The Dark Fiction series follow-up to Raffaele Pezzella/Eighth Tower Publishings' The Black Stone: Stories to Conjure Lovecraftian Summonings (see March '21 post) has just sprung from the crypt.
The Beyond: Stories Inspired by the Lucio Fulci Death Trilogy pays homage to the celebrated Italian director's "Doors of Death" saga, which includes City of the Living Dead (aka The Gates of Hell), The Beyond (aka Seven Doors of Death) and House by the Cemetery.
The 319-page anthology contains stories by Glynn Owen Barras, Andrew Coulthard, Richard Alan Scott, Sarah Walker, J. Edwin Buja, David Agranoff, Anthony Trevino, John Chadwick, David Voyles, Nora Peevey and B.E. Dantalion.
My tale, "Summer Urges", also graces the edition, which crawls from the eerie events of City of the Dead/Gates of Hell, a film I viewed in 1983 at the Quakerbridge Mall Cinema in Lawrenceville, NJ. Little did I realize at the time that I would someday contribute a spinoff to the odious odyssey. Ah, destiny; and thank you for carving it, Mr. Pezzella!
Fulci's "death trilogy" is stylish and nightmarish, charged with relentless, paranormal intensity. The same can be said of Dark Fiction #2's contents, which continue the macabre maestro's legacy in a most heartfelt (and heart-pounding) way.
Order a copy of The Beyond: Stories Inspired by the Lucio Fulci Death Trilogy in either hardcover or paperback at
And don't forget, Eighth Tower Records' Fulci music tribute (see Sept '21 post) is still available. The CD can be combined with the paperback to create one cool, ghoulish order:
No matter which way you go, you're in for some chillin' Fulci vibes!