Cover Reveal for On the Night Border by James Chambers
Artwork by Daniele Serra
On the Night Border is a collection of short stories new and old from award-winning master writer James Chambers, with an introduction by Linda D. Addison. Featured here is the beautiful cover by award-winning artist Daniele Serra! Release date is set for September 12, 2019 from Raw Dog Screaming Press, but it’s available now for pre-order.
Chambers’ stories bring a new twist to the classic spooky tale with mysteries that are reminiscent of The Twilight Zone which include both classic and cosmic horror elements that echo Lovecraft, William Hope Hodgson and many pulp-style page-turners. Updated for a modern mindset and pacing, readers that value atmosphere and a quiet build toward terror will be captivated by these stories.
“On the Night Border presents a selection of my short stories from the past fifteen years with several new stories published here for the first time,” Chambers said. “Bringing this collection together has been a journey backward and forwards in time, an eye-opening survey of my writing. I hope readers will enjoy the trip with me! Daniele Serra’s artwork evokes the perfect tone for this book, and I cannot think of any better publisher than Raw Dog Screaming Press to bring this terrifying collection into the world.”
Dark things stir in the night. When the world sleeps and quiet settles in, shadows assume sinister shapes, guilt and regret well up from the mind’s deepest recesses, and the lonely face their greatest fears. Darkness bares the secret truths whispered on the lips of the lost and the desperate. At night, terrors come alive. For those who journey too far into the dark, no escape remains—but there is a place from which to view these nightmares, a place…on the night border.
The fifteen stories collected here come from the last edge of the light and deliver glimpses into the dreadful, the mysterious, and the strange. These stories offer readers unsettling and weird visions from across the border, visions out of history and from the world around us, visions of cosmic horror, personal madness, and agonizing heartbreak.
A literary legend confronts the reality of a chaotic, uncaring universe. A young girl grows up in the shadow of a ferocious monster. A man seeks to kill his memories. Love defeats death in an odd world not unlike our own. An artist’s drawings unlock a terrifying truth of his adopted city. A mask burns. The mother of plagues offers a deadly future.
Readers will find here all of these and many other visions of what lies on the far side of the line, including, by special arrangement, stories of Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak and Kolchak, the Night Stalker. Walk up to the edge. Listen to the whispers on the wind. Peer across at the terrors beyond from your vantage point…on the night border!
Praise for These Stories –
“Leave the comfort of what you think you know behind and journey through the dark imaginings of James Chambers, an author with the talent to turn ordinary places and familiar people into our worst nightmares in this latest collection.” —Rena Mason, Bram Stoker Award® winning author of The Evolutionist and East End Girls
“Chambers tells stories with the uneasy familiarity of urban legends or tales told around a campfire on a chilly fall evening. Highly recommended!” —Multi Bram Stoker Award-Nominated John F.D. Taff, Author of Little Black Spots and The Fearing
”…an assemblage of wonderfully-horrific tales by a writer madly in love with language. The fictions within are chambers of storytelling madness that, once fully explored, each and every one, infect the reader into wanting more, more, more.”—Michael Bailey, author of Psychotropic Dragon and Seven Minutes
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About James Chambers:
James Chambers is an award-winning author of horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. He wrote the Bram Stoker Award®-winning graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for his story, “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills.” Publisher’s Weekly gave his collection of four Lovecraftian-inspired novellas, The Engines of Sacrifice, a starred review and described it as “chillingly evocative.”
He is the author of the short story collection Resurrection House and several novellas, including The Dead Bear Witness and Tears of Blood, in the Corpse Fauna novella series, and the dark urban fantasy, Three Chords of Chaos.
His short stories have been published in numerous anthologies, including After Punk: Steampowered Tales of the Afterlife, The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, The Best of Defending the Future, Chiral Mad 2, Chiral Mad 4, Deep Cuts, Dragon’s Lure, Fantastic Futures 13, Gaslight and Grimm, The Green Hornet Chronicles, Hardboiled Cthulhu, In An Iron Cage, Kolchak the Night Stalker: Passages of the Macabre, Qualia Nous, Shadows Over Main Street (1 and 2), The Spider: Extreme Prejudice, To Hell in a Fast Car, Truth or Dare, TV Gods, Walrus Tales, Weird Trails; the chapbook Mooncat Jack; and the magazines Bare Bone, Cthulhu Sex, and Allen K’s Inhuman. He co-edited the anthology, A New York State of Fright: Horror Stories from the Empire State, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.
He has also written and edited numerous comic books including Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals, the critically acclaimed “The Revenant” in Shadow House, and The Midnight Hour with Jason Whitley.
He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and recipient of the 2012 Richard Laymon Award and the 2016 Silver Hammer Award. He lives in New York and you can visit him at his website.
I love this cover. It’s scary but artsy, too.
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