The Macabre Ink Resurrected Horrors Series, Wave Two

Crossroad Press is pleased to announce the second wave of its Macabre Ink Resurrected Horrors series. This set includes eight horror books from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, all of which are available in both digital and print format. Like the first wave, these books have been updated to the newest styles and formatting, with their covers updated with the series ribbon for easy identification. Here are the eight books in wave two of the Macabre Ink Resurrected Horrors series:

REST IN PEACE

An Evil Secret

Danny West knew that something was wrong from the first day his folks moved into the rundown house next to the creepy graveyard. The neighborhood kids would never come over to play. At night, he saw weird shadows prowling around the crumbling tombstones, and heard strange gurgling sounds. But his parents wouldn’t listen to him. They said he had a good imagination…

Then bad things started to happen. Terrible, gruesome things that even scared his dad. There was something in the graveyard. Something in the graveyard. Something that no kid could ever have imagined. Something that should have been left alone to Rest In Peace.

ANIMALS

Wild Things…

They’ve been with us forever—prowling the smoky roadhouse dives that are their watering holes and hunting grounds. Predators, lurking amidst the human herd.

Changing shape at will. Lusting for blood and meat they are gods in the wild. Gods in disguise. And they feed on the spark inside each of us.

Syd was just another lonely working class guy singing the steel-town blues. Then he met Nora. She’s sensual. Erotic. Amoral. A creature of the night and she’s luring Syd across the line that few can cross—and fewer survive: the line that separates man from beast.

deadrush

Born of the twisted faith of a teenage boy in a backwoods Georgia church, a new addiction is carried to the brutal streets of Chicago. In a dark alley, on a steamy June night, the fifth victim of a serial killer rises from the dead as its first initiate. Unable to resist her dark new desire, trapped by her own body and perverse yearning, she is alive but not alive, dead but not undead—forced by the raging call inside to spread the …

deadrush

Across a landscape of urban violence, the contagion passes from hand to hand, flesh to flesh, predator to prey. One by one, its unwilling victims return to live again—only to discover a craving that is not to be denied. Soon they learn the terrible truth of their rebirth: there is no life after death … only hunger.

Dreamthorp

At first glance, Dreamthorp seems as named—a charming Pennsylvania Chautauqua town set deep in the woods. A perfect haven from the pressures of urban life. But before long this “village of dreams” is enmeshed in a nightmare, a dark dream of cruel torture and savage death.

Is the cause magic, centuries old? Or is it a new and unexpected magic born of random violence and mindless brutality?

Among those searching for the answer are:

Tom Brewer, a recent widower whose attempts to reconcile with his disturbed teenage son seem as futile as his efforts as a carver to bring life out of wood…

Laura Stark, a newcomer to Dreamthorp, dealing with the mysteries of her newly discovered sexuality and the aftermath of her lover’s vicious murder…

And Gilbert Rodman, more than human and far less than divine, a serial killer who lives only for revenge on the one woman his twisted mind blames for his bizarre mutilation—Laura.

As Rodman blazes his own bloody trail across the country to reach Laura, the horrors of Dreamthorp intensify, until one unholy night Tom and Laura confront the terrors that haunt not only our worst dreams, but our most feared realities.

I AM DRACULA

From the haunted Carpathian Mountains of darkest Transylvania, Dracula reveals the Secret History of Vampires, Witches, and blasphemous horror.

Told in his own words, here is the story of Dracula, a mortal warlord destined to become the Vampire King of the Undead.

You have been told many lies. Now learn the truth.

Welcome to Dracula’s world.

SHADOW CHILD

To outsiders, the deep, impenetrable forest that blankets Vermont’s Green Mountains gives the state its peaceful and verdant mystique, but those same dark woods hide a secret from pre-history that reaches menacingly into the present. Joseph A. Citro’s widely read publications about the more haunting history, legends, and lore of New England have earned him a reputation as an expert on themes of the supernatural. In this book (first published in 1987), however, he deftly melds real-life ancient ruins, a keen eye for the social fabric of small-town Vermont, and a soaring imagination to fashion a gripping tale of a family’s life-or-death struggle to save their farm from an enemy far more devastating than banks, taxes, or land developers.

Eric Nolan is a man already too familiar with death. His brother’s long-ago disappearance, the loss of his parents, and his wife’s recent demise in an auto accident have left him near the edge physically and emotionally. In desperation he returns to his boyhood haunt, the family farm in rural Antrim, Vermont, now occupied by his cousin, Pamela, her husband, Clint, and Luke, their four-year-old son. But any solace Eric might find there is short-lived. Something terrible is going on in the woods on Pinnacle Mountain and it seems to be centered around a mysterious stone structure that, a local historian believes may be the relic of an ancient race.

The mystery deepens as people begin to vanish one by one, first a village policeman, then a local hermit, a researcher, and finally Clint himself. As baffling and violent incidents continue it becomes harder to deny that a powerful and malevolent force is at work in the Green Mountains, a force that has targeted young Luke. Though it defies Eric’s every rational instinct, he must ultimately confront a reality he can neither accept nor deny. As he and the others struggle to quell the rising tide of evil, the siege escalates to a brutal battle for life itself.

Citro twists every shock possible out of this finely crafted gothic thriller that tests the limits of legend and belief.

SINEATER

The sineater is a mysterious, terrifying figure of the night, condemned to live alone in the mountains. He comes out only when a death occurs in the small community of Beacon Cove. As mourners at the wake turn to face the wall, the sineater enters to eat food off the chest of the dead, thus taking on the sins of the departed and cleansing the soul to enter heaven. The sineater has a family, yet even they must be asleep on the rare occasions he comes home for a midnight meal. The elder son, Curry, works as an oak weaver and prepares himself for life as the sineater when his father dies. Joel, the younger son, attends the community school but is either ignored or taunted by the other students.

A rash of violent crimes and murders rock Beacon Cove. The religious leadership announces that the sineater, overburdened with sins he has consumed, has become the embodiment of the devil. They must forbid him from attending wakes and do all they can to protect themselves from his evil. However, when troubled young Burke Campbell moves to Beacon Cove, he challenges the community’s superstitions and fears and forces Joel to face the reality of who he is…and who his father is.

NIGHT VISIONS: AT THE CROSSROAD

(Originally published as Night Visions 7)

• A jazz musician whose powerful music just might wake the dead.
• A sleepy Wisconsin town harbors an evil that has waited generations to exact its revenge.
• A young couple struggles for survival amid the ruins of civilization after a devastating biological world war.
• A member of the clergy who gives a whole new literal interpretation of the phrase “eat of my flesh”.
• A demented babysitter is taught a grizzly lesson by the children she torments.

NIGHT VISIONS: AT THE CROSSROAD presents eight tales of horror and dark fantasy by Richard Laymon, Chet Williamson, and Gary Brandner.

Prepare to enter a world where your darkest nightmare can become a chilling reality… A world of Night Visions.

Stories included in this collection:

  • Mop Up by Richard Laymon
  • Wishbone by Richard Laymon
  • Bad News by Richard Laymon
  • Madman Stan by Richard Laymon
  • Blue Notes by Chet Williamson
  • The Confessions of St. James by Chet Williamson
  • Assurances of the Self Extinction of Man by Chet Williamson
  • Damntown by Gary Brandner

Announcing the Macabre Ink Resurrected Horrors Series

Since 2010, Crossroad Press has had the privilege of bringing out-of-print horror back in digital format for a number of authors including, but not limited to, Ronald Kelly, Bill Crider (Jack MacLane), Rick Hautala, Charles L. Grant, Brian Hodge, Elizabeth Massie, Joseph A. Citro, Melanie and Steve Tem, Thomas Tessier, and many, many others. Since their original digital publication, formatting standards have changed, and they were out-of-date. With the new Macabre Ink Resurrected Horrors series, these books are being updated to the newest styles and formatting, with their covers updated with the series ribbon for easy identification. The first wave features ten classic horror novels from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Subsequent waves will each feature at least five titles, with a planned release of one wave every couple of months. Here are the ten novels in wave one of the Macabre Ink Resurrected Horrors series:


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UNDERTAKER’S MOON

A graveyard feast beneath the summer moon …

The rural town of Old Hickory. Tennessee was a quiet, picturesque community … until the O’Sheas came to town.

Becoming the new proprietors of the town’s only funeral parlor, with the help of their charming patriarch, Square McManus, the Irish family was wholeheartedly accepted by the local townfolk. The thing began to happen. Strange things … horrible, unspeakable things … in the dead of night.

The sighting of wolfish beasts congregating around an open grave in the town cemetery. Frightening changes in several of Old Hickory’s less desirable residents. And the brutal murder and devouring of a varsity football player in the wooded wilderness outside of town. Soon, what was once concealed in shadow and secrecy was now starkly revealed, in all its ravenous fury, by the silvery light of the full moon.

As the residents of Old Hickory, as well as the local police, begin to fall victim to an unknown evil, four individuals—the town nerd, a high school jock, a widowed gunsmith, and a mysterious transient from a distant shore—find themselves facing what could possibly be a hellish lycanthrope from ancient Ireland … the legendary Arget Bethir … the Silver Beast.


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NIGHT SONGS

SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT THEY ARE SINGING SONGS OF DEATH…

Colin Ross, twice thwarted in love, once abandoned, quit the mainland for Haven’s End, a wounded soul on an idyllic island, seeking to heal his life.

But instead of peace, he is hurled into chaos. Some dark and ancient hatred, some evil force, is unleashed, wreaking vengeance on the islanders, mangling the living and mutilating the dead.

And, as the piercing songs rise to met the roaring wind, Colin Ross, against his will, is sucked into the raging storm.


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THE KILL RIFF

Lucas dreams it every night: the rockshow, flashy, ear-pounding, chaotic. The frothed-up mob that storms the stage. The death of his daughter Kristen, trampled in a sudden surge of tribal frenzy. In Lucas Ellington’s eyes, the audience is blameless. His child was murdered by the main event — Whip Hand, the ultimate party band.

The arena disaster in which Kristen was killed causes Whip Hand to disband, but the individual musicians are still out there, alive and kicking.

Not for long.

Whip Hand’s lead singer, Gabriel Stannard, has established a successful solo career, but knows how fickle his public is. He has to do something — and soon — to retain his position as the baddest, meanest, most dangerous rockstar of all time. And he knows that Lucas is saving him for last in his campaign of revenge. Each man targets the other in a vendetta of honor versus glory.

The Kill Riff traffics not only in the dark side of rock music and media exploitation, but explores what vengeance does to the avenger, in hard-ass 4/4 time.


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THE CATS

THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF CATS CRAZED WITH BLOODLUST

A giant Doberman pinscher—the most vicious and deadly of killer dogs—lay in a bloody heap, its unseeing eyes still glazed with astonished terror.

A young dropout on an acid trip smiled at the animals that were ripping his flesh from his bones—until he realized that this was really happening.

What was left of a kindly old lady lay beside the shattered saucer of milk she had intended to put on the ground.

A powerfully built rapist in the midst of his outrage felt the claws on his back—and his lust turned to gibbering agony.

All over the vast city it was happening and no one seemed able to stop them—the police, the army, the scientist. And cat after cat was infected by the ferocious fever that for the first time made them the masters of man…

THE CATS


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THE DARK COUNTRY

Etchison’s fiction is justly famous for its creepy ambiance, and explores the terrain mapped out by Philip K. Dick, Thomas Harris, and any number of black and white horror movies.  This is his legendary first collection, carefully corrected by the author for this new edition. The title story won both the World Fantasy Award and the British Fantasy Award in 1982, the first time a single work received both major awards. Contents include 15 ground-breaking stories and an introduction by Ramsey Campbell.


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NIGHTSCAPE

Eight-year-old Evan Laine is afraid.  He’d lost a finger in a car accident, but now it is slowly growing back.  There are other changes, too.  Changes he can’t hide from his mom.  And dreams.  Dreams from which he wakes, screaming.  They are after him… the beautiful redheaded woman, and the drooling boy/man.  They want him to change.  They are making him change, shaping him into something just like them.

Bonnie Laine knew there was something wrong with her son.  She’d seen the skin sloughing off his belly in long, wet sheets.  She’d heard his screams in the night.  And now she’d seen them. The followers, hunting her son.  They want Evan for something, something too terrible to imagine.  But Bonnie will do anything to save her son.  Even if it means joining forces with a murderous man who may be far more dangerous than the creatures pursuing them.


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DARK SILENCE

November, 1694. Rachel Parsons, an accused witch, is hanged at the Gallows Tree in Summerfield, Maine.  Before she dies, she curses all who live on her land.  Her words end with the creak of the rope as the ladder is pulled out from under her.

Autumn, 1963. A retarded boy is chased into the old, abandoned mill.  But it is one of his tormentors who ends up at the bottom of a shaft.

Summer, 1994. Brian Fraser has heard the stories about the old mill.  They say it’s haunted, filled with the whisperings of long ago…including something that his own father won’t talk about.  But Brian is drawn to the mill.  Drawn to an evil so hideous, so apocalyptic it threatens one’s sanity…


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CAT MAGIC

Some people in Maywell, New Jersey, commute to New York.  Some are working on a lab project that will change the world—if it is allowed to succeed.

And some people are witches.

Amanda Walker is not a witch—yet.  She’s an artist, looking for work—unaware that someone has a desperate need for her, a dark plan that may require Amanda to enter death itself.

If she is allowed to live long enough to make the choice.

Amanda’s tale is far stranger than she knows.  It is ancient beyond memory.  In times of great change it must be relived, in all its fear and hope, its wisdom and its passion.

One of those times is now.


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WILD CARD

Fran’s daughter, Mick, couldn’t understand why her mother kept Tarot cards in the bottom of her closet. Had she once used the cards? It didn’t seem like something her mom would do. But there they were, in a beautifully carved box.

The cards felt special to Mick; she learned how to use them and was soon reading her friends’ minds, predicting their futures. But this was no ordinary deck of Tarot cards. By spreading the cards in different ways, Mick could control the future. Then bizarre things happened to her enemies—accidents. Mick began to change, to wear weird clothes, to spend time at the old Montagna place. It wasn’t long before people began to understand what was happening in their town. Once they did, they would go looking for Mick McGee …


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LEGION OF THE DEAD

Cary Connoway had heard rumors of a mysterious Cult of Death even before he arrived in San Mario, but nothing could have prepared him for the unspeakable evil that stalked him now. He had come to the primitive Caribbean island for rest and instead found love in the arms of Juana, a beautiful island girl.

Now in the jungle they both faced a relentless, oncoming horror that only the awesome power of voodoo could have raised and only the power of voodoo could stop.