‘Halloween’ is coming

Yep - that cover guarantees I will buy this book. The contents don't look too shabby, either.

I’m a sucker for a good Halloween-themed book.

Throw the word Halloween in the title, stick a carved-up pumpkin on the cover and put some scary stories on the pages, and I’m all over it. Editor Paula Guran apparently knows this, and has created a book just for me and my like-minded Samhain-loving brethren: Halloween.

Prime Books is releasing this new anthology as a trade paperback in September. Check out this stellar lineup:

“The October Game” by Ray Bradbury
“Tessellations” by Gary Braunbeck
“Memories” by Peter Crowther
“Auntie Elspeth’s Halloween Story (or The Gourd, The Bad, And The Ugly)” by Esther Friesner
“Struwwelpeter, Glen Hirshberg
“Pranks” by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
“By the Book” by Nancy Holder
“The Sticks” by Charlee Jacob
“Riding Bitch” by K.W. Jeter
“At the Reef” by Caitlin R. Kiernan
“Memories of el Dia de los Muertos” by Nancy Kilpatrick
“The Great Pumpkin Arrives At Last” by Sarah Langan
“On a Dark October” by Joe R. Lansdale
“Conversations in a Dead Language” by Thomas Ligotti
‘Universal Soldier” by Charles De Lint
“Hallowe’en in a Suburb” by HP Lovecraft
“Pumpkin Night” by Gary McMahon
“The Halloween Man” by William F. Nolan
“Monsters” by Stewart O’Nan
“Three Doors” by Norman Partridge
“Hornets” by Al Sarrantonio
“Night Out” by Tina Rath
“Mask Game: by John Shirley
“Pork Pie Hat” by Peter Straub
“Halloween Street & Tricks and Treats” by Steve Rasnic Tem
“The November Game” by F. Paul Wilson
“Sugar Skulls” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Thanks to Norman Partridge, represented here by his excellent tale “Three Doors,” for first alerting us to this on his blog, American Frankenstein.