Top Genre Fiction Authors Peel Back the Skin on Mankind to Expose the Monsters Hiding Within Posted on 07 Jun 16:04


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.




“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

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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 or follow the publisher on Twitter at @GreyMatterPress.