Greetings to my fellow HWA members.
The following stories are eligible for the 2018 Bram Stoker Award:
SHILOH – Long-form Category (approx. 17,700 words)
SODA JERK – Short-form Category (approx. 5,800 words)
For two days in the year 1862, the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War held theater in southern Tennessee – a patch of land called Shiloh. Thousands of soldiers on both sides of the conflict lost their lives, and tens of thousands more were badly injured.
For twin brothers Henry and William, infantry soldiers in the Confederate Army, the battle held more than the horrors of war. It was a portal to something beyond mankind, where demons tread and angels fly, where the spilling of blood brings not only death, but eternal damnation.
“Read SHILOH (cause it’s fantastic…) and then treat yourself to SODA JERK. It’s an instant classic.” — Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box and Unbury Carol
“In Shiloh, Fracassi’s powerful, precise writing immerses the reader in the savage brutality of a Civil War battle – an exquisitely harrowing precursor to the strange horror of the tale. A masterful, mad charge into the weird.” — Jeffrey Ford
“…a perfect reading experience” — This Is Horror
“…an exciting, terrifying blend of history, military, and horror fiction.” — Hellnotes
“Shiloh gazes into the darkness and horrors of war and discovers an even deeper threat that dwells just beyond the veil of reality.” — Ink Heist
“Shiloh is chilling, atmospheric, and wonderfully written.” — Unnerving Magazine
“Balancing action and atmosphere, the horror of war and supernatural horror, is where Fracassi really shines in this work.” — Signal Horizon
“I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that Fracassi is already at the level of Night Shift-era Stephen King. These two stories are solid evidence of that.” — Matthew M. Bartlett, author of Creeping Waves
“…passages are brutal, vividly describing the horrors of warfare and the damage human beings can do to one another and are not for the faint of heart… a marvelous piece of writing and is, in my opinion, the author’s best work to date.” — Dark Musings UK
“…an impressive vision of hell on earth by an accomplished literary craftsman.” — S.P. Miskowski, author of I Wish I Was Like You
“…visceral, realistic, atmospheric, noisy and brutal…a brief but very enjoyable read from one of the best writers of short horror fiction in the business.” — The Ginger Nuts of Horror
SHILOH was published in April, 2018 by Lovecraft eZine Press, in trade paperback and eBook.
Please note, these are the publisher files, so there is a bonus story attached, “Soda Jerk”, which is also eligible in the “Short-Form” category.
To clarify: “Soda Jerk” appears at the end of “Shiloh” — same file. Thanks!
To download the PDF Information Sheet for both stories, click HERE.
To download the PDF, click HERE.
If you prefer the Kindle eBook, contact me HERE and I will mail you a file.
OVERNIGHT – Long-form Category (approx. 14,700 words)
When a mysterious stalker arrives on a movie set in the middle of the night and offers the overnight security guard easy cash to procure him souvenirs from a starlet’s trailer, a cascade of events is set into motion that ends in depravity, scandal, death, and revenge.
OVERNIGHT opens a world into the dark backdoors of the film industry in which every-day grunts get paid to protect the world-famous, and degenerates will do anything to open a vein into their most twisted fantasies. But at what cost?
“Overnight reminds me of the best of Rod Serling…Add to that the authenticity that Fracassi brings to the description of the setting and you have the perfect way to explore the themes of greed, waste, revenge, and desperation.” — Signal Horizon
“I liked Overnight very much. There’s a lot in this story that I’ve never seen anywhere before, which is really the exciting part as a reader.” — Marc Laidlaw, author of The 37th Mandala
“Overnight is a stellar book that largely focuses on real-world horror, but Fracassi has a few tricks up his sleeve that morphs it from a straight-forward story into something a bit more surreal…[a] gripping read that I devoured in one sitting. I’m definitely all in on Fracassi’s fiction.” — Ink Heist
[Fracassi’s] ability to wield words still amazes me. He can make a statement that sounds entirely commonplace and innocent at face value turn itself over in your mind until it becomes something more insidious and sinister…That is what I find so intriguing about this author’s books. They are NOT what I’m expecting. They are nothing I’m able to predict. The words are fluid and simple enough, but their meaning will hit you like a sledgehammer.” – Horror After Dark
OVERNIGHT was published in July, 2018 by Unnerving Press, as a limited edition hardcover and an eBook.