It was announced today that Morrigan Books — “Specialists in Dark Fiction” — are re-printing my 2009 collection, Creeping in Reptile Flesh, as part of their e-book series, for the international market. The distribution for the first edition was somewhat limited, so I’m hoping this will widen its impact somewhat.
You can read the announcement on Morrigan’s news site.
I’m biased, of course, but I think this is an excellent collection. The stories were chosen according to the way they reflected on a number of related thematic threads that for me are encapsulated in the title — a quotation from the work of my favourite poet, mystical visionary, William Blake:
Ah weak & wide astray! Ah shut in narrow doleful form
Creeping in reptile flesh upon the bosom of the ground
The Eye of Man a little narrow orb closd up & dark
Scarcely beholding the great light conversing with the Void
The Ear, a little shell in small volutions shutting out
All melodies & comprehending only Discord and Harmony
The Tongue a little moisture fills, a little food it cloys
A little sound it utters & its cries are faintly heard
From William Blake’s “prophetic” poem Milton (1840)
The title story — a 20,000 word supernatural thriller — is a personal favourite, though some people have been put off by its political orientation and other oddities.
Soon there may be an announcement of a special bonus feature that will come with the new edition. We’re working on that. Stay tuned. At any rate, if you’re one of the many millions who didn’t grab a copy of the first edition — or a Hood completist — don’t forget to order a copy.
Meanwhile you can read more about the book in its original incarnation here.
Critical comments on the first edition:
Robert Hood has been writing chilling, sickening, funny and thoughtful horror for longer than he cares to remember. Creeping in Reptile Flesh brings together some of the best from his twistedly evil mind including three previously unpublished works.
Robert’s writing has many shades. His heroes are often people just like you and me. Beset by the horrid and supernatural, they rise to the challenge or sink beneath the slime. Whatever happens, there’s humanity there, the best of us and the worst of us on show… There are many types of horror here to suit many tastes and all of them will please the discerning reader who enjoys good tales told well.
Keith Stevenson in Aurealis #43.
Simply a class act from the artwork to the stories contained within its pages. A must-have addition to any horror fan’s bookcase, it will have you wanting to check out more Robert Hood material.
Jeff Ritchie — review on ScaryMinds website
An impressive, very personal and thematically cohesive collection of stories from horror writer, Robert Hood, and nicely laid out by Cat Sparks. Creeping shows the significant contribution Robert has made to the Australian horror genre.
13th Annual Aurealis Awards: Best Anthology/Collection Category Judges’ Report
Hood’s collection Creeping in Reptile Flesh (Altair Australia Books) was the finest Aussie collection released in 2008. Although the book’s distribution is limited, it contains several of Hood’s best stories and spans two decades of his career.
Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Australian Shadows Award 2008 Judges’ comments