The nights are drawing in, the days are getting dark, here come the shadows... For centuries we have been looking for ways to freak the bejebus out of each other. Ghouls and spooks and nightmares within – they all collide in this terrifying and thought-provoking collection of short stories. It is time to face those things that go bump in the night.

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Horror veterans Guy Adams and Tim Lebbon head up an incredible cast of literary voices. Purchase the Kindle edition here.

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  • The perfect anthology to get you in the mood for All Hallows Eve
  • Nothing makes the heart pulse and race like a good fright
  • This collection of award-winning literary and genre voices is a joy to read


Matthew Baker's stories have appeared in publications such as American Short Fiction, New England Review, One Story, Electric Literature, and Best Of The Net, and his children's novel If You Find This was published earlier this year by Hot Key in the UK and Little Brown in the US. He was born and lives in Michigan.


Will Ashon is the author of two novels, Clear Water and The Heritage, both with Faber & Faber. He is also the founder of the record label, Big Dada Recordings. His most recent project was the micro-fiction collection, Shorter, published as a phone app. He is currently working on a non-fiction title about counter-culture, enclosure, magic, mad dogs and Epping Forest.


Guy Adams has made so many things up he’s at risk of becoming fictional himself. He’s the author of the Clown Service series, the Heaven’s Gate trilogy and the Deadbeat books. So, that’s weird spy novels, weird westerns and weird crime thrillers. Perhaps, gentle reader, he’s a bit weird. His current project is a frankly ill advisedly epic series of YA novellas called The Change. He also writes comics. Ulysses Sweet: Maniac for Hire, Rogue Trooper and Voodoo Planet for 2000AD, The Engine for Madefire and is the co-creator, with artist Jimmy Broxton, of the newspaper strip that never was, Goldtiger.


Michael Blake is a Tasmanian writer. His stories and poetry have been published in Islet, Review of Australian Fiction and The Canary Press. His work has been shortlisted and runner-upped in several major national competitions. He holds no degrees.


Tim J. Lebbon is a New York Times-bestselling writer with over thirty novels published to date, as well as dozens of novellas and hundreds of short stories. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award and a Scribe Award, and been shortlisted for the World Fantasy and Shirley Jackson awards. A movie of his story Pay the Ghost, starring Nicolas Cage, will be released soon, and several other projects are in development. He lives in the Monmouthshire countryside with his wife Tracey, children Ellie and Dan, and his dog Blu. He enjoys running and biking in the hills, and sometimes he imagines he's being chased.


Louise Palfreyman is a writer based in Birmingham, UK, where she works as a copywriter and editor. She writes mainly short stories and poetry, and her fiction has been published in Best British Short Stories, Litro, The View From Here and Hypertext USA. She is a member of PowWow writers' group, which meets every Tuesday for discussion, readings and critiquing. She also takes photographs and plays the piano.


Darren Lee lives in London and has had stories published in the Lover’s Lies and Fifty Stories for Pakistan anthologies. Several of his stories have appeared in the pages of Open Pen and have also been performed at Liars’ League London. In 2011 he won copies of the Booker long list in a Twitter fiction competition, thus enabling him to legitimately claim he has won a Booker prize for his writing.  


A. K. Benedict read English at Cambridge and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. She lives in Hastings and writes in a room filled with teapots and the severed head of a ventriloquist’s dummy. She did have a blow-up pirate but punctured it. Alexandra was the front-person of an underground indie band, has composed music for film and television and is currently writing her second novel. Her short stories and poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Best British Short Stories 2012Her first novel, The Beauty of Murder, was published by Orion in 2013.


Ian Green is a writer from Northern Scotland. His short fiction has been performed at Liars’ London, LitCrawl London, and The Literary Kitchen Festival, and published in Open Pen. His work can also be heard on The Wireless Reader literary podcast and will feature in the upcoming short story anthology Broken Worlds by Almond Press. His story, ‘Audiophile’, was a winner of the BBC Opening Lines competition (2014), broadcast on BBC Radio 4.


Christopher Hart is the son of a Church of England clergyman – like so many writers, oddly enough. He worked part-time in various bookshops, which is quite useful for a budding writer; and became a part-time journalist, which he still is as theatre critic and book reviewer for the Sunday Times. He previously worked as Literary Editor of the Erotic Review, and as an Agony Aunt for Time Out – though was sacked after just a year for giving advice that was "unhelpful and sometimes offensive." He published his first two novels as Christopher Hart – The Harvest and Rescue Me. Since then he's written as William Napier, concentrating on historical fiction.



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