“CHILDHOOD FEARS” released October 6th (that’s today) by Samhain Publishing Ltd is now available in both e-book and paperback. My novella “Scarecrows” is one of the four horror novellas included in this book.
I thought I would give you a quick preview of the four stories. This book is 300 pages of horror and each story brings a new twist to old memories. “Childhood Fears” also lists a very prestigious line-up of contributing authors. I’ll will do a brief introduction with each story outline.
“NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT”
L.L. Soares and G.Daniel Gunn cater to those of us who have been terrorized by clowns. Not so funny are they?
L.L. Soares is a successful horror writer. He won the Bram Stoker Award Fist Novel with “LIFE RAGE” and also penned “ROCK ‘N’ ROLL” and “HARD” to name only a few on the long list of his books available. G. Daniel Gunn is the penname of another popular author. Their collaboration on “NIGHTMARE IN GREASEPAINT” produced an amazing story.
“Some family legacies are best left buried.”
Will Pallasso has brought his wife and young son, Billy, back to his childhood home to settle his late mother’s affairs…and remove all traces of his haunted past. But now hideous memories are coming back to Will, and Billy has started suffering from night terrors. Returning to this house was a big mistake. Some memories should not be disturbed, and some nightmares will not stay buried forever.
Especially nightmares that wear greasepaint spattered with blood.
“THE BEAR WHO WOULDN’T LEAVE”
J.H. Moncrieff gives our memories a jolt with one scary teddy bear. This one you won’t forget. Our story teller is a new fiction author, but brings years of journalist experience to her craft.
“Sometimes evil looks like a fuzzy teddy bear.”
Still grieving the untimely death of his dad, ten-year-old Josh Leary is reluctant to accept a well-worn stuffed teddy bear from his new stepfather. He soon learns he was right to be wary. Edgar is no ordinary toy…and he doesn’t like being rejected.
When Josh banishes him to the closet, terrible things begin to happen. Desperate to be rid of the bear, Josh engages the help of a friend. As the boys’ efforts rebound on them with horrifying results, Josh is forced to accept the truth—Edgar will always get even.
Christine Hayton reminds us of those cold clear nights in the fall when tall corn and roaming scarecrows made us hide inside. Her first shot at horror, this former accountant turned fiction writer, delights us with a tale set in the same place where she grew up.
“They do more than frighten birds. Much more!”
Early one morning in the fall of 1964, Robert searched for his missing six-year-old daughter, Cathy. He found her asleep in a nearby cornfield, covered in blood and holding a small axe. A few feet away lay the mutilated body of her classmate Emily.
Assumed guilty of murder, Cathy lived in a hospital for insane children. She always gave the same account of what happened. She talked of murderous scarecrows that roamed the cornfield on moonlit nights. Her doctors considered her delusional. The police, her neighbors, and the press thought she was dangerous. And so she remained incarcerated. No one believed her. That was a mistake.
JG Faherty shocks the Christmas cheer out of us with his tale of Yule fork-lore. Santa never did the holidays like this. JG is a master at horror and has numerous works to his credit including “HELLRIDER”, “THE CURE”, and “CARNIVAL OF FEAR” to name a very few on a long and successful list.
“You’d better watch out!”
No one in Anders Bach’s family believed his old tales of Winterwood, a place where Krampus and his Wild Hunt rule a frozen land and where bad children don’t get coal for Christmas, they get baked into pies or forced into slavery. But now the Yule Lads have kidnapped Anders’s grandsons, and he has to rescue them before they’re lost forever. Anders and his daughter must cross the divide between worlds and enter Winterwood, where evil holds sway and even the reindeer have a taste for human flesh. By the time the sun rises, they’ll learn the awful truth about Winterwood: there is no escape without sacrifice.
“Childhood Fears” was released today and already has received high praise from some very prestigious sources:
HORROR UNDERGRAOUND: “…loving this collection. The idea of having stories based on the things that scared us as children is a fun and entertaining one…”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: “…horror fans looking for new spins on familiar scares will appreciate this anthology.”
“FOUR ORIGINAL NOVELLAS
THAT WILL HAUNT YOUR DREAMS!”
“Childhood Fears” is available through Amazon and other online book sellers and should grace the shelves of your local book stores shortly.