Charles L. Grant

Biography

Charles L. Grant (1942-2006) won a World Fantasy Award for his novella collection Nightmare Seasons, a Nebula Award in 1976 for his short story "A Crowd of Shadows", and another Nebula Award in 1978 for his novella "A Glow of Candles, a Unicorn's Eye," the latter telling of an actor's dilemma in a post-literate future. Grant also edited the award-winning Shadows anthology, running eleven volumes from 1978-1991. Contributors include Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Al Sarrantonio, R.A. Lafferty, Avram Davidson, and Steve Rasnic and Melanie Tem. Grant was a former Executive Secretary and Eastern Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and president of the Horror Writers Association. His story "Temperature Days on Hawthorne Street" was adapted into an episode of Tales from the Darkside entitled "The Milkman Cometh" in 1987.

He also served eight years as an officer of the Science Fiction Writers of America, served ten years on the Board of Directors of the World Fantasy Awards, is past-president of the Horror Writers of America, served five years as President of the Board of Trustees of HWA, and is on the board of advisors for The Burry Man's Writers Center.

In 1987 he received the British Fantasy Society's Special Award, for life achievement. In May of 2000, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from HWA. In addition, he has received two Nebula Awards and three World Fantasy Awards for his writing and editing. He is sorely missed.

Books

668: The Neighbor of the Beast
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,210. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD The housing market is depressed. But not as depressed as anyone who spends a night at 668 Langford Place. The decaying mansion next door—number 666—will soon see the return of Bog-Muggoth, an ancient, evil demon that makes the Amityville Horror seem like Casper the Friendly Ghost. But Bog-Muggoth isn’t making his haunted house call alone.
The Mark of the Moderately Vicious Vampire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,150. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A PAIN IN THE NECK He turns into a bat. Drinks the blood of the living. And never pays income taxes. He's the Vampire Lamar, and since he's come to New England, the body count's been rising every time he rises. But even eternal nightlife can take on a chill without companionship. The unholy fiend-in-need seeks a down-to-earth, flesh-and-blood girl who's his…er type.
Kent Montana and the Once and Future Thing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,590. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
*Personal: Single green she-beast seeks single man. Color, Creed, species not important. Down on the bayou, folks called the creature Zergopha. It had been around for quite a spell, slithering through the swamp, chowing down on the odd tourist here and there. Lately, though, it seemed to be after something more than a one-night snack. Affection, maybe. Possibly even—commitment.
Kent Montana and the Reasonably Invisible Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,780. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
He's out of sight… and out of his mind! Don't look now, but a mad scientist has discovered the secret of (temporary) invisibility. He's not planning to sneak into the movies, either. He's mad, remember? He wants… revenge! It doesn't take a genius to see right through the faded fiend's transparent scheme: a festival of murder, destruction, and cheap practical jokes.
Kent Montana and the Really Ugly Thing from Mars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,050. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Mars vs. New Jersey! IT is big. IT is ugly. IT has a heat ray and a bad disposition. IT is, in short, the worst thing to happen to New Jersey since the last election. Nothing can stop IT. Not the army. Not the scientist. Not the preacher. Not even a cute little girl and her dog. Only one man can save us all… KENT MONTANA
Death Cycle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,150. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Wherever they go, Roz Jordan and her friends are followed by a mysterious motorcycle that seems to appear out of thin air. At first they are intrigued, but when a classmate is hit and killed by this wild rider, everyone is frightened. For Roz there is something eerily familiar about this phantom rider. She keeps thinking of someone — someone who used to live on Midnight Place.
Legion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,910. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The village had been called Town Central, where people learned to live with androids, and androids learned to live like humans. It had been an experiment to bolster a dying population, and it might have worked, given the chance. But there was the Plaguewind. And there was the Dying …
Ascension
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,610. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A ROAD TO HELL Dorrin Parric is dead, and his son Orion has sworn to avenge him. But first he must run a gauntlet of human assassins, blood-crazed androids and aging, paranoid dictators. Petty tyrants rule the few straggling settlements where mankind holds out against the darkness. Time and again Parric eludes the strange traps set for him by the forces of decay. But his luck is running out.
In a Dark Dream
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,680. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
It's an ordinary summer. Until the dreams began. Cheryl Erskine awakens screaming every night; she whispers in her father's ear: "Something bad, Daddy." Glenn Erskine's worried about his daughter, but as police chief, he's got the whole town to worry about—especially with Jimmy Hale on the loose. The murderer had been too crazy to stand trial—he'd been institutionalized instead.
The Nestling
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 140,800. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
THERE IS A REASON IT HAS RETURNED … Something has caused a grim and sudden change in Wyoming's Windriver Valley, something whose dark power was foretold in an ancient Indian prophecy Now after 20 years Jason Clarke comes home to a town gripped by a devastating force which defies all nature—a force that points to something … supernatural.
For Fear of the Night
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,010. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
The amusement park on the pier burned ten days ago. The blackened skeleton of the House of Horrors is a grim reminder of summer's dreams turned to nightmares, of a young life cut short. Julie Etler and her friends had been looking forward to one final summer of freedom before college and the responsibilities of adulthood. Now Julie is dead. Or is she?
The Ravens of the Moon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,540. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In the dim future, the energy crisis has forced most of the world’s populations into huge urban centers, and countries have banded together in protective political confederations. Noram (the confederation of North and South America) is currently involved in maneuvers to avoid being sucked into another world war. Premier Alton and his Consuls have decided to stage a mock revolution.
He Told Me To
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,120. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
At first it seems like an ordinary street in an ordinary neighborhood. But kids sense there’s something different about Midnight Place. It's nothing tangible—just an eerie sensation that won’t go away. Walk down the street, a street like Midnight Place, and all too soon the terror is real. What’s happening to the teenagers in Ashford?
Something's Watching
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,210. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Fifteen-year-old Tara Fraiser is scared. Lately it seems that everyone she is close to has been the victim of a mugging. The victims never see their attacker, but strangely enough they all remember the eerie tune he whistles. What scares Tara even more is that she recognizes the tune—her dad had mesmerized her as a child with tales of an evil, whistling monster named Old Beithir.
A Quiet Night of Fear
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,300. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2017 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Welcome to Starburst … a quiet seaside resort where the people of the future escape into the past, and where only four things are certain … 1. Four people are dead. 2. You are next. 3. The murderer isn't human. 4. Night is falling.
Black Oak 5: When the Cold Wind Blows
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,320. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
A LONG-LOST FRIEND Black Oak Security is a crack team of private investigators led by brilliant, enigmatic Ethan Proctor, who has just received a cryptic message from an old friend of his father. Proctor is being asked to look into a series of disappearances and brutal mutilations in the swampy woodlands northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Some think the culprit is a real-life wolfman.
Black Oak 4: Hunting Ground
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,370. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
WORK CAN BE DREADFUL Black Oak Security is a crack team of private investigators led by brilliant, enigmatic Ethan Proctor. But even the brilliant get burned out sometimes, and when his employees order him to take a much-needed vacation in Atlantic City, Proctor reluctantly agrees. Ensconced with friends in a boardwalk hotel, he is just beginning to relax when things start getting strange …
Black Oak 3: Winter Knight
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,610. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
HUNTING THROUGH THE PAST Black Oak Security is a crack team of private investigators led by brilliant, enigmatic Ethan Proctor. From everyday illegal activities to encounters of a more questionable kind, Proctor has seen it all. Now, summoned to England to investigate an ongoing missing person case, Proctor stumbles upon a legendary forest—and a specter who dwells there …
Black Oak 2: The Hush of Dark Wings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,470. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
IS IT PARANOIA … Black Oak Security is a crack team of private investigators led by brilliant, enigmatic Ethan Proctor. He is a careful man. Careful in what he says, careful in what he does. And very careful about which cases he takes. But when a letter arrives from a woman he once knew, begging him to investigate strange happenings in her town, Proctor is careless.
Black Oak 1: Genesis
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 62,310. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2016 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
WHEN YOU ELIMINATE THE IMPOSSIBLE … Black Oak Security is a crack team of private investigators led by brilliant, enigmatic Ethan Proctor. He takes on cases that range from the normal to the unaccountably bizarre. Now one of his people, Sloan Delaney, has disappeared during a weekend getaway in the Cumberland Mountains. The last message he left was a tortured scream for help.
Daughter of Darkness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,290. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2015 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
The kids sense that there's something different about Midnight Place—an eerie sensation that won't go away … a terror that turns out to be all too real. When exotic Lin Jasandy moves to Midnight Place, Cass Fuller is immediately wary of her. And when Lin seems to have a strange power over Cass's friend Rick, Cass finds herself involved in terror.
Something Stirs
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,860. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2015 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
The Pack, a group of teenagers, gathers to mourn at the Starlite Diner. Eddie, their leader, is dead. United first by Eddie's forceful personality and now by his death an the increasingly brutal murders that follow, the young people are the eye of a storm of death and destruction. For some reason, only the members of the Pack hear the terrible screams that mark each death.
The Shadow of Alpha
Series: The Parric Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,140. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2014 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Introducing Parric: an ordinary civil servant being ground up in a mill of paperwork, who is given a chance to work on an experimental government project — to live secretly in a town entirely populated by androids — whose very existence, if it were known, would disrupt society — something the repressive society does not want.
Riders in the Sky
Series: The Millennium Quartet, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 126,500. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
The four novels of the Millennium Quartet reveal the cataclysms that await mankind at the turn of the century and vividly tell of the effects of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as they wreak havoc on the world. Death spread a wide swath of violence over the Planet. Famine devastated crops, fish, and Plague ran rampant. Humanity must find a way to survive!
Chariot
Series: The Millennium Quartet, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,830. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
In Chariot, the Horseman assailing mankind is Plague. A mutated version of smallpox sweeps the famine-ridden world, and people drop dead in their tracks. Only one place seems safe -- Las Vegas, Nevada. But Las Vegas is the current home of the Horseman, who is searching for one of the few men able to stand against evil. Travis has an extraordinary ability.
In the Mood
Series: The Millennium Quartet, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,520. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Crops whither in the fields. Fish float belly-up in rivers, lakes, and oceans. Orchards are barren. Cattle and sheep are dying on their feet. The world is slowly starving to death. Deep in the American heartland, a terrible family reunion is taking place. The gathering relatives leave trails of death in their wake. Missing are little Joey and his parents. Joey and his mom are on their way...
Symphony
Series: The Millennium Quartet, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 111,380. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
The First Horseman of the Apocalypse is Death. Soon after a preacher discovers that he has the power to heal, he finds he will need all of this new ability to counter the effects of a strange car that arrives in town. The driver is definitely a murderer and possibly a demon. When the preacher reluctantly takes a stand to try to save a young girl, the battle against evil is joined.
Voices Out of Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,240. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
The Lady in the Tapestry Alice MacDonneaugh, visiting Cullcriag Castle, her family's ancestral home in the Scottish moors to recover from the shock of the fire that claimed her parent's lives, fears she is losing her mind. For everywhere she goes, she is beset by visions and voices...beckoning...warning...threatening ... luring...voices out of time that call from musty graves...
Agnes Day
Series: The Quest for the White Duck Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,430. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Book Three of the Quest for the White Duck Gideon Sunday, an ex-football player who found himself mysteriously transported to the magical world of Chey, must find a way to stop Agnes, the evil wife of the sorcerer Wamchu.
Web of Defeat
Series: The Quest for the White Duck Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,960. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
When Gideon Sunday is handed a ball, he takes it and runs... Unfortunately, the game this unemployed football player has found himself in will probably get him killed. The minute he stepped through his pantry door into the magical land of Chey, Gideon Sunday knew that the last thing he ever wanted to be was a hero.
The Pet
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,400. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
The village of Ashford, New Jersey, is about to discover terror. The Howler, a bloody killer who has already shredded six teens, is moving in. One frosty autumn night, seventeen-year-old Don Boyd is jumped by the Howler. Suddenly they're surrounded by fog, green fire, the sound of iron striking iron... And Ashford's real horror begins.
Blood River Down
Series: The Quest for the White Duck Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,440. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Gideon Sunday, an ex-semi-professional American Football player, goes to his pantry to retrieve an awful bottle of his (dead) sister's fruit preserves. When he gets there, he discovers a meadow in his pantry. He closes the door, takes a few breaths, and begins to investigate with as much sanity and candor as Sherlock Holmes.
The Bloodwind - An Oxrun Station Novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,890. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
Pat Shavers was an artist and a teacher. She'd had a rough life: a divorce, and the loss of her child. But now things seemed to be in order. Except for the strange force riding in the daily movements of her life. A threat rising in the envy of her colleagues, the jealousies of her new lover, the hidden enmity of those who seemed to be her friends.
The Sound of Midnight - An Oxrun Station Novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,290. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Fiery lights are seen in the the small town of Oxrun Station. A series of strange murders, a group of odd, apparently possessed children terrorizing the adults of the town, all serve to make things interesting in the Chinese sense for toy store owner Dale, and her beau Vic, who find themselves drawn into a web of ancient intrigue, pitted against ancient powers.
The Last Call of Mourning - An Oxrun Station Novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,020. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Upon returning home to Oxrun Station from travelling Europe, Cynthia Yarrow notices that her family has changed. Her Mother cuts herself but does not bleed. Her Father lay dead before her eyes but is alright just hours later. Cynthia's suspicions lie with her family's new doctor, Dr. Kraylin. With her friend from years back, Ed, Cynthia must solve this mystery or die trying.
The Curse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,260. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Syd and Theresa Guiness got out of their crowded city apartment and moved to a quaint house on a quiet cul de sac in the suburbs. Their dreamhouse. Then little things began to happen. Theresa was certain it was just her imagination and didn't pay much attention...until it was too late - their dreamhouse had become a nightmare. The VERY FIRST horror novel by Grandmaster Charles L. Grant...
The Grave - An Oxrun Station Novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,030. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2012 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Josh Miller has a talent for finding things. But no one's asked Josh to find the missing fifth victim of an unexplained auto accident - the one who vanished from the scene of the crash without leaving a trail of blood, though he must have been badly hurt. No one's asked Josh to look for the other missing people - residents of Oxrun Station who mysteriously vanished on their birthdays...

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