Indie Bookshelf Releases 01/26/2024

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Before you scroll down through the books however, please could you consider checking out the ‘Creatives in Crisis’ section. This has been added to help those who need additional support at this time. Please note I keep these up as long as they’re either running or have hit their targets. The two still showing, Claire Fitzpatrick and Bill Spangler continue to need support. Thank you!


From the gofundme page (but please scroll down to see additional plea from Claire’s cousin who is helping via different route as gofundme takes a percentage):

As you may have heard, Claire Fitzpatrick suddenly lost her beloved husband Matt a few days ago. Claire is a fixture of the writing community here in Australia, fulfilling the role of Australasian Horror Writer’s Association President, but she is also known for her insightful features in Aurealis Magazine, her cutting-edge short fiction, amazing editorial work in non-fiction, and her often hilarious appearances on panels and at conventions.
What you might not know is that she and Matt recently had a baby girl, and bought their own property, where they lived with Claire’s older daughter, and a plethora of chooks, cats, guinea pigs, birds, and vegetable gardens. The loss of Matt, a talented creative who’s contributed art to Aurealis, and a loving father, will be keenly felt.
Now is the time for us to rally around Claire and her family and support her as best we can during an immensely tragic period. We can make sure this young mother doesn’t need to worry about funeral costs, mortgage repayments, school expenses, household costs, and groceries while she grieves.
A funeral will require anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. On top of that, school fees, uniforms, text-books, groceries, public transport costs, and mortgage repayments will, at a minimum, double that figure. There is a great load on Claire’s shoulders at this time, and the costs are numerous. Please help in any way you can and alleviate that burden.
Obviously, the spec-fic community is spread far and wide, and physical help is not always convenient. If you can provide anything to help with the financial strain of a time like this…particularly considering Claire is unable to drive and there is a mortgage and a baby in her life, please do so. Times are tough all-round, but anything will help with the burden of Claire’s loss.
From Libby Kessel via her Facebook page (I’ve included the link so you can check – Steph)
‘I don’t normally do things like this but my cousin needs a village…
On Wednesday Claire’s husband unexpectedly passed away. Now being a single mum (Frankie 6 months, Izzy 11), she needs all the support she can get to help pay for the funeral, keep up with her mortgage payments and just general cost of living. I know any help will be greatly appreciated and she’d never ask for the help.
Please share.
I have set up an account that 100 percent of any monies will go to support her daughters in her time of need, financially if we can take a little burden off her, it would mean the world x Anything would be greatly appreciated.
(Go fund me was another option but they take a percentage and don’t want her to be out any more than she already is)
E. Kissell
BSB: 114879
Account: 479324161
Happy for you to pm me direct , if you need.’

Bill still needs help to reach his target! I’ve checked the amount raised and it has begun to move again – so close – but still any help from anyone appreciated!- Steph, 20/12/2023

‘Bill and Joyce Spangler managed to avoid being hit by the pieces of the Chinese booster rocket that fell to Earth in late 2022. So far, though, that’s all they’ve managed to avoid.

Over the past 18 months, the couple has been pummeled by a string of emergencies too preposterous for fiction. They could only happen in real life.
Bill is a comic book author, science fiction writer and a journalist. He’s perhaps best known for his work on various Robotech comic series, but he has written so much more, including a recent publication in the legendary magazine Weird Tales. Sadly, a genetic disorder, caused by a defect in the gene called PTEN, has caught up to him. PTEN has already claimed the life of his sister Mary. But no one is giving up on Bill. We want him to be around as long as possible.
Bill is facing many serious health problems that are overwhelming his ability to manage day-to-day tasks. He struggles to walk. He’s had many falls and injuries. Joyce does everything she can to help, but she has her own health challenges, such as fibromyalgia and arthritis, which limit what she can do. She works as a school psychologist, but the school year is about to end and she will have to go on unemployment. And these problems were aggravated when they had to replace the dishwasher, the home computer and the boiler that heats their home. (Yes, we’re serious.) She’s overwhelmed. He’s overwhelmed.
They won’t be able to afford the medical tests and procedures, as well as the associated costs to obtain the everyday home health care that Bill now needs. Friends and family have been generous with their help, but he needs someone who can be physically present every day. That requires money to hire professional help.
We’ve set a goal of $10,000 for the drive. According to GoFundMe rules, no raffles, sweepstakes, giveaways, or promotions can be offered in exchange for any donations made. If you can’t afford to give, or even if you can, please share this post. As the British say, every little helps.’

This is a charity anthology; all proceeds will be donated to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid).

Over 30 authors in the horror community donated stories to help the civilians of Palestine. Among the stories are:

— codependent necromancers
— a spy discovers a supernatural weapon that might turn the tide of the war
— a Girl Scout troop camping trip goes horribly wrong when dinosaurs show up
— a child’s drawings of their family are not quite what they seem
— a group of men fighting a forest fire are about to have a Very Bad Day
— a man is constantly followed by a terrifying shadow figure he calls the Other
— a young woman’s new job at the mall isn’t nearly as mundane as she anticipated

Discover some new favorite tales in this collection!

Cover art by Winter Holmes.

Exclusively on Godless for all of January
100% proceeds benefit Children of the Night, a privately funded non-profit organization providing intervention in the lives of children who are sexually exploited and vulnerable to or involved in prostitution and pornography.
In ALL NEW tales simmering with dread, Rebecca Rowland and Michael Aloisi, the duo that brought you Pieces and The View Master, explore the hunger and haunted nature of five monstrous women. No one would suspect the degree of terror these ladies’ strange abilities will ignite.
Take heed:
some of these women are cursed,
some are blessed,
ALL are dangerous.
* In print everywhere February 1*


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Dark doings are afoot in the forests of Charwood…

After joining the Tenders, a band of backwoods activists claiming to solve climate change by burning trees for energy, Orna Tannenbaum falls in with Rowan, their odd yet charming leader. But when she uncovers what the Tenders are really up to in the forest, she must apply the ancient wisdom of her culture to battle dark forces threatening to gain a foothold in our world.

An ecological Jewish folk horror novel 5,783 years in the making.

“Schlossberg delivers a blend of Jewish mysticism, the supernatural, and current day environmental challenges in this thought provoking tale that will leave you thinking about it long after you turn the last page.”
–Daniel Braum, author of The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales

“There is eco-horror. There is religious apocalypse. And then there is Charwood. I promise you will have never read anything like this powerful evocation of ancient Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah, seamlessly coupled with topical headlines about deforestation and climate change.”
–Elana Gomel, author of Nightwood

“Charwood is a seamless fusion of Jewish mysticism and ecological horror, thrilling and terrifying in equal measure.”
–Richard Dansky, author of Ghost of a Marriage

Dive into the churning vortex of the imagination in the sixth edition of’s Trembling with Fear anthology. This spellbinding collection presents the pinnacle of speculative fiction, printed throughout the year 2022 in our online ‘Trembling With Fear’ magazine.

Our journey across the speculative cosmos spans the vast spectrum of the genre, touching down on the grim shadowlands of horror, the sparkling expanses of science fiction, the enigmatic realms of fantasy, and territories yet uncharted.

The tales in this anthology, handpicked from the digital quill of a diverse array of global voices, embody the electrifying thrill and bone-chilling dread that is the heart of speculative fiction. Their words weave realities that unsettle and intrigue, leaving the mind trembling on the precipice of the unknown.

As you traverse the surreal landscapes within these pages, brace yourself for narratives that gnaw at your nerves, spark wonder, and incite contemplation. The works within this anthology are not merely stories—they are portals to the myriad worlds that dance on the edge of possibility.

In this extraordinary Year 6 collection, you are not just an observer—you are an explorer. And every page turned is a new frontier. We hope you relish this odyssey into the strange and spectacular as much as we have cherished curating it. Enjoy the tremor.

‘Exploring both the natural and the supernatural, the alien and the ghostly, the chilling and the horrific, these fourteen diversions first root themselves in the mundanity of everyday life before extending their branches into the very things and ideas that terrify us all. In At Home with the Horrors, Scott brings the nightmares to the one place where we should all feel the safest, and when it comes to horror, he proves that grief, loss, and guilt can be just as terrifying as ghosts and goblins.’

“Sammy Scott cements his status as a rising voice in horror fiction, and an author to watch—and to fear—in the genre.” — Ronald Malfi, bestselling author of Come with Me


Whilst Sammy’s ‘gofundme‘ is no longer receiving donations, please continue to support him by buying his work!





Short Story Collections


Anthologies (including non-fiction)

Quartet of short stories

Novels and Novellas

Winter Harvest by [Ioanna Papadopoulou]
Short Read The Cartoon Life and Loves of a Stupid Man by [Marc Joan]
Smoke, in Crimson, by Greg F. Gifune The Bleed
Quick Read




Short Story Collections


Anthologies (including non-fiction)

Book Cover Strange Tales of Terror, edited by Eugene Johnson

Novels and Novellas

But A Dream by [Caitlin Marceau]
Quick Read
The Plastic Priest, by Nicole Cushing
Colouring book – might need a new shelf!  







3rd 26th TBA    
Apocalyptales: Judgment Day    


Short Story Collections


Novels and Novellas

9th   10th 12th 15th

Book Cover
  16th 19th  23rd 26th
This Wretched Valley - Kiefer, Jenny

Short Story Collections



Novels and Novellas

1st 13th   14th  
I Can See Your Lies
15th 16th TBA    

Novels and Novellas

1st 21st 23rd TBA  


2nd 19th
Phantom Limbs - Trade-Front.jpg



Novels and Novellas


Novels and Novellas

7th 17th



Novels and Novellas

23rd 25th      
Invaginies cover hi res.jpg      

Note: These shelves are very much ‘reminders’ of the magazines that are out there, so the covers might not change too often! Please let me know if there are magazines, journals, periodicals we are not aware of.

My name is David Antrobus, my collective editing services fall under the business name of Be Write There, and I’m a freelance editor (and writer). I work with most genres, especially speculative and crime fiction, and I’m experienced in a range of editing levels, from developmental editing to stylistic/substantive editing to copyediting to proofreading. I also do manuscript evaluations. As a dual citizen of Canada and the UK who works largely with American writers, I am proficient at editing US, UK, and Canadian English. My email is [email protected] and my website is:

Rich Handley has had an extensive background in the industry (see below AND visit his website). After recent redundancy, he is turning freelance. If you have any editing needs, please contact him via his website. Alternatively, he can be found on Rich Handley | LinkedIn, Facebook

Rich Handley has written, co-written, co-edited, or contributed to dozens of books, both fiction and non-fiction, about Planet of the Apes, Watchmen, Back to the Future, Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, Stargate, Dark Shadows, The X-Files, Twin Peaks, Red Dwarf, Blade Runner, Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Batman, the Joker, classic monsters, and more. He has also been a magazine writer and editor for nearly three decades. Rich edited Eaglemoss’s Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection, and he currently writes articles for Titan’s Star Trek Explorer magazine, as well as books for an as-yet-unannounced role-playing game. Learn more about Rich and his work at

‘Edit Without Mercy assists you with all your editing needs – at an affordable price! Whether you require simple proof-reading for a short story or article, or more comprehensive proof-reading and editing for articles, essays, blogs, academic work, or junior fiction, Edit Without Mercy has the resources you need to ensure readable, error-free content. This also includes promotional material and marketing campaigns. As mentioned on the services page, while Claire will edit short fiction, she is only editing junior novel-length fiction at this time.

Edit Without Mercy is operated by Claire Fitzpatrick, a communications specialist, award-winning speculative fiction and non-fiction author, freelance journalist, and editor. She currently works alongside IFWG Publishing editing their middle grade fiction. Click the image for further information.

Happy reading.


 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team


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