Alas! Is there a theme in supernatural fiction more prone to cliché and cozy familiarity than the haunted house story?
With this mammoth new anthology, Egaeus Press aims to reclaim that supremely primal tradition, not only from glossy movies, cartoons and television-era ghost hunters, but also from the Victorians, and the great, academic spook story authors of the 20th Century who, by their nature, sought to calibrate, anthropomorphise and provide justification for acts by forces which might hitherto have been considered beyond the scope of human comprehension.
Crooked Houses takes its cue from this earlier age. Though many of the stories presented are set in the modern world, the forces which pervade are primeval, unquantifiable; the stuff of folk-tales, family curses and collective nightmares.
These houses have very deep roots. These houses have teeth.
The book comprises 17 specially written stories. The full table of contents is as follows:YOUR HOUSE, ANY HOUSE. THAT HOUSE. — Rebecca Kuder
Edited by Mark Beech
The book is a lithographically printed, 352 page hardback with colour endpapers; limited to just 250 copies.
It can be ordered now for £40.00, inclusive of postage worldwide.
This is the anthology's second printing (the first - published in July 2020 - sold out in one week).