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New Moon on the Water by Mort Castle

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Best-Of Collection of Horror Stories With 13 Additions

2012 Bram Stoker Award winner for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.

In a smoky, after hours jazz joint where almost nobody ever dies, or the ranch house next door owned by a monster, or a high rise elevator in which raging terror awaits the next passenger, these brilliant stories discover a world you thought you knew--and a darker one you will never forget. With 13 stories never before collected, NEW MOON ON THE WATER is Mort Castle's first new collection in a decade, presenting the best short fiction of the writer deemed a "horror doyen," "the Charles Dickens of horror," and "the master of contemporary horror."


"Mort Castle is one of the best short story writers in the horror field today. More than that, he's one of the best short story writers around, period. . He writes short stories that make a point, stick in your memory, remain with you long after you've put down the book in which they appear." – Robert Weinberg, Novelist, Editor World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards HWA Lifetime Achievement Award

"Castle's stories are frightening trips inside the dark psyche of common people ... (He is) a must read for the fans of both Stephen King and the fans of Raymond Carver." – Newsweek.pl

"... funny, moving, surprising and dark. Mort Castle is a writer who loves word play, but like every writer worth his salt remembers that even for kids, play is a serious business." – Jack Ketchum, Novelist, author of The Girl Next Door, Bram Stoker Award winner

"Mort Castle's stories ... give a full sense of what life-can be like in our time. His world stretches from Crete, Illinois to anywhere in the U.S.A. painting a vivid sense of goings-on light and dark." - Lucien Stryk, Poet, Editor, Translator, National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, Illinois Governor`s Award for the Arts, Illinois Author of the Year.


Table of Contents:  Defining Horror – An Introduction  •  If You Take My Hand, My Son  •  Henderson’s Place / The Girl with the Summer Eyes  •  A Circle of Magic  •  The W.W. II Pistol  •  Pop is Real Smart  •  Healers  •  Buckeye Jim in Egypt  •  As Others See Us  •  Father and Son  •  Bird’s Dead  •  The Running Horse, The High, White Sound  •  Upstairs, Downstairs and All About Vampires  •  A Someday Movie  •  14 Short Horror Stories   •  Party Time   •  Love, Hate and the Beautiful Junkyard Sea   •  I Am Your Need   •  Moon on the Water   •  The Call   •  Hansel, Gretel and the Witch: Notes to the Artist   •  Bonds   •  14 Short Horror Stories   •  Other Advantages   •  FYI   •  In The Gypsy Camp   •  I’ll Call You   •  The Doctor, the Kid and the Ghosts in the Lake   •  Dani’s Story   •  Altenmoor, Where the Dogs Dance   •  I Don’t Know, Is What I Say



Premium Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase (sold out): mint and first edition, numbered 1-13, 6''x9'', bound in leather, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon with a full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a slipcase and dust jacket.  Only thirteen are ever produced and numbered.

100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover: mint and first edition, numbered 1-100, 6''x9'', bound in leatherette, signed by the author, 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.  Only one hundred are ever produced and numbered.


About the author

A former stage hypnotist, folksinger, and high school teacher,  Mort Castle has been a publishing writer since 1967. He's been deemed a "horror doyen" by Publishers Weekly, "El Maestro del Terror" by South America's Galaxia Cthulhu, and "the master of contemporary horror" by Poland s Nowa Fantastyka magazine. Castle has published about 600 "shorter things," mostly articles and short stories, in a variety of magazines, including Penthouse, Twilight Zone, Cavalier, Bombay Gin,  Writer's Digest, and books, among them Still Dead, Lovecraft's Legacy, Poe's Lighthouse, and Masques (he is the only living author to have stories in all five of the Masques volumes edited by the late J. N. Williamson). His novels include Cursed Be the Child and The Strangers, optioned for the screen by Whitewater Films, and cited on the list of "Ten Best Horror-Thriller Novels" published in Poland in 2008 by Newsweek.pl. Castle edited the essential reference work Writing Horror and the expanded and revised later edition On Writing Horror for the Horror Writers Association (Writer's Digest Books).  In 2012, William Morrow published Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, the anthology he co-edited with Sam Weller; the book's contributors include Neil Gaiman, Dave Eggers, Margaret Atwood, Joe Hill, and Alice Hoffman, garnering a starred review in PW and Booklist, and such praise as "... a Who's Who of the absolutely best in modern literature ... may be the greatest collection of short stories ever compiled." (Art Attack). Shadow Show was a Book of the Month Club Alternate and was produced for audio with readings by Neil Gaiman, F. Murray Abraham, Kate Mulgrew, George Takei, and Sam Weller and Mort Castle. Castle's forthcoming or recent publications include: (editor) All American Horror of the 21st Century, Wicker Park Press; (as co-editor with David Campiti) J.N. Williamson's illustrated Masques, IDW; and Writing Historical Fiction, Self-Counsel Press. Castle has twice won the Black Quill award for editing, has been a Bram Stoker award finalist seven times, and has had four Pushcart Prize nominations. He teaches in the fiction writing program at Columbia College Chicago and at writing conferences and seminars throughout the country. Castle and Jane, his wife of 41 years, live in Crete, Illinois, known for both its bandstand and bubbling fountain.



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New Moon on the Water by Mort Castle

Interview with author Mort Castle on his new book New Moon on the Water and Other Topics

Chris Morey: Mort, first off, it was a pleasure to meet you and take your writing workshop in Salt Lake City, Utah during the World Horror Convention this year.  Will you be doing it again in New Orleans for WHC 2013?

Mort Castle: Thanks, Chris, and it’s always a pleasure to meet people who are interested in what has interested you for a long time. And sometimes I meet those people at a time in their lives when they might be needing to hear a word of inspiration or affirmation, “Yes, you can do this!” When that happens, these workshops are about a whole lot more than just craft. It’s not just talking about transitions or character quirks. Instead, it deals with some most fundamental questions about “What do you want to do with your life?”

New Orleans? I don’t know...

Read the rest of the interview on our Blog page.

Mort Castle
Cover artist:
Vincent Chong
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