Sunday, March 22, 2020

Quarantine Relief Package (updated Apr 1 2020)

While world governments dawdle and fumble in their response to this pandemic, we've got our own relief package to help beat the quarantine blues! (We don't know about you, but the crisis finally hit home for us when they closed the libraries and bookstores.... Empty supermarket shelves we can deal with, but empty bookshelves? Gasp!)

But while we can't cure the coronavirus, we can cure quarantine-induced boredom! 

1) FREE Audiobook Downloads

We've made thousands of FREE audiobook codes available over the past few days. As of this morning, 21 books still had downloads available for U.S. Audible users, while there are over 50 titles available to U.K. Audible users. And our authors still get paid a royalty on your free download, so you're getting great free entertainment AND helping an author! 

2) FREE U.S. Shipping

Even if there is a bookstore out there still open, trust us, you don't want to venture there and risk getting sick. Stay safe inside and let the books come to you instead.  From now through the end of this epidemic, we'll pay the shipping costs to get you the reading material you need.  Applies to U.S. website orders over $15 (does not apply to the 20% off preorder titles).

3) FREE Digital Copy with Order of Print Copy

So far we've not heard of virus-related shipping delays, but it's always a possibility. So, if you order a print copy from our website, you are welcome to email us and request a free MOBI (Kindle) or EPUB version to be emailed to you as well. That way, even if the mail is delayed, you can start reading immediately! (These are sent out manually and we're pretty fast, but there are delays if you order when we're sleeping, for example.)

4) CHEAP E-Books

Every Friday during this pandemic, we'll slash one of our favorite ebook titles to $2.99 for one week only. Applies to orders placed on Amazon or on our website (if ordering on our website, please note that we have to email you the files manually, so there may be a lag time of a couple hours sometimes in receiving them.)

This week's title is Michael McDowell's Southern Gothic classic COLD MOON OVER BABYLON (1980), a chilling supernatural revenge tale recently filmed in a movie version starring Christopher Lloyd. Grab it here:

We also have our regular March monthly $2.99 ebook specials, Gillian Freeman's eerily prescient 1965 novel of the rise to power of a far-right nationalist leader in Britain, THE LEADER, and Paul Binding's moving story of gay love in Spain, HARMONICA'S BRIDEGROOM (which has one of our all-time favorite covers):

5) BOGO Paperbacks

For a limited time, if you purchase the paperback of our first International Series title, Hubert Lampo's eerie Belgian magical realist novel THE COMING OF JOACHIM STILLER (1960), we'll automatically send you Felix Timmerman's collection of macabre Flemish tales INTIMATIONS OF DEATH totally FREE.  Offer available worldwide.

6) A Peek Ahead

And because it's important to have bright things to look forward to in dark times, here's a sneak peek at something we're working hard on. It's difficult to believe, but six months from now this whole mess will likely have blown over, and you'll be able to get your hands on this beauty, which will feature over 20 horror tales from all over the world, from Spain and Italy to Senegal and Ecuador, with all the foreign-language tales appearing in English for the first time. A preorder option and more details are here.