What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a spooky book? We’ve pulled together a list of five titles that are perfect for the holiday! Plus, we’re proud to introduce one of our new publishers, ChiZine Publications, experts at publishing all things creepy. With titles from Coffee House Press, Manic D Press, Centipede Press, Feral House, and Flying Eye Books, you’ll find something thrilling to dive into this weekend.
First up, we have Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel and published by Coffee House Press. The short stories contained in this collection are dark and absurd, and will make you think about accidental murder, bestial transformation, and more.
If you’re looking for something more tame for younger readers, check out 43 Monsters by Arthur Bradford and Chuck Webster from Manic D Press, a quirky and colorful illustrated book that introduces readers to some pretty lovable monsters.
Next, we suggest Weird Fiction Review #5 from Centipede Press, the newest installment in this yearly journal dedicated to weird and supernatural fiction, featuring original stories and essays that will keep you awake all night for Halloween.
Neighbors from Hell by Jan Frel and John Dolan and published by Feral House features real-life monsters living in America, your neighbors. It’s a children’s book for adults, with playful rhymes providing an informed perspective on social and economic issues we have all experienced.
Finally, Imelda & the Goblin King from Flying Eye Books/Nobrow will soothe you with beautiful illustrations as you follow Imelda the fairy through the dark forest to battle the Goblin King, all to return the Fairy Queen to safety.
After you’ve read these titles, check out ChiZine Publications, one of our new publishers! We are happy to welcome them to Consortium and look forward to adding them to our “dark fiction” roster. They certainly know what they’re doing— in 2014 they won The Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award! Check out the National Post‘s profile on ChiZine and their website to learn more.