Books & Other Works

Below are Anthony’s most recent releases, including links to purchase where available. Further down you will also find a full bibliography for all of his short stories in related magazines, anthologies, and online outlets.

Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions

Sometimes our greatest moments of enlightenment come from our worst mistakes.
When life supplies eleven-year-old Tommy Grant with some unfavorable circumstances intruding on his otherwise tranquil life in rural 1980’s Ohio, he retreats into the spell-binding Order of Cosmic Champions. When he discovers that the largely successful animated program and toy line is holding a nationwide ”Create-A-Character” contest where applicants submit their action figure designs, Tommy knows he has to enter as surely as he knows his own name.

But when Tommy’s character design fails to win the contest, he finds his world crumbling from all sides. And there is only one way he knows to fix it.

What follows is a whirlwind coming-of-age adventure of righting wrongs, overcoming perilous obstacles, confronting our inner demons, and challenging the limits of reality. In this waxing nostalgic and imaginative fantasy, readers will discover what excitement lies waiting when you take risks and conquer your fears. Only one question remains: In the final hour when you heed the call, the courage to give your all, will you stand or fall?

Greetings from Moon Hill

BREATHE DEEP OF THE NIGHT. Greetings from Moon Hill is a collection of darkly bizarre horror stories culled from the deranged mind of Anthony J. Rapino, author of Soundtrack to the End of the World. Somewhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania, nestled between the forests and foothills of the Poconos, you’ll find the forgotten town of Moon Hill. It’s a surreal place of arcane magic and natural wonder, where a hint of autumn lingers in the air, the leaves are always turning, and the shadows grow long no matter the time of day. You might say Moon Hill is special, an eerie pocket of Americana frozen in time, filled with eccentric characters and deathly secrets that transcend reality. And like most small towns, it also has a dark side.

This book is a roadmap to the lost town’s terrifying mysteries. Wander through the brush of Moon Hill State Forest and explore its otherworldly flora in “From Your Body They Rise.” Bear witness to the interdimensional war raging above Old Road in the novella, “Reality Engineers.” Conjure autumnal spirits with Handy Weber in “Halloween on the Hill,” sample the peculiar glowing ale brewed by Slow Ewan in “Struck by Golden Lightning,” and pay your respects with blood at the old Whistler place in “Just Once More, Little Sister.” As you explore Moon Hill’s darkened corners, you will discover a town built upon a foundation of nightmares, proving once again that Anthony J. Rapino is not only a master storyteller, but also a dark architect of the imagination. Welcome to Moon Hill. Your definition of weird is about to change.

Collection of short horror stories related to Halloween
Soundtrack to the End of the World Audiobook Cover

Soundtrack to the End of the World: Audiobook

A suicidal nudist strolls into traffic. An eccentric Buddhist claims he can occupy other people’s bodies. All the while, whispers of a new form of entertainment blow through town. Prompted by these strange occurrences, Marty Raft, a not-so-gentle giant, investigates and discovers underground clubs peddling music that induces an out-of-body experience. Marty and a wannabe comedian, Corey, set out to prove these special frequencies are nothing more than a hoax, or at worst, a mass-drugging. Instead, they uncover a secret with world-ending possibilities. If you can hear the music, it’s already too late.

Horror Novels/Novellas/Anthologies/Chapbooks

  1. Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions. Greenleaf. Available in hardcover and eBook wherever fine books are sold. Will be published on 10/18/22.
  2. One of Us: A Tribute to Frank Michaels Errington. Bloodshot Books. Available in paperback and eBook formats. Published 11/19/20.
  3. Greetings from Moon Hill. Precipice Books. Available in eBook and paperback formats. Hardcover sold out. Published 10/11/16.
  4. Soundtrack to the End of the World (Re-issue with new cover and foreword), Bloodshot Books. Published 9/13/20.  Paperback and eBook.
  5. Soundtrack to the End of the World, Bad Moon Books. Published 4/1/12.  Debut Novel. eBook available via Crossroad Press. Paperback and hardcover sold out.
  6. Soundtrack to the End of the World, Crossroad Press. Audio book. Published 12/1/19.
  7. Exquisite DeathIn Ear Entertainment.  Audio Book Anthology.  Published 8/13/2013.
  8. Madhouse Anthology. Dark Regions Press (May 22, 2016). Contains my story, “Where Immortals Sing in Key.”
  9. “Destination Unknown.” Arcane Anthology.  Winter 2012.
  10. “I’ve Got you Under my Skin.”  Roms, Bombs & Zoms (A Three Little Words Anthology).  Print and eBook.  10/25/13
  11. “Loosely Enforced Rules.” Black Ink Horror Issue 7, Volume 3.  Winter 2012.  Print. 
  12. “Rot with Me.” Robbed of Sleep: Stories to Stay up To (volume One). Troy Blackford,  (June 10, 2014). 
  13. “Wordless.” Robbed of Sleep (Volume Three). Troy Blackford. (June 30, 2015).
  14. Reality Engineers, In Ear Entertainment.  Audio Book Novella. Published 10/28/2013. Out of Print.
  15. Welcome to Moon Hill, Moon Hill Books.  Short Story Collection. Published 2/1/12. Out of Print.
  16. Uprooted, Sand Chapbook Line.  Sold Out.

Horror Short Stories

  1. “Dandelion Dreams.” Storyteller April/May/June 2005: 44. Volume 10, Issue 2.
  2. “The Plumber.” Devil’s Work March 24, 2006: Volume 1, Issue 11. Web. No longer available.
  3. “Red Death.” Pocono Record October 28, 2007. No longer available.
  4. “The Transformation.” Every Day Fiction September 20, 2007.
  5. “Retired.” Magus Press October, 2007. Web.  [Reprinted in Uprooted]
  6. “Lost Little Girl.” Every Day Fiction October 28, 2007.
  7. “Just Once More, Little Sister” Nossa Morte February 2010.   Web.   [Reprinted in Uprooted]
  8. “Smiles Beneath.” Scalped Issue 4, Spring 2010. Web. No longer available.
  9. “My Room.” Dog Oil Press April 4, 2010. No longer available.
  10. Hint Fiction: A Collection of Four Stories (of 25 words each).  The PR Issue #3.  April 3, 2011. No longer available.
  11. “Camera Obscura.” TQR Stories.  April 15th, 2011.
  12. “Inside the Walls of East Lombard Street.” Electric Spec.  Volume 6, Issue 2, May31st 2011.
  13. “Morning Espresso at the Church of Me.”  Space Squid #10.   September 2011.
  14. “Fixing a Hole.” A capella Zoo.  Issue 7, Fall 2011.  Print.      (Free web edition: page 74).
  15. “When Ayanna Kapoor Waits.” On Spec Magazine.  Fall 2011 #86 vol 23 no 3
  16. “Morning Espresso at the Church of Me.”  Drabblecast 280 Trifecta XXV.  Audio Podcast.  4/25/13.