Would she cuckold her husband…with a dead man?!
A story of death, desire, and damnation by Vernon Lee, a female pioneer of horror fiction.
A chilling ghost story by a femme fatale of fright that exposes the hypocrisy and sexism of its-and our-time
A loving, but ineffectual husband, a narcissistic wife, and a vengeful spirit form the world’s weirdest love triangle in all literature. Alice Oke fancies herself the reincarnation of the tragic ancestress that murdered her paramour. Is she delusional, or will her wedding bed become her grave?
Vernon Lee (pseudonym for Violet Paget) was a feminist lesbian art critic who revealed the sublime beauty of horror and condemned social injustice. In this, her most celebrated work, she reveals the terror of the malignant past and unnatural desire.
Supernatural fiction authority, William Simmons edits and introduces this fourth volume in the Horror Hall of Fame Novellas series. As a bonus, this special edition includes the author’s pivotal essay “Faustus and Helena: Notes on the Supernatural in Art”.
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“Avoiding horror’s traditional icons and their premeasured fright potential, Simmons crafts impression packed sketches in which characters made vulnerable by overpowering emotions find their reality giving imperceptibly-but irresistibly-away to a disturbing surreality.”- Publisher’s Weekly
Publisher’s Weekly finds William Simmons…scary.
Once you enter his world, so will you.
You see, William Simmons knows that we feed the dark. We nourish it with our fears, our desires, our tragedies. And in turn, we are fed by it. We share it with the ones we love and the ones we hate.
You do, too, gentle reader.
For to not feed the dark is to be devoured by it…and so the darkness spreads….
William Simmons tried to escape the darkness for over a decade. Now he has abandoned himself to it…embraced it…and will share it with the world.
Simmons “…evokes both Ray Bradbury and Joyce Carol Oates.” – Peter Bell, All Hallows
William Simmons is an acclaimed author, critic, anthologist, and journalist specializing in supernatural horror fiction. Eight of his stories received ‘Honorable Mentions’ in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. His collection By Reason of Darkness received rave reviews from Cemetery Dance, All Hallows, and Publisher’s Weekly, who called him “a writer whose approach is both original and refreshingly unconventional.”
His first collection Becoming October sold out quickly upon release, and he collaborated on the Halloween collection Dark Harvest with author Paul Melznick. His stories have appeared in several venues, including Cemetery Dance, Flesh & Blood, Darkness Rising (1-9), Infinity Plus, Dark Discoveries, and many more. His poetry has appeared in Chizine, Gothic.net, Lullaby Hearse, Dead Cat Bouncing, etc.
Several bestselling authors have given him their unholy blessing, including the legendary late Hugh B. Cave and Tim Piccarilli. Graham Masterton, author of The Minatou, said Simmons “has the gift of making an ordinary day seem scary.” Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Goth Bible, said “Simmons has a knack for constructing dark, creepy, introverted tales, full of obscure terrors that reflect nearly mythical realms.” And T.M. Wright, author of Strange Seed, compared Simmons’ horror fiction to “like being taken back forty years and discovering Poe for the first time, and M.R. James, and Shirley Jackson.”
An authority on supernatural and weird fiction, film, and folklore, Simmons has contributed reviews, essays, and scholarship to Rue Morgue, Publisher’s Weekly, Wormwood, Hellnotes, Gauntlet, Cemetery Dance, and others. His review columns include “Dark Devotions”, “Literary Lesions”, and “Folk Fears”. He contributed an introduction to Falling into Heaven, by Maynard & Sims, and his reviews have been blurbed for several books.
As a journalist, he created Our Ladies of Darkness, one of the earlier interview columns devoted to female genre authors, and Beyond the Fifth Dimension: The Twilight Zone Interviews, which spoke with surviving scribes of the influential television series. He also conducted two special chapbook length interviews with Richard Matheson and F. Paul Wilson, both for Gauntlet Press.
His reviews have been used as blurbs by Tartan Asian Extreme and he has contributed Liner Notes to DVD releases.
“His anthologies are carefully crafted, the stories bleeding into each other with seamless precision.” – Maynard & Sims, Demon Eyes.
As an editor, he has worked freelance for The Earwig Flesh Factory, Underworlds, and Dark Discoveries. He has several anthologies and single author collections in development for Shadow House Publishing, including the PENNY DREAD!FULS series, the SHILLING SHOCK!ERS series, and THE HORROR HALL OF FAME NOVELLAS series, which features THE TERROR & THE COMING OF THE TERROR by ARTHUR MACHEN, THE THING IN THE WOODS by HARPER WILLIAMS, THE BECKONING FAIR ONE by OLIVER ONIONS, A PHANTOM LOVER by VERNON LEE, and THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD by H.P. LOVECRAFT.
William has lived around the Catskill region of New York State for most of his life. He has worked as a paralegal, chef, teacher, housecleaner, bookseller, and a traumatic brain injury case manager. He is married with a daughter. He suffers from depression, anxiety, heart disease, and diabetes. He disappeared from the publishing world 13 years ago due to severe illness, personal tragedy, and inexplicable events that convinced him to stop writing horror fiction. Over a decade later, similar occurrences have prompted him to return.
While he won’t speak about that time in his life, he offers a warning: there may be little difference between real life and fiction. We exist to feed the dark and in turn are fed by it….
William loves to speak horror with fans and readers, and is available for podcast appearances and interviews. Contact him at Facebook (@WilliamsSimmonsAuthor), Twitter (@SimmonsofNight), Goodreads, and Amazon Author Central
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