‘By their very nature, horror stories should shine a light on our darkest fears and taboos. If you’re coming to BEYOND THE VEIL with the hope of experiencing nothing more than a few cosy and familiar chills, therefore, I’m afraid you’re in for a rude awakening. The stories in this anthology are confrontational. They are about things that truly disturb us; things that prey on our minds. Most horror stories stem from a loss of control, and that’s certainly true of many of the characters and situations you will encounter in these pages. As ever, there is something for everyone here: there are monsters both human and otherworldly; there are shifting realities; childhood nightmares; dark magics conjured by desperation and despair. As human beings we kid ourselves that we have a semblance of control over our lives, our circumstances, our environment, our health… but it doesn’t take much for that control to be wrested from us, and for the rug to be wrenched violently out from under our feet. And that is the essence of true horror.’ – Mark Morris
“Despite the amazing feedback, NEW FEARS hasn’t *yet* sold enough copies in the UK and the US for Titan to commit to any further volumes of the series, which means there almost certainly *won’t* be a NEW FEARS 3 next year. I’m pretty gutted about this, as I dearly wanted NEW FEARS to be an annual anthology in the tradition of the old Pan and Fontana paperbacks.
Every cloud has a silver lining, however, and Titan have not yet cancelled the series outright, but merely put it on hiatus while they assess the situation. What this basically means is that NEW FEARS needs to sell more copies if it’s to have any chance of continuing beyond a mere two volumes. So if you’ve been thinking of buying the book, but haven’t got around to it yet, could I please urge you to take the plunge and order a copy? Alternatively, if you’ve already got the book, then please tell others about it, or buy copies for friends and family as presents (whether they like horror fiction or not).
I’ve had *so much* feedback from people telling me that an annual, non-themed, mass-market horror anthology of original fiction is what the genre has been crying out for for years – but the bottom line is that in order for the series to continue each volume needs to earn out for the publisher.” Mark Morris
This mades me sad, not as a writer, but as a reader. Horror is being squeezed. So is the small press. Without them, I wouldn’t have venues to send my work to for consideration but more importantly I wouldn’t have places to go and read new stuff, the really challenging, beautiful and subversive stuff that’s hard to find in mainstream publishing. Even if you don’t like “Maw”, NEW FEARS is a buffet, so something else will be to your taste. Not sure about NEW FEARS? Try TTA Press, Undertow Press, Unsung Stories, Black Shuck Books or Fox Spirit.
Money is getting tighter for everyone except Kim Kardashian. If you can buy just one book, it will mean these hardworking people will be able to continue publishing wonderful fiction. Ask someone to order one for you as a birthday present instead of them buying you a pack of socks (unless you need a pack of socks). Socks get holes in them. Books are forever.
NEW FEARS 1 is still available and you can pre-order NEW FEARS 2 now (links below).