Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and praised as the best collection of gut-wrenching horror in recent years by horror icon Jack Ketchum, The End in All Beginnings explores the horrors of life, love and loss in five profound and frightening novellas.
Having emerged as one of the best storytellers of the modern era, in The End in All Beginnings author John F.D. Taff crafts poignant and disturbing scenarios that delve into the heartbreaking afflictions that have tormented humanity since the beginning of time, starting at birth and extending far beyond death.
At times darkly comedic, often deeply poetic and always disturbingly real, The End in All Beginnings is quintessential Taff. It remains the singlemost effective volume of the author’s work that fully captures his brilliant, shocking and provocative approach to fiction.
With undeniable nods to past horror masters, the critically acclaimed The End in All Beginnings now accepts its rightful place in horror history alongside modern terror scribes Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Ray Bradbury and Clive Barker.
Praise for The End in All Beginnings
“Imagine a series of round robin stories penned collaboratively by Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Harlan Ellison and Rod Serling, and you’ll be in the general neighborhood [of The End in All Beginnings]: lush, poetic, ceaselessly imaginative, seriously affecting, multifaceted modern horror fiction. – Fangoria
“Just under half a century ago, I discovered a personal “tell” that let me know when a performance had touched me deeply. The last time it happened I just finished John F.D. Taff’s collection of horror novellas, The End in All Beginnings. Taff provides carefully nuanced, skillfully balanced components–storytelling, nostalgia, horror, human emotion–to work from beginnings to ultimate ends…sometimes death, sometimes things far worse, and sometimes something magnificent.” – Michael R. Collings, Hellnotes
“Taff’s deceptively simplistic prose offers deep emotional and dramatic insights into how human beings live with the burdens of the past and the inevitability of death. “What Becomes God” is a slice of Stephen King/Ramsey Campbell. “Object Permanence” is a slowly revealing Twilight Zone-like story. The setting of “The Long, Long Breakdown” is reminiscent of J.G. Ballard. “Visitation” follows in the footsteps of the works of Philip K. Dick. The End in All Beginnings offers genre readers much to appreciate.” – Horror News Network
“Will definitely be in the running for one of my favorite reads of the year. This collection will not only appeal to horror fans, but could interest readers of just about any genre. Whether you are looking for introduction to the world of horror or are already a seasoned horror fanatic, you will definitely want to give The End in All Beginnings a read!” – The Horror Bookshelf
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