Jeff Gelb

Jeff Gelb is a former disc jockey and music columnist who created the Shock Rock series of music-based horror fiction and co-created the Hot Blood erotic horror fiction anthology series with Michael Garrett. He has also written a number of short stories, including “Graveyard Shift,” “The Last Victim,” and “The Portrait.” Most recently, he collaborated with Max Allan Collins to create the anthology series Flesh and Blood, tales of erotic noir from some of the finest writers in crime fiction.

Bibliography

  • Bram Stoker Award Winner

    The Dark Delicacies Series
    Dark Delicacies
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Dark Delicacies Series
    Dark Delicacies II: Fear
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Dark Delicacies Series
    Dark Delicacies III: Haunted
    Jeff Gelb
  • Standalone
    Specters
    Jeff Gelb
  • Anthologies
    Fear Itself
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Hot Blood (#1)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Hotter Blood (#2)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Hottest Blood (#3)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Deadly After Dark (#4)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Seeds of Fear (#5)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Stranger by Night (#6)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Fear the Fever (#7)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Kiss and Kill (#8)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Crimes of Passion (#9)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Hot Blood X (#10)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Fatal Attractions (#11)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Strange Bedfellows (#12)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Hot Blood Series
    Dark Passions (#13)
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Shock Rock Series
    Shock Rock
    Jeff Gelb
  • The Shock Rock Series
    Shock Rock II
    Jeff Gelb
     

Reviews

The Dark Delicacies Series

Dark Delicacies
“A new anthology that can be described only as horrifying […] Vividly conveyed narratives of terror, bloodletting and grisly death. Veteran fans […]should find this collection sufficiently repulsive, spooky and chilly.”

Los Angeles Times

“This anthology […] is an all-star concert whose performers work haunting riffs on gutbucket themes […] A formidible lineup of horror’s top creative talents.”

Publishers Weekly

“Indispensable for both horror fans and, of course, Dark Delicacies’ patrons.”

Booklist

“…The 19 original stories commissioned especially for this collection revel in the macabre. Libraries with a strong horror following should add this dark gem to their collection.”

Library Journal

“I was quite excited by DARK DELICACIES […] There are some nice stories here.”

Locus

“Fun […] the kind of anthology I like best. Dark Delicacies is a fine sampling.”

Fangoria

Dark Delicacies II: Fear
“Horror tales to suit virtually every taste make this follow-up to the Stoker-winning Dark Delicacies, a fulfilling feast of fear […] The result is a refreshingly varied anthology of above-average quality […] The volume includes an eclectic mix of older and younger talents that ensures broad-based appeal to horror readers.”

Publishers Weekly

“Showcases another stellar cast of genre specialists. These 19 unnerving and satirically macabre stories seal Dark Delicacies’ good repute as sponsor of one of the best new horror anthology series.”

Booklist

“Excellent. All of the stories are wisely chosen and deserve attention and comment. Recommended for all public libraries.”

Library Journal

“A delicious assortment of dishes to sink one’s teeth into. Like the first Dark Delicacies collection, this is a solid sampling of the kind of writing and love of horror that has made the Dark Delicacies store a unique and well-loved one among genre aficionados.”

Fangoria

Dark Delicacies III: Haunted
“Another diverse and talented group of writers and there isn’t a bad tale in the bunch. In fact this might be the best one yet.”

Famous Monsters of Filmland

“With any Dark Delicacies book you know you are getting the cream of the crop in regards to authors, and HAUNTED is no different. All of the stories contained within the 300+ pages will knock your socks off.”

Fatally Yours

“The third volume in the critically acclaimed series once again gathers the best and the scariest to share their new tales of horror.”

The Book Zombie

Standalone

Anthologies

Fear Itself
“Gelb has succeeded in creating an unusual collection, in that some traditional horror elements are foregone in favor of the more tangible terrors of this world, from snakes to plane crashed to homicidal maniacs and sex abuse […] An intriguing comment on the impetus behind and impact of horror writing.”

Publishers Weekly

“The 21 writers whose work can be found here definitely rose to Gelb’s challenge, crafting stories which pack a bit more punch than your standard anthology fare […] As horror anthologies go, FEAR ITSELF is a definite cut above the competition. There’s a sense of honesty to it which I found quite appealing, both in the fiction and in the author notes where the contributors open up about what inspired them to write what they did. If ever there was an anthology which deserves a sequel, it’s FEAR ITSELF. Recommended.”

Afraid Magazine

The Hot Blood Series

Hot Blood (#1)
“Read this one late at night, when the wind is blowing hard and the moon is full.”

Playboy

“One of the best put-together anthologies I’ve seen in years […] rush out and buy Hot Blood — but don’t say we didn’t warn you that you’ll be up all night reading it.”

Fangoria

“A major anthology designed, quite literally, to scare the pants off the reader.”

2 AM Magazine

“A rich sampling of American erotic horror.”

Penthouse Hot Talk

Hotter Blood (#2)
“Acutely readable — punctuated with moments of genuine stimulation.”

Locus

“An outstanding collection […] A daring combination of sex and terror […] mixed with deadly intent by the best writers the horror field has to offer! A must-read for any horror fan!”

Cemetery Dance

“A worthy successor to Hot Blood, taking an even more aggressive and daring approach to erotic horror. Aggressive and riveting, Hotter Blood’s lineup is a virtual Who’s Who of modern horror, with a mixture of talented newcomers bound to hit it big in the near future.”

Gauntlet

“An amazing anthology of all-new stories by some of the hottest writers around […] highly recommended.”

2 AM Magazine

Hottest Blood (#3)
“No problem living up to its title. [HOTTEST BLOOD has] something to whet every appetite.”

Bayonne Journal

“The stories are stronger, more daring […] I’d hate to see [this series] end. As long as Gelb and Garrett keep the quality level as consistent as it is, I’ll keep recommending these books.”

Afraid

“An entertaining anthology worth adding to your collection.”

Cemetery Dance

“Not for the weak-hearted or puritanical […] seek out this one (or its predecessors) for some naughty fun.”

Booklovers

Deadly After Dark (#4)
“Erotic or sexual, sexy or cautionary, here are 14 new stories which should arouse a variety of responses, ranging from 'Oooh, wow' to 'Yuck.' As with every preceeding volume of this series, there’s some extremely effective material. Every once in a while, the book cracks the surface of the fictive lava field open just enough so you can feel that super-heated steam building up…”

Locus

“Something for every taste. DEADLY AFTER DARK is a worthy continuation of a series that has yet to reach its climax.”

Fangoria

Stranger by Night (#6)
“A good sampling of stories from this slipperiest of subgenres. The success of the present volume points to a value of the whole series — strong emphasis on the erotic. There’s something in these 18 tales of orgasmic dread to satisfy most tastes […] STRANGER BY NIGHT demonstrates that the Hot Blood books haven’t lost their steam in any sense of the phrase.”

Deathrealm

“Whatever your tastes, be prepared to be titillated and terrorized.”

The Heliocentric Net

Fear the Fever (#7)
“The Hot Blood series continues to hold its own as a creature of the publishing ecology, one that occupies its niche quite handily. FEAR THE FEVER, it seems to me, functions at a higher-than-usual average level. There’s a better balance of female to male contributors […] all told, a solid collection.”

Locus

Kiss and Kill (#8)
“More than reasonable compensation for your money. The variety will appeal to your every kink.”

Locus

Crimes of Passion (#9)
“The editors are not only stretching their wings, they’re pumping arcane substances to develop new and powerful wing muscles. There appears to be a new energy infused here. When it clicks, the sound is like a powerful handgun being cocked in your ear. With its second wind, this series will certainly bear watching.”

Locus

“Not a weak story in the book […] it should serve to warm your veins quite nicely during the long winter's night.”

Booklovers

Hot Blood X (#10)
“Editors Jeff Gelb and Michael Garrett have demonstrated, with each succeeding volume, their increasingly sophisticated grasp of selecting stories. A good percentage of these stories are simply good — if sobering — pieces of perverse storytelling.”

Locus

Fatal Attractions (#11)
“One of the best volumes in this long-running series. A top rating.”

Cemetery Dance

“The HOT BLOOD series has never received its rightful due. Gelb and Garrett’s works have been groundbreaking. What they have managed to do is to create a series of volumes that have quietly become, to those “in the know,” indispensable sources for both present and future master of the horror genre.”

BookReporter.com

The Shock Rock Series

Shock Rock
“Not for the fainthearted […] A spine-tingling anthology.”

Playboy

“A rockin’ good read.”

USA Weekend

“Enough werewolves, vampires, and really sick stuff to keep rock-horror afficianados as happy as the proud owner of a demonically possessed 59 Les Paul.”

Radio & Records

“A bunch of hot licks in this scary stack of stories. You can almost hear the screams.”

Comic Buyer's Guide

Shock Rock II
“A smashing success.”

Horror News Magazine

“Gelb has topped even his previous scary success with this new collection of twenty-one musical menacings. Trust me, there’s a whole lot of shrieking going on in this book.”

Comic Buyer's Guide

“An entertaining collection […] good hooks and memorable riffs.”

Fangoria

Awards & Accolades

The Dark Delicacies Series

Dark Delicacies
USA

Winner Bram Stoker Award: “Best Anthology”

Dark Delicacies II: Fear
USA

Bram Stoker Award Finalist: “Best Anthology”

USA

Shirley Jackson Award Finalist: “Best Anthology”

Dark Delicacies III: Haunted
USA

Black Quill Award Nominee: “Best Anthology”

Standalone

Anthologies

The Hot Blood Series

Hot Blood (#1)
USA

Doubleday Book Club Selection

Hotter Blood (#2)
USA

Includes “The Braille Encyclopedia” Bram Stoker Award Nominee: “Best Short Fiction”

Hottest Blood (#3)
USA

Includes “I Hear the Mermaids Singing” Winner Bram Stoker Award: “Best Short Fiction”

USA

Doubleday Book Club Selection

Fear the Fever (#7)
USA

Includes “Metalica” Winner Bram Stoker Award

USA

Includes “The Secret Shih Tan” Stoker Award Nominee

Kiss and Kill (#8)
USA

Doubleday Book Club Selection

Crimes of Passion (#9)
USA

Includes “Madame Babylon” Bram Stoker Award Finalist: “Best Short Story”

Hot Blood X (#10)
USA

Doubleday Book Club Selection

The Shock Rock Series