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Close to Midnight | Horror Anthology Announcement

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe
We’re delighted to present the contents list for our upcoming FLAME TREE PRESS Horror anthology, Close to Midnight, the third title in collaboration with editor Mark Morris. The follow-up to his previous two titles Beyond the Veil and After Sundown, it will be available from October 2022 (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.
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What Mark says about the book: 'Close to Midnight is my third anthology for Flame Tree Press, and one thing that never fails to escape me whenever I’m editing an anthology is what an incredibly privileged position I’m in. Not only are some of the top names in the horror genre willing to send me their stories, but often I’m the first person besides themselves, and perhaps one or two members of their immediate family, to read words and ideas freshly minted from their amazing brains. Most of these stories were written during the pandemic, and although these annual anthologies are non-themed, one thing that struck me this year was how many of them deal with the subject of loss. Loss can take many forms, and the most obvious example of all, loss of life, is often used as a catalyst in fiction, and more so in horror and crime fiction. But within these pages we also have stories that deal with a loss of control, the loss of sanity, the loss of identity and the loss of reason, and as ever, these particular themes are explored in a myriad of inventive, startling and unexpected ways. The twenty tales in this book are, by turns, scary, funny, numinous, heart-breaking, disturbing and redemptive. There really is something for everyone here.'

Contents List:

 
WOLVES by Rio Youers
 
I PROMISE by Conrad Williams
 
GOING HOME by Evelyn Teng
 
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THE FORBIDDEN SANDWICH by Carl Tait
 
RISE UP TOGETHER by Adam L.G. Nevill
 
WELCOME TO THE LODGE by Alison Moore
 
COLLAGEN by Seanan McGuire
 
THE SPACEMAN'S MEMORY by Laura Mauro
 
IN THE WABE by Alison Littlewood
 
THE TRUE COLOUR OF BLOOD by Stephen Laws
 
THE FLOOR IS LAVA by Brian Keene
 
THE NINE OF DIAMONDS by Carole Johnstone
 
ROOM FOR THE NIGHT by Jonathan Janz

REMAINS by Charlie Hughes
 
BEST SAFE LIFE FOR YOU by Muriel Gray
 
SOUVENIRS by Sharon Gosling
 
AUTUMN SUGAR by Philip Fracassi
 
THE OPERATED by Ramsey Campbell
 
 
Mark Morris (editor) has written and edited almost forty novels, novellas, short story collections and anthologies. His script work includes audio dramas for Doctor WhoJago & 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’.
 
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We will take a deeper look at the authors featured in this anthology soon, so make sure to come back to our blog!

Topics: Short Stories, submissions, Horror Fiction, anthologies

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