Saturday, 11 August 2018

Logo Design Contest

This is the logo that Black Beacon Books has used since we published Subtropical Suspense in 2014. We think it's quite effective, playing on alliteration and using a font and colours that stand out. It conveys the sense of darkness and mystery that matches the fiction we publish. What do you think? You probably agree that we can do better. You might think that YOU can do a whole lot better. Can you? Show us! We're now running a logo design contest.

What are we looking for? Use your imagination, and your design skills. The logo should represent the idea behind Black Beacon Books (refer to the "about" section of this site). In short, we are mysterious, suspenseful, quirky, and atmospheric. Images incorporating a beacon or lighthouse could be a good angle to aim for, but a completely unrelated take might blow us away. We would like our name or acronym to be included in some manner; Black Beacon Books or BBB. We're planning on using the logo for the website, social media, books (print and ebook), as well as bookmarks.

PRIZES!
The Winner: Books galore! Our complete catalogue to date in print (five titles) and in ebook if you like (the same five, plus "The Hunt for the Stayne Fortune")
Between Two and Five Runners Up: An ebook of your choice

Two submissions maximum per artist.

Email to blackbeaconbooks(at)gmail.com (Subject: BBB Logo Contest)

THE CONTEST CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON HALLOWEEN 2018

HOW WILL THE WINNER BE CHOSEN?
Once all submissions are in, between three and five will be chosen to be put to a public vote via Facebook and other social media platforms. This will be an excellent opportunity to attract attention to your work for the runners up and winner. We intend to share guest posts by and interviews with the finalists.

Show us what you've got!

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Shelter from the Storm

An anthology for readers who love stormy weather, whether it be the thunderstorms of the tropics, the tempests of the Atlantic, or the blizzards of the frozen north. Seek shelter, batten down the hatches, and lose yourself in this short anthology of suspense, mystery, and terror, designed to be read in one stormy sitting while the wind howls or thunder bellows.

Purchase your print or ebook copy via Amazon, or go to our shop for other options.





Excerpt from "The Murder at Karreg Du":


Wind shook Oscar Tremont’s black Peugeot 403 as the vintage car advanced at a prudent speed. Over the trees lining the narrow back road, dark clouds raced like celestial stallions and rain fell in waves, the volleys of unseen archers opening battle. Leaves struck the windscreen, where they remained momentarily, until a sweep of the wipers sent them hurtling into the night. Following what was little more than a sealed lane in such conditions demanded the driver’s undivided attention.
‘I’m not so sure about your shortcut, Oscar. Have you noticed you have a knack for transforming relaxing weekends away into treasure hunts, rescue missions, and historical investigations?’
‘There’s a definite trend,’ he replied, shooting her a mischievous glance.
‘The storm’s growing. I do hope we arrive soon.’
He said nothing, and they went back to listening to the baying of the wind.
‘I’ve just lost my internet connection, so I can’t navigate at all now.’
‘We shouldn’t be far from Le Gâvre. This road cuts through the forest, close to where we had a picnic with your parents years ago. Once we’re out of the woods, we’ll get back onto the departmental road.’
‘Watch out!’ Louise yelled, but he was already easing the car to a standstill.
Two yellow hazard lights were blinking at them through the darkness, and the fainter reflection of two others could be seen on the rough surface that blocked the road in front of the car.
Having come to a complete stop, the full force of the gale could be better appreciated. The Peugeot was being jostled and the branches all about them were thrashing maniacally.
‘A fallen tree,’ Louise mused. ‘I suppose I ought to be surprised.’
‘I assure you it wasn’t me, chérie. Believe it or not, I was looking forward to an uneventful weekend.’

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Giveaway: The Tunnel Runner

Would you like to start 2018 with a FREE paperback copy of The Tunnel Runner by Cameron Trost?
For your chance to win, simply click on Enter Giveaway below.

If you don't like free books, you can buy a copy here: The Tunnel Runner, print or ebook

Please share this giveaway with your family and friends, and join Cameron on Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon.



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The Tunnel Runner

by Cameron Trost

Giveaway ends January 06, 2018.
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Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Tunnel Runner

Entering the tunnels is easy, but Ripley and Gabriela soon discover that reaching the surface again will be the greatest challenge they have ever faced... 

The Tunnel Runner is a tale of urban adventure and social discontent that plunges the reader deep beneath the city of Brisbane.

Come and explore the world on the other side of the street.



Saturday, 14 November 2015

Lighthouses Launch

What a great day we had yesterday in Byron Bay for the launch of "Lighthouses: An Anthology of Dark Tales". It started off raining and finished with a huge storm later in the evening, but the weather was perfect for the launch. Five of the authors (Linda Brucesmith, Danielle Birch, Alice Godwin, David Dolan, and Cameron Trost) were there with family and friends, and one of the local volunteers from Byron Bay Lighthouse Friends and Volunteers joined us. Thank you to everybody who came along to buy a copy of the anthology and chat with the authors.

Cameron Trost with Fergus, Alice Godwin, Linda Brucesmith, Danielle Birch. In the background, the Byron Bay lighthouse.


Cecile ensnared in Cameron Trost's "Horror at Hollow Head" and Graham browsing the anthology.

   Danielle Birch, Alice Godwin, and Linda Brucesmith with their contributor copies.

Don't worry if you couldn't make it. You can now purchase your copy of the anthology from our online shop.


Friday, 27 February 2015

Black Beacon Books Free Delivery Service

Black Beacon Books is offering free Brisbane-wide delivery on two of its most popular titles while stocks last!

Titles available
"Subtropical Suspense" and "Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales"

Cost
Just $10 per copy, or one of each for $15

How
Pay via Paypal to ctrost (at) hotmail.com
If ordering one title, indicate which one, and include your address and any delivery instructions. Alternatively, contact the editor, Cameron Trost, at ctrost (at) hotmail.com to arrange payment and delivery in person.

Please note that this service is only available in Brisbane, Australia.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Merry Christmas from the Black Beacons Team!

Well, what a year we've had here at Black Beacon Books. This year saw the release of two chilling titles, "Subtropical Suspense" and "Vaudeville and Other Nightmares". The former was launched at Black Cat Books in Paddington, Brisbane, and just today, we were informed that this wonderful bookshop will be closing down in January, 2015. This is terrible news for Brisbane bookworms, but it is not all that surprising. Independent bookshops are doing it very tough in the age of internet shopping. Here at Black Beacon Books, we have sought to support local bookshops, but this is quickly becoming impossible. So, this Christmas, we are urging you to support independent bookshops and publishers before you lose them! Black Beacon Books can't survive without you.

Do you want to keep independent publishing alive? Do you want great stories by talented authors for 2015? Yes? Then click HERE and buy one of our titles this very instant. That will be your Christmas gift to us, and even more so, to yourself.

Merry Christmas and thank you!