Orrin Grey is a writer, editor, tabletop game designer, amateur film scholar, and monster expert whose stories of monsters, ghosts, and sometimes the ghosts of monsters have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year. He's the author of several spooky books, most recently How to See Ghosts & Other Figments.

Guignol & Other Sardonic Tales by Orrin Grey

"Enter this freakishly inventive cabinet of curiosities if you will, every story providing a redly drippy skull-window straight into the id-vortex of a modern horror master–gape in awe, laugh out loud, feel your mental mouth start to water." –Gemma Files, from the introduction

Orrin Grey has a knack for cruel stories.

Contes Cruel, to be exact.

Sardonic Tales like the fourteen collected here, ready to wrench the reader's emotions, tantalize, and terrify. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Roger Corman, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, the Theatre de Grand Guignol, Universal's monster movies, Hammer horror, kaiju flicks, and more, all while creating something unique, intoxicating, and, yes, cruel.

Guignol & Other Sardonic Tales has something for everyone… even the most jaded readers.


I'm an infrequent editrix, but I bought one of Orrin's stories when I had the chance. So there it is! Ross Lockhart agrees: "I don't think Orrin would mind that I describe his authorial brand as "monsters in technicolor." He's an author I genuinely read for pleasure, and I think this collection is a blast."



  • "…a veritable smorgasbord of horrific thrills and chills. […] This collection is a must-read for hardcore fans of horror…"

    – Publishers Weekly
  • "Grey is a master of recombining tropes and remixing old ideas into fresh, electric combinations, andGuignolfeatures these in spades while also stretching into strange and surprising new areas."

    – Hellnotes