With only four days to go before the Kickstarter project ends and a little more than $6,000 left to reach the goal, Chris Morey may be sweating a little over Dark Region’s forthcoming book, Black Labyrinth Book II by Joe R. Lansdale.
Morey, who is owner and editor of Dark Regions Press, created the Kickstarter for the new novella, which is slated to be Book II in the Black Labyrinth imprint published by Dark Regions Press.
The publisher’s intent is for the Black Labyrinth imprint to be a set of 10 psychological horror novels and novellas from the most prominent names in the horror and dark fiction genre. Each original book in the series will be accompanied by the illustrations of renowned surrealist artist Santiago Caruso.
The plan is for Joe R. Lansdale to write an original novella of psychological horror and have the manuscript delivered to Dark Regions by the second quarter of 2014. After the manuscript’s arrival, Santiago Caruso will begin work on the original color front cover artwork and four black and white illustrations to appear throughout the novella. Press releases and review copies will begin circulating by July of 2014. After the book has been thoroughly proofread, edited and the design is finalized, the printing of the limited edition hardcovers will begin during the third quarter of 2014.
To keep backers of the Kickstarter updated, Dark Regions promises to regularly inform them on the status of the project, from notes on the production to sketches of proposed interior illustrations by Santiago. Some of the campaign’s supporters will even be mentioned in the book itself, and all of them will receive the book at least one month before publication date.
As the first book in the imprint, The Walls of the Castle by Tom Piccirilli has already been praised by critics as one of the preeminent novels in the horror genre, and the Black Labyrinth hardcovers are considered some of the finest that Dark Regions Press has produced.
In the grand tradition of Kickstarter projects, Dark Regions is offering a number of rewards for backers for every amount of money they donate to the project — from $1 to $100 and up to $8,000. These range from ebooks to signed copies of publisher’s impressive hardbacks to first edition manuscripts, among many other incentives.
Even if you aren’t incredibly familiar with Lansdale’s name, you’ve surely heard of his work. As the award-winning author of Edge of Dark Water, the Hap and Leonard series, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Bottoms, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road. and many others, Lansdale has made a name for himself in the horror genre.
Lansdale has authored more than thirty novels and novellas in his career, and his short stories can be seen in 18 collections. He has also appeared in national anthologies and magazines. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and websites, and his name is attached to more than a dozen anthologies he’s edited or co-editied. Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.
From Joe: "Currently working with Black Labyrinth to create a book of psychological horror, and well, a little bit of overt horror as well. It’s a novella, not a novel, but there will be plenty of room for shadow and sounds, for whatever it takes to scare a reader. What if there is a prison graveyard on an island for the worst of the worst. A place where the unclaimed go. Those who have been executed or died by disease or old age would end up on this island. Taken there by ferry in the middle of the night to be deposited in the ground like rotten rutabaga seeds. And what if on that island are two caretakers, a gravedigger and the ferry man. And with the remains of all that evil there in this dark, lost place in the middle of a great bubble of sea and wind and starry night sky, something goes way damn wrong.
And it isn’t at all what you think it is.
That’s the premise for my novella for Black Labyrinth. The money for the writing of the book, as well as the artwork by Santiago Caruso, the actual construction and publication of the novella will be, hopefully, provided by a Kickstarter program ran by Chris Morey, the editor of Black Labyrinth’s novellas. "
- Joe R. Lansdale
He’s widely known outside the horror lit world for his novella Bubba Ho-tep, which was adapted to film, starring the legendary Bruce Campbell. For his next foray into film, he is co-producing The Bottoms with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman. The film is of course based on his award-winning novel of the same name. He’s also currently hard at work on The Drive-In, which he is co-producing with Greg Nicotero.
Satiago Caruso’s artwork appears in galleries and museums from Buenos Aires to the USA, Mexico, Slovakia and Spain. Born in Argentina, Caruso’s art is dedicated to the fantastique and poetry and is avant-garde but also deeply ingrained in the 19th century gothic aesthetic. His art is not only found in the first book of the Dark Regions imprints, but also in a number of other publications, as well as music albums from North America and Europe.
For more than 27 years, Dark Regions has gained recognition around the world as one of the most prominent publishers in the niche genre of horror and psychological thrillers. The press has been awarded the Horror Writers Association 2010 Specialty Press Award, the Italian 2012 Black Spot award for Excellence in a Foreign Publisher, and its books have received seven Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association.