After announcing two days ago that submissions have officially opened for the 4th and 5th Spectral Book of Horror Stories, we’re proud to reveal the incredible Table of Contents for The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Joseph Rubas, with cover art by Holly Madew.
Let’s hand over to Joseph Rubas to announce the Table of Contents:
In April 2016, Gary Compton, of Tickety Boo Press, who had published my second short story collection After Midnight (2014) approached me about editing the third entry in the Spectral Book of Horror Stories series. “You’re kidding, right?” I asked. To me at least, the Spectral Book of Horror Stories is the top of the top. Sure, you might not get rich and famous after having your work in one, but growing up, I loved horror anthologies, especially the Pan Book of Horror Stories and the Zebra Book of Horror Stories. I read every single anthology I could get my hand on, and discovered work, by authors both known and unknown, that stays with me to this day. I loved the covers, the stories, the yellowed pages. The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has always reminded me of those old collections, and to be asked to edit it…it was like going from playing guitar in a suburban garage somewhere to playing Madison Square Gardens.
It was intimidating, but I think I did fairly well. Or rather, the authors did fairly well.
Okay, they did really well.
Here, then, is the table of contents for the Third Spectral Book of Horror Stories. It runs the gamut from psychological horror (“Portfolio’, “Disappearing in the Desert”) to supernatural horror (“It Knocks”, “Cotton Face”) to light science fiction (“The Eyes Have It”). Some of these writers have never been published before, and some have been in the business for over fifty years (William F. Nolan, who, with the late George Clayton Johnson, authored the novel Logan’s Run, will be 89 next spring). I am proud of them all.
Okay, enough. Here it is in all its glory:
Table of Contents
Foreword: A Word on Fear
Portfolio – A. H. Day
Dysfunctional – William F. Nolan
Playthings – Eugene Johnson
Beyond the Grave – Alex Marco
Three Twilight Zone Variations on a High School Reunion – Lou Antonelli
Sins of the Father – Mark Allan Gunnells
Cotton Face – Dan Weatherer
Disappearing in the Desert – Billie Sue Mosiman
It Knocks – Paul Longmate
The Eyes Have It – Tim Major
Boat Trip – David A. Riley
And the Woman Loved Her Cats – S. L. Edwards
Lacey – David Wellington
The Day the Leash Gave Way – Robert Clarke
The Door into Envy – Adrian Cole
Penelope’s Song – Samuel Marzioli
Government Work – Richard Farren Barber
Static – Dave-Brendon de Burgh
“Grave ‘Neath a Willow” – Alexander G. Tozzi
Trigger Fate – Lisa Morton
Coulrophila – Jason V. Brock
The 3rd Spectral Book of Horror Stories will launch on October 31st – keep an eye on this site and our Facebook Page for continuing announcements.
Dave de Burgh, Acquisitions Editor.