Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Dog Star Books will be releasing some interesting things in 2013. Coming in July...


By Matt Betts
Art by Bradley Sharp

Fighting for survival in a post-Civil War America overrun by zombies, Cyrus and Lucinda join a military group called the Odd Men Out, and together they face a terrorist army from the North in a showdown over a weapon of enormous power.

The Civil War went on far longer than anyone expected, prompting the North and South to call a truce to fight their common enemy: The Chewers – dead men come to life to attack the living. As a result, a peacekeeping force called the Office of Military Operations is created to watch over the tenuous peace.

Cyrus Joseph Spencer didn’t fight in the war and couldn’t care less about the United Nations of America that resulted from it. His main concern is making money and protecting his crew from all manner of danger. To escape a horrible tragedy, Cyrus and one of his wards, Lucinda, board a U.N. dirigible for safety. They quickly discover their situation has not improved as the U.N. team is chasing a group of rogue soldiers in hopes of stopping them from obtaining a terrible weapon.

They also have to contend with a larger threat - Drago del Vapore – a giant lizard attacking the West Coast and wreaking havoc on everything it encounters. As the two sides face off against each other and the huge beast, Cyrus feels more and more like an Odd Man Out and finds it harder and harder to stay out of the fight.
RELEASE: July 2013
LINKS: Dog Star Books - http://dogstarbooks.blogspot.com
Bradley Sharp - http://www.bradsharp.co.uk/

Friday, January 18, 2013

MORGAN SCORPION, the Voice of Darkness

I can't in all honesty tell you if light has taste nor claim to know whether it possesses scent. Darkness is a similar sensory mystery. Can it be felt? Smelled? Tasted? I couldn't say. But I do know that darkness has a sound, a voice in fact, and it is embodied in the wonderful speech and readings of a woman known as Morgan Scorpion.

I have a particular fondness for listening to ghostly and eerie tales, an indulgence that calls for blackness or candlelight or jack-o-lantern. Spooky stories were no doubt told around fires long before the written word and claim a lineage that spans from the tradition of the British Christmas ghost story and the offerings of old time radio on up to the present, which is where Morgan Scorpion comes in. Morgan has blessed the fan of spoken unearthliness with a range of recorded readings by authors such as Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, H. Russell Wakfield, and H.P. Lovecraft. Plenty of Lovecraft! To name a few.

Her readings are a joy! She expresses the works in a way that is part reading, part performance, a potent, evocative blend that gives ghostly life to the stories she applies her talents to. And such an accent! I recently had the good fortune to have Morgan do a recording of my story The Company of Others from my collection Urn and Willow. I was delighted, of course, and I had quite a spell of chills when she sang part of a John Dowland song that is sung by a character in one of the scenes.

Morgan has done readings for Librivox, Lovecraft eZine, and has a YouTube channel stocked with hours of recordings by masters ranging from M.R. James to W.H. Pugmire. She has also applied her abilities on the metal record Nyarlathotep by the group The Old Ones.

About Morgan Scorpion

Morgan has a degree in theology from King's College, London and served as a civil servant before becoming disabled. Her fondness for the work of H.P. Lovecraft dates back to when she was 11, and she's been a fan of Sherlock Homes since she was 10.