Whether you do your summer reading by the pool, at the beach, or in the A/C, here are three new releases that should be on your radar: an anthology featuring Edgar Allan Poe’s Detective Dupin, an historical horror novella, and a zombie tale from an Active Duty soldier.
First is news of Titan Books’ Beyond Rue Morgue: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1st Detective, an anthology of original stories featuring Poe’s iconic creation Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin, the world’s first literary detective.
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue introduced the world to its first literary detective, Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin, and established many literary devices used in future fictional detectives, including Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.
Now Dupin’s legacy continues in brand-new tales of ratiocination, mystery, and the macabre. Experience the further exploits of Dupin as he faces enemies both human and otherworldly; follow the adventures of his grandson, the Pinkerton detective; learn the fate of Dupin’s great-granddaughter; discover how Dupin connects his creator, Poe, with Sherlock Holmes; and more!
This anthology includes the original 1841 story and Clive Barker’s sequel, ‘New Murders in the Rue Morgue’, along with original stories by Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Weston Ochse, Mike Carey, and many more.
Next, in John Connolly’s The Wanderer in Unknown Realms: A Novella, a man shattered by war is haunted by the search for a mysterious occult text. It’s currently just $.99 from Atria/Emily Bestler Books and Simon and Schuster Digital Sales.
“Books alter men, and men, in their turn, alter worlds.”
Soter is a man who has been haunted by World War I. But when he’s sent to investigate the disappearance of Lionel Maudling, the owner of a grand country house whose heir may be accused of his death, he encounters a home that will lead him to nightmares he could have never imagined.
Maudling’s estate houses countless books of every sort—histories, dramas, scientific treatises. But none seems to offer Soter any hint to Maudling’s whereabouts, until he’s led to an arcane London bookseller where the reclusive scholar made his last purchase. What Soter finds at the end of a twisted maze of clues is a book like no other, with a legacy that will put everything he knows in danger…
An inventive horror novella from internationally bestselling author John Connolly, this is a story of madness, of obsession, and of books’ power to change the world.
Last we have Brian Parker’s Gnash, a zombie horror book that takes place in the not too distant future…
Parker is a current Active Duty Army soldier who resides in Texas with his family. While he was growing up, his family owned and operated a small farm in Missouri for an annual loss. It was there that he learned the value, and rewards, of a hard day’s work and learned to enjoy the escapism provided by a good book.
An ancient fundamentalist organization has chosen to lash out against its enemies by conducting several attacks simultaneously across the globe. One of the assaults unleashes a deadly virus within the Pentagon. When the virus mutates beyond anything the terrorists expected, the nation’s capital is plunged into a violent zombie outbreak that threatens to infect everyone in the region. A desperate attempt to stop the potential global epidemic backfires as the infected survive a brutal pre-emptive strike and continue to wreak havoc on the human population when they reemerge from the bowels of the ruined city.
Grayson Donnelly, a former Army officer who is stranded in the Midwest during the outbreak, is forced to fight for his life and for the survival of his adopted community while his fiancée, Emory, is trapped in the Washington, DC, quarantine zone. She struggles to come to terms with her own survival while living in a government-operated refugee camp just outside of the city. In a nation that is nearing anarchy as the terrorists’ heinous scheme takes on a life of its own, the two of them must learn to adapt and do whatever is necessary in order to survive.
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