Indie Bookshelf Releases 07/21/2023

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‘On Sunday, July 16th, I went under for a 5-hour surgery to reconstruct my left eye. Doctors said it was in pieces and had to be put back together like a puzzle. The CT scan revealed that bullet fragments were embedded deep in my eye and had damaged the retina. Another surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19th to remove the bullet fragments and if possible repair the retina.
It will take time to learn to live with one eye, and as a freelancer, I won’t be able to work as I recover. And no work means no income.
This fundraiser is to help pay for medical treatment, lost income and clients, and for future legal expenses.
I have been watching as gun violence has been increasing in our country, and in retrospect, I know that I am very very lucky. Many families don’t get a second chance to hug their loved ones tight.
I want to take this opportunity to show you the real person behind the statistic, and that this was not a freak accident, but the result of a systemic issue we are facing here in the United States.
Thank you for your support.

‘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.’

For the marginalized and oppressed, the expression of dread varies greatly. There has been no safer place than art to communicate such powerful thoughts and feelings. And never have these voices been so embraced as in the horror genre. Hence, the existence of this important book—We’re Here: An Anthology of LGBTQ+ Horror. Comprised of twelve stories, We’re Here boldly speaks its mind, presents old and new horrors, and celebrates the beautiful spectrum of otherness. Even in fiction, we live our truths.

Contributing authors:
Judith Sonnet, Hailey Piper, Angelique Jordonna, Sumiko Saulson, Michael R. Collins, Pippa Bailey, Ruth Anna Evans, Evan J. Peterson, Dan B. Fierce, James Lefebure, Anton Cancre, Jason LaVelle

All proceeds go to The Trevor Project.

Three horrific stories of crop-killing fungal outbreaks, ancient sources of sustenance, and a ravishing hunger for which there is no cure.

“The Last Slaughter” by Douglas Ford

“Cat Food” by Holly Rae Garcia

“Rock of Ages” by Rebecca Rowland

“Being constantly hungry can make a person desperate. These three authors explore what horrors could transpire in a society where everyone is hungry all the time – an all too real possibility given the climate crisis the world is grappling with.” -Bev Vincent, author of Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences.

All proceeds benefit Texas food banks.

Not an anthology but a variety of things offered in order to support the Pixel Project in its campaign against violence against women. This particular spot is via the ever-wonderful and supportive, Angela Yuriko Smith. Check out what she is offering for a donation.

‘Please share if you can. Read For Pixels is getting hit hard in the moneys. There are all levels of awards, but $250 gets someone a talk show spot, written interview, audio podcast and a BONUS full page ad in Space and Time (magazine). Transferrable.’ – Angela Yuriko Smith.

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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…
…and more!

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.

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Marshmallow by [A. J.  Reid] Dead Ends: A Dark Poetry Collection by [Amanda M. Blake]      


Short Story Collections (& mixed story/poetry)

How Lovely To Be a Woman: Stories and Poems by [Tiffany Michelle Brown] Elin Olausson's Shadow Paths (Tales From Between Presents) by [Elin Olausson, Matthew Stott] A Pantheon of Thieves and Other Weird Tales by [Coy Hall] Against the Clock: Tales of Mystery and Suspense (Dark Tide Mysteries and Thrillers Book 8) by [Mark Allan Gunnells, Shane Nelson, Brandon Ford, Crystal Lake Publishing]


Against the Clock: Tales of Mystery and Suspense (Dark Tide Mysteries and Thrillers Book 8) by [Mark Allan Gunnells, Shane Nelson, Brandon Ford, Crystal Lake Publishing] It Calls From Below: Anthology of Horror by [Eerie River Publishing]

Novels and Novellas

Mink: Skinning Time in Wisconsin Conjuring the Witch by Jessica Leonard Graveyard of Lost Children by [Katrina Monroe]
Am I A Monster? by [J. Boote] Citizens of Shadow: A Vampire Tale (Beguiled by Night Book 2) by [Nicole Eigener] The Briars by [Stephanie Parent] Pope: Heart of the Mafia: A Dark Mafia Enemies-to-Lovers Romance (Brutal Cousins Book 1) by [Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku]
Ironbones by [Thomas Emson] Road-EO by [Joseph M. Monks]
Below Economic Thresholds by [Adam Hulse]
wind-howl-final.jpg Pound of Flesh by [D. Alexander Ward, Crystal Lake Publishing]
Attack of the Killer Tumbleweeds by [Antonia Rachel Ward] The Untimely Undeath of Imogen Madrigal Grayson Daly The Headless Boy by [Kelli Owen, Crystal Lake Publishing] Cockblocker: Not every romance is a Heartstopper … by [David Irons]
Bitters, by Kaaron Warren Midnight Solitaire by [Greg F. Gifune, Crystal Lake Publishing] They Rode Pale Horses: Book One: A Thatcher Evans Novel by [Gideon Stone] Born This Fae by [E. Chris Garrison, Anne Rosario, Amy Garrison]
Gone Where the Goblins Go by [Matt Betts] (Chapbook)  


Cover_Lore of Dreams_Colleen Anderson Scattered Thoughts: Volume III by [Jeff  Oliver]

Short Story Collections

Wound of the West It Haunts the Mind: and Other Stories by [Nick Roberts, Crystal Lake Publishing, Crystal Lake Audio] Like Smoke, Like Light: Stories by [Yukimi Ogawa, Paula Arwen Owen, Francesca Forrest]
Version 4.jpeg HorrorScope: A Zodiac Anthology, Volume 2 by [H. Everend, Briana Morgan, R.E. Sohl, Hayley Anderton, Wesley Winters, Shantel Brunton, Wendy Dalrymple, Brooklynn Dean] With a Voice The Halloween Grindhouse
Beyond Dimensional Veils        

Anthologies (inc. non-fiction)

The Science Fictionary: A Dictionary of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror by [Robert W. Bly, Crystal Lake Publishing] Inside the Indie Horror World by [Kevin J. Kennedy, Ann Keeran, S.E. England, Simon Clark, Mercedes M. Yardley, Mark Lukens, John Everson, Chad Lutzke, Tom Deady, Steve Stred, James R Russell, Robert Essig, RE. Sargent, Patrick R. McDonough, Nick Roberts, Natasha Sinclair, Mark Towse, Mark Allan Gunnells, Lee McGeorge, Kenzie Jennings, John R. Little, John Durgin, John Boden, Joe Mynhardt, Jim Ody, Jay Bower, Gage Greenwood, Eric J. Guignard, Christina Bergling, Candace Nola, Brian Moreland, Brennan Lafaro, Ash Ericmore, Alex Laybourne, Adam Millard, David Moody] Razor Blade in the Fun-Size Candy: A Horror Comedy Anthology by [Jeff Strand, Nikki Nelson-Hicks, RJ Benetti, Christine Morgan, Damien Casey, Kyra Torres, Tony Evans, Michael Rose, Nikolas Robinson, Paul Lubaczewski] Fall into the Abyss: Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror by [Aditya Deshmukh]
We're Here: An Anthology of LGBTQ+ Horror by [various authors, Judith Sonnet, Hailey Piper, Angelique Jordonna, Ruth Anna Evans, Michael R. Collins, Evan J. Peterson, Pippa Bailey, Sumiko Saulson, Anton Cancre] From Here to There: Seven stories across time, space, and reality (Far, Far Away Book 2) by [Justine Alley Dowsett] Les Petites Morts: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales and Folklore by [Evelyn Freeling] R is for Revenge (A to Z of Horror Book 18) by [Josh Schlossberg, Jeamus Wilkes, Bob Johnston, Suleyman Anadol, Erica L. Tenney, Christopher Pate, Roger Lime, Malina Douglas, J.C. Michael, P.J. Blakey-Novis] The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors by [Doug Murano, Josh Malerman, Sarah Read, Zoje Stage, Andy Davidson, Hailey Piper, Cynthia Pelayo, Gabino Iglesias, Lee Murray, Josh Ruben]
Unspeakable Horror 3: Dark Rainbow Rising by [Paul Tremblay, Eric LaRocca, Lucy A. Snyder, Hailey Piper, J. Daniel Stone, Maxwell I. Gold, Carmilla Voiez, Amanda M. Blake, Crystal Lake Publishing, Helder Chad, L. Reyes Mathew, Thayer A.P. , Yah Scholfield Yah, Nash Oliver, Lyn Walrath Holly, Cato James, Rosenberg Zachary, Blain-Hartung Matthew, Meijer Maryse, Kovar Vincent, Inglis CG, Laurance Gidney Craig, Coxon Dan, Tremblay Kaitlin, Thomas Ford Michael, Brownlie Craig, Tantlinger Sara, Vince A. Liaguno] This Fresh Hell    

Novels and Novellas

9781955904278_FC.jpg Eternal Darkness by [Tom Deady, Crystal Lake Publishing] Untamed Night: Night Order Dark Fantasy Series Book Two by [Rachael Boucker]
Image Runaway: Poppet Cycle, Book 2 by [Donna J.W. Munro] The First Time I Saw Her by [Jae Mazer] Ghosted by [Emma Kathryn, Fiona Shuman, Nicholas Switalski, Shannon Marks, Madison Newman, Kayley Kuo, Lisa Wood, Gen Z Publishing]
Image Djinn: a War on Terror supernatural thriller by [Craig DiLouie] Evil Whispers, by Owl Goingback
They Come From the Water (Florida Gothic) by [Wendy Dalrymple] Our Love Will Devour Us
The Longest Summer hi res.jpg Artificial Selection: Book One of the Daemon Progeny Trilogy by [Danielle Kaheaku] Black Rose Image


Short Story Collections

5th 11th 18th 23rd TBA
Love the Sinner by [Mo Moshaty, Elle Turpitt, Carey Oxler, Stephanie Ellis] Head Games: A Collection of Short Horror, Science Fiction, Weird, and Unusual Stories (Strange Stories for Peculiar People) by [K.G. Lewis, Velox Books] The Ecstasy of Agony cover hi res.jpg Back Roads and Frontal Lobes, by Brady Allen


1st 7th 8th    
Tales from the Clergy: Stories Inspired by Ghost by [Mark C. Scioneaux, A Nameless Editor] Midnight Under the Big Top: Tales of Madness, Murder, and Magic by [Stephen King, Cemetery Dance Publications, Brian Freeman] The Second Black Beacon Book of Mystery (The Black Beacon Books of Mystery) by [Cameron Trost, Dave Duncan, Karen Keeley, Josh Pachter, Edward Lodi, F. K. Restrepo, E. E. King, Yvonne Ventresca, Maggie King, Joseph S. Walker]    

Novels and Novellas

1st 3rd 5th 7th  
152945612 The Vein
Image The Morass: Servant of the Fly God by [Zachary Ashford, Crystal Lake Publishing]
  14th 16th 18th (Chapbook)
Popsicle The Belladonna Invitation by [Rose Biggin]
19th   25th    
Country Roads by [Colin Leonard, Elizabeth Leggett, Elle Turpitt, Stephanie Ellis] Skin Grows Over by [Lucy Elizabeth  Allan] 9781955904759_FC.jpg I'm Having Regrets by [Caitlin Marceau]
Six Days, by Kelli Owen Our sister company, Out-of-This-World Press is releasing a killer new novel. A Red Winter in the West, by C. S. Humble  



Short Story Collections

1st    11th  21st  
An Unholy Triquetra: Celtic Fairy Tales (Dark Tide Mysteries and Thrillers Book 9) by [Jason Parent, William Meikle, Curtis M. Lawson, Crystal Lake Publishing]




2nd 3rd 18th    
Saltwater Sorrows by [Rhonda Parrish, Laura VanArendonkBaugh, Jennifer R. Donohue, Adria Laycraft, Sarah Van Goethem, Catherine MacLeod, E.E. King, V.F. LeSann, Paul A. Hamilton, Morgan Melhuish] The Encyclopocalypse of Legends and Lore: Volume One by [Stephanie Ellis, Ross Jeffery, R. J. Joseph, Rayne King, Brennan Lafaro, Tim Meyer, Mo Moshaty, Bret Nelson, Mocha Pennington, Stephanie Rabig, Judith Sonnet, Markus J. Williams, Ken Winkler, Janine Pipe] Image    

Novels and Novellas

1st   3rd 8th 11th
Cover of Cat Voleur's novella Revenge Arc, showing a pair of disembodied, red lips sucking on the vein of a woodcut-esque heart, framed by the words 'Revenge Arc' and an ornate red border. THE WILD FALL OFFICIAL COVER 300dpi.jpg Mosaic Image
15th 24th 29th TBA  
The Local Truth: White Harbor: Book 1 by [Carlos E. Rivera] FAULT by [Lumen Reese] safe_place_cover_wip2 Bad Moon Rising, by Luisa Colon



anOther Mythology: Poems by [Maxwell I.  Gold]        

Short Story Collections

12th 23rd      


Wilted Pages: An Anthology of Dark Academia by [Ai Jiang, Christi Nogle, Gabino Iglesias, Premee Mohamed, Suzan Palumbo, John Langan, R.J. Joseph, R.B. Lemberg, Jo Kaplan, Steve Rasnic Tem]        

Novels and Novellas

12th       22nd
The Promis of Plague Wolves-Coy Hall The Night Prophets, by Paul F. Olson The Devil Device by [Dave Jeffery] THE EERIE BROTHERS and THE WITCHES OF AUTUMN by [Sheldon Higdon, Florian Garbay, Cin Ferguson, Broos Campbell]




Short Story Collections

Root Rot & Other Grim Tales by [Sarah  Read]        


15th 17th      

Novels and Novellas

3rd 10th 13th 23rd  
Through a Glass, Darkly, by W. H. Hussey
That Night in the Woods, by Kristopher Triana        

Novels and Novellas

14th   TBA    
Smoke, in Crimson, by Greg F. Gifune    

Novels and Novellas

But A Dream by [Caitlin Marceau]        

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.

‘BE WARNED. These pages may contain haunted cafetoriums, the teacher’s real pet, PTA ritual performances, late-night study hall phantoms, and perhaps the straight-up horror of high school. As StokerCon revealed a high percentage of horror authors are also teachers. We wanted to explore this phenomenon while creating a spooky to downright terror to read.

Therefore all contributing authors have worked in schools in various positions. And since we know they’re not paid nearly enough, this Kickstarter is to make sure they get professional rates for this project. 

We’ve solicited stories from former StokerCon guests (more will be added as they sign on) and will open the anthology to submissions too. We hope to bring you an ebook anthology in the summer of 2024.

Of course, we need your help to make this happen.  We’ll be paying authors, cover designers, copy editors, and other essential positions because we believe in paying the artists for their work.’

Do you love ghost stories?

Is October your favorite month?

Do you seek out cold shivers instead of warm fuzzies?

Then this anthology of ghost stories by top horror authors is perfect for you!

Includes authors: Raquel Castro, Tonia Ransom, Eden Royce, Gemma Files, Cassandra Khaw, Alberto Chimal, Christa Carmen, Craig Laurance Gidney, Joe Koch, Max Booth III, and Suzan Palumbo.

This is the first in a new dark, speculative anthology series called The Midnight Zone, from Dragon’s Roost Press.

A 200+ page anthology of weird, dark fiction (think: The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, X-Files, Fringe, Channel Zero) featuring these greats of smart, inventive horror: Ramsey Campbell, Gemma Files, Gabino Iglesias, Gwendolyn Kiste, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, Zin E. Rocklyn, Lucy A. Snyder, Jeffrey Thomas, and Gaby Triana.

This project represents the melding of the twisted editorial minds that brought you Burnt Fur and Stitched Lips: An Anthology of Horror from Silenced Voices (Ken MacGregor, nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for the latter) and Appetites and Harmony & Dissonance from the Triangulation anthology series (Douglas Gwilym, whose short story “Year Six” is on Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror 14 recommended reading list and whose story “Poppy’s Poppy” was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award this year).

Now entering Stretch Goal territory!

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

Happy reading.


 on behalf of Stuart and the Horror Tree Team


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