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“The Sixth Floor”
Darker Companions

Welcome to DARKER COMPANIONS, a celebration of Ramsey Campbell.

The year 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ramsey Campbell s first fiction collection, THE INHABITANT OF THE LAKE AND LESS WELCOME TENANTS. The Arkham House book, published in 1964 when he was just 18, was actually his second appearance at Arkham House, the first being in 1962 s August Derleth-edited anthology DARK MIND, DARK HEART, his first professional sale as an author. To commemorate the impressive event, I thought it only fitting to assemble an anthology of stories in tribute to Ramsey, written by some of his many fans and friends currently working in the field of the weird.

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“Arkham House on Haunted Hill”
The Lovecraft Squad: Waiting

There was no way that the reclusive pulp writer could have known so much about a case where the details had been withheld for fear of creating a panic among the public. Following these startling revelations, the F.B.I. went back and investigated more closely into the stories that Lovecraft was publishing as “fiction.” Incredibly, it soon began to emerge that the events in Innsmouth were not a solitary event–and the monstrosities the author described really did exist.

To combat these cosmic horrors, the Human Protection League (H.P.L.) was established to investigate and combat these otherworldly invaders. Down through the decades since, the only defense that has stood between humanity and these creatures of chaos are the agents of the H.P.L.–or, as they are sometimes known to those few who are aware of their existence: The Lovecraft Squad.

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“The Last of Liquid Sleep”
Phantasm/Chimera

Phantasm/Chimera is an all original collection of cutting edge Weird Horror. In these pages, you will find an all-star line-up of some of the most innovative and exciting writers working today. Phantasm/Chimera has one goal: To disturb its reader with the most dark and surreal visions ever put to paper. From tales of strange imposters from other worlds to tales of ordinary people hideously alienated from themselves, from tales of black abysses hiding behind human masks to tales of weird and erotic obsessions. 

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UNQUIET WATERS

A woman becomes obsessed with something lurking in the polluted waters of Galveston in “To Drown the World”.

A man fears that the face he sees in the mirror is no longer his own in “The Reflection”.

Something goes very wrong on a diving trip in “Rapture of the Deep”.

And a house is haunted by more than just rising damp in “Where the Water Comes In.”

A microcollection of four original stories.

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“Where’s Kneale When You Need Him?”
We Are the Martians

Thomas Nigel Kneale may not be a household name, but those who know him revere him. And those who don t know the name, will certainly have felt his influence.

In many ways the father of television drama in the UK, he was also, in every way, a successor to H.G. Wells and M.R. James in his impact. The missing link in the genre chain that leads from Wells to J.G. Ballard.

The authors, critics and screenwriters who have been moved and influenced by his work, come together to celebrate his life, his work, and his extraordinary legacy.

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“Losing Its Identity”
Terror Tales of Cornwall

Cornwall, England’s most scenic county: windswept moors, rugged cliffs and wild, foaming seas. But smugglers and wreckers once haunted its hidden coves, mermaid myths abound, pixie lore lingers, henges signal a pagan past, and fanged beasts stalk the ancient, overgrown lanes … The serpent woman of Pengersick The screaming demon of Land’s End The nightmare masquerade at Padstow The feathered horror of Mawnan The terrible voice at St. Agnes The ritual slaughter at Crantock The hoof-footed fetch of Bodmin Moor And many more chilling tales by Mark Morris, Ray Cluley, Reggie Oliver, Sarah Singleton, Mark Samuels, Thana Niveau and other award-winning masters and mistresses of the macabre.

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“The Dawning of His Dreams”
The Children of Gla’aki

There is a lake in the Severn Valley, near a town called Brichester. It is an eerie, haunted place, both by day and by night. Night especially though, is a time when no one in their right mind would go anywhere near it, or those oddly deserted houses that stand, albeit barely, on the edge of the shore. But why? What is it that moves about in that lake, a thing that makes its presence known with three sinister glowing eyes that protrude from beneath the water?

Some believe it is an entity that traveled to Earth, many thousands of years ago inside a hollow meteor.

Ramsey Campbell, Nick Mamatas, John Goodrich, Robert M. Price, Pete Rawlik, W.H. Pugmire, Edward Morris, Scott R. Jones, Thana Niveau, William Meikle, Orrin Grey, Tom Lynch, Konstantine Paradias, Josh Reynolds, Lee Clarke Zumpe, and Tim Waggoner, these are, The Children of Gla’aki.

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“Willard”, “Ben”, “Bug” and “Kingdom of the Spiders”
Unsung Horrors

Singing the praises of those “unsung” horror films that hold a special place in our hearts. 

edited by Eric McNaughton of We Belong Dead

available from Hemlock Books

“The Curtain”
The Dark no 19

Issue no 19 of THE DARK magazine, edited by Sean Wallace and featuring stories by Steve Rasnic Tem, Thana Niveau, Cate Gardner, and Priya Sharma, along with a podcast of Tem’s story by Kate Baker.

 http://thedarkmagazine.com/issues/december-2016/

“Joining In”
Ghost Highways

GHOST HIGHWAYS is the second of the Midnight Street Anthologies. It contains 12 previously unpublished stories and a further 3 reprinted stories, (one of which is a completely revised version), from some of the most exciting and proven masters of the genre, including Ramsey Campbell, Simon Clark, Ralph Robert Moore, Ray Cluley and Thana Niveau, as well as an introduction by Paul Finch. The themes relate to ghost highways in the fullest, often oblique, sense. But there is another aspect to these stories: that of the haunting residue; ghosts in all their various interpretations. The characters are haunted in some way, often in subtle ways. The nightmares that haunt them are often baleful, leaving the protagonists trapped within the fates they have invoked. Each story has an illustrated introductory page that suggests the mood of what is to come, tempting the reader into whatever nightmarish world the author has created. GHOST HIGHWAYS is the most ambitious project that Midnight Street Press has launched so far. There is subtlety, augmented by an impending or ongoing horror, and a focus on character that creates unease and ultimately, a full blown, terrifying denouement, often not immediately obvious, but always unsettling. GHOST HIGHWAYS is a unique journey along highways that will transport the reader to places – outside the comfort of home, of the cosy armchair – where demons in their many forms, hold sway.

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