Stephen Mark Rainey

Stephen Mark Rainey

The writer is not the infamous Stephen King antihero Mort Rainey, but the far more nefarious author of the novels DARK SHADOWS: DREAMS OF THE DARK (with Elizabeth Massie), BALAK, THE LEBO COVEN, THE NIGHTMARE FRONTIER, BLUE DEVIL ISLAND, THE MONARCHS, and YOUNG BLOOD (with Mat & Myron Smith); five short story collections; and over 100 published works of short fiction. Those with long memories may recall that I edited DEATHREALM magazine, from 1987 to 1997. In its decade-long history, DEATHREALM won a bunch of nice awards and featured hundreds of short stories, poems, and essays by authors ranging from the most established professionals to young, aspiring first-timers, many of whom proceeded to carve out names for themselves in the horror/dark fantasy field. In 2004, I edited a new anthology for Delirium Books, titled DEATHREALMS, which features a selection of short stories from the magazine. I've edited a couple of other anthologies as well. THE SONG OF CTHULHU (Chaosium, 2001) features 20 stories of Lovecraftian horror, and in 2006, I co-edited (with James Robert Smith) a new anthology for Arkham House titled EVERMORE, which features short stories about Edgar Allan Poe. In summer, 2008, Dark Regions Press released a new collection of my short fiction, titled OTHER GODS, featuring 16 of my tales, including one never-before-published story ("Antidotes"). In 2011, Dark Regions released another collection of my short stories, titled THE GAKI & OTHER HUNGRY SPIRITS. I have a number of new dark and delightful tales coming down the pike, for which I'll post details when they're available.

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