I'm Axel Howerton - punch-drunk Canadian author, hometown anti-hero, and Publisher-in-Chief of Coffin Hop Press, the new home of weird fiction and dark crime. AMA! #CoffinHopAMA
I'm a recovering entertainment journalist, out-of-shape pugilist, and the Arthur Ellis Award nominated author of the detective caper Hot Sinatra; the modern gothic fairytale Furr; the zombie novella Living Dead at Zigfreid & Roy; and the noir fable Con Morte. My forthcoming “Wolf & Devil” urban fantasy series for Tyche Books kicks off with Demon Days in 2018. When I know what I'm talking about, I can talk a lot. I mean, a lot.
In 2012 I spearheaded the Coffin Hop horror author event that ran from 2012-2014 and included upwards of 200 indie horror authors. That led to the formation of my own publishing company Coffin Hop Press and the publishing of Death by Drive-In, a charity anthology of 22 B-movie inspired horror stories by some of the best indie horror writers around. After a few years of experimentation with my own work, in 2014 I sought out like-minded writers for what would become 2015's Tall Tales of the Weird West, an anthology of weird western tales featuring stories by Scott S. Phillips, Jackson Lowry (aka Robert E. Vardeman), C. Courtney Joyner, and the mysterious El Cuchillo. Also in 2015, CHP released the very Canadian crime collection, Ab Negative. Featuring fourteen Alberta-based crime writers including S.G. Wong’s Arthur Ellis Award-nominated alternate history whodunit (Movable Type: Best Short Story Finalist 2015)
In 2016 CHP had planned a collection of Science Fiction noir stories. When that project fell apart, Coffin Hop Press underwent a minor restructuring, and re-emerged with a new mandate, and a new long-ranging slate of projects. New Crime. New Weird. New Pulp. That’s our motto.
In 2017 we released Robert Bose’s Fishing With the Devil: and other fiendish tales, and launched an ongoing line of dark crime novellas, NOIRVELLAS, beginning with my own Con Morte and followed by Manchester Vice by Jack Strange. 2017 also saw the release of It's a Weird Winter Wonderland featuring stories from a wide-range of incredible talents, including Steve Brewer, Scott S. Phillips, Will “The Thrill” Viharo, David James Keaton, and Jessica McHugh.
2018 promises to be another great year, with CHP celebrating the “Year of Publishing Women”, starting in April with Infractus by Sarah L. Johnson, and the new Noirvella Murdering Mr Edwards by Shawn L. Bird. Also appearing in April is Timothy Friend’s incredible two-fisted pulp throwback Rocket Ryder and Little-Putt-Putt Go Down Swinging.
Summer 2018 will see the projected release of The Dame Was Trouble, a collection of stories from the best female Canadian crime writers around, as well as Kill as You Go, a short story collection from two-time Arthur Ellis Award nominee and Bony Pete Award winner Therese Greenwood. Winter 2018 brings dark crime to the holidays with Baby, It's Cold Outside featuring all-new stories from the likes of Rob Brunet, S.A. Cosby, Sam Wiebe, and E.C. Bell, and an anthology of hilariously crooked tales of nimrod criminals in Knucklehead Noir.
All this is basically to tell you that - Hey! I started a publishing company. I ran through all kinds of growing pains, put out a handful of books before we found our niche, and now we're forging straight ahead, blazing a new trail. I know books. I know writing. I know publishing. Ask Me Anything! #CoffinHopAMA
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