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Nightmare’s Realm: New Tales of the Weird & Fantastic edited by S. T. Joshi with cover artwork by Samuel Araya features 100% original fiction focusing on the theme of dreams and nightmares.
Offered for preorder in deluxe signed limited edition hardcover format on DarkRegions.com with an early ebook download exclusively for preorder customers. Ebooks and trade paperbacks will not be offered separately until Q1 2017. The trade paperback will feature a normal trim size of 6″x9″ with the deluxe edition being oversized at 7″x10″.
Nightmare’s Realm Table of Contents
Introduction by S. T. Joshi
Prologue: To a Dreamer by H. P. Lovecraft
The Dreamed by Ramsey Campbell
A Predicament by Darrell Schweitzer
Kafkaesque by Jason V Brock
Beneath the Veil by David Barker
Dreams Downstream by John Shirley
Death-Dreaming by Nancy Kilpatrick
Cast Lots by Richard Gavin
The Wake by Steve Rasnic Tem
Dead Letter Office by Caitlín R. Kiernan
The Art of Memory by Donald Tyson
What You Do Not Bring Forth by John Langan
The Barrier Between by W. H. Pugmire
Sleep Hygiene by Gemma Files
Purging Mom by Jonathan Thomas
The Fifth Stone by Simon Strantzas
In the City of Sharp Edges by Stephen Woodworth
An Actor’s Nightmare by Reggie Oliver
Epilogue: Dream-Land by Edgar Allan Poe
S. T. Joshi is the author of The Weird Tale, Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, and other critical and biographical studies. He has edited the anthologies American Supernatural Tales, Searchers After Horror, and the Black Wings series of Lovecraftian stories.
Ramsey Campbell is described by The Oxford Companion to English Literature as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature. Among his novels are The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, The Count of Eleven, Silent Children, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight, Secret Story, The Grin of the Dark, Thieving Fear, Creatures of the Pool, The Seven Days of Cain, Ghosts Know, The Kind Folk, Think Yourself Lucky and Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach. He is presently working on a trilogy, The Three Births of Daoloth. Needing Ghosts, The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, The Pretence and The Booking are novellas. His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead, Just Behind You and Holes for Faces, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. His regular columns appear in Dead Reckonings and Video Watchdog. Ramsey Campbell lives on Merseyside with his wife Jenny. His pleasures include classical music, good food and wine, and whatever’s in that pipe.
Darrell Schweitzer is an American writer, editor, and critic in the field of speculative fiction. Much of his focus has been on dark fantasy and horror, although he does also work in science fiction and fantasy. Schweitzer is also a prolific writer of literary criticism and editor of collections of essays on various writers within his preferred genres.
Jason V Brock’s work has been widely published in magazines, comics, online, and in anthologies such as Dark Scribe Press’s “Butcher Knives & Body Counts”; Bluewater Comics’s mini-series’ “Tales from William F. Nolan’s Dark Universe” and “Logan’s Run: Last Day”; his Bram Stoker Award finalist nonfiction volume “Disorders of Magnitude”; “Qualia Nous”; S. T. Joshi’s “Black Wings” series; “Like Water for Quarks”; his fiction collection “Simulacrum and Other Possible Realities”; multiple issues of “Locus” magazine and “San Diego Comic-Con International’s Souvenir Book”; “Dark Discoveries” (where he served as Managing Editor/Art Director for over four years); “Fangoria,” and many other venues around the world, in a variety of languages. Brock is currently finishing multiple novels, and produces the biannual digest “NAMELESS”.
Brock served as co-editor/contributor to the award-winning Cycatrix Press anthology “The Bleeding Edge: Dark Barriers, Dark Frontiers” with William F. Nolan (“Logan’s Run”), which showcased new, unpublished works from authors John Shirley, Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Joe R. Lansdale, Gary Braunbeck and more. Brock and Nolan also teamed for the follow-up anthology, “The Devil’s Coattails: More Tales from the Dark Frontier”, which featured never-before-seen writings from Dan O’Bannon, Earl Hamner, Ramsey Campbell and Norman Corwin, among others. Brock was the sole editor for the Bram Stoker Award nominated anthology “A Darke Phantastique” which included major new works from Ray Garton, Tom Conoboy, Greg Bear, and over forty others.
Brock’s films include the highly-regarded documentaries “Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man”; “The AckerMonster Chronicles!” (about legendary agent and “Famous Monsters of Filmland” editor Forrest J Ackerman; winner of the Rondo Hatton Award for Best Documentary, 2014), and “Image, Reflection, Shadow: Artists of the Fantastic” (featuring H. R. Giger, Roger Dean, Ernst Fuchs, and many more artists from all over the world). An artist and musician himself, Brock has had multiple showings of his artwork and illustrated his own books in addition to creating posters and packaging for his films and his former progressive rock band, ChiaroscurO.
A health nut and gadget freak, he lives in the Portland, OR area, and loves his wife Sunni, their family of reptiles/amphibians, and practicing vegan/vegetarianism.
In collaboration with W. H. Pugmire, David Barker has written two books of horror fiction: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal (2014) and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (2015.) Little Gray Bastards, a non-fiction book on alien abduction written with Jordan Hofer, was published in 2016.
John Shirley is the author of more than a dozen books, including Demons; Crawlers; City Come A-Walkin’; Really, Really, Really, Really, Weird Stories; and the classic cyberpunk trilogy A Song Called Youth: Eclipse, Eclipse Penumbra, and Eclipse Corona. He is the recipient of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award and won the International Horror Guild Award for his collection Black Butterflies.
Shirley has fronted punk bands and written lyrics for his own music, as well as for Blue Oyster Cult and other groups. A principal screenwriter for The Crow, Shirley now devotes most of his time to writing for television and film.
Nancy Kilpatrick is a writer and editor. She has published 18 novels, 1 non-fiction book, over 200 short stories, 5 collections of stories, and has edited 12 anthologies.
She writes dark fantasy, horror, mysteries and erotic horror, under her own name, her nom de plume Amarantha Knight, and her newest pen name Desire Knight (Amarantha’s younger sister!)
Nancy has been a Bram Stoker finalist three times, a finalist for the Aurora Award five times and, in addition to winning several short fiction contests, won the Arthur Ellis Award for best mystery.
A resident of Ontario, Canada, Richard Gavin is the author of many acclaimed works of horror and the occult, including Charnel Wine, Omens, and Primeval Wood. His non-fiction appears frequently in the pages of Rue Morgue magazine and other journals. Richard’s latest collection, The Darkly Splendid Realm, will be released by Dark Regions Press in autumn 2009.
Steve Rasnic Tem was born in Lee County Virginia in the heart of Appalachia. He is the author of over 350 published short stories and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. His story collections include City Fishing, The Far Side of the Lake, and In Concert (with wife Melanie Tem). Forthcoming collections include Ugly Behavior (crime) and Celestial Inventories (contemporary fantasy). An audio collection, Invisible, is also available. His novels include Excavation, The Book of Days, Daughters, The Man In The Ceiling (with Melanie Tem), and the recent Deadfall Hotel. In this Edward Gorey-esque, Mervyn Peak-esque novel a widower takes the job of manager at a remote hotel where the guests are not quite like you and me, accompanied by his daughter and the ghost of his wife–“a literary exploration of the roots of horror in the collective unconscious.”
Caitlín R. Kiernan is the author of nine novels, including Silk, Threshold, Low Red Moon, Murder of Angels, Daughter of Hounds, and The Red Tree. Her award-winning short fiction has been collected in six volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder; To Charles Fort, With Love; Alabaster; and, most recently, A is for Alien. She has also published two volumes of erotica, Frog Toes and Tentacles and Tales from the Woeful Platypus. Trained as a vertebrate paleontologist, she currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Donald Tyson is a Canadian from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Early in life he was drawn to science by an intense fascination with astronomy, building a telescope by hand when he was eight. He began university seeking a science degree, but became disillusioned with the aridity and futility of a mechanistic view of the universe and shifted his major to English. After graduating with honors he has pursued a writing career.
Now he devotes his life to the attainment of a complete gnosis of the art of magic in theory and practice. His purpose is to formulate an accessible system of personal training composed of East and West, past and present, that will help the individual discover the reason for one’s existence and a way to fulfill it.
John Langan has taught reading and writing at Atlantic Cape Community College near Atlantic City, New Jersey, for over twenty-five years. The author of a popular series of college textbooks on both writing and reading, John enjoys the challenge of developing materials that teach skills in an especially clear and lively way. Before teaching, he earned advanced degrees in writing at Rutgers University and in reading at Rowan University. He also spent a year writing fiction that, he says, “is now at the back of a drawer waiting to be discovered and acclaimed posthumously.” While in school, he supported himself by working as a truck driver, a machinist, a battery assembler, a hospital attendant, and an apple packer. John now lives with his wife, Judith Nadell, near Philadelphia. In addition to his wife and Philly sports teams, his passions include reading and turning on nonreaders to the pleasure and power of books. Through Townsend Press, his educational publishing company, he has developed the nonprofit “Townsend Library”–a collection more than thirty new and classic stories that appeal to readers of any age.
Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire has been writing Lovecraftian weird fiction since the early 1970s, first for the small press and then for commercial anthologies. Wilum’s latest books include Monstrous Aftermath (Hippocampus Press) and (in collaboration with David Barker) In the Gulfs of Dreams. With David he has written a short novel entirely set in Lovecraft’s dreamland, which has just found a publisher. Wilum dreams in Seattle.
Born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada, Gemma Files has been a film critic, journalist, screenwriter and teacher. She’s probably best known for her Weird Western Hexslinger series (A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thornsand, A Tree of Bones, all from ChiZine Publications). She has also published two collections, two chapbooks of speculative poetry, a story-cycle and over eighty short stories. Five of her stories were adapted as episodes of Tony and Ridley Scott’s erotic horror anthology series The Hunger, two by Files herself. Her most recent book, Experimental Film, won the 2015 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel.
Providence, R.I., native Jonathan Thomas grew up in a haunted house on the edge of Woonsocket. After initial sales of scripts to B&W comics Eerie and Vampirella, he chalked up the occasional small press acceptances while making ends meet (or not) as a factory hand, artist’s model, postal clerk, library assistant, concert promoter, comedian, non-musician, copyeditor, and worse. His collections include Stories from the Big Black House (Radio VOid, 1992), Midnight Call (2008), Tempting Providence (2010), and Thirteen Conjurations (2013; all from Hippocampus Press). A Novel, Color over Occam (2012), is available through DarkFuse. Magazine and anthology appearances have included PostScripts (PS Publishing), Black Wings I-IV (PS Publishing), A Mountain Walked (Centipede Press/Dark Regions Press), Searchers After Horror (Fedogan & Bremer), and Nameless (Cyctatrix Press). Other writings have included music reviews, liner notes for the bands Barnacled and Etron Fou, and lyrics for bands in New York and Stockholm for his wife, the artist and country singer Angel Dean.
Simon Strantzas is the author of four short story collections, including Burnt Black Suns from Hippocampus Press (2014). His fiction has appeared in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Best Horror of the Year, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, and has been nominated for the British Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Award. He resides in Toronto, Canada.
Stephen Woodworth is an American speculative fiction author, and a native of Fullerton, California.
Reggie Oliver is a stage actor and playwright. His biography of Stella Gibbons was praised as “a triumph” by Hilary Spurling in the Daily Telegraph, his play Winner Takes All, was described as “the funniest evening in London”, by Michael Billington in The Guardian, and his adaptation of Hennequin and Delacour’s Once Bitten opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in London in December 2010.
He is the author of four highly-praised volumes of short fiction: The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini (Haunted River 2003), The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler (Haunted River 2005), Masques of Satan (Ash Tree 2007), and Madder Mysteries (Ex Occidente 2009). His stories have appeared in over 25 anthologies and, for the third year running, one of his stories appears in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, the most widely read and popular of contemporary horror anthologies.
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Dreams and nightmares—what Ambrose Bierce called “visions of the night”—are the basis of some of the greatest weird fiction in literary history. The unruly images that torment us in sleep are usually dispelled by the coming of day—but can they be dismissed so easily? Do nightmares have some impalpable reality that can affect our daily lives, the lives of those around us, and perhaps the very fabric of the universe?
This volume contains seventeen original stories by some of the leading contemporary writers of weird fiction. Each tale probes the relation of nightmares to the real world, and to the human mind, in ways that are baffling, intriguing, terrifying, and poignant. Are we dreaming or are we awake? Can dreams gain a kind of quasi-reality and affect the workings of the real world? Can technology enhance or even create a dream-realm?
All all-star cast has contributed stories long and short … David Barker … Jason V Brock … Ramsey Campbell … Gemma Files … Richard Gavin … Caitlín R. Kiernan … Nancy Kilpatrick … John Langan … Reggie Oliver … W. H. Pugmire … Darrell Schweitzer … John Shirley … Simon Strantzas … Steve Rasnic Tem … Jonathan Thomas … Donald Tyson … Stephen Woodworth … The volume is edited by S. T. Joshi, a leading critic and anthologist of weird fiction.
Who can say that the nightmare is merely a wisp of fancy engendered by our own minds? After all, it was Edgar Allan Poe who said: “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”