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About John McIlveen
John M. McIlveen is the author of the bestselling paranormal suspense novel, HANNAHWHERE, winner of the Drunken Druid Award, and nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for a first novel. He is also the author of three collections, A VARIABLE DARKNESS, INFLICTIONS, and JERKS.
He works at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and is CEO of Haverhill House Publishing LLC. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Roberta Colasanti.
Please visit him at https://johnmcilveen.com and www.haverhillhouse.com.
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Goblins roam, ghosts drift through graveyards, children dressed as monsters beg treats and the Reaper collects his dark harvest. Listen carefully and you can hear the screams, or laughter, through the the rush of leaves scattered by the wind.
Halloween Nights gathers some of the brightest stars in the horror Constellation in this all new collection of tales centered around autumnal hauntings guaranteed to add a shiver to the air.
They are tales best whispered, stories of terror, tricks and treats that kids dare not speak aloud, for fear the words might ring too true.
Featuring original tales from Dan Brereton, V. Castro, Billy Chizmar, Richard Chizmar, Christopher Golden, Brian Keene, Bracken Macleod, John McIlveeen, Hilary Monahan, James A. Moore, Errick Nunnally, Mary SanGiovanni, Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel, Jeff Strand, and Trisha J. Wooldridge
“Halloween Nights is a brilliant and disturbing collection of horror tales by some of today’s finest writers. Chilling, unexpected, and unnerving fun!” -Jonthan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of RELENTLESS and V-WARS
That there is darkness at the heart of the Yuletide season should not surprise. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is filled with scenes that are unsettling. Marley untying the bandage that holds his jaws together. The hideous children--Want and Ignorance--beneath the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The heavy ledgers Marley drags by his chains. In the finest versions of this story, the best parts are the terrifying parts.
Bestselling author and editor Christopher Golden shares his love for Christmas horror stories with this anthology of all-new short fiction from some of the most talented and original writers of horror today.
This latest volume continues the tradition of publishing fiction that looks for weird tales that go beyond the familiar territory of most genres. If you are looking for storytelling with style and originality, this book is for you.
Stories included in this collection:
"Anton" - M. Louis Dixon
"Eye of the Beholder" - John McIlveen
"Those Rockports Won’t Get You to Heaven" - Jack Ketchum
"The Last Plague Doctor" - Rebecca J. Allred
"Sinkers" - Dan Waters
"Time is a Face on the Water" - Michael Bailey
"Summer Gullet" - John Boden
"Dead Letter Office" - Brian Knight & Trent Zelazny
"Cocoa" - Bob Pastorella
"The Dress" - Peter Salomon
"The Dishes Are Done" - Carol Pierson Holding
"Red Rabbit" - Steve Rasnic Tem
"Miracle Meadows" - Darren O. Godfrey
"Lockjaw" - David Annandale
"Window" - Anya Martin
"Shattered" - G. Daniel Gunn & Paul Tremblay
"Mise en Abyme" - Gordon White
"In God’s Own Image" - Sean M. Davis
"Special Delivery" - Tim Waggoner
"The Palace Garbage Man" - Bradley Michael Zerbe
"Consumers" - Gary A. Braunbeck
"The Architecture of Snow" - David Morrell
Wicked Witches, fiction from New England’s most talented writers: G.D. Dearborn, Barry Lee Dejasu, Peter N. Dudar, Jeremy Flagg, Joshua Goudreau, Catherine Grant, Jan Kozlowski, Patrick Lacey, Izzy Lee, Nick Manzolillo, John McIlveen, Paul McMahon, James A. Moore, Errick A. Nunnally, Ogmios, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Doug Rinaldi, Rob Smales, Morgan Sylvia, K.H. Vaughan, Morven Westfield and Trisha J. Wooldridge
Introduction by Penny Dreadful; Cover art by Mikio Murakami
Those whispered tales of monsters hiding under the bed, or of the demons lurking in the shadowy corner where we dare not glance for fear that seeing them will make them all too real. Oh, how the innocent landscape of a child’s imagination lends fertile soil to horrors ready to be sown on the slightest of sounds; the tales and the terror they wreak on our youthful minds never quite leave us.
We asked the authors in this collection to reach into the forgotten recesses of their twisted minds and share with us the tales of nightmares that can only thrive in the hidden corners of a child’s imaginings; the bogeyman under the bed, the outlandishly fiendish creature lurking in the dark, the slight murmur of sound coming from the hall… did you close the door completely?
Explore the myriad of terrors that only a child can twist from nothing into some ‘thing’ in the span of a single rapid breath. Do you dare delve into your own memories? Perhaps you’ll start sleeping with the lights on again...
Tell us, who is Under the Bed?
Contributing Authors include Colin F. Barnes, Nina D'Arcangela, Phil Hickes, Amber Keller, Kim Krodel, Lisamarie Lamb, John McIlveen, Kate Monroe, Brandon Scott, Joshua Skye, Julianne Snow, and Jack Wallen.
Edited by Kate Monroe.
Northern Frights is the first anthology from the "Horror Writers of Maine." There are names in this collection you might recognize, ones you should, and after reading it, ones you'll never forget. Sit back, keep the lights on, and read some horror from native Mainers.
With stories from:
Martin Campbell, Duane E. Coffill, GD Dearborn, Peter N. Dudar, E.J. Fechenda, Jeremy Flagg, Joshua Goudreau, James Graham, April Hawks, Harold Hull, Leslie J Linder, John McIlveen, Holly Newstein, Dale T. Phillips, Glenn Rolfe, Leon Roy,
Angi Shearstone, Katherine Silva, Juss Stinson, Lynda Styles, Wicker Stone, Morgan Sylvia, and Thomas Washburn, Jr.
This is a non-themed anthology which carries on the tradition and high standards established by the first four volumes in this series. It is the intention of the editors to publish new, original, short fiction which pushes the limits of what is being done in darkly imaginative fiction. Writers published in Borderlands will be part of the expedition to open the gates to new literary territory, and will help scorch a path through the jagged landscape of the imagination unbound...and all those other neat metaphors. You don't need to read a Borderlands story on a stormy, dark night, with glowing embers banked in the fireplace, and a cruel wind howling across the moors. These stories can be read under the clear light of day and pure reason, and they will still knock you around and put a new rhythm in your head. Which means: you will not find any of the traditional bug-bears and boogeymen. No ghosts or vampires need apply. No zombies, no werewolves, no mummies, succubi, or Hitchcockian spouses with plans to do in their mates.
Contents of this collection include:
Rami Temporalis by Gary Braunbeck
All Hands by John R. Platt
Faith Will Make You Free by Holly Newstein
N0072-JK1 by Adam Corbin Fusco
Time for Me by Barry Hoffman
The Growth of Alan Ashley by Bill Gauthier
The Goat by Whitt Pond
Prison 392 by Jon F. Merz
The Food Processor by Michael Canfield
Story Time with the Bluefield Strangler by John Farris
Answering the Call by Brian Freeman
Smooth Operator by Dominick Cancilla
Father Bob and Bobby by Whitley Strieber
A Thing by Barbara Malenky
The Planting by Bentley Little
Infliction by John McIlveen
Dysfunction by Darren O. Godfrey
The Thing Too Hideous to Describe by David J. Schow
Slipknot by Brett Alexander Savory
Magic Numbers by Gene O’Neill
Head Music by Lon Prater
Around It Still the Sumac Grows by Tom Piccirilli
Annabell by L. Lynn Young
One of Those Weeks by Bev Vincent
Cellars of place. Cellars of time. Cellars of circumstance. They can all hold dark, horrifying, and unseemly secrets.
From the Introduction by Elizabeth Massie
“HANNAHWHERE is a revelation. This constantly surprising novel has some very dark moments, but John McIlveen's clean, clear prose carries you through them and back into the light of the good, decent people who fuel this story with their desperate efforts to do the right thing. Hannah herself is a joy. If she were up for adoption, I'd be the first in line.”
— F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of COLD CITY
“HANNAHWHERE by John McIlveen is everything a book should be--filled with unforgettable characters, fast-paced, and a page-turner. I loved it!”
— Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author of LET THE DEAD SLEEP
"From the very first line of HANNAHWHERE, you know you're in good hands. John McIlveen raises a compelling new voice with a story that is at once playful and frightening, thrilling and heartbreaking. Highly recommended."
— Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and FIRE & ASH
"John McIlveen's HANNAHWHERE is a thrilling, emotionally complex paranormal mystery. The little girls at the center of the story will touch your heart and unsettle you, all at the same time. A wonderful first novel from an exciting new voice in genre fiction."
— Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of SNOWBLIND
"Love it, love it, LOVE IT!"
— Rick Hautala, bestselling author of THE DEMON'S WIFE
"John McIlveen's HANNAHWHERE easily and often defies genre, weaving in mystery, darkness, humor and horror with a cast of living, breathing characters that it's far too easy to fall in love with. I am in awe of his talents."
— James A. Moore, author of the SEVEN FORGES series.
“Hannahwhere is a unique piece of fiction. Full of compelling characters and original concepts, it transcends any notions of genre. The reader’s need to encounter a beautifully realized story rendered in clear, precise prose is fulfilled here with stunning clarity. John McIlveen is a talent who has a brilliant future as a novelist.”
— Thomas F. Monteleone, four-time Bram Stoker Award-winner
Tear heads away
The Claws is here
Rends young and old
Weak and the bold
Welcome back to Deathlehem…
…where the holiday is exceptionally kind to an ancient witch…
…where the office Secret Santa takes a deadly twist…
…where a serial killer paints the town red with his countdown to Christmas…
…where children confront Santa after years of disappointment…
…and many more!
Twenty-five more tales of holiday horrors to benefit
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Classic authors include: E.F. Benson, Ambrose Bierce, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, F. Marion Crawford, Dante, Charles Dickens, Amelia B. Edwards, Sheridan le Fanu, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, W.F. Harvey, William Hope Hodgson, E.T.A Hoffmann, James Hogg, Washington Irving, Henry James, M.R. James, Jerome K. Jerome, Perceval Landon, Friedrich Laun, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Charles Maturin, E. Nesbit, Margaret Oliphant, Edgar Allan Poe, Walter Scott, Sarah Elizabeth Utterson, Edith Wharton, along with a retold tale from Ovid's Metamorphoses.
Mainstream publishers want all-star lineups. Small press publishers often can’t afford to pay pro rates…and even when they can, the names in the table of contents can be limited by the editor’s reach or effort. Bestselling horror, fantasy, and thriller authors Christopher Golden and James A. Moore knew there had to be a better way. Inspired by the efforts of legendary anthology Charles L. Grant, who helped move so many new writers in the horror community’s conversation, Golden and Moore teamed up with Haverhill House’s Twisted Publishing imprint to create…
THE TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS
Determined to pay pro rates, the editors crowdfunded the project, and then put the word out as far and wide as possible, loudly and repeatedly encouraging submissions by diverse voices, and recruiting a stellar editorial committee to read along with them, including Linda A. Addison, Nadia Bulkin, Rachel Autumn Deering, Lamar Giles, KL Pereira, and Lee Thomas.
Out of seven hundred stories received through a blind submission process—none of the editors had any idea who the authors were—nineteen made the final cut. Within these pages you will find the beautifully weird side-by-side with terrifying nightmares, horrifying folklore, and hellish futures. Nineteen unique and haunting tales that truly earned their place in a book entitled…
THE TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS
Discover your new favorite horror stories by:
Melissa Swensen -- M.M. De Voe -- Andrew Bourelle -- Sara Tantlinger -- Jeffrey B. Burton
Eóin Murphy -- Sarah L. Johnson -- Jason A. Wyckoff -- Amanda Helms -- Trisha J. Wooldridge
Liam Hogan -- KT Wagner -- Rohit Sawant -- P.D. Cacek -- John Linwood Grant
George Edwards Murray -- Cindy O’Quinn -- David Surface -- Kristi DeMeester
THE TWISTED BOOK OF SHADOWS