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Indie Bookshelf Releases 07/09/21

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? 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, critiquing, artwork – Eugene 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. Click the images for details!

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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]    

 

Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

24th June

9th JulyTrembling 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!

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June

5th Paths Best Left Untrodden by [Kev Harrison] 6th 7th The Walking Son by [Eddie Generous] 7th

9th Spiffing: A Cosmic Horror Novella by [Tim Mendees] 11th Metaphoria14th 15th Ride or Die by [James Newman]

15th Trench Mouth by [Christine Morgan]15th Murmur: Collected Horror16th 17th Far, Far Away Anthology - Ebook

18th 18th 24th  25th Dismal Dreams by [Red Lagoe]

26th The Creeping Void: Terror on the Highlands (AFTER: A POST-APOCALYPTIC SURVIVOR SERIES) by [Tim Mendees]29th Savage Island by [Brian Moreland]29th Apocalypse, Zombie (Guardians of the Apocalypse Book 6) by [Jeff Thomson]29th

30th 30th Side Roads: A Dark Fiction Collection by [Rachel A. Brune]

July

1st 2nd Non-Practicing Cultist (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 75) by [Scott J. Moses]4th 6th Lambs Among Wolves by [Russell James]

 7th The Samaritan by [Dave Jeffery]8th Dead Men Tell No Tales by [Jeffrey Kosh]9th 12th Brand New Dark by Beau Johnson

15th Immortelle by [Catherine McCarthy] 20th 20th Slattery Falls by [Brennan LaFaro] 20th Only The Stains Remain by [Ross Jeffery]

23rd Beyond Human 29th Absolute Unit by [Nick Kolakowski, Crystal Lake Publishing] 30th They Come in the Night by [Lynn-Cee Faulk]

August

3rd The Final Gate by [Wesley Southard, Lucas Mangum] 5th 26th The Girl in the Attic by [Jon Athan]

September

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

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

October

1st 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] 19th

Offers!

The Vegas Rift by [David F. Gray] Until 99c/99p Monday

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.

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

 

The Horror Tree Presents: An Interview With Zin E. Rocklyn

Selene – Welcome to the Horror Tree, and thanks for agreeing to an interview. First, tell us a bit about yourself, as there doesn’t seem to be much out there on social media. How did you start writing? 

 

Zin – Hi, Horror Tree World! I’m Zin and I write pretty much everything within the Speculative Fiction realm with a dash of horror. I’m of Trinidadian descent which also influences my work. I began writing when I was a child, maybe six or seven, when all the books I loved didn’t feature a child like me.

 

Selene – What about horror draws you, as an author? Your work seems to include elements of fantasy and magic realism, as well. 

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The Horror Tree Presents- an Interview with Jennifer Anne Gordon

The Horror Tree Presents- an Interview with Jennifer Anne Gordon

By Ruschelle Dillon

 

Ruschelle: Ladies and Gentleman, The Horror Tree Presents an interview with THE award-winning author Jennifer Anne Gordon! A woman of many masks, dancer, teacher, writer, model, podcaster, business owner, butcher, baker, candlestick maker- okay maybe not those last three, but I bet she would if she wanted to do so. Her newest offering Pretty/Ugly is due out July 13th, 2021. But if you can’t wait to see what this fantastic author is all about, check out her other offerings-Beautiful, Frightening and Silent, From Daylight Madness, When the Sleeping Dead Still Talk and Victoriana. But FIRST, let’s have a little fun. Tell us three things about you but one of them isn’t true. You can reveal the answer at the end of the interview…if you want to. If not, just let everyone speculate and spread crazy rumors about you on Twitter.

Jennifer: I held the hand of a ghost while in an abandoned executioner’s home in Prague. Once I locked myself in a bathroom—panicked—then peed my pants while still in the bathroom. I met Vanilla Ice after seeing him in concert at a place called Club Land in Worcester Mass. 
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Comic Review: Red Shift #1

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The tagline for Ridley Scott’s Alien movie says it best: In space, no one can hear you scream. Space can indeed be a scary place: literal emptiness surrounding you on all sides. Whether you’re in a metal suit or a massive space station, uninhabitable space is always out there, waiting for a breach in your environment to enter and pull you into it. And what if you’re alone in space with your only connection to humanity being lightyears away? Isolation is to dramatic tension what darkness is to mushrooms, so there’s already a great dramatic set-up presented Red Shift #1, which is an excellent teaser for this story. 

Red Shift #1 introduces us to a human race that has colonized Mars even as they stare at their own extinction. Humanity has left the resource-depleted Earth for Mars and colonized it. After living on and building a society on Mars, humanity now faces the same dwindling resources that have them looking for another hospitable planet to inhabit. Every ten years, A Voyager is selected to travel to a location in space and try to find a world where humans can settle. The trip is a long and arduous one and many of these Voyagers have never returned. This is the case for the mother of Hellener Drake, who has just been selected to be humanity’s next voyager. 
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How to Avoid Clichés When Writing Horror

How to Avoid Clichés When Writing Horror

What other horror story can a writer tell apart from that of blood drinking zombies and dead people walking? Well, it turns out that there is a lot more in the horror genre, if only you can dig deeper. Get a professional dissertation writer to take over your assignments to allow you to spend more time doing your creative work like writing scripts. 

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The cliché in horror movies, novels, and short stories makes them unpalatable for many people. It is a turn-off to read the same storyline and scenes, only differentiated by names and location. 

Before exploring how to avoid clichés, it might help to know what they are. Here is a look at some of the clichés in horror movies, novels, and short stories.  (more…)

Indie Bookshelf Releases 07/02/21

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? 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.

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. Click the images for details!

 Image

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]    

 

Latest Book Launches

Horror Tree Sponsor* and Patreon Releases!

24th June

9th JulyTrembling 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.
 
 

June

1st Malignant Summer by [Tim Meyer] 1st WITH TEETH (Preorder)1st 1st Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by [Eric LaRocca]

1st Sacrament (Father of Lies Trilogy Book 3) by [Steve Stred] 1st 2nd Castle Heights: 18 Storeys, 18 Stories by [P.J. Blakey-Novis, Tony Sands, MJ Dixon, Freddy Beans, Monster Smith, Richard Rowntree, Anna Dixon, Alice Henley, Jack Joseph, Annie Knox] 3rd The Void Ascendant

5th Paths Best Left Untrodden by [Kev Harrison] 7th The Walking Son by [Eddie Generous] 9th Spiffing: A Cosmic Horror Novella by [Tim Mendees]11th Metaphoria

14th 15th Ride or Die by [James Newman] 15th Trench Mouth by [Christine Morgan] 15th Murmur: Collected Horror

16th 17th Far, Far Away Anthology - Ebook18th 18th

24th  25th Dismal Dreams by [Red Lagoe] 26th The Creeping Void: Terror on the Highlands (AFTER: A POST-APOCALYPTIC SURVIVOR SERIES) by [Tim  Mendees]29th Savage Island by [Brian Moreland]

29th Apocalypse, Zombie (Guardians of the Apocalypse Book 6) by [Jeff Thomson]29th 30th 30th Side Roads: A Dark Fiction Collection by [Rachel A. Brune]

July

4th 6th Lambs Among Wolves by [Russell James] 7th The Samaritan by [Dave Jeffery] 8th Dead Men Tell No Tales by [Jeffrey Kosh]

9th 15th Immortelle by [Catherine McCarthy]20th  20th Slattery Falls by [Brennan LaFaro]

20th Only The Stains Remain by [Ross Jeffery] 23rd Beyond Human 29th Absolute Unit by [Nick Kolakowski, Crystal Lake Publishing]

August

26th The Girl in the Attic by [Jon Athan]

September

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

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

October

1st 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] 19th

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.

Happy reading.

Steph

 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team

 

What Teaching Composition Has Taught Me About Writing Fiction

What Teaching Composition Has Taught Me About Writing Fiction

By: Macy Harrison

When I left graduate school, I thought I knew a lot about reading and writing literature. After all, I had a fancy slab of vellum that said as much, right? That confidence spurred me on as I applied for my first solo teaching job at my local community college, carried me through the interview, and followed me about up until the time I first set foot in the classroom that was to be mine, and mine alone. That was when the bottom fell out of the bucket.

Okay. Maybe that’s a little dramatic (sometimes it’s hard to turn off that old story-telling feature in the brain). My point is that I, like many fresh-out-of-college teachers, realized that I hadn’t actually thought about basic composition skills in a while, graduate school having taken me further and further into the realms of high conception, as opposed to fundamental knowledge. What was I supposed to tell the twenty-five faces peering up at me from their desks? Okay, class, today we’re going to discuss Barthes’ conception of semiology and how it relates to a post-postmodern world? Obviously, that wasn’t going to fly (though, regrettably, I’ve noticed the tendency for some first time higher ed teachers to do just that—but that’s an article for a different day).
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