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Certain texts that we particularly enjoy here at WXXT include:

  • The Libellus Vox Larvae
  • The Stockton Pamphlets
  • Sinister Mechanisms by Abrecan Geist
  • Bastions of Disquiet and Western Massachusetts Witch-Cults and Covens by Rangel Bantam

As these are not available for sale online at the moment due to their rarity (burned by various witch hunters through the centuries), we thought we’d provide you with some more accessible texts by Matthew M. Bartlett. These are catalogued by Anne Gare, who has a lovely little bookshop in Leeds. Come visit her sometime.

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Bizarre radio broadcasts luring dissolute souls into the dark woods of Western Massachusetts. Sinister old men in topcoats gathered at corners and in playgrounds. A long-dead sorcerer returning to obscene life in the form of an old buck goat. Welcome to Leeds, Massachusetts, where the drowned walk, where winged leeches blast angry static, where black magic casts a shadow over a cringing populace. You’ve tuned in to WXXT. The fracture in the stanchion. The drop of blood in your morning milk. The viper in the veins of the Pioneer Valley.

Buy Gateways to Abomination here on Amazon.

Cover art by Katie Saulnier. Cover design by Standard Design.

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Where is the Real Leeds? How does one get there?

Is it floating on the air – words and music you can almost reach out and grab like wriggling worms of sound and ether? Is it in the carnival that seethes under the corrupted church, drawing the lost and vulnerable along shadowy corridors, through the strangely angled Funhouse doors, to the place where the city fathers perform secret rites with the goat-headed masters of the dark?

Do you seek the Real Leeds? Venture out to a secluded spot, turn on your radio, and spin that dial down to the murky low numbers, somewhere just around 87.9…

That music, that voice calling on the edge of static and distortion—it might lead you to that blasted and damned path toward the Real and Truest heart of Leeds, Massachusetts.

This is WXXT. It’s the witching hour, when shadows take wing and nightmares stalk. Turn your radio up. Point your antennas to the infinite sky. And stay tuned for the Weather on the Sixes. WXXT. The bubbling blisters on the tongue of the Pioneer Valley.

Buy Creeping Waves here on Amazon – or, if you’d like, you can order it direct from Muzzleland Press here. A trailer can be viewed here.

Cover art by Nick Gucker. Cover design by Jonathan Raab.

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Five years prior to the publication of Gateways to Abomination, Matthew M. Bartlett put out a book called Dead Air. That book is now extremely scarce. This volume contains most of the unpublished work from that book, a few dark poems, and stories and fragments that later appeared in Gateways to Abomination and Creeping Waves. It also features magnificently creepy artwork by Yves Tourigny, as well as Tom Breen’s original introduction. Witness the early days of dread magus Benjamin Stockton, and of his demonic radio station WXXT, with all its guts, worms, wriggling things, and voices from the dark.

Buy Dead Air here on Amazon. An audio preview can be listened to here.

Cover art by Brendan O’Connell. Cover design by Sam Cowan.

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A cross between Roberto Bolaño’s Nazi Literature in the Americas and Gardinel’s Real Estate by Orrin Grey and M.S. Corley, this slender volume consists of 13 bite-sized fictional biographies, each accompanied by a chilling illustration by the masterful Alex Fienemann. Meet Stanley Malanson, who had a curious rapport with felines. Meet Abrecan Geist, who endeavored to take revenge on a capricious God. Meet Minerva LaBrie, who abandoned Wicca in favor of a dark and blasphemous alternative. Meet Jebediah Blackstye, who crossed a line with his beloved familiar, a toad with revolting powers. These are but four of the practitioners of black magic who have made their homes in the cities and towns of Western Massachusetts. Read of sumptuous feasts gone to rot, of a corrupted priest who dared unleash his venomous platitudes over the common airwaves, of a powerful sorcerer born at the intersection of Blood and Stone. Open your hearts to the Witch-Cult in Western Massachusetts.

Buy The Witch-Cult in Western Massachusetts (Vol. I) here on Amazon. A trailer can be viewed here.

Cover art and design by Alex Fienemann.