A Message from the Publisher:
Well, let me introduce myself if you don’t already know who I am. My name is Jordan Krall and I run Dunhams Manor Press which is an imprint of Dynatox Ministries which I started in 2012.
For the last five years, I’ve published close to 200 books which include chapbooks, novellas, novels, and collections by such authors as Jon Padgett, DP Watt, SP Miskowski, Orrin Grey, John Claude Smith, Adam Bolivar, Daniel Mills, Joseph Pulver Sr. and many others. Also… some of these books I’ve published I have written myself… which leads me to my point.
I have been a published author since 2008. My debut novella was released by Eraserhead Press followed by several other books published by them as well as other presses. I did not start my own press until four years later. I was an author before I was a publisher and editor. Unfortunately, I feel like I’ve been pushed to the point where I need to make that clear. Occasionally when I am sending out an order, I include a complimentary copy of one of my books. I intend this as a gesture of appreciation as well as a way to spread my own work. The fact is, because of the time I spend editing and publishing other authors’ works (which is a great and wild ride), I don’t have as much time to spend on writing or promoting my own books. Therefore, sometimes I take the opportunity to give out a free copy of my book. Most people appreciate this and will take the time out to write me and say, “Thanks so much!” but it’s come to my attention that a minority are annoyed and/or offended by my gesture, taking it as some sort of pushy self-promotion. That, in fact, offends ME. It really sticks in my craw not only because it’s untrue but because, first and foremost, I am an author and, maybe most importantly, my books are pretty damn good.
Anyway, I just want to make it clear so that, when you see my name on a book published by Dunhams Manor Press (I’ll soon have a hardcover novel titled MEDUSA), it is because I was an author for several years before I ventured into publishing. That being said, having the opportunity to work with so many talented authors has continued to inspire me. For that, I am eternally grateful.
Lastly, I know that many frown upon such open and candid personal messages from someone who is supposed to be “behind the scenes” (publisher, editor, etc). But after the last few months, I’ve learned that life is way too short NOT to be candid and open about my own concerns and worries when it comes to something I work very hard at.
From a People of Strange Language a play by Christopher Slatsky
-Limited to 100 copies
-First in the Dunhams Manor Playhouse series
In 1900, Talent Oregon, renowned medium Helen Powell is called upon to perform a seancé before a small gathering. But none of the participants involved imagined that communicating with the dead would herald the demise of the World. From a People of Strange Language is Christopher Slatsky’s first one-act play.
Billy Cranberry by Christian Wiessner
-Ltd. to 50 copies
-18 pg chapbook
-First in Dunhams Manor Rural Horror Series
-6×9 saddle-stitch binding
After his car breaks down on the interstate, Pete finds himself in the sinister Pine Barrens of New Jersey, where he has the misfortune of crossing paths with a feral child named Billy Cranberry.
UPDATE RE: JON PADGETT’S
THE SECRET OF VENTRILOQUISM
I thank everyone for the support of THE SECRET OF VENTRILOQUISM. The book and the art will not disappoint. And those who missed out on the hardcover edition, here’s a secret: There will be a few copies available at next year’s NecronomiCon.
Just full disclosure for those anxiously awaiting this awesome tome: The wrapping, packing, and shipping for Dunhams and Dynatox is one man job. I ask readers to be patient as I individually wrap, pack, and ship 150+ orders while also balancing my job as a Special ed teacher, my family (including a disabled father), and my own writing… which has taken a backseat for months. I thank everyone in advance.
**And I hate to appear to be a jerk, but I reserve the right to cancel orders and refund money if someone publicly insults Dunhams Manor Press or me. (This does NOT include negative reviews of DMP titles. Constructive negative reviews still help to get the word out.)
Also, I occasionally include a free book with your order. Most of the time it is one of my own. If you publicly complain about the free book, you are not only a terrible person, you are undeserving of such great literature.
Also: I cannot cancel orders at the request of buyers unless the order is lost or damaged. NO EXCEPTIONS.
DUNHAMS DOES LOVECRAFT!
(aka DUNHAMS DESTROYS LOVECRAFT)
Contribute to the fundraiser here.
The Indiegogo campaign is up and running. We’ll 2/3 to our goal of $1000 for the first issue of DUNHAMS DOES LOVECRAFT!
The first issue will feature a cover by Nick Gucker and stories by:
Matthew M. Bartlett
DONATE TO THE FUNDRAISER HERE!
Jon Padgett’s collection THE SECRET OF VENTRILOQUISM is available in three ways:
1.) Hardcover with dustjacket limited to 150 copies
2.) Bundle with Hardcover, paperback, ebook, and swag.
3.) Trade Paperback version
With themes reminiscent of Shirley Jackson, Thomas Ligotti, and Bruno Shulz, but with a strikingly unique vision, Jon Padgett’s The Secret of Ventriloquism heralds the arrival of a significant new literary talent. Padgett’s work explores the mystery of human suffering, the agony of personal existence, and the ghastly means by which someone might achieve salvation from both. A bullied child who seeks vengeance within a bed’s hollow box spring; a lucid dreamer haunted by an impossible house; a dummy that reveals its own anatomy in 20 simple steps; a stuttering librarian who holds the key to a mill town’s unspeakable secrets; a commuter whose worldview is shattered by two words printed on a cardboard sign; an aspiring ventriloquist who spends a little too much time looking at himself in a mirror. And the presence that speaks through them all.
“The Secret of Ventriloquism is horror with a capital H. Some of Padgett’s lines raised the hair on my neck.” -Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase
“Padgett… proves with his stunning debut collection [to be] a worthy successor to the master [Thomas Ligotti]. There’s no gristle, no bone, no dilly-dallying here: only pure meat whose terrors seamlessly grow into the metaphysical… this volume is jam-packed with the stuff that nightmares are made of.” – Dejan Ognjanovic, RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE
Introduction by Matt Cardin
The Mindfulness of Horror Practice
Murmurs of a Voice Foreknown
The Indoor Swamp
20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism
The Secret of Ventriloquism
Escape to Thin Mountain
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
Orrin Grey’s chapbook THE CULT OF HEADLESS MEN is available for preorder. This is scheduled to start shipping on October 1st. This chapbook is limited to 150 copies and features a wonderful cover by Michael Bukowski.
$7 + s/h
You can order a copy HERE.
The Sixties have just started to swing, and Kirby Marsh is headed to England, one step ahead of his creditors and determined to get in on the British horror boom. He gets more than he bargained for when he starts filming at the ancestral manor of his old friend Sir Joseph Drake, now the Eighth or Ninth Lord Whitley. It turns out that the ancient pile is home to more than just moldering tapestries and sinister portraits, and before long Kirby is up to his neck in blasphemous cults, strange sounds in the night, and something terrible lurking in the family crypt. Can Kirby solve the mystery of the Cult of Headless Men while also bringing three movies in under budget?
In this stand-alone prequel to his celebrated novelette “Painted Monsters,” Orrin Grey introduces the grandfather of Kirby Marsh III and revisits a fragment that initially appeared in Michael Bukowski’s Book of One Thousand Forms…
“Orrin Grey writes tales that are as eloquent as they are eerie. He deftly blends the high Gothic aesthetics of classical horror with a raconteur’s innate knack for storytelling. Grey is a unique talent, and is destined to become a major name in weird fiction.”
– Richard Gavin, author of Sylvan Dread
“This is the kind of writing that shows what can still be done with the classical weird.”
– Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All
“In his latest collection, Orrin Grey not only pays homage to the classic horror films of yesteryear, he tears down the silver screen to reveal the true horrors that lurk on the other side. Fans of H. P. Lovecraft, Vincent Price, and the Hammer horror films will feel right at home.”
– Ian Rogers, author of Every House Is Haunted
“Orrin Grey’s roots (or should I say tentacles?) run deep, squeezing the best from horrors both classic and obscure, twisting them in his own particular way. He’s a fine storyteller who’ll pull you in, and so will Painted Monsters. Don’t miss it!”
– Norman Partridge, author of Dark Harvest
August 3, 2016
Now available for preorder:
BURNING WITCHES, BURNING ANGELS by Kurt Fawver
Novella / 55 pages / $7.50 + s/h
Burning Witches, Burning Angels is a story of young love. A story of the utterly inexplicable. A story of religion and madness and fate and the terrifying consequences these forces can all too easily usher into our lives.
Ships in late August / September
THE WRATH OF CONCRETE AND STEEL by John Claude Smith
Collection / 85 pages / $7.00 + s/h
The Land Lord (novella)
The Wrath of Concrete and Steel (story)
The Wounded Table (story)
AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER:
MUSCADINES by S.P. Miskowski
Novella / 58 pages / $35 + s/h
Ships in late August / September
The death of Ruth Parker reunites her daughters, three women scarred by a childhood of mysterious secrets and nightmares. Now they must choose a less violent path—or embrace their mother’s terrifying legacy.
“Narrated in prose as languid and deceptively dreamlike as a Georgia summer afternoon, S.P. Miskowski’s Muscadines feels like a fairy tale recast as a Southern Gothic—a fairy tale of the old, savage, unsanitized-for-modern-children’s-consumption variety. Nobody does very bad women like Miskowski, and this deeply disturbing story further establishes her as a master at exploring the psychological terrain of the kind of women who aren’t supposed to exist.” – Lynda E. Rucker, Shirley Jackson Award winner, Black Static columnist and author of The Moon Will Look Strange
“In S.P. Miskowski’s Muscadines, the return home of a prodigal sister is the catalyst for a series of searing family revelations. Alternating between memory and confrontation, the narrative lays bare the secrets and sins that have bent and warped the lives of the three Parker sisters. Their efforts to reconcile themselves to their dark inheritance, the lengths to which they must go to reckon with their mother’s legacy, lead to a stark, powerful climax. Its prose equally fearless and graceful, Muscadines offers ample evidence why S.P. Miskowski has emerged as one of those writers who must be read.” – John Langan, author of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
“S.P. Miskowski’s Muscadines is a glorious, heady rush of red clay dusted prose. Here she unpacks for us something lovely; something with lips and teeth stained crimson. With prose that dances between poetic and razor sharp simplicity, Miskowski has created a story that will linger in the darkest rooms where you store your secrets.” – Kristi DeMeester, author of Split Tongues
“S.P. Miskowski has real star power. Muscadines is a fine example of her Neo-Gothic chops.” – Laird Barron, author of The Croning and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All
THE STING OF WONDER, THE SEED OF FAITH by Gerard Houarner
Novel / Hardcover / 136 pages / $30 + s/h
Ships in late August / September
Trade paperback coming in Winter 2016
Conspiracies and cosmic dread in the Amazon forest…
This edition will include the short story “Casa dos Cadáveresto” which will NOT be included in the trade paperback edition.
First, the following are available and READY TO BE PRINTED AND SHIPPED in a few days:
Also, just in case you all have lost track, here is a list of all the DUNHAMS MANOR PRESS books that will be published in 2016.
MOTHER by Philip Fracassi
THE BLACK DEATH by Jon R. Meyers
XNOYBIS #2 edited by Jordan Krall
THE CASTLE-TOWN TRAGEDY AND OTHER STORIES by Brandon Barrows
FUME by Richard Gavin
THE LAST SESSION by Selena Chambers
PASSAGE TO THE DREAMTIME by Anya Martin
JACK WERRETT THE FLOOD MAN by Rebecca Lloyd
MUSCADINES by S.P. Miskowski
THE STAY AWAKE MEN by Matthew Bartlett
UNTITLED HARDCOVER COLLECTION by Christopher Slatsky
MEDUSA by Jordan Krall
A VOLUME OF SLEEP by Jayaprakash Sathyamurthy
THE SECRET OF VENTRILOQUISM by Jon Padgett
MAPPING THE DARKNESS: Interpretations ‘Songs of a Dead Dreamer’ by Shawn Mann
UNTITLED CHAPBOOK by Orrin Grey
DUNHAMS DESTROYS LOVECRAFT anthology
IN PRAISE OF PAN anthology
UNTITLED HARDCOVER by ?????????
NEWS OCTOBER 30, 2015
JACK WERRETT THE FLOOD MAN by Rebecca Lloyd.
Hardcover with dust jacket.
Limited to 150 copies.
Cover and interior illustrations by Dave Felton.
Right from the start, Dr Wood was mystified by the two sisters, Marina and Betty Werrett, who appeared to be in conflict about letting out the gaunt Georgian house that stood on the frozen marsh a couple of miles outside Stabman’s Reach. Her confusion mounts when the sisters, despite her objections, move into the wind-whipped house with her. After that, events unravel so fast, and in such a terrifying way, that Dr Wood, when finally the house expels her, is happy never to venture into the remote English countryside of Norfolk again.
NEWS September 24, 2015
Two releases announced for 2016:
by Richard Gavin
by Philip Fracassi
NEWS July 21, 2015
Now available! The trade paperback edition of the long-awaited collection from Christopher Slatsky ALECTRYOMANCER AND OTHER WEIRD TALES. Order it here! (It will soon be available on Amazon as well). 190 pages.
Loveliness Like a Shadow
An Infestation of Stars
No One is Sleeping in this World
The Ocean is Eating Our Graves
This Fragmented Body
A Plague of Naked Movie Stars
Scarcely Have They Been Planted
NEWS July 1, 2015
The 2016 Hardcover series is up for preorder HERE (US Customers) or HERE (international).
If you want to just preorder just the first book (THE CASTLE-TOWN TRAGEDY by Brandon Barrows), you can go HERE.
NEWS May 5, 2015
Our online Weird Fiction journal VISIAK’S MIRROR is up and running with two new stories!
DIN by A [W] Hendry
ABSCONSA LATERNA by C.M. Muller