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Naming Characters

Naming Characters

by JP McLean.

In his famous Romeo and Juliet soliloquy, Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a Name?”


Quite a lot, as it turns out. I don’t have children, so the only names I’ve bestowed are on my fictional characters and my dogs. Happily, my choices have yet to be challenged (at least by the dogs).


Still, it’s important to find a good fit between the character and the name you choose. A name invokes an image in a reader’s mind. The way the name is spelled, how it rolls off the tongue, how it looks visually on a page—all these things add nuance to the character.


Can Authors Write In Different Genres?

Diverse Disciplines: Fielding the Field

by Catherine Jordan 

Can authors write in different genres?

As a writer, if you haven’t already tried your hand within other categories, you should—genre blending is on the rise. The mixture of themes and elements is not new. But as a horror writer, I’m seeing calls for horror comedies (I recently watched Netflix’s Le Manoir/The Mansion, a hysterically funny horror), historical horror (Alma Katsu’s disturbing, The Hunger, was based on the Donner Party), horror romance (Warm Bodies, a zombie romance by Isaac Marion), and horror mystery (Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects—the who-dun-it is horrific and features the most evil women on the planet). 

‘Triumph’s Ashes’ Blog Tour – Thinking Outside The Box

After I finished writing The Cassidy Chronicles I thought I was finished writing about Aiyana and Kendra.

I started with their wedding, broke it up, got them married, sent them on adventures, put them in peril, and finally ended things with them on top and ready to change the world.

I was ready to start on The Next Book.

It’s not as easy as it sounds; at least, not for me.

First I had to think of a problem.

Fine. Impending famine due to a breakdown in infrastructure.

Yawn. Boring!

Impending famine due to breakdown in infrastructure because the Lunar colonies keep demanding all the rare metals needed to keep the machinery working.



Indie Bookshelf Releases 11/19/21

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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]


Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

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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.


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

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

Image Postcards from the Body Farm: Horror Unlimited Book 2 by [Charlotte O'Farrell] Soaking In Strange Hours: A Tristan Grieves Fragment by [Erik Hofstatter] We Will Find A Place For You: A Collection of Horror by [Elford Alley, T.L. Bodine]

The Sound of Breaking Glass: (and other weird tales) by [Christine Makepeace, Gabino Iglesias] The Cursed Caves (The Tales of Tupuqa Book 1) by [Adam Hulse] Sweet Little Chittering: A Horror Anthology by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, Tony Sands, MJ Dixon, Richard Rowntree, Freddy Beans, Rae Dixon, Teige Reid, Tristan Sargent, Annie Knox, Bob Pipe] 

Tha Happening Last Stop: Horror on Route 13 by [Eerie River Publishing, David Green, Holley Cornetto, L. T. Emery, Patrick J. Foote, J.W. Garnett, Stephen Herczeg, Abigail Linhardt, Beth W. Patterson, Lynne Phillips, Austin Shirey, Joshua D Taylor, V. A. Vazquez, Patrick Winters]

DeadSteam II by [Bryce Raffle] Soaking In Strange Hours: A Tristan Grieves Fragment by [Erik Hofstatter]

Joss Paper: And Other Horror Stories by [Yin Leong]


1 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]2 Chocolateman by [Jonathan Butcher, K. Trap Jones] 5 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]

9 10 Origin of Evil: Beginnings by [Caroline Angel]12 With Benefits: What's a bit of fun between friends? 

Under Ground15 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]16 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] 17 Image 23 Those We Left Behind: And Other Sacrifices by [Brandon Applegate, Elford Alley] 

26 The Boy with the Spider Face by [AJ Franks, Crystal Lake Publishing] 30 Nocturnal Pursuits by [Glenn Rolfe]




2022 – Happy New Year!


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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

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: 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 and he can also be found on 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,, is available for all editing work – short story, novella, novel, or chapter extracts. She also has a Ko-Fi (, 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 ( 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


Kickstarters and Gofundme!

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.


 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]

Epeolatry Book Review: Cats of the Pacific Northwest by Joe Donley


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Title: Cats of the Pacific Northwest
Author: Joe Donley
Illustrator: Leo Corbett
Genre: Horror/Supernatural Thriller
Publisher: Dark Forest Press
Release Date: 20th July, 2021

Synopsis: David, an unsure young man, is trying to figure out how to be a “man” in the modern age. Well, at least what his girlfriend, Emma, expects of him. When she suggests a backpacking trip out on the Olympic Peninsula, he jumps at the opportunity to demonstrate his worth. But, once they get out into the wilderness, they are quickly lost. Now they are out of food and beginning to starve, when a strange couple of cats cross their path.


5 Tips for Publishing Your Own Book

5 Tips for Publishing Your Own Book

Did you ever imagine ideas for a blockbuster novel? Did you plot out character sketches; divide the plot into three acts with five turning points each, and used pathos to create a mental image of your protagonist’s best friend or wardrobe or car that will later be revealed to be garish. 

If you have gotten to that point then, you are no amateur writer. Most of us have done this before we set out on actually putting pen to paper (or finger to key).

The next logical step for these dedicated writers is to try and get their books published. This sounds pretty simple, but then, it isn’t. 

2021 Gift Guide For Authors

What To Buy A Writer?

Ladies and gentlemen, the holiday season is upon us. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, Festivus, or any other holiday with the author in your life, you still might be trying to figure out what to get them. Well, we’ve got a fun list of ideas that are a bit off the beaten path. I’m trying not to overdo it with books (though I do have one on the list!) or standard writing materials because, let’s face it, most of us have enough of that.

So… you might be asking yourself:

What Do Writers Like For Presents?

I’m going to dive into that now! Though, I of course have to offer up the following disclaimer:
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Now that the legal piece is out of the way, let’s dive in!

Best Gifts For Writers 2021


Black Friday 2021: ProWritingAid

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Ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year when you can save 50% on one of the best writing products on the market. Once again, for Black Friday 2021, ProWritingAid is giving you their best discount of the year. For those unfamiliar with ProWritingAid, it is a grammar checker, style editor, and writing mentor in one package. This is one of the two best tools on the market for helping analyze and correct your writing. While I would never say this will make it so you don’t need an editor, it will get your writing as close as possible without a professional laying their eyes on it.