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"Here, rancid air hangs heavily in a void, its texture thick, liquid, clinging in a night full of the hot smells of decay. This humid oppression strangely amplifies dripping, clicking noises: the moldy rasp of dead leaves stirred by tiny animals, the constant murmur of a brook threading the loamy ground, the oozing splash of something that moves heavily through water …"

– from the opening of THE PINES

“Full of chilling surprises.”
~ Cemetery Dance

“Vivid and unnerving”
~ The Scream Factory

More than a decade ago, Leisure Books published a horror novel that created a sensation. Hailed as a masterpiece (though heavily expurgated), Robert Dunbar’s THE PINES developed a fiercely partisan following within the genre, and during the years that it remained out of print, its reputation amounted nearly to cult status. Last year, Delirium Books published a restored version of the novel in a limited hardbound edition, followed by a matching edition of the sequel, THE SHORE.

“Not only a superb thriller but a masterpiece of fiction.”
~ Delaware Valley Magazine

“Dark, foreboding, menacing, eerie … seductive.”
~ The Philadelphia Inquirer

In the fall of 2008, Leisure Books will again release THE PINES. This will be the uncut version, never before published in paperback. At the same time, Delirium Books will release MARTYRS & MONSTERS, a collection of Dunbar’s short fiction, with an introduction by Greg F. Gifune. (“Dark fiction as it should be – chilling, entertaining, intelligent.”) The collection will be published both as a limited edition hard back and as a mass market paperback. The following spring, Leisure will release THE SHORE in its first paperback edition.

“Among the classics of modern horror.”
~ Weird New Jersey

“Charts a new course in contemporary horror.”
~ Dark Wisdom

“Sets a new genre standard.”
~ Dark Scribe

“A modern classic.”
~ Hellnotes

"High beams scythe the night. It has been almost an hour since she glimpsed house lights or even another car, and isolation makes the night seem chillier. Yet she cracks the window to let freezing air whistle in. Above the windshield, skeletal trees vault, endlessly frigid and unsullied. The road twines through the pressing tangle, widening again, as woods fall away. Then the road humps downward, and suddenly the sea spreads before her ..."

– from the opening of THE SHORE

Robert Dunbar has contributed fiction to Cemetery Dance, Dark Wisdom, City Slab: Urban Tales of the Grotesque, Apex Digest of Science Fiction and Horror, Inhuman, Bare Bone and The Edge: Tales of Suspense. But horror has formed only one aspect of his career. As a film, theater, dance and literary critic, he has penned articles for publications as diverse as Art & Understanding, Cineaste, Dance Magazine, On Stage and Writers Digest. Both his mainstream fiction and his poetry have appeared in scores of literary journals, including the internationally acclaimed Descant, and several of his plays have been produced in regional theatres and off-off Broadway. (One of them – the comedy BATS – was also published in playbook form.) He has written and produced for public television and scripted programs for The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, HGTV and the Fine Living Network, as well as appearing as a guest on a wide variety of television shows, among them ABC’s Scariest Places on Earth and The History Channel’s Weird US.

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