The End in All Beginnings
THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS is the Bram Stoker Award® Nominated collection of horror that's a literary tour de force through the emotional pain and personal anguish of the human condition. Praised as one of the best collections of heartfelt and gut-wrenching horror written in recent history, it's a disturbing trip through the ages exploring the painful tragedies of life, love and loss.
Edited by the Bram Stoker Award-nominated RJ Cavender, each of the five masterfully written novellas included in THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS examine complex themes running the gamut from the loss of childhood innocence, to the dreadful reality of survival after everything we hold dear is gone, to some of the most profound aspects of human tragedy.
As one of the best storytellers of the modern age, John F.D. Taff takes readers on a skillfully balanced emotional journey into nostalgia, through personal pain and beyond the everyday terrors that are uncomfortably real over the course of the human lifetime. His straight-forward, nuanced writing style is at times darkly comedic, often deeply poetic and always accurate in the most terrifying of ways.
Evoking the literary styles of horror legends Mary Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stoker, in THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS also pays homage to modern genre masters Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Ray Bradbury, Rod Serling and Clive Barker, solidifying author John F.D. Taff as modern horror's new King of Pain.
PRAISE FOR THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS:
"THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS is accomplished stuff, complex and heartfelt. It's one of the best novella collections I've read in years!" - JACK KETCHUM, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of The Box, Closing Time and Peaceable Kingdom.
"Taff brings the pain in five damaged and disturbing tales of love gone horribly wrong. This collection is like a knife in the heart. Highly recommended!" - JONATHAN MABERRY, New York Times bestselling author of Code Zero and Fall of Night
"Taff is a standout talent. Look no further than this collection for evidence that not only is horror not dead, there are new proponents of the craft capable to carry it into the future." - KEALAN PATRICK BURKE, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of The Turtle Boy, Kin and Jack & Jill
FEATURING THE NOVELLAS:
WHAT BECOMES GOD begins as a nostalgic trip into childhood, exploring love, friendship and the loss of innocence as two young boys whose days spent playing in the sun are interrupted by the looming specter of disease and death must face the sacrifice that belief demands of them.
OBJECT PERMANENCE unleashes a psychological nightmare when a man held in a mental institution and experiencing horrific hallucinations escapes to return to his hometown to confront the source of evil that has plagued him for years.
LOVE IN THE TIME OF ZOMBIES examines the lives of two men fighting to survive in a rural Midwestern town at the end of the world where they soon realize that death doesn't always bring relief from the love...and the terrible price it demands.
THE LONG, LONG BREAKDOWN tells the story of personal anguish and isolation of a father struggling to protect his teenage daughter from the terrifying forces threatening their lives and attempting to end their familial bond in post-apocalyptic Miami.
VISITATION offers a journey of profound self-discovery as a man anguished over the death of his wife takes a trip to a distant planet on the promise of experiencing a long-awaited reunion with the love of his life only to find that the true nature of the human condition is far more devastating.