“With comparisons to Clive Barker and Tanith Lee, Toase’s debut collection showcases the distinctive and visceral voice of one of the best writers of beautifully horrific tales.”
Including six new stories
Featuring three stories from The Best Horror of the Year series.
Collected together for the first time anywhere.
Why we’re excited about this book:
Steve Toase was born in England, but now calls Munich home. Besides writing regularly for Fortean Times, Toase’s fiction has appeared in Nox Pareidolia, Shimmer, Three Lobed Burning Eye, Shadows & Tall Trees, Nightmare Magazine, Pantheon Magazine, and Innsmouth Magazine among others, as well as stories in The Best Horror of the Year series. With comparisons to Clive Barker and Tanith Lee, Toase’s debut collection showcases the distinctive and visceral voice of one of the best writers of beautifully horrific tales. Nathan Ballingrud (Wounds, North American Lake Monsters) says: “Steve Toase’s outstanding first collection, To Drown in Dark Water is an invigorating and chaotic blend of stories. They are almost universally short, vicious, and elegant, varied in their style and angle of attack. One has the feeling of being dipped into a vat of piranhas while high on painkillers: you know this probably is going to end in screams, but what an amazing experience until then.” and Sarah Read (The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Out of Water) says: “There are masters of folk horror and masters of weird horror; there are masters of cosmic horror and masters of psychological horror. But on the Venn diagram where all those intersect, there is only Steve Toase. To Drown in Dark Water is a masterpiece debut collection from an author of astounding promise. Everyone is going to be talking about this book.”
Releasing from Undertow Publications 27 April 2021, To Drown in Dark Water by Steve Toase is available for pre-order now.