Author: Stephanie Ellis

Trembling With Fear Christmas 2021 Edition

Where did 2021 go? The entire year passed in the blink of an eye. Do you also feel like you are in some strange time warp where 2021 never happened? Here we are at the holiday season, closing out our first full year post-lock down (and hopefully we’re not on the cusp of another one). This year was precarious at best, but we all made it through. Now on to 2022, which will be better and brighter! 

Santa has deemed all you lovely readers nice this year and are you about to receive a wonderful present: The Horror Tree’s Christmas Special!  Aren’t you excited? 

This year’s collection is not for the faint of heart with terrifying twists on classic Christmas poems, tales of holiday monsters, and good old fashioned holiday ghost stories that will be sure to bring a winter chill to your bones.  

Sit back in front of a roaring fire, put up your feet, and sip some eggnog as we celebrate the holiday season in true Horror Tree style. 

 

To you and yours, we wish you a very happy holidays and a prosperous new year!

Amanda Headlee

Amanda Headlee

Co-Editor, Trembling With Fear

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 12/24/21

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.

Charity Publications

Silent Scream by [Alyson Faye] Giving the Devil His Due: Special Edition by [Lee Murray, Jason Sanford, Peter Tieryas, Kelley Armstrong, Kenesha Williams, Linda D Addison, Christina Henry, Hillary Monahan, Nisi Shawl, LEANNA RENEE HIEBER, Kaaron Warren, Stephen Graham Jones, Errick Nunnally, Angela Yuriko Smith, DANA CAMERON, Nicholas Kaufmann, Rebecca Brewer]   Flashes of Hope by [Anna Taborska, Dave Jeffery, Amy Grech, Matthew Davis, John Cady, Emma Lee, Gwen Weir, Ken Goldman, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin]  

Cabin Terror by [Sarah Jane Huntington] Zombie Santa Claus: Santa Jaws Edition by [Astrid Addams] Out of the Shadows: A Charity Anthology by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, Danni Winn, Donovan 'Monster' Smith, David Owain Hughes, Tony Sands, Philip Rogers, Tori Danielle Romero, Nicholas Vince, Adam Marcus, Debbie Rochon] HEX-PERIMENTS: A Dark Biotech Anthology by [Keith Anthony Baird, Ross Jeffery, Kev Harrison, Eyglo Karlsdottir, Villimey Mist, William Meikle, Tracy Fahey, Paul Kane, Anthony Self, C J Tudor, Sarah J Huntington, Demi-Louise Blackburn, Dave Jeffery, David Sodergren]

 


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.
 
 
Were Tales: A Shapeshifter Anthology by [Jonathan Maberry, Eric J. Guignard, Stephanie Ellis, Catherine McCarthy, Gabino Iglesias, Cindy O'Quinn, Cynthia Pelayo, Christina Sng, Laurel Hightower, H.R. Boldwood, Ben Monroe, Elle Turpitt, Michelle Garza, Melissa Lason, Beverley Lee, S.H. Cooper, Villimey Mist, Kev Harrison, Theresa Derwin, Ruschelle Dillon, Linda Addison, Stephanie Wytovich, Tabatha Wood, Shane Douglas Keene, Sara Tantlinger, Alyson Faye, Baba Jide Low, S.D. Vassallo, Steven M. Long]

Werewolves. Berserkers. Kitsune. From the most ancient times, tales have been told of people who transform into beasts. Sometimes they’re friendly and helpful. Sometimes they’re tricksters, playing jokes on their hapless victims. And sometimes, they’re terrifying.

Were Tales is a collection of scary, thrilling, dark, mysterious, and even humorous short stories and poems of shapeshifters, from the talented minds of Jonathan Maberry, Stephanie Ellis, Gabino Iglesias, Laurel Hightower, Eric J. Guignard, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, Shane Douglas Keene, Clara Madrigano, Kev Harrison, Beverley Lee, S.H. Cooper, Elle Turpitt, Catherine McCarthy, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin, Ruschelle Dillon, Baba Jide Low, H.R. Boldwood, Ben Monroe, Cynthia Pelayo, Cindy O’Quinn, Sara Tantlinger, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Linda Addison, Villimey Mist, Tabatha Wood, and Christina Sng.

 

 

November

Tethered to Darkness by [Justin Holley]  Image Blood Wisp by [Sarina Langer]

Those We Left Behind: And Other Sacrifices by [Brandon Applegate, Elford Alley] A Splintered Soul (Children of the Crescent Moon Book 1) by [Adrian Meredith] The Boy with the Spider Face by [AJ Franks, Crystal Lake Publishing] Nocturnal Pursuits by [Glenn Rolfe]

Cafe Macabre II: A Collection of Horror Stories and Art by Women by [Leah Lederman, Michelle Soffe, Allison Spooner, Jeri Maynard, Stefani Manard, Patricia Stover, Amy Hunter, Coriander Friess, Brandy Sharpe, Sherris Schwind]


November YA/Children


December

2 3 7 In Blood and Bone

8 Crows by [Mark Towse]9 Esca10 Better You Believe: A Collection of Horror by [Tony Evans] Nails by [K.J. Sargeant]

14 The Saga of Dead-Eye Book One: Vampires, Zombies, & Mojo Men by [Ronald Kelly] 16 The Breed: Extreme Horror by [Ash Ericmore] 19

31 Rehuman & Other Small Stories : A Flash Futures Collection by [Eric  Fomley]

2022 – Happy New Year!

January

4 May be an image of text11 Picture Bloodlines: Four Tales of Familial Fear by [Alex Wolfgang, Carson Winter, Christopher O'Halloran, Antony Frost] Image

25 May be an image of text that says "BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA GORD ROLLO"TBA Image


February

2 Tweaker Creatures by [Robert Essig]15 Picture TBA


March


April

22 May be an illustration of 1 person and text that says "Horror $14.00 Grace Donaldson' passion because run- option. running was senior that changed. Afterward, instead frunning Grace running away. From her pain, guilt. her younger sister her threatens her, THE NIGHT ROAD Road, willing Dance SH editor Cemetery Things September Through- ollection, novella Mystery Road 2020. om Crystal Night ROAD THE 2022b Design 2022 Baldwin Desert sle ”sg, LC ISBN PANCE Dance Publications Industry 21050 KEVINLUCIA LUCIA 781587"678158"  

um … August!

The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias


Services

Editing – Jimmy Graves. Proofreading and copyediting on Fiverr. Offering affordably priced packages. Go here for further information.

Editing Offer! Erin Al-Mehairi. Through the end of the year, women can still grab 10% off Erin Al-Mehairi’s Hook of a Book editing services on developmental and copy edits. My lowered overall pandemic price is still available for all as well. Over twenty-five years as an editor in various forms, and nine in fiction, to find out more go to https://hookofabook.wordpress.com/editing/.

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 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/.

 

Kickstarters and Gofundme!

Project image for That Which Cannot Be Undone: An Ohio Horror AnthologyDid you think Maine has a monopoly on horror? Or that college football holds Ohio’s sole claim to fame?

Truth be told, a multitude of well-known, award-winning authors of horror populate the Buckeye state. Earlier this year, Cracked Skull Press, an assembly of four Ohio-based horror writers, formed with a single goal: to create an anthology of terrifying tales featuring our strange state.

With your support, we seek to raise awareness of our local talent.

That Which Cannot Be Undone: An Ohio Horror Anthology will be published through Cracked Skull Press and is slated to be released in October of 2022.

Our featured authors contributing stories to the anthology include Bram Stoker Award-winning Gary Braunbeck, Lucy Snyder, and Tim Waggoner, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Megan Hart. We have also enlisted the editorial skills of Bram Stoker Award-winning Jess Landry.

These are just a few of the wicked weavers of words writing stories for the anthology. Once we reach our fundraising goals, we will invite many more Ohio-based authors.

All the funds raised will help pay the writers, artist and the creation of Hybrids: Misfits, Monsters, and other Phenomena. Artwork from Luke Spooner.

Hybrid Sequence Media is proud to present new stories and poetry from: Jonathan Maberry, Lee Murray, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lucy Snyder, Michael Bailey, Dacre Stoker, Michael Knost, Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, Gene Flynn, Alicia Hilton, Alessandro Manzetti, Romie Stott,  Tim Waggoner, D. Harlan Wilson, Cindy O’Quinn, Jamal Hodge, John Palisano, Gabino Iglesias, Philip Fracassi, SL Edwards, John Claude Smith, Jeffrey Thomas, Nicole Givens Kurtz, and Linda D. Addison. With an Introduction by Doug Murano.

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

Trembling 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]

Unholy Trinity: It’s a Long Way to the Top by Marc Sorondo

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.

Maturing in the Apocalypse

Dear Bill-Roy Champs, I’m sorry I was mean to you at the hoe-down last year. I was a bitchy, spoiled child then, obsessed with wealth, popularity, and making pretty babies. After watching the news yesterday about how the zombie pandemic keeps getting worse, I told Tyler Bose he should quit his stupid band to focus on survivalist skills and I’ve never seen him so angry. This morning, I gave him back his ring. If humanity is going to survive the apocalypse, we need sturdy babies who can hunt, steal, and forage. We need your babies, Bill-Roy. Want to get married?

 

Farewell Note

Hi babe. No good deed goes unpunished! I saw Mrs. Gottberg banging on her own front door earlier, and thinking she’d lost her keys or memories again, went to help her out of habit, forgetting for an instant to check first for signs of the zombie virus. Bitch bit me. Sorry, babe. I wish I could write a longer goodbye, but they say the new strain acts quickly, so I plan to be far away by the time you read this. At least I got everything on your grocery list first. I’ll just put away the perishables befo..put…shibles…p… 

 

Missing You

Dearest Bonnie. I miss you. I’m sorry I lost my temper when you told me to quit music to study survival. If I had listened, we’d be together, and I might still have a band. The sight of Maurice being eaten alive by groupies still haunts me. I wrote new lyrics about it, but they honestly sound lame without his guitar. He was the real talent. 

Don’t sweat any promises you made to that cheating pervert Bill-Roy. When I drove past your house yesterday, I witnessed him French kissing that toothless cougar, Mrs. Gottberg. Gag!

Please come back. Love, Tyler.

 

 

Shawn M. Klimek

Shawn M. Klimek is the author of Hungry Thing, an illustrated dark fantasy tale told in poems, plus more than 200 other poems and short stories, published in over 80 anthologies and e-zines, including previous issues of Horror Tree. He specializes in speculative fiction with a touch of humor. He lives with their affectionate Maltese wherever his globetrotting wife, Sara, leads them.
Find a complete index of Shawn’s published works on his creative writing blog, “A Jot in the Dark”: http://jotinthedark.blogspot.com; or follow his writing adventures on Facebook: www.facebook.com/shawnmklimekauthor/ and Twitter @shawnmklimek.

Trembling With Fear 12/19/21

Christmas is drawing in. We’ve actually put our Christmas tree up, a bit later it seems than many folk but I don’t like to do it too early – which can cause disputes with my youngest who does like to put them up at the beginning of the month. But she’s not home yet so we’ve been able to delay! The decorations look good though and it’s nice to be able to celebrate in our new home and helps us to put the whole covid issue to the back of our minds for the moment. We’re currently waiting for our booster jabs.

It’s been lovely seeing the short flash stories coming in now that we’ve opened up again. However, can I please remind folk that the length is generally 800-1500 with some flexibility, ie we do take stories of around 500 or 1800 words but prefer people to hit the range mentioned. Anything longer is just not for us unless you wish to be considered for a serial. In this case, send in your longer story split into instalments which match the word range.

Trembling with Fear starts with Oxi by R. Wayne Gray is a story with a warning and some nice touches of dark humour. The setting of a site which disposes of medical waste is one ripe for exploitation and the Gray does this in full, pretty much revelling in the possibilities. What other workplaces could you bring to TWF?

On the Factory Floor by Hillary Lyon has some nice touches of humour with assumptions made in the workplace which actually disguise something more chilling.

Search Party by Tom Trussel takes us into the forest and thus into the realm of folk horror with a clever twist.

Walking in Stories, Stalking in Dreams by Steven Holding talks directly to the reader and challenges your reality. 

And finally, have a peaceful and restful Christmas – and thank you for supporting TWF and Horror Tree so strongly.

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Another year is closing in! I know that the holiday season tends to either be fantastic or horrible for everyone so I do hope that those who have it rough are able to seek out comfort in friends.

In case you missed it, we’re currently giving away multiple digital copies of the anthology ‘Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth, And Babies’ edited by Deborah Sheldon!

New changes and expansions are in the works! We did make one minor addition for the writers who love the calendar view on the site. You’re now able to subscribe to it! Details can be found here.

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 12/17/21

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.

Charity Publications

Silent Scream by [Alyson Faye] Giving the Devil His Due: Special Edition by [Lee Murray, Jason Sanford, Peter Tieryas, Kelley Armstrong, Kenesha Williams, Linda D Addison, Christina Henry, Hillary Monahan, Nisi Shawl, LEANNA RENEE HIEBER, Kaaron Warren, Stephen Graham Jones, Errick Nunnally, Angela Yuriko Smith, DANA CAMERON, Nicholas Kaufmann, Rebecca Brewer]   Flashes of Hope by [Anna Taborska, Dave Jeffery, Amy Grech, Matthew Davis, John Cady, Emma Lee, Gwen Weir, Ken Goldman, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin]  

Cabin Terror by [Sarah Jane Huntington] Zombie Santa Claus: Santa Jaws Edition by [Astrid Addams] Out of the Shadows: A Charity Anthology by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, Danni Winn, Donovan 'Monster' Smith, David Owain Hughes, Tony Sands, Philip Rogers, Tori Danielle Romero, Nicholas Vince, Adam Marcus, Debbie Rochon] HEX-PERIMENTS: A Dark Biotech Anthology by [Keith Anthony Baird, Ross Jeffery, Kev Harrison, Eyglo Karlsdottir, Villimey  Mist, William Meikle, Tracy Fahey, Paul Kane, Anthony  Self, C J Tudor, Sarah J Huntington, Demi-Louise Blackburn, Dave Jeffery, David Sodergren]

 


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.
 
 
Were Tales: A Shapeshifter Anthology by [Jonathan Maberry, Eric J. Guignard, Stephanie Ellis, Catherine McCarthy, Gabino Iglesias, Cindy O'Quinn, Cynthia Pelayo, Christina Sng, Laurel Hightower, H.R. Boldwood, Ben Monroe, Elle Turpitt, Michelle Garza, Melissa Lason, Beverley Lee, S.H. Cooper, Villimey Mist, Kev Harrison, Theresa Derwin, Ruschelle Dillon, Linda Addison, Stephanie Wytovich, Tabatha Wood, Shane Douglas Keene, Sara Tantlinger, Alyson Faye, Baba Jide Low, S.D. Vassallo, Steven M. Long]

Werewolves. Berserkers. Kitsune. From the most ancient times, tales have been told of people who transform into beasts. Sometimes they’re friendly and helpful. Sometimes they’re tricksters, playing jokes on their hapless victims. And sometimes, they’re terrifying.

Were Tales is a collection of scary, thrilling, dark, mysterious, and even humorous short stories and poems of shapeshifters, from the talented minds of Jonathan Maberry, Stephanie Ellis, Gabino Iglesias, Laurel Hightower, Eric J. Guignard, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, Shane Douglas Keene, Clara Madrigano, Kev Harrison, Beverley Lee, S.H. Cooper, Elle Turpitt, Catherine McCarthy, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin, Ruschelle Dillon, Baba Jide Low, H.R. Boldwood, Ben Monroe, Cynthia Pelayo, Cindy O’Quinn, Sara Tantlinger, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Linda Addison, Villimey Mist, Tabatha Wood, and Christina Sng.

 

 

November

 Under Ground The Best of Indie Horror: Christmas Edition by [RJ Roles , Eric Butler, Kevin J. Kennedy, Matthew A Clarke, Steve Stred, Patrick Rueman, Matthew V. Brockmeyer, Lex H. Jones, Veronica Smith, Zoltan Komor, David Owain Hughes, Natasha Sinclair] Field Notes from a Nightmare: An Anthology of Ecological Horror by [Alex Ebenstein] Boiling Shadow (The Hollowhills Cycle) by [Tim Mendees]

Tethered to Darkness by [Justin Holley]  Image Blood Wisp by [Sarina Langer]

Those We Left Behind: And Other Sacrifices by [Brandon Applegate, Elford Alley] A Splintered Soul (Children of the Crescent Moon Book 1) by [Adrian Meredith] The Boy with the Spider Face by [AJ Franks, Crystal Lake Publishing] Nocturnal Pursuits by [Glenn Rolfe]

No photo description available. Cafe Macabre II: A Collection of Horror Stories and Art by Women by [Leah Lederman, Michelle Soffe, Allison Spooner, Jeri Maynard, Stefani Manard, Patricia Stover, Amy Hunter, Coriander Friess, Brandy Sharpe, Sherris Schwind]


November YA/Children


December

2 3 7 In Blood and Bone 8 Crows by [Mark Towse]

9 Esca10 Better You Believe: A Collection of Horror by [Tony Evans] Nails by [K.J. Sargeant]

14 The Saga of Dead-Eye Book One: Vampires, Zombies, & Mojo Men by [Ronald Kelly] 16 The Breed: Extreme Horror by [Ash Ericmore]

 

2022 – Happy New Year!

January

11 Picture Bloodlines: Four Tales of Familial Fear by [Alex Wolfgang, Carson Winter, Christopher O'Halloran, Antony Frost] Image

TBA Image


February

2 Tweaker Creatures by [Robert Essig]15 Picture TBA


March


April

May be an illustration of 1 person and text that says "Horror $14.00 Grace Donaldson' passion because run- option. running was senior that changed. Afterward, instead frunning Grace running away. From her pain, guilt. her younger sister her threatens her, THE NIGHT ROAD Road, willing Dance SH editor Cemetery Things September Through- ollection, novella Mystery Road 2020. om Crystal Night ROAD THE 2022b Design 2022 Baldwin Desert sle ”sg, LC ISBN PANCE Dance Publications Industry 21050 KEVINLUCIA LUCIA 781587"678158"

um … August!

The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias


Services

Editing – Jimmy Graves. Proofreading and copyediting on Fiverr. Offering affordably priced packages. Go here for further information.

Editing Offer! Erin Al-Mehairi. Through the end of the year, women can still grab 10% off Erin Al-Mehairi’s Hook of a Book editing services on developmental and copy edits. My lowered overall pandemic price is still available for all as well. Over twenty-five years as an editor in various forms, and nine in fiction, to find out more go to https://hookofabook.wordpress.com/editing/.

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 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/.

 

Kickstarters and Gofundme!

Project image for That Which Cannot Be Undone: An Ohio Horror AnthologyDid you think Maine has a monopoly on horror? Or that college football holds Ohio’s sole claim to fame?

Truth be told, a multitude of well-known, award-winning authors of horror populate the Buckeye state. Earlier this year, Cracked Skull Press, an assembly of four Ohio-based horror writers, formed with a single goal: to create an anthology of terrifying tales featuring our strange state.

With your support, we seek to raise awareness of our local talent.

That Which Cannot Be Undone: An Ohio Horror Anthology will be published through Cracked Skull Press and is slated to be released in October of 2022.

Our featured authors contributing stories to the anthology include Bram Stoker Award-winning Gary Braunbeck, Lucy Snyder, and Tim Waggoner, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Megan Hart. We have also enlisted the editorial skills of Bram Stoker Award-winning Jess Landry.

These are just a few of the wicked weavers of words writing stories for the anthology. Once we reach our fundraising goals, we will invite many more Ohio-based authors.

All the funds raised will help pay the writers, artist and the creation of Hybrids: Misfits, Monsters, and other Phenomena. Artwork from Luke Spooner.

Hybrid Sequence Media is proud to present new stories and poetry from: Jonathan Maberry, Lee Murray, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lucy Snyder, Michael Bailey, Dacre Stoker, Michael Knost, Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, Gene Flynn, Alicia Hilton, Alessandro Manzetti, Romie Stott,  Tim Waggoner, D. Harlan Wilson, Cindy O’Quinn, Jamal Hodge, John Palisano, Gabino Iglesias, Philip Fracassi, SL Edwards, John Claude Smith, Jeffrey Thomas, Nicole Givens Kurtz, and Linda D. Addison. With an Introduction by Doug Murano.

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

Trembling 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]

Unholy Trinity: The Animals by Olivia Wulf

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.

The Crows

We sat in that dark attic, night after night, listening to animals through the window. In the morning were crows, and squirrels midday. At night, there was usually a bat or two outside the window. After dark, Trevor scraped his soiled sleeve across the warped window pane and stared out at the moonlight. Then, he blew against the warped window pane and retraced the familiar word with his fingertip. He always added a tally. 

On the fourteenth night, he turned to me and said, “This ends now.” 

He found heavy tools in the corner, but we kept our footsteps light. 

 

The Squirrels

The neighborhood knew Halloween was Stuart McGregor’s favorite holiday. He decorated the yard with plastic ghouls from the local thrift store, secondhand witches and monsters whose scuffed edges only made them more terrifying. 

Children were wary of the house, clutching their plastic pumpkins or overstuffed totes close to the chest, picking footsteps carefully en route to the front door. 

He was always kind to them, though. Had good candy to offer. 

That made the terror worthwhile. 

At least, that’s what Harvey Cade thought, until he noticed two shadowy figures looming in the attic window. Decorations, he thought. Until they moved. 

 

The Bats

The mailman was new, and couldn’t get house numbers straight. Greta Shoemaker had been collecting letters and running them around the neighborhood. First, to the Johnson house. Then, for the Cade family. 

She’d tried to avoid it, but enough was enough. She cursed the mailman as she walked up the gravel pathway, holding a letter addressed to Stuart McGregor. 

There were still Halloween decorations up, well into March. The lawn was overgrown. Greta knocked firmly, and considered saying something. 

But Stuart didn’t answer. Two young men did. 

“Stuart home?” stammered Greta. 

Silence. Then, “No.” 

Greta dropped the letter and ran. 

 

Olivia Wulf

Olivia Wulf is a writer and teacher in the Twin Cities area. Her work has previously appeared in the literary magazines Satori and Minnow. 

Trembling With Fear 12/12/21

And the storms continue. Last week I mentioned Arwen, this week we’re being battered by Barra – nor have we had our damage fixed yet! I’m keeping my fingers crossed we get a bit of a breather soon, especially those poor souls up North who still have no electricity. I’ve started my non-horror novel, an alternative history set in a Napoleonic UK in 1914. There is humour in it and I’m doing a lot of research about the Edwardian times. It’s great fun and a lovely change to the dark side. Do you write in other genres or do you stick to just the one?

I had the pleasure of chatting with writer Kev Harrison on the Dark Fusion podcast last Sunday. He has a couple of great novellas out, The Balance and Below. Both of which I’ve read and I’d highly recommend him to others – he also has a number of short stories in many anthologies so look out for those. I also finished a collection of stories by Elford Alley, The Last Night in the Damned House and Other Ghost Stories. The tales felt refreshingly original and were often interlinked, a ploy which worked extremely well. Alley has a real talent for a haunting tale and I’ll be watching out for him in the future.

Our first story in this week’s Trembling with Fear is In the Straw Maze by Nick Dinicola is a great story which completely subverts the idea of a child trying to reach its parents. An original idea full of atmosphere and pace. An excellent piece of writing.

Dig Two Graves by Robyn O’Sullivan is a tale of be careful what you wish for. Sometimes fate can rebound in the strangest ways.

Last Laugh by Catherine Berry is a warning to those who mock and sneer at others, making assumptions based on their appearance. The link between the first line and the last couple is quite clever.

Something Wicked This Way Thumbs by K.A. Williams has an unexpected ending which turns the tables in a neatly dark manner.

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

 

 

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

At this time, I’m done with my final for my current course. Huzzah! Now the waiting game for finding out my grade. Almost as bad as that feeling when you send a story out for an anthology submission!

On the upside of things, it sounds like our new mailing list software has been working great so that will be continuing as is for the time being.

In case you missed it, we’re currently giving away multiple digital copies of the anthology ‘Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth, And Babies’ edited by Deborah Sheldon!

Finally, I’m starting to talk to a couple people about a way we might be expanding further into the world of drabble. More soon! 🙂

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 12/10/21

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Charity Publications

Silent Scream by [Alyson Faye] Giving the Devil His Due: Special Edition by [Lee Murray, Jason Sanford, Peter Tieryas, Kelley Armstrong, Kenesha Williams, Linda D Addison, Christina Henry, Hillary Monahan, Nisi Shawl, LEANNA RENEE HIEBER, Kaaron Warren, Stephen Graham Jones, Errick Nunnally, Angela Yuriko Smith, DANA CAMERON, Nicholas Kaufmann, Rebecca Brewer]   Flashes of Hope by [Anna Taborska, Dave Jeffery, Amy Grech, Matthew Davis, John Cady, Emma Lee, Gwen Weir, Ken Goldman, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin]  

Cabin Terror by [Sarah Jane Huntington] Zombie Santa Claus: Santa Jaws Edition by [Astrid Addams] Out of the Shadows: A Charity Anthology by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, Danni Winn, Donovan 'Monster' Smith, David Owain Hughes, Tony  Sands, Philip Rogers, Tori Danielle Romero, Nicholas  Vince, Adam  Marcus, Debbie Rochon]

 


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Were Tales: A Shapeshifter Anthology by [Jonathan Maberry, Eric J. Guignard, Stephanie Ellis, Catherine McCarthy, Gabino Iglesias, Cindy O'Quinn, Cynthia Pelayo, Christina Sng, Laurel Hightower, H.R. Boldwood, Ben Monroe, Elle Turpitt, Michelle Garza, Melissa Lason, Beverley Lee, S.H. Cooper, Villimey Mist, Kev Harrison, Theresa Derwin, Ruschelle Dillon, Linda Addison, Stephanie Wytovich, Tabatha Wood, Shane Douglas Keene, Sara Tantlinger, Alyson Faye, Baba Jide Low, S.D. Vassallo, Steven M. Long]

Werewolves. Berserkers. Kitsune. From the most ancient times, tales have been told of people who transform into beasts. Sometimes they’re friendly and helpful. Sometimes they’re tricksters, playing jokes on their hapless victims. And sometimes, they’re terrifying.

Were Tales is a collection of scary, thrilling, dark, mysterious, and even humorous short stories and poems of shapeshifters, from the talented minds of Jonathan Maberry, Stephanie Ellis, Gabino Iglesias, Laurel Hightower, Eric J. Guignard, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, Shane Douglas Keene, Clara Madrigano, Kev Harrison, Beverley Lee, S.H. Cooper, Elle Turpitt, Catherine McCarthy, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin, Ruschelle Dillon, Baba Jide Low, H.R. Boldwood, Ben Monroe, Cynthia Pelayo, Cindy O’Quinn, Sara Tantlinger, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Linda Addison, Villimey Mist, Tabatha Wood, and Christina Sng.

 

They (Might Have!) Slipped Through the Net (Or Not)

Slow Burn on Riverside by [Chad Lutzke] Bloodletter: (A Vigilante Vampire Series) (The Hemato Pages Book 1) by [C. E. Lutzke] The Hobgoblin of Little Minds by [Mark Matthews, Vincent Sammy]

 

It may be that from time to time, books appear here that I actually included when they first came out. This will be because I don’t always remember whether I included them or not and I prefer to err on the side of caution.


November

Death Cuisine (Mortem Cycle Book 4) by [Tim Mendees, Rebecca Rowland, Callum Pearce, Chisto Healy, Neen Cohen, Drew Starling, Rhiannon Lotze, Jasmine Jarvis, S.O. Green, Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway] Chocolateman by [Jonathan Butcher, K. Trap Jones] Tenta Girl by [Stephen Barnard] 150 Exquisite Horror Books: Essential Guide to the Best 150 Books of Contemporary Horror Fiction by [Alessandro Manzetti, Crystal Lake Publishing]

 Origin of Evil: Beginnings by [Caroline Angel] With Benefits: What's a bit of fun between friends? 

Under Ground The Best of Indie Horror: Christmas Edition by [RJ Roles , Eric Butler, Kevin J. Kennedy, Matthew A Clarke, Steve Stred, Patrick Rueman, Matthew V. Brockmeyer, Lex H. Jones, Veronica Smith, Zoltan Komor, David Owain Hughes, Natasha Sinclair] Field Notes from a Nightmare: An Anthology of Ecological Horror by [Alex Ebenstein] Boiling Shadow (The Hollowhills Cycle) by [Tim Mendees]

Tethered to Darkness by [Justin Holley]  Image Blood Wisp by [Sarina Langer]

Those We Left Behind: And Other Sacrifices by [Brandon Applegate, Elford Alley] A Splintered Soul (Children of the Crescent Moon Book 1) by [Adrian Meredith] The Boy with the Spider Face by [AJ Franks, Crystal Lake Publishing] Nocturnal Pursuits by [Glenn Rolfe]

No photo description available. Cafe Macabre II: A Collection of Horror Stories and Art by Women by [Leah Lederman, Michelle Soffe, Allison Spooner, Jeri Maynard, Stefani Manard, Patricia Stover, Amy Hunter, Coriander Friess, Brandy Sharpe, Sherris Schwind]


November YA/Children


December

2 3 7 In Blood and Bone 8 Crows by [Mark Towse]

10 Better You Believe: A Collection of Horror by [Tony Evans] Nails by [K.J. Sargeant]

 

2022 – Happy New Year!

January

11 Picture Bloodlines: Four Tales of Familial Fear by [Alex Wolfgang, Carson Winter, Christopher O'Halloran, Antony Frost]15 TBA

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February

2 Tweaker Creatures by [Robert Essig]15 Picture TBA


Services

Editing – Jimmy Graves. Proofreading and copyediting on Fiverr. Offering affordably priced packages. Go here for further information.

Editing Offer! Erin Al-Mehairi. Through the end of the year, women can still grab 10% off Erin Al-Mehairi’s Hook of a Book editing services on developmental and copy edits. My lowered overall pandemic price is still available for all as well. Over twenty-five years as an editor in various forms, and nine in fiction, to find out more go to https://hookofabook.wordpress.com/editing/.

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 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/.

 

Kickstarters and Gofundme!

Project image for That Which Cannot Be Undone: An Ohio Horror AnthologyDid you think Maine has a monopoly on horror? Or that college football holds Ohio’s sole claim to fame?

Truth be told, a multitude of well-known, award-winning authors of horror populate the Buckeye state. Earlier this year, Cracked Skull Press, an assembly of four Ohio-based horror writers, formed with a single goal: to create an anthology of terrifying tales featuring our strange state.

With your support, we seek to raise awareness of our local talent.

That Which Cannot Be Undone: An Ohio Horror Anthology will be published through Cracked Skull Press and is slated to be released in October of 2022.

Our featured authors contributing stories to the anthology include Bram Stoker Award-winning Gary Braunbeck, Lucy Snyder, and Tim Waggoner, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Megan Hart. We have also enlisted the editorial skills of Bram Stoker Award-winning Jess Landry.

These are just a few of the wicked weavers of words writing stories for the anthology. Once we reach our fundraising goals, we will invite many more Ohio-based authors.

All the funds raised will help pay the writers, artist and the creation of Hybrids: Misfits, Monsters, and other Phenomena. Artwork from Luke Spooner.

Hybrid Sequence Media is proud to present new stories and poetry from: Jonathan Maberry, Lee Murray, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lucy Snyder, Michael Bailey, Dacre Stoker, Michael Knost, Marge Simon, Bruce Boston, Gene Flynn, Alicia Hilton, Alessandro Manzetti, Romie Stott,  Tim Waggoner, D. Harlan Wilson, Cindy O’Quinn, Jamal Hodge, John Palisano, Gabino Iglesias, Philip Fracassi, SL Edwards, John Claude Smith, Jeffrey Thomas, Nicole Givens Kurtz, and Linda D. Addison. With an Introduction by Doug Murano.

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

Trembling 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]