Released: July, 2011 | Published by: Post Mortem Press

Detroit is the scariest city in America. In this collection of thirteen original horror stories, Joseph Williams shows exactly why. With tales of deranged doctors, serial killers, zombies, vengeful witches, and ghost trains, Williams exposes the terrors of Detroit and the haunted wilderness of Michigan. Read if you dare and with fair warning. If you start now, the nightmares may just be gone by next year. Maybe.

"Joseph Williams rolls out a creepy and subversive collection of tales in DETROIT MACABRE. Offbeat and disturbingly delicious." - Jonathan Maberry, Stoker Award-winner and NY Times Bestselling author of The King of Plagues, Patient Zero, and Dust and Decay.

"From Cobo Hall to the Cass Corridor, Joseph Williams knows Detroit and the voices of the damned that haunt its alleyways. In prose that never flinches, DETROIT MACABRE maps the Motor City's darkest heart, and in the process, holds a fractured mirror to our own worst nightmares." - Joe Schreiber, NY Times Bestselling author of Star Wars: Death Troopers, and No Doors, No Windows.

"(Joseph Williams) has an energy and comfort with language that mark him as a talented and committed writer." - Bill Thompson, editor of Stephen King's The Shining, The Stand, and Carrie.



I consider this collection of short horror stories the beginning of my writing career, even though I’d self-published three (mostly) terrible books beforehand. As a side note, THE MIDNIGHT DISEASE, the last of my self-published collections, isn’t completely awful and actually contains my first four or five published shorts (some of which I really like, especially “When the Pin Hits the Shell”), but this is really where it all began.

In the beginning of 2011, I sold a novella called Number Six to Post Mortem Press for inclusion in the anthology THE ROAD TO HELL. Receiving the acceptance letter was one of the most exciting moments of my life, let alone career, and something I’ll never forget. Number Six is one of the strangest stories I’ve written in terms of narrative structure and is most effective when read with a particular cadence (which certainly limits the work in terms of accessibility—something I’ve learned the hard way), but it was a wild experiment, one which laid the groundwork for many of the themes in my later stories, and I stand behind it. Since Number Six had been released by PMP originally, they didn’t have a problem with me including it as the last tale in DM, and I think it’s a fitting end to the collection.

If I had my druthers, I’d like to go back and tighten up some of the pieces in this collection (I was 22-23 when the book was written), but I’d still say it’s entertaining if you’re looking for fun horror shorts, especially ones set in the Mitten State. “Out in the Cold” was made into a short film which hasn’t yet seen the light of day and perhaps never will (but you can check out the trailer through the link below), and that story also wound up in a ‘best-of’ anthology for Post Mortem Press (DARK DOORWAYS), which was especially cool. “The Elevator” appeared in another PMP anthology, as well, called DEAD SOULS.

My friend Ben DeFever provided some creepy-cool illustrations for each story (thanks, Ben!), Trevor Snyder wrote a thoughtful introduction about Detroit (thanks, Trev!), and I got blurbs from some of my favorite authors (Jonathan Maberry and Joe Schreiber) prior to release, all of which made this project a hell of a lot of fun.

If I had to pick a few standout stories, I’d say “Out in the Cold”, “We, the Lonely Meadow,” and “People Mover” are my favorites. Side note—the story “Step in from the Rain” was sorta-kinda based on the Blues Traveler song “Defense & Desire” and led to the concept of the music-inspired collections that followed.