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The day has finally arrived when we can say that SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET, an anthology of small-town Lovecraftian terror, is now available for order.

At the moment, only the Kindle version is up but we expect the paperback to be available any time:

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ShadowsHiResIt features 20 stories and poems by some of today’s masters of contemporary horror and includes a foreword by the legendary Ramsey Campbell. With cover art by Luke Spooner, there is also artwork from top illustrators including Galen Dara and Vincent Chong among others, which will provide some eye candy in between stories.

Tell your friends. Tell your parents. Tell your neighbors, especially those weird cultists who rent that house down the street.

Invite them all into the shadows.

Welcome to the “Behind the Shadows” series of blog posts, where every week we will share a peek inside the minds of our authors and learn about the inspirations behind their contributions. First up is Nick Mamatas with his story, “Χταπόδι Σαλάτα.”

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My inspiration was a simple one, the Greek Town Riot of 1909. Greek-American “whiteness” is a moveable feast, mostly secure but still occasionally contingent. This is reflected on how occasionally Greeks are mistaken for other ethnicities—often Arabs in the immediate wake of 9/11, sometimes Rom (so-called “gypsies”) and the like. And vice versa too: “Greek” was the ethnicity of choice for a significant fraction of light-skinned African-Americans passing as white.

Today, for the most part, being Greek-American is only occasionally a minor inconvenience: the bank manager who makes a joke about what diner you work in, endless questions about the language or the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and of course plenty of references to taking it up the ass. It’s shocking to meet someone today with any real animosity against Greek-Americans, but the closer one is to Greece, the more one worries about it. My mother hung a Greek flag out by her farm stand once, and my father took it down, concerned that some passer-by might have a problem with Greeks. So I wanted to go back to 1909, and to 1949, and see what it would be like. And also kill a lot of people.

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Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including Love is the Law and The Last Weekend, and the Lovecraftian titles Move Under Ground and The Damned Highway (with Brian Keene). His fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Weird Tales, and in a number of Lovecraftian anthologies including Future Lovecraft, Lovecraft Unbound, and New Cthulhu. Many of these tentacular stories are collected in The Nickronomicon. Nick also works as an editor and anthologist—with Masumi Washington he co-edited the non-fiction Battle Royale Slam Book and Phantasm Japan, both from VIZ Media.

Nick’s story 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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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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For a final and fitting addition to the anthology, we give you Josh Malerman, who will be contributing his nasty little story, “A Fiddlehead Party on Carpenter’s Farm.” You may recognize him as the lead singer of the The High Strung or possibly as the author of the acclaimed novel, Bird Box.

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We’re happy as hell to have Josh join us in the shadows. Bid him a warm welcome!

Shadows Over Main Street includes…

Foreword: Lovecraft’s Longest Shadow by Ramsey Campbell; The 21st Century Shadow – Stephanie Wytovich; Χταπόδι Σαλάτα – Nick Mamatas; The Black Pyramid – Kevin Lucia; Mountaintown – Chesya Burke; This Stagnant Breath of Change – Brian Hodge; The Floodgates of Willowhill – Mary SanGiovanni; Odd Quahogs – James Chambers; The Thing with a Thousand Legs – Tim Curran; Undergrounders – Aaron Polson; The Flesh or the Father – T. Fox Dunham; White Picket Fences – Richard Thomas; The Friendless Bodies of Unburied Men – Gary Braunbeck; Estranged – Adrian Ludens; Red Hill – Rena Mason; The Abomination of Fensmere – Lucy A. Snyder; The Crisis – Cameron Suey; A Fiddlehead Party on Carpenter’s Farm – Josh Malerman; The Ogre – Lisa Morton; Boss Cthulhu – Jay Wilburn; Homecoming – John Sunseri

 Cover art by Luke Spooner. Interior illustrations from Paul Carrick, Vincent Chong, John Coulthart, Galen Dara and M. Fersner.

 

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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As you may know, in addition to assembling some fantastic dark fiction writers for the book, Hazardous Press has also done a bang-up job of pulling in some equally mind-blowing artistic talent to contribute illustrations for the book’s interior.

These artists are:

Paul Carrick: www.nightserpent.com

Vincent Chong: www.vincentchong-art.co.uk

John Coulthart: www.johncoulthart.com

Galen Dara: www.galendara.com

M. Fersner: hagcult.com

And, finally, we are able to give you a look at some of the interior artwork here…

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Well, we did say “some” of it, didn’t we?

Without a doubt, the quality of the art is on par with the quality of the stories you will find in the book, so to see all of the pieces in their entirety, you’ll need to snag a copy of the book when it’s out.

When will that be, you ask? Don’t fret, friends, you won’t have to wait until the stars are right.

SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET is coming soon.

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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“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.”

So says Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of FALL OF NIGHT and V-WARS.

Frankly, we couldn’t agree with him more. How could we not with a table of contents like this?

 

Foreword: Lovecraft’s Longest Shadow by Ramsey Campbell

The 21st Century Shadow – Stephanie Wytovich

Χταπόδι Σαλάτα – Nick Mamatas

The Black Pyramid – Kevin Lucia

Mountaintown – Chesya Burke

This Stagnant Breath of Change – Brian Hodge

The Floodgates of Willowhill – Mary SanGiovanni

Odd Quahogs – James Chambers

The Thing with a Thousand Legs – Tim Curran

Undergrounders – Aaron Polson

The Flesh or the Father – T. Fox Dunham

White Picket Fences – Richard Thomas

The Friendless Bodies of Unburied Men – Gary Braunbeck

Estranged – Adrian Ludens

Red Hill – Rena Mason

The Abomination of Fensmere – Lucy A. Snyder

The Crisis – Cameron Suey

The Ogre – Lisa Morton

Boss Cthulhu – Jay Wilburn

Homecoming – John Sunseri

 (Cover art by Luke Spooner. Interior illustrations from Paul Carrick, Vincent Chong, John Coulthart, Galen Dara and M. Fersner.)

 

It’s coming soon from Hazardous Press.

The shadows grow closer.

 

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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We are deep into final edits on the stories for Shadows Over Main Street and have finalized the table of contents. For those interested, what you see below are the stories and the order in which they will appear in the book.

What a book! This is going to be great! When does it come out again? Oh, right. Back to the final edits we go…

Shadows Over Main Street – Table of Contents

Foreword: Lovecraft’s Longest Shadow by Ramsey Campbell

The 21st Century Shadow – Stephanie Wytovich

Χταπόδι Σαλάτα – Nick Mamatas

The Black Pyramid – Kevin Lucia

Mountaintown – Chesya Burke

This Stagnant Breath of Change – Brian Hodge

The Floodgates of Willowhill – Mary SanGiovanni

Odd Quahogs – James Chambers

The Thing with a Thousand Legs – Tim Curran

Undergrounders – Aaron Polson

The Flesh or the Father – T. Fox Dunham

White Picket Fences – Richard Thomas

The Friendless Bodies of Unburied Men – Gary Braunbeck

Estranged – Adrian Ludens

Red Hill – Rena Mason

The Abomination of Fensmere – Lucy A. Snyder

The Crisis – Cameron Suey

The Ogre – Lisa Morton

Boss Cthulhu – Jay Wilburn

Homecoming – John Sunseri

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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We’d like to welcome Gary Braunbeck to the Shadows Over Main Street anthology. “The Friendless Bodies of Unburied Men” is a tale of personal demons returning in the midst of a traveling carnival, a story which has previously been seen in in the renowned Cemetery Dance and other publications. It’s a raw and disturbing addition to the Shadows lineup and we are overjoyed to have Gary’s contribution among the pages.

Current Table of Contents: Chesya Burke, Mountaintown; James Chambers, Odd Quahogs; Tim Curran, The Thing with a Thousand Legs; T. Fox Dunham, The Flesh or the Father; Brian Hodge, This Stagnant Breath of Change; Kevin Lucia, The Black Pyramid; Adrian Ludens, Estranged; Nick Mamatas, Χταπόδι σαλάτα; Rena Mason, Red Hill; Lisa Morton, The Ogre; Aaron Polson, Undergrounders; Mary SanGiovanni, The Floodgates of Willow Hill; Lucy A. Snyder, The Abomination of Fensmere; Cameron Suey, The Crisis; John Sunseri, Homecoming; Richard Thomas, White Picket Fences; Jay Wilburn, Boss Cthulhu; Stephanie Wytovich, The 21st Century Shadow; Gary Braunbeck, The Friendless Bodies of Unburied Men

Cover art by Luke Spooner and interior illustrations by Galen Dara, Vincent Chong and Paul Carrick.

 

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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We have another addition to the Shadows Over Main Street table of contents! This time, we are pleased to inform you that Stephanie Wytovich will appear in the book with her contribution, a poem titled, “The 21st Century Shadow,” which evokes good ol’ Lovecraftian dread with the deft and lyrical touch of a writer well-practiced at her art. Glad to have her on board!

Current Table of Contents: Chesya Burke, Mountaintown; James Chambers, Odd Quahogs; Tim Curran, The Thing with a Thousand Legs; T. Fox Dunham, The Flesh or the Father; Brian Hodge, This Stagnant Breath of Change; Kevin Lucia, The Black Pyramid; Adrian Ludens, Estranged; Nick Mamatas, Χταπόδι σαλάτα; Rena Mason, Red Hill; Lisa Morton, The Ogre; Aaron Polson, Undergrounders; Mary SanGiovanni, The Floodgates of Willow Hill; Lucy A. Snyder, The Abomination of Fensmere; Cameron Suey, The Crisis; John Sunseri, Homecoming; Richard Thomas, White Picket Fences; Jay Wilburn, Boss Cthulhu; Stephanie Wytovich, The 21st Century Shadow

Cover art by Luke Spooner and interior illustrations by Galen Dara, Vincent Chong and Paul Carrick.

 

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(SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror, edited by Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, coming soon from Hazardous Press)

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As the final bits of our anthology, Shadows Over Main Street are coming together, we are also thrilled to announce that, in addition to all the great stories and the wonderful cover art by Luke Spooner (www.carrionhouse.com), there will be interior art as well! These pieces will be contributed by some truly amazing artists working in the fields of fantasy, science fiction and horror. We know that when this baby rolls out of Hazardous Press in the fall, the artwork will really help make the book something special and we hope you’ll think so, too.

Currently, you can expect to see eye candy from 2014 Word Fantasy Award nominee, Galen Dara (www.galendara.com) as well as the incredibly talented Vincent Chong (www.vincentchong-art.co.uk) and Paul Carrick (www.nightserpent.com.)

It’s going to be a darkly beautiful thing.

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