Gone are the standard tropes that have become pervasive in modern horror-acts of sexploitation, excessive gore, unnecessary violence, stereotyped screaming ingénues and one-dimensional characters.
All have been replaced with masterfully developed and emotionally charged tales of personal anguish and pain in the all-new, five-novella collection of horror that has been called a “quiet tour de force” and “the best book of 2014.”
THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS is acclaimed fiction author John F.D. Taff’s second collection of concept-based horror. It follows his critically acclaimed LITTLE DEATHS, named the “Number 1 Horror Collection of 2012” by HorrorTalk.
The new volume includes five darkly introspective novellas that explore the painful and emotional horrors of life, love and loss through the ages. In THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS, Taff breathes new life into intellectual horror and, in doing so, shakes the genre at its core.
“THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS is the best novella collection I’ve read in years,” said World Horror Grand Master and Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jack Ketchum. “It’s accomplished stuff, complex and heartfelt. There’s an attention to character and an access to feeling that’s very refreshing indeed.”
Containing themes from loss of childhood innocence to some of the most profound aspects of human tragedy, THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS evokes the literary style of horror legends Mary Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stoker, while paying homage to the early work of modern masters Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell and Clive Barker.
“This collection was written with every reader in mind, not only fans of horror or genre fiction,” said Taff. “My approach to writing tends to focus more on tension and creeping dread rather than to rely on splashes of blood or gore. I feel this makes my work appeal to a much wider audience, while allowing the true horrors of life to sneak up on readers when their defenses are down…and stay with them far longer.”
THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS is edited by multiple Bram Stoker Award®-nominated R.J. Cavender and published by the Bram Stoker Award-nominated editorial team at Grey Matter Press, Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.
“THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS is truly an incredible piece of work by an author who is one of the most talented storytellers of our time,” said Rivera. “This collection is a literary masterpiece that explores life’s all-too-real concepts of emotional anguish and personal tragedy. It raises the benchmark for the horror genre, advancing it firmly into the realm of speculative literary fiction.”
THE END IN ALL BEGINNINGS contains the previously unpublished novellas “What Becomes God,” “Object Permanence,” “Love in the Time of Zombies,” “The Long, Long Breakdown” and “Visitation.” It is available for purchase in trade paperback and digital formats from booksellers worldwide.