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Author: Ben

Their Ghoulish Reputation An Anthology of Folk-Horror, featuring my story “The Barn,” is available for pre-order HERE.

“The Barn” is a return to Mahigan County and tells the story of a failing graduate student who seeks seclusion in rural Iowa to finish their thesis and slowly discovers the horrible family secret that has lurked beneath the soil for generations.

Advanced Praise for Midnight Horror Show

“For fans of Dan Simmons’ one-two punch Summer of Night and A Winter Haunting, where the horror seeps into the very region itself, there’s a new novel waiting for you to call home… Ben Lathrop’s Midnight Horror Show is the bleak and bloody equivalent to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, if it were directed by Al Adamson. This is acoustic guitar horror at its best, strumming up windswept screams against a backdrop of the lonesome Midwest.”—Clay McLeod Chapman, author of The Remaking

“Firmly rooted in all those things that made ‘80s horror so great. Campy, gross, weird, harrowing, scary, funny, big-hearted. Midnight Horror Show is a good one.”—Keith Rosson, author of The Mercy of the Tide and Road Seven

“Spook shows, drive-ins, horror hosts & monster movies – Ben’s love for the genre shines through in this page-turner.”—Dr. Gangrene, Chiller Cinema, Dr. Gangrene’s Cinetarium

Midnight Horror Show takes you through the darkest recesses of horror nostalgia and video store lore into a fog-drenched gothic landscape of occult murders, mysterious creatures, and so much blood. Evokes Poe, Lovecraft, and Clive Barker in a compelling mystery that’s familiar while feeling thoroughly fresh. I couldn’t put the book down.”—Ben Rock, Video PalaceThe Blair Witch Project

“An ode to the nearly lost tradition of the Midnight Creature Feature and their macabre hosts. If you fondly remember Elvira, the Svengoolie, Vampira, Dr. Creep, Sinister Seymour, or Grampa Al Lewis you will absolutely love this sinister adaptation of the late night monster movie scene.” – Rex Hurst, author of What Hell May Come

Preorder Now:

The Show Starts September 25th

It’s end of October 1985 and the crumbling river town of Dubois, Iowa is shocked by the gruesome murder of one of the pillars of the community. Detective David Carlson has no motive, no evidence, and only one lead: the macabre local legend of “Boris Orlof,” a late night horror movie host who burned to death during a stage performance at the drive-in on Halloween night twenty years ago and the teenage loner obsessed with keeping his memory alive.

The body count is rising and the darkness that hangs over the town grows by the hour. Time is running out as Carlson desperately chases shadows into a nightmare world of living horrors.

On Halloween the drive-in re-opens at midnight for a show no one will ever forget!

Preorder HERE