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Horror Meets Humor Week on HO: The Loveliest Dead

October 31, 2012

The Kellars — David and Jenna and their young son Miles — have moved into a house left to them by Jenna’s late father.  Miles is not yet comfortable in his new bedroom, where something disturbs his sleep one night. …



Miles propped himself up on both arms in bed, in the dark, wide awake.  He was not sure what had awakened him, but he had the impression someone had come into his bedroom.

The wind blew outside and sent a spatter of rain against the windowpane.  Miles could hear the distant surf crashing against the rocks at the foot of the cliff behind the house.  His bed was against the wall across from the door, and there were two bare windows just above it.  The ivy on the outside wall of the house whispered secretly every time the wind blew.  Maybe that was it — the strange new sounds of the night had awakened him, sounds it would take awhile to get used to, that was all.  And the room was new, the bed, everything.  Even the things he had brought with him from Redding took on new shapes in the dark — the toy dinosaurs on the shelves, the stuffed King Kong huddled in the corner, the lamp and books crouching on the desk.

But something was not right.  He could feel it.

“Come on, be a good puppy.”  The whispered voice was rough, and it came from within Miles’s bedroom.  “C’mon over here and be a good puppy.”

Miles made a small, strangled sound in his throat, just before it closed.  His elbows locked at his sides and he was paralyzed by fear.  His eyes moved to the spot in the room from which the voice had come — over by the shelf with the dinosaurs on it, but low, near the floor.  Miles’s eyes dropped and he saw a figure in the dark — round shoulders and a large oddly-shaped head.  The figure rose slowly up out of the floor, a black shape within the darkness, out of reach of the hallway nightlight’s glow.  Arms took shape at the round sides of the fat figure as it rose, large and hulking.

“Gitcher butt over here, y’fuckin’ puppy.”

Miles was not aware of the exact moment when he was finally able to scream, he only knew he was screaming.


“Ray Garton’s The Loveliest Dead eases the reader into what is easily the most mature, heartfelt, and unflinchingly disturbing novel of his career.  The unspeakable horror that lies at the center of Dead’s mosaic-like mystery is the darkest nightmare of every parent, only in Garton’s hands, the revelation of this nightmare is only the beginning.  A powerful, terrifying, unforgettable achievement.  Ray Garton is back and he will shake your soul’s foundation with this one.”

— Gary A. Braunbeck, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of To Each Their Darkness and In Silent Graves

The Loveliest Dead:


Ray Garton

Ray Garton is the author of over 60 novels, novellas, short story collections, movie novelizations and TV tie-ins. His work spans the genres of horror, crime, and suspense. His 1987 erotic vampire novel LIVE GIRLS was called "artful" by the New York Times and was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. In 2006, he received the Grand Master of Horror Award at the World Horror Convention. His 2001 comedy thriller SEX AND VIOLENCE IN HOLLYWOOD is being developed for the screen. His most recent novels, TRAILER PARK NOIR and MEDS (a thriller with deadly side effects), are available from E-Reads as trade paperbacks, for Kindle at Amazon, Nook at Barnes and Noble, and in multiple ebook formats at Fictionwise.com, and his seventh short story collection, WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH, was recently published by Cemetery Dance Publications. “The Man in the Palace Theater,” a short emotional horror story, and his erotic noir novella SERPENT GIRL are available for Kindle and Nook. You can see his bibliography and keep up with new releases at his website, RayGartonOnline.com. He lives in northern California with his wife Dawn. “Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twistingthem to evocative, entertaining effect.” — Publishers Weekly “Ray Garton has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print.” — Cemetery Dance magazine “Razor-sharp and gut-punch brutal, Garton will scare you.” — Fangoria magazine "Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction's great innovators." — F. Paul Wilson, bestselling creator of Repairman Jack "Garton never fails to go for the throat." — Richard Laymon, bestselling author of THE LAKE "It's scary, it's involving, and it's also mature and thoughtful." — Stephen King on Ray Garton's novel DARK CHANNEL "LIVE GIRLS is gripping, original, and sly. I finished it in one bite." — Dean R. Koontz

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2 Responses to Horror Meets Humor Week on HO: The Loveliest Dead

  1. October 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you, Suzy! It’s the perfect day for a ghost story …

  2. October 31, 2012 at 11:02 am

    That’s a great passage, makes me want to read your book.

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