Start spooky season off right with ten scary reads that will keep you up at night! Our October Horror Book Bundle includes Tinfoil Butterfly by Rachel Eve Moulton, The Boatman’s Daughter by Andy Davidson, Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal, In The Woods by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel, Sabbath by Nick Mamatas, The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht, The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher, Wounds by Nathan Ballingrud, and Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories edited by Ellen Datlow.
Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tales and Folklore || "Ballroom Blitz" by Veronica Schanoes is a contemporary fairy tale about a young man, who with his eleven brothers, have been cursed to remain in a rock club for their bad behavior. Their only shot at freedom might be the twelve sisters who one day enter the club.
“The Walk,” by Dennis Etchison, is a neat little horror story about the dog eat dog world of Hollywood in which a director and writer have very different ideas of how their collaboration should proceed.
Dark Fantasy, Fantasy || "La Signora," by Bruce McAllister, is a dark fantasy about a teenage American living in an ancient Italian fishing village with his parents. He's invited by his friends to go night-fishing on one special night, and although he knows his parents would disapprove, he goes anyway.
Historical, Science Fiction || In honor of Tor.com's sixth birthday, please enjoy this original rocket story. "A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star", by Kathleen Ann Goonan, is about the daughter of a rocket scientist in the post 1950s who wants to go to the moon, despite being discouraged because "girls don't do that." A novelette that's science fiction by association.
Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic, Horror || "Chapter Six," by Stephen Graham Jones, is an anthropological zombie story about Crain, a grad student, who has a theory of mankind's evolution. As he and his former professor scavenge on bone marrow left behind by the local zombie horde, he makes his well-reasoned argument.
Dark Fantasy, Fantasy || "The Insects of Love," by Genevieve Valentine, is a dream-like science fiction/fantasy puzzle about two sisters and several possible realities. The only certainty is that one sister gets a tattoo and disappears into the desert. The surviving sister is obsessed with insects and believes her sister has left her clues as to her disappearance.
Dark Fantasy, Fantasy || "The Walking-Stick Forest," by Anna Tambour, is a dark fantasy about a recluse who creates collectible walking sticks in post-WWI Scotland by manipulating the woods somewhat like bonsais. He refuses a commission from a very rich, powerful man, never considering or caring about the consequences.