Announcing a Very Special New Joe R. Lansdale Project!

I’m really pleased to announce a very exciting new project from master storyteller Joe R. Lansdale.


Announcing the first book in a four-book set of story collections: COSMIC INTERRUPTIONS. This first collection is science fiction/fantasy and includes rare and rarely collected stories giving you the unique opportunity to collect some of Joe R. Landale’s excellent stories that you may have missed or aren’t familiar with.

Each HUGE collection will be published one book per year, and the following collections will include: crime/mystery, horror/East Texas Gothic, and historical/western.

Each book will feature original dust jacket art by award-winning artist Vincent Chong, and include over TWENTY never-before-seen interior illustrations by award-winning illustrator Nino Cammarata.

Customers who purchase the first book will automatically have the matching number reserved for them for the following books in the series they purchase.

Read more and preorder your copy of this very special project before they’re all gone:

New Bentley Little Signed Limited Hardcover Now Available For Preorder!

It’s my pleasure to announce a very special Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover edition SST will be publishing this spring:

The Handyman FRONT TEXT


The Handyman: A New Novel

“The horror poet laureate.” — Stephen King


Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood.

Frank’s gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn’t know how to respond in a human manner, almost like an alien trying to pretend to be human.

Since Frank obviously wasn’t an alien, Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy.

In the end, young Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins . . .

And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of them out there . . .

Signed Limited Hardcover Edition:

box Limited to only 450 Signed & Hand-Numbered copies

box Personally signed by the author on a specially designed full-colour signature page

box Larger 6.14″ x 9.21″ trim size

box Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper

box Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands

box Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine

box Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers

box Sewn binding for increased durability

box Incredible wraparound dust jacket artwork & six interior illustrations by Ben Baldwin

box Extremely limited ONE-TIME printing of SST Publication’s Special Signed Limited Edition — Only 450 copies will be available worldwide!

This is one of Bentley Little’s best novels to date! And due to the very small print run, and the fact that Cemetery Dance Publications’ Signed Limited Hardcover edition sold out in no time, and the trade hardcover edition is also now sold out, we don’t expect these to last very long!

The book is now available for preorder from the link below:

Thanks so much for all your support!

Announcing a brand new Hellraiser novella HELLRAISER: THE TOLL

I’m really excited to announce a brand-new addition to Clive Barker’s iconic Hellraiser series: HELLRAISER: THE TOLL. This is a brand new Hellraiser novella beautifully written by Mark Alan Miller, story by the legendary Clive Barker.Hellraiser-The-Toll

SST is proud to announce a Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover edition limited to ONLY 450 copies signed by Mark Alan Miller.

The gorgeous dust jacket artwork is by award-wining illustrator Daniele Serra, and the interior illustrations are by non-other than Clive Barker himself!

Here are the details about our special edition and the synopsis:

Hellraiser: The Toll tells the story of what happened between Clive Barker’s iconic works The Hellbound Heart and its follow up, The Scarlet Gospels.

Thirty years after Kirsty Cotton escaped from the clutches of the Hell Priest, Pinhead, and lived to fight another day, her life has never been the same. Every few years she fashions a new name, a new identity, and a new home for herself; She is a woman who is running from her past at all costs, which is why it comes as such a surprise when she receives a mysterious letter in the mail, addressed to the woman she’s been running from over half her life.

Answering the letter’s query, she begins a descent down a rabbit hole to the ultimate confrontation. Her actions stir something unnamable in the ether, and throw her into a game where nothing—not even what she sees in front of her very eyes—can be trusted.

With equal parts economy and eloquence, author Mark Alan Miller brings to life the beginning of the end as The Toll expands the Hellraiser universe, and shows that before Harry D’Amour’s adventures in The Scarlet Gospels, there was a first witness to Pinhead’s infernal plan.

Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover Edition:

box Limited to only 450 Signed & Numbered copies

box Specially designed illustrated signature page personally signed by the author

box Printed on 90gsm acid-free paper, with your archive and legacy in mind

box Bound in full-cloth with coloured head and tail bands

box Hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine for the ultimate presentation

box Offset printed and bound with full-colour endpapers

box Sewn binding for increased durability

box Gorgeous dust jacket artwork by Daniele Serra

box Stunning interior illustrations by Clive Barker

box Extremely LIMITED ONE-TIME printing – Your Opportunity To Own One of Only 450 Copies!

Preorder your copy today:

Happy New Year & The Listener!

A very Happy & Healthy New Year to you all! Let’s hope 2018 is an incredible one.

I’m delighted to start off 2018 by officially announcing our special Oversized Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover edition of Robert McCammon’s forthcoming brand-new novel THE LISTENER!

This is one of Robert McCammon’s best works to date and is already receiving starred and rave reviews. Cemetery Dance called it a ‘game changer’, and they’re not wrong. It truly is an incredible book.

This brand-new novel is being published first in the US by Cemetery Dance Publications in February 2018, and their Signed Limited edition sold out in no time. Their trade hardcover edition is still available, and our special Oversized Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover edition will be published in March/April.

star review McCammon masterfully combines historical thriller and supernatural horror in a compelling and suspenseful tale of race, class, and family… This is a violent and gritty tale, but redemption is always possible.”
Booklist (Starred Review)

The Listener

1934. Businesses went under by the hundreds, debt and foreclosures boomed, and breadlines grew in many American cities.

In the midst of this misery, some folks explored unscrupulous ways to make money. Angel-faced John Partlow and carnival huckster Ginger LaFrance are among the worst of this lot. Joining together they leave their small time confidence scams behind to attempt an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom scheme in New Orleans.

In a different part of town, Curtis Mayhew, a young black man who works as a redcap for the Union Railroad Station, has a reputation for mending quarrels and misunderstandings among his friends. What those friends don’t know is that Curtis has a special talent for listening… and he can sometimes hear things that aren’t spoken aloud.

One day, Curtis Mayhew’s special talent allows him to overhear a child’s cry for help (THIS MAN IN THE CAR HE’S GOT A GUN), which draws him into the dangerous world of Partlow and LaFrance.

This gritty depression-era crime thriller is a complex tale enriched by powerfully observed social commentary and hints of the supernatural, and it represents Robert McCammon writing at the very top of his game.

A Note From Robert McCammon:
The Listener is about the kidnapping of two children and is set in New Orleans in 1934. This is a book I’ve been wanting to write for several years, since I discovered what an epidemic (a tragic epidemic, at that) kidnapping became during the desperation of the Great Depression. It got to be so bad that the New York Times began running a box at the top of the front page listing who had been kidnapped, and among those victims, which ones had been returned to their families. Desperate times, indeed. The Listener isn’t exactly supernatural, though there is a “strange” element. I understand we all enjoy reading about vampires, werewolves, ghoulies, and other creatures of the night, but the most fearsome and deadly monster is the human being…and I believe I have created two of the most fearsome and horrific human beings in The Listener that you could ever fear to meet. And these people, I think, are likely the kind who would kidnap two children and not have much concern whether the kids lived or died. Grim stuff, but you can be sure there’s someone in The Listener who embodies all the good qualities of the human kind who will move Heaven and Earth to find the children…though he’s probably the last person anyone would think of as a “hero.”

Reserve your copy today! Don’t miss your opportunity to be 1 of just 550 collectors to showcase this Special Oversized Signed Limited Hardcover edition of Robert McCammon’s outstanding new novel The Listener.

Thanks so much to everyone who has already preordered their copy, your support is truly overwhelming.

I really hope you enjoyed your new year celebrations, and may 2018 bring you nothing but good things.

Take care,

“I have seen the future of horror…and his name is Clive Barker.” – Stephen King

Tonight-Again-blogIt’s been years since Stephen King declared Clive Barker the future of horror. Today, SST is proud to announce Tonight, Again: Clive Barker’s first collection in over 25 years!

Containing more than thirty short stories and vignettes and several previously unpublished and never-before-seen explicit illustrations by Clive Barker. Bring your imagination to life in this exploration of extremes featuring brand-new cover artwork by Brandon Mahlberg. Tonight, Again will be an erotic collection to go down in history.

Commemorate your passion for horror. Do not miss out on your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own our deluxe trade hardcover edition – this will sell out as 600 copies is only a small fraction of the number that Clive Barker’s books are usually available in.

The news is being spread to all of our followers – email, blog, and social media – and we are already receiving orders. You do not want to miss out on your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own this piece of horror history.

We urge you to reserve your copy now – before it’s too late. Once we sell out, they will be gone forever. Don’t hesitate. Take advantage of your opportunity to own one of only 600 copies – reserve now and you won’t regret it later.

“I think Clive Barker is so good that I am literally tongue-tied. He makes the rest of us look like we’ve been asleep for the past ten years.” – Stephen King

“Clive Barker is the great imaginer of our time. He knows not only our greatest fears, but also what delights us, what turns us on, and what is truly holy in the world. Haunting, bizarre, beautiful.” – Quentin Tarantino

We’re offering FREE UK Shipping on this title for the first two weeks. Order today so you don’t miss out!


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1. Invaders From Mars

What was the first film that made me… paranoid, terrified, scared of my own parents? Yes, it has to be Invaders From Mars, 1953, directed by William Cameron Menzies, starring Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Leif Erickson and Jimmy Hunt.

The plot: it’s a dark and stormy night. Thunder and lightning wake up a little kid called David, who looks out of his window and sees an alien spaceship landing in a nearby corn field. He tells his Dad, who goes outside to investigate. Dad comes back later and he is WEIRD. He also has a strange tiny wound on the back of his neck. Dad takes Mom to the field to show her what he found. David hears eerie Theremin-like music, spots Mom dropping out of sight (just like she’d been sucked down into the ground by a giant vacuum cleaner!) and realizes that his parents have been taken over by aliens. He runs to the police station to tell the cops, but then he notices that the police chief has been drilled in the back of his neck as well. David is put in a holding cell and that’s when we can start to relax for a bit, because a pretty psychologist wearing amazing high-heeled correspondence shoes believes David enough to summon his friend, who just happens to be a scientist and astronomer from the local university.

The Martians take over more people, the nearby rocket base is compromised and finally, the US Army is called in to blast the aliens back to Mars. But not before our young hero is sucked down into the Martians’ lair to confront the creepy little Martian Leader (charmingly portrayed as a large silvery-green head in a goldfish bowl) and the Leader’s weirdly choreographed, slavish minions, who look like scary big teddy bear monsters with no ears (called “Mu-tants” in the film).

In spite of budgetary constraints, the atmosphere of this movie was quite dreamlike and surreal. Camera angles were set low to give us the feeling that we were seeing everything from David’s perspective and some of the scenery was deliberately distorted and elongated. The ending is ambivalent: David wakes up and does a Dallas-like “was it all a dream” thing. Then the eerie music starts up again, he goes to his bedroom window, looks out and sees the Martians landing. Again. Is he locked in some kind of Star Trekian space-time continuum loop, or was his dream a premonition? Well, to my screaming 10-year old brain, it was the worst way to end a movie.

For film geeks: in the UK, the “was-it-all-just-a-nightmare?” ending was dropped in favor of a more straightforward conclusion. The Brits might have been wimps, but no doubt they saved a generation of children from suffering the resulting paranoia.

Fun set design fact: instead of using balloons to adorn the walls of the Martian underground hideout, which had a tendency to explode when exposed to the hot lights on the set, the ingenious designer used hundreds of inflated condoms, which no doubt caused an immense amount of merriment and bad jokes.

The aftermath: when I was a kid, my father used to go down to the basement to read his science fiction novels during the summer holidays. After seeing this movie, I would ALWAYS check the back of his neck when he came upstairs to see if he’d been drilled by Martians. This wasn’t easy, as I was a very small child and he was 6 feet tall. Much jumping up and back-of-the-shirt-collar-grabbing was involved. Years later, I told him about my obsession and he said: “I always wondered why you pulled the back of my shirt when I came up from the basement!” Yikes! Retroactive embarrassment!

Disclaimer: I would like to point out that my parents were never taken over by aliens (as far as I know anyway) and were absolutely adorable to me. However, they probably should have noticed that my big brother was making me watch inappropriate-for-my-age films on the Saturday Afternoon TV Creature Feature – with diabolical delight at scaring his little sister.

Fast Forward to 1980s London: I took my boyfriend of the time to see this movie when it was playing at the ICA. I told him that it was one of the scariest movies I’d ever seen IN MY LIFE. However, I hadn’t watched it since I was a kid. My boyfriend was not impressed by the Mu-tant costumes (you could clearly see the zippers in the back) and the special effects weren’t that hot, but he could understand why a small child would have been scared by this venerable flick.

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In the end, I’m grateful to Invaders From Mars (to name just one horror film or book out of many that I loved and loathed over the years) for firing up my imagination to the point where I can use my fears and paranoia to create my horror fiction now. Indeed, my short horror story, “Botophobia” (an irrational fear of basements, not bottoms) is an affectionately creepy homage to Invaders from Mars and it’s featured in my full colour, illustrated collection, Voices of the Damned, published by SST. Each story is accompanied by an artwork or illustration by one of the top artists in the genre, such as Clive Barker, Nick Percival, Daniele Serra, Vincent Sammy, Ben Baldwin, Tara Bush, Steve McGinnis and Eric Gross. “Botophobia” was illustrated by Tara Bush.

Be sure to check back soon for more posts from Barbie Wilde!

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Can’t wait for more? Don’t Miss VOICES OF THE DAMNED featuring artwork and illustrations by:

Clive Barker
Nick Percival
Steve McGinnis
Daniele Serra
Eric Gross
Tara Bush
Vincent Sammy
Ben Baldwin

“In this impressive collection of short stories, actor Wilde (who played the Female Cenobite in the film classic Hellbound: Hellraiser II) reveals a world of beautiful fear. The most delightfully terrifying entries form the Cilicium Trilogy, which reveals the complex origin and destiny of Sister Cilice. This character-focused exploration is sensual in its brutality. In “Writer’s Block,” Wilde combines the psychological torture of an unknown artist with the erotic egotism of fandom to create a fascinating sexual horror. She creates a dreadful family legacy in “Botophobia,” in which there are not merely skeletons in the closet but unworldly powers hidden in the basement. Wilde’s mastery of shocking violence is given full rein in subjects ranging from reclusive self-imprisonment to the exploration of European nightmares. As much a chilling collection of frightful fiction as a delight for the darker senses, this is a satisfying triumph in a befitting, unforgiving, style.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Barbie Wilde is best known for playing the Female Cenobite in Clive Barker’s classic British cult horror movie, Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Before moving to the UK, Wilde attended Syracuse University in New York State, majoring in Drama and Anthropology. She continued her education in London, studying Drama, Classical Mime and Art History.

Wilde has danced professionally at the top nightclubs and rock venues of New York, London, Amsterdam and Bangkok with her group, SHOCK; robotically danced in the Indian blockbuster, Janbazz; was a vicious thug in Michael Winner’s Death Wish 3; and played a drummer in the so-called “Holy Grail of unfinished and unreleased 80’s horror”: Grizzly II: The Concert, which also featured then unknowns George Clooney, Laura Dern and Charlie Sheen.

Wilde wrote and hosted eight music and film review TV programs in the 1980s and 1990s and interviewed Iggy Pop, The Sisters of Mercy, The B-52s, Johnny Rotten, Nicolas Cage, Hugh Grant and many more.

In 2009-2017, Wilde contributed short stories to 16 different horror or crime anthologies and publications. In 2012, Comet Press published Wilde’s debut diary-of-a-serial-killer novel, The Venus Complex. Fangoria called Wilde “one of the finest purveyors of erotically charged horror fiction around.”

In late 2015, SST Publications published an illustrated collection of Wilde’s short horror stories called Voices of the Damned. Each story is accompanied by an artwork or illustration by one of the top artists in the genre, such as Clive Barker, Nick Percival, Daniele Serra, Vincent Sammy, Tara Bush, Steve McGinnis, Ben Baldwin and Eric Gross. Publisher’s Weekly gave Voices of the Damned a starred review, saying: “As much a chilling collection of frightful fiction as a delight for the darker senses, this is a satisfying triumph in a befitting, unforgiving style.”

In 2017, Wilde returned to acting in the horror short, The Offer, which also featured former Hellraiser and Hellbound alumni Ken Cranham, Simon Bamford, Nicholas Vince and Oliver Smith. Wilde is also co-writing and co-producing a horror feature film called Blue Eyes with director, writer, producer and composer Chris Alexander (Blood for Irina, Female Werewolf, Queen of Blood, Blood Dynasty). Blue Eyes is based on a short story by Wilde.


Time and time again, I find I’m working on something new, only to discover that birds have somehow fluttered their way into the manuscript. Sometimes I’m not even sure how they manage it. My next novel is about a mad-doctor in nineteenth century Yorkshire, increasingly obsessed with a patient with strange hypnotic powers. Near the asylum is a graveyard for unclaimed patients, which I ended up naming the crow garden because of its avian residents. And those crows, the portents of death, started to take over. They grew in importance, in fact, until the book demanded to be called The Crow Garden.

Another novel, Path of Needles, is where fairy tales and a police procedural meet. And yet the characters are caught up in a fairy tale of their own, heralded by another bird, a blue bird, which they may choose to follow into the woods – at their own peril, of course.

Then there is Five Feathered Tales from SST, a collection of short stories involving birds, gorgeously illustrated by my good friend Daniele Serra.

So why this interest in birds? I’m not a bird spotter. I wouldn’t say I’m especially obsessed with our feathered friends. And yet there they are, strange and even rather alien, and working their magic.

Birds often appear in fairy tales too. They help or hinder: they peck up Hansel and Gretel’s trail of breadcrumbs, yet later help them escape across a lake. They can be princes in disguise, agents of vengeance, symbols of transformation, bad omens, or the dead returning to this world. And I’ve always loved fairy tales; perhaps that’s why birds lurk at the back of my own mind too.

It’s something I’ve puzzled over and never really come to any conclusion, which is why it was so lovely when the question was answered – not by me, but by another good friend, Peter Tennant of TTA Press, when I asked him to pen the introduction to Five Feathered Tales.

Look up the word feather in a thesaurus, he says, and you will find the word quill. ‘And so the stories are identified with the act of writing itself, with creativity in its purest distillation.’ He associates birds not only with flight in the literal sense but with the flight of the imagination, with storytelling, with the longing to escape the bounds of this world and learning to soar.

Aha, I thought, So that’s it.

Which is a rather roundabout way of saying I’m lucky, not only to have worked with such talented people on the book, and indeed to have them as friends, but that they have the insight to pinpoint exactly what it was all about in the first place.


Alison Littlewood’s latest novel is The Hidden People, published by Jo Fletcher Books. Set in Victorian rural society, it is about the murder of a young girl suspected of being a fairy changeling. Her first book, A Cold Season, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and described as ‘perfect reading for a dark winter’s night.’ Her sequel, A Cold Silence, has recently been published, along with a Zombie Apocalypse! novel, Acapulcalypse Now. Her other books are Path of Needles, a dark blend of fairy tales and crime fiction, and The Unquiet House, a ghost story set in the Yorkshire countryside. The Crow Garden will be published in October 2017.

Alison’s short stories have been picked for Best British Horror, The Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror anthologies, as well as The Best British Fantasy and The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime. They have been gathered together in her collections Quieter Paths and in Five Feathered Tales, a collaboration with award-winning illustrator Daniele Serra. She won the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction.

Alison lives with her partner Fergus in Yorkshire, England, in a house of creaking doors and crooked walls. She loves exploring the hills and dales with her two hugely enthusiastic Dalmatians and has a penchant for books on folklore and weird history, Earl Grey tea and semicolons. You can talk to her on Twitter: @Ali__L, see her on Facebook or visit her at