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About Michael Griffin
Michael Griffin's stories have appeared in magazines like Apex, Black Static, Lovecraft eZine and Strange Aeons , and such anthologies as the Shirley Jackson Award winner The Grimscribe's Puppets, the Laird Barron tribute The Children of Old Leech, and Cthulhu Fhtagn! His standalone novella Far From Streets was published by Dunhams Manor Press, and his debut collection The Lure of Devouring Light will be published by Word Horde in April, 2016.
His work is upcoming in Leaves of a Necronomicon, Autumn Cthulhu, Nightscript 2 and Eternal Frankenstein.
Michael blogs about books and writing at griffinwords.com. On Twitter, he generally posts as @mgsoundvisions and writing-specific news appears as @griffinwords. He's also an electronic ambient musician and founder of Hypnos Recordings, an ambient music record label he operates with his wife in Portland, Oregon.
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Michael Griffin's riveting new novella ARMAGEDDON HOUSE grabs you and doesn't let go. It will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. This is a haunted house of a different sort.
About the Author
Michael Griffin's latest collection The Human Alchemy (Word Horde) was a 2018 Shirley Jackson Award finalist. Other books include a novel, Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone (Journalstone, 2017) and his debut collection The Lure of Devouring Light (Word Horde, 2016). His stories have appeared in Black Static and Apex magazines, and the anthologies Looming Low, The Children of Old Leech and the Shirley Jackson Award winner The Grimscribe's Puppets.
He's also an ambient musician and founder of Hypnos Recordings, a record label he operates with his wife in Portland, Oregon. His blog is at griffinwords.com
The Demons of King Solomon is the innovative sequel to JournalStone Publishing’s bestselling anthology The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft. This anthology explores the legendary demonic bestiary of King Solomon by bringing together popular authors in horror, occultism, and dark fantasy, including many NY Times bestsellers, as well as featuring original artwork by John Coulthart and descriptions of the demons by Richard Smoley.
The mythology of King Solomon and his Solomonic magic played a key role in the history of magic and occultism and influenced countless haunting and fantastical tales. The traditions of goëtia and grimoire owe their uniqueness to the legendary accounts of different classes, abilities, and categories of demons. Asmodeus, Belial, Abyzou, and Marchosias—these cryptic, evocative names continue to fascinate and terrify those who dare to utter them.
The Demons of King Solomon collects twelve all-new demonic tales from:
Asmodeus (Stephen Graham Jones)
Marchosias (Michelle Belanger)
Ephippas (Whitley Strieber)
Ronove (Ronald Malfi)
Amdusias (Philip Fracassi)
Hanar (Jonathan Maberry)
Ornias (Richard Chizmar)
Buer (Scott Sigler)
Agaras (R.S. Belcher)
Abyzou (J.D. Horn)
Caim (Seanan McGuire)
Belial (Michael Griffin)
Commentary on each demon by Richard Smoley
Looming Low Volume I is the first anthology from Dim Shores. 26 brand-new stories in different shades of weird, all with a dark soul.
Table of Contents:
Kurt Fawver — “The Convexity of Our Youth”
A.C. Wise — “The Stories We Tell About Ghosts”
Michael Wehunt — “In Canada”
Brian Evenson — “The Second Door”
Daniel Mills — “The Christiansen Deaths”
Betty Rocksteady — “Dusk Urchin”
Livia Llewellyn — “The Gin House, 1935”
Damien Angelica Walters — “This Unquiet Space”
Sunny Moraine — “We Grope Together, and Avoid Speech”
Brooke Warra — “Heirloom”
Lucy A. Snyder — “That Which Does Not Kill You”
Simon Strantzas — “Doused by Night”
Kaaron Warren — “We Are All Bone Inside”
Lisa L. Hannett — “Outside, a Drifter”
Kristi DeMeester — “The Small Deaths of Skin and Plastic”
Scott Nicolay — “When the Blue Sky Breaks”
Craig Laurance Gidney — “Mirror Bias”
Anya Martin — “Boisea trivittata”
Michael Cisco — “Rock n’ Roll Death Squad”
S.P. Miskowski — “Alligator Point”
Jeffrey Thomas — “Stranger in the House”
Christopher Slatsky — “SPARAGMOS”
Richard Gavin — “Banishments”
Michael Griffin — “The Sound of Black Dissects the Sun”
Nadia Bulkin — “Live Through This”
Gemma Files — “Distant Dark Places”
Edited by Justin Steele and Sam Cowan. Trade paperback art by Yves Tourigny.
When Guy's marriage of two decades unravels, he's driven from his previously stable domestic life and ends up renting a room in the houseboat of his much younger co-worker Karl. Pushed outside his comfort zone, Guy tries to follow Karl's example, until he ends up exploring entirely new frontiers, both natural and uncanny.
He finally encounters the enigmatic Lily, who offers to share with Guy her own arcane language, a mix of incomprehensible symbols, rough bits of nature and dark pleasures of the flesh. Guy finds himself obsessed, as if powerless under Lily's spell.
Will he recognize in time the many secrets she keeps hidden in plain sight, or will allow himself to be pulled downstream toward an inescapable vortex?
"Cthulhu Does Stuff", a comic by by Ronnie Tucker & Maxwell Patterson
"The Spaces Between", by Pete Rawlik
"The Voyager", by Douglas Wynne
"Endure Within a Dying Frame", by Michael Griffin
"Catch Me If You Can", by Marcus Grimm
"DreamShock", by Benjamin Knox & Toby Bennett
"The Secret Goatman Spookshow", by Jonathan Raab
"Winter Things", by Raven Daemorgan
"Further", by F. J. Bergmann
Word Horde is proud to publish Eternal Frankenstein, an anthology edited by Ross E. Lockhart, paying tribute to Mary Shelley, her Monster, and their entwined legacy.
Featuring sixteen resurrecting tales of terror and wonder by:
Rios de la Luz
G. D. Falksen
Scott R. Jones
Damien Angelica Walters
"A very promising anthology." —Ellen Datlow, Best Horror of the Year
"An annual highlight of the genre." —Anthony Watson, Dark Musings
"Weirdness with truth at its heart." —Des Lewis, Real-Time Reviews
H.P. Lovecraft, the American master of horror, understood with horrible clarity that all things must die. After summer is winter, and life inevitably gives way to frozen sterility. In our modern world, we live cushioned existences, and congratulate ourselves on our supposed escape from the old dangers. We think ourselves caught out of nature’s reach by our technological wizardry. Safely cocooned. This foolishness blinds us to the truth that our elder forebears could not avoid. Engulfed by the rhythms of the world, they understood... Autumn means death.
There are far worse fates than mere death, of course. As blight spreads, the leaves wither and fall — as do the most important foundations of life. There is nothing more horrible than watching the sources of meaning in your world unravel before you. But these things we cherish are just pretty lies. In autumn’s cold grasp, the bright petals of our reality shrivel and die. Beneath them, there is nothing but the insanity of the howling void. Faced with inevitable, agonizing corruption, death is a gentle blessing.
The stories collected in "Autumn Cthulhu" reflect the darkest, most ancient truths of the season. Inside, you’ll find nineteen beautiful, terrifying glimpses of decay and loss inspired by Lovecraft’s work. Be sure that you want the burden of understanding before venturing further, though. The dissolving strands of mind, of love, of legacy within leave no room for merciful doubt.
The true meaning of life is that there is no meaning.
"From Nadia Bulkin's sharp, politically savvy creeper to John Langan's stunning epic novella, Mike Davis's anthology is a compelling, eclectic collection of stories from some of today's best and brightest. AUTUMN CTHULHU does more than find its place within the Lovecraftian/weird fiction universe, it expands it."
-- Paul Tremblay, author of "A Head Full of Ghosts" and "Disappearance at Devil's Rock"
Now, Word Horde presents Michael Griffin's debut collection, The Lure of Devouring Light. Here you will find strange and luminous tales, character-driven, emotionally resonant, and grappling with horrors both everyday and supernatural.
Experience for yourself The Lure of Devouring Light.
Fairy tales and Lovecraftian Mythos collide in this mash-up anthology. These short stories, crafted by some of today's finest Mythos authors, merge the maddening unknowns of Lovecraft with the dark morality tales of yesteryear, bringing a shred of light into the horrific corridors that are built from such a melding.