A genderfluid witch in a small Southern town prepares for their Black Cotillion coming out party. Singing worms converge on an old woman and young boy living in a house buried deep underground. Revenge drives an angry spirit through possession after possession in the bare-knuckle boxing ring. A father and son's canoe trip to one of the world's 'soft places' culminates in an ecstatic encounter with the Weird. These are just a few of the fifteen stories contained in Gordon B. White's debut collection of horror and weird fiction.
"With his debut collection, Gordon B. White establishes himself as one of the major new voices of speculative fiction. A quiet creeping dread that never lets up, As Summer's Mask Slips and Other Disruptions explores pain, loneliness, and horror through a deeply personal lens of family and outsiders. These unforgettable short stories are not to be missed." --Gwendolyn Kiste, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens
"Tapping into the atmosphere, authority, and history of Southern gothic fiction, Gordon B. White's collection of horror stories is haunting, lyrical, and unsettling. There is a primal fear that lurks in us all: a worry that just beyond the end of the flashlight beam waits unimaginable horror--and this cornucopia of dark tales proves that point." --Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration and the Thriller Award-nominated Breaker
"Smart, spooky, and heartfelt. Gordon B. White's stories for readers who like their tales weird and full of solid storytelling." --Daniel Braum, author of The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales
"Gordon B. White's stories are weird and wise and always surprising. An impressive first collection." --Kij Johnson, author of The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
As Summer's Mask Slips and Other Disruptions by Gordon B. White
Trepidatio Publishing 2020