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About Matt Serafini
Hailed as “one of the best new voices in horror fiction” by Brian Keene, Matt Serafini’s books include Feral, Devil’s Row, Island Red, and Under the Blade, which FilmThrills called “one of the best slasher films you’ll ever read.”
He co-authored a collection of short stories with Adam Cesare called All-Night Terror and his short fiction has appeared in numerous anthology collections, including Dead Bait 4, Clickers Forever: A Tribute to J.F. Gonzalez, and the upcoming Welcome to the Show.
He has written extensively on the subjects of film and literature for numerous websites including Dread Central and Shock Till You Drop. His nonfiction has also appeared in the pages of Fangoria and HorrorHound.
Matt lives in Massachusetts with his wife and children.
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Men who turn into beasts and prey upon anyone unfortunate enough to cross their path.
Of the shapeshifter tales, none invokes as much terror as the legend of the werewolf.
The stories of men who become wolves persisted through the centuries from campfire folk tales to the modern age, where we are still thrilled and horrified by tales of bloodthirsty predators in our midst.
Twelve of the most successful authors of werewolf fiction in the 21st Century have returned to their worlds and characters, to bring you a truly blood-soaked collection of werewolf horror.
Jeff Strand: Ivan’s Night Out - A Wolf Hunt Prequel
Ray Garton: Outside of Nowhere
David Wellington: Hunters Moon
Jonathan Janz: The Kiss of Divna Antonov
Glenn Rolfe: The Dead Brother Situation
Graeme Reynolds: Blood Relations - A High Moor Story
Paul Kane: Lifeline
Thomas Emson: The Hunt
David Watkins: The Original
T W Piperbrook: The Great Storm
Nick Stead: Hybrid: Bloodlines
Matt Serafini: Evernight Circle
17 horror Stories. One legendary music venue.
We all know the old cliché: Sex, drugs and rock and roll. Now, add demons, other dimensions, monsters, revenge, human sacrifice, and a dash of the truly inexplicable. This is the story of the (fictional) San Francisco music venue, The Shantyman.
In Welcome to the Show, seventeen of today's hottest writers of horror and dark fiction come together in devilish harmony to trace The Shantyman's history from its disturbing birth through its apocalyptic encore.
Featuring stories by Brian Keene, John Skipp, Mary SanGiovanni, Robert Ford, Max Booth III, Glenn Rolfe, Matt Hayward, Bryan Smith, Matt Serafini, Kelli Owen, Jonathan Janz, Patrick Lacey, Adam Cesare, Alan M Clark, Somer Canon, Rachel Autumn Deering and Jeff Strand.
Compiled by Matt Hayward. Edited by Doug Murano.
Bring your curiosity, but leave your inhibitions at the door. The show is about to begin…
- Alan M Clark – What Sort of Rube
- Jonathan Janz – Night and Day and in Between
- John Skipp – In the Winter of No Love
- Patrick Lacey – Wolf with Diamond Eyes
- Bryan Smith – Pilgrimage
- Rachel Autumn Deering – A Tongue like Fire
- Glenn Rolfe – Master of Beyond
- Matt Hayward – Dark Stage
- Kelli Owen – Open Mic Night
- Matt Serafini – Beat on the Past
- Max Booth III – True Starmen
- Somer Canon – Just to be Seen
- Jeff Strand – Parody
- Robert Ford – Ascending
- Adam Cesare – The Southern Thing
- Brian Keene – Running Free
- Mary SanGiovanni – We Sang in Darkness
Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.
Interview with compiler Matt Hayward:
What makes this horror anthology so special?
A: The book is as much an anthology as it is a collaborative novel. Each story explores the history of the Shantyman, a haunted music venue located in San Francisco with a long and bloody past. With the likes of John Skipp, Brian Keene, and Rachel Autumn Deering involved, we not only see the venue change throughout the decades, but also from changing perspectives, everything from psychological horror to extreme horror, and even a splash of comedy.
Q: Tell us more about the venue and the history of the building?
The Shantyman's history is the product of author/illustrator Alan M Clark. Alan usually tackles historical horror, and I wouldn't have chosen anyone else to take on the task. What Alan delivered was a seven-thousand-word horror juggernaut set in San Francisco’s gold rush era, involving a traveling singer who gets shanghaied. I won't ruin any surprises, but there are cannibals. Alan sets the gruesome scene from which every other story stems.
Q: What made you think of this theme for the anthology?
A: About a year ago, I attended a comedy show at a famous music venue here in Dublin. The main room was seated, and the audience rather docile.
Jack and Allen need a break. They've decided to spend the summer before their senior year of college out in Western Massachusetts. But their quest for rest and relaxation comes to an end when they arrive in Greifsfield, MA. Their friendship is tested by a mysterious beauty and her razor sharp smile, then broken when they're caught up in a rash of mysterious disappearances. How will these two friends cope with the truth behind a town that craves raw meat? And how will they survive beneath the glow of the full moon?
Werewolves are real and there's no such thing as escape. This vacation's about to get a little hairy.
The Howling meets 30 Days of Night in this furious, lightning blast of a novel.
"An ambitious, balls-to-the-wall werewolf extravaganza. You can feel the lifetime of passion for horror in every paragraph." - Horror Drive-In
"A cool new werewolf tale." - Bloody Disgusting
"Never has a book's title been more appropriate. Feral is all gnashing teeth and animal stink. It is just what your veterinarian ordered if you caught fleas from the litany of bad, toothless werewolf books on the market." --Adam Cesare, author of Video Night and The Con Season
They hunted her to the furthest corner of the world and did everything they could to kill her.
But she survived.
Elisabeth lost everything that night. Everything except her life. A life she’s using to hunt the mercenaries who want her dead. There’s only one problem: the wolf inside her has gone quiet, leaving this she-wolf to rely solely on her wits and killer instinct to survive. Standing in the way of her bloody vengeance is a war-torn 18th century countryside ravaged by a vampiric plague and home to a host of unspeakable horrors stalking the night.
When you fight evil with evil, there can only be one outcome...
A shifter’s lust for revenge puts her on a collision course with a band of witchfinders in this novel from acclaimed author Matt Serafini. Devil’s Row combines occult horror and dark fantasy and places it all in the universe first explored in Feral: A Novel of Werewolf Horror.
“If George R. R. Martin wrote Underworld.” – Somer Canon, author of Killer Chronicles
“Matt weaves a tale through rich, descriptive landscapes, mixing fact with fiction to give us a real sense of the time period. He has given depth to his main characters so we have a better understanding of who they are, and with whom our allegiance lies. With non-stop action and plenty of twists, no one is assured victory.” — Horror Novel Reviews
“A savage and blood-drenched read, which proves both surprising and satisfying.” – Horror After Dark
Some campfire stories are real.
It's been twenty-five years since Cyrus Hoyt's infamous killing spree at Camp Forest Grove. A quarter-century since teenage counselor Melanie Holden left him mortally wounded and escaped with her life.
Today, Melanie's teaching career has bottomed out and left her with no choice but to return to the scene of the crime. Motivated by a lucrative publishing offer, as well as a desire to free herself from recurring nightmares, Melanie's research into the murderer's life brings resistance from all directions as she uncovers skeletons in Forest Grove's past.
Because of Melanie, a long-held secret is about to be revealed--one that somebody is willing to kill for in order to protect. And Melanie is going to discover she has a lot more to lose than just her mind.
The stalk-and-slash suspense of Friday the 13th meets the small town mystery of Sharp Objects in this white-knuckle horror story of a final girl's revenge.
"A great book." - Shock Waves Podcast
"It takes you on one hell of a ride. I could go into more details, but it would be a shame to know more before you read it, and read it you should. This book gets a strong recommendation." -- Scream Magazine
"Creates a terrific set of supporting characters and whodunit mystery that keeps the reader guessing and enthralled." - FilmThrills
It's a species that has been around for 80 million years. It has over 300 teeth in 25 rows to trap its prey. It has very rarely been found in depths above 160 feet, meaning the frilled shark has never posed a threat to humans. Until now. The residents of Crystal Key, Florida didn't think there was anything to worry about. A missing girl with a troubled past was easy to dismiss, but that was only the beginning. When fishermen disappear and two girls are attacked on open water, everyone assumes the culprit is a predator stalking their piece of the Atlantic. But as an offseason hurricane descends, and communications with the mainland are severed, Crystal Key is about to discover that terror doesn't only come from below.
Hold your breath. Until it's time to scream.
On their honeymoon in Madagascar, a young couple are drawn into the hunt for lost treasure. Their search grabs the attention of a bloodthirsty pirate who intends to seize the riches for himself. The seedy government agents on his trail have their own reasons for wanting it too. And they're all in the path of a creature long thought extinct. A creature that has turned the world's third largest ocean into a hunting ground. A creature that is about to turn their dreams of fortune and glory into a nightmare from which there's no escaping.
"Serafini is energetic and entertaining, constantly keeping readers on their toes." - Wicked Horror
By turns terrifying and hilarious, Dead Bait 4 is an anthology about the fears that dwell beneath the surface — and within the human heart. Lake monsters, lamprey invasions, and humanoid fish from the deep are only some of the strange encounters in this collection of twenty-two stories of aquatic horror. From splatterpunk to horror comedy to literary surrealism, Dead Bait 4 is as wide-ranging as the bodies of water that encompass this planet.
When the fish come out, you’d better believe there will be consequences.
Rebecca Daniels is a down-and-out private investigator on the hunt for her daughter's killer. The trail leads to Bright Fork, a sleepy New Hampshire town where Rebecca discovers this is no ordinary manhunt. Her investigation becomes a tangle of brutal killings, secret rituals, and terrifying visions that force Rebecca to question reality. This is more than an opportunity to take revenge on the one who tore her family to pieces. It's a chance to confront the darkness growing inside of her, the madness that threatens to possess her entirely.
Manche Geschichten, die man sich am Lagerfeuer erzählt, sind wahr …
Fünfundzwanzig Jahre ist Cyrus Hoyts berüchtigter Amoklauf im Camp Forest Grove nun her. Fünfundzwanzig Jahre, seit Melanie Holden den Killer tödlich verwundet zurückließ und mit knapper Not entkommen konnte.
Doch ihre Erinnerungen und ein lukratives Angebot zwingen sie, an den Ursprungsort ihrer Albträume zurückzukehren. Dort stößt Melanie auf ein lange gehütetes Geheimnis – und die Morde beginnen erneut …
Matt Serafinis "HOYT – Der Killer von Forest Grove" verbindet Elemente aus "Freitag, der 13." und Gillian Flynns "Cry Baby" zu einem Slasher-Roman in der Tradition der heimlichen Videotheken-Hits der Achtzigerjahre.
"Erinnert an die glorreichen Zeiten der Horror-Taschenbücher, jedoch mit frischem Blut und einem neuen Protagonisten ... Ich liebte es!" - Brian Keene
"Dieses Buch gleicht einem Höllenritt. Ich könnte noch mehr ins Detail gehen, aber es wäre eine Schande, zu viel zu verraten, bevor Sie es selbst gelesen haben – was Sie unbedingt tun sollten. Ganz große Empfehlung." - Scream Magazine
Als in Crystal Key das erste Mädchen vermisst wird, denkt sich noch niemand etwas dabei. Dann verschwinden jedoch die ersten Fischer und zwei Mädchen werden im Meer attackiert. Ein Raubfisch scheint die Insel zu terrorisieren. Doch das ist nicht alles. Ein Hurrikane fegt unerwartet über die Insel hinweg und als sämtliche Kommunikationswege mit dem Festland versagen, müssen die Bewohner von Crystal Key schnell feststellen, dass sie es mit nicht nur einem Schrecken aus der Tiefe zu tun haben …