"Keisling writes in the shadows, his words like that first long drag on a cigarette after work. I couldn't help coming back for more, and before I knew it, that one story, that one cigarette, turned into the whole pack." --Stephanie M. Wytovich, Bram Stoker award-winning author of Brothel and The Eighth
"In Ugly Little Things, Todd Keisling ventures deep into the dark abyss of cosmic horror. What he finds there--or what's found him--will terrify you. This varied collection is tailor-made for fans of existential dread. Prepare to face the void. Try not to scream." --Brian Kirk, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of We Are Monsters
"Todd Keisling's promise delivers with Ugly Little Things. The only time you will dare to look away from the page is when you stop to look over your shoulder. He's earned his right to sit on the shelf alongside King, Koontz, and Ketchum." --Eryk Pruitt, author of Dirtbags and What We Reckon.
"The author has a keen, lucid understanding of suffering, which lends each plot-line extra heft and depth. These stories contain tenderly and humanely rendered characters who are drawn towards various forms of uncanny annihilation. After reading this excellent collection, I'm eagerly awaiting whatever Keisling produces next." --Jon Padgett, author of The Secret of Ventriloquism
"Keisling always gets down to the essence of good storytelling. His no-nonsense approach arrests us, showing us worlds and characters that expand our imagination, leaving it tainted with horrors only the author can deliver. These stories are a testament to one of the bravest and scariest new voices in horror fiction." --Ben Eads, author of Cracked Sky.
"Herein lie stories told in the traditional manner of spooky tales told round the campfire. Read this collection on a dark and stormy night and don't answer the door if someone knocks." --Kristi DeMeester, author of Beneath.
From the Author
In this collection you'll see their stitched faces and pallid smiles. You'll stare into their empty, black eyes. You'll witness the unholy ritual that birthed these horrible creatures, and you'll pay tribute to the dark magic that makes them walk and dance.
It is my great honor to present to you my ugly little things. This is going to hurt--and I think you're going to like it.