Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Release of my debut Collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD

This is it! Here, now! One of my dreams realized: My debut fiction collection has just been released!!!! Published through Cemetery Dance Publications (paperback through Harper Day), July, 2018. THAT WHICH GROWS WILD: 16 TALES OF DARK FICTION

I’ve been publishing fiction since February, 2011 (abt. 7-1/2 years) as individual stories in magazines and anthologies. Since then I’ve written 86 short stories, most of them having published (some forthcoming, some languishing in the trunk), and many published more than once. During that time I always wondered what it would be like to collect some of the best and package them into a book, if it would be worth it, if anyone would want it… Now I know. I feel like it’s something of a legacy to be able to point to this and say, “This is me, this is what I’ve done.” Though, of course, I hope to build off this and only improve over many more books to come!!


What this book is:

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:

• In “A Case Study in Natural Selection and How It Applies to Love,” a teen learns about himself while contemplating the theory of Natural Selection as the world around slowly dies from rising temperature and increasing cases of spontaneous combustion.

• In “Dreams of a Little Suicide,” a down-on-his-luck dwarven man unexpectedly finds his dreams and love in Hollywood as a munchkin for filming of The Wizard of Oz, but soon those dreams begin to darken.

• In “The Inveterate Establishment of Daddano & Co.,” an aged undertaker tells the true story behind Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, and of the grime that accumulates beneath our floors.

• In “A Journey of Great Waves,” a Japanese girl encounters, years later, the ocean-borne debris of her tsunami-ravaged homeland, and the ghosts that come with it.

• In “The House of the Rising Sun, Forever,” a tragic voice gives dire warning against the cycle of opium addiction from which, even after death, there is no escape.

• In “Last Days of the Gunslinger, John Amos,” a gunfighter keeps a decimated town’s surviving children safe on a mountaintop from the incursion of ferocious creatures… until a flash flood strikes, and their one chance may be to sail away on it.

... and ten other unforgettable tales. Explore within, and discover a wild range upon which grows the dark, the strange, and the profound.



“I feel privileged to have read That Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard. The defining new voice of horror has arrived, and I stand in awe.” — Nancy Holder, NYT bestselling author, Wicked

“Eric J. Guignard crafts storytelling into a timeless masterpiece: That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction is a brilliant collection of haunting stories that will captivate readers that relish dark fiction.” — Fanbase Press

“A good story evolves, develops, grows into an adventurous journey that the reader can become absorbed in and think about long after the last page is turned. And that’s just what the book That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction by Bram Stoker Award-winner Eric J. Guignard does for the reader.” — Amazing Stories


LASTLY, thank you SO VERY MUCH to editor Norman Prentiss for believing in this, and bringing it to Cemetery Dance for publication. Thank you to Lynne Hansen for the cover artwork. Thank you to Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar and Cemetery Dance for publishing this, and Thank you to all the first editors to accept these stories for their initial publications. And, of course, thank you dearly to each and every supporter.


Here are Links!:

The paperback and ebook are different publishers and haven’t linked together yet on Amazon… I’m told that happens automatically in the future (?). But here are its links:

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