ON THE NIGHT BORDER Review

Many thanks to A.E. Siraki for her thoughtful review of On the Night Border!

Here are stories of madness, torture, violence, settling scores, pain, and more. There are races against time, swerves to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, and haunting descriptions that remain long after the book has finished.

Read the full review here.

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ON THE NIGHT BORDER

Today is publication day for my new horror collection, On the Night Border, published by Raw Dog Screaming Press, with an introduction by Linda Addison. Thrilled to have this in print! I hope you enjoy it!

Dark things stir in the night. When the world sleeps and quiet settles in, shadows assume sinister shapes, guilt and regret well up from the mind’s deepest recesses, and the lonely face their greatest fears. Darkness bares the secret truths whispered on the lips of the lost and the desperate. At night, terrors come alive. For those who journey too far into the dark, no escape remains—but there is a place from which to view these nightmares, a place…on the night border.

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The fifteen stories collected here come from the last edge of the light and deliver glimpses into the dreadful, the mysterious, and the strange. These stories offer readers unsettling and weird visions from across the border, visions out of history and from the world around us, visions of cosmic horror, personal madness, and agonizing heartbreak.

A literary legend confronts the reality of a chaotic, uncaring universe. A young girl grows up in the shadow of a ferocious monster. A man seeks to kill his memories. Love defeats death in an odd world not unlike our own. An artist’s drawings unlock a terrifying truth of his adopted city. A mask burns. The mother of plagues offers a deadly future.

Readers will find here all of these and many other visions of what lies on the far side of the line, including, by special arrangement, stories of Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak and Kolchak, the Night Stalker. Walk up to the edge. Listen to the whispers on the wind. Peer across at the terrors beyond from your vantage point…on the night border!

What They’re Saying

“Leave the comfort of what you think you know behind and journey through the dark imaginings of James Chambers, an author with the talent to turn ordinary places and familiar people into our worst nightmares in this latest collection. Get this book now!” —Rena Mason, Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls

“In his new collection On the Night Border, James Chambers tells stories with the uneasy familiarity of urban legends or tales told around a campfire on a chilly fall evening. Some of the stories you may have read, others leap out at you for the first time. “Kolchak The Night Stalker: The Lost Boy” fluidly takes you back to that ’70s television show, while the closer, “Red Mami,” is a stunner.  Highly recommended!” —Multi Bram Stoker Award-Nominated John F.D. Taff, Author of Little Black Spots and The Fearing

On the Night Border is an assemblage of wonderfully-horrific tales by a writer madly in love with language. The fictions within are chambers of storytelling madness that, once fully explored, each and every one, infect the reader into wanting more, more, more.” —Michael Bailey, author of Psychotropic Dragon and Seven Minutes

Corpse Fauna Returns!

Cemetery Dance has now published the new e-book edition of The Dead Bear Witness, my classic novella of walking dead horror and the first volume in my Corpse Fauna novella series! Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Cemetery Dance.

Sentenced to life after a bank robbery gone bad, Cornell thought his worst nightmare had come true—and that he deserved it. After a stint in solitary, though, he learned his nightmare had only started: While Cornell rotted in isolation, all around the world the dead had returned to life.

Inside the prison walls, Cornell should’ve been well protected.

He didn’t reckon on the stone cold killer who demanded his help breaking out, nor the fanatic warden who forced him to help “save the souls” of other prisoners. He didn’t count on being snared in a web of lies, violence, and betrayal. He didn’t expect his survival to depend on fighting his way back to freedom before the eyes of the watchful dead. Now as nooses sway over the prison yard, Cornell can almost feel one tightening around his neck, and freedom seems so far away….

Praise for the work of James Chambers:


“…chillingly evocative writing…”
Publisher’s Weekly


“James Chambers writes stories that are paced fast enough to friction burn a reader’s eyeballs.”
—Horror Reader.com


“…often insightful, and downright creepy…”
The Nth Degree

A New York State of Fright–Bram Stoker Award® Nominee!

Exciting news! The Horror Writers Association has announced the final ballot for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards®, and A New York State of Fright is nominated in for Superior Achievement in Anthology! Congratulations to all our contributors, my co-editors–April Grey and Robert Masterson–and our publisher, Derrick Hussey, Hippocampus Press. Congrats as well to all the other nominees in our category! You can read the full ballot here.

Enter the shadows of New York’s dark secrets and haunted past!

From a city and state that have witnessed all manner of menace—from serial killers and corrupt political machines to natural disasters and terrorist attacks—come twenty-four visions of dread from New York horror authors—all to benefit the next generation of New York writers. Presenting stories set in New York locations, A NEW YORK STATE OF FRIGHT gathers tales by new and established writers who give voice to New York’s everyday fears, macabre mysteries, and worst nightmares.

To help New York’s rich literary tradition endure into the future, the authors, editors, and publisher of A NEW YORK STATE OF FRIGHT pledge to contribute all proceeds to New York City’s Girls Write Now non-profit organization, which pairs at-risk teen women interested in writing with professional writing and career mentors. Find out more at www.girlswritenow.org.

Available in paperback and e-book!

Three Chords of Chaos: Remastered Edition

Coming in July! The new, remastered, expanded edition of Three Chords of Chaos, available now for pre-order from eSpec Books.

Paperback or Kindle.

Once, lord of lyrics;
once, prince of peace…
Now a demon let off his leash…

No greater musician than Gorge ever lived in the Realm of the Sidhe.

No faerie musician ever delved so deeply into the taboo songs and the forbidden music—the Way of the Bone. Yet, Gorge refused to deny himself their temptations.

In reward his true love betrayed him, and the faerie kings and queens who once praised him stripped him of his magic and exiled him to the mortal world. Left to go mad and die, Gorge discovered new life in the arms of a mortal woman, Delilah—and new magic in the music that sings in the souls of mortals. Decades later, Gorge walks a dark path through the musical underground of New York City. He lives a secret life, hiding from the fae, waging a guerilla war of punk rock, and wielding his guitar like a weapon as he gathers magic and recharges his power. Until the day he’s strong enough to return home and open the Way of the Bone to all the Faerie Kingdoms. But the mortal world is far more dangerous than it seems

Gorge never expected to discover such raw power, almost beyond his control, among the mortals who worship his music. Nor did he count on a mortal wizard to discover his secrets or turn the ancient weapons of the fae against him. Caught in a dangerous game of magic, music, and lies, Gorge must find the truth and uncover the source of his enemy’s magic. Survival and love hang in the balance. And Gorge has only his music to protect him, only a song for any hope of salvation….  

Praise for the work of James Chambers:

“…chillingly evocative writing…” —Publisher’s Weekly

“James Chambers writes stories that are paced fast enough to friction burn a reader’s eyeballs.” —Horror Reader.com

Three Chords of Chaos is a darkly rich story, starring an exiled faery and his lady love. Mr. Chambers has created a cast of intriguing and charismatic characters in a music and magic fueled world.” —Bibliophilic Book Blog 

Three Chords of Chaos is a well-written, compelling story interwoven with an authentic description of the famed punk rock culture that developed in the early 80s. A very entertaining and enlightening novella. Highly recommended.” –Gene O’Neill, The Cal Wild Chronicles

“In this dark urban fantasy James Chambers plays a thrilling riff on the razor’s edge where music and magic meet. Sex, drugs, Faustian bargains, and rebellious Fae make Three Chords of Chaos my kind of faery tale.” –Douglas Wynne, author of The Devil of Echo Lake and Steel Breeze

RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS SIGNS JAMES CHAMBERS

I’m beyond thrilled to share this announcement that Raw Dog Screaming Press will be publishing two collections of my short fiction! I couldn’t be happier about working with John Edward Lawson and Jennifer Barnes. After knowing them for many years and reading many of the outstanding books they’ve published, it’s truly an honor to be part of RDSP’s list.

PRESS RELEASE

Raw Dog Screaming Press is excited to announce that a two-book deal has been signed with author James Chambers. The agreement is for a pair of short story collections to be published over the next two years. The first, On the Night Border, is horror themed, features the Bram Stoker-nominated short story “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills,” and will be released later in 2019. Poet and author Linda D. Addison has agreed to write the introduction. The second collection, The Price of Faces, focuses on Chambers’ science fiction and fantasy themed stories and will be released in 2020. Italian artist Daniele Serra has been commissioned to paint both covers.

“After knowing Jim for so long we’re very happy to finally be able to work with him on a full-length project,” says RDSP owner John Lawson. They first met at Horrorfind in 2003 and one of Chambers’ stories was included in the second book RDSP ever published, Sick: An Anthology of Illness. “I can’t wait for people to read On the Night Border,” says editor Jennifer Barnes. “While many readers may be familiar with Jim’s Stoker-nominated story, there are several fantastic unpublished works included and it’s a great mix of his historically-inspired and Lovecraftian tales with more visceral present day horror. I was very impressed with the depth and quality of this collection.”

Jim has been contributing to the horror genre for many years and in more ways than one. While his writing has been recognized with a Bram Stoker Award® for the graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe and a Stoker nomination for his short story “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills” he has also been a tireless volunteer for his fellow authors receiving both the Richard Laymon Award and the Silver Hammer Award for his volunteer work with the HWA. He coordinates the New York chapter of the HWA and has supported endeavors like the Girls Write Now charity as an editor of the anthology A New York State of Fright and helping to organize a reading to celebrate Women in Horror month.

A release date will be set soon. Reviewers interested in receiving advance copies can contact books (at) rawdogscreaming.com.

Carl Kolchak Approves!

I took Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe to the New York Comic Con last weekend–and crossed paths with Carl Kolchak in the flesh! Carl was thrilled to see his adventures chronicled in the graphic novel and happily posed for a quick snap. Kolchak is back, baby!

Carl Kolchak picks up a copy of Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe at NY Comic Con 2018.

Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe and other books on display at the Horror Writers Association booth at the 2018 New York Comic Con.

New Release: After-Punk: Steampowered Tales of the Afterlife

The latest release from eSpec Books includes my story “A Feast for Dead Horses.” This is a new tale in the my Machinations Sundry steampunk series, starring Morris Garvey, Detective Daniel Matheson, Anna Rigel–Queen of the Witches, and guest-starring Ricard LeFarge, Hatiain Minister of Hoodoo! With stories by Jody Lynn Nye, David Sherman, Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Michelle D. Sonnier, Jeffrey Lyman, Bernie Mojzes, Jeff Young, David Lee Summers, L. Jagi Lamplighter, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, After Punk: Steampowered Tales of the Afterlife delivers a great line-up of steampunk stories tinged with the supernatural. While mankind can scarce hope to pierce the Veil without crossing it, a few intrepid souls will ever bend their will against the aether, combining artifice and the arcane to uncover its secrets. From voodoo death cults to the Day of the Dead, mummy parties, the wheel of reincarnation, the practice of death portraits, and so much more, these tales leave no gravestone unturned. Be it heaven or hell or the limbo in between, the hereafter is about to get ‘Punked.

Award-Nominated Story in Shadows Over Main Street 2

Shadows Over Main Street 2, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward, is still on sale! This collection of horror stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and set in small-town America includes fiction by Joyce Carol Oates, Joe R. Lansdale, Gary Braunbeck, John F.D. Taff, Lucy Snyder, Erinn Kemper, and many others, including my Bram Stoker Award nominated story, “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills.”

Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s years spent living in Northport on Long Island, “Aztake Hills,” blends literary history, the Lovecraftian mythos, and 1960s counter-culture in haunting vision of cosmic horror hidden in the shadows of a small town.

Gunther’s Tap Room, Northport, NY, the inspiration for Raker’s in the fictional town of Knicksport.

Shadows Over Main Street 2

You know this place. Seems normal enough. But you know better, don’t you? You’ve heard rumors of strange histories. You’ve seen hints of dark deeds. 

Turns out you can go home again, and the shadows will be waiting for you. Bram Stoker Award® nominated editors Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward bring you Volume 2 of their best selling, critically-acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian anthology series. Within these pages, you’ll discover: 

  • America’s pastime awakening dark secrets buried deep within the earth.
  • Vietnam War heroes who glimpse something worse than war and return home to discover a new kind of hell waiting for them.
  • The music of a generation—of many generations—revealed as something older, hungrier and more insidious than a bad acid trip.
  • A war-widow who rediscovers love and passion… only to cultivate the world’s end.

Illustration for “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills,” by Luke Spooner.

 

All-New Historical Ghost Story for Halloween!

After appearing and reading at a book signing event at haunted Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia, I penned an original, short ghost story for T. Fox Dunham, one of the event coordinators, for his podcast, What Are You Afraid Of? The podcast covers horror fiction and all things paranormal. In honor of Halloween, Fox and his partner Phil Thomas have been conducting broadcasts and shows from other haunted sites. Written in honor of their Gettysburg Ghost episode, “Out Of Devil’s Den,” tells a ghostly tale of one of Gettysburg’s most notorious and sinister locations. Fox did a wonderful reading of this, recorded for the program, marking the first ever public presentation of the story, which comes at right about 1:02:00 mark of the recording. The entire broadcast is well worth listening to with an in-depth interview with Gettysburg ghost expert and Licensed Battlefield Guide, Mark Nesbitt.