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Trembling With Fear 09/18/2022

Hello, children of the dark. I’ve been reflecting this week on the idea of community, and how important it is to us even when we operate in such a solitary (and sometimes lonely) world. I wrote on this a few weeks back, but it’s back on my mind. 

Like many of you, I’m sure, I have often felt like the outcast, the needle in the haystack, the odd one out. I have often felt like I stick out like a sore thumb, that everyone is staring at me, laughing behind my back. This is, of course, largely to do with my own mental health (hello, chronic depression and anxiety!), but it’s also the world we live in today. Community is hard to come by.

But that’s also why we’re lucky, dear readers, to inhabit this world of dark and genre fiction. I have always found genre writers to be the most welcoming, the least judgmental, the most compassionate and caring of humans. And I’m personally very lucky to be nestled amongst them this weekend. As you read this, I’ll likely be finishing up at the British Fantasy Society’s annual convention, my first foray into the fantasy world after taking my baby steps into the world of IRL horror cons over the last few years. While I will have a security blanket with me in the shape of my other half and a handful of friends, I have no doubt I will be meeting some fabulous new people and making new friends. I can’t wait.

For now, though, I bring you this week’s TWF tasting menu. 

In our trembling main course, Jeremiah Minihan picks up a hitchhiker with ulterior motives. This is followed by three delicious quick bites:

  • Paul Latham explores a new home
  • JJ Munro offers a poetic piece of curiosity, and
  • RJ Meldrum ponders what true evil looks like

If these stories inspire you to get writing, you’ll find details on how to submit to us over here on our freshly-updated submission guidelines page. 

For now, it’s over to you, Stuart…

Lauren McMenemy

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Just a ‘few’ things going on this week. Standard Horror Tree stuff, a TON of work for my MBA, actual writing in again, and… not much to report on the new layout quite yet. By the time you read this, I’ll likely have gotten an update. The problem is, I’m writing this to you FROM THE PAST! (Ohhh, Time Travel.) As to the website, we did finalize changing up our contract a bit more for inclusivity. We have a pile of other things in the works that I’m eager to share with you. I promise that some of them are coming soon!

Just a reminder about our store. It will likely be going offline soon for a bit while preparing for the update. It has a huge conflict with some of our set up so we’ll be moving it offsite completely to another domain in the near future. Probably, in the next 2-3 weeks it’ll go offline and come back on the new domain following that. So, if you’ve been preparing to buy some Horror Tree swag, now is the time!

A quick reminder that we’re now on MSN and would LOVE it if you can throw us a follow on MSN! We should have more content coming soon!

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

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 09/16/2022

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.

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Trembling With Fear 09/11/2022

Hello, children of the dark. I don’t know about you, but I am f***ing exhausted. I’ve had quite a week of being pulled and pushed in all sorts of directions for work and life, and my writing is well and truly on the backburner. But there is light on the horizon: by the time you read this, I’ll have started a class on horror writing with guest lecturers and attended a whole day of folk horror talks as well. 

I’m one of those people who feels a desperate need to keep taking classes, when I should probably just put my bum on the seat and improve by doing. I’ve spent so long avoiding the writing that it’s now a massive, massive cloud hanging over me. I’m in awe of those of you who can dedicate time daily to nurturing your craft; how do you do it?! It’s often said that if it’s important to you, you’ll make time for it – but sometimes it’s *so* important that it becomes a source of fear and anxiety. 

I’m starting to think that maybe I just need to stop overthinking and just do something. I need to go through recent submission calls featured on this here site and pick a few to play around in. (I also stepped in for Belinda to do this week’s subs round-up for Horror Tree; you may laugh at my discomfort over on the Horror Tree YouTube channel.) There’s definitely a lot going on, especially as we reach Official Spooky Season and all the Halloween stuff comes around. This is our time of year, children of the dark! Let us embrace it and create magic and madness wherever we go. Just like these contributors…

We are edging towards the disturbing on this week’s TWF menu. Our trembling main course from Nicholas Zielinski is a disturbing view into family rituals. Meanwhile, we have three delicious quick bites for you this week:

  • Patricia Miller combines creepy dolls and creepy kids in this dialogue-driven short
  • Tiffany Michelle Brown considers how humans and ghosts deal with shared trauma, and
  • Stéphane G Perahim goes shopping with a psychopath

If these stories inspire you to get writing, you’ll find details on how to submit to us over here on our freshly-updated submission guidelines page. 

For now, it’s over to you, Stuart…

Lauren McMenemy

Editor, Trembling With Fear

For those of us in the US, I hope that today’s fiction is a distraction from the tragedy that occurred on this day.

As a pre-warning to our store. It will likely be going offline soon for a bit while preparing for the update. It has a huge conflict with some of our set up so we’ll be moving it offsite completely to another domain in the near future. Probably, in the next 2-3 weeks it’ll go offline and come back on the new domain following that. So, if you’ve been preparing to buy some Horror Tree swag, now is the time!

As Lauren mentioned above, be sure to check her out on our YouTube! There is a good chance you’ll be suffering with me on the third week that Belinda is gone for. I apologize ahead of time!

More soon!

A quick reminder that we’re now on MSN and would LOVE it if you can throw us a follow on MSN! We should have more content coming soon!

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

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Taking Submissions: Planet Scumm #16

Deadline: October 2nd, 2022
Payment: 6 cents a word and one contributor copy
Theme: Harc sci-fi and speculative fictoin

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN

READING FOR ISSUE #16 UNTIL OCTOBER 2ND

Planet Scumm accepts submissions from writers across the world. (Our HQ is a roving meteor-sized space station—Earth’s borders mean nothing to us. We want to hear from writers of every race, nationality, and gender identity.

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Taking Submissions: Planet Scumm #16

Deadline: October 2nd, 2022
Payment: 6 cents a word and one contributor copy
Theme: Harc sci-fi and speculative fictoin

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN

READING FOR ISSUE #16 UNTIL OCTOBER 2ND

Planet Scumm accepts submissions from writers across the world. (Our HQ is a roving meteor-sized space station—Earth’s borders mean nothing to us. We want to hear from writers of every race, nationality, and gender identity.

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10 Classic Books That Were Once Banned

In January of this year, a school board in Tennessee decided that banning the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel ‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman was a good idea. To say this school board was misguided is far too friendly of an understatement. This tale of the holocaust in a way that truly resonates with high school readers both in content, style of storytelling, and by telling the brutal tale without censoring it for young adults outside of putting it in a graphic novel format.

The story tells the experience of Spiegelman’s parents, and I believe is one of the most influential tales of our time and got me thinking about other stories that have been banned over the years.

In today’s society, it seems as if there is always something that is being banned. This usually happens with things that some people deem as being inappropriate, violent, or simply not suitable for general consumption. However, there have been times in history when certain books have been banned from circulation completely. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the most famous books that have been banned over the years.
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Taking Submissions: The Icarus Writing Collective Issue 1

Deadline: October 15th, 2022
Payment: $5
Theme: The Sun

The Icarus Writing Collective, a mythic magazine, was founded in 2022 by Elizabeth Zarb and Kyle Ross. The two met as undergraduates at Emerson College in 2017, finding a combined interest in classic literature and mythology. After a flash fiction workshop course in their senior year, both Elizabeth and Kyle fell in love with the short form and took that passion one step further to establish this collective.

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Taking Submissions: The Icarus Writing Collective Issue 1

Deadline: October 15th, 2022
Payment: $5
Theme: The Sun

The Icarus Writing Collective, a mythic magazine, was founded in 2022 by Elizabeth Zarb and Kyle Ross. The two met as undergraduates at Emerson College in 2017, finding a combined interest in classic literature and mythology. After a flash fiction workshop course in their senior year, both Elizabeth and Kyle fell in love with the short form and took that passion one step further to establish this collective.

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