Table of Contents
1. Night Terrors (novella)
2. A Chat With Death (short story)
3. Lot 229 (short story)
4. The Cowboy Town (poem)
5. You Will Hear That Trumpet Sound (novel; heavily revised)
6. Just an Empty Box (short story; heavily revised; the basis for the 2018 short film of the same name)
7. Toys in the Attic (novel; heavily revised and expanded)
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As a publisher, you may never get the chance to come across an imagination like Cody’s. Fortunately for me this kid fell right onto my desk. (Not literally, of course, that would be weird). I knew right away that he was something special. Cody is a special breed of writer that gives you enough to know the world you are visiting but not so much that you have to leave your imagination at home to understand what is happening.
I would dare say he is a cross between Lovecraft and King (The good King; not the bad one). And if you are not careful you will lose your sanity by reading his story … I know this first hand. Because of his stories there are so many things I can never look at the same again.
Night Terrors is no exception. This collection of the scariest stories I have read in a long time is enough to keep the bravest of souls up all night. From the title story on be afraid of not only what you can’t see but what you can. From what you can conceive with your mind and from the type fear your mind you may never understand … until it is too late.
-Dale Bruning, editor of Circus of Indie Artists
Fear is quite possibly the greatest and underrated human emotion. Experience terror like you never have before in the short story collection, Night Terrors by Cody Williams. The title story, "Night Terrors", chronicles the back and forth conversations between young teenager, Johnny Warner and Dr. Mason as he keeps a dream diary that gets more and more terrifying with every night. But are what Johnny sees in his night terrors fact or fiction? In "A Chat with Death", Harold embarks on an average day of football and frozen dinners before he is visited by a tall dark stranger who seems to know more about him than he previously let on. In "Lot 229", Rusty tries to cope with his father's death and finds that his guilt is gradually outweighing his hatred. When he finds what his father left in him Lot 229, he realizes how his father truly felt about him. In the poem, "The Cowboy Town", a dark stranger visits a small dying unnamed town with a special bargain that could save it. In "Toys in the Attic, Lee Ramsey mourns the loss of his wife and son. Just when he decides that it's time to finally move on, he experiences strange happenings regarding an old chest of toys that belonged to his deceased son. In "Just an Empty Box", a young couple get a package in the mail from a strange looking man. In "You Will Hear That Trumpet Sound", a grieving Peter waits for the return of his wife and son.