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SuperNOIRtural Tales

Coming this November from Burning Effigy Press…

SuperNOIRtural Tales cover

Felix Renn is a private investigator in a supernatural world, an alternate reality where a dark dimension called The Black Lands co-exists alongside our own. Travelling to and from The Black Lands is dangerous — and illegal — but that doesn’t stop some of the creatures that reside there from crossing over into our world from time to time.

In this collection of stories, Felix encounters a variety of terrifying entities, including ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and the dreaded Black-Eyed Kids.

In a world where paranormal has become the norm, each new case may be his last.

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SuperNOIRtural Tales collects all of the Felix Renn stories published to date, as well as a brand-new 50,000-word novella, “The Brick.”

Featuring an introduction by Mike Carey, author of the Felix Castor novels and writer for the DC/Vertigo comic book series Lucifer, Hellblazer, and The Unwritten.

Praise for the Felix Renn Series:

“Wry and stylishly bizarre… Felix Renn has entered the weird and wild urban fantasy front; I hope he’s on the job for years to come.”
— Laird Barron, author of The Croning and Occultation

“…an evocation of the classic, hardboiled detective that skirts the edge of parody without ever falling into it.”
— John Langan, author of House of Windows

“…a fast-paced entertaining story that gleefully mashes up all-things-supernatural with his hardboiled PI.”
— Paul Tremblay, author of Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye

“…there’s a lot of shading to Renn — the humour, the regrets, the resourcefulness… the chilly isolation of the human soul is felt throughout… Truly, this is one of the most chilling horror stories I’ve read in years. Make that, that I’ve read period.”
— Jeffrey Thomas, author of Punktown

“[Rogers] understands the rat-a-tat-tat language of the best noir, and uses it to explore the interpersonal relationships of his characters… Felix Renn has a lot of life in him, and a lot of distance to travel.”
— Simon Strantzas, author of Nightingale Songs

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION TO COME

An update before Shark Week begins

It’s been so long since I’ve posted here I expected to find tumbleweeds rolling around the place! With one book in the can and another that I’m waiting to get edits back on, I find myself enjoying an unexpected break from writing. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to provide a few updates on some of my projects.

First, the Fungi anthology, which will include a new Felix Renn story, “Out of the Blue,” has a release date of December 2012. The publisher has created a very cool website for the book with all kinds of groovy fungi-related info, as well as the table of contents and pricing on the various editions.

An interview I did with Mike Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey about their collaborative novel, The Steel Seraglio was posted on the HarperCollins book blog, The Savvy Reader. The Careys are an extremely kind and talented family, and I was fortunate enough to meet Mike and Linda last year when they were in town for the SpecFic Colloquium. The interview was very informative and a lot of fun.

The Canadian “best of” anthology, Imaginarium 2012, is popping up in bookstores and various online venues. If it’s not available at your favourite outlet, it should be by the end of the month. The book includes my story, “The Candle.”

A new short story, “I Hate Needles,” will be published in September in the eBook anthology Strange World. This is the first book from BIFF BAM POP, the pop culture website where I wrote articles on TV’s Lost as well as the occasional book review.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that there is now less than one moth to order the hardcover limited edition of my forthcoming collection, Every House Is Haunted. The hardcover will contain bonus material not included in the trade paperback or the eBook, including a full-colour frontispiece and an extra short story, “The Secret Door.” The hardcover won’t be available in bookstores, so be sure to order soon if you want to snag a copy.

I think that’s everything that’s going on right now. Hopefully it’s enough to tide you over while I prep for my favourite time of the year. Shark Week! Time to put on my shark jersey, slip into my shark slippers, and cue up the Jaws theme.

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What are the Black Lands?

The Black Lands is a dimension filled with supernatural creatures that lies next to our own. This alternate reality is the setting for a series of stories by Ian Rogers.

To find out more about the Black Lands, read the history.