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    Pallid Light: The Waking Dead -
    The world ends with the flip of a switch. The thundering storms strike across the world, searing the earth, leaving destruction in their wake. Few will survive. For the folks living in Temperance, Illinois the nightmare is just beginning. When the sky roils in luminous colors, the people of the small town begin to die, and Randall Clay decides to escape. What he didn’t expect was the dead to come back to life or the nightmare that came after that.
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    "[The Strange Cases of Rudolph Pearson] cleverly blends the horrors of the Cthulhu mythos, the atmosphere of hard-boiled fiction and the mysteries of magic and supernatural..."
    -- The Zone

    Autographed copies with Rudolph Pearson color bookmarks (while remaining) are available from:

    ESP Shop Online

  • Dark Wisdom Anthology

    The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction -
    Featuring horrifying and fantastical tales from the eponymous magazine, previously unpublished works, and award-winning short stories, this anthology of macabre fiction explores the unseen folds of urban life, other places, and other times. From the monstrous to the psychological, these tales of fearlessly venture into the hidden world of the supernatural, where strange creatures stalk the night and eldritch investigators search for the unknown.
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    William Jones has received Bram Stoker Award nominations, International Horror Guild Award and Origins Award nominations for his works. He is the editor of several anthologies, including The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction, Frontier Cthulhu: Ancient Horrors in the New World, High Seas Cthulhu, and the Horrors Beyond Series. His book, The Strange Cases of Rudolph Pearson was selected by Editor Ellen Datlow as a "seminal" work for readers of Lovecraftian horror. He has also written a number of role-playing game supplements, and his writings have been translated into several languages. His most recent novel is Pallid Light: The Waking Dead. He lives in Michigan.
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Pallid Light: The Waking Dead

Pallid Light: The Waking DeadWilliam’s latest novel, Pallid Light: The Waking Dead will be available in bookstores and online this coming Feburary, 2010.

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The world ends with the flip of a switch. The thundering storms strike across the world, searing the earth, leaving destruction in their wake. Few will survive. For the folks living in Temperance, Illinois the nightmare is just beginning. When the sky roils in luminous colors, the people of the small town begin to die, and Randall Clay decides to escape. What he didn’t expect was the dead to come back to life or the nightmare that came after that.


(Read the first three chapters online: Click Here)

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The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction

darkwisdom_antho_cvAvailable soon in retail stores and online is The Anthology of Dark Wisdom edited by William Jones:

Featuring horrifying and fantastical tales from the eponymous magazine, previously unpublished works, and award-winning short stories, this anthology of macabre fiction explores the unseen folds of urban life, other places, and other times. From the monstrous to the psychological, these tales of fearlessly venture into the hidden world of the supernatural, where strange creatures stalk the night and eldritch investigators search for the unknown.

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Authors include over twenty well known and upcoming voices:

Peter Straub, Alan Dean Foster, Tom Piccirilli, John Pelan, Richard A. Lupoff, John Shirley, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Wendy Leeds, Lee Clark Zumpe, Gerard Houarner, Christopher Welch, Sam W. Anderson, C.J. Henderson, Paul Melnickzek, Richard Wright, Deanna Hoak, Christopher T. Leland, Bruce Boston, Lee Ballentine, Sherry Decker, Gene O’Neill, James Argendeli, Patricial Lee Macomber, David Niall Wilson, Christian Klaver, Tim Curran, Neddal Ayad, and Rachel Gray.

Les Secrets de Marrakech

SOM_French_cv Another one of  William’s books, Secrets of Morocco, has been translated into a hard cover French edition by Sans-Detour. It is a roleplaying supplement for Call of Cthulhu that focuses upon Morocco from the late 1800s to the 1930s.

Les Secrets de Marrakech est le parfait supplément pour dépayser vos investigateurs et donner une touche originale à votre campagne de jeu. Vous y découvrirez le Maroc des années vingt et trente en un tour d\’horizon géographique, culturel, politique, mais aussi Mythique. Ce supplément s\’attarde sur sa capitale politique, Rabat, sa capitale économique, Casablanca, ainsi que Marrakech, la perle du sud. L’Atlas, le Rif et le Sahara sont également détaillés ainsi que tous les aspects liés au Mythe. Lhistoire du Maroc, dont les plus anciens vestiges datent du 12e siècle avant J.-C. est mouvementée : Colonisé par les Phéniciens, parcouru par les Berbères, traversé par les Arabes, le pays est contrôlé durant l\’entre deux guerres par les Espagnols et les Français, que de nombreux autochtones considèrent comme des envahisseurs. Cest un choc culturel pour les investigateurs, confrontés aux visions, aux particularités et aux coutumes locales. Arpenter une ville peut être aussi aventureux que l\’exploration d\’une cité perdue. Deux scénarios complètent la découverte de ce pays et de ses secrets enfouis.

Blood and Devotion Anthololgy

William’s story, “The Treacherry of Stone” appears in the upcoming epic fantasy anthology Blood and Devotion, edited by W. H. Horner.

The clash of steel. The scent of blood. The heat of fire from heaven. The cries of the dying and of the dead.

Brave warriors and devotees to the gods follow the paths their faiths have put before them, and when religious fervor meets skill of arms and magic, kings will fall, armies will collide, and men and women will perish for their beliefs.

Blood and Devotion contains nine short stories and novellas of epic fantasy, accompanied by art by Nicole Cardiff.

Table of Contents

Introduction by David B. Coe

“The Daughters of Desire” by Jay Lake
“In the Light of Dying Fires” by Gerard Houarner
“Hammer Song” by K. L. Van der Veer
“The Treachery of Stone” by William Jones
“The Perils of Twilight” by Peter Andrew Smith
“The Gifts of the Avalea” by I. M. McHugh
“Eye of the Destroyer” by Aliette de Bodard
“Greatshadow” by James Maxey
“Magic’s Choice” by R. W. Day

New York Visits France

Les Secrets de New York

“Here rest the noblest of all human endeavors, and its rankest, most wretched secrets…” – Rudolph Pearson on New York City.

At long last the city that received its most famous landmark (Statue of Liberty) from France has now ventured across the Atlantic. The Call of Cthulhu roleplaying supplement, Secrets of New York, has been translated into French and is available for retail. Les Secrets de New York is is 151 pages, hardcover edition published by Sans-Detour.

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Game Trade Magazine – Where the Deep Ones Are

Find William’s preview article “There Are No Deep Ones!” focusing on the book Where The Deep Ones Are from Atlas Games. The article in Issue #103 of Game Trade Magazine dispelsthe tales about a town named Innsmouth, and Captain Marsh. It also expounds upon the beautifully illustrated and cleverly written Lovecraftian mythos book by Kennith Hite and Andy Hopp. Both the book and the magazine are currently avaiable from hobby stores and specialty shops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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