Peel Back the Skin by Jonathan Maberry
Anthology of Horror Stories

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Peel Back the Skin investigates the horrific behavior of humanity, but does not revel in it. The entertainment is dark and pulpy, but never exploitive.
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They're among us.

They live down the street, in the apartment next door and even in our own homes. They're the real monsters. And they 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 release from Grey Matter Press.

PEEL BACK THE SKIN includes fifteen all-new works of fiction from Jonathan Maberry, Ray Garton, Tim Lebbon, Graham Masterton, Yvonne Navarro, Ed Kurtz, Durand Sheng Welsh, James Lowder, Joe McKinney, Lucy Taylor, Charles Austin Muir, Erik Williams, Nancy A. Collins, John McCallum Swain and William Meikle. From Bram Stoker Award-nominated editors Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson.


"Mystic" by Jonathan Maberry - A tattooed vigilante cursed with a terrifying gift comes to the aid of those among us who need retribution most.

"The Protector" by Tim Lebbon - The son of an alcoholic father slips into a world of dark imagination to deal with a devastating horror of his own.

"Moth Frenzy" by Lucy Taylor - The strange disappearance of a young Native American girl triggers a terrifying nightmare that stalks her shattered family.

"Family Bible" by Ed Kurtz - Religious fanaticism in the segregated South exposes an unspeakable horror and the ignorance in which it thrives.

"Life, or Whatever Passes for It" by Durand Sheng Welsh - An AWOL Vietnam veteran hiding out among a group of vagabonds in Florida learns the real horrors of life and death.

"The Shed" by Joe McKinney - The father of a young girl is drawn into a devastating emotional struggle as he tries to get a grip on an ageless fear.

"The Greatest Gift" by Graham Masterton - The grieving fiancée of a car crash victim takes disturbing steps to put her shattered like back together.

"The Lady of the Minch" by William Meikle - A widower struggling with the death of his wife resorts to desperate measures to deal with an evil that terrorizes him.

"Beholder" by John McCallum Swain - Childhood friends are lured into a dangerous game that forces them to relive the inescapable horrors of their past.

"Orphans of the Air" by James Lowder - A mysterious evil is kidnapping and maiming children in gang-ridden Chicago and their would-be savior may be even more deadly.

"Party Monster" by Charles Austin Muir - A series of devastating events threaten the sanity of an unstable man as he grapples with the reality of his broken life.

"Gator Lake" by Nancy A. Collins - Preparing his vacation home for sale in a backwoods community, a man comes faces to face with inhumanity.

"Superheated" by Yvonne Navarro - Abduction and brutality are a lethal combination for a woman and her captor in the heat of the Arizona desert.

"Burning Leaves on an Autumn Day" by Ray Garton - The lives of a group of neighbors spiral out of control as an all-too-real horror threatens their suburban community.

"The Long Bright Descent" by Erik Williams - 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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Published June 7, 2016 by Grey Matter Press. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Reviewed by Karl Wolff on Jul 22 2016

Peel Back the Skin investigates the horrific behavior of humanity, but does not revel in it. The entertainment is dark and pulpy, but never exploitive.

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