by Richard Gavin


by Richard Gavin


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Welcome to Richard Gavin's "grotesquerie," where fear and faith converge in eerie and nightmarish tales of transcendent horror from a truly visionary writer. The highly anticipated new collection of macabre delights, that explores dark realms of the fevered, fecund mind, and visits strange landscapes and vistas. These are grim and grotesque tales of terror -- modern Mysterium Tremendums -- that open new doors of perception and reality.

"Gavin's writing serves as a testament that great masters once crafted great stories .. .and as evidence that they shall do so again."

-- Thomas Ligotti


"Richard Gavin is an important figure in the contemporary horror/weird fiction field. Influenced by masters such as Blackwood and Ligotti, Gavin is cerebral, yet empathetic. He reconfigures classical tropes to suit his own unique perspective. Grotesquerie is a major event."

-Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase

"In grotesquerie, Richard Gavin summons ancient gods and vengeful ghosts. He nods knowingly to the horror/weird fiction greats, but forges a singularly unique vision."

- Priya Sharma, author of Ormeshadow

Grotesquerie contains the latest records of Richard Gavin's continuing explorations of the intersection between the mundane and the numinous, the earthly and the spectral, the pastoral and the horrific. Drawing on and in dialogue with such writers of the visionary weird as Aickman, Ligotti, and Machen, Gavin's fictions extend the tradition into bold new territory. Original, idiosyncratic, Richard Gavin is like no one else.

-John Langan, author of The Fisherman and Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies

"...richly articulated nightmares that will delight horror fans [...] will put readers in mind of both classic weird fiction and the supernatural mysteries of the 1970s."

-Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988964225
Publisher: Undertow Publications
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 628,437
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Richard Gavin explores the realm where fear and the numinous converge. His eerie, nightmarish stories have garnered high critical praise, appear in several volumes of Best New Horror and Year's Best Horror, and have been collected in five previous books, including Sylvan Dread: Tales of Pastoral Darkness and At Fear's Altar. Along with fiction, Richard produces works of esotericism and meditations on the macabre, such as The Benighted Path: Primeval Gnosis and the Monstrous Soul and The Moribund Portal: Spectral Resonance and the Numen of the Gallows. He dwells in the North. Online presence: www.

Table of Contents


Fragile Masks


Deep Eden

The Patter of Tiny Feet

The Rasping Absence

Scold’s Bridle: A Cruelty

Crawlspace Oracle

After the Final

The Sullied Pane

Cast Lots

Notes on the Aztec Death Whistle

Headsman’s Trust: A Murder Ballad

Chain of Empathy

Three Knocks on a Buried Door

Ten of Swords: Ruin

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