American Nocturne

American Nocturne by Hank Schwaeble collects the very best short stories and novellas by the Stoker Award-winning author.

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American Nocturne is a tour de force of dark fantasy from two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author Hank Schwaeble, a collection of original, first-time stories of horror and noir alongside a select number of his published short fiction combined in what Edgar Award-winner Robert Jackson Bennett describes as “a hardboiled journey into the spectral nightscape at the edges of Americana.”
A merging of Sin City and LA Confidential, with a touch of Twilight Zone for added spice, American Nocturne includes what could be the LAST authorised Carl Kolchak/Night Stalker novella.
Featuring a rousing Introduction by NY Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, AMERICAN NOCTURNE is a feast for the imagination, a smorgasbord of stories for those who like their thrills dark and dangerous.

“Stunning! One of the finest collections in the last ten years!”
–Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Dead City and The Dead Won’t Die

“Dark, surprising, moving and twisted… a dazzling collection.”
–David Liss, Edgar Award-winning author of Randoms and The Day of Atonement

“Moody, edgy, eclectic–and wonderful… Not to be missed!”
–Heather Graham, NY Times Best-Selling author of The Silenced

Table of Contents:
Introduction by Jonathan Maberry
American Nocturne
Midnight Bogey Blues
Bone Daddy
Phantom Hill
A Murmur of Evil (Night Stalker tale)
To Judge the Quick
Cold Service


Out now from Cohesion Press.



20 thoughts on “American Nocturne

  1. Amanda Kool says:

    How many Authors does Jonathan Maberry list in his intro to American Nocturne?

    Including himself – 69
    Including himself (and his pen name – Shane MacDougall) – 70
    Excluding himself – 68

  2. guyanthonydemarco says:

    18 others were brought in a bag, plus the original Bradbury and Matheson books.

    ” Those two gentlemen, upon learning that I was a devout reader, a budding
    writer and poor as a church mouse, would bring shopping bags of books for me. At first
    they were bags of their own books. Later those bags contained the works of writers they
    insisted that I read. Robert E. Howard, Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sax Rohmer,
    H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Ambrose Bierce, Sheridan Le
    Fanu, Lady Cynthia Asquith, Horace Walpole, Sir Walter Scott, John W. Campbell,
    Edgar Allan Poe, Mrs. J. H. Riddell, Henry James, William Peter Blatty, Edgar Rice

  3. Amy Weiss says:

    18, or 20 if you include Bradbury and Matheson. They brought bags of their own books in the beginning, before later bringing books of the other 18 listed.

  4. Steve Pattee says:

    This is tricky! It could be four answers, depending on what you’re looking for; 18, 24, 20, or 26.

    18 if you count just the first mention of books the two authors brought him (Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Conan Doyle, August Derleth, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Henry James, Horace Walpole, H.P. Lovecraft, Mrs. J. H. Riddell, John W. Campbell
    Lady Cynthia Asquith, Robert E. Howard, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Sax Rohmer, Sheridan Le Fanu, Sir Walter Scott,William Peter Blatty). But he goes on to say Matheson introduced him to a bunch of apocalyptic fiction too. If you count those as well, you have 24 (Jack London, Mary Shelly, Michael Crighton (Andromeda Strain), Richard Jeffries, Robert Edmond Alter, Walter M. Miller, Jr.).

    Or 20 or 26 respectively if you include Bradbury and Matheson’s own books they brought when they first started bringing him books.

    But, ultimately, if backed into a corner, I’ll go with 24. Because if you add all of the authors together in those stacks of books, that’s what you inevitably get, and he was already aware of Matheson and Bradbury’s work, so he didn’t need to be introduced to them as authors. (Maybe just more works of theirs.)

    God, how lucky is Maberry to have those guys as mentors? The stories he must have heard.

    Thanks! This is a great contest and I love how you make people work for it.

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