MIDNIGHT STREET ANTHOLOGY EXTRAS
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JOURNEYS INTO DARKNESS
Remember the magazine? Remember the quality. Now the first Midnight Street Anthology is here. This is a collection of stories from some of the best in the business. There are favourites from the magazine, fantastic reprints AND new stories.
Dedicated to the Late, Great JOEL LANE, the book features one of his outstanding and provocative stories, never before published in the UK, and appearing only once in the USA. Also included is Trevor Denyer's exclusive and revealing Midnight Street interview with Joel.
RAMSEY CAMPBELL, PETER STRAUB, JOEL LANE, STEPHEN GALLAGHER, SIMON CLARK, ALLEN ASHLEY, ROSANNE RABINOWITZ, PAUL FINCH, NINA ALLAN, GARY COUZENS, RALPH ROBERT MOORE, MAYNARD SIMS, ELLIOT SMITH.
Launched at FANTASYCON-BY-THE-SEA -
23 September 2016
GHOST HIGHWAYS is the second of the Midnight Street Anthologies. The first was JOURNEYS INTO DARKNESS, still available from Amazon and other sources.
GHOST HIGHWAYS contains 12 previously unpublished stories and a further 3 reprinted stories, (one of which is a completely revised version), from some of the most exciting and proven masters of the genre, including Ramsey Campbell, Simon Clark, Ralph Robert Moore, Ray Cluley, Thana Niveau and many more. Paul Finch has written an introduction that sets the scene perfectly for what is to come.
The themes relate to ghost highways in the fullest, often oblique, sense. In his introduction, Paul Finch reflects that: "Roads aren’t just roads. They’re metaphors for journeys – journeys through life, journeys towards death, journeys we personally have made, journeys we’d like to make or dread making, journeys that others have made".
But there is another aspect to these stories: that of the haunting residue; ghosts in all their various interpretations. The characters are haunted in some way, often in subtle ways. The nightmares that haunt them are often baleful, leaving the protagonists trapped within the fates they have invoked.
Each story has an illustrated introductory page that suggests the mood of what is to come, tempting the reader into whatever nightmarish world the author has created.
GHOST HIGHWAYS is the most ambitious project that Midnight Street Press has launched so far. The Editor, Trevor Denyer, previously edited two critically acclaimed magazines: 'Roadworks' and 'Midnight Street', and the essence of those magazines is distilled in these Midnight Street Anthologies. There is subtlety, augmented by an impending or ongoing horror, and a focus on character that creates unease and ultimately, a full blown, terrifying denouement, often not immediately obvious, but always unsettling.
GHOST HIGHWAYS is a unique journey along highways that will transport the reader to places - outside the comfort of home, of the cosy armchair - where demons in their many forms, hold sway.
INTRODUCTION Paul Finch *
55 MILES FROM TUCSON Ralph Robert Moore *
THE SNEERING Ramsey Campbell
SOMEWHAT OFF THE WAY Neil Williamson *
THE GRIEF ENGINE Terry Grimwood *
NEW ROADS FROM BURNT RUBBER Ray Cluley *
THE BUS THAT ATE ITS PASSENGER David Turnbull *
JOINING IN Thana Niveau *
WHERE THE STREAM RUNS DARKEST Simon Clark *
WHITE MATTER Andrew Hook *
LAST RIDE OF THE NIGHT David Surface *
SURAIYA'S CHOICE Gary Couzens *
EXIT TO DOVE'S TAIL Ken Goldman
GLORIOUS DILAPIDATION (Revised version) Len Maynard & Mick Sims *
HIGHWAY OF LOST WOMEN Alexander Zelenyj *
HOODELAY Ralph Robert Moore *
* Previously Unpublished.
This is the third Midnight Street anthology to include innovative writing from some of the best writers around. The stories and poems here delve into the dark recesses of the mind, investigate the horrors there and promise unforgettable characters and shocking revelations. From supernatural manifestations to psychological trauma and dark fantasies, the contents of this book are not for the faint-hearted and reward the seeker of the horrific and unexplained, that crawl between the cracks of the reality we know and the depthless void beyond.
In the tradition of Midnight Street magazine and Roadworks before it, this anthology and its predecessors light the way into worlds of darkness, where ghosts haunt highways and everything you thought you knew is subverted and your perceptions are altered beyond recognition.
Let the Night Light guide you along the Midnight Street...
"These stories scare, confuse, confound. We walk along the street at midnight when all else is silent and dreaming. Dripping in moonlight after showers. That street holds the coolness of rain, the bitter cold of frost, the quiet of graves. That street awaits us all. When we pass from this heated, maddening world we pass along the midnight street and sink beneath its stones into whatever lies beyond, or into nothing at all."
The full line-up:
Ralph Robert Moore
Maria V A Johnson
Robert D Richards
MIDNIGHT STREET ANTHOLOGY 4
500 pages of brand new EXTRAORDINARY FICTION for EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
Edited by TREVOR DENYER
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
INTRODUCTION Trevor Denyer
THE RING ROAD Colin Gardiner
HUNGRY MOUTHS Simon Clark
GO BACK S. Thomson-Hillis
KING SOLOMON’S RING Elana Gomel
SIMULATION Tim Major
VIRAL A.P. Sessler
FIGHT OR FLIGHT Tamina Das Mitra
BITTER STARLIGHT Gary Couzens
SHADES Die Booth
HELP ME EAT MY MONKEY Ralph Robert Moore
HATE CRIME Scott Bradfield
DANDY ARISTOTLE’S MASTERWORK
GAIA’S BREATH Susan York
DESCENT INTO THE ARCHIVES Dennis Mombauer
THE FIRST (AND LAST)
NATIONAL ROAD CANOE RACE David Cledon
THE HALLOWEEN PEOPLE Michael Washburn
TONIGHT THE WORLD ENDS Allen Ashley
PROTEST SEEN Donald J. Bingle
CELL DIVISION René Appel & Josh Pachter
THE CITIES ARE MEAN Al Case
FOLDED Helen French
THE ROAD TO MANDALAY David Turnbull
SPIDERS IN THE TEMPLE Alexander Zelenyj
LIFE ON DA STREETZ
(FIRMWARE OBSOLETE) L.P. Melling
WHERE ALL ROADS END Andrew Kozma
BEYOND GREENVILLE Michael Barron
THE STINK David Penn
DELIVERY OF A NIGHTMARE T.Y. Euliano, MD
SUNSHINE Richard Meldrum
BAD VIBE Thomas Canfield
NEW TOWN TOURS Jim Mountfield
WHEN THEY UNMASKED Terry Grimwood
THE UNDERTONES Mark Towse
WOMEN’S WORLD Joseph Cusamano
SPRITE Andrew Darlington
NEST Stephen Laws