Saturday, June 7, 2014

Authors: This is What a Press Release Looks Like

People keep asking me "So what is Heraclix & Pomp about"? In an effort to not appear to be a bungling idiot, I am posting the press release for the novel, which should clear up any confusion. Of course, I'm always open to questions, if you have them. But I'm no good with "elevator speeches". So here you go!



Puyallup, WA, June 12th, 2014—Resurrection House, through its Underland Press imprint, is publishing a new novel by Forrest Aguirre as part of its inaugural season. Heraclix and Pomp, Aguirre's first full-­‐length novel, explores the ideas of identity and immortality through the eyes of a man-­‐like golem and a time-­‐bending fairy who can barely grasp the idea of now, much less the dangers of what's to come.

Before being sewn-­‐together, Heraclix was dead—merely a pile of mismatched pieces, collected from the corpses of many troubled men. And Pomp was immortal—at least, so she thought.
That was before her impossible near-­‐murder at the hands of the necromancer, Heraclix's creator. But when playing God, even the smallest error is a gargantuan weakness. When the necromancer makes his, Heraclix and Pomp begin their epic flight.

As they travel from Vienna to Prague to Istanbul and, even, to Hell itself, they struggle to understand who and what they are: who was Heraclix before his death and rebirth? What is mortality, and why does it suddenly concern Pomp? As they journey through an unruly eighteenth century, they discover that the necromancer they thought dead might not be quite so after all. In fact, he may have sealed his immortality at the expense of everyone alive . . .

Heraclix and Pomp is a richly textured and decadent read, filled with Baroque ideology and Byzantine political intrigue. Fans of fantasy and historical fiction alike will revel in Aguirre's layered prose and vivid characterizations. Heraclix and Pomp brings the surreal and the macabre to one of history's most violent eras, and it does so in a voice sure to resonate among this season's best new releases.

Forrest Aguirre's short fiction has appeared in more than sixty venues, including such wide-­‐ ranging magazines and anthologies as Asimov's, Gargoyle, Exquisite Corpse, 3rd Bed, American Letters & Commentary, Notre Dame Review, Polyphony, Diagram, Clockwork Phoenix, and Paper Cities. His work has been honorably mentioned in various Year's Best anthologies and one of his stories was a StorySouth Million Writer's Award notable story. His short fiction has been collected in Fugue XXIX (Raw Dog Screaming Press). His editorial work has been recognized with a World Fantasy Award. He has edited or co-­‐edited Leviathan 3, Leviathan 4, Nine Muses, and Text:UR The New Book of Masks.

Heraclix and Pomp will be available in hardback, ebook, and audio formats at publication. It will be published by Resurrection House, and distributed by PGW.

Resurrection House was formed in 2013 by Mark Teppo, the former CEO of Subutai Corporation, a transmedia company that produced the Foreworld Saga. Resurrection House acquired Underland Press in 2013, which continues to produce superlative fiction at the fringes of genre. Resurrection House believes the death of the physical book has been greatly exaggerated, and seeks to re-­‐ignite a love for text between author and audience.

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