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New Release from the Author of LITTLE BLACK SPOTS and THE BELL WITCH

A Definitive Edition of THE FEARING is Here

Grey Matter Press and John FD Taff Combine the The Fearing Series in New Volume

CHICAGO, May 25, 2021 — Originally released as a four-part series of novellas that critics called “the event of the year” in 2019, John FD Taff’s apocalyptic novel of 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 every fear imaginable, echoing the real-life chaos we’ve all be living through over the last year and a half. Also featured is a special introduction by Grand Master of Horror Ray Garton, author of Ravenous and other novels; and an afterword from Taff

Paperback and digital copies of The Fearing: The Definitive Edition are now available from bookstores worldwide and paperbacks can be also be ordered directly from the Grey Matter Press Bookstore.




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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