Eric J. Guignard

 
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Books
 
For a full bibliography, including all published short stories, click here: (opens in new window as .pdf): BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
Novels
 
  Coming Soon      
     
 
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Luke Thacker is a drifting hobo in Depression-era America, riding the rails of the nation and surviving by crumbs and hope. Along the way he learns the iconography of transients—the Hobo Code—better than anyone else and deciphers a secret that thrusts him into Athanasia, the middle ground of memories.

He learns that Athanasia exists around us, a realm in which the deceased persevere by how they are remembered, and the memories Luke meets will do anything to not ever be forgotten, whether by trickery, violence, or daring.

Luke learns, too, that what’s remembered yesterday is not always the same as what will be remembered tomorrow, and he sets off to keep alive the memories of those he loves in the way a ’bo does best: telling tales of old legends, and making up new ones alike. Fifty years later... (click for more)

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Collections
 
  That Which Grows Wild      
     
 
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That Which Grows Wild collects sixteen dark and masterful short fiction stories by award-winning author Eric J. Guignard. Equal parts of whimsy and weird, horror and heartbreak, this debut collection traverses the darker side of the fantastic through vibrant and harrowing tales that encounter monsters and regrets, hope and atonement, and the oddly changing reflection that turns back at you in the mirror.

Discover why, after only several years, Eric J. Guignard has developed an ardent following and earned praise by masters of the craft such as Ramsey Campbell (“Guignard gives voice to paranoid vision that’s all too believable.”) and Rick Hautala (“No other young horror author is better, I think, than Eric J. Guignard.”) by stories such as these... (click for more)

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Novellas
 
  Baggage of Eternal Night      
     
 
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Detroit, 1963, is a hotbed of gambling, and the weekly baggage auctions keep a busy trade. Regulars, Charlie Stewart and Joey Third, are skilled in the methods of successful bidding, but when Joey lands a mysterious suitcase, the thrill of winning turns to fear once they realize they’ve opened something sinister.

Inside the suitcase is an antique gramophone, and the music it plays is unlike anything these men have heard before. A chanting voice speaks to them in strange words and begets visions of a dark, frozen land. It’s a voice that makes them sick with addiction, and it continues chanting in their heads even when the record stops playing.

Charlie sets out to solve the mystery of who recorded the unholy music and how to turn it off forever. But the song grows stronger... feeding the soul of a spirit seeking immortality... (click for more)

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Anthologies, as Editor
 
  Pop the Clutch      
     
 
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Wvelcome to the cool side of the 1950s, where the fast cars and revved-up movie monsters peel out in the night. Where outlaw vixens and jukebox tramps square off with razorblades and lead pipes. Where rockers rock, cool cats strut, and hot rods roar. Where you howl to the moon as the tiki drums pound and the electric guitar shrieks and that spit-and-holler jamboree ainít gonna stop for a long, long time... maybe never.

This is the í50s where ghost shows still travel the back roads of the south, and rockabilly has a hold on the nationís youth; where lucky hearts tell the tale, and maybe that fella in the Shrinersí fez ainít so square after all. Where exist noir detectives of the supernatural, tattoo artists of another kind, Hollywood fix-it men, and a punk kid with grasshopper arms under his chain-studded jacket... (click for more)

 

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  A World of Horror      
     
 
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Every nation of the globe has unique tales to tell, whispers that settle in through the land, creatures or superstitions that enliven the night, but rarely do readers get to experience such a diversity of these voices in one place as in A World of Horror, the latest anthology book created by award-winning editor Eric J. Guignard, and beautifully illustrated by artist Steve Lines.

Enclosed within its pages are twenty-two all-new dark and speculative fiction stories written by authors from around the world that explore the myths and monsters, fables and fears of their homelands. Encounter the haunting things that stalk those radioactive forests outside Chernobyl in Ukraine; sample the curious dishes one may eat in Canada; beware the veldt monster that mirrors yourself in Uganda; or simply battle mountain trolls alongside Alfred Nobel in Sweden. These stories and more are found within A World of Horror: Enter and discover, truly, thereís no place on the planet devoid of frights... (click for more)

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  The Five Senses of Horror      
     
 
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Hearing, sight, touch, smell, and taste: Our impressions of the world are formed by our five senses, and so too are our fears, our imaginations, and our captivation in reading fiction stories that embrace these senses.

Whether hearing the song of infernal caverns, tasting the erotic kiss of treachery, or smelling the lush fragrance of a fiend, enclosed within this anthology are fifteen horror and dark fantasy tales that will quicken the beat of fear, sweeten the flavor of wonder, sharpen the spike of thrills, and otherwise brighten the marvel of storytelling that is found resonant!

Editor Eric J. Guignard and psychologist Jessica Bayliss, PhD also include companion discourse throughout, offering academic and literary insight as well as psychological commentary examining the physiology of our senses, why each of our senses are engaged by dark fiction stories, and how... (click for more)

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  +Horror Library+ Volume 6      
     
 
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Shepherded by new series editor, Bram Stoker Award-winner Eric J. Guignard, +Horror Library+ Volume 6 is imbued with a remarkable level of literary energy and purpose, featuring 27 brand-new horror short stories from authors such as Jeffrey Ford, Bentley Little, David Tallerman, Carole Johnstone, and John M. Floyd, amongst notable others. Whether monsters of war-ravaged winter, vengeful ghosts of the dead, murderers lurking in your shadow, or supernatural rites of diabolism, these stories were compiled to evoke emotion, share wonder, incite inspiration, and provoke more than a few grins and gasps.

So step inside the Library—if you dare—and face as compelling a cavalcade of monsters, ghosts, and terrors as you could want. As always, if you’d like a snapshot of where modern literary horror fiction is headed, you’ve found the right book... (click for more)

 

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  After Death      
     
 
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Death. Who has not considered their own mortality and wondered at what awaits, once our frail human shell expires? What occurs after the heart stops beating, after the last breath is drawn, after life as we know it terminates?

Does our spirit remain on Earth while the body rots? Do the remnants of our soul transcend to a celestial Heaven or sink to Hell’s torment? Can we choose our own afterlife? Can we die again in the hereafter? Are we given the opportunity to reincarnate and do it all over? Is life merely a cosmic joke or is it an experiment for something greater?

Enclosed in this anthology are thirty-four all-new dark and speculative fiction stories exploring the possibilities after death... (click for more)

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  Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations      
     
 
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Darkness exists everywhere, and in no place greater than those where spirits and curses still reside. Tread not lightly on ancient lands that have been discovered by this collection of intrepid authors.

In Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations, you will unearth an anthology of twenty-five previously unpublished horror and speculative fiction stories, relating to aspects of civilizations that are crumbling, forgotten, rediscovered, or perhaps merely spoken about in great and fearful whispers.

What is it that lures explorers to distant lands where none have returned? Where is Genghis Khan buried? What happened to Atlantis? Who will displace mankind on Earth? What laments have the Witches of Oz?

Answers to these mysteries and other tales are presented within... (click for more)

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Short Stories
 
For a full bibliography, including all published short stories, click here: (opens in new window as .pdf): BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
For FREE online Stories by Eric J. Guignard, click here: FREE ONLINE FICTION