We’re delighted to present the contents list for our upcoming FLAME TREE PRESS Horror anthology, Beyond the Veil, the second title in collaboration with editor Mark Morris. The follow-up to last year's After Sundown, praised by Booklist as a ‘rich and masterful collection of horror’, it will be available from October 2021 (in time for Halloween)! This new anthology contains 20 original horror stories, 16 of which have been commissioned from some of the top names in the genre, and 4 of which have been selected from the 100s of stories sent to Flame Tree during a 2-week open submissions window.
What Mark says about the book: ‘By their very nature, horror stories should shine a light on our darkest fears and taboos. If you’re coming to BEYOND THE VEIL with the hope of experiencing nothing more than a few cosy and familiar chills, therefore, I’m afraid you’re in for a rude awakening. The stories in this anthology are confrontational. They are about things that truly disturb us; things that prey on our minds. Most horror stories stem from a loss of control, and that’s certainly true of many of the characters and situations you will encounter in these pages. As ever, there is something for everyone here: there are monsters both human and otherworldly; there are shifting realities; childhood nightmares; dark magics conjured by desperation and despair. As human beings we kid ourselves that we have a semblance of control over our lives, our circumstances, our environment, our health… but it doesn’t take much for that control to be wrested from us, and for the rug to be wrenched violently out from under our feet. And that is the essence of true horror.’
THE GOD BAG by Christopher Golden
CAKER’S MAN by Matthew Holness
THE BEECHFIELD MIRACLES by Priya Sharma
CLOCKWORK by Dan Coxon
SOAPSTONE by Aliya Whiteley
THE DARK BIT by Toby Litt
PROVENANCE POND by Josh Malerman
FOR ALL THE DEAD by Angeline B. Adams and Remco van Straten
THE GIRL IN THE POOL by Bracken MacLeod
NURSE VARDEN by Jeremy Dyson
IF, THEN by Lisa L. Hannett
AQUARIUM WARD by Karter Mycroft
A MYSTERY FOR JULIE CHU by Stephen Gallagher
AWAY DAY by Lisa Tuttle
POLAROID AND SEAWEED by Peter Harness
DIE GEISTERBAHNHOF by Lynda E. Rucker
ARNIE’S ASHES by John Everson
A BRIEF TOUR OF THE NIGHT by Nathan Ballingrud
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HOUSEHOLD GODS by Frank J. Oreto
YELLOWBACK by Gemma Files
Mark Morris (editor) has written and edited almost forty novels, novellas, short story collections and anthologies. His script work includes audio dramas for Doctor Who, Jago & Litefoot and the Hammer Chillers series. Mark’s recent work includes the official movie tie-in novelizations of The Great Wall and (co-written with Christopher Golden) The Predator, the Obsidian Heart trilogy, and the anthologies New Fears (winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology) and New Fears 2 as editor. He’s also written award-winning audio adaptations of the classic 1971 horror movie Blood on Satan’s Claw and the M.R. James ghost story ‘A View from a Hill’.
We will take a deeper look at the authors featured in this anthology soon, so make sure to come back to our blog!