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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. This week, we check in with Josh Malerman on his story, “A Fiddlehead Party on Carpenter’s Farm.”

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We’re all excited by the prospect of a new monster. Something rotten that’s never been seen before, the story of a beast that’s never been told. And yet, we’re all watchful: How hard are they trying to do something different? Too hard? And does that show? Us horror fans are always rooting for the writer imagining these fresh scares, but we’re not without our limits. A haunted filing cabinet, though fun, possibly doesn’t sound scary enough. A mother who dresses up as a father who dresses up as a mother might sound better but maybe that’s a bit too convoluted for us, too. Or maybe they all work and, fuck it, it’s just a matter of how it’s done. The thing about searching the landscape for new monsters is that you’ve got to read a lot of horror to know the monsters that already exist. And by reading those stories, you can’t help but be influenced by what you’ve read. As joyful as that is… you can see the conundrum. I want to write a story just like she did but nothing like she did at all! So we search… way back… in the best place, that area of you that fell in love with horror to begin with, that place we all leave (all the time, for no good reason) and struggle to find our way back. So far from our birth-site, we’re lost! But we return, always, and once we do we’re like A HA! THIS IS WHERE I GO TO MEET NEW MONSTERS! I’d forgotten all about this place.

For me, that place is sometimes a farm. It’s owned by a man named Carpenter and Carpenter is just discovering that the crops he’s growing aren’t the crops he thinks he’s growing. Rather than beets, he’s growing points of view. Yes, often, if I’m trying to get away from the noise my own wheels make, I seek refuge on Carpenter’s Farm, where there are fields of perspective, fields of mood. And this, I realize, is something that scares me: Growing monsters. Because, of course, states of mind are the most monstrous thing we’ll ever know. I hate myself. There’s a bad one. I’m not as pretty as her, as good as her. That’s a bad one, too. But maybe out there on Carpenter’s Farm I can eat a little Self-Confidence and get rid of those nasty perspectives. Maybe out there I can eat enough Calm to get rid of the shakes. Thing is (and this is the monster, yeah?) you can never be sure which crop you’re eating, even out there in your favorite place, the place you go to seek refuge from the noise your own wheels make. And yet… we’re willing to risk it. I sure as shit am. And so it struck me (and strikes me yet): Perspective is a monster. Mood is scarier than a werewolf. Worldview is more haunting than a ghost. So then can’t I, as horror author, swap them out… or combine the two?

That clicks, for me, out there in the place I was born. Horror-born. And that’s the path I took to writing “A Fiddlehead Party on Carpenter’s Farm.”

The moment I realized my Worry and my Fear are more monstrous than the monsters out here.

– Josh

 

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Josh Malerman is the author of Bird Box and “Ghastle and Yule,” as well as the singer/songwriter for the High Strung. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan with his fiancée Allison Laakko. Learn more about Josh and his work at www.facebook.com/JoshMalerman or follow him on Twitter, @JoshMalerman.

Josh’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

For regular updates on the book, please join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ShadowsOverMainStreet

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:

http://tinyurl.com/pmrwege

Or just click on the cover!

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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Today, Shadows Over Main Street received some kind words from a respected author.

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

As far as being a Lovecraftian feather in your cap (tentacle in your cap?) words of praise from Mr. Barron rank pretty high up there. We are delighted that he enjoyed the book and was kind enough to share his thoughts.

The release date for 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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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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It gives us great pleasure to announce that the wise and venerated horror author, Ramsey Campbell, is providing the foreword for the Shadows Over Main Street anthology. Entitled, “Lovecraft’s Longest Shadow,” this piece of writing is really something to behold and Mr. Campbell has some wonderful things to say about the anthology and the contributions of all the authors. For us, having such an icon involved in the project has been a very special thing indeed. We can hardly wait to share this book with the world, but for now we must hold our collective squee as we welcome a true master of the craft into the shadows.

Keep an eye out for more news on interior art and the release date!

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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 been very excited lately to see some of the interior art for Shadows Over Main Street rolling in. Robert Helmbrecht at Hazardous Press has really outdone himself by pulling in some amazing artists who are contributing beautiful and disturbing images to the book. We’ve been gawking at the art from Paul Carrick and John Coulthart this week and we can assure you these are images that’ll be burned into your mind for quite some time.

Look for more updates in the future on the art being included in the book. In the meantime, you can check out these websites for the contributing artists.

NightSerpent: The Fantasy Art of Paul Carrick

John Coulthart