An asteroid miner recovering from an accident learns that the cure might be scarier than the trauma. A man discovers a mirror in an antiques shop that allows its gazers to climb inside and visit paradise. A teenager is haunted by the memory of a strange boy who appeared in his bedroom when he was a child. A future pandemic survivor is forced to make a terrible sacrifice in order to save the world's gay male population. A cult survivor sees a man who reminds him of someone from the past and begins to lose a bit of his hard-earned control. An entity that exhibits characteristics of both angel and vampire tells its peculiar story to an anonymous confessor and potential lover in the shadows of an LGBTQ club.
Silent film actresses who haunt a Hollywood Hills mansion, mysterious beings who lurk in the closet, and witches who may or may not live under the bed: these and many other dark fiction entities from this twisted box of curiosities come together to serve the reader a cornucopia of chilling horror, sci-fi terror, and dark fantasy. In a bloody twist on the antiquated trope of "burying the gays,” sixteen established and award-winning genre fiction scribes from around the globe, including Felice Picano (Lambda Award nominee and co-founder of The Violet Quill), Greg Herren (Lambda Award winner and co-founder of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival), Daniel M. Jaffe (Rainbow Award and American Fiction Prize finalist), and Thomas Kearnes (Lambda Award nominee), put forth a dazzling array of creature features, shadow fables, and dreadful delusions spotlighting LGBTQ+ characters.
Prepare to unearth your deepest nightmares.
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“The Other Boy”
A teenager is haunted by the memory of a strange boy who appeared in his bedroom when he was a child. When his parents, with whom he has a troubled relationship, invite a stranger into their home, he believes it to be the same boy from his childhood.
“Night Follows Night”
When Zane was a child, he belonged to a religious cult, escaping when he was eighteen. While it has been some time since he escaped, he still bears some deep psychological scarring, and when he sees a man who reminds him of someone from the cult, he begins to lose a bit of his hard-earned control.
“1,000 Tiny Cuts”
After a woman marries and begins to build a family with an elegant woman who seems totally out of her league, she discovers that what the new wife wants most isn’t domestic bliss but utter control, and she will learn just how far her wife will go to maintain it.
"Unburied is an intensely satisfying queer horror anthology...guaranteed to get under the skin of just about any reader who is willing to curl up with a scary book late at night."
"Unburied has some excellent reading...if dark fiction is your thing, you might find a wealth of goods here."
“Editor Rebecca Rowland has selected a diverse array of stories from the short and sweet to longer ruminative tales. After reading just a few stories, penned by acclaimed writers around the world, you might be inspired to check under your bed for a goblin to two.”
"A pleasant surprise with enough variety and enough diversity to appeal to a wide range of readers. Definitely recommended for lovers of dark fiction."
"Queer horror in a way that doesn't tokenize or marginalize the queer characters...digging them up not to present a clean look at queerness, but to show the decomposition and horror of what's been done" Five stars!
"Sixteen different authors and they are bringing the hot sauce...There is something for everyone in this collection. 5 out of 5 for me: fantastically written, a collective voice of celebration for the LGBTQ community"
"A smorgasbord of dark writing that is a welcome addition to the canon of LGBT literature...There is something for everyone here."
“With every story either tugging at your heartstrings or spilling ice down your spine (sometimes both), this is a fantastic addition to the collection of both short story lovers and fans of queer fiction.”
"An absolute PAGE TURNER... I could not get enough of it."
"There’s a lot of great stuff to dig into in Unburied, and if you love short stories, this anthology is worth your time."
"The stories in UNBURIED do not disappoint...the authors are damn good at weaving tales of terror."
"A very enjoyable anthology of short and dark stories...I really liked it and would totally recommend it."
“I loved Unburied. It is a strong and powerful anthology in terms of writing, themes, characters, and plots. With its inclusion of various genres, there is something for everyone. I give Unburied my highest recommendations.”
“Every one of these stories delivers a haunting tale that will linger long after you put the book down.”
"I don't know what dark being was summoned to create that one-in-a-million anthology where all the stories are outstanding, but the final result is superb. Unburied contains a wide array of horror fiction from dark fables and psychological thrillers to sci-fi and creepy creatures, so there's something to scare everyone. No matter how hot the weather gets outside, this collection of queer dark fiction is sure to send chills down your spine."
"Reading this collection of stories was not only a haunting experience, but a visceral one as well...my readerly experience went deep...Stories that remind me that I’m not so alone, after all."
"This is one of the only times that I've liked every story in the collection. I loved how each one was different than the others and none of them repeated themes...I look forward to buying this for my son. "
"This is really one of those anthologies that has something for everyone, and it's a good variety."
"The overwhelming sense I got from this book was the feeling of isolation and claustrophobia, reflective of the queer community's struggle to be our real selves in a world that often wants to hide and shame us. This, among countless other themes including grief, abuse, dismorphia and discrimination are explored exceptionally well, making for a thoroughly enjoyable and disturbing to read."
"Packed with engrossing and spine-chilling stories that are so well written and narrated that you will definitely want more...To come up with a horror stories collection that is queer only is a brilliant idea and in this case, it was executed astoundingly."
"The talent rounded up in here is overflowing and much more deserving of hype."