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A Definitive Edition of THE FEARING Arrives

Grey Matter Press and John FD Taff Combine the The Fearing Series in New Volume Arriving May 25th

CHICAGO, March 23, 2021 — Originally released by Grey Matter Press (GMP) in 2019 as a four-part series of novellas that was called “the event of the year,” John FD Taff’s apocalyptic novel that remakes the concept of dystopian fiction has been collected for the first time in a single volume: The Fearing: The Definitive Edition.

New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box, Josh Malerman, said The Fearing is Taff’s “best book to date.” Malerman adds: “it’s the kind you put on the shelf reserved for the ones that really did something to you, emotionally, intellectually, physically.” Acclaimed author Robert R. McCammon, often credited with defining the post-apocalyptic horror genre with his novel Swan Song, says of The Fearing “a powerful and epic trip into the land of feardom.”

The Fearing John FD Taff and Grey Matter Press


The collected volume includes the unabridged text from each of the original serialized novellas–Fire & Rain, Water & Wind, Air & Dust, and Earth & Ember–rearranged into a modified timeline of events and reformatted into a single, definitive edition befitting a world ravaged by its own pandemic fears. Also featured is a new, special introduction by Grand Master of Horror Ray Garton, author of Ravenous and other novels.

A signed and limited hardcover edition of the collected version of The Fearing will also be published by Thunderstorm Books. More information is available at thunderstormbooks.com.


Preorder Today for 40% Off Cover Price Using Code: FEARINGNOW

Preorders for paperback editions of The Fearing: The Definitive Edition are now being accepted at the Grey Matter Press Bookstore. When using coupon code FEARINGNOW, customers preordering copies receive 40% off the normal cover price. The preorder window ends May 2 in order to ensure copies arrive prior to the publication date. (Preorders are only available for paperback orders shipping to domestic US addresses. The GMP Bookstore cannot currently fulfill orders to international destinations.)




John F.D. Taff is a multiple Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author with more than 30 years experience, 100+ short stories and five novels in print. His first fiction collection, Little Deaths, was named the best horror collection of 2012 by HorrorTalk. Jack Ketchum called his novella collection, The End in All Beginnings, “one of the best novella collections I’ve read,” and it was nominated for a Stoker Award for best fiction collection. “A Winter’s Tale,” from his latest collection, Little Black Spots, was nominated for a Stoker in 2018. His serialized apocalyptic epic The Fearing was published in 2019. More of his work can be found in Grey Matter Press anthologies that include Death’s Realm, Dark Visions: Volume One, and I Can Taste the Blood. Taff lives in the wilds of Illinois with three pugs, two cats and one long-suffering wife. Learn more at his website johnfdtaff.com or find him on Twitter @JohnFDTaff.


Grey Matter Press is a Chicago-based publisher whose mission it is to discover and cultivate the best voices working in the dark fiction genre. The company is committed to producing only the finest quality volumes of literary fiction containing exceptional tales of horror, fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction. More information about Grey Matter Press is available at greymatterpress.com.


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