And still the times they are a’changing. My school is closed except for children of keyworkers and I am down to going in one day a week. My husband is still working as he is also in a school. My children? Well, it looks as though I won’t be seeing any of them for a while unless we are able to bring them home or they want to come home. What does that mean for me in terms of time? Hopefully I will at last knuckle down to finishing off a number of projects that keep getting pushed down the To Do list by all the other demands on my time. I’ve managed to get one novel to beta readers which leaves a couple of poetry projects, one 2/3 finished novel and a collection of folk-horror stories to complete. But beware procrastination!
This list though is more than what it appears, it is my silver lining. My family’s ok, we can keep in touch easily, I have some real-life work to do and we’ve had some beautiful spring days. For the sake of your own mental health, find your silver lining if you can. I am perfectly aware also that if this had happened a few years ago when my husband was self-employed, difficult enough back then, it would be even more so today and I would probably be crying in a corner somewhere. If people want to chat, I’m around on twitter (@el_Stevie), on Facebook, or you can just drop me an email. I’m quite happy to give a listening ear to those who are feeling isolated or down – I don’t want anyone to feel isolated and alone at these times.
Book Launch Reminder: Pandemic Book Launches is on Facebook to provide a means to launch your work if the event has been wiped out by lockdown measures, eg StokerCon’s cancellation. Horror Tree provides an overview of these posts on Fridays. If you are someone who prefers not to be on Facebook but have a book launch coming up, send me details directly to Horror Tree’s contact address and just put ‘Book Launch’ in subject line. I’ll then add it to the following Friday’s listing.
Before you read this week’s TWF, apologies to G.A. Miller, whose story Silent Witness was initially published with an early version of his submitted story. It has been rectified and the proper version was uploaded to the site. Please take the time to give his story another read. It deserves it.
Now, let Trembling With Fear take your mind off things this week with Flow in the Dark by Donna J.W. Munro. A woman’s maternal instinct for a child, to protect the innocent puts her in a dangerous situation. This story shows how hard it is for the human instinct to be denied, even when warnings are given. Dark and chilling and so much that is subtly conveyed rather than just told makes this a great read.
Hell by Janine Pipe turns the tables in appropriate fashion. Where exactly is Hell and who created it? I like this one because it shows us how we can be viewed as a race.
Home Inspection by Madison McSweeney tells of a disappearance but it is the tone in which a horror is revealed which I particularly like. Such an ordinary comment as if they’d discovered a simple missing item, creates a jarring note and makes it an even greater horror.
Sakura Viewing by J.A. Hammer brings cherry blossom, Japanese custom and friendship together and completely subverts the warmth of the image.
Music again provided this week by Dylan, ‘Don’t Look the World’s About to Break’. Sung and written by him.
Also a little something from Ms Audra Blu ‘Can You Spare Some Change’. Better half of wonderful writer and TWF contributor, David Berger. She has an amazing voice.
Pandemic Update #… I’ve lost track of the days. I’ve been spending my time reading fiction for Trembling With Fear, editing fiction for a Patreon, and preparing the coming week’s posts. You may also have noticed that the site has a new look. Our old theme finally became such a resource hog that it was quite literally killing the site and making it impossible to get work on. This new one has straightned that all out. We’re still looking to make changes but we’ll see what they are as time passes (if you have any thoughts or suggestions on this, please reach out!)
….Also, outside of Horror Tree I’ve about 8 hours a day working for my day job remotely while also trying to help my wife watch and teach our 2 kids who are at home. Yes, things are still a bit crazy in the Conover residence and don’t look to be letting up anytime soon. However, I feel this week was a little more open than last and I’m starting to adjust to the insanity of it all. I’m also REALLY adjusting to being able to sleep in an extra hour and a half so when this thing all blows over down the line it is going to be painful waking up at 5:30am on a daily basis again. I do look forward to having time to write again as I really don’t without my daily commute.
At any rate, there is movement on our anthologies! We’re hoping the 2019 ones will be getting more shored up in the next couple of weeks and there will be an interesting surprise there. For fiction, we’re on the look out for some new Serial Killers so if you have any longer short stories which you’d like to see released serialized on the site please do check out our “Serial Killers” submission guidelines at the Trembling With Fear Submissions Page!