THE FLESH IS FANTASY

Peel Back the Skin from Grey Matter Press

They're among us.

The live down the street, in the apartment next door and even in our own homes. They're the real monsters. And the stare back at us from our bathroom mirrors.

PEEL BACK THE SKIN is a powerhouse anthology of terror that strips away the human mask from the real monsters of our time -- mankind. Featuring a star-studded cast of award-winning authors from the horror, dark fantasy, speculative fiction, transgressive, bizzaro, extreme horror and thriller genres, PEEL BACK THE SKIN is the next game-changing anthology of terror from Grey Matter Press and Bram Stoker Award®-nominated editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.

Experience a volume of terror that will PEEL BACK THE SKIN of your own human mask and reveal the evil that hides inside.

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A tattooed vigilante cursed with a terrifying gift comes to the aid of those among us who need retribution most.
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The son of an alcoholic father slips into a world of dark imagination to cope with a devastating horror of his own.
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The disappearance of a young Native American girl triggers a terrifying nightmare that shatters her family.
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Religious fanaticism in the segregated South exposes an unspeakable horror and the ignorance in which it lives.
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An AWOL Vietnam veteran hiding out among a group of vagabonds learns the real horrors of life and death.
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The father of a young girl is drawn into a devastating emotional struggle as he tries to get a grip on an ageless fear.
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The grieving fiancée of a car crash victim takes disturbing steps to put her shattered life back together.
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A widower struggling with the death of his wife resorts to desperate measures to deal with an evil that terrorizes him.
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Childhood friends are lured into a dangerous game that forces them to relive the unspeakable horrors of their inescapable past.
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A mysterious evil is kidnapping and maiming children in gang-ridden Chicago and their would-be savior may be even more deadly.
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A series of devastating events threatens the sanity of an unstable man as he grapples with the reality of a broken life.
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Preparing his vacation home for sale in a backwoods community, a man comes face to face with human justice.
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Abduction and brutality are a lethal combination for a woman and her captor in the heat of the Arizona desert.
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The lives of a group of neighbors spiral out of control as an all-too-real horror threatens their suburban community.
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Two men engage in a battle of interstate road rage that has dire consequences for all those they come into contact with.
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THE BLOOD IS ABSOLUTE

Meet the contributors who PEEL BACK THE SKIN of humanity and reveal the monsters in the mirror. (Scroll over images for biographies.)
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NANCY A. COLLINS

“Gator Lake”
Nancy A. Collins is the author of numerous novels, short stories and comics. A recipient of the Bram Stoker Award® and The British Fantasy Society’s Icarus Award, Collins has also been nominated for the International Horror Guild Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the James Tiptree Award, the Eisner Award, the Horror Comics Award and the World Fantasy Award.
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RAY GARTON

“Burning Leaves on an Autumn Day”
Ray Garton is a Grand Master of Horror Award winner and the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of Live Girls and Scissors. Garton has more than 60 novels, novellas, short story collections, movie novelizations and TV tie-ins. His portfolio of work spans the genres of horror, crime and suspense. He lives in northern California with his wife Dawn.
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ED KURTZ

“Family Bible”
Ed Kurtz is the author of the novels Nausea, A Wind of Knives, The Forty-Two and Angel of the Abyss. His short fiction has been published in Thuglit, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Shotgun Honey, and Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane. His work appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories.
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TIM LEBBON

“The Protector”
Tim Lebbon is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 novels and hundreds of novellas and short stories. He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award®, and a Scribe Award, and has been a finalist for World Fantasy, International Horror Guild and Shirley Jackson Awards. A movie of his story “Pay the Ghost,” starring Nicolas Cage, was released in 2015,
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JAMES LOWDER

“Orphans of the Air”
James Lowder is the author of the bestselling dark fantasy novels Prince of Lies and Knight of the Black Rose. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and he has written comics for DC, Image, Moonstone and Desperado. As an editor he has received five Origins Award, an ENnie Award, and has been nominated for the International Horror Guild and Bram Stoker awards.
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JONATHAN MABERRY

“Mystic”
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award® winner and freelancer for Marvel Comics. His work includes numerous novels, anthologies, magazine articles, editorial columns, plays, song lyrics and poetry. He is a frequent speaker at San Diego Comic Con, World Horror Con, New York Comic Con and Birmingham Comics Festival.
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GRAHAM MASTERTON

“The Greatest Gift”
Graham Masterton is a British horror author and editor whose first novel, The Manitou, was released in 1976. He is the recipient of a Special Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Charnel House and a Silver Medal by the West Coast Review of Books for Mirror. Masterton’s novels often contain visceral sex and horror and he has written a number of sex instruction books.
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JOE MCKINNEY

“The Shed”
Joe McKinney works as a police officer in San Antonio, Texas and is the author of more than 20 books. He is also a multiple Bram Stoker Award® recipient. McKinney published his first novel, Dead City, in 2006, a book that has since been recognized as a seminal work in the horror genre, and one of the cornerstones of zombie literature.
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WILLIAM MEIKLE

“The Lady of the Minch”
William Meikle is a Scottish author who now lives in Canada. He has more than 20 novels and 300 short stories published in 13 countries. Meikle chooses to write at the pulpy end of the market, populating his stories with monsters, myths, men who like a drink and smoke, and more monsters.
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CHARLES AUSTIN MUIR

“Party Monster”
Charles Austin Muir is an author whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Muir’s short fiction is featured in Morpheus Tales, 18 Wheels of Horror and two Bram Stoker Award®-nominated anthologies, Dark VIsions One and Hell Comes to Hollywood.
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YVONNE NAVARRO

“Superheated”
Yvonne Navarro is a Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of more than 22 novels and well over 100 short stories, non-fiction articles and two editions of a reference dictionary. Navarro lives in Arizona with her husband, author Weston Ochse, where she draws, paints and provides a home to rescued Great Danes.
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JOHN McCALLUM SWAIN

“Beholder”
John McCallum Swain wrote his first story in the sixth grade. While other children were writing about kittens and summer vacations, he wrote of the annihilation of humanity by invading aliens. Swain continues to write tales ranging from graphic horror to alternate history while exploring new territory creating original screenplays. He has published novels and short stories as Jack X McCallum.
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LUCY TAYLOR

“Moth Frenzy”
Lucy Taylor is the Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of more than 14 horror/suspense novels and collections. Her short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies including Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year: Volume 7 and Nightmare magazine. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a land full of mystery, romance and the macabre.
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DURAND SHENG WELSH

“Life, or Whatever Passes For It”
Durand Sheng Welsh has worked as a police officer in Sydney, Australia, for the past 14 years. Welsh is a graduate of Clarion 2008 San Diego, and the winner of the Apex 2007 Halloween competition. He has published stories in venues that include Phantom Drift 4, Crossed Genres and Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.
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ERIK WILLIAMS

“The Long Bright Descent”
Erik Williams is a former naval officer and the author of the novels Demon and Guardian from The Fallen series, and Bigfoot Crank Stomp, as well as numerous works of short fiction. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife and three daughters.

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