The Madness of Dr. Caligari is Here

The Madness of Dr. Caligari is here! This tribute to the classic work of German Expressionist cinema The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr. and features stories by many of the best and most interesting writers working in the genres of Horror and the Weird. It was released just before the holidays and seems to have been slightly overlooked, though I expect most of the people interested in this sort of thing will certainly find their way to a book like this, even if not on day one.


Table of Contents:

Ramsey Campbell – The Words Between
Damien Angelica Walters – Take a Walk in the Night, My Love
Rhys Hughes – Confessions of a Medicated Lurker
Robert Levy – Conversion
Maura McHugh – A Rebellious House
David Nickle – The Long Dream
Janice Lee – Eyes Looking
Richard Gavin – Breathing Black Angles
S.P. Miskowski – Somnambule
Nathan Carson – The Projection Booth
Jeffrey Thomas – The Mayor of Elementa
Nadia Bulkin – Et Spiritus Sancti
Orrin Grey – Blackstone: A Hollywood Gothic
Reggie Oliver – The Ballet of Dr. Caligari
Cody Goodfellow – Bellmer’s Bride, or The Game of the Doll
Michael Griffin – The Insomniac Who Slept Forever
Paul Tremblay – Further Questions for the Somnambulist
Michael Cisco – The Righteousness of Conical Men
Molly Tanzer – That Nature Which Peers Out in Sleep
Daniel Mills – A Sleeping Life
John Langan – To See, To Be Seen
Gemma Files – Caligarism

It’s really a beautifully made book, up to the usual quality standards of Fedogan & Bremer. Check out the endpapers by Nick Gucker in the hardcover editions:


For more information, don’t miss this earlier blog post linking to segments of the Microphones of Madness podcast in which they discuss each story in some detail:

Furthermore, here is the original book trailer, created by Brendan Petersen, with a soundtrack by my wife, Lena Griffin:

If you’re ready to grab a copy, here are many links:






It’s also available from Book Depository, Barnes & Noble and other online outlets.

If you’ve read the book, please help spread the word, either by creating a review for Amazon or Goodreads, or just by mentioning the book on Facebook or Twitter or your blog. There are so many books out there, even one like this, full of stories by some of the most-loved writers in our scene, need a boost!

2016 in Summary

In the late part of the year, I haven’t been blogging as much due to distractions relating to preparing a house to sell, then actually selling it, buying another, and preparing to move a mountain of stuff (and what remains after months of purging, cleaning and culling is still a mountain). In just a few days we’ll be moved into our new place in North Portland, after more than a decade spent in outer SE, and it will be a very good thing.

Here is a summary of my 2016 publications:


My debut collection The Lure of Devouring Light was published by Word Horde.


My novella An Ideal Retreat was published by Dim Shores.


My debut novel Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone was accepted for publication by JournalStone, coming in February 2017.




“The Smoke Lodge” in Autumn Cthulhu, edited by Mike Davis, published by Lovecraft eZine Press

Autumn Cthulhu cover

“The Carnival Arrives in Darkness” in Nightscript 2, edited by CM Muller


“The Human Alchemy” in Eternal Frankenstein, edited by Ross E. Lockhart (Word Horde)


“Endure Within a Dying Frame” in Lovecraft eZine #38


“The Insomniac Who Slept Forever” in The Madness of Dr. Caligari, edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr. (Fedogan & Bremer)


Stories that appeared in The Lure of Devouring Light included:

“The Lure of Devouring Light” (first appeared in Apex magazine)

“Dreaming Awake in the Tree of the World”

“Far From Streets” (novella, first appeared as Dunhams Manor Press chapbook)

“The Book of Shattered Mornings”

“Arches and Pillars” (first appeared in Black Static magazine)

“Diamond Dust” (first appeared in The Grimscribe’s Puppets)

“The Accident of Survival”

“No Mask to Conceal Her Voice”  (first appeared in Lovecraft eZine)

“The Jewel in the Eye”

“The Need to Desire”  (first appeared in Phantasmagorium)

“The Black Vein Runs Deep”

That’s quite a lot for one year! I look forward to returning to productivity and focus as soon as we finish moving.

Choosing a Cover for Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone

Journalstone has done something interesting for the design of my upcoming novel, Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, and set up a contest. Designers submitted almost 200 variations, from which a few of us chose a top 6. Now it’s time to reveal the finalists, and everyone can cast their vote to rate the finalists. There will only be one winner!

I hope people will not only vote, but also share, so we can get lots of opinions on this.

Also, I still haven’t seen Journalstone formally announce the new imprint under which my novel will appear, but if you look at a few of the designs you’ll see the secret, new logo and name. It must not be too big a secret, since the publisher wanted me to spread this around.

Lovecraft eZine 38 Print and Kindle Editions

Issue 38 of Lovecraft eZine, which includes my story “Endure Within a Dying Frame” along with stories by Peter Rawlik, Douglas Wynne, Marcus Grimm, Benjamin Knox & Toby Bennett, Jonathan Raab, Raven Daemorgan and F.J. Bergman, is now available in print and ebook editions from Amazon.

I’m really proud of this story, and so far it hasn’t received a lot of notice, so I hope more people will check it out!

Lovecraft eZine 38: print and Kindle editions!

Caligari Madness on Lovecraft eZine Chat

If you missed yesterday’s Lovecraft eZine chat, where I appeared along with Molly Tanzer, S.P. Miskowski, John Langan, and the regular panelists including MADNESS OF DR CALIGARI editor Joe Pulver, the Lovecraft eZine page featuring the chat is HERE.

YouTube video archive:

And if you’d rather listen than watch, here’s the jpodcast audio version:

Of course, you’re always encouraged to pick up a copy of the book!


Order direct from the publisher, Fedogan and Bremer:

Amazon hardcover:

Amazon paperback:

The Madness of Dr. Caligari on Lovecraft eZine

I’ll be part of the panel on today’s Lovecraft eZine video chat, discussing THE MADNESS OF DOCTOR CALIGARI. 6pm Eastern time (5pm Central, 3pm Pacific).

It looks like other contributors appearing will be S.P. Miskowski, John Langan and Molly Tanzer, plus editor Joe Pulver. I expect it to be a lot of fun!

You can order a copy of the book HERE.


Watch the chat here:

Nightscript 2 Real-Time Review by Des Lewis

Any observer of Weird/Horror Fiction over the past several years has probably see the Real-Time Reviews of Des Lewis, in which Des posts commentary along the way while reading a book. His insights are always interesting, and worth a look.

(image by Des Lewis)

Des has just begun his real-time review of Nightscript II, starting off with the lead story, my own “The Carnival Arrives in Darkness.” The page for the Nightscript II review is HERE. You’ll need to scroll down to see what Des thinks of each story in the comments below.

I plan to check back, day by day, and see what he thinks of the rest of the book! For now, I thank Des for his remarks on my contribution.

Guest Slot on Langan Episode of The Outer Dark

Scott Nicolay’s The Outer Dark podcast (now hosted by This Is Horror) has recently returned after a hiatus due to Scott moving and changing careers. The latest episode is one part archival interview with John Langan (from 2015, before the release of The Fisherman), one part new interview with Langan, and the usual News From the Weird feature.


In the latter, I step in for usual NFtW co-host Justin Steele, and Scott starts us off with a few questions about my own recent and future publishing activities. From there, we discuss new and upcoming books in the field, culminating with my own review/discussion of The Fisherman.

The Outer Dark is a true must-listen podcast for those interested in Weird and Horror Fiction. Check out the latest sort-of-archival presentation HERE

TOD A04 John Langan: Aspiring to Restlessness and The Times They Are a-Fishin’

Review of An Ideal Retreat at This Is Horror

Thomas Joyce at This Is Horror has wonderful things to say about AN IDEAL RETREAT, my novella upcoming from Dim Shores. Among other things, the reviewer says:

“Griffin’s command of language is clear: his prose is exquisite, his descriptions divine.”

The full review is HERE.


You can pre-order AN IDEAL RETREAT HERE.

The book will be 112 pages, printed in an edition of 200 copies, which appears to be already roughly 1/3 sold out with a few more weeks left in the preorder period.

My sincere thanks to Thomas Joyce and This Is Horror for the kind words.