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Each of our titles feature multiple stories by four authors, providing "sampler" anthologies of the finest writers in modern horror. Since 2006, we've published seven anthologies, been written up in Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Cemetery Dance and Rue Morgue, and been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. To solidify our position as a serious, highbrow press, we staged the first-ever World Horror Convention Pajama Party in 2008!

October 2016
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Goodbye Robert Weinberg… will watch for you on Mars.

Posted September 26, 2016

bobweinberg-johneversonI was working in Los Angeles today when my wife Geri texted me from Chicago to let me know that amazing author, editor and all-round good soul Bob Weinberg had died. It has weighed heavy on my mind these past few hours as I finished my day working here.

Bob was one of the first and best writers I met on the “Chicago” scene when I first began publishing my own work in the ’90s. He was an inspiration, and I was privileged to design a book of his short fiction (The Occult Detective) for Twilight Tales and later to publish some of his stories here on my own Dark Arts Books press (When The Night Comes Down). Bob was a prolific author, co-founder of Chicago Comic Con, and an editor who compiled dozens of horror anthologies with Stefan R. Dziemianowicz and Martin H. Greenberg in the ’80s and ’90s.

bobweinbergI’ve reposted a photo here of Bob and Phyllis from Bob’s 70th birthday party just three weeks ago.

I always wanted to see Bob in person more than I ever got to and some day tour his home “genre museum.” Once when I did a library reading near his house, we had planned to do that… but then health got in the way. He lived just a few miles from where I grew up, and yet, somehow I never saw his fabled collection of books, posters, and horror/sci-fi memorabilia. And now never will.

14484897_10157312461910012_7051053488607920048_nI was honored to have been able to know him, and sign books near him more than once, including at World Horror Convention 2002 (where the first photo of us hails from – the other is from a panel at World Horror 2001). I will always remember him, and dream of Mars in his honor. When we land a manned mission there, I will speak his name.

What does that last sentence have to do with anything? Read Bob’s essay from just over a year ago called “A Dream of Mars” on his Facebook wall:

Rest in peace, Bob. And thanks for all the amazing stories. I’m glad to have known you, and gotten the chance to work with you, if even just a little bit.

occultdet whenthenight


R.I.P. John Sumakis, aka David Thomas Lord

Posted April 1, 2016

JohnSumakisJohn Sumakis’s sister Rita has announced that John, who wrote under the name David Thomas Lord, passed away yesterday afternoon. John was the the vampire novels Bound in Blood and Bound in Flesh, both nominees for the Lambda Award. He was also a huge supporter of Dark Arts Books, and one of our early anthology authors.

I first met him at the World Horror Convention in San Francisco, back in 2006, which is where the very first Dark Arts Books release, Candy in the Dumpster, came out. He was always very supportive of the press and appeared in our 4th release Like A Chinese Tattoo, which went on to be a Bram Stoker Award nominee the year of its release. I didn’t see John in person very often, as he didn’t attend conventions much over the past few years, but he was always a joy to correspond with. The world has lost another light. And the literary world has lost a fine, imaginative author.

R.I.P. John.

— John Everson

5-Star “Twisted Sick Hilarious” Praise for THE CRAWLING ABATTOIR

Posted March 27, 2016

coverMartin Mundt’s The Crawling Abattoir has been hitting the sick spot with horror readers this week. The book picked up two new 5-star reader reviews on Amazon over the last couple days.

One called it “a great collection of short stories! Obscene, funny, smart, gross and hysterical this collection is totally worth the investment!!”

The other called it a “Must Read” and described it as “Perverse, funny, twisted, sick, hilarious. Not many stories use ‘lovesick necrophiliac’ in their dialog. The stories are all great but the last one will leave you Laughing out loud.”

Download a copy and check it out here on Amazon.