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Being part of a Writing Group
Being part of a Writing Group

Taking Submissions: Dose of Dread January 2023 (Early Listing)

Deadline: January 15th, 2023
Payment: 2 cents per word
Theme: Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.


Un-themed, general horror flash fiction. Preference to dread-inducing stories.

Length: 500 – 1,000 words. Firm.

Author Compensation: 2c/word, paid via PayPal. (Rounded to nearest whole dollar)

Publication: Dread Stone Press website (Dose of Dread).

Reading Periods: January, April, July, and October; 1st to 15th. Any stories submitted outside of each reading period will not be read.

Rights: First World Electronic Rights. Non-exclusive rights thereafter. No reprint restrictions after publication.


Taking Submissions: A Thunder of Dragons

Deadline: February 15th, 2023
Payment: Word count-based royalty split for 4k+ word stories.
Theme: Epic fantasy that includes a dragon

Title: A Thunder of Dragons
Opens: 15 Oct 2022
Closes: 15 Feb 2023 11:59 pm EST
Theme: Epic fantasy tales of any kind, as long as they involve a dragon–rescuing princesses from their clutches, searching for their treasures, capturing one to grant a wish, stopping one from attacking the local village–anything goes!


Can authors use fake names?

Can authors use fake names?

By Lauren McMenemy


So you’ve worked through the creative kinks and put your blood sweat and tears into your writing. What happens next? Whether it’s a book, a short story, a poem, or even a screenplay, the chances are good that you want your next step to be publication – to put your hard work out into the world for others to enjoy. 


And when you release your words into the wild, you are highly likely to be asked what name you’d like to use. This is partly for identification of the author of the work, and partly so people can make a note and think, hey, I really liked that and I want to read more from this writer. 


Now comes the big decision: do you want your legal name, or your “real” name, to go with this work? Or do you want to stay away from it for some reason? 


If you answered yes to the latter, there is good news: it is perfectly legal to assume a different identity when publishing. 


Trembling With Fear 11/27/2022

Hello, children of the dark. I hope those of you who mark Thanksgiving (in whatever form) had a fruitful day; I certainly have many American friends who go all-in!

As you read this, I will actually be out of the country for the first time since early June 2019. The husband and I are finally going on a post-covid trip abroad, settling in Rome for a week. And I am so excited. We both desperately need this break, so that’s what I’m thankful for!

Despite growing up surrounded by Italians and attending an all-girls Dominican convent school, I have yet to spend much time in Italy. It was the one place people back home thought I’d head for when I moved to Europe but, beyond the odd day trip and a week in Sicily, I’ve seen very little of the country. On the other hand, my husband has seen pretty much all of it. Rome is his favourite city, and there is much he wants to show me. For me, there was one stipulation for the trip: I had to do a day trip to Pompeii. I HAD to. I was obsessed with the story of that ill-fated city throughout my young years – Pompeii and the Bermuda Triangle, for some reason (of course I would write the dark stuff, huh?) – and I’m so glad we have the time to do it. 

Personally, I’m also looking forward to an injection of fresh air, fresh thinking, fresh creativity. The last few years have been really stagnant for me creatively, which is no surprise given all that’s been going on – burnout and lockdown included – so I’m hoping to soak up inspiration in the Eternal City. Come back renewed, reinforced. Ready. 

What are your Rome tips? Tweet me @novicenovelist or – if you are among the hordes leaving the newly-crowned Muskland – I’m also now on Mastodon at [email protected].

To this week’s Trembling main course, and Matthew Tyrer brings us the creepiest of little boys. This is followed by three delicious quick bites:

  • Cassandra Daucus gets in the motherly spirit
  • Josh Clark takes us below the surface, and 
  • Akshay Patwardhan is taken over by the spirit of running.

If these stories inspire you to get writing, you’ll find details on how to submit to us over here. Remember, we’re currently CLOSED to short story submissions, but are always seeking drabbles – that’s a complete story in exactly 100 words, and a real test of your craft. We’re looking for anything darkly speculative in genres including horror, scifi, fantasy, mythology, folklore. What makes you tremble in the dark? Let us know.

But now, it’s over to you, Stuart.

Lauren McMenemy

Editor, Trembling With Fear

For everyone living in the United States – I hope you had a filling Thanksgiving and didn’t spend too much on Black Friday which is the messiest of made up holidays (and not really the best time to find deals anymore.)

Quick round up:
– We’re currently making a major push for more author interviewers! If you love to talk to authors, please reach out!
– Still exploring who will be replacing Amanda Headlee for our specials, we have a few potentials that all seem like they would be a good fit!
– Currently exploring alternative social media options in case Twitter bites the dust. Hive, Mastadon, post are all contendors. That being said, You can also follow us at:





For those looking to support the site, we’ve recently launched a Ko-Fi and always have our Patreon going.

As always, I hope you had a great weekend.

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree


How Writers Can Avoid Plagiarism

How Writers Can Avoid Plagiarism

While we all care about our talent as writers, the idea of intentional or accidental plagiarism is always present in the dark corners of our minds. It is important that every sentence you write is your own and that you never borrow from another writer.


Every once in a while, it is a good idea to be reminded of the importance of avoiding plagiarism while also being refreshed about how to properly cite your sources. Today, we will tell you how to do so while also managing your writing time to avoid accidents that could put your career in jeopardy.


New Paying Markets For Authors For The Week Of Thanksgiving, 2022!

Hello to all of our author and writer friends!

It is the week of Turkey Day for our US friends, so we’re hoping for a lot of full bellies and being thankful for your word counts for the year! (We also won’t blame you for taking part of the week off from adding to your word count.)

A final reminder for those who submit their work to Trembling With Fear, we’re temporarily closed to short stories (outside of those for our final holiday special of the year! Also, we ARE still open for drabbles, Unholy Trinities, and serials!)

Also, as a side note, we’re actively seeking book reviewers and author interviewers at this time! Please be sure to contact us on our contact page if interested!


Indie Bookshelf Releases 11/25/2022

Got a book to launch, an event to promote, a kickstarter or seeking extra work/support as a result of being hit economically by Covid or life in general?

Get in touch and we’ll promote you here. The post is prepared each Thursday for publication on Friday. Contact us via Horror Tree’s contact address or connect via Twitter or Facebook.

Click on the book covers for more information. Remember to scroll down to the bottom of the page – there’s all sorts lurking in the deep.


Taking Submissions: A Walk in a City of Shadows

Deadline: May 1st, 2023
Payment: 50$ payment and contributors copy for 3000-5000 words. 75$ for stories from 5000-7000 words. $40 and a contributor copy for poetry
Theme: Stories based on the work of Gemma Files and her Classic novel, Experimental Film

Alien Sun Press who helped bring A Walk in a Darker Wood to fruition and is now on verge of publishing the urban legend anthology A Walk in a City of Shadows, is now accepting submissions for our newest collection based on the work of Gemma Files and her Classic novel, Experimental Film!
With a forward written by John Langan, this book will not only include some excellent fiction from some well know Horror writers and poetry of today, but it also will include diabolical illustrations for each tale!