A collection of chilling stories from the leading writers in horror and suspense exploring elusive urban legends.
In the popular podcast Video Palace, Mark Cambria, aided by his girlfriend Tamra Wulff, investigated the origins of a series of esoteric white videotapes. Cambria went missing in pursuit of these tapes, but not before hearing whispers of an ominous figure called the Eyeless Man.
Fascinated by the podcast and Cambria’s disappearance, Maynard Wills, PhD, a professor of folklore, embarks on his own investigation into the origins of the tapes and the Eyeless Man, who he believes has lurked in the dark corners of media culture and urban legends for at least seventy-five years. As part of his study, he has invited popular horror and gothic fiction writers to share their own Eyeless Man stories, whether heard around the campfire or experienced themselves.
“Nightmares will ensue” (Alyss Arden, author of The Casquette Girl series) in this thrilling and terrifying collection of tales—which can be read on its own or as a companion to the hit Shudder podcast—from contributors including: -Bob DeRosa -Meirav Devash and Eddie McNamara -Owl Goingback -Brea Grant -Merrin J. McCormick -Rebekah and David Ian McKendry -Ben Rock -John Skipp -Graham Skipper -Gordon B. White -Tamra Wulff and Mary Phillips-Sandy
Dr. Maynard Wills is Associate Professor of Folklore at The New School in New York City. He’s spent years studying and publishing urban legends, both domestically and globally. He consults in the entertainment industry and frequently gives talks on popular myths. He’s had a career-long fascination with the entity he believes to be the Eyeless Man and was inspired by Shudder’s Video Palace podcast to publish aspects of his work for a mass audience. At the time of publication, Dr. Wills is missing.
"This is, perhaps, the most reckless, irresponsible book that has been published in my lifetime. There are places the human mind should not go, stories that should remain untold, and mysteries best left unexplored. This is one of them. If you value your mental and spiritual health, put this down immediately and move along." —Douglas Rushkoff, Media theorist, author of Team Human, Present Shock, Media Virus.
“Reader beware, nightmares will ensue.” —Alys Arden, author of The Casquette Girl series
“Shudder’s exclusive scripted podcast series Video Palace, created by Nick Braccia and Michael Monello, delivered a 10-part story involving a mysterious VHS tape and its origins. Its lead character went missing in his pursuit of answers, but not before hearing about the Eyeless Man. Folklore professor Dr. Maynard Wills, Ph.D. embarks on his investigation of the Eyeless Man here, inviting popular horror and gothic fiction writers to share their own Eyeless Man stories. Braccia and Monello edit a hefty collection of shorts that enhance the ever-growing world that began with the podcast. Look for stories by genre stalwarts like Graham Skipper and Brea Grant. It’s a comprehensive companion piece, and the mid-October release date gives plenty of time to catch up with Shudder’s podcast.”—Bloody Disgusting’s Fall Reading Guide: 10 Books to Read This Halloween Season