If you are a fan of the style - and of dark fiction that isn't full of slashers and vampires, but chills you in a more subtle, supernatural manner - Dark Melodies will certainly be an entertaining, escapist journey for you. - Horror and Fantasy Book Review
It's a while since I've been so entertained by a collection of stories. Dark Melodies was a pleasure to read -and I don't mean a guilty pleasure. It's a collection that struck a chord with me and I heartily recommend it. - Anthony Watson's Dark Musings
From the Author
I believe the first story I read was THE DUNWICH HORROR in one of the cheap UK paperback editions. That was enough for me to seek out the rest, and I remember reading AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS while sitting on the back steps of our house on a hot summer's day. After that I read everything I could find... his vision of cosmic entities with no concern for the doings of puny humans spoke to me at a basic level. It was only natural that I should turn to some Lovecraftian conceits in my own writing.
Music can transport you. It can bring sunshine on a cloudy day and lift your heart in times of trouble. But there is another side, a darker side, to music. Allow yourself to be open to a different melody, and who knows where the music will take you.
In this collection you will follow the dance into dark places, down dark passageways, where dark melodies play.
Apart from reading, my other big love is for music, in all its various forms. I used to sing in a choir as a lad, and I've been playing guitar badly for forty years now. Again, it was inevitable that my enthusiasm for music would seep into my writing.
And here it is. Stories where music and things that lurk beyond meet and find common, and uncommon, ground.
In short, it's all about music, and dancing in dark places.
The Tenants of Ladywell Manor first appeared in a Permuted Press anthology, Cthulhu Unbound 2. The Unfinished Basement originally appeared in a Miskatonic River Press anthology, Dead But Dreaming 2. Both of these were given Honorable Mentions by Ellen Datlow in their respective "Year's Best" years. The other stories are original in print in this edition, and were mainly written with this edition in mind, although the Midnight Eye novella, Rhythm and Booze, has been rattling around my head as a concept for a long time.
I like the focus I have to bring to short stories, where you get in, get out and leave the reader wondering what just happened, like a great guitar solo or an intricate piano piece. Dark Melodies is something I've dreamed about since I started writing twenty years ago... a collection of supernatural stories by me, in hardcover, was all I wanted to achieve when I started out. And here it is, for which I will always be grateful. It's going to look great alongside the other books on my shelf, and I look forward to continuing to work with Dark Regions on new projects.
Shall we dance?