Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York

Remembering Peter by Christopher Mancuso  Illustrated by Luke Spooner

Remembering Peter by Christopher Mancuso Illustrated by Luke Spooner


Good Morning Cultists!

By now I am sure you have been wondering about our forthcoming horror anthology, which was on hiatus for a short while alongside all things Myth Ink Books.

Hand of Bone by Wilum H Pugmire Illustrated by Luke Spooner

Hand of Bone by Wilum H Pugmire
Illustrated by Luke Spooner

Our last post of March 12th detailed the title change from Boroughs of the Dead 2 to Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York.  If you were not aware Myth Ink Books is currently run, editing, website, social media by two people. Unfortunately we both were afflicted with health issues for a few months, which caused us to place work on this anthology on hiatus. These health issues are being managed and we are finalizing the manuscript as our In House Illustrator Luke Spooner is creating images for all of the stories we are publishing in Dark Tales from Elder Regions.

In the months we were away Luke has kept our spirits high with the illustrations for the 2nd edition of The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales, plus the art for Dark Tales from Elder Regions.  The work Luke is providing will take you right into the stories and transport you to the realms of horror our authors have provided in their tales. If you have not already  please visit his website Carrion House

With this said I can now provide you with a look inside at Dark Tales from Elder Regions with the Table of Contents and select illustrations.

From Leaking by David Neilsen  Illustrated by Luke Spooner

From Leaking by David Neilsen
Illustrated by Luke Spooner

In parentheses you will see the area of NYC the story takes place. This is just a broad application as you will find upon reading that some of these stories are not restricted to the one borough.  Unfortunately we did not receive any stories that took place in or around the Bronx.

1)     (Brooklyn)  “Roebling’s Monster” by Leanna Renee Hieber
2)    (Brooklyn)   “The Hand of Bone”  by  Wilum H. Pugmire
3)    (Manhattan) “Beautiful Dreams”  by DJ Tyrer
4)    (Manhattan) “The Professor’s NY Adventure”  by Gordon Linzer
5)    (Manhattan) “Now Departing” by John Peel
6)    (Manhattan)  “Leaking”  by David Neilsen
7)    (Manhattan)  “The Sixth Borough” by Gregory Norris
8)    (Manhattan) “Retro Viral” by Andrea Janes
9)    (Brooklyn)   “Broken Glass” by Jordan Mapes
10)    (Manhattan)  “Wallflowers” by Lilah Wild
11)    (Manhattan) “The None Percent” by Warren Frey
12)    (Queens) “The Vintner of Little Neck” by Chris Tuthill
13)    (Manhattan) “The Last Train to New Haven” by Kevin Wetmore
14)    (Staten Island) “E-Ville” by Frank Collia

15)   (Staten Island) “Rosebank NNL” by Daniel Russo
16)    (Staten Island) “Hell of a Day” by James Aquilone
17)    (Staten Island) “The Mad Monk” of St Augustines by Colleen Wanglund
18)    (Staten Island) “Remembering Peter” by Christopher Mancuso
19)    (Staten Island) “Ghosting” by Jessica Burke
20)    (Staten Island) “The Lonely Boat” by Anthony Burdge

We have 20 stories that draw on local legends (Wanglund) , folklore, the paranormal (Christopher Mancuso, Jessica Burke) and a story inspired by H.P. Lovecraft (Pugmire), and The King In Yellow (D.J. Tyrer and Anthony Burdge).   In the coming weeks we will be announcing the publication date, a crowd sourcing campaign, book signings and more about our brilliant contributors.


Horror Anthology Re-titled and Update

Greetings Friends,

Illustrated by Luke Spooner

Illustrated by Luke Spooner

We are in the line editing process for our new horror anthology that was tentatively titled “Boroughs of the Dead Vol. 2″

There will be over two dozen stories covering areas all over  New York City in this anthology.

We have retitled the volume to reflect the horror within. “Boroughs of the Dead Vol. 2″ has been renamed: “Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York

Our in house Illustrator Luke Spooner will be reading these tales very soon and will be illustrating selected stories and the cover. Visit his website and see his brilliantly haunting work over at Carrion House.   Additionally, to be announced very soon, we will be releasing a 2nd Edition of The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales,” which has internal and cover illustrations by Luke.

Dark Tales From Elder Regions: New York will be the first in an annual anthology by Myth Ink Books.  Each year we will focus on a particular region and solicit writers to offer their tales of horror.  We drew inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft regarding the application of Elder Regions in the title:

…on Sunday I made up for this undue domesticity by taking an all-day jaunt to elder regions. Whoopee! The past for me! I embarked on the Staten Island ferry, and was soon in the land of quaint villages that might have been five hundred miles from any metropolis. –from a letter from HP Lovecraft to his Aunt date 9/1924

Lovecraft was referring to Staten Island and his trip to the “forgotten borough,” of NYC where my wife and I currently reside.  From this we simply borrowed the term “Elder Regions,” and applied it to the broader aspect of New York of which the tales in our anthology are focused.

Within the next few weeks we will publish an official press release of the entire Table of Contents and features from “Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York.”

For the moment here are a few of the authors who have contributed to our collection.

Lovecraftian Author Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire is a full-time underground author of Cthulhu Mythos fiction.  Pugmire has written a macabre story based in the same Dutch Reformed Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY that inspired Lovecraft himself to write “The Hound,” which is entitled “The Hand of Bone.” Click here to visit his website and read more of his work

Legendary author John Peel has written for numerous genres, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy and many others. Peel is the author of Doctor Who books and comic strips. Notably, he wrote the first original Doctor Who novel, Timewyrm: Genesys, to launch the Virgin New Adventures line. In the early 1990s he was commissioned by Target Books to write novelisations of several key Terry Nation Dalek stories of the 1960s after the rights were finally worked out.  For our volume Mr. Peel has written a tale set in Manhattan entitled: “Now Departing.”  Click here to read more of his work and visit his website

Actress, playwright and author, Leanna Renee Hieber is the award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her Strangely Beautiful saga, beginning with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists and garnered numerous regional genre awards. Ms. Hieber has written “Roebling’s Monster,” a tale set in Brooklyn, for the collection.  Click here to read more of her work and visit her website

Gregory Norris is a full time writer with some 4,000 stories, articles, books. with work regularly published in fiction anthologies and national magazines.  Mr. Norris worked as a screenwriter on two episodes of Paramount’s STAR TREK: VOYAGER, and was a columnist and staff writer at Sci Fi, the official magazine of the Sci Fi Channel. Norris is the author to the guide of  all-things-Sunnydale, THE Q GUIDE TO BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER,  his latest book, SHRUNKEN HEADS: Twenty Tiny Tales of Mystery and Terror, was released last September.  Mr. Norris has contributed a tale called, “The Sixth Borough,” which illustrates a characters search for a mysterious borough of NYC.

Rune Morgan is a new ominous voice in the horror genre with inspirations ranging from classics such as Poe to pulp such as Lovecraft to contemporaries such as King. He currently runs Rune Morgan Horror, a website bringing his original horror and dark fiction to the world for free.

Rune has crafted a truly fiendish tale, “The Ghost of Five Points,” for this anthology.  Visit runemorganhorror.wordpress.com

Colleen Wanglund is a writer, book and movie reviewer for multiple websites, such as Monster Librarian and The Horror Fiction Review plus she is an obsessed Asian horror film fan.  Wanglund’s murderous tale takes place on Staten Island and is entitled, “The Mad Monk of St. Augustine’s.”

This is just a small preview of the over two dozen authors we have accepted for “Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York.”

Stay tuned for the full  Table of Contents featuring all of our prolific authors.

Doctor Who Book Giveaway & Special Deal


We are giving away one signed copy of The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who and offering a limited time only deal of $0.99 for the Kindle edition starting at 8 a.m. TODAY

From February 13th (TODAY) To February 20th 2014 we are running a giving away a signed copy of our book The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who over on Goodreads.com NOW! CLICK BELOW TO ENTER TO WIN


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who by Anthony S. Burdge

The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who

by Anthony S. Burdge

Giveaway ends February 20, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who is a volume of essays examining the abundant mythological elements underpinning the 50-year-run of the popular BBC television series Doctor Who. Contributors include a well known Doctor Who novelist, an organizer of one of the largest Doctor Who communities, plus several university scholars and Editors from Myth Ink Books. Explore the universe of The Doctor as seen through the eyes of myth and legend.

“A collection of excellent essays that is engaging for the serious fan and will deepen the interest of the new viewer. Every generation has a method of storytelling to pass its collected wisdom to the next. This book helps us connect the themes of a modern television legend to the timeless myths of the past.”
Ken Deep
Co-host Doctor Who An Occasional Podcast

“In a television show fandom that hoards its myths and canon tight to its chest, The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who is a welcome inhalation of air; examining many of the very ‘set in stone’ beliefs that we hold true, while examining the etheric connections between a television series and some of the greatest mythological traditions of all time. A solid read.”
Tony Lee
Writer of IDW Publishing’s Doctor Who Ongoing


Introducing Out of the Aeons: Music From A New Dark Age

IA! IA! Cultists,

It is our pleasure to introduce to you all a project from Mars Homeworld whom you all may know by now is the Reader/Producer of our audiobook of The Friendly Horror.  Out of the Aeons: Music From A New Dark Age, a new music project inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft featuring composers Reber Clark, Mars Homeworld, Troy Sterling Nies & Will Severin. This epic horror-themed music project was recently released as a digital download. It’s a truly unique project, traversing a wide variety of musical styles, with each track inspired by a different Lovecraft story and it also features narration by Doug Jones (Abe Sapien from Hellboy, Pan from Pan’s Labyrinth, etc.)

Capturing the invocations of the Old Ones is no easy task; it is not for the faint of heart, nor weak of spirit. Individually, composers Reber Clark (HPLHS), Mars Homeworld (Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown), Troy Sterling Nies (HPLHS) & Will Severin (The Thing on the Doorstep) have risen to the challenge time and again to provide that most elusive of music; Lovecraftian soundtracks. Together, they join forces to commit the music of the spheres to a new recording. Each track based on a different H.P. Lovecraft tale and traversing musical styles from orchestral to ambient to rock, with narration by genre favorite Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer). This project is a must-have for H.P. Lovecraft fans and collectors everywhere.


Connect With Us on Social Media

We have updated our the main page to Myth Ink Books and our Contact Us Page to reflect the various forms of social media we are now connected to.

Stay Up to Date on all of our news, about forthcoming publications, art work, audio samples, images and most importantly communication with everyone in the Horror, Weird Fiction, Lovecraftian, & other varied genres.

If you have questions or queries about any of our titles, or wish to review our books for your publication you can:

Email Us Direction at: MythInkBooks@gmail.com


Deadline Extended for Doctor Who: Ambassadors of Geekdom


In order to accommodate members in the Doctor Who community who wish to submit proposals and essays to our forthcoming book: Doctor Who The Ambassadors of Geekdom we have extended the deadline.

We have had a great response to our announcement of our new book series and the premiere volume dedicated to Doctor Who.

If you are interested in contributing the deadline has been extended to APRIL 30th 2014 to get your proposals to us.

Click this link for all the details:

Doctor Who: Ambassadors of Geekdom

The Friendly Horror Fan Art

Very early this morning upon my return home from work, I discovered that a truly great Lovecraft fan, Tom Jenkins of the H.P. Lovecraft and Horror Art Fan pages on Facebook, created a truly creepy and disturbing piece of fan art inspired from our story The Friendly Horror.

As you may recall from my post of yesterday we listed our audiobook of The Friendly Horror for $1.99 and cited a quote from Tom who had purchased the audiobook and offered his thoughts to us about the story.

“Very entertaining take on the Deep Ones/Hybrid legacy, The Shadow Over Innsmouth is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories and I have always found joy in “spin offs” and related material . As a narrator Mars Homeworld does a exceptional performance and in my opinion is just as enjoyable to listen to as the narrator Wayne June.”–Tom J. Operator of the H.P. Lovecraft facebook fan page

We were thrilled and excited to receive his feedback on our story and the reading Mars Homeworld did for the audiobook.  We were flattered to received this piece of inspired art from him this morning.

Tom Jenkins Art inspired from The Friendly Horror

Tom Jenkins Art inspired from The Friendly Horror

Thank you very much Tom for this and we really appreciate your enthusiasm and support of our work.

Readers, please click here to “like” Tom’s H.P. Lovecraft fan page and Click here to “like” his Horror Art page.


Greetings Readers!

In two weeks your friendly neighborhood Myth Ink Books Editor/Author Anthony Burdge, yes me, shall be turning 42 years of age!

So, I am in a rather hobbit-ish mood, and thinking ahead to my birthday I have decided to place our audiobook of The Friendly Horror ON SALE FOR ONLY $1.99

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00012]Written by Jessica Burke, my wife, and I, The Friendly Horror is a contemporary follow up to H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadows Over Innsmouth. This tale is a deceptively titled novella from our collection, The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales and is a generational tale of an Innsmouth family with an insidious plan to change humanity forever

A 30 Track Album Read by Lovecraftian Writer/Composer/Filmmaker Mars Homeworld (Transcendent, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown)1473775_10152133972304703_1516458969_n

ls_building.jpgAudiobook Illustrations were done by the superb Luke Spooner of Carrion House

Recently this was said of The Friendly Horror Audiobook:

“Very entertaining take on the Deep Ones/Hybrid legacy, The Shadow Over Innsmouth is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories and I have always found joy in “spin offs” and related material . As a narrator Mars Homeworld does a exceptional performance and in my opinion is just as enjoyable to listen to as the narrator Wayne June.”–Tom J. Operator of the H.P. Lovecraft facebook fan page

Most, if not all Lovecraftians, know the masterful work of Wayne June who has narrated multiple audio versions of H.P. Lovecraft’s work and to have Mars Homeworld’s performance compared in our audiobook is exciting!


“This charming book is a …delightful celebration of that delicious state of being called ‘Lovecraftian.’ …this duo can write, with excellent effect….”
—W. H. Pugmire
Author of Encounters with Enoch Coffin




Announcing: Glamour, YA novel coming March 2014


Congrats to Andrea Janes, our co-editor/co-author for our forthcoming book Boroughs of the Dead Vol 2. Andrea has announced that her first YA novel “Glamour,” due March 18th from World Weaver Press.

Originally posted on World Weaver Press:

Coming Soon with World Weaver PressWe’re pleased to announce that Glamour, a YA urban fantasy by Andrea Janes, will be released March 18, 2014.

Stealing the life she’s always wanted is as easy as casting a spell.

Townie. That’s what eighteen-year-old Christina Sundy is. All year round she lives in a one-stoplight town on Cape Cod, and when summer comes, she spends her days scooping ice cream for the rich tourists she hates. So when one of them takes a job in the ice cream shop alongside her, she’s pissed. Why does a blonde and perky Harvard-bound rich girl like Reese Manning want to scoop ice cream anyway?

Something else weird is happening to Christina: tiny blue sparks seem to be shooting off her fingers. It isn’t long before she realizes the truth about herself — she’s actually a powerful hereditary witch. But her newfound powers are too intense for her to handle and, in…

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Accepting Second Round of Submissions for Boroughs of the Dead 2.

BoD_CoverWe have gotten a great response from everyone regarding our forthcoming ghost story and urban horror anthology, Boroughs of the Dead Volume 2. However, we lost track of time over the holidays and the deadline is right around the corner on February 1st. We are currently reviewing all of the submissions we have received thus far but have a few potential contributors who need some more time due to their schedule.


Original stories preferred but reprint submissions will be considered.

This means that if you wish to get your story considered for this collection then you now have until FEBRUARY 28th 2014 to send them in.

To submit your story, send an email to MythInkBooks@gmail.comPut in the Subject line the title of your story, and in the body of the email a short bio, word count, and your story. No attachments please. Please include any questions you may have.

Click here to refer to our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Boroughs of the Dead Volume 2 is a joint project between Andrea Janes, NYC Macabre Tour Guide of Boroughs of the Dead, and Myth Ink Books proprietors Jessica Burke and Anthony Burdge. This volume will consist of ghost & urban horror stories in and around the five boroughs of New York City.


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