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Happy Friday the 13th! It’s finally here!

Get it now at Amazon and other retailers! Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Main-Street-2-ebook/dp/B075SD2VDY/

You know this place. Seems normal enough. But you know better, don’t you? You’ve heard rumors of strange histories. You’ve seen hints of dark deeds.

Turns out you can go home again, and the shadows will be waiting for you. Bram Stoker Award® nominated editors Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward bring you Volume 2 of their best selling, critically-acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian anthology series. Within these pages, you’ll discover:

* America’s pastime awakening dark secrets buried deep within the earth.

* Vietnam War heroes who glimpse something worse than war and return home to discover a new kind of hell waiting for them.

* The music of a generation—of many generations—revealed as something older, hungrier and more insidious than a bad acid trip.

* A war-widow who rediscovers love and passion… only to cultivate the world’s end.

Featuring stories by: Joyce Carol OatesGary A. BraunbeckJohn F.D. Taff, Lucy A. Snyder, Joe R. Lansdale, Max Booth III, Jay Wilburn, Suzanne Madron, C.W. LaSart, Ronald Malfi, Eden Royce, Damien Angelica Walters, Douglas Wynne, Michael Wehunt, Erinn Kemper, James Chambers and William Meikle. With a foreword by Laird Barron and stunning illustrations by Luke Spooner.

Every turn you take leads back to Main Street. We’ve been waiting. Welcome home.

SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET, VOLUME 2 — Now available for pre-order!

Bram Stoker Award® nominated editors Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward bring you Volume 2 of their best selling, critically-acclaimed small-town Lovecraftian anthology series.

Featuring stories by: Joyce Carol Oates, Gary A. Braunbeck, John F.D. Taff, Lucy A. Snyder, Joe R. Lansdale, Max Booth III, Jay Wilburn, Suzanne Madron, C.W. LaSart, Ronald Malfi, Eden Royce, Damien Angelica Walters, Douglas Wynne, Michael Wehunt, Erinn Kemper, James Chambers and William Meikle. With a foreword by Laird Barron and stunning illustrations by Luke Spooner.

Every turn you take leads back to Main Street. We’ve been waiting. Welcome home.

Click HERE to visit the Amazon link and pre-order your copy today!

We have an official release date. Shadows Over Main Street Volume 2 is coming FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th. Get a look at the official cover art (by the talented Luke Spooner).

From Cutting Block Books and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated editing duo who brought you the smash-hit anthologies Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Shadows Over Main Street comes an all-new volume of small-town Lovecraftian terror! Featuring stories by an all-star lineup: Joyce Carol Oates, John F.D. Taff, Joe Lansdale, Gary A. Braunbeck, Damien Angelica Walters, Ronald Malfi, Douglas Wynne, Michael Wehunt, Suzanne Madron, Max Booth III, Jay Wilburn, CW LaSart, Eden Royce, Erinn Kemper, James Chambers, Willie Meikle and Lucy A. Snyder. With a foreword by master of the weird, Laird Barron!

Turns out you can go back home again…and the Shadows Over Main Street await.

At long last the second edition of SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET is live and available for purchase. Click the link below to the Kindle version but don’t forget the paperback is also available for order!

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https://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Main-Street-Lovecraftian-ebook/dp/B01H7JPS6C/

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The stars are right! You’ve seen the signs! One of 2015’s best-selling and most celebrated horror anthologies returns. The second edition of Shadows Over Main Street: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror rises from the depths on June 17th!

“Shadows Over Main Street demonstrates most convincingly that fear lurks in our towns and villages, in darkened alleys, and in the shadowy human heart. This anthology represents a dynamic cross section of contemporary horror.” –-Laird Barron, Bram Stoker Award winning author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

“Shadows Over Main Street is a masterful blend of stories fit for both die-hard Lovecraft fans and readers new to the genre. Each and every tale is wickedly delicious.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Fall of Night and V-Wars.

With stories and poems by: Stephanie Wytovich, Nick Mamatas, Kevin Lucia, Chesya Burke, Brian Hodge, Mary SanGiovanni, James Chambers, Tim Curran, Aaron Polson, T. Fox Dunham, Richard Thomas, Gary Braunbeck, Adrian Ludens, Rena Mason, Lucy A. Snyder, Cameron Suey, Lisa Morton, Jay Wilburn, John Sunseri, and Josh Malerman. And a foreword by the legendary Ramsey Campbell.

The preliminary Bram Stoker Awards ballot has been released–and we’re thrilled to see Shadows Over Main Street made the list in the anthologies category! We’d like to thank everyone who has helped make the book an unbelievable success.

And best of luck to all the other folks on the list! Some outstanding work came out during the past year.

Click below to check out the full ballot!

2015 Bram Stoker Awards – Preliminary Ballot

Earlier this year, the publisher of the Shadows Over Main Street series announced that it was shutting down. This came as a surprise to a lot of folks. However, we had seen the writing on the wall and were already working on getting our series back from the press before the news came down. Ever since then, we have been working to secure a new home for the series.

We’re happy to tell you that, although we cannot yet make a formal announcement with details, the future of Shadows Over Main Street is looking good. Volumes 1 and 2 will see the light of day, we can assure you of that.

So stay tuned for more information. But we just wanted to let you know…the shadows have not fled.

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Yes, that’s right. The wildly talented Luke Spooner has done it again and rendered a beautiful and creepy piece of cover art for the second book in the Shadows Over Main Street anthology series. Take a gander at this! (Click it to enlarge)

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We’ll share the full cover layout when it’s ready but for now you can gaze longingly at this cover art. But that kid on the bike? Yeah, don’t stare too long into his eyes.

 

 

We are very excited to announce the acceptance of the first story for inclusion in the second volume of Shadows Over Main Street. The first brave author to step into the shadows is none other than William Meikle! (www.williammeikle.com) His tale, “The Longdock Air,” will appear with many others in what promises to be a stunning follow-up to the top-selling first volume of small-town Lovecraftian stories.
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Stay tuned for more updates as we have them. It’s a long way ’til 2016 but it’s already getting interesting!

 

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Welcome to the “Behind the Shadows” series of blog posts, where every week or so we will share a peek inside the minds of our authors and learn about the stories behind the stories. This week, Stephanie M. Wytovich breaks down the creative process that shaped her poem, “The 21st Century Shadow.

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Writing “The 21st Century Shadow” was a challenge for me, but one I had a lot of fun with. While I read Lovecraft, I don’t necessarily write with a Lovecraftian edge, so I had to go back and familiarize myself with his stories again, and then readjust my style for this piece. When it comes to writing poetry, the first thing I do is write down a list of words associated with the piece that I want to write. In this particular case, I was researching and analyzing the mythos in relation to the ocean, so once I had a list, I started to spin my vision of a boy being sacrificed and accepted by the sea.

“The Shadow Over Innsmouth” has always been one of my favorite stories and I wanted to create something that played with the mythos of the Deep Ones while still balancing out themes of madness and paranoia. The little boy in my poem draws from the characterization of Lovecraft’s narrator, Robert Olmstead, while my old woman is a comparison to his Zadok Allen. Keeping with themes that are synonymous with Lovecraftian horror, I wanted to isolate the boy and place him a situation where he had no control, in a town that was already corrupt.

I surprised myself with how much fun I had writing the transformation scene because I traded in the blood and guts I usually work with and exchanged them instead for starfish and shells. To me, one of the scariest parts of the ocean is never knowing what’s beneath you, but also knowing that no matter how terrifying it is, that there is still a grotesque beauty to it. Pair that up with some mythical gods that have a taste for revenge and that, my friends, became the recipe for “The 21st Century Shadow.”

– Stephanie

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Stephanie M. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine, and a well-known coffee addict. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker nominated poetry collection, HYSTERIA, can be found alongside her second release, Mourning Jewelry, at www.rawdogscreaming.com. Follow Wytovich at stephaniewytovich.blogspot.com and on twitter @JustAfterSunset.

Stephanie’s poem appears in Shadows Over Main Street from Hazardous Press, available now: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Over-Main-Street-Lovecraftian-ebook/dp/B00SXHSYUK/ref=zg_bs_tab_pd_bsnr_3

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