Winner of the Charles Dexter Award and This is Horror Award for Short Story Collection of the Year
Here are 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. With an introduction by acclaimed writer Laird Barron, Behold the Void is the ideal chilling read.
Revenge takes a monstrous form when a scorned lover acquires bizarre, telekinetic powers; a community swimming pool on a bright summer day becomes the setting for a ghastly nightmare of sacrifice and loss; a thief does bloody battle with a Yakuza for the soul of a horse god; a priest must solve the mystery of a century-old serial killer or risk the apocalypse; a newly-married couple discover that relationships-gone-bad can be poisonous, and deadly; a child is forced to make an ultimate choice between letting his parents die or living with the monsters they may become; and when a boy is trapped on a beach at low tide, he must face death in many forms - that of the rising water coming to consume him and the ghost of his dead mother who wants him back, reaching for him with dark, longing arms...
"Think vintage King at his best." -- Rue Morgue Magazine
"Fracassi ... builds his horrific tales slowly and carefully ... his powers of description are formidable; and he's especially skillful at creating, and sustaining, suspense." - The New York Times
"Recalls the work of writers such as McCammon, King, and Bradbury." - Locus Magazine
"Philip Fracassi is the next big horror writer to blow your mind." - Lit Reactor
Behold the Void by Philip Fracassi
Lethe Press 2020