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The End in All Beginnings Paperback – September 17, 2014

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Editorial Reviews


"Imagine a series of round robin stories penned collaboratively by Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Harlan Ellison and Rod Serling, and you'll be in the general neighborhood: lush, poetic, ceaselessly imaginative, seriously affecting, multifaceted modern horror fiction." - FANGORIA

"The best novella collection I've read in years! It's accomplished stuff, complex and heartfelt. There's an attention to character and an access to feeling that's very refreshing indeed." - JACK KETCHUM, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of The Box, Closing Time and Peaceable Kingdom

"THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS is literary, affecting, chilling, and indicative of old-school mentality meets new-school daring. Look no further than this collection for evidence that not only is horror not dead, there are new proponents of the craft more than capable of giving it the jolt it needs to carry it into the future." - KEALAN PATRICK BURKE, Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Turtle Boy, Kin and Jack & Jill.

"Taff's deceptively simplistic prose offers deep emotional and dramatic insights into how human beings live with the burdens of the past and the inevitability of death. "What Becomes God" is a slice of Stephen King/Ramsey Campbell. "Object Permanence" is a slowly revealing Twilight Zone-like story. The setting of "The Long, Long Breakdown" is reminiscent of J.G. Ballard. "Visitation" follows in the footsteps of the works of Philip K. Dick. THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS offers genre readers much to appreciate." - HORROR NEWS NETWORK

"Definitely be in the running for one of my favorite reads of the year. This collection will not only appeal to horror fans, but could interest readers of just about any genre. Whether you are looking for introduction to the world of horror or are already a seasoned horror fanatic, you will definitely want to give THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS a read!" - THE HORROR BOOKSHELF

"Just under half a century ago, I discovered a personal "tell" that let me know when a performance had touched me deeply. That experience has recurred many times since. THe last time it happened I just finished John F.D. Taff's collection of horror novellas, THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS. Taff provides carefully nuanced, skillfully balanced components--storytelling, nostalgia, horror, human emotion--to work from beginnings to ultimate ends...sometimes death, sometimes things far worse, and sometimes something magnificent." - MICHAEL R. COLLINGS, HELLNOTES

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"In less than two years, Grey Matter Press has managed to establish itself as one of the premiere purveyors of horror fiction currently in existence via both a series of killer anthologies--SPLATTERLANDS (2013), OMINOUS REALITIES (2013), EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED (2014)--and John F.D. Taff's harrowing novella collection THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS (2014)." - FANGORIA

"The dark, all-encompassing theme seems to be the trademark of Grey Matter Press. When asked for a referral for a good short story collection I often state without hesitation to the very press that has enchanted my reading attention." - Dave Gammon, HORROR NEWS

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