Synopses & Reviews
“Full of stories that zig-zag back and forth over the genre/lit line, States of Terror Vol. 3 has all the satisfactions of good style, the hooks of genre fiction, and everything you need to know about where the great American monsters are now.” - Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses
"Some of our best contemporary fiction writers, gathered around a campfire with tales of cryptic hominids, teenage legends, eerie apocrypha, and beautifully terrible horrors -- States of Terror is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for adults." - J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
“States of Terror Vol.3 had my heart pounding from cover to cover. By the end I wanted to put it in my mouth, but I was already in its mouth.” - Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls
“All my favorite writers in a book as beautiful as this, telling stories about monsters I've never even heard of? Sign me up twice, please. I want to go through again.” - Stephen Graham Jones
“For the third volume of Ayahuasca Publishing’s States of Terror series, editors Lewis and McCleary have rounded up seventeen of the most audacious voices in modern dark fiction to spin startling and spine-tingling tales rooted in monster legends from across the USA. By turns harrowing, hallucinatory, and morbidly hilarious, the retellings also boast breathtaking illustrations from two dozen masters. Strap yourself in and turn the first page: it’s time for one hell of a road trip!” - David Bowles, author of Ghosts of the Rio Grande Valley
"States of Terror Vol.3 showcases a wide range of horror, from emerging authors as well as established visionaries. These tales run you through the ringer, too—laughter turning into suspicion morphing into fear. Each place and time is shrouded in mystery—the echo of legend, deafening, the stench of dark myths, sickening. This is an unsettling collection that will bubble to the surface the minute you turn out the lights, paralyzing you, so as not to bring the darkness any closer.”—Richard Thomas, author of Breaker and Tribulations
Bloody Mary. The Donkey Lady. Goatman. Champ. These names and others are whispered across generations as warnings of evil manifestations which dwell on American soil. Some are beautiful and misunderstood, others are nightmarish and unspeakable. Despite their differences, they share one thing in common: they are all part of the shared tapestry of terror which winds its way through time and space, but stays forever rooted in the landscape of the United States.
In this chilling conclusion of the horror anthology trilogy, 17 writers and 28 artists have teamed up to unleash the final beasts of the union upon an unsuspecting population. From the humid swamps of South Carolina to the dark forests of Hawaii, prepare yourself for one last journey through the states of terror, and whatever lurks within them.
The writers: J David Osbourne, Amelia Gray, Rios De La Luz, David James Keaton, Andrea Kneeland, Eber Lambert, Gabe Durham, Lauren Becker, Bradley Sands, Jennifer Corely, Gabriela Santiago, Janice Lee, Kevin Maloney, Justin Hudnall, Gabino Iglesias, Michael Seidlinger & Robert Vaughan.
The artists: Adam Miller, Jacob Carignan, Aaron Conley, Haig Demarjian, Corinne Reid, Joshua Coon, Will Pottorff, Peter Pasquerello, Deanna Burke, Marie Enger, Peter Bergamo Jr., Daniel Kern, Cody Vrosh, Amanda Beard, Val Toukatly, Shaemus Spencer, Paul Lyons, Johnathan Adrian/venusjaw, Katherine Brannock, Sara Richard, Jim Ponte, Bryce Davidson, Jeff McComsey, Josh Morrissette.