Author: Stephanie Ellis

Trembling With Fear 05/16/21

I’m moving! I hope. Two possible dates given as I write this. If things get slightly delayed in terms of responses from me for TWF, this is why. Hopefully the move goes smoothly and I get internet sorted relatively quickly, but who knows, the way this year has gone! In the meantime, the boxes around me are multiplying. I’m still trying to write but this is all very distracting.

I’m also another year older. Fifty-seven yes, but age is completely irrelevant in the writing industry as far as I’m concerned – nobody is ever too old.

Before we go to the stories, here’s my usual weekly reminder to check out the submission guidelines for TWF. Also remember we are currently closed to short stories (unless for one of the Specials) but open to drabbles, unholy trinities and serials.

Our first story in Trembling With Fear this week is Mare Factory by Daniel Purcell. I really enjoyed the way it was told, almost as if in confidence, inviting you in to join in the horror and madness as if it was the most natural thing in the world.

Find Me by Toshiya Kamei continues to introduce us to a story fixed in another culture which I love. I don’t even mind looking up unknown words, it keeps things fresh and broadens my knowledge.

Parting by Patrick Winters is an ending with a difference, beautifully written.

Puddle of Blood by Kim Plasket is a piece submitted as prose but the formatting gave it a poetic form and I read it as such. The idea of this puddle being observed and not claimed, waiting for the guilty party is something that particularly grabbed me.

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

 

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

For those who have asked, the entire house situation has gone sideways. I’ll shoot out an update when we know exactly what is happening. Needless to say, that has been all time-consuming as of late.
That being said, you may have noticed the site responding quite a bit quicker! We’ve got both new resources on the back end and the front end which will hopefully have response times up. If you do come across any strange things, do reach out so we can make sure they are fixed asap! Our temporarily new front page layout will likely be able to go up quicker due to these speed increases. Huzzah!

As to Trembling With Fear, we’re eagerly looking for new drabble and the new anthology (I know that I’ve said this before) is getting much closer! 🙂

I hope you all have a great weekend and upcoming week!

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Unholy Trinity: The Corn Maze by Melody E. McIntyre

Our church worships at the altar of the Unholy Trinity. Its gospels are delivered as a trio of dark drabbles, linked so that Three become One. All hail the power of the Three.

Fight

Mary regretted coming here. She hated being lost in this corn maze. It was yet another one of Julie’s ridiculous–and annoying–ideas. The labyrinthine twists were never ending. Mary pushed through the stalks, ignoring the proper path.

Mud squelched underfoot and splashed her pants. The stain shone red in the moonlight. 

Blood. 

A lot of blood.

A black figure with a dripping machete stepped into view. Mary readied a pen from her purse like a knife. It was tiny next to her enemy’s weapon, but she refused to go easy. 

She hoped her friends would have time to escape.

Flight

Pity drove Linda into the corn maze. Her friends were always so mean to Julie. Linda did little to stop them. The complexity of Julie’s maze impressed her  and soon Linda was lost and alone. 

A scream tore through the air around her.

“Just a cow,” she lied to herself.

A black figure blocked her path. Moonlight glinted off a long, silver machete in its hand.

Linda tore through the winding rows, only to round a bend directly into her hunter’s path. 

Blood welled up into her mouth as the blade pierced her lungs. 

Linda pitched forward into the dirt.

Fright

Julie wiped the machete against her black robes. The plan progressed perfectly. Well, almost perfectly. The gouge in her arm from Mary burned. Wielding the machete in her left instead of right hand made her clumsy, but Julie still had the advantage. This was her family farm. No one would escape her corn maze or her rage.

Her friends no longer invited her to their parties, so she invited them to her own. 

  Five out of six already hung on their crosses. Julie crept through the maze after the last one. 

Time to complete her collection of scarecrows.

Melody E. McIntyre

Melody lives in Ontario and has loved reading and writing her entire life. Her favourite genres to write are horror and mystery. She has published several short pieces of dark fiction and is always working on more. She studied Classics in University and remains obsessed with the ancient world to this day. Twitter: @evamarie41 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelodyEMcIntyre Blog: melodyemcintyre.blogspot.com

Trembling With Fear 05/09/21

In amongst my writing time, I always try and find bits of software or learn new skills which I can use for those ‘non-writing’ aspects of our lives, eg promo and marketing.

With this in mind, I went back to creating graphics for an anthology I’m in and discovered this ‘Free Online Book Mockup Maker’. Normally, I download book mockup .psd files and loading them into GIMP and have to faff around with layers and things – bear with me! This site is so much easier – choose the design you want, eg Kindle or standing book, upload the cover, choose .png (so you can change the background) or .jpg and that’s it. It downloads your image. So easy and means more of us can make decent looking promo images for our work without having to fork out money we don’t have. I hope you find it useful.

Before we go to the stories, here’s my usual weekly reminder to check out the submission guidelines for TWF. Also remember we are currently closed to short stories (unless for one of the Specials) but open to drabbles, unholy trinities and serials.

The first story this week in Trembling with Fear is Murder by Lake by J J Munro is particularly enjoyable because it takes us to another setting. Different backdrops are more than welcome, it allows you to weave in extra elements to your story that might not sit so well in the standard setting and gives standard tropes a ‘fresh coat’. The first paragraph directs you to the different geography as well as indicating what will happen there but it also contains a very casual, almost friendly sentence when the main character references his sister’s death and follows it up with how she ‘let me inherit the family estate’, as if there was no effort involved. Flat sentences, banal words, throwaway comments juxtaposed against horror often strengthen the effect of the darkness described.

Grey Matters by Rickey Rivers Jr has a nice, almost sardonic voice directing its hapless human towards a trap.

Just Another Bad Dream by Connor Long-Johnson clashes apparent safety and reassurance against something so wrong.

The Song of the Forest by Alyson Faye turns the tables on a hunter in a short exercise on how to craft wonderful imagery with only a few words.

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

 

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Whelp. This weekend my house has been up for sale. In my area, a LOT of houses have had offers in on the first weekend. Please wish me luck for all the craziness it took me to get here.

Moving on, Trembling With Fear is, as always, currently on the lookout for new Drabble! We have a few through the first week of June (and a spattering past that for authors who have sent in a few ahead of time) though we always like to have a bit more of a cushion. Please send in your 100-word stories!

The next TWF physical release has inched closer with more artwork in our inbox AND the temporary redesign for the website is steadily moving forward. More on all of the above SOON!

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 05/07/21

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.

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

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Book Covers! – Gemma Amor, artist and writer, will have slots available in May to work on ‘watercolour, acrylic, all sorts. Colour or black and white.’ Get in touch with her on twitter.

 

write a blog post or article on any topic Brianna Morgan – writer for hire. Got a project you’d like her help with? She’ll write a blog post/article on almost anything, up to 500 words for $5. Go here for more information. She will also be adding more services to her freelance services site , including: – Audiobook project setup and management – Awards research and submission – Events coordination – KDP ebook and paperback file setup. Let her know if you have requests!

Events

Please send us details of any online panels, conventions, festivals and workshops and we’ll list them here.

 

Charity Anthologies

 

30th Oct 2020 Tales Of The Lost Volume Two- A charity anthology for Covid- 19 Relief: Tales To Get Lost In A CHARITY ANTHOLOGY FOR COVID-19 RELIEF by [Gaiman, Neil,, Hill, Joe,, Johnson, Eugene M,] 31st Jan Flashes of Hope by [Anna Taborska, Dave Jeffery, Amy Grech, Matthew Davis, John Cady, Emma Lee, Gwen Weir, Ken Goldman, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin] 9th Feb  

 

Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

*All Horror Tree sponsors are able to claim a spot at the top of our listing during the donation of their sponsorship. Please use our contact form for more advertising pricing.
 
 

They Slipped Through the Net!

Oct 2020 It Calls From the Sky: Terrifying Tales from Above by [C.A. McDonald, Chris Hewitt, Chris Lilienthal, Christopher Bond, E.L. Giles, Elizabeth Davis, Elizabeth Nettleton, G. Allen Wilbanks, G.A. Alexander, Jay Sandlin, Joel R Hunt, Kimberly Rei, M. A. Hoyler, Marc Sorondo, Marie McWilliams, McKenzie Richardson, R. L. Meza, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Sarah Jane Justice, T.M. Brown, Tim Mendees, V. A. Vazquez, Matthew Brady, Michelle River, Alanna Robertson-Webb]20th Mar

April

15th Dispossessed by [Piper Mejia] 15th She Who Rules the Dead by [Maria Abrams]16th Agoraphobia: A Short Story by [Rami Ungar] 18th Creepy Sheen by [Rebecca Gransden]

19th A New Daybreak: A Savannah Zombie Novel (Savannah Zombie Novel series Book 3) by [Josh Vasquez, Valhalla Books Publisher]20th Nunchuck City by [Brian Asman, Lucas Mangum]20th The Nirvana Effect by [Brian Pinkerton] 22nd

23rd Dark Missives by [Dan Howarth]22nd Malinae by [Josh Schlossberg] 27th Gulf by [Shelly Campbell]27th

27th Image 28th I is for Internet (A to Z of Horror Book 9) by [Tim O'Neal, Carlton Herzog, Astrid Addams, Donovan Smith, Steven Streeter, Doris V. Sutherland, Heidi Hunter, Robb White, Shannon Lawrence, D.C. Hill] 29th Bayou Whispers by [R.B. Wood, Crystal Lake Publishing]30th Derelict: A Post-Apocalyptic Survivor Series (AFTER: A POST-APOCALYPTIC SURVIVOR SERIES) by [T.M. Brown, Eerie River Publishing]

TBA May be an image of text that says "THE LAST NIGHT OCTOBER GREG CHAPMAN"

 

May

1st 1st 4th 7th Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy by [Hailey Piper]

11th The Crucifixion Experiments by [Gord Rollo] 12th SIX! by [Mark Cassell]14th May be an image of text that says "BEFORE He WAKES MARK ALLAN GUNNELLS" 14th A Place Beyond the Storm (AFTER: A POST-APOCALYPTIC SURVIVOR SERIES) by [David Green, Eerie River Publishing]

15th 18th Howls From Hell: A Horror Anthology by [HOWL Society, Shane Hawk, Alex Wolfgang, Christopher O'Halloran, J.W. Donley, Solomon Forse, Amanda DeMel, Lindsey Ragsdale, P.L. McMillan, Grady Hendrix] 21st It Calls From the Sea by [Eerie River Publishing]25th The Fearing: The Definitive Edition by [John FD Taff, Anthony Rivera, Ray Garton]

27th The Mummy Kills The Brides by [Erik Handy]

June

1st Malignant Summer by [Tim Meyer] 1st WITH TEETH (Preorder)1st 18th

TBA

July

20th 23rd Beyond Human

Audiobooks!

Dream ReaperSatan’s Edge: The Edge Series, Book 6May be an image of text that says "UNKNOWING, I SINK A STRANGE AND HORRIFY ING NOVELLA TIMOTHY G HUGUENIN"

 

Kickstarters

Cafe Macabre II‘This is an all female horror anthology that also features original artwork by indie artists. There are some nice rewards for backing this project such as art prints. Also, you will be helping support Women in Horror. Remember, if you can’t back it, another great way to support it is by sharing.’

Go here for more info.

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

 

Trembling With Fear 05/02/21

National Poetry Month has been and gone but before poetry disappears from the main stage, remember we will accept dark/spec fic poems in TWF. For contract purposes they are treated exactly the same as the drabble, even if their word count is higher. I do like poetry!

Before we go to the stories, here’s my usual weekly reminder to check out the submission guidelines for TWF. Also remember we are currently closed to short stories (unless for one of the Specials) but open to drabbles, unholy trinities and serials.

This week Trembling with Fear starts with Crosstown Scherzo by F.M. Scott introduced me to a new word, and yes the definition given is not made up, though Finis Egg might be! Vance faces accidents and omens on his way to work. Does he pay attention or just dismiss them. A good build up of tension as the omens stack up the closer he gets to his office.

Curiosity Kills a Marriage by Radar DeBoard has a locked trunk, so far, so typical but the twist is a nice difference.

Man-size in Concrete by R.J. Meldrum brings us creepy sculptures for his monthly offering. You could almost imagine an inventive gang boss being behind this.

The Second Wave by Mike Rader actually reflects horrors which do happen. How many news stories have we heard which tell a similar account.

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

 

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Tomorrow is the last day of my current course in my MBA program. After this, I’ll have a little over a month off. So, while this would normally give me a pile of extra time added to my plate, I am in the process of moving as well so we’ll see if that gives me any actual time or not. That being said, there has been movement on both the potential site upgrade (with a mini-upgrade happening soon) and the next TWF physical release. More details soon!

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 04/30/21

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.

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

Image

 

Book Covers! – Gemma Amor, artist and writer, will have slots available in May to work on ‘watercolour, acrylic, all sorts. Colour or black and white.’ Get in touch with her on twitter.

 

write a blog post or article on any topic Brianna Morgan – writer for hire. Got a project you’d like her help with? She’ll write a blog post/article on almost anything, up to 500 words for $5. Go here for more information. She will also be adding more services to her freelance services site , including: – Audiobook project setup and management – Awards research and submission – Events coordination – KDP ebook and paperback file setup. Let her know if you have requests!

Events

Please send us details of any online panels, conventions, festivals and workshops and we’ll list them here.

Image

 

Charity Anthologies

 

30th Oct 2020 Tales Of The Lost Volume Two- A charity anthology for Covid- 19 Relief: Tales To Get Lost In A CHARITY ANTHOLOGY FOR COVID-19 RELIEF by [Gaiman, Neil,, Hill, Joe,, Johnson, Eugene M,] 31st Jan Flashes of Hope by [Anna Taborska, Dave Jeffery, Amy Grech, Matthew Davis, John Cady, Emma Lee, Gwen Weir, Ken Goldman, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin] 9th Feb  

 

Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

*All Horror Tree sponsors are able to claim a spot at the top of our listing during the donation of their sponsorship. Please use our contact form for more advertising pricing.
 
 

They Slipped Through the Net!

Oct 2020 It Calls From the Sky: Terrifying Tales from Above by [C.A.  McDonald, Chris  Hewitt, Chris  Lilienthal, Christopher  Bond, E.L.  Giles, Elizabeth Davis, Elizabeth  Nettleton, G. Allen  Wilbanks, G.A. Alexander, Jay  Sandlin, Joel R  Hunt, Kimberly  Rei, M. A.  Hoyler, Marc  Sorondo, Marie  McWilliams, McKenzie  Richardson, R. L. Meza, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Sarah Jane  Justice, T.M.  Brown, Tim  Mendees, V. A. Vazquez, Matthew Brady, Michelle River, Alanna Robertson-Webb]20th Mar

April

1st MINDBREACH: Bloodscreams #10 (Bloodscreams Series) by [Robert Walker]13th From Death Reborn by [Kenneth W. Cain] 13th STERN-web-medium.jpg15th Dispossessed by [Piper Mejia]

15th She Who Rules the Dead by [Maria Abrams]16th Agoraphobia: A Short Story by [Rami Ungar] 18th Creepy Sheen by [Rebecca Gransden]19th A New Daybreak: A Savannah Zombie Novel (Savannah Zombie Novel series Book 3) by [Josh Vasquez, Valhalla Books Publisher]

20th Nunchuck City by [Brian Asman, Lucas Mangum]20th The Nirvana Effect by [Brian Pinkerton] 22nd 23rd Dark Missives by [Dan Howarth]

27th Gulf by [Shelly Campbell]27th 27th Image 28th I is for Internet (A to Z of Horror Book 9) by [Tim O'Neal, Carlton Herzog, Astrid Addams, Donovan Smith, Steven  Streeter, Doris V. Sutherland, Heidi Hunter, Robb White, Shannon Lawrence, D.C. Hill]

29th Bayou Whispers by [R.B. Wood, Crystal Lake Publishing]30th Derelict: A Post-Apocalyptic Survivor Series (AFTER: A POST-APOCALYPTIC SURVIVOR SERIES) by [T.M.  Brown, Eerie River Publishing]TBA May be an image of text that says "THE LAST NIGHT OCTOBER GREG CHAPMAN"

 

May

1st 1st 4th 7th Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy by [Hailey Piper]

11th The Crucifixion Experiments by [Gord Rollo] 14th May be an image of text that says "BEFORE He WAKES MARK ALLAN GUNNELLS" 14th A Place Beyond the Storm (AFTER: A POST-APOCALYPTIC SURVIVOR SERIES) by [David Green, Eerie River Publishing]15th

18th Howls From Hell: A Horror Anthology by [HOWL Society, Shane Hawk, Alex Wolfgang, Christopher O'Halloran, J.W. Donley, Solomon Forse, Amanda DeMel, Lindsey Ragsdale, P.L. McMillan, Grady Hendrix] 21st It Calls From the Sea by [Eerie River Publishing]25th The Fearing: The Definitive Edition by [John FD Taff, Anthony Rivera, Ray Garton]

June

1st Malignant Summer by [Tim Meyer] 1st WITH TEETH (Preorder)1st TBA

July

20th 23rd Beyond Human

Audiobooks!

Dream ReaperSatan’s Edge: The Edge Series, Book 6May be an image of text that says "UNKNOWING, I SINK A STRANGE AND HORRIFY ING NOVELLA TIMOTHY G HUGUENIN"

 

Kickstarters

Cafe Macabre II‘This is an all female horror anthology that also features original artwork by indie artists. There are some nice rewards for backing this project such as art prints. Also, you will be helping support Women in Horror. Remember, if you can’t back it, another great way to support it is by sharing.’

Go here for more info.

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

 

This is Horror Awards 2020 Finalists Announced – Time to Vote!

The annual This is Horror Awards has announced its finalists and it is now your chance to vote for your favourites. The site invites you to send in your votes to [email protected]. In the subject line state ‘Awards 2020’ and in the email simply state the category and who you are voting for. You are allowed to include both a first and second choice. Go here for further details. 

Voting closes 22nd May.

Without further ado, here are the categories and the many excellent nominees (I have read and listened to many and also voted! – Steph):

Novel of the Year

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New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2020 Finalists Announced!

Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists 2021

Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand  (SFFANZ) is a top award for science fiction, fantasy and horror writers from New Zealand or those living in that country.

A few weeks back, we included an article on these awards and shared its longlist. Since then, the finalists have been announced and we are delighted to share these names and works with you. Go here to see if you are able to vote.

Voting closes on May 31st.

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