Behold! Oddities, Curiosities & Undeniable Wonders

Want to see something weird? Embrace the odd. Satisfy your curiosity. Surrender to wonder.

From Crystal Lake Publishing and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated co-editor of the smash hit Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories comes Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders.

Sixteen stories and two poems take you into the spaces between the ordinary—and the imaginations of some of today's masters of dark and thrilling fiction.

  • A travel writer learns the terrible secrets at a hotel that's not at all as it seems.
  • A disfigured woman and her daughter explore methods of weaponizing beauty.
  • An amateur beekeeper acquires an object that shows her the true
    danger of the hive-mind.
  • Drifters ride the rails seeking something wondrous that could change their fates forever.
  • A strange creature that holds our very existence in its hands shapes the lives of two lovers to touching and devastating effect.
  • A young man helps his grandfather—and something much more monstrous—atone for bargains made during wartime.
  • And much, much more…

Featuring Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Brian Kirk, Hal Bodner, Stephanie M. Wytovich, John Langan, Erinn L. Kemper, John F.D. Taff, Patrick Freivald, Lucy A. Snyder, Brian Hodge, Kristi DeMeester, Christopher Coake, Sarah Read and Richard Thomas. Foreword by Josh Malerman. Illustrations by Luke Spooner. Cover art by John Coulthart. Brought to you by Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor Doug Murano and Crystal Lake Publishing. Tales from the Darkest Depths.

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Check Out What Other People Are Saying About This Book

“Having enjoyed Gutted: Beautiful horror stories, I jumped at the opportunity to take an early look at Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders. As was the case with Gutted, I wasn’t disappointed. Edited by Doug Murano, Behold! features stories from a fantastic group of authors whose stories are separated into three groups: Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders. The stories themselves offer a wide range of adventures, some tugging at the heart strings, others creating a perfect sense of dread, and others still making you laugh out loud. Overall, the anthology was a fun romp through words, each story like a new flavor of candy, ever so sweet and delicious. Favorites of mine were Lisa Morton’s “LaRue’s Dime Museum,” Stephanie Wytovich’s poem “An Exhibition of Mother and Monster,” John Langan’s “Madame Paint: For Sale,” Neil Gaiman’s “Chivalry,” and John F.D. Taff’s “A Ware That Will Not Keep.””

Kenneth W. Cain
Author of EMBERS

“Imagine that you walk into a used book store that you’ve never been in before.  It’s packed to the ceilings with tall shelves groaning under the weight of piles of garish paperbacks and years of dust and fingerprints.  You wander around until you find that hidden corner in every good used book shop, where the dark stuff hides, where the stories pull you in and you lose hours finding out what uncanny things are hidden in this place.

That is basically this book in a nutshell.

I really liked this one.  This collection of horror, dark fantasy and weird tales pulled me in and kept me going.  It’s hard to single out one story, but I’ll say that while there are some big names in this book, it was the newer names that had the most impact.  Well worth the read.”

Zachary Woolard
Amazon review

Behold marks yet another stellar anthology of horror fiction from Crystal Lake Publishing. Editor Doug Murano has assembled an intricately quilted patchwork that collects a unique combination of well-written stories that continue the theme of beautiful horror established by his previous anthology, Gutted, itself a stunning masterpiece. As with any anthology, some stories will resonate more with certain readers, and everyone will have a different list of favourites, but the pages of Behold contain many wonders that will make a lasting impression on readers.”

Anita Siraki
Amazon review

“Welcome, welome, welome. Step right up to the big top, found in between the pages of this amazing creepfest...from the ODDITIES, where you can almost hear the circus music in the background, popcorn in the air, hear the flash bulbs popping as pictures are taken, and lives and looks are transfomed, thoughts make horrible things happen, and so much more... wonderfully reminiscent of Twilight zone, tales from the crypt, goosebumps, takes from the darkside and night gallery... I recommend this book to anyone who loves short, but super deep fantastical horror stories.... 10 stars!!!!”

Aisha Hashmi
Amazon review
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