Turn to Ash, Vol. 2: Open Lines is now open to preorders.

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Preorders are now live for Turn to Ash, Vol. 2: Open Lines. The book will ship in December. The first 50 Preorders will receive a personalized letter of termination from WORN 1600 AM, printed on WORN letterhead, and signed by [REDACTED] from Malthus Media Division, Malthus International.

Click HERE to order.

The book will be available worldwide via Amazon in December, and due to popular demand, there will be a Kindle edition that will be available shortly thereafter.

Charles “Chuck” Leek has hosted The Late-Night Leak – radio’s late-night home for high strangeness – on WORN 1600 AM since late 2000. However, nothing in those 15+ years could have possibly prepared him for what he and his colleagues would encounter on what should’ve been another routine night of … OPEN LINES!

Jonathan Raab and 11 more authors weave together tales of weirdness inside a unique framing device – Chuck’s paranormal radio call-in show. Peppered throughout Jonathan’s “Cold Call” are the following stories, written as callers to The Late-Night Leak:

The Sun Screams in Retrograde – Rebecca Allred
OGRE – Joseph Bouthiette Jr
All that Moves Us – Evan Dicken
The White Factory – Kurt Fawver
A Room with Two Views – Joanna Michal Hoyt
When the Trees Sing – S. L. Edwards
Rails – Thomas Mavroudis
Lullabies from the Formicary – Betty Rocksteady
Midnight in the Desert – Joseph Pastula
The Merger – A.P. Sessler
Death Run – Martin Rose

This issue also features radio and conspiracy themed non-fiction from Jose Cruz, James Newman, and John Delaughter, plus Gordon White’s interview with Matthew M. Bartlett.

Some notes from a carnival barker’s third cousin

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I wanted to take a moment to talk about a few things that have crossed my virtual desk recently from some of the contributors to Turn to Ash, Vol. 1.

First up is Beneath the Remains by Terence Hannum. Terence sent me a copy of his novella a few months ago, and I’ve been meaning to say something about it here for a while, but the hours have a way of peeling away in days, then weeks, at a time before you know it. I finally got a chance to read it a month or so ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hannum has created an enthralling hesher noir set against the backdrop of a decaying early 90’s Florida. It’s grime and bad times all the way down; not exactly a feel-good book, but Hannum’s prose makes the gutters glitter.

Spencer and I lay on the dirty lanai loungers, all the other patio furniture or detritus in whatever state we had found it we tossed into the deep algae green of the uncleaned pool. We had pulled the remaining two loungers next to a small low fire pit area where Spencer had lit a blaze even though the heat of the evening was suffocating. We didn’t care.

I laid back and watched the shadows dance across the stained walls of the house, playing with the thick film on the chair and rolling it between my paint stained fingers. Spencer had stolen a machete and cut into the screen to the lanai. Over the course of the evening we had spray-painted a magnificent tapestry of pentagrams and entire voids of solid black on the once pale stucco walls. Entire sliding glass doors were now translucent chasms of dripping midnight grime whose enamel surfaces gleamed in the pyre. Staring back at us.

Beneath the Remains is available HERE from  Anathemata Editions.

Up next is the phonetically similar, Anathema: Spec from the Margins. Anathema is new, soon-to-launch publication from co-editors-in-chief,  Andrew Wilmot and Michael Matheson. From the Indiegogo campaign:

Anathema: Spec from the Margins, a tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by queer POC. We want you to help us make Anathema a podium on which the voices we least hear from can stand and hold nothing back.

It sounds very promising, and there are some really cool rewards offered at various tiers on the campaign page. If you’re strapped for cash, you can get a whole year’s subscription for $10 CAD, which is less than $8 USD right now. The campaign will be running for the next month. Check it out HERE.

And lastly, but certainly not leastly, is Blood Kiss from J. Daniel Stone. I have not had a chance to check this one out yet, but I hope to get my mitts on it very soon. Of Particular to interest of fans of J.’s story in Turn to Ash, Blood Kiss tells another tale featuring Dorian and Tyria, the characters from “What Makes a Shadow.”

To macabre painter Dorian Wilde, art is a weapon. Dissatisfied with life and where it is leading him, he looks to himself and to his partner, Leland, for answers that cannot be.

Tyria Vane is a spoken word poet who has never felt part of any clique or crowd. She is haunted by dreams of an abusive childhood that she can only make sense of through words, and with the help of her lover, Adelaide.

An unexpected introduction sparks new promise in Dorian’s creative heart, in Tyria’s poetic soul, and they begin to understand that only together are they able to satiate their weird lusts and personal tortures. Is art love or is love art? Set between the shadows of Manhattan and Brooklyn, what could have been a masterpiece in paint and prose might end up being the worst thing that anyone can imagine.

Is art love or is love art? Set between the shadows of Manhattan and Brooklyn, what could have been a masterpiece in paint and prose might end up begin the worst thing that anyone can imagine.

Blood Kiss is available from Villipede Publications. Amazon link is right HERE.

You can, of course, pick up a copy of Turn to Ash, Vol. 1 – which features stories from Terence, Andrew, and J. – HERE or HERE.

I’d also like to thank the fine folks over at Miskatonic Musings for the surprise shout-out at the end of the latest episode, Pumpkinhead: Turnt. It’s an honor to be mentioned in a Pumpkinhead episode, even if it’s one covering the awful 4th and 5th entries in the franchise. And Charles managed to pronounce my name correctly, which is no small feat unto itself. You should already be listening to Miskatonic Musings, but in case you aren’t, HERE’S a link to the latest episode.

Vol. 2 pre-orders, Vol. 3 submissions, Vol. 1 sale ending.

Happy Halloween, weirdos!

We’ve been hard at work finishing the edits and layout for Turn to Ash, Vol. 2: Open Lines over the last few weeks, and I’m happy to announce that it will be available for pre-order one week from today. Orders for Vol. 2 will ship in the last week of November or the first week of December. It will become available via Amazon at that time, as well. Watch this space next Monday for the pre-order link.

The cover below is not quite final, but it’s getting there. The “contactee sketch” on the front is by Bo Davis. Chuck’s image is by Julian Dassai.

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I was planning on opening up submissions for Vol. 3 in November, but I don’t want to give short shrift to the prepping and promotion of Vol. 2, so I’m going to hold off on opening subs up for Vol. 3 until December. Start sharpening your pencils. It will be another general horror issue, in the vein of Vol. 1. I’ve already bought a couple of stories for it, but I am looking for up to 8 more. It will likely release in March or April, 2017.

Turn to Ash, Vol. 1 is still on sale for $9 over at Amazon, so if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, now is the time! The sale is supposed to end today, but sometimes it takes a couple of days for the price to update, so act quickly!

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Hey, all. It’s been a wee bit difficult drumming up reviews for Turn to Ash, Volume 1 thus far. If you or someone you know has a blog, zine, pirate radio station, or hastily-mimeographed manifesto in which they’d like to review Vol. 1, or any and all future volumes of Turn to Ash, please don’t hesitate to contact me at turntoashmedia (AT) gmail (DOT) com with relevant links and/or blurry photographs. Thanks!

Transmission

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The signal from WORN – Radio Orion grows louder and clearer with each passing day, and through the static, Turn to Ash, Vol. 2: Open Lines begins to take form.

Open Lines is a unique series of strange stories, presented as phone calls to late night paranormal talk show host, Chuck Leek, on his nationally syndicated radio program, The Late Night Leak. Of course, Chuck is having a hell of a night himself, and the calls weave through a frame story detailing his weird night of High Strangeness.

I’m pleased to announce the TOC for Turn to Ash, Vol. 2: Open Lines (not yet in final running order):

Cold Call (frame story) – Jonathan Raab

The Sun Screams in Retrograde – Rebecca Allred

OGRE – Joseph Bouthiette Jr

All that Moves Us – Evan Dicken

The White Factory – Kurt Fawver

A Room with Two Views – Joanna Michal Hoyt

When the Trees Sing – S. L. Edwards

Rails – Thomas Mavroudis

Lullabies from the Formicary – Betty Rocksteady

Midnight in the Desert – Joseph Pastula

The Merger – A.P. Sessler

Death Run – Martin Rose

Including recurring columns from Jose Cruz and James Newman, Turn to Ash, Vol. 2 will feature several pieces of non-fiction pertaining to radio, conspiracy, and the kind of weird goings-on covered by Mr. Leek’s show.

Small Wonders – The Thing on the Fourble Board – Jose Cruz

Take It From Me (But Give It Back When You’re Done): Random Thoughts On Horror Cinema – It’s a Cover-Up! (Seven Fright Flicks Featuring a Sinister Conspiracy) – James Newman

Lovecraft and the Primal Roots of Late-Night Radio: Fire, Myths, and Monsters – John DeLaughter

An Interview with Matthew M. Bartlett by Gordon White

Turn to Ash, Vol. 2: Open Lines will be available to order in late October. Watch this space and WORN – 1600 AM for further updates.