Independent publisher Black Spot Books has partnered with genre specialist PR and marketing agency Black Crow, as it announces its upcoming list.
The press, an imprint of the Vesuvian Media Group, recently shifted its focus to horror, and prioritises acquiring from debut and underrepresented authors, seeking books that have book-to-film potential.
Black Crow's director, Jamie-Lee Nardone, has worked with crime giants M C Beaton and Simon Brett, horror specialists Max Brooks, Ramsey Campbell and Grady Hendrix, and science fiction and fantasy writers including Rian Hughes — who also designed the Black Crow logo.
Commenting on the ethos of the press, Lindy Ryan, president and founder, said: “Black Spot Books has always looked for projects that make our hearts pound and pulses race. The same passion for discovering fresh storytelling and amplifying underrepresented voices will continue to drive our catalogue as we acquire projects that promote diversity and representation within the horror community.”
“Our speculative fiction catalogue has always been broad, but regardless of genre, our titles have consistently found themselves on the spookier side of storytelling,” she added. “We are, at heart, a horror house, and we are so excited to partner with Jamie-Lee and Black Crow as we move forward with our focus in the horror community.”
Black Spot Books’ upcoming list includes projects from debut authors to Bram Stoker Award-winners as well as well-known names in the film and TV community. The first project of 2022 is Hold My Place by Cassondra Windwalker, publishing on 25th January, 2022. The novel is a "tale of obsession and possession" in which Sigrun, a 30-something librarian, finds herself in a whirlwind romance, only to discover that her new lover carries some supernatural baggage.
Further novels, novellas, and anthologies will follow, including Under Her Skin, the press' inaugural women-in-horror poetry showcase, which includes more than 80 poems as well as a foreword by Linda D Addison, illustrations by Marge Simon, and cover artwork by Lynne Hansen.
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