With the month of all things horror behind us, there is still a queue of amazing work marching toward the end of the year! With tales new and old, characters new and old, and handfuls of short stories, November is just as rich and a kind of “little October” all its own. These new releases hit with fewer conventions to distract us and maybe some future stockings to stuff.
Jonathan Maberry, editor
Hardboiled Horror collects fifteen original tales of noir mystery shot through with elements of horror and the supernatural. Occult detectives, paranormal investigators, seedy P.I.s, amateur sleuths, and ghost hunters tackle the cases no one else can handle.
We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone
In his debut short-story collection, Bram Stoker Award® finalist Ronald Malfi mines the depths and depravities of the human condition, exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Rich in atmosphere and character, Malfi’s debut collection is not to be missed.
The Cabin Sessions
The Cabin Sessions is a confronting, hard-hitting, dark psychological thriller told with acid wit. Themes of abuse are explored through minds distorted by fear and corrupted by hatred and delusion; this is a tale in which redemption is gained in unexpected ways.
Kolchak the Night Stalker Double Feature: Night Killers and The Night Chicago Died
Richard Matheson and Chuck Miller
Two connected novellas; An adaptation of an unfilmed Richard Matheson script by Chuck Miller, and an original story by Miller.
Runner: Book II of The Chosen
Dark Dreams Publishing
Sunny Martin is on the run from a monster—the monster within herself. When murder and betrayal end her affair with the mysterious leader of The Chosen, Sunny must face the death of someone she loves, and face the love of someone she fears—an outlaw Chosen even more dangerous than the one who broke her heart.
The Everett Exorcism
Father Niccolo Paladina is tasked with investigating demonic activity in the town of Everett, Washington. Things quickly spiral out of his control and he’s left with one terrible question: what is my faith worth?
Danielle Kaheaku, editor
Barking Deer Press
Barking Deer Press is proud to announce an anthology of dark fiction set in the titular state and which features a bevy of both established and emerging voices in the horror genre. Edited by Danielle Kaheaku with an introduction by Jonathan Maberry, California Screamin’ peels back the sunshine and palm trees to expose the hidden darkness in the brutal heart of the Golden State.
The Samhanach and Other Halloween Treats
On one magical night of the year when the breeze is scented with dead leaves and pumpkin, when the days have grown shorter and winter’s first touch prickles your skin, the barrier between worlds is at its thinnest, and dark magic abounds. The first collection of Halloween-themed fiction from Halloween expert Lisa Morton. Includes the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novella The Samhanach.
Michael Bailey and Darren Speegle, editors
Where is our evolutionary path leading? Will the next rung take the form of mental transcendence; will it set humankind on a course toward divinity; or will this uncertain path involve a dark and terrible reversion? Michael Bailey and Darren Speegle present eighteen tales of dark science fiction that explore the course of evolution, written by some of the best literary minds in the fields of science fiction and horror.
The Late Edition
Strange is the Night
A multiple Shirley Jackson Award nominee, S.P. Miskowski serves up an uncompromising collection of thirteen modern tales of desire and self-destruction. Strange is the Night offers further proof that Miskowski is, as Black Static book reviewer Peter Tennant notes, “one of the most interesting and original writers to emerge in recent years.”
They rip, they tear, they feed, and you never come back again. Lenny catches the eye of a demonic entity that plucks her from our reality and transports her to a hellish between-world, haunted by its countless gruesome victims. If she doesn’t discover the nature of the demon’s hold on her and remove it, she will become one of them.
Journey into the dark heart of fear in an extraordinary collection of tales from screenwriter Paul Hart-Wilden (LIVING DOLL, SKINNER, ALONE, and WOLF TOWN). Explore the terrifying, weird, and unexpected in story after story pulsing with wit, nerve, and intellect. Full of references to heavy metal and rock and roll, the stories explore life, death, and sex with an unnervingly original perspective.
The Wilderness Within
John Claude Smith
While visiting fellow writer, Frank Harlan Marshall, Derek Gray senses a palpable dread within Frank’s house and the forest that surrounds it; a subtle, malignant sentience. What should be a joyous event, as they await the surprise arrival of a long-lost friend—comedian Dizzy Izzy Haberstein—is fraught with unease Derek does not understand. As the worlds of reality and fantasy meld, what transpires bounds from deeply profound to pure madness.
Teeth of the Sea
They glide through dark waters, sleek and silent as death itself. Ancient predators with only two desires—to feed and reproduce. They’ve traveled to the resort island of Las Dagas to do both, and the guests make tempting meals. The humans are on land, though, out of reach. But the resort’s main feature is an intricate canal system—and it’s starting to rain.
The Wade House has been reduced to ash, but the dreams that plagued Becca Philips and Jason Brooks when they slept in that abomination continue to haunt them. After years of facing trans-dimensional monsters in the service of SPECTRA, the couple still experience a few lingering nightmares. But when Becca starts singing in her sleep an ancient song that conjures dreadful things from mirrored surfaces she fears that the harmonics she was exposed to during the Red Equinox terror event may have mutated not only her perception, but also her voice.
Tip of the Iceberg
Stitched Smile Publications
A monkey carrying an unknown virus is smuggled aboard the Titanic. It escapes and spreads its infection through the ship infecting crew and passengers alike. Zombies have no class conscience and will eat anybody—the fresher the better. Will anyone survive the horde and escape the ship before she sinks?
Exploring Dark Short Fiction #1: A Primer to Steve Rasnic Tem
Eric J. Guignard, editor
Dark Moon Books
Dark Moon Books and editor Eric Guignard present this introduction to the work of Steve Rasnic Tem, the first in a series of scholarly primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Discover the vast and fantastic writing of Steve Rasnic Tem, complemented with commentary by Michael Arnzen, Ph.D., and beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich,
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