Synopses & Reviews
"The regional monsters of States of Terror are at turns horrifying, disturbing, empathetic, misunderstood, and fun. The authors infuse a palpable sense of place in the re-imagined local legends, hauling their creatures and our monstrous selves out of the shadows."
--Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts
"The talented creators of the work in this anthology provide a spectrum of true terror, with the acts of humans as horrific as those of the monsters born of deft imagination. The sum of these stories results in a stunning whole that is guaranteed to linger."
--Lauren Becker, author of If I Would Leave Myself Behind
"Eighteen monstrous tales of the dark, the bizarre, and the mythical round out this collection from newcomer Ayahuasca Publishing. As with Vol. 1, States of Terror focuses on regional folklore, of varying levels of notoriety. I immediately went to the section for The West because I like that sort of thing and found a wonderfully evocative story in “Field Manual” by JS Breukelaar, centered around an uneasy post-war peace, an uneasier love triangle, and the rather grisly stillbirth of something vengeful and sad. Also enjoyable was Amber Sparks’ “Friends with the Moon,” about a distant relative of The Mothman. From gator-men in Lousiana, jackalopes in Wyoming, Idaho wolves, or truly odd Melonheads (What the hell is a Melonhead?) in New Jersey, States of Terror Vol. 2 is a good mix of newer and more established names, not unlike the monsters themselves."
- Theresa DeLucci, Tor.com
From their hiding places in the darkness of the Louisiana bayou, to the scorched earth of the Badlands where they assume free rein, the myths and monsters of American folklore are a part of our culture we cannot escape.
In this continuation of the States of Terror series, 18 writers and 22 artists lead us further into the shadows and haunts of the United States, peeling away our preconceptions to find the truths beneath our fears.
You have been invited. You have been warned.
The Writers: Jamie Grefe, Adrian Van Young, Zack Wentz, Ben Segal, Heather Fowler, Meg Tuite, Thomas Martin, Brian Krans, Lizz Huerta, Cameron Pierce, Natanya Ann Pulley, Kirsten Alene, Stephen Brophy, Amber Sparks, J.S. Breukelaar, Danielle Renino, Steve Jones, Jerry Morrissette & Ben Loory
The Artists: Adam Miller, Haig Demarjian, Pat Kelley, Dominic Viona, Ben Donahue, Nickolai Kilin, Enzo Garza, Zack Atkinson, Heather Scoggins, Daniel Kern, David Ferreira, Sam J. Royale, Craig Schaffer, Rich Woodall, Hanna Tawater, Karl Slominski, Zachary Naylor, JB Roe, Tom Torrey, Frank Casazza, Geoff, Mosse, Joe Haley & Josh Morrissette