From the recesses of the Internet, where cosmic terror shows its face on an endless live feed, to a museum celebrating the sordid legacy of an occultist painter, this chilling collection of sixteen short stories will plunge you into the eerie, pessimistic imagination of Mike Thorn.
Peel Back and See urges its readers to look closer, to push past surface-level appearances and face the things that stir below.
“Mike Thorn brings his masterful skill with immersive language and style to this beautiful and disturbing collection.”
– Laurel Hightower, author of Crossroads and Whispers in the Dark
“With Peel Back and See, Mike Thorn plants one bloody foot in the history of horror and the other firmly in its future.”
– Sam Richard, author of Sabbath of the Fox-Devils and To Wallow in Ash & Other Sorrows
“Mike Thorn’s Peel Back and See is a stunning show-stopper of a fiction collection.”
– Eric LaRocca, author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke
“Reminiscent of the very best of Lovecraft, Thorn’s ability to render internal terrors of the mind is startling in its efficiency and ruthlessness. Immediately establishing a sense of dread and impending doom, Thorn counterpunches by conjuring up deeply terrifying imagery experienced through the lens of increasingly internalised mental anguish. We experience a dead drop into existential horror so bleak that one can hardly imagine a darker fate.”
– Jamie Blanks, director of Urban Legend and Valentine
Mike Thorn is the author of Shelter for the Damned and Darkest Hours (both available now from JournalStone). His fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, including Vastarien, Dark Moon Digest, The NoSleep Podcast, Tales to Terrify, and Prairie Gothic. His film criticism has been published in MUBI Notebook, The Film Stage, Seventh Row, In Review Online, and Vague Visages. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. Connect with him on Twitter (@MikeThornWrites) and visit his website: mikethornwrites.com.
Photo Cred: Ash Thompson