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

The Black Carousel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,700. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Night—the carnival grounds are empty … Or are they? Laughter and screams float faintly on the wind. Echoes of the day's fairgoers—or cries of the damned, rising form Hell? At the carnival's core is the black carousel, whirling to a special rhythm that is almost a heartbeat. Its creatures seem alive in the flickering lights as they spin hypnotically past. And those who dare are forever changed.
Dialing the Wind
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,630. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
In Oxrun Station, the wind carries dark musics and dark magics … and summoning the wind can call you to your doom. The spectral sound of folk music was a sound not everyone could hear. Only those desperate for love heard the haunting notes—and had their lives forever altered.
The Orchard
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,330. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A warm evening in Oxrun Station—a lovely time for a picnic. If only they hadn't chosen to visit the orchard … It was the last lovely time. The first death seems to be an accident. But there's no doubt about the suicide, or the mutilation murder, or the horror that seizes the movie theater, or the terror that inhabits the hospital … All are the fruits of that night in the orchard.
Nightmare Seasons
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,030. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A new season, and the Grim Reaper smiles in anticipation of the harvest to come. No one is safe, no one can be trusted. The lovestruck office boy, the beautiful little girl clutching a posy of violets, the faceless motorcycle gang all seem harmless enough, and yet. Nameless fears stir uneasily, terror bubbles to the surface. and the nightmare is unleashed. Enter the world of Oxrun Station.
Jackals
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,970. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
We've all seen them—the broken-down car by the side of the road, mutely signaling for help from passing drivers … the stubborn tail-gater who follows too close, for too long … the wild driver who weaves through lanes on a crowded highway—the driver who causes accidents but is never a victim of one … These are the jackals, hunters who follow the nation's highways and byways.
The Tea Party
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,670. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Deerfield. A sleepy village untouched by time, full of quaint antiques, charming sites and friendly neighbors. But outside of Deerfield, nauture is still. No children play around the great stone house of Winterrest; no birds fly over its ancient trees … and tales of witches and demons fill the dreams of Deerfield's children. Now the great house is stirring, stretching, hungry.
The Long Night of the Grave
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,650. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Charles L. Grant sets forth to take us across time and into a fantasy world to his remarkable little Connecticut town of Oxrun Station. For all of you who, like the author, yearn for something blatantly old-fashioned, here is an opportunity to climb back into the past, and experience the thrill of the classic tale of The Mummy—the jackal-headed god … ancient Egypt … mummies … eternal …
The Dark Cry of the Moon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,810. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Charles L. Grant's town of Oxrun Station became real to horror fans (much like Lovecraft's Arkham and King's Castle Rock). While most of Grant's stories were contemporary, he did write a trilogy of "historical" novels placed in an earlier Oxrun. The Dark Cry of the Moon is a classic werewolf tale for fans of the old Universal and Hammer horror films.
The Soft Whisper of the Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,290. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Multiple award winner Charles L. Grant has written a vampire novel set in the author's distressing little town of Oxrun Station. It is a region to be found on the same maps as Lovecraft's Arkham and King's Castle Rock. The Soft Whisper of the Dead is the account of the evil Count Braslov's attempt to subjugate the Oxrun population to his vampiric will.
The Hour of the Oxrun Dead
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,270. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2018 by Crossroad Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
WELCOME TO OXRUN STATION Oxrun Station could be a spooky place, especially out by the Windsors', right next to the graveyard. At night Natalie heard eerie sounds out in the fog, among the tombstones, unnatural sounds made by unearthly things. Natalie's husband had been born in Oxrun Station. He loved the town, and served it well—and in return it killed him.
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.
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.
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.
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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