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Are you afraid of the dark? From Christopher Fowler’s “The Man in the Rain,” to Jason Muller’s “Lullaby of the Grotesque,” the stories collected here suggest a simple, terrifying fact — that darkness gives life to the fears that haunt us all.

From a widespread fear of darkness to the dread of death and restless spirits; through the shadowed cellars and closets of our homes to the dark and twisting corridors of our minds, Fear of the Dark: An Anthology of Dark Fiction reveals the fears we find familiar, and revels in the fears we never knew we even had.

Fear of the Dark, the second anthology from Horror Bound Magazine Publications, features 20 eerie tales from established and emerging authors of horror, speculative and literary fiction and an introduction by horror master Paul Kane (Shadow Writer & The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy). It is edited by Maria Grazia Cavicchioli (Return of the Raven) and Jason Rolfe (Synthetic Saints). The short stories evoke classic horror storytelling fused with edgy, contemporary themes:

Daughters of the Night
by Adrian Chamberlin (the novel The Caretakers, the novella "Shadrach Besieged" in Dreams of Darkness, and stories in M Is For Monster & Phobophobia)

Handyman
by Nebula Award-winner Mary A. Turzillo (An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl & Sweet Poison, Dark Renaissance)

Keeper of the Light
by Paul Kane (Arrowhead & Hellbound Hearts)

The Man in the Rain
by Christopher Fowler (columnist for The Independent, Bryant & May mystery novels, Film Freak)

Keeping the Dead
by Aaron Polson (stories in Shock Totem, Shimmer & Bourbon Penn)

Lullabye of the Grotesque
by Jason Muller (stories in The Edge of Propinquity, A Fly in Amber & Night Chills)

The Doll in the Window
by Anne M. Pillsworth (stories in Pedestal & Night Terrors, forthcoming novel Summoned)

What She Dreams
by Brian D. Mazur (stories in Behind Locked Doors, Wandering Weeds & Wrapped in Red)

Spy Glass Hill
by Bram Stoker Award winner Lisa Mannetti (The Gentling Box, 51 Fiendish Ways to Leave your Lover & The New Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn)

Crack O’Doom
by Angel McCoy (co-editor of Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace, and Misery, writer for Guild Wars 2)

A Distinctive Curiosity
by Dave Ingalls (Asleep in Wolves’ Clothing: Las Aventuras de Dos Gringos Gordos en Habana)

Dark Horse
by Martin Rose (forthcoming novel Bring Me Flesh, I'll Bring Hell & stories in Urban Green Man and Handsome Devil)

(To Live, To Die) By Dusk’s Dark Light
by Charlie Loudowl (story in Horror Bound's Return of the Raven)

Beak Boy
by Eric Dimbleby (The Fetus Cloud & Please Don't Go)

Reminiscence
by A.D. Spencer (stories in Here There Be Dragons, Wicked Bag of Suspense Tales & Conquest Through Determination: A Steampunk Anthology)

Nocturnal Visions
by Mark Leslie (Haunted Hamilton, Spooky Sudbury, Tomes of Terror & I, Death; editor of Tesseracts Sixteen)

For Fear of Little Men
by Sandra M. Odell (The Twelve Ways of Christmas, stories in Jim Baen’s Universe & Bards and Sages Quarterly)

The Closet
by Norman L. Rubenstein (articles and columns in Cemetery Dance, Dark Scribe & Shroud) and Carol Weekes (Walter's Crossing & Ouroboros)

Finders Keepers
by Michael F. Fudali (stories in Noctural Ooze Magazine & The Psyche Corrupted)

She’s Not There
by Brian Wright (stories in Twisted Tongue & The Harrow)

Now available for the first time as an ebook distributed by Extraordinarium Digital Press.

For interviews and more on the book, visit http://horrorbound.extra-ordinarium.com

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