These stories take us to the crowded subway platforms and red-light districts of Tokyo, where he has lived and worked since 2003. In the humid days of the interminable rainy season, in the hideous rites at forgotten temples in the hinterland, and in the humdrum lives of bored and desperate salarymen, Pastula locates a unique blend of cosmic horror and urban paranoia. These are the nightmares a great metropolis whispers to itself, the uncanny dread behind the high-tech and prosperous facade.
Heralding the arrival of an exciting new voice in weird horror, these stories will burrow deep into your nightmares, and leave you unsettled and uneasy long after you’ve closed the book …
“As unique and masterful a collection as I’ve seen in some time. It’s messing with my dreams.” – Matthew M. Bartlett, author of Gateways to Abomination and Creeping Waves
Available now in Print
Oh brother, it’s been forever since we talked at you, but the winter was long and we were busy with this beauty: four tales of the horror that clings to the agonizing process of interview for jobs, by some of the most distinctive new writers in the horror business. Snap this bad boy up right now!
Hey! Just a quick note to say that Orford Parish’s own Joseph Pastula has a story that will be in this month’s Turn to Ash vol. 2, so you should go ahead and preorder that now. Our own Tom Breen has a story in Ravenwood #2, so you know what? What the heck, go ahead and get yourself a copy of that, too.
We’re also still accepting submissions for the New England folk horror anthology, and the editor is hankering to read some good stuff, so please send good stuff to them.
Probably, there will be some news here soon about the next chap book. Hint: it’s got stories in it.
Dang! Them Orford boys have done it again!
Folks, you aren’t going to believe it, but Orford Parish Books has served up another tasty treat: this chapbook includes three tales of weird horror set amidst the blood-soaked art form of professional wrestling.
Matthew M. Bartlett, author of “Gateways to Abomination,” “Creeping Waves,” and “Rangel,” which is included in this year’s “Year’s Best Weird Fiction,” opens up the bleeding with “The Dark Match,” a tale of mortal dread and surreal woe set in the dingy wrestling venue of a seaside town.
Joseph Pastula applies the submission hold of “A Severance of Roots,” a cautionary tale to collectors of all stripes about what happens when you find what you’re looking for, in this case the story of a dimly remembered wrestler famed for brutality.
And Tom Breen gets the sneaky roll-up with “The Vision of James Lee Dawson, King of the Deathmatches,” which is a glimpse at what might happen if a thumbtacks and barbed wire match were the venue for theodicy.
Plus: fun interior art! Easter eggs! Not literal ones, like, little jokes inserted in interstitial content. Look, just buy the book.
Some people might say Orford Parish is the publishing arm of a bizarre cult of two, producing material unwanted or unpublishable by anyone else. WELL, TO THAT, WE SAY “HORSEFEATHERS.”
Just this past week, we received notice that our own Joe Pastula’s “Midnight in the Desert” has been accepted for publication in “Turn To Ash Vol. 2: Open Lines,” and our Tom Breen’s collaboration with Matthew M. Bartlett, “The Long-Lost Parent,” has been accepted for an upcoming issue of STRANGE AEONS Magazine.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, haters!
Hey! As revealed on this week’s Spooklights podcast interview with Jonathan Raab and Matthew M. Bartlett the next Orford Parish Books joint is ready to be disclosed to the world:
Three Moves of Doom: Weird Horror from the Squared Circle will feature the aforementioned Mr. Bartlett, plus Joseph Pastula and Tom Breen each contributing a strange tale set in the wonderful world of professional wrestling. The chapbook will also feature cover art by Pastula, who is busily working to create something fiendishly fine for this project.
I’ve already read the stories, and I can tell you that this is going to be something for everyone, regardless of your level of passion for the art of mat grappling. Street date is currently in time for the Rock and Shock Convention in Worcester in October, but we’ll update when we know more.
Until then, get ready to don the crimson mask with your favorite weirdos!
Just a heads up that Tom Breen will be at Readercon in beautiful Quincy, Mass. on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9. He won’t be there in any official capacity, and tells us he finds most conventions a little bougie for his tastes, but you’ll easily spot him as a giant fat man in a Montreal Canadiens cap drinking cider and handing out Orford Parish buttons like they were Pez. If he goes to anything, it’ll be the Gemma Files reading on Friday, because Gemma Files rules. Otherwise, hit him up at the hotel bar.
Hot dang! Our compadres at Muzzleland Press have an interview up as part of their “Faithful Frighteners” series with Orford Parish Books’ own Tom Breen. Here’s an excerpt:
The conflict that most people see between Christianity and horror is usually rooted in a simplistic understanding of either, or both. Dante’s Inferno is simultaneously a work of profound religious devotion and a catalog of grotesque horrors. The contradiction only exists for people with a shallow, unreflective Christianity or a simplistic notion that horror is primarily concerned with freaking out the squares. There are plenty of both kinds of people, which is why there’s a strong notion that horror is incompatible with Christianity, but I see the reality as the opposite: horror is much more germane to Christianity than the limp materialism of most contemporary “literary” fiction, say.
Go ahead and read the rest!
Courtesy of friend-O-the-Parish Raymond Majerski, here’s a selection of buttons that illustrate various aspects of our town’s storied history: the brief time in the early 1960s when the town government was controlled by a political party consisting of sentient bears (or, as opponents charged, humans dressed as bears); the town motto “We’re Closer Than You Think!”; and Orford Parish’s historically fraught relationship with the Society of Friends. Thank you, Ray. These are awesome!
Hey folks! It’s June, and so we have a fine new addition to our burgeoning line of off-puttingly weird titles. “Old Gory” is a split book with one story from Joseph Pastula and one from Tom Breen, examining the sinister side of that most mundane of symbols: the American flag. Get you some!