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Explore the world of writing horror from a Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild award-winning author’s point of view. Gary Braunbeck uses film, fiction and life experience to elucidate the finer points of storytelling, both in and out of genre. This part-autobiographical, always analytical book looks at how stories develop and what makes them work-or not work-when they’re told.
Be warned: reality is as brutal as fiction. Rob Zombie, police shootings, William Goldman and human misery are all teachers to the horror neophyte, and Braunbeck uses their lessons to make To Each Their Darkness a whirlwind of horror and hope for the aspiring writer.
A brand new collection of original dark fiction concerning itself with people, cars, and the open road.
In the novella “The Ballad of Road Mama and Daddy Bliss”, a man assigned community service duty with the city morgue after a DUI arrest is offered a simple deal: transport an old woman’s body back to her hometown, and his record will be wiped clean. But this is no typical old woman, and—as he soon discovers —he is taking her to a town that is on no map. The old woman’s identity, as well as the reasons behind the town’s secret existence, will be revealed to him over the course of a few nightmarish hours between midnight and dawn—the time when The Road demands its sacrifices.
In “Congestion”, a man who has hated cars all his life finds himself stuck in a traffic jam on a sweltering hot day…a very different type of traffic jam. …[more]
The small town of Cedar Hill is no stranger to tragedy and terror. Nearly two centuries ago, when the area was first settled, a gruesome mass murder baptized the town with blood. More recently there was the Great Fire, the notorious night the casket factory burned down, taking an entire neighborhood with it. But no one in Cedar Hill can be prepared for what is to come—shocking murders that grow more horrendous with each victim, and a trail of taunting clues that point to the past…and to an old, abandoned graveyard.
From award-winning author Gary A. Braunbeck comes Prodigal Blues, his first foray into non-supernatural horror.
After he finds himself stranded at a truck stop in Missouri, Mark Sieber gets one of the biggest shocks of his life when he recognizes the face of a little girl on a Missing poster as belonging to the same little girl he saw only a few minutes before. Looking around for some sign of her, he comes back to his table in the restaurant to find the little sitting there, waiting for him.
“I’m sorry, mister,” is all she seems capable of saying.
As the police and media begin to converge on the truck stop, Mark retreats back to his hotel room to call his wife and let her know what’s going on, only to be taken hostage by the same people who released the little girl. But his abductors are little…[more]
Everything changed for Gil Stewart on the day he saw the old man die. Gil had witnessed the bizarre accident on the highway and stopped to help. The old man couldn’t be saved, but just before he died he clutched Gil’s shirt and whispered a warning: “The Keepers are coming!” That was when Gil’s nightmare began. At first he thought it was merely odd, a series of weird coincidences. Household pets started acting strangely. Zoo animals escaped. But now he can see a pattern emerging, a chilling reminder from a past that he can’t—or won’t—remember. As the true horror becomes clear, and terror builds upon terror, Gil can only await the coming of…the Keepers.
“Fear in a Handful of Dust both is and isn’t a book of film and fiction writing commentaries; yes, you’ll find several reviews and (hopefully intelligent) analyses in here, but a format like that can quickly grow wearisome and repetitive . . . so I’ve decided to take it a couple of steps . . . well, let’s say sideways: one’s reaction to horror movies and literature is a highly subjective and personal thing, emphasis on the latter term. Consider this to be a thinly-disguised autobiography by means of reflections about movies, books, and writing. It’s not enough for someone to simply say, ‘I liked it,’ or ‘I really hated it’; those are not opinions in and of themselves, they are prefaces to opinions. To qualify as actual opinions, they must be followed by reasons why, and in order for you to understand the reasons why, you have to understand something about the person giving the opinion.” — Gary A. Braunbeck
Welcome to Cedar Hill, Ohio, a deceptively commonplace bordertown between the familiar everyday and the phantasms, fancies, hauntings, and enchantments that wait in dimly-lit places for a chance to pass through the scrim of perception & make this place their home, as well. Those who live here don’t really have any choice and neither will you. Cedar Hill: “Main Street” tinged with the macabre, located just this side of night. This is the first of approximately 3-5 volumes to be published by Earthling collecting the author’s stories set in his fictional town of Cedar Hill. Each collection will feature original stories as well as reprints that have been reworked for this collection, plus historical elements such as family trees and a town map. Deena Holland provides cover art and over two dozen interior illustrations. For those buyers who desire a complete set of matching numbers/letters, we will record the name of each buyer, who will be given first dibs at future volumes.