Indie Bookshelf Releases 03/03/2023
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Before we go to the shelves, please check the first item. We all love to read but to read we need writers and here is one who needs us:
Terrified, desperate, and rebellious—before 1973, those were routine reactions for anyone trapped and in trouble. Access to reproductive health care has been chipped away for decades until a single decision once again mired a new generation in historic trauma and modern repression.
The voices of In Trouble explore the fantastic and ordinary ways lives are overturned by unplanned or unexpected arrivals.
This collection aims forward, delivering stories of radical agency and fierce self-direction, challenging the world of legally imposed vulnerability, exploited futures, and oppressive structures that have become so painfully real.
In Trouble is a vivid examination of power and self-determination.
The editors will donate 100% of net proceeds to benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Yes, 2022 has passed but any charity books out in December which were missed are included in the 2023 shelves for fairness’ sake.
‘Twas the fright before Christmas,
nightmares fill my head,
the creatures, they’re a-prowling
’til everyone is dead…
Welcome back to Deathlehem, where…
…a stranger grants a grieving father’s Christmas wish…
…charitable acts are purely self-serving…
…a man plans his last Christmas in a post-apocalyptic world…
…a serial killer targets the wrong victim…
…sometimes it’s better not to go home for the holidays…
Seventeen more tales of holiday horrors to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Bodily transformation. Possession of the body. Forced disembodiment. A baby consumes its mother in utero. Unrealistic postpartum expectations turn deadly. A witch avenges the voiceless. These 16 original horror stories explore the ownership and control—or lack thereof—that we have over our bodies.
All profits from this anthology go to National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) to support reproductive freedom, access to birth control and abortion care, paid parental leave, and protection from pregnancy discrimination.
Lisa Marie Wood is an amazing author of – takes a deep breath – horror, mystery, dark romance, poetry, screenplays and short fiction, picking up a variety of awards along the way. Not content with taking over the world with her writing, she is also the creator behind The Speculative Fiction Academy, supporting and developing the writing of others in the field. Check out her back catalogue, but in the meantime, here’s her upcoming release:
A moment in time… insignificant and fleeting for most, but for Nicole, Mark, and Eric, it is life-altering. Three strangers meet in a town they don’t know in a place they hadn’t expected to end up only to find that they are exactly where they were supposed to be… again. Love always finds a way. Through space and time, past and future, through lifetimes and storylines, they were destined to find each other, love each other, lose each other— coordinates and weapons, scenarios and demographics be damned. A malfunction, to be sure. But when Ryan tries to tinker with his project, a weapon the likes of which has never been seen in all of the Galactic Collaborative, he finds out just how inexorable their link is… and how insidious. The beginning of an experimental series that will challenge the way you think about love, life, connection, and purpose, The Tryst will catch you in its whirlwind and never let you go. Each book in the Affinity series will combine of mixture of mystery, thriller, psychological horror, action, suspense, science fiction elements in differing measures, always with romance as an undercurrent. Love always finds a way. But sometimes that way is paved with bones.
‘My name is Janine Pipe and I am a director, producer and writer within the world of indie genre filmmaking and books. Footsteps first appeared in the 2020 charity anthology Diabolica Britannica and was subsequently nominated for a Splatterpunk Award. It then went on to be the first story in my own collection, Twisted: Tainted Tales in 2021 and has remained a firm favourite with readers. It’s always in the back of my mind; one day, my story will become a film. This is where the campaign comes in. In order to make Footsteps the best it can be, to raise enough to have some really good SFX and importantly pay all the cast and crew and everyone involved in pre and postproduction what they deserve, then help from all of you is very much needed and so massively appreciated!
To make Footsteps into the best production it can be so that it can be enjoyed hopefully by people all over the world at festivals, conventions and at home, I need to raise £5,000. We won’t need a large cast since there are only 2 main characters and our creature and it all takes place in the forest hence not a vast budget for location and set dressing. A lot of that money will go on paying the crew and ensuring we have the relevant kit. We need decent cameras and lighting, sound equipment. There’s travel, catering (one must always feed their cast and crew) and there will be a lot of blood.’
‘Robotic Ambitions: Tales of Mechanical Sentience is an anthology of genre short stories that highlights the many aspects of emerging consciousness, artificial intelligence, and the mobilization of human-created entities.
From the minds of Apex Magazine overlords Lesley Conner and Jason Sizemore, Robotic Ambitions: Tales of Mechanical Sentience is an original anthology centered on the theme of artificially created consciousness from a diverse group of both well-known and emerging genre writers.
Whether striving to protect the family they’ve chosen, searching for meaning amid the chaos of the world, or questioning what it is that makes one alive, robotic ambition can mean many different things. This anthology will explore the nuance of sentience manufactured and evolved within mechanical beings.’
‘Childhood is a time of innate curiosity, growth and the horrifying realization that terror is bound by no medium. Kindertrauma: We Know What Scared You is a feature-length peer into the void of juvenile anxieties across form and format, in order to learn both the meaning of Kindertrauma and how the phenomenon has refracted cultural and social anxieties throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Utilizing examples from movies, tv, animation, commercials, posters, box art, books, and comics, Kindertrauma: We Know What Scared You aims to provide an insightful retrospective on the things that terrified us as children, along with observations from creatives who foment the bad dreams of the current generation through art.
For anyone who grew up with films, books or comics, this is a topic you most likely discussed: media that horrified you when you were a kid. Kindertrauma: We Know What Scared You is a full-length documentary directed by Diandra Lazer produced by Blair Hawkins, Brad Henderson, Claudia Charriez, Emma Buntrock-Muller, Janine Pipe, Anya Stanley, and Justin Powell edited by Michael Keene with art direction by Jason Kauzlarich and motion graphics by Timothy Weidelman.
Kindertrauma: We Know What Scared You features commentary from filmmakers, entertainment luminaries, and movie lovers alike to tackle the complexities of what gave us nightmares growing up and paralyzed us with fear. We will also hear from theorists and mental health providers with insights on the traumas commonly carried into adulthood, how, and why they stick.’
‘WHAT IS SWORD & SORCERY?
A unique fantasy sub-genre known for short, episodic tales with historical inspiration and horror elements, featuring outsider protagonists with personal motivations, often facing dark and dangerous magic!
WHAT IS NEW EDGE SWORD & SORCERY?
A brand new magazine featuring over 45,000 words per issue of exciting stories paired with original art, essays, in-depth interviews, literary profiles, and book reviews. Made with love for the classics, and an inclusive, boundary-pushing approach to storytelling!
In the summer of 2022 we made a prototype “Issue #0”, an unpaid passion project for all involved. We put it out in the world and…people liked it! People want more! So this Kickstarter will fund the print publication of issues #1 & #2, paying contributors as much as possible this time.
Available in gorgeous electronic, softcover, and highly collectible hardcover formats.’
Go to her website lynnlove.co.uk Lynn Love is a UK-based editor, mentor and ghost story writer whose short stories and serials have appeared in print and online in The Horror Tree, Inferno anthology by The Infernal Clock, Daughters of Darkness II anthology by Black Angel Press, Writing Magazine, Mslexia and The People’s Friend among others. She’s a reader for Flame Tree Press and London Literary Scouting.
Michael David Wilson
‘I’m currently open to new clients for editing and writing consultations. If you’re interested in my freelance editing services please drop me a line at [email protected] . I offer two levels of fiction editing and Skype writing consultations.’
Services include: Story Overview, Full In-depth Edit, Skype Writing Consultations.
Go here to find out more : https://www.michaeldavidwilson.co.uk/editing/
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Stephanie Ellis writes dark speculative prose and poetry and has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her longer work includes the folk horror novels, The Five Turns of the Wheel, Reborn, and The Woodcutter, and the novellas, Bottled and Paused (all via Brigids Gate Press). Her dark poetry has been published in her collections Lilith Rising (co-authored with Shane Douglas Keene), Foundlings (co-authored with Cindy O’Quinn) and Metallurgy, as well as the HWA Poetry Showcase Volumes VI, VII, VIII, and IX and Black Spot Books Under Her Skin. She can be found supporting indie authors at HorrorTree.com via the weekly Indie Bookshelf Releases. She can be found at https://stephanieellis.org and on Blue Sky as stephellis.bsky.social.