scream-magazine-2“…the twists are completely unexpected – as in mouth hanging open, what just happened? shock. This is a dark and gripping tale, and scattered throughout the novella are some excellent bleak and brooding illustrations by Jack Larson that match the tone perfectly.” ~Scream Magazine

Scream Magazine“the world’s number one horror magazine” has weighed in on Erik Hofstatter’s story, Rare BreedsFour out of four stars for the critically acclaimed novella.

What makes the plot so compelling? Hofstatter starts with the recognizable (in this case, the modern family) and turns it inside out. Starburst Magazine notes:

“Hofstatter’s great talent is to spiral believable, realistically drawn characters into an ever more bizarre and worsening situation, so that what starts off as clearly defined normality becomes increasingly fantastical and troubling, but always remains believable…There are some delightfully perverse plot twists in Rare Breeds that will draw you deeper and deeper into darker territory as the story goes along. And, yes, the ending will linger long in your mind.”

Rare Breeds is available, both in print and eBook versions.

 

 

Rare Breeds infects Kindle

Posted: October 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

rare-breeds-cover-thumbThose of you waiting for the Kindle version of Erik Hofstatter’s brutal Rare Breeds are in luck. Just in time for that certain perfect holiday, the perfect holiday read is available in eBook form.

Reviews have been excellent. The Grim Reader says, “The pacing is perfect, with no fluff, interesting characters, a great plot twist.”

About that plot twist: Frank Errington’s book review notes, “I’ve read just over one hundred books this year and Rare Breeds has the best ending of the bunch.”

This is the first-ever Halloween release for Dark Silo Press. The book features cover and interior art from Jack Larson. Again, from The Grim Reader: “The artwork by Jack Larson is great and his accompanying pictures inside add to the story.”

So pull up a chair, pop open a bottle of something fermented, and settle in for a long, sleepless night…

rare-breeds-cover-thumbErik Hofstatter’s demented novella, Rare Breeds, is now available in a print edition from Amazon. The book includes cover art and four interior black-and-white paintings by artist Jack Larson. The story, guaranteed to disturb, is introduced by the legendary horror author, Paul Kane.

Surprisingly, this is the first ever Halloween release from Dark Silo. We’re pleased to unleash this dark tale in our favorite month of the year.

Erik Hofstatter, an unabashed “schlock horror” writer, is a member
of the Horror Writers Association. Born in the wild lands of the Czech Republic, he roamed Europe before subsequently settling on English shores, erik-smallstudying creative writing at the London School of Journalism. He now dwells in Kent, where he can be encountered consuming copious amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry.

We at Dark Silo prefer our Colorado micro-brews, but tonight we tip a mug and tyrannize a peasant in his honor. Congratulations on the release of one of the more original horror stories we’ve ever encountered.

Coming for Halloween

Posted: September 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

rare-breeds-cover-smallDark Silo Press is pleased to announce the planned publication of Rare Breeds, a novella by Erik Hofstatter. Erik, a native of the Czech Republic, lives in Kent, England. He is the author of several books, including Amaranthine and Other Stories

“Gleefully twisted!” ~Gary McMahon, author of The Concrete Grove Trilogy

“This tale of mounting dread and unusual horror creeps in like a night fog and wraps itself around your throat, and when its icy tendrils recede, what is left behind will shock you.” ~Mary SanGiovanni, author of The Hollower Trilogy

“A haunting, and yet touching story, with plenty of tension, Rare Breeds will seep into your dreams, razor blade glinting in the moonlight, eager to claim new flesh.” ~Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration

Rare Breeds is the story of Aurel and Zora Schwartz, a married couple trying to make a modern relationship work. But an old secret is going to affect them in ways neither of them can imagine. And Zora’s daughter Livie may find herself caught in a trap built long before she was born. The surprise ending will leave you stunned and speachless. Along the way, you’ll be treated to evocative illustrations by cover artist Jack Larson. Watch for announcements on the official release. And get ready to scream.

SigningDark Silo released a print edition of Brian Kaufman’s Mary King’s Plague and Other Tales of Woe this week. The release party, held at the Wild Boar Coffee Shop in Fort Collins, Colorado, was a success.

The atmosphere at the Boar was perfect for conversation, and the author dispensed with the usual reading format in favor of mingling. Writers from several local writers groups exchanged notes, and the event turned into a bit of a networking opportunity.

Copies of the new book can be purchased at Amazon.com. And watch for an announcement of the next Dark Silo release, coming in October. Hint: The author lives across the pond…

Better Late than Never

Posted: July 14, 2016 in Dark Silo News

Mary King's Woe Cover For OnlineWe first announced this project more than a year ago. Sometimes, the devil’s in the details (as opposed to “the devil’s in the little girl”). But we’re pleased to announce that the newest Dark Silo title is available in print. Mary King’s Plague and Other Tales of Woe can be purchased at Amazon.com for just $11.95.

Author Brian Kaufman’s latest contains 272 pages of horrific goodness, including three complete novellas, not yet in print. Two novellas (Mary King’s Plague and The Wretched Walls) have been available only in eBook versions. The third novella, The Honey Gatherer, is only available in this print version. The book also contains a short essay discussing horror and the novella form.

The Wretched Walls was selected as a top ten horror read for 2015 by The Horror Fiction Review. 

“. . . on par with Stephen King or Edgar Allen Poe for setting the tone of a piece and maintaining a constant level of intensity from beginning to end. The characters were incredibly complex for such a short book.”  ~Online Book Club

“You’ll spend the last half of the novella terrified of finding out the truth. Kaufman draws you in with his character work so well, you don’t even realize when he’s begun to scare you…” ~Desmond Reddick, Dread Media

Kaufman will host an official book launch later in July or early August. Stay tuned for details!

 

The Horror Fiction Review is a fine online resource for horror fiction readers.

Crystal Rose_final small (1)The publication began in 2003 as an old-school fanzine—generally a 14-20 paged, stapled-Xerox publication featuring reviews of horror novels, occasional film reviews, and author interviews. In 2008, the fanzine became an online publication. Today, The Horror Fiction Review offers reviews of horror fiction, written for fans, by fans.

Staff writer Jon R. Meyers posted his Top-Ten List for 2015, including two Dark Silo Publications. T.S. Roberts’ Crystal Rose was listed at #9: “This was a great tale about a brilliant paranormal investigation. It was very well written and given the content it was unique and clever in all the right ways.”

Brian Kaufman’s The Wretched Walls was listed at #4. “The Wretched Walls is a clever and unique tale set in a haunted Victorian age house. There Wretched Walls_final smallwere dark secrets in this once thriving Bordello of Blood, and a nice, creepy collection of vintage pornography hidden inside a black box in the walls.”

The #1 spot on the top ten list was taken (of course) by Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

Dark Silo is deeply appreciative of The Horror Fiction Review for digging deep and finding our gems in a crowded marketplace.