Those who do not learn from history are doomed to (rep)eat it.
A mother and daughter negotiate the Oregon Trail with grisly results; an elementary teacher watches the carnage of The Challenger explosion spill over into her own classroom. A possible prospector traveling west is drawn to an isolated inn where no one walks away hungry; a 1950s housewife shares the gruesome repertoire of behavior expected of a proper lady. Prohibition and women’s suffrage, the Civil War and the Vietnam War, the JFK assassination conspiracy and the Y2K hysteria: the annals of American history are reimagined with a side order of cannibalism by twenty of the biggest names writing horror fiction today.
Forget what you read in the textbooks.
Everything you were taught about the Land of Liberty is about to be history.
"Gory and relentless, American Cannibal tears across centuries with an insatiable appetite. This blood-slick gathering drags history through a toothy gauntlet, picking the bones in every way from careful social dissections to moments of absolute carnage."
- Hailey Piper, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Queen of Teeth and Benny Rose the Cannibal King
"The table of contents mirrors significant moments in US history, giving the collection a delightfully gruesome sense of truthful possibility, as if these were hidden accounts, rather than the creations of twenty darkly talented authors. And although each story ends with that most unholy form of consumption, no two are alike"
“This book is not just a gross out contest (but queasiness did occur). This book is filled with all sorts of feelings, covering tension, dread, psychological horror, pride, erotica, heartbreaking sadness, and humor. While cannibal stories are not for everyone, there is enough variety in here that I could easily recommend this for everyone. Sit down, fill your plate, take a bite.”
“Five blood-stained gold stars…one of the most encompassing anthologies I’ve encountered in years. Reminiscent of American history classes when teachers shared dark knowledge of ‘things untoward’—this anthology evokes that sensation of being totally creeped-out and emotionally stirred-up. I read it insatiably over two days and still find myself opting for the vegetarian meal.”
“A horror anthology not to be missed! Go into it with an open mind and an empty stomach”
“I knew I needed to devour it!”
“I enjoyed this immensely. Definitely recommended if you have a stomach of steel.”
“Disgusting, depraved...that’s what I love!! These stories crawled under my skin and didn’t want to come out”
“Exceptional writing. Horror fans, this really is something special"
“This anthology is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite for horror but will definitely spoil your appetite for a fellow human”
“A tome of fantastic reads that any horror fan would enjoy, especially those who aren't squeamish or say they're not. I have marks on my soul from this anthology, and that's how I know it's good.”
“There is some great diversity in this book. If you love body horror and American history I think you will enjoy this.”
“ There are tasty stories within this anthology edited by Rebecca Rowland...pick this one up, kick back, and enjoy the feast: there's plenty of fresh meat to go around ”
“These creepy history lessons have readers wondering if humans truly are 'finger licking good'... high quality, well written, and disturbing”
“Horror readers will really love this collection. The authors and the writing are top notch and I enjoyed it immensely”
“A thought provoking journey…This historical horror anthology had me gripped from the Foreword!”
“A delicious feast of unsavory appetites”
“ AMERICAN CANNIBAL has a stellar line up of talent...this is an amazing anthology...5 stars easy!”
"I’m not one for gore and this anthology, again, focuses on the true horror: human behavior and the awful acts people inflict on each other before the blood begins to spill...There’s not a clunker in here."
“A big part of why I enjoyed this collection that lead to my excitement of continuing through the stories was the prose. I'd be writing down gorgeous or impactful quotes one minute, while wrinkling my nose at the actions of a character or characters the next. It is beautifully written - even when it's disgusting"
“Every single story here approached the overlying theme from a different angle. Some were bizarre, some funny, some slasher-esque. There aren't two shorts alike, and every voice stands out as individual, confident, and competent."
“Tiki Bar at the Edge of Forever”
High school seniors Ihaka and Mel’s struggle with Ihaka’s Hawaiian heritage and to find their place in a changing world becomes stranger and more complex when they learn that there are terrible killings happening in their suburban realm.
The West never offered promises, and Death was never far away. The Gold Rush brought destruction, fortune, and flesh; Maria Violetta is a woman who lives on the fringes of this world at The Bellows Inn, where no one walks away hungry and some never leave.
“The Lost Diary”
In 1587, the entire colony of Roanoke vanished into thin air. When Governor John White returned three years later, all that remained were mysterious carvings in two trees and a diary telling a horrific tale, tucked among a chest of the governor's belongings.
In the aftermath of the catastrophic Johnstown Flood of 1889, a survivor endeavors to prevent an act of revenge which would certainly result in further violence and bloodshed, but once arriving at the mountaintop source of the deluge, confronts an unforeseen horror.