(Denver) – Just in time for Halloween, Hex Publishers, a new Denver-based publishing house, will release its first anthology, “Nightmares Unhinged,” on Sept. 8, 2015. The 280-page book will retail in print for $12.99. The e-book will cost $4.99
“Nightmares Unhinged” features 20 tales of dark and twisted fiction written by a roster of award-winning and bestselling authors that reads like a who’s who of speculative fiction. Contributors include:
• Bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones;
• Hugo Award winner Jason Heller;
• Colorado Book Award winner Warren Hammond;
• New York Times bestseller Keith Ferrell;
• Bram Stoker Award winner Steve Rasnic Tem;
• Nebula Award winner Ed Bryant;
• Bestselling author of “The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles,” Jeanne C. Stein; and
• New York Times bestseller Steve Alten, who penned the book’s foreword.
But it’s not just the authors who are notable. The Hex publishing team includes highly regarded and award-winning writers, gamers and designers. Their influence is felt throughout the project, which includes original artwork accompanying each story, a 90 second animated book trailer and award-winning cover art.
The Hex team includes founder Josh Viola, an author and art director whose work has been featured by Disney Interactive, Capcom and Konami. Hex designer Aaron Lovett has contributed to video games, books, comics and the music industry and has been published by Dark Horse. The cover art he created for Nightmares Unhinged was singled out for inclusion in “Spectrum 22,” a best-selling, annual printed collection of the best in contemporary fantastic art worldwide.
And, Hex animator Michael McKibben has developed video game-related content for Sony, Nickelodean, Comedy Central and Universal Studios. The trailer he created for “Nightmares Unhinged” features original music by Otto Cate, a world-renowned composer whose work has been featured in television programs, films and video games such as VH1 News, “So You Think You Can Dance” (Australia), “PreDestination” (trailer), Robot Chicken and MAG (Sony Playstation).
It is, admits Hex founder Josh Viola, an impressive lineup for a new publishing house. “Obviously, we’re incredibly pleased with the team we’ve assembled for both Hex and our first anthology,” he said. “’Nightmares Unhinged’ is loaded with strong names, from both the literary and art worlds. But more importantly, the quality of the stories and artwork is topnotch. We’re truly excited to release ‘Nightmares Unhinged’ to the public this fall.”
“Nightmares Unhinged” is dedicated to award-winning author Melanie Tem, who was scheduled to contribute a story to the anthology. Sadly, she passed away following a long battle with cancer before doing so. To honor her memory, a percentage of books sales will be donated to Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance.
To drive early sales of “Nightmares Unhinged,” Hex is offering enhanced e-files along with the paperback edition to those pre-ordering directly through the Hex website, which can be found online at: Hex Publishers
The e-book files will include ePub, mobi and PDF files, so customers can access it on any number of devices.