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O Monstrous World! (Press 53, 2019): a book of stories by Josh Woods. Winner of the 2019 International Book Awards for Fiction: Short Story. Also available through the following:
Barnes & Noble

The Black Palace (Amazon E-book & Paperback, 2018): a novel by Josh Woods. A supernatural thriller in an epic storyworld of gothic horror action-adventure. Also available at other booksellers, such as Barnes & Noble.

About O Monstrous World!

“An engrossing, fanciful collection of stories, written with insight, wisdom, and humor, O Monstrous World! is full of cinematic plot twists and literary miracles. These are stories about lawmakers, karate teachers, antique dealers, monster hunters, and even professors told with authority and humor. Josh Woods skillfully melds fantasy with reality, putting his characters to the test, determined to find their moral compass. In the end, he finds their hearts. There are monsters among us, but, more often, there are unlikely heroes. A joy to read from start to finish.”
—Margaret McMullan, author of Where The Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Loss, Exile, and Return

“Josh Woods builds his horror stories at the molecular level, so you won’t find any cookie-cutter scares in this collection—expect to be surprised, shocked, and in awe of this collection of terrors and nightmares that can wriggle into the psyche of even the most ardent horror fan.”
—Fred Venturini, author of The Heart Does Not Grow Back

“The stories in this wonderful debut collection are, first and foremost, a big old hoot. They’re funny (both funny-strange and funny-haha) and entertaining, and they read like lightning. Those surface virtues, which are nothing to sneeze at, are just the tip of the iceberg, though: these tales are frequently shockingly deep, drawn from ancient sources and from inky wells of human understanding. And the message is this: there are monsters all around us, and the worst of them might just be you. Enjoy, and beware.”
—Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories

About The Black Palace

“If the little girl at the center of Robert Eggers’s The Witch grew up to be a total badass, she might find her true home in The Black Palace. This utterly original novel expertly blends profound supernatural terror, swashbuckling action, honest human emotion, brutal violence, and blunt good humor. The smartest, scariest, and most surprising book I’ve read in ages.”
—Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories

The Black Palace—some have called it a hidden fortress, others a labyrinth of myth, a trackless mystery. And even the witches, who built it and keep it shut, fear that through the ages it has come alive. But tonight, a sleek field agent in the Witchfinders Union, DiFranco, leads her supernatural SWAT team on a raid inside to find one of their own, bringing along a witch’s young maidservant as their prisoner-guide. Yet once across that uncanny threshold, they must confront another world of grand secrets, where strange destinies are woven with theirs, where other desires are at work. They soon learn that you don’t get into the Black Palace unless it wants you in, and the same goes for getting out.

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