Two New Short Story Collections to Add to Your Summer Reading List

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Since we know a lot of our Dread Central regulars are avid book readers, we’re always on the lookout for new stories and anthologies to share with them. Today we have two collections of horror tales that sound like good candidates for a summer reading list: Decayed Etchings and Shadows: Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature.

Brandon Ford’s Decayed Etchings contains 18 brand new, never before published tales of the dark, twisted, and macabre. Buried within these gnarled pages, you’ll discover jilted lovers, cheating spouses, bizarre fetishes, acid trips, and roaming sleepwalkers. You’ll meet noisy neighbors, struggling writers, vengeful females, and even a monster or two.

With Decayed Etchings, you’ll dive headfirst into a world of ghoulish delights that will surely satisfy even the most jaded gorehound. In this world there is always something lurid hiding beneath. You need only scratch the surface.

The official release date is July 4th, but you can pre-order Decayed Etchings here. The stories include:

1. Famous Last Words
2. Closure
3. Goodbye, Elsie
4. The Suitor
5. Prognosis Negative
6. Trippity-Doo-Da
7. Band of Gold
8. Cat Call
9. Pillow Talk
10. Sledgehammer
11. A Walk in the Park
12. My Sacred Slumber
13. Bookends
14. Camera Shy
15. Guilty Pleasures
16. Sound Off
17. Uninvited
18. I’m Up Here

Brandon Ford's Decayed Etchings Shadows: Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature

Shadows: Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature, which is edited and includes an introduction by Robert Dunbar, features terrifying explorations of the dark by many of the great writers who revolutionized dark fiction. These may be the finest, most evocative ghost stories ever written.

“Abandoned houses seldom turn out to be as empty as they appear. Voices fade, but echoes linger in the dimness, and sometimes figures emerge from those shadows, if only in dreams. With styles gravitating toward the ambiguous and the existential, the artists who revolutionized Gothic horror did so by bringing it into the modern world, away from all those castle battlements and dreary moors, replacing superstitious dread with psychological sophistication.”
~ from the Introduction by Robert Dunbar

The authors include:

Virginia Woolf
D. H. Lawrence
E. M. Forster
Edith Wharton
Willa Cather
Henry James
Algernon Blackwood
Oliver Onions
Montague Rhodes James
and more

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