Halloween. The name itself conjures up a witch's brew of images. Leering Jack-O-Lanterns sitting on porches, costumed children trick-or-treating across suburban neighborhoods, skeletal trees marking the passage of another season, and lonely fields of corn swaying gently in a chill, autumn breeze. But there is also a darker side to this magical night, one which can breathe life into things which were only possibility, and sculpt them into dreadful reality. Every home has at least one closet which harbors a skeleton. There's a house in every town with a morbid past and haunted occupant. Families hide their dark secrets, and inside each of us wages a struggle of good against evil, one in which the final outcome is never certain, or necessarily pretty. Within the folds of the dark season, all things emerge from the shadows to celebrate, claiming the holiday for their own sinister purpose, and for every treat there's a nasty trick waiting somewhere close by...
Table of Contents
Introduction by Paul Melniczek • Wicked Treats • By The Light...Of The Sinister Moon • Effortless • Celebrate With Us • Reunion • The Last Ride (A Halloween Treat) • October Haze • Within These Bindings • The Invited • Tricks • The Attic Door • Foul Moon (only in Deluxe Thirteen edition) • Traditions In Black (only in Deluxe Thirteen edition) • Publisher's Afterword by Joe Morey
"There's only a handful of young writers I will drop whatever I am doing to read...Paul Melniczek is one of them. Atmospheric, lyrical storytelling at its best. He always delivers." - Richard Chizmar, Cemetery Dance.
"Literate, well-written, and scary as Hell Halloween treats. Each story resonates with an awareness and deep appreciation of past classics. The concluding tale, "The Attic Door," is a richly compelling read, easily justifying by itself the cost of the collection. Highly recommended." - Gene O'Neill, Stoker Award winning author of JADE and DEATHFLASH.
"Paul Melniczek writes about Halloween as if it's his birthday, Christmas and the Fourth of July all rolled up into one!" - Al Sarrantonio, author of over 40 books including the ORANGEFIELD cycle, BABYLON 5, and MASTERS OF MARS.
Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase (sold out): numbered 1-13, 6"x9", bound in leather, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, front cover stamped with a special Halloween border, spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon, full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a slipcase and dust jacket.
100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover: numbered 1-100, 6"x9", bound in leatherette, signed by the author, front cover stamped with a Halloween border, stamped on the spine with the title and author's name, includes 80lb. natural vellum end papers, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock and a dust jacket.
Trade Paperback (temporarily sold out): first 100 copies are signed by the author, 6" x 9", 12 point full color cover, 60lb. natural vellum stock.
About the Author
Paul Melniczek is a small business owner and a college graduate with a degree in business management. He also teaches a part-time class at a local college, and is married with two children. In 2000 he began writing and has had over seventy stories published or accepted for publication in a wide variety of markets, including print anthologies, print magazines, e-zines, and e-anthologies. Some of these include sales to Fangoria, Black Rose, Cold Storage, and many others.
He is also a musician, playing classical piano and electric guitar. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, weightlifting, golf, and tennis. Living in the country lends much inspiration to his writing, and he is currently working on another short story collection, a fantasy novel, and a children's book.
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