NOTE: Orders for Peel Back the Skin [First Pressing] consist of copies printed in the first run intended for limited distribution. These volumes contain two small typos that were fixed for later print runs. These copies are being offered for purchase at roughly the cost to print. Books include the complete text as the final versions.
They’re among us. They live down the street, in the apartment next door and even in our own homes. They’re the real monsters. And they stare back at us from our bathroom mirrors.
Peel Back the Skin is a powerhouse anthology of terror that strips away the human mask from the real monsters of our time — mankind. Featuring a star-studded cast of award-winning authors from the horror, dark fantasy, speculative fiction, transgressive, bizzaro, extreme horror and thriller genres, Peel Back the Skin is the next game-changing release from Bram Stoker Award-nominated editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.
Includes fifteen all-new works of fiction from:
– Jonathan Maberry
– Ray Garton
– Tim Lebbon
– Graham Masterton
– Yvonne Navarro
– Ed Kurtz
– Durand Sheng Welsh
– James Lowder
– Joe McKinney
– Lucy Taylor
– Charles Austin Muir
– Erik Williams
– Nancy A. Collins
– John McCallum Swain
– William Meikle.
Praise for Peel Back the Skin
“Every single story in the book is in a class of its own. Thematically, Peel Back the Skin is a thing of brilliance, each story complementing or enhancing the stories around it. Top-notch, accessible and entertaining dark fiction.” — Shane Douglas Keene, This is Horror
“This is a magnificent anthology that not only scares, but also questions what it means to be human. All the stories are well-crafted and feature the same observation, [that] the darkest and most terrible horror comes not out of supernatural encounters but from the twisted and mad human psyche.” — Martin Beltov, Codices
“Every story is refined to a crystalline cut, their prose, their styles, their pacing and rhythms, absolutely pristine. But, beyond that, every story is inspired and engaging. Each serves as a gradual wade out into the depths of human sub-conscious; a trawling of the blackest, most polluted realms of our collective soul. The fearlessness with which the authors present extremely unsettling concepts is matched only by the subtlety of their rendering.” — George Daniel Lea, The Gingernuts of Horror
“Peel Back the Skin investigates the horrific behavior of humanity, but does not revel in it. The entertainment is dark and pulpy, but never exploitive. Peel Back the Skin reveals why horror is necessary today.” — Karl Wolff, NY Journal of Books
“Peel Back the Skin is a brutal feast of man as monster and you’re on the menu. The most terrifying aspect of the book is that somewhere in these pages, you’ll see yourself. Deep, dark and nasty, Maberry, Garton, Navarro and the rest deliver the goods.” — John C. Foster, author of Amazon bestseller Mister White: A Dark Thriller
“It isn’t often you read an anthology where all of the stories sing to you. Peel Back the Skin did. It is a feast of dark fiction that continues to shock and surprise. Quite possibly the best anthology I have read.” — Adrian Shotbolt, The Grim Reader
“This collection of short stories serves both to entertain and provoke thought. I can recommend this collection of spooky delights as a great way to spend a few fall nights.” — Michele Galgana, Fangoria
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