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 THE MASK SHOP OF DOCTOR BLAACK

 

“A light, enjoyable horror story, with just the right amount of creepiness for younger readers.” — Kirkus Reviews

Now available for pre-order! The new middle-grade novel about Halloween from Steve Rasnic Tem.

Fall is Laura’s favorite time of year, but this autumn, things are different. She’s a teenager now, and the season brings new changes and challenges. Laura’s decided she’s too old for trick-or-treating and wants a more grown-up Halloween experience with her friends. Unfortunately for Laura, her parents tell her she has to take her little brother, Trevor, out trick-or-treating first. When they go shopping for Halloween costumes, they stumble upon a very strange shop and its even stranger proprietor. When Trevor tries on the wrong mask, the consequences are exciting…and dangerous.

Written by Bram Stoker-, International Horror Guild-, World Fantasy-, British Fantasy Award-winner, Steve Rasnic Tem

Available in hardback, paperback and eBook on October 9th, 2018.

Pre-order from Hex Publishers.


 

FIGURES UNSEEN

 

In the worlds of Steve Rasnic Tem, a father takes his son “fishing” in the deepest part of downtown, flayed rabbits visit a suburban back yard, a man is haunted by a surrealistic nightmare of crutches, a father is unable to rescue his son from a nightmare of trees, a bereaved man transforms memories of his wife into performance art, great moving cliffs of detritus randomly prowl the world, a seemingly pointless life finds final expression in bits of folded paper, a nuclear holocaust brings about a new mythology, an isolated man discovers he’s part of a terrifying community, a photographer discovers the unexpected in the faces of dead children, and a couple’s aging dismantles reality.

Winner of the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards, Tem has earned a reputation as one of the finest and most original short fiction writers of our time, blending elements of horror, dark fantasy, science fiction, and surreal nightmare into a genre uniquely his own. This new volume collects for the first time 35 of Tem’s best tales, selected by the author, and includes an introduction by Simon Strantzas.

“Simply Outstanding!” – Char’s Horror Corner

“Tem’s work in mixing genres has been textbook ‘weird fiction’ since before the term gained popularity. It would be foolish to miss this volume.” – Simon Strantzas

Figures Unseen: Selected Stories, the latest collection by Steve Rasnic Tem, is a master-class in weird fiction.” – Nerdgoblin

Tem’s observations and renderings of the human condition feel timeless, with their keen insight coaxed through surreal horror.”— Carson Winter, Signal Horizon

“His work …. will haunt your imagination and your heart in equal measure, and it both expands and defines the genre.”—Adam Mills, The Weird Fiction Review

Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and Audible audiobook.

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UBO

Daniel is trapped in Ubo. He has no idea how long he has been imprisoned there by the roaches. Every resident has a similar memory of the journey to Ubo: a dream of dry, chitinous wings crossing the moon, the gigantic insects dropping swiftly over the houses of the neighborhood, passing through walls and windows as if by magic, or science. The creatures, like a deck of baroquely ornamented cards, fanning themselves from one hidden world into the next. And now each day they force Daniel to play a different figure from humanity’s violent history, from a frenzied Jack the Ripper to a stumbling and confused Stalin to a self-proclaimed god executing survivors atop the ruins of the world. The scenarios mutate day after day in this camp somewhere beyond the rules of time. As skies burn and prisoners go mad, identities dissolve as the experiments evolve, and no one can foretell their mysterious end.

“Steve Rasnic Tem’s UBO is unlike any of the other novels in this group, a nightmarish fantasy in which the protagonist is abducted from his bed by monstrous insects and brought to a world where he is forced to inhabit the consciousnesses of history’s great villains. An exploration of the problem of (human) evil, Tem’s narrative cuts to the bone with the brute efficiency of a meat cleaver; it’s a reminder of his continuing ambition as a writer, decades into a career whose achievement is already considerable.” – John Langan in Locus

Locus essay “The Long Gestation Period of Ubo”: http://locusmag.com/2017/01/steve-rasnic-tem-guest-post-the-long-gestation-period-of-ubo/

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Or on the Simon & Schuster catalog page, which also allows you to order directly from Books-A-Million and Indiebound. 


 

YOURS TO TELL: Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing

(co-written with Melanie Tem)

Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem are no strangers to the writing business. Between the two of them, they have published more than 600 short stories, 20 novels, and 10 short story collections. Not to mention numerous articles, essays, poems, and plays. They’ve won the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and Bram Stoker Award. In this book they go over everything from the mechanics of writing, to how to find the time to write, to dealing with all the paper writers tend to collect. They discuss plot, point of view, setting, characterization, and more, all in an informal tone that invites you to become part of their conversation. Learn how to find your stories because they are Yours to Tell.

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BLOOD KIN

Winner of the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Novel

Steve Rasnic Tem’s Blood Kin is pure Southern Gothic with a sharp left turn into horror. The influences streaming through this hybrid include William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, Cormac McCarthy, Fred Chappell, Manley Wade Wellman, and the mountains and hollows of the author’s southern Appalachian childhood. Alternating between the 1930s and the present day, this dark vision of ghosts, witchcraft, secret powers, snake-handling, kudzu, Melungeons, and the Great Depression is told from the dual points of view of Michael Gibson and his grandmother Sadie. Michael has retreated from the world to the quiet Appalachian home of his mysterious mixed race forebears to take care of his grandmother–old and sickly but with an important story to tell about growing up poor while bedeviled by a snake-handling uncle and empathic powers she but barely understands. In a field not far from the family home lies an iron-bound crate buried under kudzu vine. Michael understands that hidden inside that crate is something which will cause the deaths of everyone he knows if he does not understand her story well enough.

“With one story taking the strain whenever the other encounters an obstacle, this two-headed snake of a tale is superbly structured and gracefully paced, whilst the plot proves almost unstoppable. If Justified followed the fortunes of a little girl and a perverted preacher rather than Raylan Givens and his brother from another mother… if it turned on real human horror rather than revolvers at dawn… well. Said show might not make for the closest of touchstones, no, but it and Blood Kin share a gen-you-wine Southern fried flavour, not to mention a knack with characters and narrative, both of which Tem imbues with depth and tremendous texture.

It’s a bloody good book, to be sure, but be warned: Blood Kin is brutal and gruesome too.”  — Niall Alexander at Tor.com

“The word ‘master’ is absurdly overused in book reviews, but in this case it’s entirely appropriate. Steve Rasnic Tem is the kind of writer other writers want to be, and Blood Kin is a masterful example of his craft. ” — Gary McMahon at This Is Horror.com

Blood Kin is the horror of 2014 as far as I’m concerned.” — Mass Movement Magazine

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DEADFALL HOTEL

Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury and combining the atmosphere of Edward Gorey with the phantasmagoric richness of setting found in Mervyn Peake, Deadfall Hotel guides you through a season spent in the ultimate haunted hotel.  Christopher Fowler calls it “eerie, disturbing and yet strangely touching.”  Told through the story of a widower who takes the job of manager at a remote hotel where the guests are not quite like you and me, accompanied by his daughter and the ghost of his wife, Deadfall Hotel chronicles what happens when nightmares seek a place of sanctuary, where werewolves and vampires, cults and creatures which cannot be named take their holiday.  A product of over twenty years of work, this literary exploration of the roots of horror in the collective unconscious may be the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy award-winning author’s finest creation to date

The Deadfall Hotel is where our nightmares go, it’s where the dead pause to rest between worlds, and it’s where Richard Carter and his daughter Serena go to rediscover life–if the things at the hotel don’t kill them first.

Think of it as the vacation resort of the collective unconscious.

With the powerful prose that has earned him awards and accolades, Steve Rasnic Tem explores the roots of fear and society’s fascination with things horrific, using the many-layered metaphor of the Deadfall Hotel. Drawing inspiration from literary touchstones John Gardner and Peter Straub, Tem elegantly delves into the dark corners of the human spirit. There he finds not only our fears, but ultimately our hopes.

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“…just when you think you’ve found the lay of the land in this most rich and fertile of imaginative plains, and you’re thrown a twist or turn, or simple line of speech masquerading as so much more. Just when you think you’ve nailed a certain style or emotion in the text and again it buckles and surprises.”- Spooky Reads

“Deadfall Hotel is everything a horror novel should be. Steve Rasnic Tem is at the height of his powers with this effort. If you’re a fan of horror, the weird, or just plain old great storytelling, give Deadfall Hotel a read. You won’t regret it.” FEARnet

“This is no ordinary novel. It is not a comfortable read and it is incredibly surreal. However, it is a book that must be read.” Terror Tree

“A dark and moving story of love, loss and change, with a posse of horror kittens thrown into the mix.” The Guardian

“Steve Rasnic Tem has created a strange and wonderful world, filled with the curious and the marvelous…as much a place of joy as it is of sorrow, something [he] captures brilliantly in this extraordinary novel.” — Maureen Kincaid Speller in zone-sf.com


 

IN THE LOVECRAFT MUSEUM

Years ago Jamie’s young son disappeared while they were vacationing in England. Now Jamie’s mysterious British pen pal (and founder of the British Lovecraft Appreciation Society) has invited him across the ocean to visit a fabulous museum devoted to H. P. Lovecraft recently erected in the countryside outside London. But from the moment the plane touches down he finds himself in a country transformed in ways both subtle and profound. And could that young man glimpsed in the distance, apprehended in fragments and hints, possibly be his long lost child?

Finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award.

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CELESTIAL INVENTORIES

Celestial Inventories features twenty- two stories collected from rare chapbooks, anthologies, and obscure magazines, along with a new story written specifically for this volume. All represent the slipstream segment of Steve Rasnic Tem’s large body of tales: imaginative, difficult-to-pigeonhole works of the fantastic crossing conventional boundaries between science fiction, fantasy, horror, literary fiction, bizarro, magic realism, and the new weird. Several of these stories have previously appeared in Best of the Year compilations and have been the recipients of major F & SF nominations and awards. Among the transforming events in these twenty-two genre-bending stories: an office worker and his wife fade into a literal invisibility; a photographer discovers the unexpected in the faces of dead children; a girl moves onto a strange street when she fails to return from trick-or-treating; an artist devotes his career to contracting diseases; a plague of head explosions becomes a new form of terrorism; a couple’s aging dismantles reality; and a seemingly pointless life finds final expression in bits of folded paper.

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HERE WITH THE SHADOWS

 

These stories by award-winning author Steve Rasnic Tem drag from the darkness ghosts that haunt us all. Between these covers lurk the spectres of grief, loss, and loneliness: a man discovers he is far from alone in his empty home, a forlorn wife is gifted with an unusual child, a contractor contemplates the sad message left by a grieving father, a blind woman discovers a spiritual manifestation at the edge of a forest, a spectral presence appears in a lonesome Colorado wheat field . . . Here with the Shadows is a volume of supernatural impressions and quiet vacancies, and in each story Tem reminds us that sometimes only a whisper separates us from the eternal.

“Taken together, these stories demonstrate why a neglected, uncommercial literary discipline is important. As many have observed, all novels are flawed to some extent, but it is possibly to produce a perfect short story. Some of those perfect stories are here.” – The Supernatural Tales Blog

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ONION SONGS

Onion Songs is a collection of 42 short stories spanning the writing career of Steve Rasnic Tem, with an emphasis on the bizarre, the off-beat and the meditative. Here Tem confronts the big questions of human experience (ageing, death, identity, relationships) like a collector digging deep in the clutter of an attic and pulling out only the most unexpected and most telling finds.

His style tersely poetic, Tem is able to give fine reproductions of the texture of everyday life while writing with all the invention of unrestrained nightmare. The mindscapes contained here, where circus clowns cling to meaningless office jobs, skeletons fall like snow, ‘true unicorns’ rummage in garbage piles, and fires are liable to break out at any moment, first engage us deeply where things ache most, then compel us to keep reading with a beauty that, for all its strangeness, we finally recognise as human.

“Tem lets his characters, their situations, and their emotions creep up slowly on the reader. His style is thoughtful and poetic, and the tension he builds effectively sustains well-crafted plots. He has found a perfect balance between the bizarre and the straight-forward…” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Consistent in quality and diverse in content, as impressive as it is impressionistic… Onion Songs is the strongest collection of short stories that I’ve read in the last year. – Peter Tennant in Black Static

“The 42 stories in this collection showcase the often bizarre, always enlightening works of one of the most distinctive voices in imaginative literature. Tem’s prose paints vivid and compelling images. His stories feature people who contemplate death, sanity, love, loss, and other human issues from original points of view.” –Library Journal

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UGLY BEHAVIOR

Ugly Behavior collects 19 of Steve Rasnic Tem’s best noir tales, ugly stories about people behaving quite badly indeed. These are the stories in that box under your bed, pushed all the way back against the wall, the one that takes some effort to get to, the one you thought your momma didn’t know about.

“Ugly Behavior is a powerfully dark collection of crime fiction showcasing Steve Rasnic Tem’s handling of uber-disturbing themes, characters, and confrontations. All of the pieces here are unsettling, wrenching, and affecting, yet polished to a poetic perfection. The author valiantly goes to the bad places and shares his insights so you don’t have to face head-on those same vicious struggles. As always, Tem demonstrates impressive range and sensitivity in this grouping of black jewels.” — Tom Piccirilli, author of The Last Kind Words

“Steve Tem is a writer’s writer and he and his stories are hidden treasures. Here are some of those beautiful gems revealed.” –Joe Lansdale, author of Edge of Dark Water

“Lusciously grizzly, creepy, and original, glimpses into the souls of people you would never want to meet. Tem actually scares me–hard to do–and I love it.” –Vicki Hendricks, author of Miami Purity

“I’ve not only read Steve Rasnic Tem over the years I’ve also learned from him as both a writer and a human being. He’s one of the true masters.”–Ed Gorman, author of The Poker Club

“I’ve read a lot of stories by Steve Rasnic Tem and have never failed to be impressed by their extraordinary range and originality.”–Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Crime Writing

“As Tem notes in his introduction, the 19 short stories in this strong collection explore “the terrible things we do to ourselves and to each other.” He gets things rolling with the haiku-like “2PM: The Real Estate Agent Arrives,” which contains a bite at the end that is more powerful than had it come after pages of text. Equally subtle is “Saguaro Night,” in which the daughter of an acclaimed landscape artist gradually reveals the backstory to her father’s most famous, and most disturbing, painting. Done in a style the artist called “tormented expressionism,” the canvas depicts rows of blackened saguaro leaning toward a small red-orange one in the background, “their cactus deity.” Readers should be prepared for images of graphic violence in “The Child Killer” and several other entries. If not every story has the impact of “Saguaro Night,” fans of dark fiction and exquisite prose will find plenty to like.”– Publishers Weekly

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TWEMBER

Steve’s first all science fiction short story collection, Twember is volume 7 in the NewCon Press Imaginings series. 11 stories including 2 originals. Editions include a signed limited hardcover and a Kindle ebook.

 

CONTENTS

  1. Introduction
  2. A Letter from the Emperor
  3. Twember
  4. The Day Before the Day Before
  5. Pathetic Fallacy
  6. Forward
  7. Visitors
  8. Cubs
  9. Forty-three Thousand Sunsets
  10. Ephemera
  11. At Play In The Fields
  12. The Long Afternoon of the Human Race

Order the hardover from NewCon Press or the Kindle version from Amazon US or Amazon UK.


 

Exploring Dark Short Fiction #1: A Primer to Steve Rasnic Tem

Eric Guignard, editor

For over four decades, Steve Rasnic Tem has been an acclaimed author of horror, weird, and sentimental fiction. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as “A perfect balance between the bizarre and the straight-forward” and Library Journal as “One of the most distinctive voices in imaginative literature,” Steve Rasnic Tem has been read and cherished the world over for his affecting, genre-crossing tales. Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to his work, the first in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover—or learn more of—the rich voice of Steve Rasnic Tem, as beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich. Included within these pages are: • Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book • Author interview • Complete bibliography • Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD (former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University) … and more!

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DEADFALL HOTEL AUDIOBOOK

Narration by Matt Godfrey. Cover art by John Kenn Mortensen

AVAILABLE NOW from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes: Deadfall Hotel audiobook by Steve Rasnic Tem. The Deadfall Hotel is where our nightmares go, it’s where the dead pause to rest between worlds, and it’s where Richard Carter and his daughter Serena go to rediscover life — if the things at the hotel don’t kill them first. Think of it as the vacation resort of the collective unconscious.

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With the powerful prose that has earned him awards and accolades, Steve Rasnic Tem explores the roots of fear and society’s fascination with things horrific, using the many-layered metaphor of the Deadfall Hotel. Drawing inspiration from literary touchstones John Gardner and Peter Straub, Tem elegantly delves into the dark corners of the human spirit. There he finds not only our fears, but ultimately our hopes.

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About Steve

STEVE RASNIC TEM's short fiction has been compared to the work of Franz Kafka, Dino Buzzati, Ray Bradbury, and Raymond Carver, but to quote Joe R. Lansdale: "Steve Rasnic Tem is a school of writing unto himself." His 400 plus published stories, twelve collections, and seven novels have garnered him the British Fantasy Award, the World Fantasy Award, two International Horror Guild Awards, and four Bram Stoker Awards.

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