“Hymns of Abomination is a vivid, communal nightmare. A fitting tribute to a contemporary master of the weird.”
Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase
Finally, after a delayed paperback release, Hymns of Abomination: Secret Songs of Leeds is available in all its glory. This is our fully illustrated, 388 page tribute anthology to the work of Matthew M. Bartlett, and it’s packed with talent. Here is the full TOC:
“Let Us Fly and Feast, Like Winged Slugs: Some notes on Matthew M. Bartlett” by s.j. bagley
“Northampton’s Favorite Son” by Yves Tourigny
“Open Call” by Aksel Dadswell
12 Entries from “Anne Gare’s Rare and Import Video Catalogue” by Jonathan Raab beginning here and appearing throughout
“Dead in September” by Farah Rose Smith
“Suddenly my House Became a Tree of Sores” by Gemma Files
“Puppy Milk” by B.R. Yeager
“A Delicate Spreading” by Scott R. Jones
“Stump-Water” by Christine Morgan
“I Could Tell You So Much” by S.P. Miskowski
“The Beat of Wings” by Betty Rocksteady
“Missives from the House on Crabtree Lane” by Joanna Parypinski
“The House of Lost Sisters” by L.C. von Hessen
“Crawl of the West” by Cody Goodfellow
“There Will Always be Men Like Johnny” by Hailey Piper
“The WXXT Podcast, Episode 23: Leeds Regional High School” by Tom Breen
“On Hunger Hills” by John Linwood Grant
“Station Maintenance” by Pete Rawlik
“Seven Second Delay: in Which Terrible Things Happen to Tender Young Girls” by Jill Hand
“All Your Fathers Dead and Gone” by K.H. Vaughan
“Itemized Human Sacrifices, q4” by Sean M. Thompson and Cheshire Trask
“What Am I?” by S.L. Edwards
“Leaving Leeds” by Brian Evenson
“Father Ezekiel Shineface Sermon Hour” by Jon Padgett
“Uncle Bart’s Map” by John Langan
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From the back cover:
Welcome to Hymns of Abomination: Secret Songs of Leeds, an anthology of fiction compiled to celebrate the work of Matthew M. Bartlett.
Bartlett is a beloved voice in contemporary weird fiction known for his richly nightmarish tales of Leeds, a fictionalized version of a village that’s part of Northampton, MA. What began as Livejournal posts circulated among friends in the early 2000’s, Bartlett’s short, macabre, and imaginative yarns found their way into Gateways to Abomination, a collection that swept the small world of weird fiction into giddy delirium. Since then, Bartlett has continued to influence writers and readers alike with his dark, grotesque, and tantalizing tales.
This book is packed with weird fiction and horror writers, both established and new, who have been invited to play in Bartlett’s imaginative sandbox. Featuring all original tales from John Langan, Gemma Files, Brian Evenson, S.P. Miskowski, and many more, Hymns of Abomination burrows deeper into nightmarish Leeds than is safe. This volume is a must for fans of Bartlett and horror fiction in general.
About the Editor
Justin A. Burnett is the author of The Puppet King and Other Atonements, to be published by Trepidatio Publishing in 2022. He’s also the Executive Editor of Silent Motorist Media, a weird fiction publisher responsible for the creation of the anthologies Mannequin: Tales of Wood Made Flesh, which was named best multi-author anthology of 2019 by Rue Morgue magazine, The Nightside Codex, and Hymns of Abomination, a tribute to the work of Matthew M. Bartlett. His quarterly chapbook, Mysterium Tremendum, explores the intersection between horror and the holy. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his partner and children.