GHOST HIGHWAYS is the second of the Midnight Street
Anthologies. The first was JOURNEYS INTO DARKNESS, still available from Amazon
and other sources.
GHOST HIGHWAYS contains 12 previously unpublished stories
and a further 3 reprinted stories, (one of which is a completely revised
version), from some of the most exciting and proven masters of the genre,
including Ramsey Campbell, Simon Clark, Ralph Robert Moore, Ray Cluley, Thana
Niveau and many more. Paul Finch has
written an introduction that sets the scene perfectly for what is to come.
The themes relate to ghost highways in the fullest, often
oblique, sense. In his introduction, Paul Finch reflects that: "Roads
aren’t just roads. They’re metaphors for journeys – journeys through life,
journeys towards death, journeys we personally have made, journeys we’d like to
make or dread making, journeys that others have made".
But there is another aspect to these stories: that of the
haunting residue; ghosts in all their various interpretations. The characters
are haunted in some way, often in subtle ways. The nightmares that haunt them
are often baleful, leaving the protagonists trapped within the fates they have
Each story has an illustrated introductory page that
suggests the mood of what is to come, tempting the reader into whatever
nightmarish world the author has created.
GHOST HIGHWAYS is the most ambitious project that Midnight
Street Press has launched so far. The Editor, Trevor Denyer, previously edited
two critically acclaimed magazines: 'Roadworks' and 'Midnight Street', and the
essence of those magazines is distilled in these Midnight Street Anthologies.
There is subtlety, augmented by an impending or ongoing horror, and a focus on
character that creates unease and ultimately, a full blown, terrifying
denouement, often not immediately obvious, but always unsettling.
GHOST HIGHWAYS is a unique journey along highways that will
transport the reader to places - outside
the comfort of home, of the cosy armchair - where demons in their many forms,