Author: Stephanie Ellis

Trembling With Fear 08/29/21

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. Please also remember to read our guidelines, especially on word counts!

A quiet week in the scheme of things: final proof read of Daughters of Darkness II and upload to amazon, novella has been sent to beta readers and of course Horror Tree – always Horror Tree! My current target is to try and get a short story written for a submission call which closes on Sept 1st. Will I manage it? Hopefully.

I’ve also been looking at marketing, which I hate doing, but if any of you are interested, I’ve discovered Publishers Weekly has a free site for indie authors – BookLife. I haven’t gone into it all of it yet, beyond uploading my project, ie one of my books, in this case The Five Turns of the Wheel. This site allows me to submit my book to PW for possible review, although there are no guarantees. There is the option to pay for a PW review but that is something I never opt for – I don’t pay for reviews and I don’t submit to anything which charges a payment to read. If you want to check it out, go here https://booklife.com.

Our first story this week in Trembling with Fear is Eloise by Matthew Gorman. This is an atmospheric chiller incorporating what appears to be a dream – or is it? Crows are one of my favourite creatures that automatically brings menace to a piece and their role in this tale is a prime example.

Critic by Chris Chapman is a brutal response to those who delight in picking up on continuity errors. Be careful how – or where – you speak out!

On the Road Again by Dale W. Glaser is a bleak childhood tale which hides a lot in its telling, conveying so much without being specific.

Sealskin by Deborah Sheldon finishes on a last line which turns a thoughtful piece into something much more sinister.

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

 

 

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Not much to report on this week. On the Horror Tree front, as many of you remember we were in Writer’s Digest’s Best Websites of 2021 in the May/June 2021 issue. Well, they’ve made it official online now as well by including us in the ‘Writer’s Digest’s Best Genre/Niche Websites 2021‘ post that has now gone live. NEATO!
Outside of that, on the personal front I have a drabble coming out in Black Hare Press’s ‘666’ anthology and have been getting a lot of words in for 2 short stories and a re-write of a novel that I’ve got in the works all while having started my next class for my MBA program.
Have a great week!

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 08/27/21

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.

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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]    

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Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

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]

*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

Beguiled by Night: A Vampire Tale by [Nicole Eigener] Cleaners, and Other Weird Tales: Hauntologies Volume 1 by [David Rees-Thomas]

July

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]  Beyond Human Back from the Dead: A Collection of Zombie Fiction by [C.M. Saunders, Greg Chapman]

 Absolute Unit by [Nick Kolakowski, Crystal Lake Publishing]  They Come in the Night by [Lynn-Cee Faulk]

The Bad Book by [John F.D. Taff, Philip Fracassi, Sarah Read, John Langan, Kristi DeMeester, Alan Baxter, V. Castro, Errick Nunnally, Todd Keisling, Giuseppe Balestra] South by Southwest Wales by [David Owain Hughes] The Horror Collection: Extreme Edition by [Matt Shaw, Kyle M. Scott, David Owain Hughes, Nic Brady, Natasha Sinclair, Matthew M. Clarke , Kevin J. Kennedy]

This Hideous Joy

August

1 Berserker - Green Hell: Sometimes War Is Beyond Hell by [Lee Franklin]1 Pariah in Paradise 1 1 Totally Tubular Terrors by [Jenna Moquin, Rebecca Rowland, R.C. Mulhare, Steve Van Samson, Rob Smales, Barry Dejasu, Mary E. Hart]

1 The Undertaker and Other Macabre Tales by [Derek Hutchins]3 The Final Gate by [Wesley Southard, Lucas Mangum]4 5

5 Devil's Night by [Curtis M. Lawson, Joe Morey] 8 DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST: A TRUE STORY OF TERROR by [Michael Anthony Gagliardi]6 Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose by [Maxwell Ian Gold, Crystal Lake Publishing]15 Traces Accumulated in Snow and other Weird Tales of Japan (Hauntologies) by [David Rees-Thomas]

16 Pandemic Unleashed by [Skywatcher Press, Matthew Hollis Damon, Marie Lanza, Rich Restucci, Claire Davon, Victoria Hancox, Hillary Lyon, Kara Race-Moore, Rachel W. Roth, Richard Clive] 17 17 Below by [Kev Harrison] 17

18 Broken Moons by [Caitlin Mazur, Stephanie Scissom, Jennifer Hatfield, Tim Mendees, Chris Hewitt, Chris Bannor, Janine Pipe, G. Allen Wilbanks, Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway, Callum Pearce] 20 Adding To A Map With No Territory by [Devin Sams] 22 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]24 The Rules of the Road by [C.B. Jones]

24 Haunt: A Supernatural Anthology (Five Hundred Fiction Book 6) by [Black Hare Press, B.F. Vega, Chris Bannor, Chris Hewitt, Darlene Holt, David Green, Eric Butler, Helen M. Merrick, J.M. Faulkner, J.W. Garrett, Jay Alexander, Jodi Jensen, Kate Campbell, Kimberly Rei, L.J. McLeod, Leanbh Pearson, Lynne Lumsden Green, Lynne Phillips, Maxine Churchman, Patrick Winters, Peter J. Foote, R.A. Goli, S.O. Green, Sarah Jane Justice, Scott McGregor, Stephanie Scissom, Warren Benedetto]26 The Girl in the Attic by [Jon Athan] 27 27 There Is No Death, There Are No Dead: Tales of Spiritualism Horror by [Kathe Koja, Gemma Files, Lee Murray, Laird Barron, S.P. Miskowski, Gwendolyn Kiste, Helen Marshall, Chesya Burke, Lisa Morton, Crystal Lake Publishing]

31 Jedi Summer by [John Boden]

September

1 The Strange Thing We Become and Other Dark Tales by [Eric LaRocca] 1 Writers Workshop of Horror 2 by [Michael Knost] 1 Empty Graves: Tales of the Living Dead by [Jonathan Maberry] 3 Shattered Circle: A Jackson Cole Novel Book 1 by [John Stamp, Valhalla Books Publisher]

4 Ravel by [Cassidy Ward]6 Picture 7 Grimoire of the Four Impostors by [Coy Hall]10Floaters by [Garrett Boatman, Crystal Lake Publishing]

21 The House of Little Bones by [Beverley Lee] 21 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] 21 22 

26 Whitesands: A John Dark Case by [Johann Thorsson] 28 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] 30 Kill Kit Killers: Premeditated murder, proved with their kits

October

1 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] 1 A House At War: House Arrath Book 11  1

14 16 Seeds by [Tabatha Wood]

November

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

Kickstarters!

IN SOMNIO: A Collection of Modern Gothic Horror Fiction. Twenty-five macabre voices from Horror fiction & illustration jolt the corpse back to life & drag Gothic fiction back into the daylight! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maddoctorscomic/in-somnio

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

 

Trembling With Fear 08/22/21

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. Please also remember to read our guidelines, especially on word counts!

Peace is restored, the dust has settled (and been hoovered up!) and the house is almost normal. The past week has seen completion of my novella, which is now resting before a final read through and then out to beta readers, but mostly all things Daughters of Darkness II (from Black Angel Press). This collection of four women writers is due out October 1st and is a format we will probably continue in the future. There are so many talented female writers out there who barely get a look in when it comes to publication in the horror world, we hope can provide a boost for some.

I’m quite pleased that Horror Tree has consistently published the work of women writers and if it appears we’re going through a ‘male’ phase, then that’s because there were no submissions by women at that time. One thing I’ve noticed is that a few of our male writers send in batches of drabbles which we then spread out over the year – some of them are even scheduled into next year. I have yet to see any of our women in horror writers doing this as regularly! Remember you can send in three drabbles at a time (they don’t have to be for the Unholy Trinity) and these can be followed up quite quickly with a further submission. You don’t have to wait! Just bear in mind we spread out your submissions over the year. 😊

G.A. Miller leads the stories this week in Trembling with Fear with his The Timekeeper dwells on our preoccupation with time-whether it be past, present or future. I particularly liked the idea of the hourglass as it was revealed to him and the implication of treading on grains of sand when he walks to the door. A nice touch of showing.

Boo Hag by Elyse Russell is a nightmare poem with a last line which is so blunt and matter of fact it adds a great contrast to the murderous intent of the hag.

Soul Song by Catherine Berry uses the sense of sound to full effect in creating this atmospheric little piece.

Thaw by Ken MacGregor misdirects you at first, makes you think the worst of the protagonist, especially with his murderous attitude towards family and lover – until you discover his reasoning.

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

 

 

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Hello all! Last week I reported on issues with our calendar view and contact page. Both of these should now be resolved! I’m still playing catch-up but should have some more for you soon.

On huge bonus for those who like to feature the site and have either had their open calls or original fiction appear here, we now have graphics for that!


Finally, If you’ve purchased ANY of our Trembling With Fear releases, please do leave a review. You can get to ALL of them easily from this link!

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 08/20/21

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]    

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Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

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]

*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.
 
 

July

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

Lambs Among Wolves by [Russell James] The Samaritan by [Dave Jeffery] A Gift of Death by [Daniel J. Volpe]

Dead Men Tell No Tales by [Jeffrey Kosh] After the Fall (Underground Book 5) by [Stephen Herczeg] Brand New Dark by Beau Johnson

Picture Separating You: A Self-Help Book for the Lost, Lonely, and Psychotically Obsessed by [Jason Carson] Demons Never Die: A Collection of Artwork & Flash Fiction by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, David Paul Harris]

Immortelle by [Catherine McCarthy] 

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

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]  Beyond Human Back from the Dead: A Collection of Zombie Fiction by [C.M. Saunders, Greg Chapman]

 Absolute Unit by [Nick Kolakowski, Crystal Lake Publishing]  They Come in the Night by [Lynn-Cee Faulk]

The Bad Book by [John F.D. Taff, Philip Fracassi, Sarah Read, John Langan, Kristi DeMeester, Alan Baxter, V. Castro, Errick Nunnally, Todd Keisling, Giuseppe Balestra] South by Southwest Wales by [David Owain Hughes] The Horror Collection: Extreme Edition by [Matt Shaw, Kyle M. Scott, David Owain Hughes, Nic Brady, Natasha Sinclair, Matthew M. Clarke , Kevin J. Kennedy]

August

1 Berserker - Green Hell: Sometimes War Is Beyond Hell by [Lee Franklin]1 Pariah in Paradise 1 1 Totally Tubular Terrors by [Jenna Moquin, Rebecca Rowland, R.C. Mulhare, Steve Van Samson, Rob Smales, Barry Dejasu, Mary E. Hart]

1 The Undertaker and Other Macabre Tales by [Derek Hutchins]3 The Final Gate by [Wesley Southard, Lucas Mangum]4 5

5 Devil's Night by [Curtis M. Lawson, Joe Morey] 8 DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST: A TRUE STORY OF TERROR by [Michael Anthony Gagliardi]6 Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose by [Maxwell Ian Gold, Crystal Lake Publishing]16 Pandemic Unleashed by [Skywatcher Press, Matthew Hollis Damon, Marie Lanza, Rich Restucci, Claire Davon, Victoria Hancox, Hillary Lyon, Kara Race-Moore, Rachel W. Roth, Richard Clive]

17 17 Below by [Kev Harrison] 17 24 The Rules of the Road by [C.B. Jones]

26 The Girl in the Attic by [Jon Athan] 27 31 Jedi Summer by [John Boden]

September

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

10Floaters by [Garrett Boatman, Crystal Lake Publishing]21 The House of Little Bones by [Beverley Lee]21 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] 21

22  26 Whitesands: A John Dark Case by [Johann Thorsson]28 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] 30 Kill Kit Killers: Premeditated murder, proved with their kits

October

1 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] 1 A House At War: House Arrath Book 11  1

16 Seeds by [Tabatha  Wood]

November

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

Kickstarters!

IN SOMNIO: A Collection of Modern Gothic Horror Fiction. Twenty-five macabre voices from Horror fiction & illustration jolt the corpse back to life & drag Gothic fiction back into the daylight! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maddoctorscomic/in-somnio

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

 

Unholy Trinity: 3 Drabbles by Diane Arrelle

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.

A  Much-Needed Companion

Alicia walked into the dying forest following the bleat of the fawn.  She knew it was starving. Everything was starving,

  And dying of thirst. With Earth heating up, clean water became impossible to find.  Alicia still had a couple of gallons hidden away. She knew it was futility, but the drive to survive was overpowering.

Alicia found the baby deer and carried it home. She soothed it, kissing its sleek fur.  It was a much-needed companion for the end of the world. 

And if it didn’t end quickly enough…  well, then, she’d cook it and survive a few more days.  

 

Watching The Rain Fall

“Don’t worry, I’ll be back in a few days,” Roger reassured her. 

Sherry smiled and watched her husband drive away.  She stayed at the farm and took care of the crops and animals. 

The rain came and the river overflowed its banks. Roger called and said he was on his way home. 

The rain continued and the water covered the roads. Roger called and said he had a boat and was almost there. 

The flood drowned the animals, and Sherry was forced up to the roof in time to see Roger’s body floating by as the water continued to rise. 

 

Too Little Too Much

Alex and Alexi sat in the never-ending heat watching their vegetable garden wilt. “How many bottles of drinking water are left?” Alex asked.

“Five.” Alexi answered. “If we drink a mouthful a day we may be able to keep the food growing another two weeks.”

Then like a miracle the rain came. Dirty gray sheets of water falling day after day. 

The garden drowned and they heard the crack of the dam bursting a few miles away.   

Alex and Alexi sat, greedily gulping the last bottles of clean liquid and waited for the wall of water to sweep them away.  

Diane Arrelle

Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 350 short stories and has three published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories and her collection of horror stories, Seasons On The Dark Side.  Retired from being director of a municipal senior citizen center, she is now co-owner of a small publishing company, Jersey Pines Ink LLC. She resides with her sane husband and her insane cat on the edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens (home of the Jersey Devil).of a small publishing company, Jersey Pines Ink LLC and resides with her sane husband and her insane cat on the edge of the Southern New Jersey Pine Barrens (home of the Jersey Devil).

 www.arrellewrites.com  FaceBook: Diane Arrelle  www.jerseypinesink.com

Trembling With Fear 08/15/21

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. Please also remember to read our guidelines, especially on word counts!

There has been enough noise in our new house this week to raise the dead but thankfully my graveyard neighbours have slept through the disturbance. We’re having our old boiler and water tank ripped out and updated. Not the best atmosphere for writing – I’ve been continually expecting the ceiling to come down on me – and the weather hasn’t been the best to sit outside but I managed one short tale. I also had the chance to talk to Wendy N. Wagner on Shane Douglas Keene’s Shotgun Logic podcast. Editor-in-chief at Nightmare magazine, she has boundless energy and enthusiasm for the genre and is also a wonderful author in her own right – check out her The Deer Kings, a great coming-of-age/supernatural page-turner. If you’re curious about the level of submissions to Nightmare, now’s the chance to find out!

The current episode being aired is with John D. Taff, another great writer who’s recently taken to wearing the editor’s hat. I’ve had the privilege of reading Tor Nightfire’s Dark Stars, which is out next March, BUT I must urge you to read The Bad Book. This particular anthology is, I feel, a masterclass in the art of short story writing. I bought the ebook of The Bad Book but I will be buying the print version – and that is something I don’t often do!

The first story in Trembling with Fear this week is Ice Cold Lemonade by Kevin M. Folliard, a writer who I continue to rate beyond the realms of Horror Tree. Just desserts are delivered to a greedy—in more ways than one—CEO. The finale reflects back on the preceding section in a very clever way and makes you look at it with new eyes. Another aspect I like is the way the reader’s senses are engaged, vocabulary choice drawing you in to feel heat and thirst.

For Entertainment Purposes by F.M. Scott reminds you it’s always a good idea to read the small print. You never know what you might have signed yourself up for.

Hen Fenyw by Nicolette Ward is a wonderful bit of Welsh mythology with the creepiest last line ever.

Setting the Perfect Scene by Brian Maycock is a lovely horror-sci-fi mashup, and how can you not feel a little love for the robot. Its heart is in the right place after all!

Enjoy our stories and send in yours!

Steph

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Hello all! We’re having some caching issues which are causing issues with both our contact form and our calendar view. I’m aware of it and will hopefully be looking into it over the next week. I just finished up another of my MBA courses SOOO… I’ve got some free time at the moment.
Just a reminder, our October Specials edition is open and we’re looking for Halloween-themed shorts and drabbles! You can find the details on our Submission Page.
Finally, If you’ve purchased ANY of our Trembling With Fear releases, please do leave a review. You can get to ALL of them easily from this link!

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 08/13/21

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.

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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]    

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Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

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]

*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!

      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] ABC's of Terror, Volume 3 by [Dawn Shea, Chris Miller, M Ennenbach, Patrick C. Harrison III, Gary McDonough, Ruthann Jagge, David Green, Trisha McKee, Mark Young, Steve Thompson] The Web of La Sanguinaire and Other Arachnid Horrors by [Ronald Kelly]

June

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

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

July

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

Lambs Among Wolves by [Russell James] The Samaritan by [Dave Jeffery] A Gift of Death by [Daniel J. Volpe]

Dead Men Tell No Tales by [Jeffrey Kosh] After the Fall (Underground Book 5) by [Stephen Herczeg] Brand New Dark by Beau Johnson

Picture Separating You: A Self-Help Book for the Lost, Lonely, and Psychotically Obsessed by [Jason Carson] Demons Never Die: A Collection of Artwork & Flash Fiction by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, David Paul Harris]

Immortelle by [Catherine McCarthy] 

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

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]  Beyond Human Back from the Dead: A Collection of Zombie Fiction by [C.M. Saunders, Greg Chapman]

 Absolute Unit by [Nick Kolakowski, Crystal Lake Publishing]  They Come in the Night by [Lynn-Cee Faulk]

The Bad Book by [John F.D. Taff, Philip Fracassi, Sarah Read, John Langan, Kristi DeMeester, Alan Baxter, V. Castro, Errick Nunnally, Todd Keisling, Giuseppe Balestra] South by Southwest Wales by [David Owain Hughes] The Horror Collection: Extreme Edition by [Matt Shaw, Kyle M. Scott, David Owain Hughes, Nic Brady, Natasha Sinclair, Matthew M. Clarke , Kevin J. Kennedy]

August

1 Berserker - Green Hell: Sometimes War Is Beyond Hell by [Lee Franklin]1 Pariah in Paradise 1 1 Totally Tubular Terrors by [Jenna Moquin, Rebecca Rowland, R.C. Mulhare, Steve Van Samson, Rob Smales, Barry Dejasu, Mary E. Hart]

3 The Final Gate by [Wesley Southard, Lucas Mangum]4 5 5 Devil's Night by [Curtis M. Lawson, Joe Morey]

8 DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST: A TRUE STORY OF TERROR by [Michael Anthony Gagliardi]6 Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose by [Maxwell Ian Gold, Crystal Lake Publishing]16 Pandemic Unleashed by [Skywatcher Press, Matthew Hollis Damon, Marie Lanza, Rich Restucci, Claire Davon, Victoria Hancox, Hillary Lyon, Kara Race-Moore, Rachel W. Roth, Richard Clive] 17 Below by [Kev Harrison]

26 The Girl in the Attic by [Jon Athan] 31 Jedi Summer by [John Boden]

September

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

10Floaters by [Garrett Boatman, Crystal Lake Publishing]21 The House of Little Bones by [Beverley Lee]22 28 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]

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

October

1 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] 1 A House At War: House Arrath Book 11 

November

12 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.

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Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

 

Unholy Trinity: Good Bones by Gus Wood

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.

Bone Concert

Olivia, after her years of brutal tutelage,

has mastered the flute. 

She should hate this particular instrument.

The flute’s crude construction bends every breath into noise.

It’s such a struggle to get good music from bone.

Each note is a power drill,

a hack saw through a stubborn teacher’s skin.

Olivia, when she closes her eyes and plays,

can only hear the sound 

of her music teacher screaming 

as she taps her fingers across the holes.

She imagines him as she last saw him,

pale, bleeding, clutching a bleeding stump, 

watching her play his favorite song,

blowing into his femur.

 

Missed Cue

The lights burned

as Leopold struggled with the words to Hamlet.

“Alas…poor Yorrick…”

Nothing. 

He started pacing, buying time.

Leopold wondered what the old critic

would’ve thought of his performance.

What a man who loved theatre enough to donate his skull 

thought of a college kid butchering the bard.

Leopold tripped, gripped the skull to ground himself.

Then, the click of polished teeth,

the squeak of spurting blood,

the thump of fingers hitting the floor.

The critic, his bleached teeth streaked red, 

hollow mouth full of knuckles and skin, 

was never shy about giving a review with a bite.

 

Mr. Ossum’s Bones

Mr. Ossum starts the lesson.

The entire class rolls their eyes.

“The human body has 206 bones,” he says.

Pointing a ruler at each one, 

he rattles off their names.

Phalanges, Tarsals, Metatarsals, Tibia, Fibia, Femur, 

No one is paying attention.

Cocyx, Sacrum, Lisa, Renee, Joan,

The names slip out quiet and uneventful.

Ossum stops himself and clears his throat.

Nobody notices,

except for the quiet girl in the back

who stopped talking when her mother went missing

The girl stares at the skeleton,

all its different bones,

including the long, slender, familiar fingers

that could have taught her piano.

Gus Wood

Gus Wood is a game designer and horror writer. You can access all of his games, fiction, and horror criticism at www.gusonhorror.com. He hopes you read this by candlelight.