TOP GENRE FICTION AUTHORS PEEL BACK THE SKIN ON MANKIND
TO EXPOSE THE MONSTERS HIDING WITHIN
New Anthology PEEL BACK THE SKIN Unveils the Evil
That Stares Back at Us from Our Own Bathroom Mirrors
CHICAGO, June 7, 2016 — A group of highly acclaimed authors including Jonathan Maberry, Tim Lebbon, Yvonne Navarro, Ray Garton, Joe McKinney, Nancy A. Collins, Graham Masterton and many more are peeling the skin off the human mask to reveal the most shocking monsters of our time—those who live down the street, in the apartment next door and even in our own homes.
PEEL BACK THE SKIN is a new powerhouse mixed-genre anthology of dark fiction that removes the mask from the monsters living inside of us and who all too often can be found staring back at us from our own mirrors. Released today, the highly anticipated PEEL BACK THE SKIN begins a new chapter in the man-as-monster saga.
Featuring a groundbreaking selection of fiction and a table of contents that reads like a veritable red carpet marquee of some of the most accomplished names in genre fiction, PEEL BACK THE SKIN includes 15 all-new short stories from Jonathan Maberry, Ray Garton, Tim Lebbon, Graham Masterton, Yvonne Navarro, Ed Kurtz, Durand Sheng Welsh, James Lowder, Joe McKinney, Lucy Taylor, Charles Austin Muir, Erik Williams, Nancy A. Collins, John McCallum Swain and William Meikle. The anthology is edited by Bram Stoker Award®-nominated editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson and published by the Chicago-based Grey Matter Press.
“To me, the most frightening monsters are not those of legend, but instead those who live right under our noses, going about their insidious deeds without our knowledge,” said editor and publisher Anthony Rivera. “PEEL BACK THE SKIN exposes the darkest, most sadistic and terrifying evil that hides behind our own human masks.”
As the publisher’s most ambitious volume yet, PEEL BACK THE SKIN
features a star-studded cast of award-winning authors from the horror, dark fantasy, speculative fiction, transgressive, bizzaro, extreme horror and thriller genres.
PEEL BACK THE SKIN TABLE OF CONTENTS:
“Mystic” by Jonathan Maberry
“The Protector” by Tim Lebbon
“Moth Frenzy” by Lucy Taylor
“Family Bible” by Ed Kurtz
“Life, or Whatever Passes for It” by Durand Sheng Welsh
“The Shed” by Joe McKinney
“The Greatest Gift” by Graham Masterton
“The Lady of the Minch” by William Meikle
“Beholder” by John McCallum Swain
“Orphans of the Air” by James Lowder
“Party Monster” by Charles Austin Muir
“Gator Lake” by Nancy A. Collins
“Superheated” by Yvonne Navarro
“Burning Leaves on an Autumn Day” by Ray Garton
“The Long Bright Descent” by Erik Williams
PEEL BACK THE SKIN is now available at bookstores worldwide in trade paperback and all common digital formats. Learn more at PeelBackTheSkin.com.
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ABOUT GREY MATTER PRESS:
Grey Matter Press is a Chicago-based publisher whose mission it is to discover and cultivate the best voices working in dark fiction. The company is committed to producing only the finest quality volumes of exceptional fiction for its readers. Since the publication of their first volume in late 2013, Grey Matter Press has released a succession of bestselling titles, including two of which that have been nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award. FANGORIA
Magazine says of the publisher: "Grey Matter Press has managed to establish itself as one of the premiere purveyors of horror fiction currently in existence." For more information visit GreyMatterPress.com
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DREAD HAS ARRIVED
TO FILL EVERY HEAD FULL OF BAD DREAMS
"Everything single thing we do is for the readers of dark fiction and in support of the authors whose talent fuels its nightmares. Today the readers have spoken, heralding the first-ever Best of Grey Matter Press volume of genre fiction selected solely by fans," said Anthony Rivera, publisher and editor at Grey Matter Press.
As an anniversary present to readers, the publisher handed over editorial decision making forDREAD: A HEAD FULL OF BAD DREAMS to the folks who matter most -- the fans. Last year, readers selected twenty of their favorite stories published by the company in anthologies during its first year in business. The result is here today with the release of DREAD.
DREAD: A HEAD FULL OF BAD DREAMS is a jam-packed, 366-page, mixed-genre volume of dark fiction that includes the exceptional work of twenty-two authors. The book is currently available worldwide in common digital formats, trade paperback and a special hardcover collector's edition limited to a quantity of 100 total units.
Digital and paperback copies of DREAD: A HEAD FULL OF BAD DREAMS are available through your favorite bookseller and ShopGreyMatterPress.com. Hardcover versions are available only through ShopGreyMatterPress.com. Some of those many links include:
Amazon US - Kindle and Trade Paperback
Amazon UK - Kindle and Trade Paperback
Amazon Canada - Kindle and Trade Paperback
Amazon Australia - Kindle and Coming soon in Trade Paperback
Coming soon to Barnes & Noble in Trade Paperback and Nook
More information can be found at:
THE DREAD SPREADS...
DREAD: A Head Full of Bad Dreams is available in three versions: a special hardcover edition limited to 100 printed copies that are numbered and signed by editor and publisher Anthony Rivera, a 366-page trade paperback, and digital ebooks in either MOBI or EPUB format.
Hardcovers are currently available and ship immediately with your order.
PRE-ORDERS for trade paperback and digital ebook versions DREAD are currently underway! DREAD releases worldwide on May 24, 2016. Order trade and ebook copies from the Grey Matter Press Bookstore today and receive them in advance of its publication date.
There are some nightmares from which you can never wake.
DREAD: A Head Full of Bad Dreams is a terrifying volume of the darkest hallucinatory revelations from the minds of the most accomplished award-winning authors of our time.
Travel dark passageways and experience the alarming visions of twenty masters from the horror, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, transgressive and speculative fiction genres as they bare their souls and fill your head with a lifetime of bad dreams.
In the shadowy world of international espionage and governmental black ops, when a group of American spies go bad and inadvertently unleash an ancient malevolent force that feeds on the fears of mankind, a young family finds themselves in the crosshairs of a frantic supernatural mystery of global proportions with only one man to turn for their salvation.
Bestselling thriller writers agree that a new novel about a group of American spies gone bad breaks new ground for the suspense and dark fiction genres. The novel MISTER WHITE is the breathtaking new release from author John C. Foster.
“Foster has written the kind of book that keeps the genre fresh and alive and that will make fans cheer,” said Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of Live Girls and Scissors, Ray Garton. Garton, an acclaimed author of more than 60 crime, suspense and horror books that include both successful movie and television tie-ins, knows a lot about what he speaks. “Mister White is a potent and hypnotic thriller that blends espionage, mystery and horror.”
MISTER WHITE: A Dark Thriller is now available from ShopGreyMatterPress.com
In life there are some nightmares from which we can never wake, and a new volume of twenty hallucinatory revelations arrives to give fans of the genre a lifetime of bad dreams.
DREAD: A Head Full of Bad Dreams features the work of award-winning authors and masters from the horror, science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction genres. The anthology is also unique in that each of the short stories were chosen solely by fans of genre fiction.
DREAD: A Head Full of Bad Dreams officially arrives today as a Special Collector’s Hardcover Edition, limited to a total of 100 numbered volumes, from Chicago-based independent publisher Grey Matter Press. Trade paperback and eBook versions will be published on May 24.
As an anniversary present to its readers, the publisher handed over editorial decision making for DREAD to its fans who, last year, selected twenty of their favorite stories published by Grey Matter Press during its first year.
“Readers who embrace darkness are souls of conscience with hearts of passion and voices that deserve to be heard,” said publisher Anthony Rivera in a special Introduction penned for the volume. “It’s from this group of passionate voices that the nightmares in DREAD: A Head Full of Bad Dreams were born. Turning over the reins of editorial curation for this volume to the readers who matter most may well have been the best decision I’ve ever made.”
DREAD: A Head Full of Bad Dreams contains nightmares from New York Times bestselling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award® winner Jonathan Maberry; Grand Master of Horror Award winner Ray Garton; Stoker award recipients John Everson and JG Faherty, and nominees Michael Laimo and John F.D. Taff; Shirley Jackson Award nominee Tim Waggoner; Pushcart and Rhysling awards nominee Edward Morris; Nightmare Award winner Trent Zelazny; and leading fiction authors Bracken MacLeod, William Meikle, John C. Foster, T. Fox Dunham, Rose Blackthorn, Chad McKee, Martin Rose, Jane Brooks, Peter Whitley, J. Daniel Stone and Jonathan Balog.
“The readers have honored these exceptional authors with their selections and, in doing so, have created a diverse volume of dark fiction that effectively represents what our press is about,” said Rivera. “Having the fans weigh in with their choices not only validates what we’re attempting as a company, but it has truly made DREAD a very special anthology.”
Orders for the hardcover and pre-orders for the upcoming paperback and digital versions are currently being accepted at the Grey Matter Press Bookstore at ShopGreyMatterPress.com. Orders received before April 1 are expected to ship during the first full week of next month. Trade paperback and digital versions of the anthology ordered from the publisher’s site will be shipped to arrive at their destinations prior to the book’s official worldwide release on May 24.
Put evil where it belongs. On your bookshelf.
Two years ago Grey Matter Press released its first volume of dark fiction, DARK VISIONS: A Collection of Modern Horror - Volume One. That volume went on to be nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology only five months later.
And this holiday weekend we give thanks to all of the readers who've supported us during that time and celebrate our second Cyber Monday with dark fiction to fill your bookshelves and keep your demons at bay. BUY ONE trade paperback from our store shopgreymatterpress.com and get another of our bestselling volumes of fiction FREE.
Purchase any trade paperback between now and December 1, 2015 at our bookstore ShopGreyMatterPress.com and get a second book of your choice for free. The Cyber Monday deal includes any of our volumes of horror, sci-fi, speculative and dark fantasy.
Use Discount Code: CYBER50
Savings will be applied to eligible products when using Discount Code CYBER50 at checkout.
It's time to year when we get spread our own brand of 'cheer' with a terror-filled library of holiday fear! All Grey Matter Press trade paperbacks are on sale for only $10 each!
Choose from any trade paperback title in our catalog, including Bram Stoker Award finalists Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror - Volume One (2013) or The End in All Beginnings (2014) by John F.D. Taff.
This year's Halloween Fear-ganza also includes horror, science fiction and speculative fiction from some of the most acclaimed voices in our genres, as well as the freshest faces to have arrived on the scene. Every Grey Matter Press volume containing exceptional dread-filled work from award-winning authors and bestsellers Jonathan Maberry, Ray Garton, William Meikle, Stephen Graham Jones, JG Faherty, Tim Waggoner and many more are all included.
Get your Halloween reading on with copies of our latest music-inspired release Savage Beasts, as well as perennial horror/sci-fi bestseller Ominous Realities, the ghostly Death's Realm, the topsy-turvy dystopian world of Equilibrium Overturned, the yin to the DV1 yang Dark Visions Two, and the volume that breathes new life into splatterpunk for an all-new generation, Splatterlands.
Every trade paperback published by Grey Matter Press in the last two years is currently on sale for less than you can get them anywhere else online. Fill your shelves with fear with dark fiction published by the company that Fangoria Magazine calls "one of the premiere purveyors of horror fiction currently in existence."
Join the Resistance!
Two years ago today, in 2013, Grey Matter Press released its first volume of dark fiction, DARK VISIONS: A Collection of Modern Horror - Volume One. That volume went on to be nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology only five months later.
And now, on September 5, 2015, to celebrate our second anniversary, fiction fans can fill their Labor Day Weekend with dark thoughts while saving 40% off the trade paperback cover price of not only our first Stoker award-nominated volume, DARK VISIONS ONE, but also our second Stoker-nominated release, John F.D. Taff's THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS, as well as any other volume in the Grey Matter Press catalog of exceptional fiction.
Purchase any trade paperback between September 5th and September 11th, 2015 from the Grey Matter Press Bookstore at ShopGreyMatterPress.com and get a 40% discount off the cover price of each volume of horror, sci-fi, speculative and dark fantasy in your cart.
Use Discount Code: 2NDANNIVERSARY
Our second anniversary sale also includes our latest release SAVAGE BEASTS: A Nightmare of Supernatural, Science and Sound, a volume crammed with dark thoughts by authors with equally dark minds whose fiction was inspired by some of the best in music history, including Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Tom Petty, The Cranberries, Pestilence, Grace Jones and many more.
Remember, remember the 5th of September and the birth of the dark fiction revolution from Grey Matter Press and save 40% off every trade paperback purchased from ShopGreyMatterPress.com before September 11, 2015. Savings will be applied to eligibles products when using Discount Code 2NDANNIVERSARY at checkout.
The anthology of music-inspired dark fiction that takes readers through a nightmare of supernatural, science and sound, SAVAGE BEASTS, leads the Grey Matter Press list of top selling titles during its second week of release. SAVAGE BEASTS contains a collection of short stories inspired by the best in musical history, including Nine Inch Nails, Genesis, Tom Petty and many more.
Other titles in the list of top three bestselling volumes sold via all channels for the week include the Bram Stoker Award-nominated collection of horror by author John F.D. Taff, THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS, repeating in second place. Once again in the third spot and retaining its presence in the Top 3 is the long-time Amazon bestseller OMINOUS REALITIES that is a mashup of horror and science fiction.
Week 33 Dark Fiction Bestsellers - August 16-22, 2015
ABOUT GREY MATTER PRESS
Grey Matter Press is a Chicago-based publisher whose mission it is to discover and cultivate the best voices working in the dark fiction genre. The company is committed to producing only the finest quality volumes of literary fiction containing exceptional tales of horror, fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction.
Since the publication of their first volume in late 2013, Grey Matter Press has released a succession of bestselling horror fiction. The company’s catalog includes the Bram Stoker Award-nominated DARK VISIONS: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume One; the anthology of personal, intelligent and subversive extreme horror SPLATTERLANDS: Reawakening the Splatterpunk Revolution; the horror and science fiction crossover OMINOUS REALITIES: The Anthology of Dark Speculative Horrors; the second installment in the “Dark Visions” franchise DARK VISIONS: A Collection of Modern Horror – Volume Two; the horror-laced science fiction volume EQUILIBRIUM OVERTURNED: The Heart of Darkness Awaits; author John F.D. Taff’s Bram Stoker Award-nominated collection of brutally emotional horrors THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS, which has been hailed as one of the best books of 2014; the anthology of horror DEATH'S REALM: Where the Here and the Hereafter Collide; and the anthology of music-inspired dark fiction SAVAGE BEASTS: A Nightmare of Supernatural, Science and Sound.
More information about Grey Matter Press is available at http://www.greymatterpress.com.
There’s no longer any need to ask yourself what Nine Inch Nails, Grace Jones, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Cuban missile crisis have in common. The answer can be found in the anthology of modern horror and speculative fiction from Grey Matter Press, SAVAGE BEASTS.
German philosopher Friedrich Neitzsche once said that “without music, life would be a mistake.” And the diverse assembly of international authors whose work is featured in SAVAGE BEASTS proves his point in dramatic fashion. Collectively, this group of dark fiction composers take readers on a nightmarish journey through the supernatural, science and sound with tales that will be the mistake of your life not to read.
Dark fiction fans are in for a mind-bending trip of horror in SAVAGE BEASTS, the auditory extravaganza from Chicago-based Grey Matter Press.
Featuring eleven short stories that offer readers a terrifying written recital, the genre fiction authors whose music-influenced work is collected in SAVAGE BEASTS, reflect some of the freshest voices in horror, science fiction and speculative fiction.
“The authors in this book have turned up the volume on dark fiction to dangerous levels in this incredibly creative anthology,” said Anthony Rivera, Grey Matter Press publisher and editor. “Their work in SAVAGE BEASTS explores a diverse range of scenarios, each inspired in some way by the music we’ve all grown up listening to.
SAVAGE BEASTS is a compendium of modern horror influenced by some of the greatest names in music. These include rock icons Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, The Cranberries, Genesis, Peter Gabriel and Tom Petty; Danish death metal group Pestilence; new wave and dancehall diva Grace Jones; Portuguese electronic house duo Underground Sound of Lisbon; indie rockers School of Seven Bells; classical composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms; as well as Walt Disney and the studio’s famous “It’s a Small World,” a song that was itself inspired by the 1962 US/USSR standoff known as the Cuban missile crisis.
“When we placed the call for this anthology, we didn’t know what to expect from the authors, but we knew it was going to be great,” said Rivera. “And we weren’t wrong. The array of work they came with for this amazing collection of stories, each based on their own personal musical influences, is a testament to the talent found in SAVAGE BEASTS.”
Contributors to SAVAGE BEASTS include the Bram Stoker Award-nominated John F.D. Taff; Pushcart nominees Edward Morris and Konstantine Paradias; political and entertainment journalist Shawn Macomber, whose work has been published in FANGORIA, Rue Morgue, Maxim and the Wall Street Journal; editor-in-chief of the highly respected Jamais Vu magazine, Paul Michael Anderson; accomplished authors Karen Runge, E. Michael Lewis, Daniel Braum and J.C Michael; horror newcomer Maxwell Price; and T. Fox Dunham, author of the acclaimed novel The Street Martyr, soon to be released as a motion picture from Chicago’s Throughline Films.
SAVAGE BEASTS is now available at ShopGreyMatterPress.com and bookstores worldwide in trade paperback and a variety of digital formats.
Table of Contents for SAVAGE BEASTS
(In Order of Appearance)
“TO SOOTHE THE SAVAGE BEAST” – Edward Morris
“THAT SONG YOU CAN’T GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD” – John F.D. Taff
“WHEN DEATH WALKS THE FIELD OF BATTLE” – J.C. Michael
“AN AMERICAN GHOST IN ZURICH” – Daniel Braum