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Epeolatry Book Review: The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

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Title: The Bone Orchard
Author: Sara A. Mueller
Genre: Mystery, Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: March 22, 2022

Synopsis: Charm is a witch, and she is alone. The last of a line of conquered necromantic workers, now confined within the yard of regrown bone trees at Orchard House, and the secrets of their marrow.

Charm is a prisoner, and a survivor. Charm tends the trees and their clattering fruit for the sake of her children, painstakingly grown and regrown with its fruit: Shame, Justice, Desire, Pride, and Pain.
Charm is a whore, and a madam. The wealthy and powerful of Borenguard come to her house to buy time with the girls who aren’t real.
Except on Tuesdays, which is when the Emperor himself lays claim to his mistress, Charm herself.
But now—Charm is also the only person who can keep an empire together, as the Emperor summons her to his deathbed, and charges her with choosing which of his awful, faithless sons will carry on the empire—by discovering which one is responsible for his own murder.
If she does this last thing, she will finally have what has been denied her since the fall of Inshil—her freedom. But she will also be betraying the ghosts past and present that live on within her heart.
Charm must choose. Her dead Emperor’s will or the whispers of her own ghosts. Justice for the empire or her own revenge

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Generation X-ed is a unique anthology of monster, folk, paranormal, and psychological horror as glimpsed through the lens of the latchkey generation. Twenty-two voices shine a strobe light on the cultural demons that lurked in the background while they came of age in the heyday of Satanic panic and slasher flicks, milk carton missing and music television, video rentals and riot grrrls.

Featuring brand new fiction from Kevin David Anderson, Glynn Owen Barrass, Matthew Barron, C.D. Brown, Matthew Chabin, L.E. Daniels, C.O. Davidson, Douglas Ford, Phil Ford, Holly Rae Garcia, Dale W. Glaser, Tim Jeffreys, Derek Austin Johnson, Eldon Litchfield, Adrian Ludens, Elaine Pascale, Erica Ruppert, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Rob Smales, Mark Towse, Thomas Vaughn, and Thomas K.S. Wake. What they brought home with them after the streetlights came on will terrify you. Release Date: January 26th, 2022


December

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

The Giant Robots of Babel by [Maxwell Bauman] Rehuman & Other Small Stories : A Flash Futures Collection by [Eric Fomley]

2022 – Happy New Year!

January

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Bloodlines: Four Tales of Familial Fear by [Alex Wolfgang, Carson Winter, Christopher O'Halloran, Antony Frost] Image The Jack Hansard Series: Season Two by [Georgina Jeffery] 13 Terror Peak: Can You Survive the Mountain? by [Edward J. McFadden III, Crystal Lake Publishing]

14 L is for Lycans (A to Z of Horror Book 12) by [Alexander Bayliss, Carlton Herzog, R.C. Rumple, Timothy Friesenhahn, Doris V. Sutherland, Richard Beauchamp, Pauline E. Dungate, Daniel R. Robichaud, C.R.S. Ford, Henry Snider]15

25 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by [Gord Rollo] Hold My Place by [Cassondra Windwalker] Beulah by [Christi Nogle] 26 Cracked Sky: A Horror Novella by [Ben Eads, Crystal Lake Publishing]

28 Mastodon by [Steve Stred, Francois Vaillancourt] 31 Image TBA Image


February

1 Image We All Fall Down by [Jennifer Bernardini]2 Tweaker Creatures by [Robert Essig] 4 Terror Peak: Can You Survive the Mountain? by [Edward J. McFadden III, Crystal Lake Publishing]

8 Something in the Groove by [Glenn Rolfe]15 Picture 22 Celeste by [Marie O’Regan]TBA


March

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April

22    Revelations25 Wasps in the Ice Cream by [Tim McGregor]

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May

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um … August!

The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias


Magazine Rack

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Mindfulness

   

 


Kickstarters etc!

Project image for Moonflowers and Nightshade: a sapphic horror anthology

Moonflowers and Nightshade is an anthology of sapphic horror short fiction by a diverse group of authors. Chilling horror stories ranging from psychological character studies to terrifying tales of body horror, from supernatural nightmares to Gothic ghost stories–and everything in between, and all with prominent sapphic themes and content.

There is currently so much room and need for more sapphic content in the horror literary genre. Moonflowers and Nightshade will include a diverse group of stories, including but not limited to stories involving genderqueer, non-binary, BIPOC, genderfluid, lesbian, trans, bisexual, and pansexual.


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]

10 Tips and Tricks for Writing a Horror Novel

10 Tips and Tricks for Writing a Horror Novel

The thrill, the feeling of your blood rising, the sweat and anxiety as you wait for what happens next. You get the adrenaline rush as if you were the actor about to fall over a cliff. It is one thing to watch horror movies, but the experience you get from reading these books surpasses the venture of watching the film. How these writers bring out all these emotions and reactions in me as I read horror stories has always been a baffling wonder. Mastering how to pair words and create a lasting effect requires patience, research, and study. If you can dream it, then you can do it. The following are tips on how to be an immaculate horror novel writer.
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Creation of an Original Monster for a Book: Rules to Follow

How to Come Up with an Unusual Monster for Your Book that You Wouldn’t Be Ashamed of

In the context of a modern globalized society, rethinking the moral and aesthetic principles of life and values, there is a growing interest in everything “non-standard”, “veiled”, “whimsical”, and “terrible”. So, speculative fiction is now very popular among readers. Its main goal is to entertain the reader. The means of this genre is the feeling of fear. Through it, the authors manage to get the necessary response from readers.

Distinctive Features of Speculative Fiction

Like any other genre, speculative fiction has its own distinctive features that distinguish it from other literary trends. Among them are:
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Generational Trauma and Gothic Horror: a personal essay.

Generational Trauma and Gothic Horror: a personal essay.

 

I have written of my love for all things gothic time and time again. My longing for the past, for things I never knew and never experienced has been with me since I was a child. Born in New Hampshire to secretive and damaged (though still loving) parents. I always knew there were stories about their pasts that I was not told. There were things that I knew I was never allowed to ask. 

“What happened to daddy in the war?” “Why are you scared of wind?” “Why does mom cry if I leave the orange nightlight on in the hallway?”

Childhood is a mystery, my parent’s childhood’s were a mystery. Truth be told, even the names of my father’s ten brothers and sisters were a mystery. They were people I didn’t know, and only saw most of them once when they all showed up at his funeral twenty years ago.

That is all of them except one—a brother who had gone missing. Someone who was mentioned only once to me, and then never again.

Maybe I had a gothic childhood. Maybe my love for gothic didn’t stem from the gothic romances I bought at a flea market. Maybe I inherited it, like an illness passed down from generation to generation.
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How do Authors Use Direct Characterization in a Story?


How do Authors Use Direct Characterization in a Story?

By Melody E. McIntyre

 

Characters are the heart of any story and characterization is how authors tell us who those characters are. The methods authors use fall into two broad categories: direct and indirect. Direct is when an author tells you something about their character such as “she is smart”. Indirect characterization presents the same information, but through the character’s actions or dialogue instead of outright stating it. This can also be phrased another way, show vs. tell. 

One of the most common pieces of writing advice is to avoid “telling” in favour of “showing”, and often this is true. However, to develop strong, relatable characters, it’s important for writers to know how to use both styles in their fiction. 

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Epeolatry Book Review: Grimoire of the Four Imposters by Coy Hall

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Title: Grimoire of the Four Imposters
Author: Coy Hall
Genre: Occult/Historical
Publisher: Nosetouch Press
Release Date: 7th September, 2021

Synopsis: JOURNEY INTO THE OCCULT, WHERE HISTORY IS HORROR.

Presented in six tales, Grimoire of the Four Impostors takes readers on a dark tour of the 17th century, where corners of the world stand in shadow. Here grimoires possess secrets, impostors beguile the unwary, temptation turns macabre, and the night is no friend.

Embrace the Martyr
Touch the Nightshade
Taste the Brine
Wield the Hatchet

DECIPHER THE GRIMOIRE

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 01/21/22

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.

** Note! Don’t panic if charity publications disappear from this shelf! We have created a .pdf catalogue of last year’s publications which we hope to make freely available via Horror Tree at some point in the not too distant future. We will also be creating a catalogue for this year’s charity publications and hopefully one for the general Indie Bookshelf as well. 

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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.
 

Generation X-ed is a unique anthology of monster, folk, paranormal, and psychological horror as glimpsed through the lens of the latchkey generation. Twenty-two voices shine a strobe light on the cultural demons that lurked in the background while they came of age in the heyday of Satanic panic and slasher flicks, milk carton missing and music television, video rentals and riot grrrls.

Featuring brand new fiction from Kevin David Anderson, Glynn Owen Barrass, Matthew Barron, C.D. Brown, Matthew Chabin, L.E. Daniels, C.O. Davidson, Douglas Ford, Phil Ford, Holly Rae Garcia, Dale W. Glaser, Tim Jeffreys, Derek Austin Johnson, Eldon Litchfield, Adrian Ludens, Elaine Pascale, Erica Ruppert, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Rob Smales, Mark Towse, Thomas Vaughn, and Thomas K.S. Wake. What they brought home with them after the streetlights came on will terrify you. Release Date: January 26th, 2022


 

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