Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mister October, Volumes I and II edited by Christopher Golden


This anthology is a two volume set written by friends of Rick Hautala.  Mr. Hautala had an untimely death and this set is a tribute to who he was and his talents.  There are some well-known authors and others I didn't recognize but this whole effort contains horror stories that will stick in your mind, as well as help his family out with the sales proceeds.

Library Thing and Journal Stone allowed me to read these as ebooks (thank you).  They were published October 31st, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

From Christopher Golden: “On March 21st,2013, I received a phone call from Holly Newstein telling me that her husband, Rick Hautala, had suffered amassive heart attack. That piece of information shocked me into a surreal sort of panic, so much so that at first Icould not make the leap to the next thing she said…that he had died. It seemed impossible. Rick had been such a good friend, such a consistent and stable force in my life, that the idea of him being so suddenly removed from this world…I just couldn’t make sense of it.  I have no doubt that readers will treasure this two volume set. It is my hope that as you read, you will ruminate a little bit about the man for whom we all have come together within these pages. And I hope you’ll urge others to pick up their own copies of MISTER OCTOBER as well.”


This is an amazing group of short stories that grabbed my attention and kept me reading.  I read both volumes in one day and that's not usual.  With names like Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker, I knew someone would be messing with my head as I read these.  Quite a few of the stories were like that.  Happy ever after is not the theme in horror stories.  The best part is that the sale of this book is not only going to get you some good stories to read, it's also going to help the family.

Here's a list of the stories available in the two volumes:


Contributors: Volume I
FEEDERS AND EATERS ‐ Neil Gaiman
UNDER THE PYLON ‐ Graham Joyce
A GUY WALKS INTO A BAR ‐ Matthew Costello
HELL HATH ENLARGED HERSELF ‐ Michael Marshall Smith
FIGURES IN RAIN ‐ Chet Williamson
AS YOU HAVE MADE US ‐ Elizabeth Massie
THOUGHTFUL BREATHS ‐ Peter Crowther
NEVER BACK AGAIN ‐ Matti Hautala
A GIRL, SITTING ‐ Mark Morris
BLOOD BROTHERS ‐ Richard Chizmar
LITTLE BROTHERS—PORTFOLIO ‐ Stephen R. Bissette
TIGHT LITTLE STITCHES IN A DEAD MAN’S BACK ‐ Joe R. Lansdale
CRAVING ‐ Yvonne Navarro
lXCHEL’S TEARS ‐ José R. Nieto
LIFE DURING DEATH ‐ Duane Swierczynski
AFTER THE ELEPHANT BALLET ‐ Gary A. Braunbeck
OVERNIGHT GUEST ‐ Craig Shaw Gardner
SPRINGFIELD REPEATER ‐ Jack M. Haringa
CONJURER—BOOK I: THE GRIEVE ‐ Tom Piccirilli
THE YEAR THE MUSIC DIED ‐ F. Paul Wilson
PROPERTY CONDEMNED—A STORY OF PINE DEEP ‐ Jonathan Maberry
PLAYING THE HUDDYS ‐ John M. McIlveen
CRASHING DOWN ‐ Weston Ochse

Contributors: Volume II
TOM REQUIEM ‐ Clive Barker
LITTLE RED’S TANGO ‐ Peter Straub
HOLOGRAM SKULL COVER ‐ Jeff Strand
LUX ET VERITAS ‐ Thomas F. Monteleone
DEVOTION ‐ J. F. Gonzalez
INN CLEANING ‐ Stephen R. Bissette
BREATHE MY NAME ‐ Christopher Golden
MAGDALA AMYGDALA ‐ Lucy A. Snyder
THE BOHEMIAN OF THE ARBAT ‐ Sarah Pinborough
JOHNSTOWN ‐ Brian Keene
ROAD KILL (A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. story) ‐ Kevin J. Anderson
JUST BREATHE ‐ Tim Lebbon
CATFISH GAL BLUES ‐ Nancy A. Collins
ILLIMITABLE DOMINION ‐ Kim Newman
INDEPENDENCE DAY ‐ Sarah Langan
THE GHOST OF LILLIAN BLISS ‐ Rio Youers
HOTLINE ‐ Jack Ketchum
THE LIGHT OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS ‐ John Skipp
WAR STORIES ‐ James A. Moore
IT’S… ‐ Amber Benson
THE DREAMCATCHER ‐ Nate Kenyon
KRISTALL TAG ‐ Holly Newstein
GHOST TRAP ‐ Rick Hautala

If you have an interest in short stories, horror stories or just helping people, this set is for you.  Why not grab a set for you and set aside some time for reading?

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