Strange Shapes hiding in the shadows cast by the moonlight. Eerie noises drifting out of the forest and rising into the night. The sound of inhuman footsteps approaching from somewhere in the darkness. A pair of gleaming eyes peering in through your window at midnight.
This is the nightmarish, haunted world you will enter in this new collection of 17 tales - including six never before published - by Stephen Mark Rainey, long time editor of Deathrealm magazine and author of such acclaimed works as Balak, The Lebo Coven, Blue Devil Island, The Last Trumpet, and Other Gods. Enter willingly...and prepare yourself for a chilling journey through some of the most frightening literary landscapes you have ever experienced.
Table of Contents
The Gaki • The Ghost Lens • Terror From The Middle • Island • Black Tom • Iron Heart • The Forgiven • Festival of the Jackel (off Broadway) • A Tale of the Terrible Dead • Abroyel • Megan • Demon Jar • The Spiders of Galley Cover • Free Sample • This Old House • Sarcophagus • Field Dressing • Misfits -Or- A New Arrival at Paradise Lost
"Stephen Mark Rainey has one those slow voices that slides up from deep inside and lulls his readers into a false sense of security, just before coiling his words around them and stealing their breath." - David Niall Wilson, Macabre, Ink; author of Deep Blue, The Mote in Andrea's Eye, and others
"The sheer variety of settings and Rainey's remarkable command of appropriate styles of and voices deserves amazed respect. The flat-out monster story, the ooze-slime-blob invasion, and others rise with new and eerie life from Dr. Rainey's lab table." - Robert M. Price; editor of Crypt of Cthulhu magazine, Chaosium's "Cthulhu Cycle" line of anthologies, and more
"Stephen Mark Rainey's works are the most disturbing kind. He gives us the lurking darkness, the scrabbling monsters that haunt our midnight, waking hours. Rainey is a nightmare-weaver." - Elizabeth Massie; award-winning author of Sineater, Shadow Dreams, The Fear Report, and many others
"Stephen Mark Rainey is a master at grounding horror and terror in a time and place. His stories are effective because he understands character, as well as the motivations of both his people and his monsters. And in a field often tinged with cynicism, Rainey shows us that monsters can also be fun. One of our best contemporary storytellers." - Scott Nicholson, author of They Hunger
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 and 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, 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: first 100 copies are signed by the author, 6" x 9", 12 point full color cover, 60lb. natural vellum stock.
About the Author
Stephen Mark Rainey is author of the novels BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, and BLUE DEVIL ISLAND; over 90 published works of short fiction; five short-fiction collections, including OTHER GODS and THE GAKI & OTHER HUNGRY SPIRITS from Dark Regions; and several audio dramas for Big Finish Productions based on the Dark Shadows TV series, featuring several original cast members. For ten years, he edited the award-winning DEATHREALM magazine, and he has edited anthologies for Chaosium, Arkham House, and Delirium Books. He currently lives in Greensboro. Visit Mark's website at www.stephenmarkrainey.com
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