Night Visions 12

Night Visions 12

Illustration By Russell Dickerson

For nearly two decades, the Night Visions anthologies have provided a forum for some of the finest dark fantasists of the modern era, including Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Dan Simmons, Clive Barker, and many more. Subterranean Press proudly continues the tradition with the twelfth installment of this landmark series.

Edited and introduced by Bram Stoker Award winner and International Horror Guild Award nominee Kealan Patrick Burke (Taverns of the Dead, Quietly Now), Night Visions 12 features short stories and novellas by Simon Clark (Blood Crazy, Night of the Triffids), Mark Morris (Nowhere Near an Angel, The Immaculate), and P.D. Cacek (Night Players, The Wind Caller).

Simon Clark:
-- A screenwriter’s marshland retreat becomes a place of unutterable terror in “My God, My God,” a gleefully wicked homage to the works of William Hope Hodgson.
-- An experiment in lucid dreaming leads a man into a sinking house where he encounters the titular trio of famous literary figures, and something much worse, in “Poe, Lovecraft, Jackson.”
-- The concept of humankind as the true evil rises to the fore in “Frankenstein, Victor”, an alternate world sequel to Mary Shelley’s seminal classic.

Mark Morris:
-- “Feeding Frenzy” follows the surreal and nightmarish journey of an average bookstore employee in the wake of a series of murders seemingly inspired by pulp-horror novels.
-- The Rod Serling-esque setup of a man awaking to find himself alone in a town takes a hellish and horrifying turn in “What Nature Abhors.”
-- In “The Story of April And Her Colours”, a very unique boy finds himself embroiled in an equally unique situation when he meets a woman with lights beneath her skin.

P.D. Cacek:
-- An egotistical psychotherapist falls for his patient--a woman with five other personalities, all of whom are very much aware of each other, and quite possibly a secret sixth--in the chilling supernatural thriller “Forced Perspective.”
-- “Campfire Story” is the story of one dark summer, and the haunted well from which horror springs eternal...

These are the tellers, dear reader, and here are their tales, submitted for your approval on this darkest of nights...

Trade: Deluxe cloth bound hardcover edition
Limited: 250 numbered copies, signed by all contributors

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):
“The latest installment in the venerable Night Visions series, edited by relative newcomer Burke (Hides), matches the talent included in previous volumes with eight horror stories from three British writers. Simon Clark honors past masters of the genre with his three pieces; the best of which--“Frankenstein, Victor”--reimagines Mary Shelley’s classic and exemplifies Clark’s political commentary, vivid imagery and incisive characterization. Mark Morris’s contributions stand out in the volume, particularly “The Story of April and Her Colours,” narrated with eerie sweetness by the autistic protagonist, and the nightmarish “What Nature Abhors,” about one man’s descent into a very personal hell. P.D. Cacek rounds out this excellent anthology with “Forced Perspective,” a novella about a psychiatrist’s romances with his patient’s multiple personalities, and “Campfire Story,” about a boy who’d do almost anything for his best friend.”

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
“In past years, stories by Clive Barker, Dan Simmons, George R.R. Martin and Lucius Shepard have stolen the limelight. This year, even though the lead stories by British author Clark--which are open tributes to the fiction of icons such as Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allen Poe--are thoroughly engaging, and the pieces by fellow Brit Morris (such as ‘Feeding Frenzy’) raise the hackles, Midwestern author Cacek takes the honors hands-down.”

“Cacek's ‘Campfire Story’--which closes the anthology--is unsettling enough, with its strange twist on the traditional ghost story. But ‘Forced Perspective,’ involving a psychotherapist who carries on affairs with the multiple personalities of a patient, is nothing short of astonishing and more proof that Cacek is one of the genre’s overlooked, top-notch talents.”

From the Rocky Mountain News:
“Final word: Featuring the best horror writers of recent years, it would be hard to find a better series to own, read or collect.”

Russell Dickerson
Kealan Patrick Burke
271 pages
United States
Out of Print