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Dark Renaissance Books is very proud to announce the first book in its Victorian imprint: THE LORD CAME AT TWILIGHT by Daniel Mills. The front cover book is stamped in gold with a beautiful Victorian border with a medallion in the center. The end sheets for both the deluxe and signed and numbered edition sport full color art by Daniele Serra. The book is lavishly illustrated by M. Wayne Miller, and includes a full color frontis piece and every story has an illustration. The deluxe is leather, and signed by the artists Daniele Serra, M. Wayne Miller, and the author Daniel Mills. The deluxe edition contains two extra stories not found in the signed and numbered edition, and also includes a beautiful slip case to protect your leather bound edition. The signed and numbered edition has a different, but beautiful Victorian border and medallion stamped on its front cover, and the edition is signed by the author Daniel Mills. Both editions include an introduction by Simon Strantzas, and both editions are designed with a Victorian flair in mind. I also think the fiction in this collection is excellent and representative of classic horror fiction written in the past. Please take a look at the below blurbs. Dark Renaissance Books is very pleased to offer this excellent short story collection to collectors. I feel this book will sell out quickly, and I recommend you order now while they are available.
Watch for the next collection in the Victorian imprint PROFESSOR CHALLENGER: THE KEW Growths AND OTHER STORIES by William Meikle. This will be another beautifully designed book for your collection. Coming this May – June 2014!
I know them, these hills.
In the foothills of the Green Mountains, a child grows up in an abandoned village, haunted by memories of his absent parents. In a wayside tavern, a murderous innkeeper raises a young girl among the ghosts of his past victims. Elsewhere the village of Whistler’s Gore is swept up in the tumult of religious fervor, while in rural Falmouth, the souls of the buried dead fall prey to a fungal infestation.
This is New England as it was once envisioned by Hawthorne and Lovecraft, a twilit country of wild hills and barren farmland where madness and repression abound. The Lord Came at Twilight presents 14 stories of doubt and despair, haunter and haunted, the deranged and the devout.
Praise for Daniel Mills
“The Lord Came at Twilight is silk-smooth and as dark as the shaft of an off boarded-over mine. Mills takes us to that place and drops us in. He’s kind enough to flash the lamp light down upon us now and again, so we can glimpse the claw-marks on rock, the bones, the moving shadows…A terrifically affecting collection.” Laird Barron
“A collection of short stories by a Vermont writer with a very New England flavor. Most of them are small town horrors, although more in the vein of Shirley Jackson than Stephen King, although there’s a touch of both as well as a hint of Lovecraft. Themes include obsessive guilt, abandonment, bizarre imagery, religious mania, insanity, repression, and hidden secrets. The stories almost assemble themselves into a kind of tapestry like Winesburg, Ohio. “The Hollow,” “Dust from a Dark Flower,: “The Wayside Voices,” “The Falling Dark,” and the title story are all excellent. One of the better horror writers you probably have never heard of. This is a very fine collection and there are several excellent illustrations by M. Wayne Miller.” Don D’Amassa, author of Critical Mass
“The stories in Daniel Mills’s excellent collection have their roots in the grand tradition of the American Gothic that begins in Poe and Hawthorne and flows through such descendents as Chambers and Ligotti. Tales in the truest sense of the word, these narratives range through the styles and conventions of their predecessors, but in a way that is distinct from mere pastiche, however loving. Instead, these stories inhabit the modes of the past as a means to approaching a profound darkness, one physical and metaphysical. A pleasure to read, Daniel Mills’s fiction would draw approving nods from any of the austere presences in whose literary footsteps he is following.” John Langan, author of The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
“Reading the stories in this wonderful debut collection from Daniel Mills is like waking into an older, haunted America. The God of the Puritans holds sway, with terrible power and terrible beauty. The night is wondrous with spirits. Though these stories bear the influence of Hawthorne, Lovecraft, and Palliser, the numinous dread that fills them is his alone. Mills recalls to us America’s own Dark Wood, and it is lovely to behold.” Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters
“Elegant and subtle, Daniel Mills’ remarkable debut Revenants was a gift, and with The Lord Came at Twilight, he returns with a collection of graceful hauntings that bring the full range of his eerie and deeply unsettling literary powers to bear. You, lucky reader, are about to be taken on a journey with a true Lord of Twilight… I envy you.” Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., author of The Orphan Palace
“Daniel Mills is the Janus of supernatural fiction. His gaze is fixed on both the genre’s past masters and on realms never before explored. The tales in this book are haunting and are woven with a most eloquent darkness.” Richard Gavin, author of At Fear’s Altar
“Stunning … Otherworldly fiction from a promising new talent.” Booklist
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