“The elevator pitch for Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI by Jonathan Raab would probably sound something like, “What if Stephen Graham Jones was hired to write Cabin in the Woods but specifically for late-era slasher sequels?” But that logline, while descriptive enough, is also unnecessarily reductive. It leaves out the particular affinity that Raab has for high strange weirdness, for ufology, for apocalyptic conspiracy theories, dire warnings about the American Nightmare and “tragedy in Babylon.” Without that affinity, this could feel like a pastiche, but with it, the book transforms, sometimes subtly and sometimes not-so-subtly, into something else altogether.” – Taken from Orrin Grey’s review of CGMVI.
Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI: The Official Novelization- Now available in print and Kindle editions HERE.
Now Available worldwide through The Big A – Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI: The Official Novelization by Jonathan Raab.
Too horrible to be true, too weird to be fiction!
80’s slashers! UFOs! Insidious cults! The Military Industrial Complex! High Strangeness!
Print book available NOW, ebook coming soon.
Turn to Ash is proud to present Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI: The Official Novelization. A novel from Jonathan Raab. Pre-orders are open now and the book will ship in late December.
The first 25 copies will be signed by the author, so make sure to order soon!
Here’s a description of this unique offering from the author, himself:
Hey, everybody! I’m very pleased to finally announce that late this Summer, Turn to Ash will be publishing Jonathan Raab’s new novel, Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI: The Official Novelization. A title like that obviously bears a little explanation and, indeed, even the explanation will bear a little explanation and, even then, I’m not entirely sure how much sense it will make when… How about I just lay out, in rough chronological order, how this project came to be and you can make of that what you will? Here goes…
Late last year, I received a letter (excerpt below) from a film company seeking a micro-indie horror publisher to begin working on the novelization of, arguably, the most misunderstood of the entries in the Camp Ghoul Mountain series. I was floored. CGM VI is a legendary, if not controversial, treasure of underground horror cinema. When I was a kid, not even the laxest of parents would let us watch this movie at their house. Everyone believed it was too violent and promoted drug use and/or Satanism. Or something. Despite these parental concerns, all the lucky teens in the neighborhood who had seen it assured us that the movie actually sucked. It was too weird and strayed too far from the rest of the series. It went off on strange tangents that your average slasher fan was confused by and uninterested in. Because of its bad rep, it sank into relative obscurity. By the time I finally watched it, I’d dropped enough, shall we say, life experience, to feel a certain kinship with the batshit events that unfolded on the screen. But those weird, wild days are long behind me and I’ve never been a vocal champion of the flick, so I had no idea why the film company was reaching out to me. I was excited to be invited to such a project, but I was more than a touch confused.
I called Jonathan up and explained that while the stunt was cute, I didn’t appreciate getting my hopes raised and dashed like that. He rather curtly dismissed my complaint and explained that he was not terribly amused that I had called him several times over the previous couple of weeks, always in the middle of the night, and left, long, mostly silent voicemails (audio clips below). He also suggested that I lay off the sauce and get to bed at a decent hour like a decent person. I explained that I hadn’t been placing those calls and that is was possible that my phone was malfunctioning and that I’d get it checked out. Furthermore, I continued to explain, I was drinking responsibly and sleeping quite well, thank you very much. Eventually, after far too much explanation, tempers cooled and we chatted for a while about Castlevania, living mansions, and UFO disclosure for a bit and then said farewell. I decided it must be someone else in our little community, probably Breen or Edwards, having a laugh at our expense with the Malthus thing and didn’t give it another thought. Until I got my phone bill.
That evening I got an email from Phillip O’Leary – the same supposed man from Malthus who’d supposedly sent me the letter – telling me that he looked forward to working with me on CGM VI and that he’d reached out to “some friends” and taken care of my billing issue. I logged into my account and, sure enough, back to normal. I called Raab again.
Have a great weekend everybody! Get weird and Halloween it up, wherever and whatever you are. We’ll be doing the final spit and polish on Vol. 3 this weekend so that we can get it – our biggest, weirdest issue yet – out into the wild ASAP.
Anywho, to tide you over, here’s another piping-hot review from our man (a HUMAN, not A SWARM OF LOUD, BUZZING THINGS ALWAYS JUST OUT OF SIGHT) on the street, S.L. Edwards. Click anywhere below. I dare ya.
Howdy, all! I should be getting a print proof of Vol. 3 in a couple of days, then it’s one last check with authors to make sure everything looks shiny, and we’re ready to ship! I’m shooting for the middle-end of next week to have the pre-order copies begin their journeys via the USPS.
In other exciting news, I’m proud to roll out a new feature that will be appearing regularly on the Turn to Ash website – book reviews from everyone’s favorite human author (he keeps insisting that I remind everyone that he is, in fact, one human, and not a swarm of anything else) – S.L. Edwards!
We’re coming out swinging with this one – TWO reviews in one day:
Sam’s got more reviews in the pipeline that we’ll be posting in the coming weeks and months, alongside other free content that will include both fiction and non-fiction. Sometime around the first of the year, we’ll do a complete site redesign as well, as I think the layout of this one is kind of clunky. More on that and the upcoming content soon.
So, click those links and buy some books, people. There are links to buy the books reviewed (**cough** and our store **cough**) provided at the bottom of the review pages.
Quick update on Vol. 3: I’ve been moving house and it has slowed the editing and layout processes a bit, but I’ll be in the new place and have the internet and all the trimmings by the weekend. So, I should be able to knock everything out in the next week and depending on the wait at the printer, we should have the issue done and ready to ship by either the last week in September or the first week in October. I’ll post more updates here as I get the work done and get print proofs and whatnot. Thanks for the continued support and please consider pre-ordering Vol. 3 HERE if you haven’t already. Cheers!