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Stephen Mark Rainey (born Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 2, 1959) is an author of novels, short stories, and various works of non-fiction. From 1987 to 1997, he edited Deathrealm, a magazine of horror and dark fantasy fiction, for which he won several awards for Best Editor, including The International Horror Critics Guild Award of 1995.

Rainey's novels include Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (co-written with Elizabeth Massie, HarperCollins, 1999), Balak (Wildside Press, 2000), The Lebo Coven (Gale/Five Star Books, 2004), The Nightmare Frontier (Crossroad Press, 2010), Blue Devil Island (Crossroad Press, 2015), The Monarchs (Crossroad Press, 2013), the novelization of the independent film, Young Blood (The Smith Brothers, 2016), West Virginia: Lair of the Mothman (Crossroad Press, 2019), Michigan: The Dragon of Lake Superior (Crossroad Press, 2019), Ohio: Fear the Grassman! (Crossroad Press, 2020), New Hampshire: Ghosts from the Skies (Crossroad Press, 2021), and Georgia: The Haunting of Tate's Mill (Crossroad Press, 2022). His other published works include over 200 short stories and six short-story collections. He has also edited three anthologies, including a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe titled Evermore (Arkham House, 2006). His most recent contributions to Dark Shadows are Blood Dance, one of the Big Finish Audio Dramas; as essayist and graphic designer of Our Shadowed Past (Seaview Publications, 2021) edited by Bob Issel; and as essayist in Running Home to Shadows (Becky Books, 2022) edited by Jim Beard and Charles Rutledge.

In 1974, Rainey created Japanese Giants, a fanzine devoted to Godzilla and other daikaiju movies. After the first issue, Rainey stepped down as editor and publisher, but the magazine continued to be produced, irregularly, for the next 30 years, first by Brad Boyle of Salt Lake City, Utah, and then Ed Godziszewski of Chicago, Illinois, with Rainey as a regular contributor.

Rainey grew up in Martinsville, Virginia, and has lived in Athens, Georgia and Chicago, Illinois. He currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kimberly.

Novels[]

  • Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (with Elizabeth Massie, HarperCollins, 1999)
  • Balak (Wildside Press, 2000; Crossroad Press [audio] 2010)
  • Dark Shadows: The Labyrinth of Souls (Independent, 2002)
  • The Lebo Coven (Gale/Five Star Books, 2004; Crossroad Press, 2010)
  • The Nightmare Frontier (Sarob Press, 2006; Crossroad Press, 2010)
  • Blue Devil Island (Gale/Five Star Books, 2007;Wheeler Publishing, 2007; Marietta Publishing, 2011)
  • The Monarchs (Crossroad Press, 2013)
  • Young Blood (The Smith Brothers, 2016)
  • West Virginia: Lair of the Mothman (Crossroad Press, 2019)
  • Michigan: The Dragon of Lake Superior (Crossroad Press, 2019)
  • Ohio: Fear the Grassman! (Crossroad Press, 2020)
  • New Hampshire: Ghosts from the Skies (Crossroad Press, 2021)
  • Georgia: The Haunting of Tate's Mill (Crossroad Press, 2022)

Novellas[]

  • The Gods of Moab (Damned Rodan, 2012)

Short Story Collections[]

  • Fugue Devil & Other Weird Horrors (Macabre Inc., 1993)
  • The Last Trumpet (Wildside Press, 2000)
  • Legends of the Night (Wildside Press, 2001)
  • Other Gods (Dark Regions Books, 2008)
  • The Gaki & Other Hungry Spirits (Dark Regions Books, 2011)
  • Fugue Devil: Resurgence (Black Raven Books, 2022)

Anthologies[]

  • The Song of Cthulhu (Chaosium, 2001)
  • Deathrealms (Delirium Books, 2006)
  • Evermore (Arkham House, 2006)

Non-Fiction[]

  • Air Warrior: Millennium Edition - Manual (EA Games, 1999)
  • Our Shadowed Past: A Collection of Memories from Dark Shadows (graphic designer, essayist; Seaview Publications, 2022)
  • Running Home to Shadows: Memories of TV's First Supernatural Soap from Today's Grown-Up Kids (essayist; Becky Books, 2022)

Audio Dramas[]

External links[]

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