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WIN A COPY OF WILDWOOD: TALES OF TERROR & TRANSFORMATION FROM THE FOREST

Who doesn't love a good anthology? Our friends over at Shadow House Publishing do, and they have graciously provided us THREE eBooks to give away to lucky Horror DNA fans! Edited by bestselling author William P. Simmons, Wildwood: Tales of Terror & Transformation From the Forest is chock-full of stories to keep you awake at night. To be eligible to win, simply fill out the form below and correctly answer the question. Good luck!!

Unnamable nightmares lurk in the wild. Do you dare stray from the path? Witness the sylvan horrors of nature with WILDWOOD: TALES OF TERROR & TRANSFORMATION FROM THE FOREST, the first anthology in the Shadow House Library of Weird Fiction series.

Forests fill us with fear and fascination, evoking dread of the unknown while promising savage freedom. Anthologist William P. Simmons invites you to get lost in the woods with 15 rare and classic horror stories of eldritch altars, haunted forests, and sylvan dread. See pagan rituals in doom-laden groves and the great god Pan wreak havoc in stygian glades. Encounter woodland elementals and a weird wilderness of spirits, faerie, and furrow fiends.

Famed and forgotten authors around the world reveal nature in its most terrifying and visionary aspects, merging horror with wonder as humanity faces supernatural, occult, and undefinable nightmares…and discover numinous secrets about reality (and themselves). In the world’s dark forests macabre miracles hide behind every tree, death slithers between gnarled roots, and neither your mind nor your soul will escape unscathed.

Satyrs, nymphs, and faerie; elementals, nature spirits, and ancient gods; werewolves, ghosts, and witches; all here for those bold enough to stray from the path. Collected from the late 19th-20th centuries, these stories inspire not only terror but wonder. Experience the forest as a mysterious setting of sudden death, spiritual panic and metamorphosis; witness supernatural entities born of the wildwood; quake before nature as a sentient being hinting of other realities.

A wide range of sub-genres and supernatural motifs are represented in this carefully curated call to the wild, from rustic folk-horror and mystical nightmares to traditional ghost stories and cosmic fright. Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, and M.R. James, E.M. Forester, Saki, Ralph Adams Cram, and H.F.W. Tatham appear beside obscure female authors Bessie Kyffin-Taylor, Theo Douglas, and others. They dare you to confront the darkest part of the woods…and your own natures.

Does the Wildwood offer freedom or damnation, liberation or destruction?

This critical edition features a comprehensive Introduction examining weird nature fiction, Story Notes, Author Biographies, and Further Reading. An article on “Forest Folklore” by late ghost hunter Elliott O’Donnell is appendixed.

If you enter the weird woods, you may survive but you won’t be unchanged.

Table of Contents:
The Story of a Panic, E.M. Forster
The Watcher, R.H. Benson
The White People, Arthur Machen
The Wind in the Woods, Bessie Kyffin-Taylor
The Music on the Hill, Saki
The Brazen Cross, H.B. Marriott Watson
The Grove of Ashtaroth, John Buchan
The Dead Valley, Ralph Adams Cram
The Man Who Went Too Far, E.F. Benson
The Hollow of the Three Hills, Nathaniel Hawthorne
The House in the Wood, H.F.W. Tatham
The Touch of Pan, Algernon Blackwood
The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains, Frederick Marryat
A View from a Hill, M.R. James
The Next Heir, Theo Douglas

About the Editor: William P. Simmons is a bestselling author and editor of supernatural horror fiction. He is the editor of the anthologies Season of the Dead, Monster Carnival, and Yuletide Frights, and of the series Horror Hall of Fame Novellas and Macabre Mistresses. Eight of his stories earned Honorable Mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. His collection By Reason of Darkness was praised by Publisher’s Weekly, All Hallows & Cemetery Dance. Best-selling authors Graham Masterton, Hugh B. Cave & T.M. Wright have endorsed his work.

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Author: Steve Pattee
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He's the puppet master. You don't see him, but he pulls the strings that gets things done. He's the silent partner. He's black ops. If you notice his presence, it's the last thing you'll notice — because now you're dead. He's the shadow you thought you saw in that dark alleyway. You can have a conversation with him, and when you turn around to offer him a cup of coffee, he's already gone.
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