Innsmouth Nightmares

by Lois H. Gresh
Release date: November 2015
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horrorweird fiction, anthology

Edited by Lois H. Gresh.

This all-Innsmouth anthology features original stories by leading writers of weird fiction. If you think you’ve read everything possible about Innsmouth, then you’re in for a major treat because these stories are gems.

Lavie Tidhar brings Truman Capote to Innsmouth to find the truth behind murder in Cold Blood, and John Shirley dishes up an explosive futuristic blast with a finale that will blow your mind. Laird Barron’s Innsmouth is pure technopunk with a mad scientist laboratory, a spook, and a tough-as-nuts heiress.

Paul Kane’s jittery young woman is anxious to impress her future in-laws, and if you haven’t guessed, wedding bells aren’t exactly chiming. Tim Lebbon’s hero is lost at sea on a lifeboat driven by bizarre currents.

William F. Nolan pops in with a bittersweet tale about a man who honeymoons in the wrong place, and S.T. Joshi supplies a thrilling novellete about Maxwell Gilman and the evils of humanity.

Both Steve Rasnic Tem and John Langan write about vacations unlike any others, and it’s certainly no vacation when Nancy Kilpatrick’s heroine returns to Innsmouth to honor her dead mother’s wishes.

Richard Gavin’s girl seeks her lost Daddy in Innsmouth, and Lisa Morton’s girl enters puberty, but the “change” isn’t what you think it is. Nancy Holder’s teenagers seek cool “hippie” gifts from Innsmouth - not with good results. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. beautifully captures Innsmouth adolescent angst.

The love-sopped fellow in James A. Moore’s tale should take a cue from the weird hag who runs the local diner, and he should run for the hills. But he doesn't. Of course. Anyone in Innsmouth’s Marsh Care Facility should also run for the hills when Donald Tyson’s nurse shows up, but they don’t... of course.

Also featured are great original stories by Wilum Pugmire, Tim Waggoner, Jonathan Thomas, and Jason V Brock. The anthology is rounded out with a powerful tale by Caitlin R. Kiernan.


  • Windows Underwater – John Shirley
  • Cold Blood – Lavie Tidhar
  • Fear Sun – Laird Barron
  • Thicker Than Water – Paul Kane
  • Strange Currents – Tim Lebbon
  • Mourning People – Nancy Kilpatrick
  • The Barnacle Daughter – Richard Gavin
  • Between the Pilings – Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Imps of Innsmouth – Wilum H. Pugmire
  • The Open Mouth of Charybdis – John Langan
  • Water’s Edge – Tim Waggoner
  • Dark Waters – William F. Nolan
  • A Girl’s Life – Lisa Morton
  • The Sea Witch – James A. Moore
  • Brood – Jason V Brock
  • Gone to Doggerland – Jonathan Thomas
  • The Scent of the Hammer and the Feather – Joseph Pulver, Sr.
  • Baubles – Nancy Holder
  • The Waves Beckon – Donald Tyson
  • The Cats of River Street (1925) – Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Some Kind of Mistake – S. T. Joshi
updated 2015-11-15

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