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John McFarland has a talent for drawing horror from raw human emotion. "The Dark Walk Forward" is heartbreaking and sad as well as frightening, with characters that linger in the mind long after the pages have turned."

~ Elizabeth Donald, Author of "Nocturne," "Setting Suns" and "The Cold Ones".


"McFarland tempers his frights with the mercy of familial love and sympathy for outsiders and victims. Horror readers will be riveted."

Publishers Weekly

"McFarland is adept at creating unsettling scenarios within very human, everyday contexts. The horrors that plague his characters feel like something that could happen to anyone, anytime, which is a great way to creep under a reader's skin and stay there a while."

~ Philip Fracassi,

author of "Behold the Void"

"The sorts of tales I very much like...

Extraordinarily powerful."

~ T.E.D. Klein,

author of "The Ceremonies" and

"Dark Gods".

The small town of Ste. Odile in America has experienced the Great War in ways that no one should ever have to endure.


Doctors must tend to births and deaths that make their most difficult cases seem benign.


An 1880s schoolteacher is faced with the worst blizzard of her time and must save the children under her charge.


A young man searches for his father in the abandoned orphanage the older man owns... and both know they will despair at what they find.


A primitive woman experiences colonization and the stereotypes of men, yet finds her own method of retribution.

"A beautiful and terrifying collection. All of the stories are intertwined, interconnected, all a part of the same world. Darkness looms over them that I've never seen in a collection before. McFarland really has a way with atmosphere. This is a stunning book-- highly recommended. Its hard to explain how this beautiful darkness penetrates every single story. I will read this book a couple of times. Really amazing."

~ Shelby Scott,

Scare You to Sleep podcast


Immurement was a punishment in the ancient world. By medieval times, it was also a way to dispose of heretics or used as a self-imposed cloister for future saints.

What Courage from The Disasters of War by Francisco Goya.

The carnage of World War I saw the dawn of serious and widespread early experiments in reconstructive surgery.

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