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SIGNED! "It Only Comes Out at Night" - Fiction Collection by Dennis Etchison

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to corrections to the Centipede Press text and delays in the proofing process, this book has been DELAYED until 3/31/2018. Thanks for your patience!




In this second printing, edited and compiled by scholar S. T. Joshi, we are proud to bring the highly acclaimed collection Dennis Etchison's It Only Comes Out at Night, previously only available as a limited edition hardcover (out of print) from Centipede Press, to an affordable trade paperback with the addition of previously uncollected appreciations by fellow authors, including Ramsey Campbell and Peter Atkins. It features all new artwork as well.


More about It Only Comes Out at Night:


Few writers of horror fiction are held in such high esteem as Dennis Etchison. This career retrospective takes his best fiction, culled from nearly fifty years in the field.

Dennis Etchison (b. 1943) is an American writer and editor of fantasy and horror fiction. Etchison refers to his own work as “rather dark, depressing, almost pathologically inward fiction about the individual in relation to the world.” Stephen King has called Dennis Etchison “one hell of a fiction writer” and he has been called “the most original living horror author in America.” It is his work in the short story format that is especially well-regarded by critics and genre fans.

His first short story collection, The Dark Country, was published in 1982. Its title story received the World Fantasy Award as well as the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection of that year, the first time one writer received both major awards for a single work. He was nominated for the British Fantasy Award for “The Late Shift” (1981), and as well as winning the award in 1982 for “The Dark Country,” has won it since for Best Short Story, for “The Olympic Runner” (1986) and “The Dog Park” (1994), all of which are included in this 600+ page retrospective.

Etchison is generally regarded as one of the finest writers working in the horror genre, especially by his peers. The late Karl Edward Wagner proclaimed him “the finest writer of psychological horror this genre has ever produced.” Charles L. Grant called Etchison “the best short story writer in the field today, bar none.”

This collection of stories features a new introduction by editor S. T. Joshi, original story notes by Dennis Etchison, and in this second edition, uncollected appreciations by fellow authors. Regarded as the best collection of Etchison ever published, this affordable volume is attractive to readers and collectors alike.



Introduction by S. T. Joshi

“Wet Season”
“Sitting in the Corner, Whimpering Quietly”
“Daughter of the Golden West”
“The Machine Demands a Sacrifice”
“It Only Comes Out at Night”
“Calling All Monsters”
“We Have All Been Here Before”
“On the Pike”
“I Can Hear the Dark”
“The Nighthawk”
“The Dead Line”
“It Will Be Here Soon”
“You Can Go Now”
“On Call”
“The Late Shift”
“The Spot”
“The Chill”
“Somebody Like You”
“The Dark Country”
“The Chair”
“Talking in the Dark”
“The Woman in Black”
“The Olympic Runner”
“Call 666”
“The Scar”
“The Blood Kiss”
“When They Gave Us Memory”
“Call Home”
“The Dog Park”
“A Wind from the South”
“The Last Reel”
“The Dead Cop”
“No One You Know”
“Inside the Cackle Factory”
“The Detailer”
“Got to Kill Them All”
“In a Silent Way”
“One of Us”
“Red Dog Down”
“Tell Me I'll See You Again”

Author Notes On The Stories

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