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tar Wars is known for its willingness to dip into a variety of genres when telling various stories within the galaxy far, far away. There’s a little bit of everything, from its deep Western roots to its brilliantly timed comedic one-liners.

Horror has had its moments throughout Star Wars history, but up until a few years ago, books were mostly excluded from that type of storytelling. Now, and not for the first time we’re getting an entire collection of frightful fables and ghost stories. And you can read one of them several weeks before the anthology’s official release.

From George Mann and Grant Griffin -- the same duo that brought us Star Wars: Myths & Fables -- comes a collection of haunting tales featuring characters, creatures, and locations within the Star Wars universe. It’s also illustrated to add even more fright to your experience.

To give you an idea of the chilling nature of Mann’s prose, here’s a portion of the excerpt from Disney Lucasfilm Press:

ON THE PLANET Gaaten, nestled amongst the gloomy spires of a once great city, sit the ruins of an orphanage where, long ago, children who had lost their parents during the fallout of the Clone Wars were sent to be cared for while they awaited placement in new homes throughout the sector. 
Only, all was not well at the orphanage, for amongst the children there were tales of a dark terror who came in the night: a tall, thin man with sharp teeth and glowing eyes, who from time to time would visit the orphanage to steal away children, scooping them out of their beds and dragging them through the window, their cries muffled and unheard. The children who were taken by this horrifying creature were never heard from again. 

Read the full excerpt via SYFY WIRE … if you dare.

Mann’s anthology of spooky fables hits physical and digital shelves on July 28. You can view our complete Book Profile for more details and pre-order your copy now.

For a complete list of recent and upcoming Star Wars book and comic releases, visit our regularly updated Release Schedule.

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Meg is a writer, podcaster, and photographer. She lives in Illinois with her dog and medal-worthy book collection, and believes any conversation in which Star Wars references are applicable is one worth having.

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