Beneath Ohio’s congenial Midwestern facade lies a dark underbelly of urban legends, cursed sites, and unseen terrors. From a woman drawn to an underwater town haunted by its last resident to a killer desperately seeking to experience new life through the teeth of his victims, these eighteen stories all take place in the Buckeye State, some drawn from already-known accounts of strangeness and infamous settings, others completely the author’s invention.
Edited by Bram Stoker Award-winner Jess Landry, That Which Cannot Be Undone features works from new and established voices in horror, including Bram Stoker Award-winners Gary A. Braunbeck, Tim Waggoner, Lucy A. Snyder, Gwendolyn Kiste, and Kealan Patrick Burke, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Megan Hart.
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Praise for “That Which Cannot Be Undone”
“Who knew Ohio was so ominous! With desolate roads, abandoned buildings, beguiling pastures, submerged towns, and even haunted drains, it’s little wonder the state is home to some of horror’s most macabre storytellers. Conjured from such strange and fertile imaginations, and curated by the mistress of darkness, Jess Landry, That Which Cannot Be Undone, is a frightening addition to the folk horror genre and your perfect late-night treat.”
— Lee Murray, four-time Bram Stoker Award®-winner and author of Grotesque: Monster Stories"
“I have been a longtime reader and friend of many of the writers gathered to tell horror stories in this book, but never had it struck me before: what a collection of dark talent we have in Ohio! Don’t be fooled by their gentle midwestern charms – this book shows just how dark it is inside their skulls, and just how imaginative these macabre minds can be! This title rivals any horror anthology you might have read before, and – kind of like when you’re binge watching episodes of the Twilight Zone – I bet you won’t be able to stop gobbling every story up. These tales of twisted fate, dark destiny and cunning consequence are page turners, written by superstars in the horror genre, and they are all so very good.”
– Michael Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Grave Markings and Play Dead
“What a great idea for a horror anthology. These eighteen stories, all set in Ohio, weave different aspects of the state into their terrifying narratives. From the cities of Cleveland and Columbus, to an old prison, a drowned town, an abandoned winery, and many other natural and notable locations, these stories place Ohio front and centre on the map of horror landscapes. As with all anthologies, some stories stood out more than others. Randall Drum’s I Dream of Teeth chills to the bone in this superb tale of a serial killer with an original ability. Gwendolyn Kiste’s Seven Myths They Tell You About The Town Beneath The Lake haunts with a story of a woman obsessed with a sunken town and it’s denizens. Kealan Patrick Burns’s Reclamation fills the reader with dread in this masterclass in atmosphere.Rami Ungar’s Is Anyone There? is heartbreaking and horrific in an original take on a haunted prison. A frightening anthology that has ensured if I ever visit Ohio, I will be very afraid.”
- Iseult Murphy