The Frighteners: 25th Anniversary Edition

I’m delighted to announce the republication of my novel THE FRIGHTENERS, in a special 25th Anniversary edition courtesy of Pete Kahle of Bloodshot Books. Pete has gone the extra mile and it looks splendid, containing a chapter that was excised from the original publication and appears here for the first time, as intended (Part 2, Chapter 21 page 143). With splendid cover art by Dean Samed, the book also includes interior artwork for each section of the book by my brother, Ray Laws.

And now I can let everyone have an inside story about the book. When writing it, I asked my close friend Stephen Gallagher (novelist, screenwriter, director) if I could include him as a fictional character, and also let him create the means by which he should die (in the novel, of course). So – the hit man ‘Gallagher’ was born (and a representation of that character is on the front cover). However, when Steve sent me a description of how he wanted to die – it was so outrageous that I couldn’t use it. My own means of ‘Gallagher’s’ demise is something I’ll leave new readers to discover for themselves, but if anyone is wondering what Steve’s method of personal disposal was – then check out his story entitled ‘Hunter, Killer’ in the collection NIGHT VISIONS 8 (which also contains stories by John Farris and Joe Lansdale, with an introduction by Robert R. McCammon). It’s all there.

Many thanks to the kind words I’ve had from those who are familiar with the novel – I hope you enjoy the additional material. I hope that new readers get a kick out of it, too. Finally, just to add that I had the great pleasure of meeting the actor Andre Morell’s son, Jason – and was able not only to say how much I loved his father’s work, but to tell him that the character of ‘Sir James Callender’ in THE FRIGHTENERS is very much based on Andre’s ‘persona’. I hope you picture him in your head when you’re reading!

THE FRIGHTENERS available in kindle and paperback at –

THE MIDNIGHT MAN (The Short Stories of Stephen Laws)

I'm delighted to announce that so soon after the ebook publication of SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF MIDNIGHT and CHASM, Samhain have just published my revised and updated short story collection THE MIDNIGHT MAN (also available as a large format paperback). The collection was previously issued by Silver Salamander Press under the kind auspices of John Pelan - but this updated release contains stories written since that original publication. There are also notes on the writing of each story, and stealing some inspiration from Harlan Ellison - whose original OUTER LIMITS television screenplays were published alongside the original stories way back when - I've also included the screenplay for my short horror movie THE SECRET (together with the story) including notes on the location filming. So it's possible to compare the story to the screenplay - and even the short movie itself (which is currently available briefly on Youtube, together with a couple of trailers). I'm also very pleased to report that it won the Macabre award in New York for best short horror film.

"Stephen Laws is the authentic article - a writer whose love of good horror is as profound as his skill with it. He's one of the true contemporary treasures of the field. Supernatural horror would be a lot poorer without him." - Ramsey Campbell

"Stephen Laws has always had the gift of making his readers believe the unbelievable ... even when they would really rather not. His horrors rise from the page like a corpse rising from a rain-soaked grave and touching you with a cold, muddy hand." - Graham Masterton

"Stephen Laws is the real thing. For me he's the classic horror writer." - Dark Asylum


Hot on the heels of the SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF MIDNIGHT ebook, I'm very pleased to say that CHASM is now also available as an ebook from Samhain Publishing with another new, great cover.

Not only does the ebook contain a chapter previously not included in the original hardback and paperback editions (involving an encounter between Gordon the guitar player and the ferocious Cherubim), but it also has a reinstated Prologue. This has been a great opportunity to restore material which remains very close to my heart, and my renewed thanks go out to editor Don D'Auria and his team at Samhain.

Stay tuned for a further announcement soon on the ebook release of my short story collection THE MIDNIGHT MAN, with additional stories and material (again, from Samhain).

And for reviews go to the CHASM section of the website (See menu at right)

Somewhere South of Midnight

I'm delighted to announce that SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF MIDNIGHT is now available as an ebook from Samhain.