Norman Prentiss


Four Legs in the Morning

Four Legs in the Morning Four Legs in the MorningOnly a few copies left! Order here.

A collection of three-linked stories, featuring twenty illustrations by Steven C. Gilberts.

Dr. Sibley, long-standing Chair of the English and Classical Literature Department at Graysonville University, has outlasted many of his detractors. In this collection of three linked stories, mysterious consequences await those who defy or disappoint him:

  • a new colleague, whose avant-guard theories offend Sibley’s traditional critical sensibilities, uncovers a new answer to an ancient riddle (“Four Legs in the Morning”)
  • a student plagiarist learns to regret his dishonesty (“Flannel Board”)
  • a young administrator attempts to curtail some of Sibley’s power, until he discovers the fate of his predecessor (“The Mask of Tragedies”)

Read the first story for free by visiting this page at the publisher’s site (or for 99 cents, download it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, or Sony).

The Crane House: A Halloween Story

Crane House

by Brian Keene, Kealan Patrick Burke, Al Sarrantonio, Rick Hautala, Bev Vincent, Brian Freeman, James A. Moore, James Newman, Ronald Kelly, Norman Prentiss, and Ray Garton.

Round Robin Novella

Cemetery Dance Publications
Forthcoming; limited edition sold out on pre-publication

Anthology & Magazine Appearances

BLACK STATIC #51, featuring a Dr. Sibley novelette, “The Future of Literary Criticism”

Black Static 51

Black Static

Black Static

Black Static magazine

December 2010

Contains “The Covered Doll”

Shivers VI

Shivers 6Cemetery Dance Publications, December 2010

Contains “The Old Ways”

Shivers VI weighs in at 410 pages and contains more than 110,000 words from today’s most popular authors of horror and suspense including Stephen King, Peter Straub, Al Sarrantonio, Jay Bonansinga, Lisa Tuttle, David B. Silva, Melanie Tem, Brian Hodge, Brian Keene, Alan Peter Ryan, Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn, Bev Vincent, Brian James Freeman, Norman Prentiss, and many others.

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Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror

YBDFHYear’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror
edited by Paula Guran
Prime Books, October 2010

Reprints the Bram Stoker Award-winning story, “In the Porches of My Ears”


Commutability: Stories about the Journey from Here to There

Commutabilityedited by David Jack Bell and Molly McCaffrey
MSR Publishing, August 2010

Contains “Distance”

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Don’t Read This! Chilling, Thrilling, Fantastic Tales for the Young and Young at Heart

Don't Read Thisedited by Steven Lee Climer
SugarBuzzBooks, August 2009

Contains the non-fiction essay, “Fun with Dick and Jane and Poe’s ‘The Tell-Tale Heart'”

Best Horror of the Year 2

Best Horror of the Yearedited by Ellen Datlow
Night Shade Books, March 2010

Reprints the Bram Stoker Award-winning story, “In the Porches of My Ears”

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4 Stories

4 StoriesCemetery Dance
May 2009

Promotional Chapbook, Out of Print

Contains the following stories:

“Red Sea” by Tim Curran
“Chasing Moonlight” by Greg F. Gifune
“Full of It” by Brian Keene
“Homeschooled” by Norman Prentiss


Cemetery Dance Sampler #3

CD sample4Cemetery Dance Sampler #3

Cemetery Dance

Contains excerpt from Invisible Fences

Shivers V

Shivers VCemetery Dance Publications

Contains “The Albright Sextuplets”

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“David Lynch-style horror”

“Shivers V starts off with a bang as Norman Prentiss describes a too-perfect family in ‘The Albright Sextuplets’; you’ll never be able to see TLC’s Jon and Kate Plus 8 in the same way again.”
—Horror Drive-In

“a refreshing take on the ‘creepy infant’ tale.”
The Green Man Review

Shivers IV

Shivers 4Cemetery Dance Publications

Contains “In the Best Stories. . .”
Received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007

Damned Nation

Damned NamtionHellbound Books

Contains “The Everywhere Man”
Received an Honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2007

Tales from the Gorezone

Tales from the GorezoneApartment 42 Publications
Cover art by Deena Warner

Contains “Glue Traps”
(A revised version of this story is posted in the “Free Stuff” section of this website)

Gorezone cakeGorezone Cake
(Photo: Liz Albert)

The cover of my first horror appearance, on my going-away cake at the end of my time with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).