Friday, November 23, 2018

Sinister Stories: Tales of the Fantastic, Marvelous, and Uncanny, Volumes I and II

Volume I and Volume II of Sinister Stories: Tales of the Fantastic, Marvelous, and Uncanny, are available on Amazon.


A complete makeover may involve more than just cosmetics. What happens when an adulterous homeowner awakens to his worst nightmare? A lonely child is a dangerous child. A pound or two of flesh isn't enough to satisfy everyone's appetite. 

After committing murder, killers face a problem: what do do with the body? People should have respect for the dead; in fact, the dearly departed may well insist upon it.

The 21 stories in this anthology explore the strange, sometimes terrifying, worlds of the fantastic, the marvelous, and the uncanny. Not recommended for readers under age 18.


The writers who've inspired the stories in this anthology, each in his or her own way, share my own love of the surreal, the bizarre, the grotesque, and the aberrant that's reflected in the great short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson.

My own tales of terror owe something of their mood, style, theme, or plot twists to such stories as Charlotte Perkin Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"; Sir Winston Churchill's "Man Overboard"; Charles Dickens's "The Signal-man"; H. G. Wells's "The Cone" and "The Red Room"; Bram Stoker's "Dracula's Guest," "The Judge's House," and "Burial of the Rats"; Ray Bradbury's "Heavy-Set," "The Veldt," and "The Foghorn"; and Flannery O'Connor's "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" and "Good Country People."

I could cite other authors—a lot of them—as having been (and of continuing to be) inspirational to me. All of them have added a pinch of this or a dash of that to the genres of horror and fantasy, but I leave that to my other blog, Chillers and Thrillers: A Blog on the Theory and Practice of Writing Horror Fiction. Check it out, if you care to do so, but, by all means, buy a copy of Sinister Stories, Volumes I and II, lock your windows and doors, turn up the lights, and enjoy!

Sweet dreams.

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