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Publisher: Black Raven Books (May 01, 2022)

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If you know about the Fugue Devil, it knows about you. If you see the Fugue Devil, it will come for you.

Many decades ago, summoned by the power of music, The Fugue Devil   — a dreadful, malevolent entity from another place — entered our world. Every seventeen years, it reappears to satiate its hunger for unsuspecting souls.

Author Stephen Mark Rainey’s terrifying novelette, “Fugue Devil,” originally appeared in his first fiction collection, Fugue Devil & Other Weird Horrors in 1992. Now, thirty years later, Black Raven Books brings you Fugue Devil: Resurgence, which features the original novelette; its sequel, “The Devil’s Eye”; and ten more tales of horror and mind-bending terror.

This incredible volume includes stories originally presented by such superlative publishers as Borderlands Press, Dark Regions, and others, as well as several new stories appearing in print for the first time. Available in ebook, paperback, and signed/limited edition hardback.

"I've been a Stephen Mark Rainey fan for more than 30 years now, and there's a good reason for that—he's a consummate storyteller who cares deeply about his craft. FUGUE DEVIL: RESURGENCE represents Rainey working at the top of his game and is cause for celebration. These stories frighten and dazzle, chill to the bone and linger. This collection should be at the top of everyone's list this year!"—Richard Chizmar, publisher and editor of Cemetery Dance, author of Chasing the Boogeyman, Gwendy's Magic Feather (with Stephen King), and many others.

The release date is May 1, 2022.

Ordering information to follow shortly!

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Mystery Road

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Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications

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Choices are like roads, taking us to destinations both planned and unexpected, but lofty thoughts like that are of no concern to young Kevin Ellison, who only cares about his dreams of basketball glory.

One day, however, while riding his bicycle to shoot baskets with his best friend, he comes across a side-road he doesn't recognize, curving away into the woods.

Intrigued, he rides down this unmarked road and encounters something both wonderful and quietly terrible, something that forever changes his understanding of the world...

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He Who Types Between the Rows 2:
Horror Drive-In Will Never Die

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Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications

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He Who Types Between the Rows 2:  is a heartfelt deep dive into the soul of an incurable horror addict. From black and white classics to the digital era, from the pulps to the realm of modern independent publishing, Mark Sieber examines the best—and worst—the horror genre has to offer. There are also anecdotes and observations from a long life of obsession with all things dark and frightening.

Like the previous volume, this collection of essays offers eclectic and insightful comments about the genre we love, allowing us to peer into the brain of a longtime horror fan. An avid reader and film fanatic, Sieber writes with authoritative knowledge about horror in all its forms.

So dust off that VHS player and break out the crumbling old paperbacks. The local drive-in may be long gone, used bookstores are few and far between, but Horror Drive-in lives on.

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Haunted Attractions with your Other Father

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Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications

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Death separates people from each other. For a time.

This follow-up to ODD ADVENTURES WITH YOUR OTHER FATHER continues Jack and Shawn's horror/fantasy/LGBTQA+ road trip, chronicling their 1980s visits to out-of-the-way attractions that amplify Jack's mind-projecting powers:

- A theater where the performance of a classical tragedy leaves an unforgettable aftertaste.

- A haunted house that targets a specific type of victim.

- A life-size concrete replica of Stonehenge that enacts a gender-bending transformation to punish a disrespecting visitor.

- And a boardwalk funhouse ride that brings about the end of the world -- in more ways than one.

Meanwhile, in the present day, their daughter Celia confronts challenges at her summer camp job, while Shawn arranges visits to his dead lover's spirit in a house he doesn't own. The lovers could be reunited permanently. If only Jack's parents could be coerced into selling their home...

With this Haunted sequel, Bram Stoker Award winner Norman Prentiss offers horror, humor, and heart in an unforgettable collision of bizarre adventures, past and present

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The Man in the Field

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Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications

Coming June 2022

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The village: a remote, God-fearing place, governed by ancient rituals that provide eternal balance to the land. Here, people have faith in working the soil, the good Lord above and their own peaceful community. This is how they have lived for centuries, the Council providing spiritual oversight and the charismatic Father Lynch lighting the way.

As he does every year, according to an age-old custom, the man in the field arrives amid much rejoicing and apprehension. To sanctify the newly planted crops and ensure a productive harvest, the village must make a personal sacrifice in his name. This is the tradition that must be honored. For every blessing, there is a debt to be paid . . .

Mother Tanner, an older member of the village, has seen all this before. She has been born and raised in the shadow of these harsh solemnities and feels increasingly disturbed by them. Celebrating the Turning of the Wheel and exalting in God’s bounty is only half the story; there is much here that she is starting to distrust. Not least of which is Father Lynch himself and his beloved Council. And the enigmatic man in the field, who gazes not at the village, but at the distant horizon, thinking only of the overdue debt and the stroke of midnight when it will be time to collect . . .

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John Carpenter's Night Terrors: SOUR CANDY

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Publisher: Storm King Productions (March 1, 2022)

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Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendelton's teeth fell out.

At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to set his own bedtimes and eat candy whenever he wants. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined.

What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before. But now Adam is in his life, altering and controlling it, and it will take a particular kind of horror to get him out. Because there is nothing ordinary about Adam, or the monsters that come when he calls.

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Stephen King  &  Richard Chizmar

Publisher: Cemetery Dance PublicationsFebruary 15, 2022 )

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When Gwendy Peterson was twelve, a mysterious stranger named Richard Farris gave her a mysterious box for safekeeping. It offered treats and vintage coins, but it was dangerous. Pushing any of its seven colored buttons promised death and destruction.
Years later, the button box entered Gwendy’s life again. A successful novelist and a rising political star, she was once again forced to deal with the temptation that box represented.

Now, evil forces seek to possess the button box and it is up to Senator Gwendy Peterson to keep it from them. At all costs. But where can you hide something from such powerful entities?

In Gwendy’s Final Task, “horror giants” (Publishers Weekly) Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us on a journey from Castle Rock to another famous cursed Maine city to the MF\\\-1 space station, where Gwendy must execute a secret mission to save the world. And, maybe, all worlds.

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Publisher: Tor Nightfire (March 1, 2022)

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A Most-Anticipated Title in The Nerd Daily, LitReactor, GoodReads, CrimeReads, BookRiot, and more.


Sundial is a new, twisty psychological horror novel from Catriona Ward, internationally bestselling author of The Last House on Needless Street.

You can't escape what's in your blood...

All Rob wanted was a normal life. She almost got it, too: a husband, two kids, a nice house in the suburbs. But Rob fears for her oldest daughter, Callie, who collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. Rob sees a darkness in Callie, one that reminds her too much of the family she left behind.

She decides to take Callie back to her childhood home, to Sundial, deep in the Mojave Desert. And there she will have to make a terrible choice.

Callie is worried about her mother. Rob has begun to look at her strangely, and speaks of past secrets. And Callie fears that only one of them will leave Sundial alive…

The mother and daughter embark on a dark, desert journey to the past in the hopes of redeeming their future.


"A story where nothing is what it seems―a thrilling hall of mirrors full of deeply disturbing twists. This book will haunt you." ―Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Sundial is a heart-in-the-throat smash.” ―Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman

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 Kenneth W. Cain, Stephen King, Pete Kahle, Todd Keisling, Tom Deady, Josh Malerman, Paul Tremblay, Jonathan Maberry, Jeff Strand, Tim Waggoner

Bloodshot Books (November 14, 2020)

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A LOVING HUSBAND AND A DEVOTED FATHER
A DEDICATED BOOK REVIEWER AND HORROR FAN
A KIND AND CARING FRIEND

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The horror community lost Frank Michaels Errington and his absence has been so thoroughly felt by all who were lucky enough to interact with him. Kind, gracious, inclusive, and just an all-around nice man. Frank made a large impact as a book reviewer, but he also had a positive effect on many individual creators by making sure that everyone felt welcome and acknowledged.

One of Us: A Tribute to Frank Michaels Errington is filled with stories of writers whose lives Frank touched in one way or another. He challenged them, cheered them on and he made sure to read the big names and small names alike.

Frank needed a new kidney. He was undergoing dialysis treatments and hoping for a compatible donor, but, unfortunately, he was not able to get the help in time to save his life. Because of this, proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated in Frank's name to the American Transplant Foundation. Help us help others in Frank's situation before another vital person is lost to those who value them.

This book represents the camaraderie and love that Frank instilled in the horror community. If you ever feel alone or out of place, just remember the words that Frank himself told many creatives while he was still alive.

"You're one of us."


WITH STORIES, POETRY, AND ANECDOTES BY

Alan Baxter * Matt Bechtel * doungjai gam bepko * John Boden * Geoff Brown * Kealan Patrick Burke * P.D. Cacek * Kenneth W. Cain *Somer Canon * Christa Carmen * Catherine Cavendish * Greg Chapman * Richard Chizmar * Tom Deady * T. Fox Dunham * Robert Ford * Christopher Golden * J.F. Gonzalez * Mark Allen Gunnells * Jeremy Hepler * Pete Kahle * Nicholas Kaufmann * Shane Douglas Keene * Todd Keisling * Stephen King * Curtis M. Lawson * Evans Light * John R. Little * Chad Lutzke * Jonathan Maberry * Josh Malerman * Alessandro Manzetti * John McIlveen * John McNee * Tim Meyer * Lee Murray * Paul F. Olson * Kelli Owen * John Palisano * Jason Parent & Kevin Rego * David Price * Anthony J. Rapino * Hunter Shea * Rob Smales * Wesley Southard * Jeff Strand * Brett Talley * Sara Tantlinger * The Sisters of Slaughter * Richard Thomas * Paul Tremblay * Tony Tremblay * Joshua Viola * Tim Waggoner * Terry M. West * Douglas Wynne * Stephanie M. Wytovich * Mercedes M. Yardley


Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated in Frank's name to the


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Publisher: New Degree Press (April 12, 2021)

Hardcover edition includes 10 original gothic illustrations by artist Claire L. Smith

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No one knows your darkness like your own Shadow.

Nothing has been normal for Teddy, not since discovering the harsh identity of the monster he had been living with his whole life-his own father. Teddy and his mother leave that behind to start over in a small Indiana township. But as Teddy begins to learn of humanity's monsters, he unveils an otherworldly evil he calls "The Shadow." The Shadow tests Teddy's vulnerability and growing sense of isolation, poisoning his mind and conjuring a vile killer-in-the-making.

A year later, Officer Leonard Strode is called in to offer consultation on a case similar to the most brutal and scarring of those he's worked on before. One is the case of Jackie Warren, the other, Theodore "Teddy" Blackwood - two missing children. As he and two other officers follow the trail of clues, Strode is haunted by the ghosts of his own past and is horrified to find them wreaking havoc on his present.

When both Teddy and Strode finally meet face-to-face, they must confront their inner darkness as well or else be consumed by it.

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Publisher: Del Rey  (August 23, 2022)

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Horror has a new name: Daphne. A brutal, enigmatic woman stalks a high school basketball team in a reimagining of the slasher genre by the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box.
It’s the last summer for Kit Lamb: The last summer before college. The last summer with her high school basketball team, and with Dana, her best friend. The last summer before her life begins.

But the night before the big game, one of the players tells a ghost story about Daphne, a girl who went to their school many years ago and died under mysterious circumstances. Some say she was murdered, others that she died by her own hand. And some say that Daphne is a murderer herself. They also say that Daphne is still out there, obsessed with revenge, and will appear to kill again anytime someone thinks about her.

After Kit hears the story, her teammates vanish, one by one, and Kit begins to suspect that the stories about Daphne are real . . . and to fear that her own mind is conjuring the killer. Now it’s a race against time as Kit searches for the truth behind the legend and learns to face her own fears—before the summer of her lifetime becomes the last summer of her life.

Mixing a nostalgic coming-of-age story and an instantly iconic female villain with an innovative new vision of classic horror, Daphne is an unforgettable thriller as only Josh Malerman could imagine it.

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Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications (Spring 2022)

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Nothing really dies if it's remembered, his wife had told him.

In the dying village of Al Tarfuk, lost among the war-stained dunes of eastern Libya, professor Norman Haas learns the location of the tomb that had been his wife’s life pursuit. The final resting place of Kiya, the lost queen of Akhenaten, whose history had been etched from the stone analogues of history for her heresies against the long-absent pantheon of Egyptian gods.

He never expected to discover that the tomb was the final resting place to more than the dead. And as his team of researchers find themselves trapped inside the ancient tomb, Norman realizes all too soon that his wife was right—

Nothing really dies if it's remembered…

But some things are best forgotten.

Dan Franklin’s debut supernatural thriller is a tale of grief, of loneliness, and of an ageless, hungry fury that waits with ready tooth and claw beneath the sand.

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James A. Moore, Greig Beck, Charles R. Rutledge, Alan Baxter, Jeremy Robinson, Kane Gilmour, Kirsten Cross, Steve Lewis (Authors)

Amanda J. Spedding, Geoff Brown (Editors)


Publisher: Cohesion Press (April 1, 2020)

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A charity anthology for James A. Moore’s medical costs and ongoing costs of living.
James A. Moore is the award-winning author of over twenty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy, and horror alike.

There are 120,000 words, with four original stories and eight best-of-SNAFU reprints.

Some of the most important military missions have been medical evacuations – medivacs.
Soldiers don’t often fight for themselves. They fight for the guy next to them, their brother, their friend, their family.


And they fight hard.


In 2019, Cohesion author and friend… hell, more family, really… Jim Moore was suddenly in the struggle of his life. He overcame the Big C, but his fight is ongoing. A fight to pay for all the treatments in a country that has no free public health system, and a fight to claw his way back from the ravages of the very treatment that saved his life.
His fight is our fight, and if we don’t fight for our friends, is there anything really worth living for?

All income from SNAFU: Medivac goes to Jim to help pay his bills and keep his household functional.
Once this is no longer necessary, the income will transfer to cancer research or treatment charity.


Visit James A. Moore on his site
and check out his works


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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep: A Charity Anthology Benefitting The Jimmy Fund / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Necon Anthologies) (Volume 5)

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P.D. Cacek (Editor), Laura J. Hickman (Editor), Cortney Skinner (Illustrator)

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 7, 2017)

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There is no greater horror in the world than watching a loved one battle cancer ... especially if that loved one is a child. But we are not powerless against this disease, and some of the world’s finest purveyors of nightmares have come together to fight a monster far scarier than anything they could ever dream up.

Necon E-Books is honored to present NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP, an anthology of horror bedtime stories from which 100% of all proceeds will be donated to The Jimmy Fund.

Edited by P.D. Caceck and Laura J. Hickman and featuring cover artwork by Cortney Skinner, this anthology contains contributions from the incredible roster listed in the Table of Contents, all of whom have donated their work in support of this essential cause.

Available exclusively on Amazon.com in trade paperbacks and digital editions, please join us in this fight by purchasing your copy today. And in the words of our friends and partners at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, “Thank you for helping us conquer cancer.”

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Christopher Golden

Mother and Daughter by Jack Ketchum, Messages by Errick A. Nunnally, Sleepless by Mark Steensland, The Vacant Lot by Thomas Tessier, Blood, Cold Like Ice by Doungjai Gam, A Life Unremembered by G. Daniel Gunn, Wired by Elizabeth Massie, Blue Stars by Tony Tremblay, Happy Now Mother? by John Buja, Nina by John M. McIlveen, Housing the Hollygobs by Marianne Halbert, Inertia Creeps by Charles Colyott, Leave Here Alive by Bracken MacLeod, Sleep Well by Angi Shearstone, The Fine Art of Madness by Gary Frank, The Beach by Cara M. Colyott, Angel Tears by Jill Bauman, Darkness on the Edge of Town by James A. Moore, Would You, Could You, In the Dark? by Craig Wolf, Wishing Won’t by Richard Dansky, The Phobia Where You’re Afraid of Words by Paul McMahon, Nightly Rituals by William Carl, White Wings by Mark Morris, The Other Side by Paul McNally, Truth or Dare? by Bev Vincent, Unexpected Attraction by Matthew Costello, The Ritual Remains by Jonathan Lees, The End of All Stories by Trevor Firetog, Duality by Brian Keene, The Lake Children by Izzy Lee, The Circus Under the Bed by T.J. Wooldridge, 1-2-3 Red Light by Gregory L. Norris, The Old Men Know by Charles L. Grant, The Oldest Fear by Shikhar Dixit

Afterword by Matt Bechtel

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