My first horror collection since Jagged Edges & Moving Parts, Fool's Fire is here to test your mettle all over again. Here you'll encounter the strange, the uncomfortable, and the harrowing. I hope you have courage to burn.
The Maker-Man of Merryville is a middle-grade portal-fantasy novel about a stranger who opens up a toy store in the town of Merryville. This becomes the most exciting news imaginable to twelve-year-old Gilbert Sullivan and his friend Sarah Crutcher. Little do these children know, however, that the Maker-Man hails from a magical world known as Skaaten Dowe, or that he will provide the means for Gilbert and Sarah to travel there themselves and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
My latest collection takes a detour around the horror genre, but if horror is more of a mode than a category—as I suspect to be the case—you'll find plenty of it here.
This is your ticket to the unsavory side of life. Be thankful it's a round trip.
It takes time and patience to amass enough worthwhile poetry to publish, even in a slender volume. The result in this case really is a collection of the best poetry I'd written to date. I don't consider it a collection of horror poetry through and through, but the genre is represented here.
The global thriller you've been waiting for, even if you didn't realize it.
My debut novel is a departure in some ways, but not in others. It isn't a horror novel, but it's no skip through the park, either.
"A creatively conceived, over-the-top thriller with plenty of room for more delicious treachery."—Kirkus Reviews
I'm pleased to announce that my new collection of terrifying tales is available in eBook and paperback editions.
This is my second collection, but the only one currently in print. Get a taste ... if you dare.
PRAISE FOR PETE'S WORK ...
"[The Portable Nine is] a compelling tale of vigilante hit men that’ll keep readers on the edge of their seats."—Roy Lee, producer of IT, IT Chapter Two, Doctor Sleep, and The Stand
"A dark blend of Ocean’s Eleven and Mission Impossible, Mesling’s The Portable Nine pits a team of mismatched miscreants against a nefarious villain in an age-old tale of intrigue, betrayal, and revenge. With whip-sharp characterisation and a network of plotlines, Mesling proves his mettle in this cinematic thrill ride."—Lee Murray, three-time Bram Stoker Award nominee and author of Into the Mist
"Pete Mesling has gifted us with an intriguing cast of characters and a complex, fast-moving plot in The Portable Nine. This one gets off to a fast start, and never stops to catch its breath. (Borderlands Press Writers Boot Camp lightning strikes again!)"—Tom Monteleone, five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award
"Pete Mesling leads the reader through many a harrowing tale in this collection of short fiction [Jagged Edges & Moving Parts]. The wide variety of stories, long and short, grabs the reader and holds on. Be prepared—the going will get tough. You are not getting through this book unchanged."—Alan M. Clark, author of The Prostitute’s Price and Mudlarks and the Silent Highwayman
“Mesling is master of the short story form.”—Coy Hall, author of Grimoire of the Four Imposters and The Hangman Feeds the Jackal
"The writing [in Jagged Edges & Moving Parts] was as beautiful as the stories were uncomfortable. Pretty pictures of ugly things."—Well Read Beard (a.k.a., Kevin Whitten), reviewer and BookTuber
"Each short story [in Jagged Edges & Moving Parts] is a new and exciting world … A brief glimpse into a horrific painting before being ripped away at the conclusion … Pete Mesling can write. Wow."—Steve Stred, author of Invisible and Wagon Buddy
"Reminiscent of the best and darkest work of David Morrell and Dan Simmons, the new collection by Pete Mesling, None So Deaf, crackles with malignant life and death. You can smell and taste these stories, which are written with a surgeon's eye for detail and a mortician's sense of drama. Highly recommended!"
—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times best-selling author of The Walking Dead: Invastion and Self Storage
"We've got the genealogical report in on Pete Mesling. There's some Fredric Brown. Some Kafka. And even some Brautigan. But mostly there's Mesling. And that's 100% unique and original. As is None So Deaf, this memorable collection."
—Mort Castle, author of Moon on the Water and New Moon on the Water
"Pete Mesling's None So Deaf gave me a serious dose of the creeps. Herein lies an assemblage of horrors that, when it isn't reminding you of Bradbury at his grimmest, will have you double-checking the locks and turning on all the lights. Wonderful stuff indeed."
—Kealan Patrick Burke, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy, KIN, and Sour Candy
"['The Worst is Yet to Come' is] claustrophobic and terrifying; you'll be holding your breath."
"[None So Deaf contains] flashes of darkness ... moments of the macabre captured like the snapshots of a scream … or an impaling. Short, fast, and deadly moments of discovery!"
—John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant and Sacrificing Virgins
"With [None So Deaf,] his debut collection of mad scientists and classic monsters, childhood wonders twisted into nightmares, and Twilight Zone-style morality plays, Pete Mesling reminds us what's fun about horror—and adds serious chills along the way."
—Norman Prentiss, Bram Stoker Award-winner, author of Invisible Fences
"Lean and masterful prose. Buy [None So Deaf]."
—Wayne Allen Sallee, author of The Holy Terror and Proactive Contrition
"Pete Mesling's None So Deaf explores the darkest regions of the human soul in readable tales that take no prisoners."
—Nancy Kilpatrick, Nevermore!: Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre
"A terrific new author. His work is fresh and different."
—John R. Little, author of Miranda, The Memory Tree, and Soul Mates
"Pete Mesling's fiction is definitely the kind of old school horror I grew up with. Short, sharp shocks that touch on the fears we all have—stuff like claustrophobia, the anger of strangers, carnivals, spooky houses. Definitely give them a whirl!"
—Paul Kane, Bestselling and award-winning author of Pain Cages, The Hellraiser Films & Their Legacy, and Lunar
"Pete Mesling's None So Deaf takes the reader on a whistle stop tour of American gothic, traditional and modern, with unsettling carnivals, kids breaking into decrepit houses on a dare and corrupt preachers in the Wild West. Nasty new stings in the tail alternate with tilted perspectives on horror tropes for this box of entertainingly poisoned chocolates."
—Narrelle M Harris, The Opposite of Life
"Pete Mesling is a brawler of a writer. Whether his touch is light as a feather, like Bradbury, or a hard left hook, like Lansdale, he has you exactly where he wants you."
—John Bruni, author of Tales of Questionable Taste
"None So Deaf spans the horror spectrum from fearsome to fun in the spirit of Skeleton Crew and Strange Highways, making it a great read for any fan of the genre!"
—Matt Hults, author of Husk
"Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, Mesling pulls the rug out and down the trapdoor you fall, spiraling into expertly crafted nightmares. I’m already looking forward to Pete’s next offering!"
—Robert Essig, author of In Black and People of the Ethereal Realm