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On November 5th, 2020, Shadow House Publishing will release The Scarecrow and Other Stories, edited by William P. Simmons. This is the first in its MACABRE MISTRESSES series.

Shadow House Publishing kicks off MACABRE MISTRESSES, a series devoted to women horror authors and their unique contribution to the field, with a landmark collection by an unjustly neglected author.

THE SCARECROW AND OTHER STORIES, by G. RANGER WORMSER, is the most disturbing book that you have never read! This suppressed collection of death, demons, and desire ranks the author alongside Shirley Jackson and Joyce Carol Oates as a mistress of literary dark fiction. Surprisingly modern, these minimalistic, knife-edged fear fables tackle sexism, prejudice, and cruelty. They speak as powerfully to readers in the 21st century as when first published.

Gwendolyn Wormser was an unacknowledged mistress of psychological horror, atmosphere, and social criticism. Her deeply introspective stories of sentient scarecrows, shapeshifters, and specters also reveal the daily indignation and abuse that women suffered in the early 20th century. Largely ignored since their 1918 publication, these twelve numinous nightmares are unsettling, lyrical, and uncanny.

Edited by supernatural fiction authority WILLIAM P. SIMMONS, this overdue monument to an unsung horror heroine includes an Introduction discussing the author’s distinctive approach to supernatural fiction.

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Steve Pattee
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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