Momma Durtt

Jul.09, 2024

In a small California town, the rich, the powerful, and the corrupt dump waste, pollution, and dead bodies down an abandoned mine shaft. What could go wrong?

Michael Shea began writing Momma Durtt in 1986. Momma Durtt has lain unpublished ever since.

Hippocampus Press is proud to present this novel of cosmic eco-horror from the pen of one of the masters of contemporary weird fiction. With vibrant characters, racy language, and a spectacular denouement, Momma Durtt is uniquely suited to our own times.

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Polyphemus (1987)

Dec.05, 2023

Polyphemus, a landmark collection of the best modern speculative fiction is now available again at long last!

Michael Shea deftly blends the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

In the title story, an exploration team on a desert planet encounters a terrifying alien monstrosity. In “The Angel of Death,” a serial killer hunting innocent women turns out to be a visitor from another world. In “Uncle Tuggs,” a more traditional horror story infused with a dose of black humor, a series of grisly and bizarre deaths ensues that may be connected to the mysterious disappearance of old Uncle Tuggs, and in “The Horror on the #33” a wino witnesses a horrific murder committed by a strange wasp-headed monster on a city bus.

The classic story “The Autopsy,” which Algis Budrys called “one of the most successful meldings of science fiction with horror that I have ever encountered” and which was filmed for Guillermo Del Toro’s Netflix series Cabinet of Curiosities, tells of an aging pathologist called in to perform an autopsy — but what he discovers during his examination is chilling and unthinkable.

This beautiful new edition features a new introduction by Laird Barron. Available in hardcover or paperback from Valancourt Books and featuring the classic story THE AUTOPSY.

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The Mines of Behemoth (Nifft The Lean II) is Back

Nov.23, 2023

Nifft the Lean, our spirited and wily thief extraordinaire, has proclaimed his second coming in the novel-length adventure, The Mines of Behemoth.

This Centipede Press special edition book is printed in four colors and two colors throughout, bound in black cloth, with printed endpapers, a stunning dustjacket, top-edge stain, and ribbon marker.

A “Sword and Sorcery” thriller as only Michael Shea could write them. This signed edition is limited to 300 copies, so order this collector’s item now from Centipede Press.

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Lovecraftian Story Collection Demiurge First German Edition

Jun.07, 2023

Michael Shea - Demiurg

Michael Shea has made his own distinctive contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos devised by H. P. Lovecraft. In his Mythos tales, Shea has infused his own unique vision and perspective.

Originally released in 2017, the collection “Demiurge: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales of Michael Shea” contains 13 of Lovecraftian tales that were translated by Manfred Sanders and are now available in German for the first time. Here’s a reading sample with excerpts if you’d like to have a look.

“Fat Face” (Fettbirne) takes us into the seedy underworld of prostitutes and drug dealers in San Francisco, while other tales such as “Dagoniad,” “Copping Squid,” and “Tsathoggua” vividly meld Lovecraftian cosmic horror with the contemporary world of California. Shea was also fascinated with Lovecraft’s novel of Antarctic horror, At the Mountains of Madness, and his stories “Under the Shelf” and “Beneath the Beardmore” take us to that frozen land of death and terror.

The title story, “Demiurge,” is a previously unpublished novella that draws upon Lovecraft’s tales of psychic possession in its chilling portrayal of a nameless monster who may be the harbinger of the overthrow of the entire human race.

Festa Verlag has released a limited edition hardbound version entitled Demiurg (LOVECRAFTS BIBLIOTHEK DES SCHRECKENS – LIMITED BAND 6).

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Ranking the Best Cabinet of Curiosities Episodes

Dec.19, 2022

The new Netflix horror anthology Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities presents eight unconnected tales of terror for viewers to experience.

But which one is the best?

Alec Bojalad at Den of Geek has watched all eight of the Cabinet of Curiosities episodes and ranked them from least favorite to most favorite.

Check out the winner and chime in with your own in the comments.

F. Murray Abraham in The Autopsy

F. Murray Abraham in The Autopsy

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