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BENEATH THE SURFACE

Simon Clark and Paul Kane


Cover art by Steve Crisp


"Clark has the ability to keep the reader looking over his shoulder to make sure that sudden noise you hear is just the summer breeze rattling the window... this should keep you shaking."—CNN.com

"Paul Kane is a first rate storyteller, never failing to marry his insights into the world and its anguish with the pleasures of phrases eloquently turned."—Clive Barker, bestselling author of The Hellbound Heart, Mister B. Gone and The Scarlet Gospels



Pre-Order (published Autumn 2017)

Price: £49.95 (Signed & Lettered Remarqued Hardcover)

Price: £24.95 (Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover)




Collaborating for the first time in horror fiction history, two brilliant award-winning and bestselling authors will come together to bring you a truly terrifying tale, complete with cover art by the legendary Steve Crisp.

Simon Clark, author of Vampyrrhic, and The Night of the Triffids, and Paul Kane, author of Blood RED, Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell are working together for the first time to bring you Beneath the Surface.

Signed, numbered, and limited to just 250 copies worldwide, they bring to collectors an epic story of terror, heroism, survival, and many horrors.

For the first time, collectors will be able to showcase these 1st edition copies, signed, hand-numbered, and extremely limited. This will sell out! Featuring four-colour laminated dust jacket, cover art by Steve Crisp, and printed on acid-free paper for your archive and legacy.

Commemorate your love for horror and add this must-have to your collection today for just £49.95 for the Signed & Lettered Remarqued Hardcover or only £24.95 Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover.

Brought to you by SST Publications, this is one 2017 release you don't want to miss...


The Second World War, and in the aftermath of a bloody desert skirmish survivors from both sides find themselves facing yet another battle: a battle just to stay alive. Not simply because they are in the middle of nowhere, with hardly any supplies, but because they are being hunted by something that has made the desert its home. A monstrous thing with a taste for human flesh, that will not stop until either they are dead or it is. As the soldiers begin to discover that they are not so dissimilar beneath their uniforms, they are also starting to realise that there is something else beneath the surface of the sand. Something no-one has ever seen before. Something deadly, dangerous and extremely hard to kill. . . From the imaginations of award-winning and bestselling authors Simon Clark (Vampyrrhic, The Night of the Triffids) and Paul Kane (Blood RED, Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell) writing together for the first time, comes a tale of terror and heroism, of survival and horror. A tale that will stay with you, get under your skin and remain beneath the surface for a long time to come. Complete with cover art by the legendary Steve Crisp (who provided the covers for Simon's first books, such as Nailed by the Heart and Blood Crazy) this is one collectors' item you won't want to miss!


Title Details:

RRP Price: £49.95 (Signed & Lettered Remarqued Hardcover)
RRP Price: £24.95 (Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover)
Publisher: Short, Scary Tales Publications
Subject: Horror
Release Date: Autumn 2017
ISBN: 978-1-909640-81-8 (5.5" x 8.5" Signed & Lettered Remarqued Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-909640-70-2 (5.5" x 8.5" Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover)
First Edition

Signed & Lettered Remarqued Hardcover

Our Price: £49.95

Special and Exclusive Features For SST Publications' Beneath the Surface Signed & Lettered Remarqued Hardcover:

Original and unique remarque by artist Glenn Chadbourne—making each copy highly desirable and unique to your personal collection
Be 1 of just 52 Collectors Worldwide to own this exclusive edition—No more than 52 copies of this edition will ever be printed again
Each copy is lettered by hand, exclusively for SST Publications' top collectors
Personally signed by authors Simon Clark and Paul Kane and artist Steve Crisp on a unique signature page dedicated specifically for this highly limited edition
Visually stunning cover art by Steve Crisp
Including an exclusive, never-before-seen interview with Simon Clark and Paul Kane—Answers to your most asked questions, insights, insider-only information, and more...
Four-colour laminated dust jacket to preserve the original artwork
Offset printed on acid-free paper with your archive and legacy in mind
Bound in full cloth with hot foil spine stamping, colour head & tail bands and full colour endpapers for the best presentation of this very special edition

SST EXCLUSIVE: When you purchase the Lettered Edition directly from SST Publications, you will receive a collectable SST bookmark SIGNED by Simon Clark, Paul Kane and Steve Crisp!

Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover

Our Price: £24.95

Special and Exclusive Features For SST Publications' Beneath the Surface Signed & Numbered Hardcover:

Personally signed by authors Simon Clark and Paul Kane and artist Steve Crisp on a unique signature page dedicated specifically for this highly limited edition
Visually stunning cover art by Steve Crisp
Including an exclusive, never-before-seen interview with Simon Clark and Paul Kane—Learn all the insider details and answers to your most pressing questions
Be 1 of just 250 collectors worldwide to showcase Beneath the Surface in your collection—No more than 250 copies of this edition will ever be printed again
Each copy is numbered by hand—Please Note: Numbers are given in the order in which collectors reserve their copies. If you would like to receive a lower number, please do not hesitate in placing your order
Four-colour laminated dust jacket to preserve the original artwork
Offset printed on acid-free paper with your archive and legacy in mind
Bound in full cloth with hot foil spine stamping, colour head & tail bands and full colour endpapers for the best presentation of this very special edition

Author bios:

Simon Clark has written many short stories and novels, including Blood Crazy, Darkness Demands, Secrets of the Dead and The Night of the Triffids, which continues John Wyndham's classic, The Day of the Triffids. The Night of the Triffids has also been adapted as a full-cast audio drama by Big Finish and has been broadcast by BBC Radio4Extra.

The year 2014 saw the publication of Inspector Abberline and the Gods of Rome, a crime mystery, featuring the real-life Inspector Abberline, who led the hunt for the notorious serial-killer Jack the Ripper, and who went on to become head of Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Europe. Simon has also edited two Sherlock Holmes anthologies for Robinson books, The Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes Abroad (2015) and Sherlock Holmes' School for Detection (2017). His latest book is Case of the Bedevilled Poet: A Sherlock Holmes Enigma.

Simon lives in Yorkshire, England. His website is www.nailedbytheheart.com


Paul Kane is an award-winning writer and editor based in Derbyshire, UK. His short story collections include Alone (In the Dark), Touching the Flame, FunnyBones, Peripheral Visions, Shadow Writer, The Adventures of Dalton Quayle, The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, The Spaces Between, Ghosts and the British Fantasy Award-nominated Monsters. His novellas include The Lazarus Condition, RED and Pain Cages. He is the author of such novels as Of Darkness and Light, The Gemini Factor and the bestselling Arrowhead trilogy (Arrowhead, Broken Arrow and Arrowland, gathered together in the sellout omnibus edition Hooded Man), a post-apocalyptic reworking of the Robin Hood mythology. His latest novels are Lunar (which is set to be turned into a feature film), Sleeper(s) (a modern, horror version of Sleeping Beauty), the short Y.A. novel The Rainbow Man (as P.B. Kane), the sequel to RED—Blood RED—also from SST Publications, and the critically-acclaimed Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell from Solaris.

He has also written for comics, most notably for the Dead Roots zombie anthology alongside writers such as James Moran (Torchwood, Cockneys vs. Zombies) and Jason Arnopp (Dr Who, Friday the 13th, The Last Days of Jack Sparks) and as part of the team turning Clive Barker's Books of Blood into motion comics for Seraphim/MadeFire. Paul is co-editor of the anthology Hellbound Hearts (Simon & Schuster)—stories based around the mythology that spawned Hellraiser—The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (Constable & Robinson/Running Press), featuring the likes of Stephen King and James Herbert, A Carnivàle of Horror (PS) featuring Ray Bradbury and Joe Hill, and Beyond Rue Morgue from Titan, stories based around Poe's detective, Dupin.

His non-fiction books are The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy, Voices in the Dark and Shadow Writer—The Non-Fiction. Vol. 1: Reviews and Vol. 2: Articles and Essays, plus his genre journalism has appeared in the likes of SFX, Fangoria, Dreamwatch, Gorezone, Rue Morgue and DeathRay. He has been a Guest at Alt.Fiction five times, was a Guest at the first SFX Weekender, at Thought Bubble in 2011, Derbyshire Literary Festival and Off the Shelf in 2012, Monster Mash and Event Horizon in 2013, Edge-Lit in 2014, HorrorCon, HorrorFest and Grimm Up North in 2015, plus The Dublin Ghost Story Festival and Sledge-Lit in 2016, as well as being a panellist at FantasyCon and the World Fantasy Convention, and a fiction judge at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival. He is a former Special Publications Editor of the British Fantasy Society and is currently serving as co-chair of the UK arm of the Horror Writers Association.

His work has been optioned for film and television, and his zombie story "Dead Time" was turned into an episode of the Lionsgate/NBC TV series Fear Itself, adapted by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV). He also scripted The Opportunity, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Wind Chimes (directed by Brad "7th Dimension" Watson and which sold to TV), The Weeping Woman—filmed by award-winning director Mark Steensland, starring Tony-nominated actor Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night)—and Confidence, directed by award-winning Mike Clarke (A Hand to Play, Paper and Plastic) which stars Simon Bamford (Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Starfish). You can find out more at his website www.shadow-writer.co.uk which has featured Guest Writers such as Dean Koontz, Robert Kirkman, Charlaine Harris and Guillermo del Toro.

PRAISE FOR SIMON CLARK

"Britain's greatest living horror writer." —SFX

On London Under Midnight: "Here's a treat for horror fans. Thrilling, terrifying and deeply affecting..."
Booklist

Washington Post on The Night of the Triffids: "Inventive and fast moving—good old fashioned fun."

"A master of eerie thrills"
Richard Laymon

"Horror fiction as it should be written—shocking but fascinating"
SFX

"His is surely the most outrageous imagination to grace horror since the discovery of Clive Barker"
Hellnotes

"To say that Simon Clark is the best novelist to emerge this decade is self-evident. Simon has simply outgrown genre restrictions."
Andrew Darlington

"I actually loved Blood Crazy. Not just liked it but loved it"
Beyond

"Nailed By The Heart is one of the year's most gripping horror novels...truly terrifying"
Today

"Edgar Allan Poe for the 21st Century."
SFX

"Simon Clark is a wonderful writer. He has what it takes to be another Stephen King."
Bentley Little, Hellnotes

PRAISE FOR PAUL KANE

"Paul Kane's lean, stripped-back prose is a tool that's very much fit for purpose. He knows how to make you want to avoid the shadows and the cracks in the pavement."
Mike Carey—Bestselling author of the Felix Castor series of novels and The Girl With All the Gifts and Fellside as M.R. Carey

"Kane finds the everyday horrors buried within us, rips them out and serves them up in these deliciously dark tales."
Kelley Armstrong—Bestselling author of Bitten, Haunted, Broken, Waking the Witch, Spell Bound and Thirteen

"I'm impressed by the range of Paul Kane's imagination. It seems there is no risk, no high-stakes gamble, he fears to take...Kane's foot never gets even close to the brake pedal."
Peter Straub—Bestselling author of Ghost Story, Mr X, Lost Boy Lost Girl, and In the Night Room

"RED not only tips its hat to "Little Red Riding Hood," but "Peter And The Wolf," and "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?" and every werewolf type motif in between... This time around Kane puts a twisted horror spin to it, with even a fair amount of social criticism thrown in for good measure... Kane does an incredible job of combining horror and humor into one tasty morsel."
Cemetery Dance Magazine

"Kane expands on the "Little Red Riding Hood" mythos with a sharply-written novella that pits a descendent of the classic fairy tale character against the "real" creature of the same story. But make NO mistake: this isn't for kids! You can tell Kane had a real ball twisting time updating "Riding Hood", especially in how he has crafted this new, psycho-sexual "wolf." For the sake of not ruining anything else, let's just say RED is a real BLOODY good time."
Horror Fiction Review

"RED is a gleefully gruesome tale that moves at an excellent pace. Its length is a joy, reminiscent of a line from another fairy tale: "Not too big, not too small, just right." Paul Kane does a rip-roaring rendition of the Red Riding Hood story... He has the gift of summing up a situation in a sentence. RED is wonderfully written; it is easy to sink one's teeth into it and devour it with relish."
Hellnotes

"This is a good scary story for those stormy nights or bright days. It is strong enough to terrify either way and will stay in your mind for days afterwards. Stories like this don't come along very often, as all readers know."
Horror Bound Magazine

"RED is bloody brilliant—clever, classy and bound to chill you to the bone!"
Horror World

"Paul Kane has enriched the werewolf mythos with a seamless re-imagining of a hypnotically suggestive fairy tale, embellishing it with the harsh, alluring scent of an ages-old psychosexual predator who easily rivals that other undead villain from Eastern European folklore, the vampire. A relentless and grisly fairy tale for dark times, RED is filled with the blackest blood from the deepest parts of our bodies, and is thoroughly recommended."
Mathew Riley, BookGeeks

"From RED's shocking first chapter through wicked twists and turns to the end, the story surprises, intrigues and beguiles you. Paul Kane's taut, muscular, yet descriptive prose conjures up disturbing images in your mind that you won't be able to dislodge for months. Kane's writing is frighteningly realistic... RED is a beautifully visceral, dark tale and if any novella was ripe for a film adaptation, it's this one."
Barbie Wilde, Female Cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II and author of The Venus Complex