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Love Is the Law by Nick MamatasThe new novel by Nick Mamatas!

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In 1989, punk-rock girl "Golden" Dawn has crafted an outsider's life combining the philosophies of Communism and Aleister Crowley's black magic. One fateful day she finds the dead body of her mentor in both politics and magick shot in the head, seemingly a suicide. But Dawn knows there's more going on than the Long Island cops could ever hope to uncover. In setting out to find the murderer herself, she will encounter dark and twisted truths for which no book, study, or basement show could have prepared her. Award-winning prose author Nick Mamatas crafts a raw, hilarious, original mystery!

Advance praise for Love Is the Law:

"Good Lord—Nick Mamatas' first crime novel makes The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo seem as edgy as Murder, She Wrote. Easily the most original mystery of the year, full of big ideas, serious menace, and raw attitude. As Dawn tells us in the very first line, she's a fucking genius. Well, so is Mamatas." — Duane Swierczynski, author of Fun & Games, X, and Judge Dredd

"Absolutely, perversely brilliant...a fucked-up piece of work."— Warren Ellis, best-selling author of Gun Machine and Crooked Little Vein

"Nick Mamatas has a unique voice--intelligent, anarchic, literate, iconoclastic--and it all comes together in this twisted tale of Punk Rock, Trotskyism and Aleister Crowley. What other writer would tell you that playing hard-to-get is just “Victorian morality and market-based sexual political economy”? This book is for the suburban fifth columnist in us all."— Ken Wishnia, author of 23 Shades of Black

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Bullettime by Nick MamatasBUY IT NOW!

David Holbrook exists everywhere and nowhere.

David Holbrook is a scrawny kid, the victim of bullies, and the neglected son of insane parents.

David Holbrook is the Kallis Episkopos, a vicious murderer turned imprisoned leader of a death cult dedicated to Eris, the Hellenic goddess of discord.

David Holbrook never killed anyone, and lives a lonely and luckless existence with his aging mother in a tumbledown New Jersey town.

Caught between finger and trigger, David is given three chances to decide his fate as he is compelled to live and relive all his potential existences, guided only by the dark wisdom found in a bottle of cough syrup.

From the author of the instant cult classic Move Under Ground comes a fantasy of blood, lust, destiny, school shootings, and the chance to change your future.


"[R]eaders willing to venture off the beaten path will be intrigued by Dave's sometimes pathetic and sometimes oddly endearing life stories."

Publishers Weekly

The Damned HighwayThe Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing in Arkham, by Brian Keene and Nick Mamatas:

A hilarious, shocking, terrifying thrill-ride across the American landscape, The Damned Highway combines two great flavors of weird: the gonzo journalism of Hunter S. Thompson and the uncanny terrors of H.P. Lovecraft! Horror legend Brian Keene and cult storytelling master Nick Matamas dredge up a tale of drug-fueled eldritch madness from the blackest depths of the American Nightmare. On a freaked-out bus journey to Arkham, Massachusetts and the 1972 Presidential primary, evidence mounts that sinister forces are on the rise, led by the Cult of Cthulhu and its most prominent member - Richard M. Nixon!

Praise for The Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing in Arkham:

From The San Francisco Chronicle:

Brian Keene and Nick Mamatas conjure the spirits of both Hunter S. Thompson and H.P. Lovecraft... It's a one-joke book, but it's a mighty awesome joke.

Haunted by writer's block and the upcoming 1972 presidential primary, gonzo journalist "Uncle Lono" decides to leave Colorado for the East Coast. Traveling by bus, he heads for Massachusetts and the spooky towns of Innsmouth, Dunwich and Arkham. Along the way, he stumbles upon rival sets of secret cultists who want to influence the election and thereby bring about an apocalypse. Nixon has the backing of the terrible elder god Cthulhu, while the Democrats seem to favor Moloch.

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Sensation, by Nick MamatasSensation, a novel by Nick Mamatas:

Love. Politics. Parasitic manipulation. Julia Hernandez left her husband, shot a real-estate developer out to gentrify Brooklyn, and then vanished without a trace. Well, perhaps one or two traces were left... With different personal and consumption habits, Julia has slipped out of the world she knew and into the Simulacrum—a place between the cracks of our existence from which human history is both guided and thwarted by the conflict between a species of anarchist wasp and a collective of hyperintelligent spider. When Julia's ex-husband Raymond spots her in a grocery store he doesn't usually patronize, he's drawn into an underworld of radical political gestures and Internet organizing looking to overthrow a ruling class it knows nothing about—and Julia is the new media sensation of both this world and the Simulacrum.

Told ultimately from the collective point of view of another species, Sensation plays with the elements of the Simulacrum we all already live in: media reports, businessspeak, blog entries, text messages, psychological evaluation forms, and the always fraught and kindly lies lovers tell one another.


“Nick Mamatas continues his reign as the sharpest, funniest, most insightful and political purveyor of post-pulp pleasures going. He is the People's Commissar of Awesome.” —China Miéville, award-winning author of Kraken and The City and the City

"Nick Mamatas’ brilliant comic novel, Sensation, reads like an incantation that both vilifies and celebrates the complex absurdity of the modern world." —Lucius Shepard, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

"The Majestic Plural, or Royal We, is well known—Sensation introduces the Arachnid Plural, the we of spiders, the ones that live inside you. The spiders care about you—deeply—and want to use you in a millennial war against certain parasitic wasps. No, I was wrong. The spiders only want to help. So let them in." —Zachary Mason, the New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Books of the Odyssey

Haunted Legends, edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick MamatasHaunted Legends is a new anthology of ghost stories edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas.

Darkly thrilling, these twenty new ghost stories have all the chills and power of traditional ghost stories, but each tale is a unique retelling of an urban legend from the world over.

Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow and award-nominated author and editor Nick Mamatas recruited Jeffrey Ford, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin Kiernan, Catherynne M. Valente, Kit Reed, Ekaterina Sedia, and thirteen other fine writers to create stories unlike any they've written before. Tales to make readers shiver with fear, jump at noises in the night, keep the lights on.

These twenty nightmares, brought together by two renowned editors of the dark fantastic, are delightful visions sure to send shivers down the spines of horror readers.

Publishers Weekly says:

"Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound) and Mamatas (Spicy Slipstream Stories) collect 20 original stories based on ghost legends from around the world. A few famous figures appear (such as the mysterious hitchhiker in Kaaron Warren's 'That Girl' and Gary A. Braunbeck's 'Return to Mariabronn'), and lesser-known regional tales inspire two top-notch stories: Jeffery Ford's intriguing 'Down Atsion Road,' set in southern New Jersey, and Laird Barron's incredibly creepy 'The Redfield Girls,' about a haunted lake in Washington State. International entries include Ekaterina Sedia's disturbing 'Tin Cans,' about girls murdered by Stalin aide Lavrenty Beria, and Catherynne M. Valente's '15 Panels Depicting the Sadness of the Baku and the Jotai,' a whimsical and dreamy foray into Japanese myth. Another standout is the riveting 'The Folding Man' by Joe Lansdale, featuring a mysterious, murderous pack of nuns. Only a few weak choices feel more like rehashings than retellings. (Sept.)"

You Might Sleep... the new short story collection by Nick Mamatas is now available:

"You Might Sleep..." by Nick MamatasCheck out some of the stories in the book:

"Nick Mamatas is one of my favorite writers. His work is consistently entertaining and challenging, combining a quirky mix of social insight, humor, and darkly wondrous fantastical elements. YOU MIGHT SLEEP... is Mamatas at his best--and his most dangerous." Brian Keene, author of Terminal and Castaways

"Nick Mamatas binds politics with an aesthetic of the fantastic, finding eldritch horror in everything from Lovecraft to Abu Ghraib. YOU MIGHT SLEEP... is the last roundup of the monsters from the id of the contemporary American psyche.  Read at your peril, read at your pleasure." Jay Lake, author of Mainspring

"YOU MIGHT SLEEP... is a dare.  It poses an uncomfortable question: How many of the people from Nick's all-too-real, darkly funny, unblinkingly intelligent stories will you recognize as family, friends, enemies (those who you think of as simply 'them'), or yourself?  The answer is easy, if you have the guts to be honest: all of them.  And that's scary as hell."--Paul Tremblay, author of The Little Sleep

"Under My Roof," by Nick Mamatas

Under My Roof, a novel by Nick Mamatas is now available:


Herbert Weinberg’s father is striking a blow for freedom. Implanting a nuclear device within a garden gnome in the front yard of their Long Island home, he’s declared independence from the U.S. The household is understandably is an uproar. Mother’s gone, the local weatherman has moved in, and 12-year-old Herbert is simultaneously a hostage and the Minister of Information. A daring raid plucks the lad from his ancestral home, but even while troops surround the belligerent house-state of Weinbergia, the call to freedom has been sounded. The house is rapidly filling up with American refuseniks. Can the refrigerator hold out? And will Herbert’s telepathic powers defeat imperialism and reunite him with his father? Based on Aristophanes’s Acharnians, Under My Roof is funny, ambitous novel.


"In this hilarious near-future political satire, a Long Island father-son duo strike a blow for individual freedom by building a nuclear bomb, hiding it in a lawn gnome and declaring independence from the United States. The world, as seen by telepathic 12-year-old narrator Herbert Weinberg, is grim: Latin America has been declared evil (and Canada is the 'White Menace'), the president talks of nuclear strikes and planes are blown out of the California sky. Herbert's laid-off father, Daniel, has a Patriot Day freak out, and after he and Herb build the nuke and fax out a press release proclaiming the creation of the kingdom of Weinbergia, the cops, FBI and National Guard descend on the home. Herb's mom, Geri, splits, and as the media pick up on the story (the local weatherman is the first hostage of the 'armed micronation'), Weinbergia mania sweeps the nation (even the local Qool Mart convenience store proclaims itself an Islamic republic) and Daniel and Herbie become cult heroes. Trouble looms for Herb, who is kidnapped and briefly reunited with his mother. A big-bang ending caps the fast-paced novel, and there's much fun to be had watching Mamatas (Move Under Ground; Northern Gothic) merrily skewer his targets." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"[A] wise, witty and groundbreaking novel....Mamatas has pulled off the rare feat of writing a novel that's intelligent, joyfully probing and still breezy fun to talk about over appetizers or desserts." BookSlut

"[A]n oddball, occasionally hilarious, surprisingly wise and out-and-out subversive little pocket-nuke of a book." San Diego Union-Tribune

"Under My Roof is accurate, fast-moving satire that transcends mere target shooting by virtue of its narrator, Daniel's 12-year-old son, Herbie....The scary thing about Under My Roof is that some readers might feel more secure being ruled by a telepathic adolescent than by anyone currently in power." Los Angeles Times

"Nick Mamatas is one of the liveliest and most exciting new writers around." Thomas Beller, author of The Sleep-Over Artist

"Nick Mamatas has written a witty, surprising, smart book. It's the first (and best) young adult satire about nuclear arms, lawn gnomes, mind-reading, and growing up. Herbert Weinberg is my favorite 12-year-old — and he knows it." Zoe Trope, author of Please Don't Kill The Freshman