Thursday, April 28, 2011
A new publisher of literary horror is poised to stand with Chomu, Tartarus, Hippocampus, and others. Aklo Press is a start up that aims to combine the best in weird art and fiction into one product. Actually, this illustrated anthology or journal format is reminiscent of the heady days when great strangeness appeared in places like Dagon, Tekeli-li, and Crypt of Cthulhu.
The project is titled Aklonomicon and it should appear later this year. Its prospective lineup is impressive, including many weird horror writers who have been busy this past year: Simon Strantzas (Beneath the Surface), Livia Llewellyn (Engines of Desire), Laird Barron (Occultation), Joseph S. Pulver (Sin and Ashes), Richard Gavin (Charnel Wine), and many more. Likewise for visual artists, where Michael Zigerlig, Eric York, Andrea Bonazzi, and others are due to flood the production with their dark output.
This is an age where digital media has severely crippled the illustrated anthology and horror 'zine of old. Curiously, e-zines built on weird fiction are rarely successful. Probably because few are willing to be chained to a computer to enjoy otherworldly art and literature. Until such publications are Kindle worthy (and even then their success may be a tall order), we should all hope to see more Aklonomicons. These are atmospheric extravaganzas that work. Visit Aklo Press for further details.