In this haunting debut collection of short stories, Sam Weller, authorized biographer of the legendary Ray Bradbury, blurs the boundaries between the weird, the outre, the paranormal, the Gothic, and old school punk rock. Dark Black features 20 tales, at turns chilling, melancholy, hilarious, and nightmarish.
A marine biologist at the end of his career embarks on his greatest field study to find the mythical sea beast he believes he witnessed as a young man, long ago.
A writing professor discovers the Clutter murder house, made infamous in Truman Capote's 1966 classic, In Cold Blood, is available on a vacation rental site. He books the home to finish his latest book with unexpected results.
A group of kids use a Ouija board to contact their beloved, deceased friend.
A punk rock musician writes a groundbreaking album, collaborating with the ghost of a musical legend.
A college student with subtle telekinetic abilities attempts to use her powers in the midst of a horrifying school shooting.
Sam Weller worked side by side with Ray Bradbury for over a decade. No surprise, then, that Dark Black is deeply inspired by Bradbury's dark and enduring 1955 collection, The October Country, mashed-up with modern influences, such as anthology television program "The Black Mirror" and "American Horror Story." Dark Black's 20 short stories are made up of evanescent ghosts and inner demons, lost souls and lost love.
Featuring striking, original color artwork by renowned artist and printmaker Dan Grzeca, known for his concert prints for The Black Keys, Sharon Van Etten, U2, among others, Dark Black is art object as book, in this case of haunting new American Gothic fiction.
Hat & Beard Press, 9781732734548, 254pp.
Publication Date: September 22, 2020