This weekend saw a very quick visit to Cardiff to make sure my son is alive. He is, I mean he’s 23 and adult but you never stop worrying if they’re eating enough! Good job the UK government has its Eat Out to Help Out scheme in place! On a more serious note and this is my shameless family plug time, as a musician, he’s lost all chance of live work at the moment. However, he is adapting and if any of you need soundtracks, compositions, recordings or whatever – you can find him over on Fiverr https://tinyurl.com/DylanEllis. This is also a good site to track down book covers by the way. If anyone here has a second string to their bow, eg creating book covers, book trailers, music or whatever, are experiencing tough times and are on such sites as this, let us know and we’ll share your link. (And if anyone’s putting on events next year in the UK, I will also be shamelessly plugging my eldest daughter, Bethan (who’s also lost all work this year). She has wide industry experience in this area, including with Live Nation, and will have graduated by then 😊, you have been warned!).
Book plug time. This is for someone I’ve come across on twitter and who is extremely supportive of writers and a lovely person. She has also come up with something unique for the Horror world which is why I’m mentioning it here. Cassie Lola Daley (of Lets Get Galactic) has created The Big Book of Horror Authors, which is a colouring and activity book featuring many well-known names in our industry. Due for publication 31st Aug, I can’t wait to see it and release my inner child. One of the best things when growing up was getting the bumper summer activity version of your favourite comic!
Has Cassie started a new trend? We see Horror Cookbooks occasionally. Finding another avenue when you’re feeling a little jaded can be just the thing to keep you going. I remember a story we published in TWF based on a crossword, another unique take. Cross-stitch patterns anyone?
Also watch out for Feral, an anthology of stories about feral children, edited by TWF writer Robert Allen Lupton. Due out Sept 1st, it features a number of familiar names from Horror Tree, including Alyson Faye, Catherine Thole Jordan, Richard Meldrum, Stuart Conover (and me).
Very short stories!
We have one this week, albeit quite a sad one.
“The note of your flatline was your cry of birth.” – Christina Nordlander
The first story this week in Trembling with Fear is The Part Where They Die by Nicholas Stillman. Never have two sides been more diametrically opposed leading to a polarisation which can only be overcome by direct conflict. Perhaps this should serve as a moral for our times, the inability to walk in another’s shoes, or perhaps more like the refusal to do so. What you sow, so shall ye reap. Hatred and rage scald the page in this powerful tale.
Everyday People by Matthew Miranda is the one which shows there aren’t always prizes for everyone and it is some of the imagery included in this, as if just a passing thought which gives the kick. Weaving the horrific into the mundane, that juxtaposition, gives it even greater strength.
Mothers and Daughters by Dale W. Glaser also uses the familiar but layers it over a more chilling subtext. Just because your family might be somewhat demonic or steeped in wicca doesn’t mean they don’t face the same sorts of problems normal families face!
William’s Birthday by Leilani Ahia uses the most innocent of settings, a children’s birthday party and breaks the strongest bond – that of mother and child. Again, innocence v horror is a powerful tool.
Enjoy the stories and send us yours!
So. First off my apologies for the lack of a newsletter last week to our subscribers. No, the evil Spam Filter Monster didn’t eat it. I had made all the edits for it to go live and didn’t resume sending after saving them. (You need to pause it in Mailchimp while making edits and I never unpaused it.)
OOPS! Already fixed that for this week.
As to the anthologies, we’ve got them SO CLOSE. By the time you read this I believe our last round of edits and uploads should be completed (I’m working on it the moment I’m done with this!) I’m hoping that means we’re finally launching in the next week or two.
I hope you enjoy this week’s edition of Trembling With Fear and as always, please comment as to which stories you like in the comments at the bottom of the post!