The house at the end of the block with the overgrown lawn. The darkened store window in a forgotten corner of the shopping mall. The colorful characters of a children’s TV show. What dark secrets do they hide?

-A shut-in sets out to make a new life for himself by losing weight at the point of a scalpel.
-A store clerk with a mannequin obsession hides a macabre and tragic secret.
-A master thief tries for one last score in a house that doesn’t want him to leave.
-Two friends learn the hard way that having superpowers doesn’t always make you a hero. It might just make you a monster.
-A lonely painter finds freedom with the help of something lurking beneath the ocean waves.

At turns whimsical and somber but always unsettling, this debut collection of short horror stories is essential reading from a rising voice in dark literary fiction.

“An assortment of jolts, abominations, and shaken nerves that readers won’t soon forget.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A masterfully written collection of dark and uniquely disquieting tales. Some tales collected here are bizarre and whimsical. Others are distressing and uncomfortable. Regardless, each tale is brilliantly tethered by an absolute truth: there is darkness lurking inside each person you pass on the street. Peel back the gristle and behold the exquisite void waiting for you beneath the skin…” –Eric LaRocca, author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke and Other Misfortunes

“Reading Christopher Hawkins’ Suburban Monsters is like walking down a street in a dark neighborhood at night with the windows lit and curtains, some of them, parted. Terrible things go on inside, but out here you’re safe, except then there’s a soft sound behind you, and then another. The faces in all those windows turn, and you are seen.” –Christi Nogle, author of Beulah

“These are more than horror stories; these are little word grenades that roll quietly into the closet of your mind… only to explode later! I may never forget the last lines of “A Candle For The Birthday Boy,” perhaps the perfect closer to this incendiary collection. Read at your own risk.” –John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Five Deaths for Seven Songbirds and NightWhere

“This book is not for the faint of heart, as it will take you on a roller coaster of emotions with each twist and turn of the page. I would highly recommend Suburban Monsters to anyone who is looking for a captivating and chilling read. The writing is exceptional, with each story offering a unique perspective on the darker side of suburban life. Whether you’re a seasoned horror fan or just starting to explore the genre, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.” –Reedsy Discovery

That’s not all! The reviews keep coming…

“The stories were interesting. Ive never read anything from this author before and these short stories kept me engaged.”

“These stories alternate between dark, whimsy, creepy, cringeworthy to relief for the underdog who’s winning and despair if you see the underdog losing the fight. The narration is spot-on, especially in story #1 told from a little girl’s point of view.”

“If you like your thrills in all different styles, pick this up to read!”

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About Author Christopher Hawkins

Born and raised near the shores of Lake Michigan, Christopher Hawkins has been writing and telling stories for as long as he can remember. A dyed-in-the-wool geek, he is an avid collector of books, roleplaying games and curiosities. When he’s not writing, he spends his time exploring old cemeteries, lurking in museums, and searching for a decent cup of tea.

Christopher is an award-winning author and the former editor of the One Buck Horror anthology series. His works of short fiction have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Cosmic Horror Monthly, Fusion Fragment, Underland Arcana and The Big Book of New Short Horror. He is a member of the Chicago Writers Association and the Chicagoland chapter of the Horror Writers Association.

An expatriate Hoosier, Christopher currently lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife and two sons.

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