- Author: Al Sarrantonio
- Artist: Alan M. Clark
- Page Count: 257
- Pub. Date: 1999
- ISBN: 1-881475-81-6
- Status: Out of Print
by Al Sarrantonio
About the Book:
Open Toybox, and the stories tumble out:
A quiet little girl whose horrible secret bursts forth at a Halloween party.
A doll made of corn that hides a nasty surprise.
The thing that lives under your bed.
Christmas that never ends.
They're all here and more in Toybox: 18 of the best horror stories by Stoker-nominee Al Sarrantonio. In Toybox meet a man who collects legs and another who collects monsters. A boy who runs on electricity. There's a depraved party celebrating the last vampire, a town with one too many rules. And the ultimate Halloween House. So open Toybox, if you dare: but not before you oil its hinges, cover your eyes, and turn the lights down low...
Toybox, the first-ever collection by Al Sarrantonio, contains over 80,000 words of fiction, including a brand-new story, "The Big House," as well as another new story running throughout the book, a la Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man.
• Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale
• "Pumpkin Head"
• "The Man With Legs"
• "The Spook Man"
• "Father Dear"
• "Richard's Head"
• "Red Eve"
• plus eleven other stories!
Al Sarrantonio is the author of more than forty books. He is a winner of the Bram Stoker Award and has been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the International Horror Guild Award, the Locus Award and the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award.
His novels, spanning the horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery and western genres, include Moonbane, Skeletons, House Haunted, The Five Worlds Trilogy, The Mars Trilogy, West Texas, Orangefield, and Hallows Eve, the last two part of his Halloween cycle of stories.
Hailed as "a master anthologist" by Booklist, he has edited numerous collections, including the highly acclaimed 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense, Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction, Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy, and Halloween: New Poems.
His short stories have appeared in magazines such as Heavy Metal, Twilight Zone, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, Analog, and Amazing, as well as in anthologies such as The Year's Best Horror Stories, Visions of Fantasy: Tales from the Masters, Great Ghost Stories, and The Best of Shadows. His best horror stories have been collected in Toybox, Hornets and Others, and Halloween and Other Seasons.
He has had numerous book club sales, and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and appeared in comic book form. He currently lives in New York's historic Hudson Valley region with his family.
Published in two states:
• Limited Edition of 750 signed copies ($40)
• Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies