIVE ANTHOLOGY
“On October 1, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada suffered the worst mass shooting in modern American history, resulting in 58 deaths and over 500 injured. It broke my heart. Las Vegas is my home. I felt like something needed to be done to help in a unique way.” — JH WILLIAMS III, Artist & Curating Editor

This “unique way” was the genesis of the WHERE WE LIVE anthology—a riveting collection of both fictional stories and actual eye-witness accounts told by an all-star line-up of the top talent working in comics today. All the creators have graciously volunteered their time and talent to help bring some sense to this senseless act and, in the process, raise money for the survivors and their families. The book will include a variety of perspectives with key themes exploring gun violence, common sense gun control, value of a compassionate society, mental health stigmatization, aftermath of tragedy and how individuals & communities persevere and an appreciation of Las Vegas as a vibrant community.

100% of the proceeds for the WHERE WE LIVE anthology will be donated to Route91Strong, a non-profit organization. 

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

ABOUT ROUTE91STRONG NONPROFIT
Route91Strong is a 501(c)3 Tax-Exempt Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation founded by Vegas shooting survivors Lisa Fine and Brian Claypool along with other gun violence survivors and trusted experts. These survivors have come together to advocate for the families involved in senseless and horrific acts of gun violence.
Route91Strong Non-profit raises funds to meet the immediate financial needs for the survivors of Oct 1. Their mission is to create a non-partisan, non-political, support group to help other survivors of gun violence tragedies come together for Support, Hope, Strength, Change, and Love. Many of Route91Strong’s applicants suffer with debilitating PTSD, sleepless nights, and nightmares; some are unable to work, unable to leave their homes, and unable to pay their bills; and some are losing their jobs, losing their homes, and tragically on suicide watch.

www.Route91Strong.org
Toll Free 833-LUV-R91S
Please contact Lisa Fine, Survivor, Co-Founder & President, Route91strong
916-759-5700

ABOUT RED ROCK CASINO RESORT & SPA
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is a top Las Vegas luxury resort located off the strip. Red Rock is honored to host this check-giving event with Route91Strong and the WHERE WE LIVE book that is donating over $100,000 to survivors through this non-profit. This especially touches all of our hearts and souls as in tribute and honor of the one-year mark of the tragic night of October 1.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nintendo Download, September 20, 2018: Ride of the Valkyria


This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country – Start your Xenoblade Chronicles 2 journey at the beginning. Guide a group of legendary warriors through the tragic history that doomed a kingdom. Defend yourself from Malos and his forces using all the fury of a refined battle system that allows you to fight as both the artificial lifeforms known as Blades and their masters, the Drivers. The Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country game will be available on Sept. 21.
    • Valkyria Chronicles 4 – Commander Claude Wallace and his childhood friends set out to fight for freedom in a desperate war, but bone-chilling blizzards, waves of imperial soldiers and the godlike powers of the Valkyria stand between them and victory. The strategy-RPG Valkyria Chronicles 4 is available on Sept. 25.
    • The Gardens Between – Best friends Arina and Frendt fall into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens peppered with everyday objects from their childhood. Lost in a mysterious realm where cause and effect are malleable, the friends find that time flows in all directions. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and reach the apex of each isle.
    • FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION HD – Explore the world of FINAL FANTASY XV with a cast of cute and cool characters. After years of fighting, the nations of Lucis and Niflheim at last agree to an armistice. As a symbol of this promised peace, Noctis, crown prince of Lucis, is to wed the Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae. The prince sets forth for his wedding on the eve of the signing ceremony, sent off by his father, King Regis. Unbeknownst to Noctis, however, the journey ahead is fraught with perils...
    • Cities: Skylines – Nintendo Switch EditionCities: Skylines is a modern take on a classic city builder, with original gameplay to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city. Boasting fully realized transport and economy systems, Cities: Skylines is designed to suit any play style. And on the Nintendo Switch system, it can now be played anytime, anywhere.

Nintendo Switch Online Is Here



Nintendo Switch Online Connects Console Owners

Paid Service Includes Online Play, NES Game Collection, Save Data Cloud Backup, Smartphone App, Special Offers

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 19, 2018 – Nintendo Switch Online has arrived. The paid online service for Nintendo’s go-anywhere home video game system comes with an array of features that provide a great value to Nintendo Switch owners. Individual memberships are available for $3.99 for one month, $7.99 for three months or $19.99 for 12 months. Up to eight Nintendo Account holders can use a family membership, which costs $34.99 for a year.

“In addition to online play, Nintendo Switch Online includes Save Data Cloud backup for compatible games, a growing library of classic NES games with newly added online play, a smartphone app for voice chat and other features for supported games, and exclusive special offers, like a pair of wireless NES Controllers that can be used to play NES games on Nintendo Switch,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “It’s a tremendous value.”

Online Play: Nintendo Switch Online allows players to engage in competitive or cooperative gameplay with people around the world in many current and upcoming games like Splatoon 2, ARMS, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Tennis Aces , Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As a reminder, players won’t automatically become Nintendo Switch Online members when the service starts, so they will need to purchase an Individual or Family Membership to avoid disruption of their online play in compatible games. A seven-day free trial is also available from Nintendo eShop.

Sony Announces PlayStation Classic



PlayStation Classic will be available for $99.99 USD (MSRP) / $129.99 CAN (MSRP) on December 3, 2018 and will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles. See more at https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/playstation-classic/

Screen Media Acquires North American Rights for Horror Film "LUZ"



SCREEN MEDIA ACQUIRES TILMAN SINGER’S “LUZ” AHEAD OF OPENING-NIGHT FANTASTIC FEST PREMIERE

New York- September 19, 2018- Screen Media announced today it has acquired all North American rights for Tilman Singer’s audacious, psychotropic horror film LUZ, planning a first quarter 2019 release in theaters across the US.

LUZ made its North American bow at Fantasia Film Festival, and will have its US premiere at Fantastic Fest this week as part of the festival’s opening night. The film also played at Berlin International Film Festival earlier in the year and will screen as a part of the Sitges Film Festival next month.

LUZ begins as a young female cabdriver (Luana Velis, in the title role) drags herself into the brightly lit entrance of a run-down police station. A demonic entity follows her, determined to finally be close to the woman it loves. Shot entirely on 16mm, this first feature film from Singer pays homage to horror masters Cronenberg, Argento and Fulci, while infusing a fresh take on the genre all of his own.

LUZ is written and directed by Tilman Singer, produced by Dario Mendez Acosta and Singer and stars Luana Velis and Jan Bluthardt.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors. The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


TJ Berry (2018)

Five Unicorn Flush
The Reason 2
Angry Robot, May 7, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Only one woman with a magical parasite can unite the galaxy, in the mind-blowing SF sequel to Space Unicorn Blues

The Bala, magical creatures, have hidden themselves from cruel and destructive humanity, leaving the galaxy in shambles. Without unicorn-powered faster-than-light travel, mankind is scattered, starving and isolated across the stars. Cowboy Jim has the sole surviving FTL drive, and he and his Reason soldiers are determined to track down and re-enslave the Bala. But on their new planet, the Bala are on the brink of civil war: should they accept Unicorn rule, or follow necromancer Bao Zhi and exact revenge on their human oppressors? Only Captain Jenny, with her new elfin parasite, can return peace to the galaxy.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Elves on the Brain | Lust for Magic | Best Served Hot | FTL Hell ]





Zen Cho (2015)

The True Queen
A Sorcerer to the Crown Novel 2
Ace, March 12, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

In the follow-up to the “delightful” Regency fantasy novel (NPR.org) Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae.

When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic.

If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she’s drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed.





Elle Katharine White (2017)

Dragonshadow
A Heartstone Novel 2
Harper Voyager, November 20, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

The author of Heartstone once again infuses elements of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic in this addictive fantasy that brings back sparring lovers Aliza and Alastair: fierce warriors who match wits, charm, and swords as they fight an epic war to save their world.

The Battle of North Fields is over—or so Aliza Bentaine, now a Daired, fervently wants to believe. But rumors are spreading of an unseen monster ravaging the isolated Castle Selwyn on the northern border of the kingdom. When she and Alastair are summoned from their honeymoon by the mysterious Lord Selwyn, they must travel with their dragon Akarra through the Tekari-infested Old Wilds of Arle to answer his call.

And they are not alone on this treacherous journey. Shadowing the dragonriders is an ancient evil, a harbinger of a dark danger of which the Worm was only a foretaste. And soon Aliza realizes the terrible truth: the real war is only beginning.

Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel - Official Trailer




Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, in theaters March 8, 2019.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2018 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - September Debuts





Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2018 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

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Cover designed by Kaitlin Kall










Jacket Design by Eileen Carey
Background Artwork by Stephen Mulcahey / Arcangel





Jacket illustration and design © Suzanne Dean,
incorporates eighteenth-century textile and pattern details
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London





Cover by: Ashley Detmering





Jacket design: Kimberly Glyder
Jacket art: Kula Moore





Cover art by Rebecca Yanovskaya
Designed by Lauren Panepinto





Cover by Ron Ackins





Cover design by Grace West





Cover design by Mona Lin
Cover illustration courtesy of Jeff Chapman