In the Shadow and Other Uneasy Stories by Tod Robbins


Bizarre masterpieces to make you shudder.

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Strip away the façade of sanity and discover why C.A. “Tod” Robbins is considered a curator of malevolence. From the author of “Spurs” and “The Terrible Three,” sources for the classic horror films Freaks and The Unholy Three, comes this new collection of bizarre masterpieces to make you shudder.

Safe and Sane—The watchdogs of wisdom howl as the counter-effects of boredom take a mysterious twist.

Undying Hatrd—The Hand of Death dispenses its black gift with odd equality.

In the Shadow—The death of a matriarch perverts the thoughts and actions of an entire family.

The Man Who Escaped—An unlikely hero faces off against unavoidable Fate in this mysterious offering.

The roots of evil clutch at the reader in these and other strangling tales. The fiction of C.A. “Tod” Robbins has been compared to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and other masters of the weird and bizarre. In this volume, readers may savor some of Robbins’ twisted tales that have remained unavailable for decades, not collected previously in book form.

Also included are two newly discovered works!


  • (Introduction) Tod Robbins: Master of Murder and the Grotesque by Gene Christie
  • Old Dog—New Tricks
  • The Man Who Escaped
  • The Conqueror
  • Fragments
  • Undying Hatred
  • The Mole
  • Safe and Sane
  • In the Shadow

Appendix (nonfiction)

  • A Well-Dressed Mummy
  • Antithesis of Huck Finn

First book publication.

Trade paperback / 228 pages

Cover design by Tom Roberts.

Additional information

Weight 14.2 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in