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Howls From the Dark Ages: An Anthology of Medieval Horror

By Christopher Buehlman & Brian Evenson &
Howls From the Dark Ages: An Anthology of Medieval Horror by Christopher Buehlman & Brian Evenson &  digital book - Fable

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Uncover the secret annals of untold history in these eighteen medieval manuscripts. Each tortured scribe will bring you face to face with ancient horrors lurking in cursed castles, wild woodlands, haunted hamlets, and mysterious monasteries. 

 

Including a lineup of authors both established and emerging, HOWL Society Press presents the first-ever anthology of historical horror from the medieval period, fittingly introduced by the writer who arguably started it all: Christopher Buehlman, author of the medieval horror epic Between Two Fires.

 

"The Crowing" by Caleb Stephens

"Angelus" by Philippa Evans

"Palette" by J.L. Kiefer 

"Brother Cornelius" by Peter Ong Cook

"In Thrall to This Good Earth" by Hailey Piper

"In Every Drop" by Lindsey Ragsdale

"Deus Vult" by Ethan Yoder

"The Final Book of Sainte Foy's Miracles" by M.E. Bronstein

"A Dowry for Your Hand" by Michelle Tang

"The Mouth of Hell" by Cody Goodfellow

"The Lady of Leer Castle" by Christopher O'Halloran

"Schizzare" by Bridget D. Brave

"The King of Youth vs. The Knight of Death" by Patrick Barb

"The Forgotten Valley" by C.B. Jones

"The Fourth Scene" by Brian Evenson

"White Owl" by Stevie Edwards

"A Dark Quadrivium" by David Worn

"The Lai of the Danse Macabre" by Jessica Peter

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“This felt like breathing fresh air, something new and invigorating. I really liked the short stories (my favourite one is "In Every Drop", by Lindsey Ragsdale), I loved how diverse they were! I also was very pleased with the way they were connected, with a very intriguing museum curator guiding us through each tale with the help of particular objects. The art was also something I always looked forward to - if the curator's little talk got me curious for each new story, the objects shown added to the best possible introduction. I was expecting to get more frightened though, I hoped for a bit more of intense horror. And the stories are good! But not what I'd suggest to someone looking for a good sense of dread. Still, I'd recommend to anyone who's OK with mysterious, sometimes creepy and always interesting stories.”
“https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4712375.Christopher_Buehlman writes the intro to Howls From the Dark Ages: An Anthology of Medieval Horror, which tells us one thing: Strap Yourself In. 18 stories of medieval horror await us, kicking off with Caleb Stephens' "The Crowing," a strong narrative of a condemned woman achieving her revenge and taking back what is hers. The characterization is sublime, the palpable dread, grief, sacrifice and rage flow through the story and give it life until a darkly triumphant and brutal conclusion. You can read Zach's full review at Horror DNA by https://www.horrordna.com/books/howls-from-the-dark-ages-p-l-mcmillan-solomon-forse-book-review .”
“Like any anthology, there are hits and misses here. As a medieval historian, I found some especially insightful about medieval worldviews, while others fell flat, seeming to be more the Game of Thrones Middle Ages. There is much wrangling with faith and God in these pages, as is befitting, so be aware of that going in. White Owl by Stevie Edwards was my favorite in this category. The question of men's knowledge and women's knowledge is an important one that is dealt with beautifully here. I specifically study hagiography - stories about Saints. The Final Book of Ste Foy's Miracles by M.E. Bronstein wonderfully captured the playfulness of Ste Foy and how miracles could upend social norms with a lot of repercussions. I also appreciated the diversity of location. Chinese, Maya, and Pueblo each have a story here. These were some of the best offerings in this work, with the Maya one being my hands down favorite (In Every Drop by Lindsey Ragsdale) I would love to use this collection to talk about medievalism - our modern views of and relationship to the Middle Ages - in a classroom. Thank you to the authors, HOWL Society Press, and Netgalley for an advance ecopy”

M.E. Bronstein

Philippa Evans

J.L. Kiefer

Peter Ong Cook

Ethan Yoder

Stevie Edwards

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