Immanion Press is holding a launch event on December 7th in Stafford UK to celebrate the publication of six titles.
Two of the new releases are hardback limited Collectors’ Editions of the Grimoire Dehara series – Book Three Nahir Nuri, which Storm Constantine co-wrote with Taylor Ellwood, and also a reissue of the hardback of the first volume Kaimana, which came out in 2005. While the first volume’s text hasn’t been expanded or changed, (other than a few errors corrected), it does include several extra illustrations from artist Ruby, and one by the late Billie Walker-John, who did quite a few Wraeththu Mythos illustrations back in the 90s.
The new Grimoire Dehara book is also being released in paperback at the same time.
On the fiction side, we have ‘Dark Dance’ by Tanith Lee, the first in her Blood Opera Sequence, (long out of print), featuring an introduction and interior illustrations by Storm Constantine. The second volume, ‘Personal Darkness’ will be released in early 2018, and will feature an introduction and interior illustrations by Freda Warrington. The third book in the series, ‘Darkness, I’, will be published one to two months after the second volume, and will feature an introduction by Sarah Singleton. All three books will have cover art by John Kaiine. The ‘Blood Opera Sequence’ is Tanith’s unique and baroque exploration of the vampire myth.
‘The Darkest Midnight in December: Ghost Stories for the Winter Season’ features a cover by Danielle Lainton and stories by J. E. Bryant, Storm Constantine, Louise Coquio, Wendy Darling, Nerine Dorman, Rosie Garland, Jessica Gilling, Suzanne Gyseman, Misha Herwin, Rick Hudson, Rhys Hughes, Hannah Kate, Fiona Lane, Fiona McGavin and Adele Marie Park. With seven illustrations by Storm Constantine and Wendy Darling.
The ghost story is a Christmas tradition; shadows looming over the brightly-lit tree in a room where logs crackle in the hearth, and the smell of spice and brandy fill the air. Outside the weather is chill; perhaps snow is falling. The house is far from town – lights twinkle in the distance. And over the festive season, as people gather to celebrate and welcome in the New Year, eerie breath might be heard in a dark corridor, hurrying footsteps overhead, a sigh in the depths of a stairwell. When all are supposed to be happy and secure, the intrusion of fear, grief or sadness are alien, and yet bizarrely integral to a time of celebration whose roots lie in ancient, pagan festivals. What stirs in the darkness?
Now that humankind is on the edge of extinction and the androgynous Wraeththu have inherited the earth, hara have developed their own spiritual systems, often based upon ancient beliefs that developed when humanity had been closer to the earth.
For Songs to Earth and Sky, Storm Constantine invited some of the Wraeththu Mythos writers to explore the eight seasonal festivals of the year, (plus the ninth minor celebration in early December), to dream up new beliefs and customs, new myths, new dehara – the gods of Wraeththu. These stories delve into magic, nature, the supernatural, and local folklore. As different communities develop among Wraeththu, so fresh legends spring up – or else ghosts from the inception of their kind come back to haunt them. From the silent, snow-heavy forests of Megalithican mountains, through the lush summer fields of Alba Sulh, into the hot, shimmering continent of Olathe, Songs to Earth and Sky explores nine festivals within the Wheel of the Year, bringing its powerful spirits and landscapes to vivid life.
Nine brand new tales, including a novella, a novelette and a short story from Storm herself, and stories from Wendy Darling, Nerine Dorman, Suzanne Gabriel, Fiona Lane and E. S. Wynn. The Deharan system of magic explored in these stories reinvents the Pagan Wheel of the Year with an androgynous focus, and will be fascinating both to fans of the Mythos and those who are new to it.
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