Announces the Release of:
Monster Carnival: An Anthology of Things, Beasts & Creatures
Edited and Introduction by William P. Simmons
This Halloween the monsters are real, and they are coming to your house! Shadow House Publishing opens the crypt and unleashes a MONSTER CARNIVAL!
Under the bed and behind the closet, in dank basements and gloomy attics…they are the whisper in the dark, the growl in the corner…they are everything we fear, and all that we secretly desire…they are us…they are MONSTERS!
MONSTER CARNIVAL, edited by WILLIAM P. SIMMONS, is a creepy collection of the monsters that terrified us when we were children…and still do!
They’re all here, a paranormal parade of the dead, demonic, and devilish! Vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghouls, and blobs…unnamable entities and marvelous monstrosities, murderous severed hands and demonic frogs…every crawling, lurching, leaping, shambling THING that ever stalked a printed page.
They were the original bad boys of horror–the ugly outcast, the despised loner, the creature from the grave-basement-coffin-outer space-that everybody loved to be scared by (even as we secretly rooted for them). From ancient folklore bogies to inter-dimensional demons, this funerary feast of 22 classic and rare stories makes fear fun again.
Here There Be Monsters, William P. Simmons
Amina, Edward, Lucas White
Four Wooden Stakes, Victor Rowan
The Hounds of Tindalos, Frank Belknap Long
Mark of the Beast, Rudyard Kipling
The Demon’s Spell, Hume Nisbet
Jumbee, Henry S. Whitehead
The Spectral Spiders, W.J. Wintle
The Werewolf, Eugene O’Neil
At the End of the Corridor, Evangeline Walton
The Hoard of the Gibbelins, Lord Dunsany
The Lurking Fear, H.P. Lovecraft
The Sea Raiders, H.G. Wells
Lot 249, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Voice in the Night, William Hope Hodgson
The Vampire of Cronglin Grange, Augustus Hare
Frogfather, Manly Wade Wellman
Rukorokubi, Lafcadio Hearn
The Death of Halpin Frayser, Ambrose Bierce
The Beast with Five Fingers, W.F. Harvey
The Sumach, Ulric Daubeny
Ooze, Anthony M. Rud
The Thing in the Hall, E.F. Benson
Available in trade paperback and e-book in October, this anthology features a wide range of stories from a diverse group of authors, some well-known, others anonymous or forgotten, from the gothic era to the 20th century. Contributors include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, E.F. Benson, H.P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Rudyard Kipling, Lord Dunsany, and H.G. Wells alongside fear specialists Manly Wade Wellman, Frank Belknap Long, William Hope Hodgson, Henry S. Whitehead, and Robert E. Howard. Some chilling tales make their first appearance in decades in this collection, including monstrosities from Edward Lucas White, Victor Roman, Anthony M. Rud, Hume Nisbet, Ulric Daubeny, Augustus Hare, and several others.
Editor William P. Simmons leads this spectral spectacle, hand-picking supernatural, psychological, and weird tales for every torrid taste. From the bloody behemoths of pulp magazines to the terror titans of the Lovecraft circle, from classic supernatural monsters to mutants and slithery things, this compendium of long legged beasties and ‘things that go bump in the night’ features an Introduction discussing the appeal of the monster in fiction. MONSTER CARNIVAL is a Big Top of terror promising dread and delight.
About the Editor: William P. Simmons is a supernatural fiction author, critic, & journalist. Eight of his stories earned Honorable Mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. By Reason of Darkness was praised by Publisher’s Weekly, All Hallows & Cemetery Dance. Graham Masterton, Hugh B. Cave & T.M. Wright have endorsed his fiction, and he has interviewed such authors as Richard Matheson, F. Paul Wilson & Caitlin Kiernan.
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