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H.P. Lovecraft, the American master of horror, understood with horrible clarity that all things must die. After summer is winter, and life inevitably gives way to frozen sterility. In our modern world, we live cushioned existences, and congratulate ourselves on our supposed escape from the old dangers. We think ourselves caught out of nature’s reach by our technological wizardry. Safely cocooned. This foolishness blinds us to the truth that our elder forebears could not avoid. Engulfed by the rhythms of the world, they understood... Autumn means death.
There are far worse fates than mere death, of course. As blight spreads, the leaves wither and fall — as do the most important foundations of life. There is nothing more horrible than watching the sources of meaning in your world unravel before you. But these things we cherish are just pretty lies. In autumn’s cold grasp, the bright petals of our reality shrivel and die. Beneath them, there is nothing but the insanity of the howling void. Faced with inevitable, agonizing corruption, death is a gentle blessing.
The stories collected in "Autumn Cthulhu" reflect the darkest, most ancient truths of the season. Inside, you’ll find nineteen beautiful, terrifying glimpses of decay and loss inspired by Lovecraft’s work. Be sure that you want the burden of understanding before venturing further, though. The dissolving strands of mind, of love, of legacy within leave no room for merciful doubt.
The true meaning of life is that there is no meaning.
"From Nadia Bulkin's sharp, politically savvy creeper to John Langan's stunning epic novella, Mike Davis's anthology is a compelling, eclectic collection of stories from some of today's best and brightest. AUTUMN CTHULHU does more than find its place within the Lovecraftian/weird fiction universe, it expands it."
-- Paul Tremblay, author of "A Head Full of Ghosts" and "Disappearance at Devil's Rock"
"Miskowski further enriches the all-too-real horror movie world of KNOCK, KNOCK with ASTORIA, a novella that is part Hitchcock, part David Lynch, and all Miskowski's distinctive, thoughtfully crafted, slow-burn literary terror." —Molly Tanzer, author of A PRETTY MOUTH
"S.P. Miskowski has been chronicling the mundane horrors of women’s lives – marriage, motherhood, family, and domesticity – through the lens of the supernatural since the publication of her Shirley Jackson Award nominated novel KNOCK KNOCK. Continuing with her related SKILLUTE CYCLE of novellas, Miskowski is unafraid to plumb the darkest impulses of the female psyche, and her gift for vivid characterization and naturalistic detail suffuses her fiction with a sense of frightening and devastating reality. In ASTORIA, a white-knuckle terror trip across the landscape of the Pacific Northwest, the darkness closing in on one woman’s desperate bid to escape the monster she birthed and the life she loathes becomes as palpable as the pages we’re turning; we can bolt the door and turn on the light, but in the end, Miskowski warns us, no matter what we do, our demons are coming for us." —Lynda E. Rucker, BLACK STATIC columnist and author of The MOON WILL LOOK STRANGE
"ASTORIA by S.P. Miskowski is a perfect and unique blend of THE OMEN and Elizabeth Berg’s THE PULL OF THE MOON. Miskowski’s writing is dark, delicious, and wonderfully layered. As always, her effortless elegance shines through the chilling prose, highlighting the ugly feelings that we wish weren’t inside all of us. She manages to turn the reader inside out alongside her characters, revealing that we’re all monsters and merely human at gut level." —Mercedes M. Yardley, author of BEAUTIFUL SORROWS
Have you seen the Yellow Sign?
Cassilda’s Song is a collection of weird fiction and horror stories based on the King in Yellow Mythos created by Robert W. Chambers—entirely authored by women. There are no pretenders here. The Daughters of the Yellow Sign, each a titan of unmasked fire in their own right, have parted the curtains. From Hali’s deeps and Carcosa’s gloomy balconies and Styx-black towers, come their lamentations and rage and the consequences of intrigues and follies born in Oblivion. Run into their embrace. Their carriages wait to take you from shadowed rooms and cobblestones to The Place Where the Black Stars Hang.
The 1895 release of Chambers’ best-remembered work of weird fiction was salted with nihilism and ennui, and ripe with derangement, haunting beauty, and eerie torments. Poe’s influence was present in the core tales and one could easily argue Chambers may have been influenced by the French Decadents and the disquieting transfigurations of the Symbolists. All this and more can be said of the works collected in this anthology. Carcosa, accursed and ancient, and cloud-misted Lake of Hali are here. The Hyades sing and the cloud waves break in these tales. The authority of Bierce’s cosmic horror is here. The talismantic Yellow Sign, and the titular ‘hidden’ King, and The Imperial Dynasty of America, will influence and alter you, as they have the accounts by these writers. Cassilda and other unreliable narrators, government-sponsored Lethal Chambers, and the many mysteries of the mythical Play, are boldly represented in these tributes to Chambers.
The contents of this anthology include:
- "Black Stars on Canvas, a Reproduction in Acrylic" by Damien Angelica Walters
- "She Will Be Raised a Queen" by E. Catherine Tobler
- "Yella" by Nicole Cushing
- "Yellow Bird" by Lynda E. Rucker
- "Exposure" by Helen Marshall
- "Just Beyond Her Dreaming" by Mercedes M. Yardley
- "In the Quad of Project 327" by Chesya Burke
- "Stones, Maybe" by Ursula Pflug
- "Les Fleurs Du Mal" by Allyson Bird
- "While The Black Stars Burn" by Lucy A. Snyder
- "Old Tsah-Hov" by Anya Martin
- "The Neurastheniac" by Selena Chambers
- "Dancing The Mask" by Ann K. Schwader
- "Family" by Maura McHugh
- "Pro Patria!" by Nadia Bulkin
- "Her Beginning is Her End is Her Beginning" by E. Catherine Tobler & Damien Angelica Walters
- "Grave-Worms" by Molly Tanzer
- "Strange is the Night" by S.P. Miskowski
First in a series of three novellas set in the world of Knock Knock.
"All the skills that made Miskowski's novel such a success are equally evident in this story of magic and changing times." —Peter Tennant, Black Static
"Delphine Dodd not only expands and illuminates the tragedy in the brilliant novel, "Knock Knock", but also further proves Miskowski possesses that talent most enviable in a writer: she makes you *believe*." —Simon Strantzas, author of NIGHTINGALE SONGS
"Spanning a period from shortly before World War One through to the early Seventies, this is a story of rural life in Washington state. But, while rich in realistic detail, it also uses storytelling and dreams to produce a sense of a world of strange and alarming mysteries lying just beyond our own and always ready to break through… There are scenes that may horrify the reader, but that is because it looks clear-sightedly, without rancour, at cruelty, selfishness and deceit. And there is as much beauty here as there is horror, thanks to the author's finely-crafted prose." —David Longhorn, editor of Supernatural Tales
"Miskowski doesn't merely craft 'atmosphere,' she generates gravity. Dark and compelling, Delphine Dodd is a singularity...pick it up and its pull is inescapable." —Ennis Drake author of TWENTY-EIGHT TEETH OF RAGE
A multiple Shirley Jackson Award nominee and 2017 Bram Stoker Award nominee, S.P. Miskowski serves up an uncompromising collection of thirteen modern tales of desire and self-destruction.
The Hyde Hotel looks almost exactly as you'd expect it to: a faceless, budget hotel in a grey city you are just passing through. A hotel aimed at people travelling alone, a hotel where you know so little about your fellow guests that they could be anyone... and where, perhaps, so could you. But sometimes things are hiding in plain sight, and not everyone who stays at The Hyde gets a good night's sleep... Featuring stories about the guests and staff of The Hyde Hotel from Simon Bestwick, Ray Cluley, Alex Davis, Cate Gardner, V H Leslie, Alison Littlewood, Amelia Mangan, S P Miskowski, Iain Rowan, Mark West and the editors.
Enjoy your stay.
A displaced child neglected by affluent parents and a former preacher burdened by the tragic and scandalous circumstances of his mother's death face a final reckoning at the hands of a woman with the power to summon good and evil.
In the Light is the final book of the Skillute Cycle, a chronicle of one fictional town and an abiding horror that lies just beneath the surface. In the woods. In the water. Beneath the ground. The time has arrived. Something evil has come home.
Little Visible Delight is an anthology of original stories in which eleven authors of dark fiction explore some their most intimate, writerly obsessions.
The Receiver of Tales by Lynda E. Rucker
Needs Must When the Devil Drives by Cory J. Herndon
A Thousand Stitches by Kate Jonez
The Point by Johnny Worthen
Calligraphy by James Everington
This Many by S.P. Miskowski
JP by Brent Michael Kelley
Kestrel by Mary Borsellino
An Unattributed Lyric, In Blood, On a Bathroom Wall by Ennis Drake
Black Eyes Broken by Mercedes M. Yardley
Bears: A Fairy Tale of 1958 by Steve Duffy
"...a flair for quirky characterization and a sharp sense of humor." - Carol Reid, The Short Review
"Reading these stories is like watching electric eels from not too safe a distance." --J. Amador, Seattlest
"...brightly coloured vignettes of American grotesquery, brief glimpses of life through the eyes of those who lack, in a country where the viewpoint is distorted by the unmet promise of plenty and opportunity for all." - J.S. Watts, Neon Magazine
"If you like creepy, suspenseful stories, you'll love this collection. Miskowski has a gift for creating complex, troubled characters with complex, troubling desires." --Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch
Kate Jonez and S.S. Michaels have assembled a diverse range of exceptionally disturbing stories from authors from around the world. Each of the stories, whether about a collection that is world changing or intensely personal, is sure to linger in readers’ thoughts and make them consider the possibility that malice and evil just might lurk in their own hoard of stuff.
Featuring: Kealan Patrick Burke, Jeremy C, Shipp, Mary Borsellino, Brent Michael Kelley, Phil Hickes, L.S. Murphy, Michael R. Colangelo, Neil Davies, Louise Bohmer, Edmund Colell, S.P. Miskowski, Michael Montoure, Lee Widener, Pete Clark, and Opal Edgar