Welcome to Your Nightmares. Three Distinct Visions of DREAD. Posted on 29 Mar 13:59

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.