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Brief Flight of “Thunderbird” and the Death of DarkFuse

Brief Flight of “Thunderbird” and the Death of DarkFuse

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Our short story “Thunderbird” was published in DarkFuse Magazine as part 7 of their online EROTIKOS series on August 7, 2017. The story was also slated to appear in a collectible hardcover edition of EROTIKOS, which would eventually have been released in a boxed set along with the other volumes of the series.

Alas, it was not meant to be.

“Thunderbird” was available for approximately two weeks before the recent announcement that, after eight months of financial trouble, DarkFuse has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy. All stories have been removed from the site, and rights to all of our DarkFuse works have reverted back to us.

This is not the first time we’ve been through this. The world of independent publishing is a fickle game. In the early 2000’s, myriad small presses sprang up, only to die before they published more than a handful of titles, if any. The climate was different then. There was an uptick in horror sales. Shocklines was the independent retail juggernaut for all things underground horror, and many horror authors did well. Leisure was publishing mass market horror novels again. It’s wasn’t exactly another horror boom, but things definitely improved for a while. During those years, Delirium Books, run by Shane Staley, was a leader in the small press market, publishing limited hardcover editions by many successful writers. Getting published by Delirium was a dream of ours. From the very beginning, every communication I had with Shane was purely professional, even when that communication was a rejection letter.

Fast forward to March 2011, when I received a call at work from Larry Roberts. The previous year, our novella BLACK MERCY FALLS had been accepted by Larry for a limited hardcover release from Bloodletting Press. He was calling to let us know that he was shifting his focus to work on Miskatonic Books. My heart sank and my stomach dropped. Did I mention we had been through this a few times before? The disappointment was premature. He had talked to Shane about the book; Shane had read it and agreed to take it on as a part of his new novella line. He would honor the terms of our contract, including the advance, which was very good for a novella. It was a roller coaster discussion, down and straight up. We were finally going to have a book published by Delirium.  It only took 11 years to break into that market (albeit via fairly unconventional means).

Things moved fast after that. Shane reached out to us, we signed new contracts with the same terms. He accepted a second novella from us, SORROW CREEK, which was published the following year. I finally sold him a story for a Delirium anthology, HORRORWIRED 2. And then came the news that he was restructuring, shutting down Delirium Books, and starting a new company, DarkFuse. To make an already long story somewhat less lengthy — he picked up my story for a new anthology, accepted a new novella from me, and another new novella from Angeline and me, ELDERWOOD MANOR, which received great reviews and reached our widest audience yet. He also rejected three other novellas before accepting a novelette and short story just prior to the end.

Some authors online are feeling burned by the bankruptcy. One author posted on Facebook that he had “no idea why so many people were singing this guy’s praises.”

Here’s why.

Shane dealt with us professionally in every regard. We were always paid on time, in the full amounts we were due. We were provided professionally generated royalty statements that gave us sales numbers for the applicable time periods. Payments arrived on timelines promised. Our submissions were tracked and responded to in a timely manner, whether they were acceptances or rejections. The books had high quality cover art, and we always received boxes of author copies well in advance of release dates. Books were published on time. We worked with Dave Thomas as editor on most of our work, and developed a lasting professional relationship and friendship with someone who believed in our work and supported us in every way. Shane himself replied to queries on any number of subjects promptly and cordially.

These reasons alone put our experiences with DarkFuse in the golden category.

We’ve seen a lot in independent publishing. As of this writing, it’s kind of staggering to realize we’ve been working with small press and independent publishers for 17 years. After almost 20 years, our personal experiences with stupendous levels of unprofessionalism and just plain bad luck could fill a book. The good guys are few and far between. Hence, I feel it necessary to point out that our experiences with Delirium Books and DarkFuse were among the best so far. We’re very sorry to see them go.

“Lover When You Need Me, Wither When You’re Gone” and Other Story News

“Lover When You Need Me, Wither When You’re Gone” and Other Story News

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The latest Fulbright & Hawkes story, a 10,000-word novelette, “Lover When You Need Me, Wither When You’re Gone” sold to DarkFuse Magazine and will appear online for VIP readers April 7, 2017, so we hope people will visit the site and check it out.

Another Fulbright & Hawkes story, “Thunderbird” sold to Dave Thomas for his DarkFuse anthology series Erotikos. Our story will appear in Erotikos #2, but the first installment in the series is currently on sale here.

Yet another Fulbright & Hawkes tale, “Strange Gods” will appear in the Crystal Lake Publishing anthology, C.H.U.D. Lives!, the first officially licensed anthology with stories based on the 1980s cult horror film.

Angeline’s short horror story “The Keeping of Eleanor May” is the lead story in Issue #2 of Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy, on sale now. Christopher’s pulp horror story “Curse of the Dripping Blade” sold to Skelos Press and is slated to appear in the third issue. The guys at Skelos Press are working hard, so please check them out and offer some support for their publications.

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NIGHT WRAITH is Unleashed

NIGHT WRAITH is Unleashed

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NIGHT WRAITH by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes, 2016, SST Publications, trade hardcover edition, art by Vincent Sammy.

Our new novel NIGHT WRAITH is now available in two hardcover editions and ebook editions. Published by SST Publications, these are some very nice looking books, so I wanted to share some pictures below. The signed, limited hardcover ships from the UK, and the trade hardcover is available via Amazon. The cover art for both editions was done by the talented Vincent Sammy.

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NIGHT WRAITH Hardcovers Now Available for Pre-order

NIGHT WRAITH Hardcovers Now Available for Pre-order

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Cover art for the signed limited edition hardcover of NIGHT WRAITH by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes, coming Summer 2016 from SST Publications. Art by Vincent Sammy.

We’re happy to announce that the new Fulbright & Hawkes novel, NIGHT WRAITH, is now available for pre-order, with publication planned for this Spring. The books are available for pre-order in two editions, a trade hardcover and a signed limited edition hardcover, both with amazing cover art by Vincent Sammy. The final book layout will feature stunning wraparound art on the dust jackets and high quality book construction. The limited edition is competitively priced compared to other specialty publishers. We’re very excited to work with SST on this project, knowing we can guarantee that collectors and readers who prefer hardcover formats will be duly pleased with the quality of this book. The pre-order page is up and running at the SST Publications website here: NIGHT WRAITH Pre-orders.

About the novel: 

Something inhuman is slaughtering teens in the small town of Carson Lake. Police Chief Gavin Wagner knows more than he wants to admit, but when he can no longer deny that a secret from his past compels the thing that stalks the night, Gavin must face the truth or lose everything he loves.

Years ago, Gavin protected his daughter Carly from the full truth about her mother’s suicide. Talk of covens and the occult wouldn’t have done his little girl any good in her time of grief. He did it to help them heal, to help them move on. But now that Carly has blossomed into a beautiful young woman, dark forces have awakened, and his omission of truth may cost them their lives.

As Gavin strives to end the growing horror, desperately seeking people and clues that have disappeared beneath shrouds of mystery, Carly’s world is shaken, astir with strange manifestations, ghostly visitations, and the allure of witchcraft. Gavin must overcome his personal demons and find the answers he seeks in time to save them all from the thing that’s coming, reaching out from beyond, lurking in black shadows, hungry for blood and revenge…

THE DEVIL BEHIND ME Now Available in Paperback

THE DEVIL BEHIND ME Now Available in Paperback

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THE DEVIL BEHIND ME by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes.

Our novella THE DEVIL BEHIND ME was published by Dark Regions Press two years ago as part of their Digital Exclusive line. We’re pleased to announce that a paperback edition is now available for only $8.99 through Amazon.com, just in time for the 2015 holiday season!

About the book: Alex Brandt’s life is the stuff of lore and legend, but not the fairytale one would welcome. The sole survivor of the Krampusnacht Massacre, Alex was shipped away to America on the heels of tragedy. Childhood trauma followed him to an adulthood plagued with fear and self-doubt. The horror of his past affects him so deeply each holiday season that his girlfriend urges him to resolve his issues once and for all.

Seeking closure to the Christmas tragedy, with the help of his uncle and a retired German police officer, Alex returns to the scene of the crime in Bavaria. But what lurks in the Alpine darkness on the snow-swept mountain slopes knows Alex has come back, and it’s seeking some closure of its own…

For a complete list of all of our books and links to all available formats, please visit the Books page.