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Announcing: “Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror”

Happy as hell to announce a new project on the horizon.

“Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror” is in development and expected in early 2020.

This is a follow up to Garden of Fiends, but certainly not a sequel, for the scope will be larger and the volume much bigger. Garden of Fiends injected horror into your veins, Lullabies of Suffering will slice into your wrist while tenderly holding your hand. A fantastic list of contributors will be singing songs of suffering in the form of novellas and novelettes.

Addiction starts like a sweet lullaby sung by a trusted loved one. It washes away the pains of the day and pulls you into a world where nothing hurts and every dream is possible. For the sick and suffering addict, the warm bliss becomes a cold shiver and the dreams become nightmares -yet we can’t stop listening. We crave to hear the siren song as it rips us apart.

Such is the paradox of addiction, and dark truths such as these require a dark piece of fiction to do them justice. Expect compassion for the plight of the addict inside this volume of tales from a fantastic list of writers.

Here is the list of contributors:

Caroline Kepnes

“Hypnotic and scary,” said Stephen King of her work. Kepnes writes in a unique tone of darkness you’ll not find elsewhere, deconstructing relationships and taking deep dives into those tiny hidden crevices in your life we think nobody can see. Her novel YOU is one of the greatest second person point of view works you’ll ever read, and the inspiration behind the must-binge series on Netflix.

Gabino Iglesias

Like Kepnes, another master of the mosaic. The passion of this man is in every word, and he weaves his sentences as part sledgehammer, part harpsichord, beautiful but savage. Try to pin him into one genre, and it will change with the next sentence. Iglesias is the author of the ground-breaking, award-nominated Coyote Songs, with more songs to sing.

John FD Taff

The KING of PAIN is back and turning up the temperature to “The Melting Point of Meat” with a powerful piece on the obsessive urge of cutting and need for pain. His characters are vibrant but fragile, the cracks in their life where the light comes shining through. Taff was the backbone for Garden of Fiends, and he is back for round two with a savage, sweet, visceral piece.

Mercedes M. Yardley

The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the Pretty Little Dead Girls. Mercedes is criminally creative with wit and whimsy that turns her prose to music. To read her works is to live deliciously and walk through a field of poisonous wildflowers. The dark fantasist will be taking us to new territories with her story, "Love is a Crematorium."

Mark Matthews

My own work will be sandwiched in between, like the seasoning on that boiling piece of meat. Addiction horror has guided my works such as Milk-Blood and All Smoke Rises. I’ve got a few more words to say, this time about what happens when you’re the dreaded final girl after a mass heroin overdose.

Kealan Patrick Burke

"I am in awe of his talent,” said Bentley Little, and perhaps every reader of Kealan’s fiction. Kealan writes part Faulkner goth, part cosmic horror, listed here last as the grand finale of a firework explosion. His novel KIN is one of the greatest horror novels ever written. After his masterful story, “Wicked Thirst” from Garden of Fiends, it was impossible not to ask for more. We asked for more. Much more is coming.

There you have it. Check this space for cover art, excerpts, contests, celebrations, general notes from the underground, and giveaways of works from each artist.

Never too soon to sign up for advance reader copies. Emaill with ‘Lullaby ARC’ in the subject line.

*Presale expected Halloween night. For-sale date 90 days later.*


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Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror

Lullabies for Suffering:  Tales of Addiction Horror, with stories by: Caroline Kepnes Gabino Iglesias John FD Taff Mercedes M Yardley Mark Matthews Kealan Patrick Burke
coming January 2020