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Blue Eel — How Far Would YOU Go?

It’s finally here — Lorne Dixon’s new novel, BLUE EEL.

It’s about one man’s struggle to find his kidnapped daughter.  How far will he go?  How much of his humanity will survive his quest for vengeance?  Can we bring justice to the monsters around us, without becoming one ourselves?

Only YOU can supply the answer, by reading BLUE EEL.

A great Christmas gift — buy your copy today!

Interview with Lorne Dixon

Blue Eel is almost here!

To commemorate the imminent release, Dread Central has interviewed author Lorne Dixon.

Read it here!  (Note: depending on your browser settings, you may have to allow “unsecure content” in order for the page to be readable).

 

“Single Slices” Update #3

Okay, we are way overdue for a Single Slices update.

First, the headline: yes, we are proceeding with the Slices series!  This may have been a question in some people’s minds, only because they knew that our illustrious Editor-in-Chief, R.J. Cavender, left Cutting Block a couple of months ago to focus on other projects.  And yes, Slices was originally R.J.’s brainchild, but we liked it a lot too — and not only is R.J. happy to entrust it to our hands, he is still referring candidate stories to us as he comes across them!

Now, one effect that R.J.’s departure did have, was that it slowed us down even more in our slushpile throughput.  The good news is, we are down to the very last few stories that we are actively considering.  I’d say we have about six or seven stories left, in addition to the ones that we’ve already accepted, that we are batting around, discussing, and considering as to whether we will include them in the Slices series.

If you haven’t heard from us yet, then you are either:  a) one of the lucky half-dozen who are still in contention, or b) somehow your notification email fell through the cracks during the recent personnel shuffle.  If your situation turns out to be the latter, then we apologize in advance (we won’t know for sure which situation is yours until we post an update that says that we have sent out all notifications, and you tell us you didn’t get one).

Anyway, our goal is to have the first Slice hit the virtual newsstands before the end of the calendar year.  And we have some doozies lined up for you, from well known, and not-so-well-known, authors.

So, as poet Robert Burns observed a long time ago, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry… but in our case, we think the wait will have been worth it!

 

Blue Eel – Cover Image

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and ghouls, for the first time anywhere, Cutting Block Books is proud to reveal the cover image for Blue Eel, a new novel by Lorne Dixon:

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Created by popular cover designer Lynne Hansen, we think this image does a fantastic job of capturing the wild, quasi-psychedelic ride that’s in store for readers of this book!

Blue Eel will be on sale everywhere November 30, 2015.

We Have the #2 “Hot New Release”

The Kindle edition of Cutting Block Books’ The Best of Horror Library is now the Number 2 “Hot New Release” on Amazon’s Horror Short Stories rankings list.

And who, you might ask, is Number 1?  Just some guy… maybe you’ve heard of him?  Goes by the name of Stephen King.

Wait, what?  Stephen King?  THE Stephen King??

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, let it be known that we at Cutting Block Books are perfectly happy having our book be the Number 2 “Hot New Release” in the Horror Short Story category, if it means that we are second only to Stephen Effing King.

Here’s a screen-shot to prove it:

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“Best of” eBook ranked #31 #12 on Amazon!

Cutting Block Books is excited to announce that the Kindle edition of The Best of Horror Library arrived July 31!  And as of 2:13 PM EDT (when this post was being written), the book had reached #31 in Amazon sales ranking for horror short story eBooks:

  • #31 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Horror > Short Stories

Now, we realize this ranking may not last — but it’s pretty cool to watch it while it’s happening!  HorrorUnderground.org called this book “the shining star” of the Horror Library series.  Apparently Amazon customers agree.

Spread the news!  The (electronic) Library will be open all night…

Click here to go directly to the book’s Kindle page and place your order.

UPDATE:  As of 7:50 PM EDT on August 2, “Best of” is at number 12 in its category!!  

Best of Horror Library: the Kindle edition!

Cutting Block Books is excited to announce that the Kindle edition of The Best of Horror Library is now available for pre-order via Amazon.com!

For all of you who prefer to imbibe your horror literature electronically, starting today you can place your orders for the anthology that HorrorUnderground.org called “the shining star” of the Horror Library series.  Drink deeply this heady brew, my friends — to quote Stoker Award winner Joe McKinney, The Best of Horror Library is “as good as horror gets.”

Spread the news!  The (electronic) Library will be open all night…

Click here to go directly to the book’s Kindle page and place your order.

Cutting Block Featured on Horror Podcast

Of the many interesting things that happened recently during the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, one worth noting is when prolific author and horror podcaster Armand Rosamilia invited our head honcho, Publisher Patrick Beltran, to sit for a podcast interview.  Armand is host of Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror, a podcast devoted to interviewing horror authors, editors, publishers, and other artists active in the genre.

You can hear the results here!

Patrick’s interview happens in the first 10 minutes.  Did we mention how much fun Atlanta was?  Enjoy!

Atlanta was awesome!

As we previously mentioned, Cutting Block Books had a table at the World Horror Convention the weekend of May 8-9, in Atlanta, Georgia.  We had a blast!  It was great meeting and talking with so many folks, famous and not, with whom we’ve worked on our various anthologies.  It really helps to put names to faces.  Cutting Block has an amazing group of friends and colleagues (and you know who you are), all of whom we appreciate to no end.

A big thanks to all of you who came by the Cutting Block table, and especially those of you who bought copies of our latest short story anthology, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5.  R.J. Cavender, the book’s editor, participated in the Horror Writer’s Association mass book signing on Saturday.  There were a LOT of authors and editors sitting along a series of tables, and a huge crowd of people came by to purchase books and get them signed.  Cutting Block had a big spike in book sales during that event!  A heartfelt thanks to R.J. for faithfully signing so many books.

We did and saw a lot of other things during the weekend, including attending the Stoker banquet, and cheering as each of the deserving Stoker recipients went up to claim their statuettes.  Go Rena!  Go Joe!  Go all the other winners!  Just one thing, guys… leave room for us up there next year.  😉

Yes, We Are Behind on “Single Slices”

As those of you who are still waiting to hear from us already know, yes, we are behind in our reading for Single Slices.  This is partly because we received SO many interesting stories, and they all demand to be read in great detail; but also, because a few of our team members have been diverted to work on preparing for our newest release, which we will be selling at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta the second weekend of May (major announcement coming any day now).

So, if you submitted to Single Slices, rest assured that some of us are still working our way through the submissions stack.  You will hear from us, yea or nay, eventually.

As a consolation, here is a sneak peek at our new Single Slices logo!

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The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5 is the latest anthology in the Bram Stoker Award® nominated Horror Library series. This one contains the best stories from all five previous volumes. Get your copy today!

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