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Guest Post: Tortured Willows—Bent. Bowed. Unbroken Angela Yuriko Smith’s Sneak Peek

  1. Guest Post: Tortured Willows—Bent. Bowed. Unbroken Lee Murray’s Sneak Peek
  2. Guest Post: Tortured Willows—Bent. Bowed. Unbroken Geneve Flynn’s Sneak Peek
  3. Guest Post: Tortured Willows—Bent. Bowed. Unbroken Christina Sng’s Sneak Peek
  4. Guest Post: Tortured Willows—Bent. Bowed. Unbroken Angela Yuriko Smith’s Sneak Peek

A preview of ‘Tortured Willows—Bent. Bowed. Unbroken’

Angela Yuriko Smith

 

Tortured Willows—Bent. Bowed. Unbroken

Poetry by Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Lee Murray, and Geneve Flynn

 

I’m delighted to present Tortured Willows, a collaborative collection of 60 poems exploring otherness, expectation, and tradition. 

 

What began as a deepening of the conversation based on the multi-award-winning anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women became a discovery of a culture silenced and traded. This series of poems opened up a Pandora’s Box for me. I began by writing about how my grandmother lost her name (Yuriko) because Caucasians couldn’t pronounce it. As I scratched the surface of what it means to be Okinawan, or more accurately Uchinanchu, my world pivoted. This is not about a woman losing her voice, but a culture—a people—losing everything. 

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 10/15/21

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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]  

 


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They Slipped Through the Net

 

 

On the Shelf

 

 

September

  Shattered Circle: A Jackson Cole Novel Book 1 by [John Stamp, Valhalla Books Publisher] Acquisitor: A Jackson Cole Novel Book 2 by [John Stamp, Valhalla Books Publisher] Ravel by [Cassidy Ward]

Picture Man-Beast by [Deborah Sheldon] Grimoire of the Four Impostors by [Coy Hall] 

Floaters by [Garrett Boatman, Crystal Lake Publishing] Priory (Oliver Hardacre Book 1) by [Becky Wright] Unbreakable Ink by [Shebat Legion] 

The House of Little Bones by [Beverley Lee] 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] 

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

Liminal Spaces: An Anthology of Dark Speculative Fiction by [Kevin Lucia, Gwendolyn Kiste, Kelli Owen, Michael Wehunt, Todd Keisling, Kristi DeMeester, Richard Thomas, Robert Ford, Joshua Palmatier, Chad Lutzke] Blood, Sweat, and Fears


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] A House At War: House Arrath Book 1  

White Ibis: A Horror Novella by [Wendy Dalrymple] Red Sounding: Resurrected by [Winfield H. Strock III, Valhalla Books Publisher] The Midnight Collection by [Ryan Dunn, Valhalla Books Publisher]

5 What One Wouldn't Do: An Anthology on the Lengths One Might Go To by [Scott J. Moses, J.A.W. McCarthy, Joanna Koch, Eric LaRocca, Hailey Piper, Christi Nogle, Cheri Kamei, Daniel Barnett, Eric Raglin, Laurel Hightower] The Pseudopod That Rocks the Cradle by [Tim Mendees] 7

Wall of Dolls by [Yolanda Sfetsos] 8 Appletown by [Antoinette Corvo]12 Dead in the Water by [Jennifer Soucy]12

14 15 Image of The Voice of the Burning House: Poems - PREORDER Image of The Ettinfell of Beacon Hill: Gothic Tales of Boston - PREORDER16 Seeds by [Tabatha Wood]

19 Image 21 Postcards from the Body Farm: Horror Unlimited Book 2 by [Charlotte O'Farrell] 26 We Will Find A Place For You: A Collection of Horror by [Elford Alley, T.L. Bodine]26 The Sound of Breaking Glass: (and other weird tales) by [Christine Makepeace, Gabino Iglesias]

31 Tha Happening


November

2 Chocolateman by [Jonathan Butcher, K. Trap Jones]12 With Benefits: What's a bit of fun between friends? 30 Nocturnal Pursuits by [Glenn Rolfe]


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. 

 

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Events

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

The UK Ghost Story Festival returns for its second iteration in 2021, running from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th November. Taking in three days of panels, workshops, readings, talks and more focussed on ghost stories and folk horror, this event is a must-attend for fans of supernatural fiction. With weekend passes available, as well as tickets for individual events, you can tailor your Ghost Story Festival experience to suit! (And I’ll be there – come and say hello! – Steph). Go here for more information https://www.derbyquad.co.uk/UKGSF2021.

Sheffield Horror Film Festival 2021 showcases ‘the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema since 2008. To see what’s on offer (21st-24th October) go here https://www.celluloidscreams.com/festival-2021. And I believe Max Booth is coming over to the UK for a showing of the film based on his book, We Need to do Something.

IFI Horrorthon 2021 – ‘taking place this year in our Temple Bar venue and online nationwide on [email protected] from October 22nd-25th. We have a fantastic variety of horror films screening at the festival. New horror from Ireland to Kazakhstan is on offer in this year’s hair-raising hybrid programme, including Irish film Bring Out the Fear, which explores a walk through the woods on the final day of one couple’s doomed relationship, screening in-cinema and online on Monday 25th. Portmanteau films screening include Isolation, featuring nine tales and one deadly outbreak, as isolated citizens attempt to survive an increasingly deadly outbreak, screening in-cinema and online on Saturday 23rd, and the black and white Vampus Horror Tales in which an eerie gravedigger hosts four horror stories, each directed by a different first-time filmmaker, screening in-cinema and online on Monday 25th.

This year’s festival offers behind-the-scenes insights into horror itself, with the documentary Alien on Stage, a film about a crew of bus drivers in Dorset, who create a theatrical adaptation of Alien (1979), screening in-cinema and online on Sunday 24th, and the new doc on folk horror, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, which follows the genre’s history and development, from 1970s British television films to the modern genre film, touching on over 100 titles and 50 interviewees, screening in-cinema and online on Saturday 23rd.

See our other offerings in the full festival programme, available to view here.


Kickstarters and Gofundme!

Kickstarter from The Dread Machine

Mixtape: 1986 features dread-filled stories about latchkey kids, monsters, housewives, gamers, murderers, truckers, spies, and more. Our table of contents has already been finalized, so this Kickstarter campaign will fund printing and production of paperback and digital copies of Mixtape: 1986, including compensating our contributors. If we hit our funding goal with time to spare, we’ll activate stretch goals! Prices for all editions (e-book, paperback, hardback) of Mixtape: 1986 are specially discounted for this campaign; after this campaign ends, they will only be available at a higher retail price.

For more info, click the image.

50935000_1630932056844662_r.jpegFrom their page: ‘Don’t Go Into The Cellar! have been touring the U.K. since 2010 performing their own unique brand of Victorian Gothic theatre. However, since the lock-down was enforced all theatres have been forced to close their doors to live performances.
This campaign is to prevent our business folding.
It costs us £1000 per month to stay afloat (insurance, basic wages, website hosting, storage costs).
We broadcast fortnightly live broadcasts via our Facebook page, as part of our Sunday Down The Cellar season. These performances are free to view, but all donations are gratefully received.

https://www.facebook.com/CellarTheatre/

Please spare whatever you can to help us to continue what we do, and to keep the arts alive in our own macabre way! Thank you.’ Click the image to go to the fund page.

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]

Video Refresh: 5 Overused Horror Movie Clichés To Avoid In Your Writing

Last month we shared 5 Overused Horror Movie Clichés To Avoid In Your Writing and now, for those of you who missed it or prefer video format we’re revisiting the post! These came in from reader Emily Henry who really gave some solid ideas to share with everyone.

I’m sure you can guess a couple of them, though I will let you know ahead of time that these aren’t just rehashing the rules of the ‘Scream’ franchise even though that might be something we think about taking a creative look at in the future!

…I’ll be right back!
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Epeolatry Book Review: Splinter and Other Stories by Alex Wolfgang

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Title: Splinter and Other Stories
Author: Alex Wolfgang
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: 31st May, 2020

Synopsis: Splinter and Other Stories, the debut horror collection by Alex Wolfgang, follows the surreal struggles and fractured hopes of its ill-fated characters.

Two lovestruck travelers form a sinister bond. A man is given the power to liberate prisoners from their mysterious captors. A woman is plagued by visions of her childhood trauma. An alien entity discovers its true nature – to the detriment of a small community.

These ten short stories will horrify, devastate, and haunt you as they untangle their twisted realities.

There’s nothing like reading a complete story in one sitting from start to end that leaves me feeling dread, disgust, shock, and/or amazement. And so, I think horror works best in short form, and I’ve had many agree.

Alex Wolfgang does a stupendous job delivering on all of these feelings throughout Splinter and Other Stories. Whether you’re looking for a gross out (‘Mandibles’), or a sci-fi thriller (‘God of the Complex’), or even something in the vein of Weird fiction (‘Vegetation’, ‘Splinter’, ‘Travel Bug’), it’s all here.

Based on the range of Alex’s freshman collection, I know he has an awesome career in horror ahead of him. I’ll purchase anything he puts out in the future.

 out of 5 ravens.

Available from Amazon.

The Horror Tree Presents an Interview with Alexandrea Weis

The Horror Tree Presents- an Interview with Alexandrea Weis

By Ruschelle Dillon

 

Ruschelle: Alexandrea, welcome to the Horror Tree, where you will find all sorts of fruit, nuts and meat sacks hanging for you to snack on. Watch out for the disgustingly bloody ones. They’re not quite ripe yet. It’s great to have you here. You have a fantastic selection of books out there for your newfound fans to feast from. Many take place in your hometown of New Orleans which has seen more than its fair share of destruction from hurricanes, Ida being the most recent. At the penning of these questions, there are still swaths of Louisiana that are still without electricity and are digging out of Ida’s wrath. Has the devastating weather played a part in inspiring your books? Horrors can beget horrors.

Alexandrea: Honestly, the response in the aftermath has been fantastic compared to what we went through with Katrina. Then we had weeks without running water, power, gasoline, or food. It was a nightmare and very horror worthy. We’ve been fortunate this time. I got my power back in six days. A big THANK YOU to the line men and women who came to restore our electricity. They are a godsend!

 

Ruschelle: New Orleans has such a rich history. What are some aspects of NOLA that you must include when writing your stories? Conversely, are there nibblets that you find trite or just flat out wrong that you refuse to put in black and white? (I liked the word nibblets. I am also hungry for corn right now…)
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Epeolatry Book Review: Jedi Summer by John Boden

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Title: Jedi Summer
Author: John Boden
Genre: Coming of Age Horror
Publisher: Silver Shamrock Publishing
Release Date: 31st August, 2021

Synopsis: A boy and his little brother wander through the loosely stitched summer of 1983. It was a magical one. Full of sun and surrealism, of lessons and loss, and of growing up and figuring it out.

Nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania is a small town unlike any other. Things are strange here, always have been. People die but hang around, pets too. Everyone knows your name, and sometimes, a thing as simple as a movie coming to the local theatre is all it takes to keep you going.

Jedi Summer follows a pair of brothers one summer as they await the release of the year’s biggest blockbuster movie. Jedi Summer falls into the coming-of-age horror category, a sub-genre that I personally enjoy. According to the author, this work is at least semi-autobiographical. 

Boden does a great job establishing atmosphere. His setting provides a definite sense of time and place, and capitalizes on nostalgic vibes. 

Where the book falls short for this reader is on organization and presentation. Jedi Summer reads like a collection of loosely connected short stories or vignettes. No overarching element connects individual chapters, and certain seemingly interesting and important plot points fade into the background never to resurface again. 

The novel’s emotional climax centers around the passing of the main characters’ father, which lacked strong emotional resonance, since the majority of the story circled the siblings’ relationship to their mother and the difficulties of being raised by a single parent. The father only appears in a few scenes, and the reader never gets a chance to know him. 

The book is a quick and enjoyable read. Disjointedness of the chapters and lack of a central narrative holds it back from receiving a “5”. Despite those minor complaints, I recommend this if you enjoy coming-of-age horror and/or stories that capitalize on nostalgia.

out of 5 ravens.

Available from Amazon.

What‌ ‌Horror‌ ‌Writers‌ ‌Can‌ ‌Learn‌ ‌from‌ ‌Horror‌ ‌Films‌ ‌

What Horror Writers Can Learn from Horror Films

B.A. Kockaya

 

As the weather gets colder and Halloween gets closer, what better way to prepare for the season than catching up on new horror films and rewatching old favorites? Watching horror films is not only a relaxing way to spend a Friday evening in fall, but also a useful way for horror writers to hone their craft. Here are three things horror writers can learn from horror movies.

 

Let your protagonist run upstairs.

Then do something different. What if the pretty blonde cheerleader runs upstairs to escape the killer who interrupted her popcorn-making, only to turn around at the top and confront them? What if the wife whose husband snaps, in a season of isolation, snaps back? What if all the diverse characters didn’t die at the beginning, but brought their untold stories and unique points-of-view to the story to defeat evil and become the heroes?

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Epeolatry Book Review: Lambs Among Wolves by Russell James

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Title: Lambs Among Wolves
Author: Russell James
Genre: Catholic Horror/Thriller
Publisher: Silver Shamrock Publishing
Release Date: 6th July, 2021

Synopsis: Evil may soon consume mankind, if the demons have their way.

After the death of her father, young Cyndi Fisher travels to Paris to meet the grandfather she never knew. That man turns out to be Father Jack Cahill, a renegade exorcist who was unaware he’d fathered a child before taking his vows.

Cyndi is soon drawn into Father Jack’s world, where demons from Hell are possessing humans and robbing Europe’s churches of sacred relics. From the cathedrals of Paris, through the graveyards of France, and into the sewers of Rome, they confront the possessed, battle risen corpses, and fight gang members sent to stop them.

They uncover a plot to set Satan free upon the Earth, but stopping it seems impossible. Demons are always one step ahead of them, and each manifestation is more powerful than the last. Stopping Satan’s return will take courage and faith. Will an aged priest and an agnostic teen have enough of either?

I know this is a strange thing to say about a horror novel, but Lambs Among Wolves was a nice cozy read. You know, like something you’d spend an afternoon reading in a folding chair next to the lake.

Years ago, I read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. Sucked in by the history and religious intrigue mixed with a heavy dose of suspense, I absolutely loved it (don’t judge me!). Russell James’s Lambs Among Wolves tickled those same corners of my brain.

But there’s a taste of something extra here that Brown didn’t include—imagine if The DaVinci Code and The Exorcist had a baby. This would be it! Lambs Among Wolves combines two of my guilty pleasures: the pseudo history of National Treasure (that fun movie with Nic Cage) and Catholic/Possession based thriller.

I would’ve loved for the author to ramp up the horror aspects a touch more. Much of the story seemed fairly tame with only a hint of the absolute dread and shock that I look for in my favorite horror reading. But the heavily researched locations and Church history made up for this. James truly has a love for the milieu of the novel.

Overall, Lambs Among Wolves is fun ride that with a steady pace. Definitely check this one out.

out of 5 ravens.

Available from Amazon.