Cake Craft by Hannah-Freya Blake to be published by Nyx Publishing

We are excited to announce Nyx Publishing's third novella, after A Dowry of Blood and The Bone Way, which will be published in the second half of 2021. Nyx Publishing has acquired Hannah-Freya Blake's queer Gothic debut novella Cake Craft, to be published in digital and paperback formats, combined with other short stories by Blake.

Summary for Cake Craft

I used to know the Devil, only back then he was called Arthur, and he was a seventy-eight-year-old dairy farmer from Yorkshire.

Kat is haunted by memories of her past. Memories of her first job at a nursing home, where Arthur Shipton would raise hell in search of his flat cap. Of boyfriends who preferred prettier girls, and the cakes she ate to fill her hungry heart. Now thirty, no amount of comfort food can help her get over her divorce. But Stella—Arthur’s granddaughter—might.

Beautiful and mysterious, there’s something about Stella that inspires Kat to leave the safety of her couch. She can’t help but think Stella has something to do with Arthur’s recent death, but the closer she gets to Stella, the less it matters. With Stella’s magical pull, Kat feels an old hunger—one long since buried with the crumbs of cake—reawaken.

Cake Craft is a dark, bisexual Bridget Jones set in the Gothic moors of Yorkshire with a pinch of the paranormal. It’s a story of trauma, desire, and hunger—and a whole lot of Grandma’s ginger sponge.

About the author

Hannah-Freya is a PhD candidate, novelist, and poet based in West Yorkshire. Her research on horror and humour in the Gothic bleeds into her creative writing. She is fascinated by the blending of opposites—of elegance and vulgarity, of melancholy and wit. Her short story, ‘Old Jack’, pays homage to Gothic aesthetics in the tale of a lonely man in search of the sun, and won the Creative Showcase at Sheffield’s Reimagining the Gothic in 2018. When she’s not writing, Hannah-Freya is usually eating chocolate and watching cat videos.

You can find Hannah-Freya on Twitter.





The Bone Way by Holly J. Underhill to be published by Nyx Publishing

After last week's announcement concerning our first release scheduled for 2021, we are excited to be sharing another amazing novella with you in the upcoming year. Nyx Publishing has acquired Holly J. Underhill's novella The Bone Way, to be published in early 2021 in digital format.

Summary for The Bone Way

When her wife Cressidae goes missing, Teagan immediately knows where she has gone. A kingdom of the dead filled with untold nightmares, the Shadow Realm is the only place that can save Teagan from a lethal poison that's killing her slowly. It is ruled by a princess said to make powerful deals with those brave enough to find her, and Cressidae has gone to bargain for Teagan's life. Cressidae has forgotten one very important thing: no one makes it out on their own.

Teagan is furious Cress left without her, yet she's determined to save her. The princess of the Shadow Realm, however, doesn’t let mortals roam her territories without opposition. In this thrilling tale inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Teagan and Cressidae must face both the horrors of the Shadow Realm as well as their own past.

About the author

Holly J. Underhill was born into a family of writers and readers, so stories have always been a part of her life. She spends most of her time spinning tales about angry girls, queer acceptance, and mental health. She received a B.S. in psychology from Central Michigan University before she realized she wanted to be an author more than anything else. When not writing she enjoys finding new TV shows and books to fall in love with, nerding out over history, and going on adventures. She currently resides in Michigan with her family, one dog, and an abundance of rescue cats. THE BONE WAY will be her first published work.

You can find out more about Holly on her website, or connect with her on Twitter.





A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson to be published by Nyx Publishing

We are thrilled to announce that S.T. Gibson's lyrical novella A Dowry of Blood will be published by Nyx Publishing! A Dowry of Blood features characters previously introduced in Gibson's short story 'Brideprice', which can be found in the Unspeakable anthology. It will be released in digital and paperback formats in the beginning of 2021.

Summary for A Dowry of Blood

A lyrical and dreamy reimagining of Dracula’s brides, A DOWRY OF BLOOD is a story of desire, obsession, and emancipation. 

Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things. Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband’s dark secrets. 

With the lives of everyone she loves on the line, Constanta will have to choose between her own freedom and her love for her husband. But bonds forged by blood can only be broken by death.

About the author

Saint is a poet, author, and village wise woman in training. A graduate of the creative writing program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the theological studies program at Princeton Seminary, she currently lives in Boston with her partner, spoiled Persian cat, and vintage blazer collection.

You can find out more about Saint on her website, or connect with her on Twitter.





Unspeakable is available for purchase!

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the moment is finally here: Unspeakable is for sale!

Unspeakable contains eighteen Gothic tales with uncanny twists and characters that creep under your skin. Its stories feature sapphic ghosts, terrifying creatures of the sea, and haunted houses concealing their own secrets. Whether you're looking for your non-binary knight in shining armour or a poly family to murder with, Unspeakable showcases the best contemporary Gothic queer short fiction. Even dark tales deserve their time in the sun.

The anthology contains the following stories:

  • Let Down by Claire Hamilton Russell
  • Moonlight by Ally Kölzow
  • An Account of Service at Meryll Point, as recollected and set down by C.L.
  • The White Door by Lindsay King-Miller
  • Doctor Barlowe's Mirror by Avery Kit Malone
  • Laguna and the Engkanto by Katalina Watt
  • The Moon in the Glass by Jude Reid
  • Brideprice by S.T. Gibson
  • Lure of the Abyss by Jenna MacDonald
  • Hearteater by Eliza Temple
  • Quicksilver Prometheus by Katie Young
  • Homesick by Sam Hirst
  • Rodeo by Ryann Fletcher
  • Lady of Letters; or, the Twenty-First Century Homunculus by Heather Valentine
  • Taylor Hall by Jen Glifort
  • The Ruin by E. Saxey
  • The Dream Eater by Anna Moon
  • Leadbitter House by Mason Hawthorne

The anthology can be bought in the Nyx Publishing shop, or on Amazon. You can also request a order at your local bookshop, or add it to read on Goodreads.

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