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Little Black Spots

something sinister tarnishes mankind

shining a light into these forbidden places
Bram Stoker Award-nominated author John F.D. Taff—modern horror’s King of Pain—unveils Little Black Spots. Sixteen stories of dark horror fiction gathered together for the first time, exposing the delicate blemishes and sinister blots that tarnish the human condition.

From a man who stumbles on a cult that glorifies spontaneous human combustion, to a disgraced nature photographer who applies his skills for a vile outcome.

Where a darkened city parking structure seems malevolently alive, and a Halloween costume has a husband seeing his wife in a disturbing new light.

When a ruined man sees far too much of himself in his broken family, and a mysterious bottle of liquid arrives with a deadly secret inside.

Little Black Spots is a beacon shining its light into some of life’s most shadowy corners, revealing the dark stains that spatter all mankind.

“Taff is a standout talent. Literary, affecting and chilling.”

— Kealan Patrick Burke, author of Sour Candy

“Taff’s induce[s] deja vu in a nightmare you’ve never had before.”

— Erik T. Johnson, author of Yes Trespassing

“Taff brings the pain like a knife in the heart!”

— Jonathan Maberry, author of Code Zero

“Taff’s incredible talent washes over you and you know you’re in masterful hands.”

— Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box

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little deaths: the definitive collection

Little Black Spots is the third dark fiction collection from author John F.D. Taff that includes Little Deaths: The Definitive Collection and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated The End in All Beginnings. When Little Black Spots arrives from Grey Matter Press in late 2018 it will feature an Introduction from a very special guest from the horror industry.

john f.d. taff

John F.D. Taff is the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author who has been writing for nearly 30 years, and has more than 90 short stories and five novels in print. His collection of novellas, The End in All Beginnings, was published by Grey Matter Press.  Jack Ketchum called it “the best novella collection I’ve read in years.” Taff’s work also appears in Dark Visions I, Ominous Realities, Death’s Realm and Savage Beasts among many others.  He lives in the wilds of Illinois with a wife, two cats and three pugs.

grey matter press

Little Black Spots is one of five titles that comprise the complete genre fiction library of author John F.D. Taff, only available from the Chicago-based independent publisher Grey Matter Press. With a long line of critically acclaimed titles in its five-year history, the publisher continues to push the envelope on what defines genre fiction with a series of successful releases and multiple Bram Stoker Award®-nominated titles.


at booksellers worldwide
When it is released in late 2018, Little Black Spots will be available in trade paperback and common digital versions wherever fine books are sold.