Author: Stephanie Ellis

Trembling With Fear 07/25/21

Please note: We are temporarily closed to short flash stories (unless for one of the Specials) but open to drabbles, unholy trinities and serials. We hope to reopen later in the year once we have caught up with the publication of those already accepted.

As we continue to bask in the glow of summer (poetic version) or melt in the pressure cooker (reality), life has taken a tiny step forward. If you live across the border in England that is, where some restrictions have been lifted. Here in Wales we have to wait a bit longer. And even then, some things will remain for the duration of the pandemic.

Regardless of the politics and personal views on the matter, I think looking back over the behaviour of both government and individuals will certainly feed into the stories we write. To be restricted in what you do, where you go, who you can see, touch, hug is a degree of micro-management of personal life I never thought we’d experience. Writers and poets have a part to play in exploring and developing these themes, holding up examples of ‘what if’ for society to consider and use as a challenge to the law-makers, ensure that what we are told to do is for a genuine reason and not dictatorship by the back door.

Writers – authors, poets, journalists – are dangerous creatures, it’s why many non-democratic governments imprison them on trumped up charges. Writers have a place as social commentators and freedom fighters as well as entertainers. And genre writers, especially horror, hold a unique place in that they can really dig deep into the psyche and explore the darkness that could so easily erupt in a world of ‘what if’. Use your anger, your frustrations to birth a story and give the world a wake-up call.

There have been people asking if books set in a pandemic will be popular, will people read them. I’ve not been put off. But in particular, I think there will be a growth in dystopian literature as we try to work out exactly how we feel about this lived experience and what we can or can’t tolerate, the polarisation of views, the censorship and self-censorship of speech. Life has become a tightrope and I think horror writers are perfectly poised to explore this world of extremes. I love dystopian work and it would be great to see a touch more at TWF.

The first story in this week’s Trembling with Fear is The House of Dennis Eath by Tom Hook. I’m glad my experiences of house buying did not feature a character such as Mr. Eath and I don’t think I’d have signed on the dotted line but sometimes the price is just too good. Or is it? Lovely chill in the last sentences directing the reader to think only one thing.

Desert Vengeance by Ken MacGregor is a great story for this heatwave – or not, if you consider the consequences. Nicely brutal.

Kraken by Elyse Russell paints a picture of roiling ocean life, some great imagery here.

When Darkness Falls by Dee Grimes brings us another monster of the deep. Terrific description of the creature also shows its intent – without telling. Lovely.

 

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

 

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

This week, we’re trying something new on our newsletter! I’m trying to step back a bit in preparation for having help for it while I’m away for a couple of weeks coming up. So, Holley Cornetto will have written this one and it’s worth checking out! (She’ll be doing a few of the upcoming ones as well!)
All of this year’s Trembling With Fear copies are now available both in physical and digital format which you can find below! Please, if you’ve ordered these or previous installments, do leave a review on Amazon!

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Unholy Trinity: Three Drabbles by Alan Moskowitz

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.

When Time Runs Out

Doctor Sturges tried to look sympathetic through his mask when he told Jim that it was only a matter of time.  He was sorry, but Jim couldn’t visit her, due to contagion.   

Jim went into Margate’s room anyway.  He took her hand, watching in sorrow as the woman he had loved all his life struggled to breathe, her eyes filled with panic. “No worries my old girl, you won’t be alone for long.”  

He took off his mask, kissed her on the lips, breathing in her love and then sat beside her, and waited.  Her fear disappeared, and she smiled.

A Moment of Spite

Carla rushed breathless into the hospital room apologizing for being late. She chatted nervously about his grandkids to no avail.  He began his usual critique of her carelessness, her weight and her life.  The usual feelings of shame crawled over her.

Then the final barb, “Where’s your sister, she’s never late!”  Anger bloomed,  Carla retaliated, “Roby died years ago, Dad, remember?”

The old man burst into tears.  Carla sat silently satisfied as he cried away the afternoon.

The next visit he asked about Roby and Carla told him she was cooking dinner for his grandkids, and the day went well.

Sacrifice

The doctors surrounding the body were wondering what to do next.  An attending suggested sending it to the morgue.  Dr. Sturges scoffed, “So you want to lose your license, your career and your future?  Leave it to me.”

The team left with their tablets filled with unauthorized research that could provide a cure.

While rolling the body to the crematorium Sturges thought about the old guy’s long life, his love for his family, his losses and triumphs and his final selfless act.   

If his family knew they would probably be pleased at his contribution to the fight against the virus.

Alan Moskowitz

Alan Moskowitz is a retired screen and TV writer pursuing his passion for writing short genre fiction for his pleasure and, with hope, the enjoyment of others.

Indie Bookshelf Releases 07/23/21

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 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.

Services

Editing: Michael David Wilson, This Is Horror Founder and Editor In Chief, podcaster, and writer (The Girl in the Video) is currently offering his freelance editing services. “Michael David Wilson invented the fine-toothed comb. His attention to detail is second to none, and he has a wonderful understanding of structure. This is a guy who knows how good writing works.”—Ray Cluley, author of WATER FOR DROWNING Michael has over ten years of editing experience and has edited books by Josh Malerman, Pat Cadigan, Stephen Graham Jones, David Moody, and many others. He’s worked with various publishing houses and small presses including Rebellion Publishing and Broken River Books. Prices start from £0.01/word. For further information go here: michaeldavidwilson.co.uk/editing/. Contact Michael: [email protected]

Editing, critiquing, artworkEugene Johnson is a man of many talents, an award-winning editor, filmmaker and artist. He will be will be selling his art, book covers, book art, logo designs, making prints, offering short story critiques/edits, special book projects like a coloring book he’s creating with another author and more for a small fee. Initially to fund desperately needed repairs on his car, once that is complete he hopes to turn his focus towards helping others that need support. Join him in his endeavours in getting this help to those who need it. Contact him via https://plaiddragonpublishing.com/ and he can also be found on https://www.facebook.com/eugene.johnson.14855. If you’d like to help him get his car fixed that bit quicker, please drop in on his Fundraiser set up by friends. (I think another link will be set up in the near future regarding his services and I’ll update it here when that happens.)

EditingElle Turpitt, elleturpittediting.com, is facing redundancy. Help her by considering her as an editor. She is available for all editing work – short story, novella, novel, or chapter extracts. She also has a Ko-Fi (ko-fi.com/elleturpitt), or if you’d rather send a little gift to help her smile at a stressful time, she has a wishlist set up for this month (amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls). All support is appreciated. 

 

Writing and Editing Services from Ben Long. Go to Ben for ‘Killer Copy, Creative Content, and Eye-opening Edits’! Ben is ‘a passionate and engaging freelancer with 2+ years of experience in a variety of writing and editing endeavors. He is also a regular contributor to several online brands in the horror niche.’ You can find out more about him here https://readingvicariously.net/services/.

 

Events

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

Buzz Book Expo 2021 4th – 5th Sept. Showcases horror novels and novellas due for publication Sept 2021 to Dec 2022. Organised by Mary Sangiovanni, Somer Canon, Matt Wildasin and Katie Southard. Click the image for more info.

 

 

Charity Anthologies

 

 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,]  Flashes of Hope by [Anna Taborska, Dave Jeffery, Amy Grech, Matthew Davis, John Cady, Emma Lee, Gwen Weir, Ken Goldman, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin]    

 

Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

24th June

9th JulyTrembling With Fear: Year 4 by [Stuart Conover, Stephanie Ellis] Trembling With Fear: More Tales From The Tree: Volume 3 by [Stuart Conover, Stephanie Ellis, Catherine Kenwell] Trembling With Fear: Serial Killers: Volume 2 by [Stuart Conover, Stephanie Ellis, Catherine Kenwell]

*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!

 Hunger Pangs by [Scott J. Moses, Daniele Serra]     Dark Words: Stories of Urban Legends and Folk Lore by [Dandelion  Publishing, Leonie M. Smith, Steve Clark, Simon  Paul Wilson, Eygló Karlsdóttir, Alexander C. Bailey, Gavin Dillinger, Richard Gerlach, J.C. Walsh, Cassie Daley]

June

9th Spiffing: A Cosmic Horror Novella by [Tim Mendees] 11th Metaphoria14th 15th Ride or Die by [James Newman]

15th Trench Mouth by [Christine Morgan]15th Murmur: Collected Horror16th 17th Far, Far Away Anthology - Ebook

18th 18th 24th  25th Dismal Dreams by [Red Lagoe]

26th The Creeping Void: Terror on the Highlands (AFTER: A POST-APOCALYPTIC SURVIVOR SERIES) by [Tim Mendees]29th Savage Island by [Brian Moreland]29th Apocalypse, Zombie (Guardians of the Apocalypse Book 6) by [Jeff Thomson]29th

30th 30th Side Roads: A Dark Fiction Collection by [Rachel A. Brune]

July

1st 2nd Non-Practicing Cultist (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 75) by [Scott J. Moses]2nd Milk Kisses & Other Stories (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 68) by [Ross Jeffery]4th

6th Lambs Among Wolves by [Russell James] 6th 7th The Samaritan by [Dave Jeffery]8th Dead Men Tell No Tales by [Jeffrey Kosh]

9th 9th After the Fall (Underground Book 5) by [Stephen Herczeg] 12th Brand New Dark by Beau Johnson 14th Demons Never Die: A Collection of Artwork & Flash Fiction by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, David Paul Harris]

14th 15th Immortelle by [Catherine McCarthy]15th 15th

16th Abhorrent Siren by [John Baltisberger] 20th 20th Slattery Falls by [Brennan LaFaro] 20th Only The Stains Remain by [Ross Jeffery]

21st J is for Jack-o'-Lantern (A to Z of Horror Book 10) by [Daniel R. Robichaud, Dona Fox, Sofie Wilkes, Robert P. Ottone, Rob Robson, Ariel Dodson, Donna Cuttress, Tori Danielle Romero, Sarah Jane Huntington, Jack Joseph] 23rd Beyond Human 29th Absolute Unit by [Nick Kolakowski, Crystal Lake Publishing] 30th They Come in the Night by [Lynn-Cee Faulk]

August

3rd The Final Gate by [Wesley Southard, Lucas Mangum] 5th 6th 6th Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose by [Maxwell Ian Gold, Crystal Lake Publishing]

17th Below by [Kev Harrison] 26th The Girl in the Attic by [Jon Athan]

September

1st The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales by [Eric LaRocca] 1st Writers Workshop of Horror 2 by [Michael Knost] 6th Picture 7th Grimoire of the Four Impostors by [Coy Hall]

10thFloaters by [Garrett Boatman, Crystal Lake Publishing]21st The House of Little Bones by [Beverley Lee]22nd 28th Midnight From Beyond the Stars by [Gabino Iglesias, James Newman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tim Curran, Lee Murray, Ronald Kelly, Samantha Kolesnik, William Meikle, Kenneth W. Cain]

30th Kill Kit Killers: Premeditated murder, proved with their kits TBA 

October

1st Gorefest: Extreme Horror Anthology by [Wrath James White, Stephen Kozeniewski, Armand Rosamilia, Wesley Southard, Jay Wilburn, Jonathan Butcher, Jack Bantry, Robert Essig, Patrick C. Harrison, K. Trap Jones] 1st A House At War: House Arrath Book 119th

November

12th With Benefits: What's a bit of fun between friends?

Kickstarters!

MEMENTO MORI – A Horror Noir Graphic Novel MEMENTO MORI – A Horror Noir Graphic Novel. A 64-page full-color story about the serial killer who resurrects Victorian Post-Mortem photography into a modern work of art.

Project image for Fright Unseen Launch Pack

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

 

Trembling With Fear 07/18/21

Please note: We are temporarily closed to short flash stories (unless for one of the Specials) but open to drabbles, unholy trinities and serials. We hope to reopen later in the year once we have caught up with the publication of those already accepted.

It’s been a quiet week in terms of anything happening, I’ve progressed my novella and started writing a short for a submission call I’ve on Horror Tree – and I’m still waiting on submission news. I’m reading an ARC of Coy Hall’s Grimoire of the Four Imposters and loving it and I’ve bought even more books recently to add to my TBR pile – the Waterstones in Birmingham (UK) is wonderful by the way!

As TWF moves forward, you will find Amanda Headlee, our specials, trinities and serial killers editor, becoming more involved in the day-to-day running of things, eg acknowledging receipt of stories. Amanda has been a terrific addition to the team and I value immensely the load she has taken on her shoulders. I will freely admit it’s stopped me turning into a gibbering wreck. If you would like to read any of her own work – she released a novel, Till We Become Monsters earlier this year – pop over here to find out more.

Now to this week’s Trembling with Fear. Our first story is House of Evil by Damon Sweeney which plays to the murder house trope and automatically triggers the impulse to shout ‘don’t go in there’ when you seen someone about to do just that. Sometimes though, evil doesn’t just live in a house – it takes a walk around the neighbourhood and calls you friend. Is anyone what they seem?

Life and Death by Ben Coppin gives a different perspective on life and death via this zombie tale. But who is the zombie?

Like a White Snake by Christina Nordlander has an ethereal, nightmarish quality to her lab reminiscences. Nice setup using ‘what if’.

Fly Tipping by April Yates sets a typical scene of something apparently dumped where it shouldn’t be, plays to assumptions and then throws in the unexpected.

 

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

 

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

The unpacking continues, interrupted only by children, my day job, my MBA program (yay, did well on my midterm!), and keeping the site running. So, basically, I’ll be unpacking for the next seventeen years 😉 

So, the latest update on the Trembling With Fear copies, the first two below are both digital and physical while “Serial Killers: Volume 2” is still digital only at the time of writing this update. Hopefully, soon! 🙂 

If you pick up a copy of any of the above or our previous anthologies, we’d truly appreciate a review on Amazon. 

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 07/16/21

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.

Services

Editing, critiquing, artwork – Eugene Johnson is a man of many talents, an award-winning editor, filmmaker and artist. He will be will be selling his art, book covers, book art, logo designs, making prints, offering short story critiques/edits, special book projects like a coloring book he’s creating with another author and more for a small fee. Initially to fund desperately needed repairs on his car, once that is complete he hopes to turn his focus towards helping others that need support. Join him in his endeavours in getting this help to those who need it. Contact him via https://plaiddragonpublishing.com/ and he can also be found on https://www.facebook.com/eugene.johnson.14855. If you’d like to help him get his car fixed that bit quicker, please drop in on his Fundraiser set up by friends. (I think another link will be set up in the near future regarding his services and I’ll update it here when that happens.)

EditingElle Turpitt, elleturpittediting.com, is facing redundancy. Help her by considering her as an editor. She is available for all editing work – short story, novella, novel, or chapter extracts. She also has a Ko-Fi (ko-fi.com/elleturpitt), or if you’d rather send a little gift to help her smile at a stressful time, she has a wishlist set up for this month (amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls). All support is appreciated. 

 

Writing and Editing Services from Ben Long. Go to Ben for ‘Killer Copy, Creative Content, and Eye-opening Edits’! Ben is ‘a passionate and engaging freelancer with 2+ years of experience in a variety of writing and editing endeavors. He is also a regular contributor to several online brands in the horror niche.’ You can find out more about him here https://readingvicariously.net/services/.

 

Events

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

Charity Anthologies

 

 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,]  Flashes of Hope by [Anna Taborska, Dave Jeffery, Amy Grech, Matthew Davis, John Cady, Emma Lee, Gwen Weir, Ken Goldman, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin]    

 

Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

24th June

9th JulyTrembling With Fear: Year 4 by [Stuart Conover, Stephanie Ellis] Trembling With Fear: More Tales From The Tree: Volume 3 by [Stuart Conover, Stephanie Ellis, Catherine Kenwell] Trembling With Fear: Serial Killers: Volume 2 by [Stuart Conover, Stephanie Ellis, Catherine Kenwell]

*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!

 Hunger Pangs by [Scott J. Moses, Daniele Serra]  

June

5th Paths Best Left Untrodden by [Kev Harrison] 6th 7th The Walking Son by [Eddie Generous] 7th

9th Spiffing: A Cosmic Horror Novella by [Tim Mendees] 11th Metaphoria14th 15th Ride or Die by [James Newman]

15th Trench Mouth by [Christine Morgan]15th Murmur: Collected Horror16th 17th Far, Far Away Anthology - Ebook

18th 18th 24th  25th Dismal Dreams by [Red Lagoe]

26th The Creeping Void: Terror on the Highlands (AFTER: A POST-APOCALYPTIC SURVIVOR SERIES) by [Tim Mendees]29th Savage Island by [Brian Moreland]29th Apocalypse, Zombie (Guardians of the Apocalypse Book 6) by [Jeff Thomson]29th

30th 30th Side Roads: A Dark Fiction Collection by [Rachel A. Brune]

July

1st 2nd Non-Practicing Cultist (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 75) by [Scott J. Moses]2nd Milk Kisses & Other Stories (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 68) by [Ross Jeffery]4th

6th Lambs Among Wolves by [Russell James] 6th 7th The Samaritan by [Dave Jeffery]8th Dead Men Tell No Tales by [Jeffrey Kosh]

9th 9th After the Fall (Underground Book 5) by [Stephen Herczeg] 12th Brand New Dark by Beau Johnson 14th Demons Never Die: A Collection of Artwork & Flash Fiction by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, David Paul Harris]

15th Immortelle by [Catherine McCarthy]15th 20th 20th Slattery Falls by [Brennan LaFaro]

20th Only The Stains Remain by [Ross Jeffery] 23rd Beyond Human 29th Absolute Unit by [Nick Kolakowski, Crystal Lake Publishing] 30th They Come in the Night by [Lynn-Cee Faulk]

August

3rd The Final Gate by [Wesley Southard, Lucas Mangum] 5th 17th Below by [Kev Harrison] 26th The Girl in the Attic by [Jon Athan]

September

1st The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales by [Eric LaRocca] 1st Writers Workshop of Horror 2 by [Michael Knost] 6th Picture 7th Grimoire of the Four Impostors by [Coy Hall]

10thFloaters by [Garrett Boatman, Crystal Lake Publishing]21st The House of Little Bones by [Beverley Lee]22nd 28th Midnight From Beyond the Stars by [Gabino Iglesias, James Newman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tim Curran, Lee Murray, Ronald Kelly, Samantha Kolesnik, William Meikle, Kenneth W. Cain]

30th Kill Kit Killers: Premeditated murder, proved with their kits TBA 

October

1st Gorefest: Extreme Horror Anthology by [Wrath James White, Stephen Kozeniewski, Armand Rosamilia, Wesley Southard, Jay Wilburn, Jonathan Butcher, Jack Bantry, Robert Essig, Patrick C. Harrison, K. Trap Jones] 1st A House At War: House Arrath Book 119th

November

12th With Benefits: What's a bit of fun between friends?

Offers!

Sorry. Can’t link all so you’ll have to search amazon 🙂

Telecommuting by [L. Marie Wood] 99c!

Kickstarters!

MEMENTO MORI – A Horror Noir Graphic Novel MEMENTO MORI – A Horror Noir Graphic Novel. A 64-page full-color story about the serial killer who resurrects Victorian Post-Mortem photography into a modern work of art.

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

 

Unholy Trinity: Party by Martin P. Fuller

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.

This little collection of drabbles is in part a nod from Martin to my recent move. He knows me so well – including my music tastes!  – Steph

Party, Party

Their move complete. Boxes emptied. Furniture unloaded. A new life in the town of Wrexham.
The husband relived at relocation success, decided on celebration. Beer, food, wine and loud, raucous music. After all, their nearest neighbours were firmly planted in the nearby churches cemetery.

The walls trembled to Metallica. Party-goers danced wildly. It was just after midnight a heavy knock at the door deadened festivities.

On the doorstep stood a rotting corpse, mouldering green skin and white bone. Grating words fell out of its mouth along with rampant worms.

“Please turn down the music. It’s enough to wake the dead.”

A Moving Story

She regarded her old house fondly, ghosts of happy times haunting every room. But time passes and her new house in Wrexham beckoned. The removal men had finished loading the large Victorian display case, minus its contents of course. She’d packed those treasures separately, and discreetly. 

She’d worried the new owners of her house may find the bodies under the rockery, but they were elderly;  happy to leave the garden intact. She would always have the collection of desiccated heads however, their smiles lighting up her new house. A collection she would add to, after she built a new rockery.

Welcome to Wrexham

Jasper Bottomley was determined to pay his respects to the new family now in residence at the house by the churchyard. The hour was late, true, but he would not tarry. A cordial introduction and a welcome to Wrexham. He mayhap be able to learn of news form the rest of the country and how parliament fared in the war before returning home his obligations complete.

It occurred to him as he clawed his way to the surface he might invite them to his abode if they were decent God-fearing people. After all, truly decent company was hard to find.

Martin P. Fuller

Martin P. Fuller lives in his shoebox house in West Yorkshire. He was in his previous exitances: –

 a beer salesman, a pall bearer, a car delivery driver, and oh yes… a police officer for over 34 years.  

He started to write in 2013 after attending a creative writing class and since then has become a writing course junkie. 

Discovering his dark side, Martin has had a number of stories published in Trembling with Fear and several other anthologies including Deadcades published by Infernal Clock.

Trembling With Fear 07/11/21

Please note: We are temporarily closed to short flash stories (unless for one of the Specials) but open to drabbles, unholy trinities and serials. We hope to reopen later in the year once we have caught up with the publication of those already accepted.

After a number of rejections – like so many writers! – I’ve been able to announce this week my involvement in the A Silent Dystopia anthology, a collection which features stories set in a shared world originally formed by Dave Jeffereys in his A Quiet Apocalypse and related publications. With writers like Kev Harrison, John Palisano, Dave himself and a whole range of others, it’s going to be a great read.

This actually makes up for a continued wait for the Crystal Lake Classic Monsters Unleashed decision on my submission. I’ve got down to the last bit and the wait has whittled away my nails! Writers certainly need their share of resilience and patience!

I’ve read a few books lately and want to give them shoutouts. Ronald Kelly’s Fear is a big book but a wonderful page-turner, absolutely immersive and I adored it. Sarah J. Huntington is a newer writer and I picked up her collection Iron Maidens the other day. Her writing is exceptionally strong and original, enough to make me get her other collection Paint it Black and Other Stories. From the strength of the writing I’ve seen, I think she will be one to watch out for.

Yes, I pick up books I see others raving about but quite often I will see other voices trying to get their books noticed and I’ll take those as well. I know exactly how hard it is to get people to read your work – it’s still something I have trouble with! – and in doing so, I’ve made some wonderful discoveries.

Our first story this week in Trembling with Fear is The Midnight Tubes by Harris Coverley is a lovely dark tale set in the bowels of the hospital. Working in a morgue can have its upsides. And is this one of the few jogs where you can get away with murder?

Afraid of Freud by Mike Rader. Oh, how we hate the idea of Alzheimer’s and psychiatrists, the notion of being vulnerable and abused. So we take steps to protect ourselves, our loved ones will help. Won’t they?

Reared by Patrick Winters. This is such a tragic story but is testament to the maternal instinct across all creatures.

Tag at Night by Toko Hata. This centres on a dream, something I would normally baulk at publishing BUT take that last sentence into account and you can see why it was accepted, stepping it slightly out of the dreamworld and into possible reality.

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

 

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

I’m officially moved into the new house. Now, I just need to find a new desk and finish unpacking boxes. SO MANY BOXES. This has been another crazy week with the move, a visit to my uncle’s lake house for the Fourth of July, my first day returning to the office (this coming week I’ll be back in two days a week), trying to unpack, trying to set up things in the house, helping pack up the old house, and my MBA program. WHEE. 

With all of that in mind, I hope you won’t hold any delays on getting things done for site changes against me.

Trembling With Fear digital copies should now all fully be available! I’ve resubmitted Year 4 for physical so it may be available at the time of reading this though it looks like we have some cover sizing issues on the other two which we’re currently working through and they may take a bit longer. 

I hope all of your reading and writing endeavors go well in the coming week! 

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 07/09/21

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.

Services

Editing, critiquing, artwork – Eugene Johnson is a man of many talents, an award-winning editor, filmmaker and artist. He will be will be selling his art, book covers, book art, logo designs, making prints, offering short story critiques/edits, special book projects like a coloring book he’s creating with another author and more for a small fee. Initially to fund desperately needed repairs on his car, once that is complete he hopes to turn his focus towards helping others that need support. Join him in his endeavours in getting this help to those who need it. Contact him via https://plaiddragonpublishing.com/ and he can also be found on https://www.facebook.com/eugene.johnson.14855. If you’d like to help him get his car fixed that bit quicker, please drop in on his Fundraiser set up by friends. (I think another link will be set up in the near future regarding his services and I’ll update it here when that happens.)

EditingElle Turpitt, elleturpittediting.com, is facing redundancy. Help her by considering her as an editor. She is available for all editing work – short story, novella, novel, or chapter extracts. She also has a Ko-Fi (ko-fi.com/elleturpitt), or if you’d rather send a little gift to help her smile at a stressful time, she has a wishlist set up for this month (amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls). All support is appreciated. 

 

Writing and Editing Services from Ben Long. Go to Ben for ‘Killer Copy, Creative Content, and Eye-opening Edits’! Ben is ‘a passionate and engaging freelancer with 2+ years of experience in a variety of writing and editing endeavors. He is also a regular contributor to several online brands in the horror niche.’ You can find out more about him here https://readingvicariously.net/services/.

 

Events

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

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Charity Anthologies

 

 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,]  Flashes of Hope by [Anna Taborska, Dave Jeffery, Amy Grech, Matthew Davis, John Cady, Emma Lee, Gwen Weir, Ken Goldman, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin]    

 

Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

24th June

9th JulyTrembling With Fear: Year 4 by [Stuart Conover, Stephanie Ellis] Trembling With Fear: More Tales From The Tree: Volume 3 by [Stuart Conover, Stephanie Ellis, Catherine Kenwell] Trembling With Fear: Serial Killers: Volume 2 by [Stuart Conover, Stephanie Ellis, Catherine Kenwell]

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They Slipped Through the Net!

26th Feb 2nd May

June

5th Paths Best Left Untrodden by [Kev Harrison] 6th 7th The Walking Son by [Eddie Generous] 7th

9th Spiffing: A Cosmic Horror Novella by [Tim Mendees] 11th Metaphoria14th 15th Ride or Die by [James Newman]

15th Trench Mouth by [Christine Morgan]15th Murmur: Collected Horror16th 17th Far, Far Away Anthology - Ebook

18th 18th 24th  25th Dismal Dreams by [Red Lagoe]

26th The Creeping Void: Terror on the Highlands (AFTER: A POST-APOCALYPTIC SURVIVOR SERIES) by [Tim Mendees]29th Savage Island by [Brian Moreland]29th Apocalypse, Zombie (Guardians of the Apocalypse Book 6) by [Jeff Thomson]29th

30th 30th Side Roads: A Dark Fiction Collection by [Rachel A. Brune]

July

1st 2nd Non-Practicing Cultist (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 75) by [Scott J. Moses]4th 6th Lambs Among Wolves by [Russell James]

 7th The Samaritan by [Dave Jeffery]8th Dead Men Tell No Tales by [Jeffrey Kosh]9th 12th Brand New Dark by Beau Johnson

15th Immortelle by [Catherine McCarthy] 20th 20th Slattery Falls by [Brennan LaFaro] 20th Only The Stains Remain by [Ross Jeffery]

23rd Beyond Human 29th Absolute Unit by [Nick Kolakowski, Crystal Lake Publishing] 30th They Come in the Night by [Lynn-Cee Faulk]

August

3rd The Final Gate by [Wesley Southard, Lucas Mangum] 5th 26th The Girl in the Attic by [Jon Athan]

September

1st The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales by [Eric LaRocca] 1st Writers Workshop of Horror 2 by [Michael Knost] 6th Picture 7th Grimoire of the Four Impostors by [Coy Hall]

10thFloaters by [Garrett Boatman, Crystal Lake Publishing]21st The House of Little Bones by [Beverley Lee]22nd 28th Midnight From Beyond the Stars by [Gabino Iglesias, James Newman, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tim Curran, Lee Murray, Ronald Kelly, Samantha Kolesnik, William Meikle, Kenneth W. Cain]

October

1st Gorefest: Extreme Horror Anthology by [Wrath James White, Stephen Kozeniewski, Armand Rosamilia, Wesley Southard, Jay Wilburn, Jonathan Butcher, Jack Bantry, Robert Essig, Patrick C. Harrison, K. Trap Jones] 19th

Offers!

The Vegas Rift by [David F. Gray] Until 99c/99p Monday

Kickstarters!

MEMENTO MORI – A Horror Noir Graphic Novel MEMENTO MORI – A Horror Noir Graphic Novel. A 64-page full-color story about the serial killer who resurrects Victorian Post-Mortem photography into a modern work of art.

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team