SACCULINA — novella — May 12, 2017
“SACCULINA is a smart, terrifying, and poignant tale of creeping menace. I devoured it in one frenzied sitting,,, this Fracassi guy is damn good.”
— Richard Chizmar, author of A Long December
“I’m going to make a prediction here: Philip Fracassi will one day be one of the best and most well-known horror authors working in the genre…If you’re looking for a perfect summer read, you need look no further than the work of this brilliant and rising star in the firmament of horror fiction, and Sacculina is the book you should read first.” — Shane Douglas Keene, Shotgun Logic
“Trust me, this is intense stuff with some sequences definitely not for the faint-hearted. The pacing here is superb, exciting and frantic.” — Anthony Watson, Dark Musings UK
“Philip Fracassi is one of those names that will keep popping up to any fans of modern horror. Not only is he relentless with his output, but every published work seems to be getting better and better… Sacculina is not only a damned fine yarn but a perfect gateway drug into Philip Fracassi’s fiction.” — Jake Marley, This Is Horror
BEHOLD THE VOID
BEHOLD THE VOID is nine stories of terror that huddle in the dark space between cosmic horror and the modern weird, between old-school hard-edged horror of the 1980’s and the stylistic prose of today’s literary giants.
“Every story is as unique in its subject matter as it is identical in its quality and excellence. Philip Fracassi is an author we must surely now hail as a leading light in the dark field of horror fiction.” — Thomas Joyce, This Is Horror
“Each of the stories collected here in BEHOLD THE VOID peers behind shimmering veils, allowing us entrance to a mirror of our existing world where gods and monsters roam alongside these fated characters or, on occasion, within.” — Jonathan Lees, HorrorTalk.com
“Philip Fracassi is a master craftsman of the dark tale… a rare talent, and this book is a marvel. We are lucky indeed to have both of them.”–Paul F. Olson, author of Whispered Echoes
“This is it–a collection of dark tales that will not only chill you to the bone but will immerse you in a world of eerie atmosphere, poignant prose, and characters who are just a tweak off-center. Fracassi’s BEHOLD THE VOID is the perfect read for horror fans who expect authors to raise the bar and redefine what horror fiction means. A royal treat!” — Ronald Malfi, author of The Night Parade
“Philip Fracassi confirms his genius for genre writing with the release of his first collection… BEHOLD THE VOID should be on the shelf of every horror reader. It’s that good. Highly recommended.” — Ralph Robert Moore, author of You Can Never Spit It All Out
FRAGILE DREAMS came from the idea: “What would it feel like to be trapped in the dark; essentially buried alive beneath a mountain of steel and chaos, and to know, without a doubt, that you were going to die? What would you think? What would you remember? At what point would your mind start slipping away?”
Then, “And what if there were things in the dark…”
“…a tour-de-force of storytelling…“– Risingshadow.net
“…heart-stopping…heartbreaking…he never lets the suspense slacken, even as his narrative rockets to its harrowing conclusion.” — John Langan, author of The Fisherman
“…claustrophobic as hell.” — Jack Ketchum, author of The Secret Life of Souls
“…Disturbing, frightening, unnerving…nail biting pleasure.” — Mark Booth, author of The Secret History of the World
“ALTAR is redolent of hard-edged supernatural horror from the golden days of McCammon and King. Nobody is safe in a Fracassi story. ” Laird Barron, author of X’s for Eyes
ALTAR is available via Amazon. Click the cover below to read more about my newest release. Thank you for the support.
From the back cover:
The nostalgia of a child’s summer afternoon can be intoxicating. Tinkling ice cream trucks, games in the yard, young love, swimming pools. For one young boy and his family, days like these can be heaven. Dream-like.
Like any dream, however, things can change. Heavens can fall into darkness, games turn deadly, love becomes hate. And the seemingly safest places of our world – filled with that sweet, sky–blue nostalgia – can curdle and implode, tearing the dream, and those caught inside it, to shreds.
“ALTAR is redolent of hard-edged supernatural horror from the golden days of McCammon and King. Nobody is safe in a Fracassi story.” — Laird Barron, author of X’s for Eyes
“…great descriptive writing and amazing use of one of the least likely settings for a horror novella, a community swimming pool. Fracassi’s work building the characters and their relationships pays off when the weird starts creeping in. Both an intense and satisfying reading experience. Admired the depiction of the family dynamics as much as the horror.” — Jeffrey Ford, author of A Natural History of Hell
“Philip Fracassi’s ALTAR does to swimming pools what Peter Benchley’s JAWS did to oceans.” — Ralph Robert Moore, author of Ghosters
“2 bEastly paws (or 5 stars) WAY UP for Philip Fracassi’s _ALTAR_! !!” — Joe Pulver, author of The King in Yellow Tales
“Smooth prose, excellent characterization, and just enough horror madness to let the story ring in your head long after you’ve read it.” — Ronald Malfi, author of The Night Parade
“The moment I finished, I wanted to flip back to page one and read it again, just to see how he did it. “The Altar” is a keeper, and Philip Fracassi is the real deal.” — Paul F. Olson, author of Whispered Echoes
“Fracassi knows when to hold back and when to twist the knife. Fortunately for us, there’s more of the latter. Altar is riveting stuff.” –- Michael Wehunt, author of Greener Pastures
“Fracassi has the ability to inject dread into the familiar and everyday, ratcheting the tension to reach absolute horror. Profoundly disturbing.” — Christopher Slatsky, author of Alectryomancer
“Altar cements Fracassi into the annals of weird and horror fiction with a well-written, tightly paced extravaganza that showcases his flair for solid characterization combined with cinematic, bloodcurdling terror.” — This Is Horror
“Philip gets into the mind of a young boy better than I’ve seen anyone do since Stephen King’s IT, and it makes the story that much more terrifying…” — Shotgun Logic
“The everyday events are tinted with a gray of unease as we watch the simple things slowly bind and mutate into a terrifying beast of a tale.” — Ginger Nuts of Horror
“Altar offers up a good blend of real-life and supernatural horror…it’s about that fear of the unknown so many of us have, and the way the life we take for granted can be upturned, suddenly and violently…well worth picking up any time you’re in the mood for a quick dip into darkness. Recommended.” — Cemetery Dance Online
“Altar…consistently confounds expectations, leading the reader down one narrative path only to change direction – often in the most unexpected of ways.” — DarkMusings UK
“Altar is an absolutely great and fantastic character driven tale of impending doom.” — Horror Fiction Review
“What starts out as a day swimming with the family turns into a nightmare of epic proportions.” — Horror Novel Reviews
“If you haven’t read anything by Philip Fracassi then you need to fix this. “Altar” is a perfect novelette featuring great characters, stunning imagery and a dread filled atmosphere. There are a few images that will remain engraved on my brain for some time to come. Pass me the mind bleach, please. Bravo Mr Fracassi, Bravo. Highly recommended.” — BeavistheBookhead
“…a highly enjoyable dose of cosmic horror that sucks you in for a compelling ride…” — The Books of Blood
MOTHER is a limited edition novelette published by Dunhams Manor Press. The original edition of 100 is SOLD OUT.
A second printing of MOTHER is now available via Amazon as a paperback or Kindle ebook.
Read reviews and praise for MOTHER here.
From the back cover:
Like the universe itself, the world of relationships can be mysterious, terrifying, beautiful, and ever-expansive. Within the cocoon of a marriage, the bond between two people can become predatory, often selfish. Emotions become conniving, thoughts turn deadly. And if that swirling organism of love and anguish blurs into the dark realm of the supernatural, anything can happen…
“Philip Fracassi’s Mother manages to pay homage to classic turn of the 20th Century horror stories while simultaneously fitting right in with the modern weird/occult tale. A promising debut!” – Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts
“Mother occupies a modern Gothic niche, yet unfolds in a disorienting and timeless fashion. A touch of giallo and a whole dose of nastiness.” – Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All
“Mother is a story of domestic collapse at the fringe of the known world that recalls the thematic brutality of Nathan Ballingrud and Karl Edward Wagner. This one will sneak up on you.” – T.E. Grau, author of The Nameless Dark
“…this short read is full of palpable dread. The emotions rendered here are realistic and very human. There’s hopelessness and guilt, blame and regret all twisted in fibrous webbing to catch us up when we want to sprint to quickly ahead of the story. The ending is a slap across the face.” – Ginger Nuts of Horror
“Philip has created characters we want to succeed and makes us feel their pain. Loaded with dark possibilities, I think you’ll be surprised at the outcome.” – Horror Novel Reviews
A disorienting, metaphoric fugue which, on one level, gives new meaning to the projected terrors of parenthood. Fracassi’s novelette begins on familiar ground but quickly dissolves into something far more sinister, plummeting the reader into strange and darkly beautiful depths. By tale’s end, we cannot help but feel enshrouded by its wicked web, paralyzed by its piercing denouement. Highly recommended.” – C.M. Muller, editor of Nightscript
“A great read. Recommended.” – Christopher Slatsky – author of Alectryomancer
“A Favorite Read of 2015” – Ian Rogers, author of Every House is Haunted
“…a terrifying climax, one worthy of Lovecraft himself. The last few pages of Mother scared the hell out of me…” – Muzzleland Press
“…along the same lines as Rosemary’s Baby…I definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to get a good horror fix.” – Bookworm on the Block
“I really enjoyed Mother – beautifully constructed, it’s a perfect combination of literary writing and full-on horror.” – Dark Musings UK
“…the conclusion of Mother scared the hell out of me, and disturbed me for days after.” – The Conqueror Weird
“I consider Philip Fracassi to be one of the most promising and talented new horror authors to emerge in recent years.” — Risingshadow.net
Follow the dark yet hysterical memoirs of a brutish young man as he struggles with the confines of adulthood, women, and corporate America. A fast-paced, engrossing read that will leave the reader shaking their head in awe of the ultimate egomaniac.
Philip Fracassi has created a vivid, memorable, albeit frequently infuriating character…a telling example of the human costs of an increasingly sterile, corporate-dominated society…a fast-paced and engaging narrative. — Chris Warren, Los Angeles Magazine
Buy it here.
DON’T LET THEM GET YOU DOWN
DON’T LET THEM GET YOU DOWN is about pills and destruction and the heartache of losing emotional control of your life. It’s about the difficult path one must take to come back from the coma of depression and find a new form or reality, and a new form of one’s self.
Read the First Chapter.