The Digital Pre-Order For ‘Trembling With Fear: Year 1’ Is Out!

Launching tomorrow digitally, and physically shortly, you can now pick up the pre-order of ‘Trembling With Fear: Year 1’!

You can pre-order it today digitally on Amazon US, Amazon UK or wherever else your local market is! Steph and I had spent a lot of time on getting this right (and you can all thank Steph for this being done when it was as I was falling behind on my parts of formatting. As always, Steph is amazing!)


This Trembling With Fear anthology is a compilation of all the drabbles, flash fiction stories and dark poetry published during 2017 at In its pages, you will find work from both the novice and the established writer, the newbie, and the award-winner. Here, the dead walk and murders abound, demons and ghosts torment the living whilst vampires and wolves compete for space with internet and aliens. Within these pages you will find dark speculative fiction from contributors across the globe, for our world is a world without borders. Nowhere is safe from the dark.

We have had some amazing talent contribute to the first year of ‘Trembling With Fear,’ and we hope that you enjoy reading these as much as we have!

You can pre-order it today digitally on Amazon US, Amazon UK or wherever else your local market is!

If you’re looking to help spread the word, we’ve included various digital assets below!

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The Horror Tree Presents… An Interview with Eric Ian Steele

Stacey – Welcome to The Horror Tree, Eric. It’s great to have you. Tell us a little about yourself?


I am a screenwriter and novelist from Manchester, England, having written the scifi feature film “Clone Hunter” and the thriller feature film “The Student”. I’m also the author of two horror fiction novels, “The Autumn Man” and “Experiment Nine”, and a short story collection titled “Nightscape”. As well as that, I’ve had short stories published in numerous print and online magazines and anthologies.


Stacey – What first drew you to screenwriting?


Looking back, I think it was a culmination of a long process. I’ve always been fascinated with movies since seeing “Flash Gordon” at the cinema as a kid. I was amazed by the cinema’s power to draw you into a completely different world for an hour and a half. A lifelong love of comic books has also given me a very visual imagination. I used to write screenplays based on my favourite books and comics, without ever thinking that they might lead to anything. Maybe I was subconsciously honing my art. But it wasn’t until I had been writing prose fiction for quite some time that I seriously considered screenwriting. Then the Internet happened, and all of a sudden getting scripts to people in Hollywood was a possibility. The people I sent my scripts to seemed to actually like them… and it just happened from there.


Stacey – What is your favourite holiday spot?


Easy. The USA. It beats everywhere else, hands down. I’ve been to Florida, the Keys, New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Every time I go somewhere new in the States it surprises me. The USA has such incredible diversity of culture. I recently went to New Orleans and that was a blast, touring the cemeteries, seeing the Garden District mansions and the French Quarter was superb. I can still taste that food…


Stacey – What’s one place real or imagined that you’d love to travel to?


Hmm. Maybe I should say the Planet Mongo. I really don’t know. There are so many places, even in the real world, that I’d like to see. I’ve always wanted to drive Route 66. Maybe one day…


Stacey – Which author living or dead inspires you?


My favourite prose author is Charles Dickens for his fantastic characters, his vitality, his imagination and his empathy with all manner of people, rich and poor, good and wicked. I’m also a huge fan of William Blake, the poet, both for his incredible visionary style and also for his insights into the human consciousness. In terms of genre authors, as a scifi and horror writer I’d have to say HP Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Clive Barker and Philip K Dick. Oh, there’s so many…


Stacey – Do you draw inspiration from real life experiences?


Sometimes. I spent twelve years in law enforcement. Those experiences do inform my “real-life” writing when I need to insert some believable details, such as when I’m writing thrillers or characters who work in the law. Other times I’ll walk past a creepy house and put that in a story. My werewolf novel “The Autumn Man” was set in a fictional town very much like Stalybridge in Greater Manchester, where I used to work. Many of the places in that novel are based on ones I walked past every day. So I’m a bit of a sponge in that respect. However, “Project Nine” is set in places I’ve never been to, such as Iowa and Kansas. I’ve also had some stories, such as “Cycle” in my collection “Nightscape”, that came to me fully formed in a dream. And I guess all our characters are drawn from aspects of our own psyche. So the short answer is: sometimes, to an extent.


Stacey – Do you find anything particularly challenging about writing? Do you write daily?


Making a living from it! Seriously, though, I do try to write daily, although I don’t always succeed. I don’t believe in writing “rules”, so I don’t believe that you absolutely have to write every single day. Why should you? Nor do I believe that you should wait for inspiration to strike. Instead I follow the Jerry Seinfeld method: every day try to do something that furthers your career in some way. If you can do that at least you know that you are moving forwards.


Stacey – Where do you write? Indoors? Outdoors?


Indoors. With as few distractions as possible.


Stacey – Do you need music or complete silence to write?


I can write in silence but I prefer music. Usually, I select a piece of music for each story and every time I sit down to write I put that music on in the background. Ambient noise is good. I’m a big Tangerine Dream fan, so it’s usually something from them. But when I was writing a murder mystery set in 1980s Hollywood I had a big list of 80s rock tracks that I played over and over! Anything that helps evoke the mood and atmosphere you are after works for me. That way when I sit down to write the music helps me get back into the story.


Stacey – What’s the best writing advice you could give someone just starting out?


Finish what you start. So many people talk about writing without having finished a single story. You have to finish it — whatever “it” is. If you can do that, then you are by definition a writer.


Stacey – Has there ever been a book you couldn’t finish reading? Which book and why?


A few. There are some books that I started and then had to stop and then I went back to them later and finished it, such as Jack Ketchum’s “The Girl Next Door”, which is pretty rough going, and PK Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, because it was so different from the film that at first it threw me. But I came back to them both. I’m not a fan of enormous, hard sci-fi novels that read like dry, academic textbooks. If I haven’t finished a book, it’s probably one of those.


Stacey – What’s the last horror movie you watched?


Ha ha. Easy: “Re-Animator”. I watched it last night on the big screen at Grimmfest in Manchester then went to a Q&A with one of its stars, Barbara Crampton. And yes, I still enjoyed it.


Stacey – What scares you?


Real life. People. Death. The usual.


Stacey – Do you believe in writers’ block?


I’ve never suffered from it so I don’t know. It’s like ghosts and aliens; enough people have encountered them to make me think there’s something to it.  If anything I have too many ideas and not enough time to write them down. Sometimes I’ll struggle to find out how best to start a story or to continue it, but if I sleep on it and go write something else or maybe take a long walk the answer will come to me in the end.




Stacey – What are 5 things you cannot live without


  1. Water
  2. Food
  3. Air
  4. Coffee
  5. Films


Stacey – What are you working on at the moment?


A couple of things. Screenplay-wise I’m currently re-writing a small-town thriller script for a YA audience. I’m also working on a scifi TV pilot. And I’ve just been asked to adapt a bestselling crime novel for the screen. Novel-wise I have a supernatural horror project that’s been ongoing for a while, that’s partly set in the 1980s and partly set in the present day. And of course there’s also the short stories…


Stacey – Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share?


You can read a complete section of my latest novel, “Experiment Nine” for free on Amazon, here:


Or you can read a shorter excerpt on my blog at


Thank you so much for your time Eric! If you would like to find out more about Eric and his writing endeavours, check out the links below.









Video Refresh: Karen Runge Interview

This is a quick video refresh of our previous interview ‘The Horror Tree Presents… An Interview With Karen Runge’. The author has quite an interesting history but also has some great practical advice that could be used by authors new and old! If you’re interested in learning more, be sure to check out our full interview with Karen Runge by Liz Butcher, if you’d like to learn more, please be sure to click on the direct link to the article below!

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This is a new format that we’re playing around with for articles, interviews, and potentially Trembling With Fear. Please let us know if this is something that you’d like to see more of!

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The Horror Tree Presents…An Interview with Jeremy Hicks

Lucien – On your website you have quite the sense of humor, introducing yourself as a demon possessing the body of the man formerly known as Jeremy Hicks. Where does that come from and does it play a part in your writing?


Jeremy – Death touched my life early and often, as a result I developed a dark, acerbic sense of humor to cope with the tragedies that kept happening to those around me, and the lingering results from nearly losing my own life at birth. I think it also branded me with an insatiable curiosity for learning, exploring, and asking the types of difficult questions parents, grandparents, and religious and authority figures never want to field. So, I searched for my own answers in books, which only led to more questions.


Growing up the Deep South, however, it’s never a good idea to be a curious bookworm who bucks the old timey hateful rhetoric that passes for religion for too many here. Being open to an evolving worldview rather than embracing the standard dogma condemned me to Hell at a young age for them…and quite a number of them let me know it, quite vocally and quite often. I still hear it today. I’ve even earned a death threat or two thanks to my opinions on politics, religion, and economics.


Video Refresh: 5 Step plan for success

This is a quick video refresh of our previous article ‘Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Step plan for success’. If you need a solid plan on how to get your writing done and work past that in a simplified format, this article is for you! If you’d like a few ideas on the topic, please be sure to click on the direct link to the article below!

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This is a new format that we’re playing around with for articles, interviews, and potentially Trembling With Fear. Please let us know if this is something that you’d like to see more of!

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Pumpkins Scream In The Dead Of Night As We Share What Will Grow In October!

While Horror Tree is about all speculative fiction these days, our name alone says what we grew from. Horror is in our blood and October is the month of All Hallows Eve so you know that we can’t help but be excited. We’ve got a couple of significant additions which we’re trying to finish for the month of Halloween, so hopefully, you’ll have a couple of great new features on the site and a great Trembling With Fear experience!

Speaking of Trembling With Fear, two quick updates. First, our Halloween edition is going live this month, and we’ve still got a bit of room for short stories and drabbles so be sure to Submit ASAP! Now, as to the anthology, Steph and I have both reviewed it. We’re on our last round of changes and once they’ve been made the book will, finally, at long last, long overdue, be ready for release. YES!

I do apologize for this taking so long and what we’ve learned this year will make next year’s come out so much quicker.

What Is New At The Horror Tree?!

Not a lot of changes this last month. Things have been a bit crazy trying to get the Trembling With Fear anthology in order. That being said, it was pointed out by a couple people that finding older articles (specifically reviews and interviews) was a bit of a pain. With that in mind, we slightly changed our menu and sub-menus for the Articles section which should make it much easier to get through now!

How do I get an agent anyway? Final thoughts!
5 Unique Horror Story Ideas

Book Reviews:

Video Refresh:
Video Refresh: Keep The Faith
Video Refresh: Andy Graham Interview
Video Refresh: Finding Your Identity
Video Refresh: Ace Antonio Hall Interview

Finally, we also had 5 new Interviews this month:
Alathia Paris Morgan Interview
James H. Longmore Interview
Stephanie Minns Interview
Dean M. Drinkel Interview
Helen Phifer Interview

What Is About To Grow At The Horror Tree?

The TWF update, hopefully! We’re also looking to expand in a couple of areas as well.

Looking to contribute to The Horror Tree?

We’re always on the lookout for more help at The Horror Tree! Patreon is always a great way to help out.

We also always have a STRONG need for book reviewers!

However, if you’re looking to add your personal touch to things there are other options!
From ongoing contributors to web developers that would be interested in working with us on online applications for authors, to guest blogs, to someone willing to track open markets, to being a stop on your blog tour, and so on. If you are interested please drop us a line through our contact page today!

Have anything you’d like to see us add in the future?

We’re here for you so if you believe there is a service, column, or anything else we could list that you’d want to see please reach out via our contact page!

A Brief Update!

Once again, we’re trying to share how the Horror Tree is growing socially. I need to keep a focus on this as it is hard to find ways to grow our social media and keeping track shows how many authors and readers we’re able to reach!

  • Horror Tree’s Twitter – Back on course and up to 6714 followers! Hoping to get closer to 7000 by next month.
  • Horror Tree’s Facebook –A great little milestone as we broke 1800 followers! !
  • Horror Tree’s Instagram – Slowly but surely! We’re up to 662 subscribers. Hoping to inch a bit closer to 1,000 and maybe we can break 700 this month.
  • Horror Tree’s Pinterest – Up to 12 subscribers here, still not a lot of growth however it was nearly 1,000 vews on the site from here so it is giving us some traffic.
  • Horror Tree’s YouTube is up to 33 subscribers. Hopefully this will continue to grow as we add new content. !

As always, I hope we’re helping you out and we’d love to see your comments with any suggestions or thoughts on what we’re doing! Thanks for being a reader!


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