41 Strange book cover


About the book

Death meets Strange in this debut collection of short-short stories…41 little slices of nightmares…
These 41 tales were each written in the lonely hours of the wolf, in the pre-dawn darkness when you get those waking nightmares. For those starving for horrific plots, ideal for curling up for a chilling night read before bed. The selection includes sci-fi, fantasy, horror, dark humor, mystery.


Acclaim for 41 Strange

“What we have here is a compilation of narratives that are filled with elements of horror and sheer creepiness… each story is a quick read that abundantly satisfies the audience’s thirst and appetite for horrific plots… gruesome and skillfully assembled… these short horror stories provide great entertainment…” 5 stars –Norm Goldman, Bookpleasures
“A fantastic book!” James Lowe, The Jiggy Jaguar Show
“Macabre, engrossing, and well-done… packs a lot of punch… This is the mark of the superior short story… if you like the ironies and drama of ‘The Twilight Zone’, 41 Strange is very highly recommended!” D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“The 41 stories range in length from one to a few pages and, similarly to CreepshowThey’re fun and eerie…Through these nightmare stories there is something about our present that is being told.” David Davidson, Toronto Film Review
“Each tale takes you on a strange journey, best viewed from beneath the bed covers… This keeps you in a state of perpetual anticipation, where it is impossible to guess what the next entry may have in store… delightfully diverse.” Pacific Book Review
“41 Strange has so many different ideas of horror and death… They are unique and original and I loved them all. The writing is excellent and the stories ‘jumped off the pages keeping me rapidly turning them.’ I could hardly wait to find out what happened next and next and next. If you are a horror fan, 41 Strange is a MUST READ!” 5 stars Fundinmental
… master storytellers… left me absolutely amazed at how much could be accomplished within a few quick pages. These stories quickly took me back to my teenage years of huddling under the covers with a scary book until the early morning hours.Kimberly’s Bookshelf
“Next Thanksgiving you will… look suspiciously at that turkey on the platter… an excellent job of compiling this collection of creepy tales… if you love a good shiver you will definitely have fun with 41 Strange.” The Road to Here
“… very cleverly written.” —DK Ryan, Dead as Hell Horror Podcast; Horror Worlds
“What an awesome little collection of the best kind of short stories. Just when you think you have the mystery solved or the horror is ready to strike… one story ends and another is there to feed your addiction. … remind you of Stephen King & Dean Koontz.” StarAngels’ Reviews


Diane Doniol-Valcroze

Diane Doniol-Valcroze was born in Paris, France. At a young age, she developed a passion for writing from her father, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, co-founder of the legendary New Wave magazine Cahiers du Cinéma, and from her grandfather, French filmmaker André Cayatte (original The Mirror Has Two Faces). She graduated from Sorbonne University with a B.A. in English literature. While still in her hometown, she started out as an assistant film editor. She received her M.F.A. in film on a scholarship from New York University, while working on the Lauren Hutton Show. She has co-written screenplays for such films as Lionsgate’s Penny Dreadful starring Mimi Rogers and Rachel Miner, and MGM’s Hit and Run, helmed by Enda McCallion, starring Kevin Corrigan. Award-winning 41 Strange is her debut book of short stories. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

arthur__k__flamArthur K. Flam was born in New York City. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in writing and from New York University with an M.F.A. in film. He was editor-in-chief of Johns Hopkins’s oldest literary magazine Zeniada. He worked as a journalist for the Baltimore Chronicle. He started in the film industry as an assistant on Abel Ferrara’s vampire film The Addiction. He has co-written screenplays for movies such as Lionsgate’s Penny Dreadful starring Rachel Miner and Mimi Rogers, and MGM’s Hit and Run, helmed by Enda McCallion, starring Kevin Corrigan. He currently resides in Los Angeles. Award-winning 41 Strange is his debut book of short stories.

Press Release
Winner, Fiction: Anthologies, 2015 International Book Awards
Horror finalist Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Award
41 Strange wins prize in 2014 USA Best Book Awards