Christmas Special! Indie Bookshelf CHARITY Releases
Christmas is a time for giving. Over the years, authors have often given their work freely to publications in order to raise money for charities dear to their hearts. This Indie Bookshelf highlights the charity publications Horror Tree is aware of from 2022.
Please consider purchasing one of these publications and supporting those less fortunate. And thank you to those who have given their time so generously to create them – whether writing, editing or publishing. Click the images to go to the purchase site.
We hope you will find something to entertain you on a cold winter night whilst supporting a worthwhile cause.
Femina by Caitlin Marceau
FEMINA: A Collection Of Dark Fiction explores the horror of womanhood. Or, more accurately, the horror of gender norms and societal expectations placed on women. This collection features work that delves into themes of identity, motherhood, sexuality, and isolation. A mix of Kristen Roupenian’s Cat Person And Other Stories and Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body And Other Parties: Stories, this collection is a blend of psychological, supernatural, and body horror. FEMINA looks at the horror of being a woman in a man’s world. Raising money for Women’s Brain Health Initiative. Out Dec 3rd. Purchase links available soon.
Your Body is not your Body, ed. Alex Woodroe & Matt Blairstone
A centaur seeks illicit surgery in an alien bodily modification club.
Two medieval monks react to their transformation and demonic pregnancy in very different ways.
A resourceful trans teen destroys sports bigots through the power of pluckiness…and abundant body horror.
A stellar cathedral crosses galaxies to dump the corpse of God into a star before the mission devolves into a panoply of psychedelic orgies.
A doxxed teen falls victim to violent assault and dishes out some harrowing retribution of their own.
Over thirty Trans and Gender Nonconforming creators unite to voice their rage, and the rules of conventional Horror go out the f$%&ing window in this collection featuring murderous pleasure-bots; proselytizing zombies; acid-filled alien cops; science run amok; sorcerers, ghouls, cannibals…and that barely scratches the grave-dirt.
Strange Weeds, ed. Donnie Goodman and Meghan the Horror Babe
An estimated 40,000 people are currently incarcerated for non-violent, marijuana related offenses in the United States. As many states begin to roll out decriminalization acts, medical licenses, and recreational stores, it is more important than ever that awareness is raised for folks that have been arrested, charged, or convicted for something that is widely no longer considered a crime in many parts of the country.
Edited by Donnie Goodman and Meghan The Horror Babe, STRANGE WEEDS is a horror anthology that contains a bevy of marijuana centered horror stories in order to benefit The Last Prisoner Project.
Hot Off the Press, ed Jay Michaels and Monster Smith
Hot Off the Press is the latest charity anthology from Red Cape Publishing, compiled by Jay Michaels and Monster Smith in aid of FAST UK – the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics.
This anthology features over forty pieces of flash fiction from some of the biggest names in the indie horror community, including screenwriters, actors, directors, authors and producers.
So dim the lights, draw the curtains, and settle in for an onslaught of short bites of fiction.
Hell Hath Only Fury, ed. S.H. Cooper
On June 24, 2022, a cry rang out across the United States of America. It echoed, reverberated, and extended out across the world. To some it represented the fear of what’s to come. To others, a reality that was all too familiar. It was a cry of anger. Of terror and anguish. Of desperation. But it wasn’t one of surprise.
In its wake, voices joined and rose with warning tales of the impending future. Bodies stripped of autonomy, identities denied, freedoms robbed, lives lost. And so much rage. For these are not voices that will go gentle into this terrible night. These are stories of fright and fighting back. These are stories of reclamation and defiance. These are stories of warriors. Because when all they give us is hell, we will respond with only fury.
Hell Hath Only Fury is a charity anthology for the benefit of abortion services in the United States of America following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Dead Close by Mark Robinson
Following a power outage in the dead of night, the residents of a leafy cul-de-sac mysteriously vanish. Amongst the missing are Eve Parker’s aunt and uncle. Desperate for answers, Eve starts digging into the history of Roanoke Road with the help of her friends, who host a true crime podcast series. What they discover could not only put them in harm’s way but also make this their last podcast, ever.
Amazing Offer, ed. S.D. Vassallo and Elle Turpitt
Amazing Offer! is a charity fantasy and horror anthology benefiting the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
Inspired by vintage ads, the stories and poems will remind readers of the ads that once appeared in magazines, newspapers, and comic books, from face cream to man eating plants.
This anthology features work from Angelica Fiori, Allen Ashley, Ann Wuehler, Ben Walker, Catherine McCarthy, Cindy O’Quinn, Edward Barnfield, Julie Sevens, Marilyn Cavicchia, N S Ford, Nicholas Hayes, Nikki R. Leigh, Norbert Góra, Patricia Miller, Patrick Barb, Sarah Budd, Sarah Jane Huntington, and Simon Clarke.
At the time of print, 100 million people have been displaced globally. The IRC helps families that had to make the excruciating decision to flee their homes. All proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the IRC.
Thank you for your contribution.
Angela’s Recurring Nightmares by the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers
The project started as a simple one. In 2013, Ken MacGregor came up with the brilliant idea for a special auction prize at our annual Monster Mash for Literacy Bash to raise money for the Dominican Literacy Center. The raffle offered folks a way to help others transform their lives. In return, the owner of the winning ticket earned something special. Their name would become the focus of the contributing author’s stories. Hero, villain, victim, or monster. It was up to the author in how they used them. As an added bonus to task the author’s creative skills, they were asked to include something special to the winner. Previous items had been dogs or a traveling circus. Our most recent raffle winner was selected and our authors had a name for their upcoming inspiration, Angela. The only other requirement the winner set was a penguin had to be involved.
When it was all said and done, there were eleven talented authors who crafted tales you are sure to remember when you hear the name Angela.
With stories by M.C. St John, Jen Sexton-Riley, RD Doan, Ross Baxter, Sarah Sigfried, B.A. Ries, Juleigh Howard Hobson, Kristi Peterson Schoonover, Rowan Hill, Nicolas J. Evans, and JC Rudkin.
Annus Horribilis: an Anthology of Horror set in 2022, ed SJ Townend
An anthology of horror set in 2022 written by the some of the best up-and-coming authors of dark fiction.
38 great short stories.
Horror, dark fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative fiction.
For adults only!
PART OF THE PROFIT FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK IN 2022 WILL BE GOING TO CHILDREN’S CHARITIES IN THE UK.
Dancing in the Shadows, ed. Elaine Pascale and Rebecca Rowland
With her hauntingly beautiful reimagining of archetypal monsters from classic horror, Anne Rice was the undisputed queen of contemporary gothic literature. Her contribution to the movement first established by Shelley, Stoker, and Stevenson revitalized and continues to inspire dark fiction writers and readers. Dancing in the Shadows pays tribute to Rice’s legacy with tales from today’s most innovative authors, drawing from the darkness where vampires and witches, mummies and rougarous, spirits and demons move to the music of nightmares.
Featuring stories by C. W. Blackwell, Anthony S. Buoni, Holley Cornetto, Stephanie Ellis, Douglas Ford, Lee Andrew Forman, Holly Rae Garcia, KC Grifant, Greg Herren, Christine Lajewski, Tim Mendees, Scotty Milder, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, E. F. Schraeder, Angela Yuriko Smith, Morgan Sylvia, Lamont A. Turner, Gordon B. White, and Trish Wilson ; edited by Elaine Pascale and Rebecca Rowland
100% proceeds benefit Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO)
Shattered & Splintered: A Horror Anthology, ed. Laurel Hightower & James Sabata
Nothing is as it seems.
Your reflection beckons you through the looking glass. Step through the cracks and travel paths where the darkness twists familiar shapes, where the once safe havens are overrun with danger, and the mundane objects of your life are forever changed.
Twenty authors share their view of the world through the shattered and splintered shards of their imaginations. Where does perception end and reality begin?
Raising money for The Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department (GHAVFD).
Boneyard by Michael Carter
Take a journey through Michael Carter’s boneyard by way of thirty-five bite-sized flash fictions. All with a speculative bent, the tales explore the magical and the real, outdoor life and the American West, delve into the psychology and horrors of crime, correction, and rehabilitation, and provide a glimpse of the end of the world as we know it. What else is waiting to be uncovered in the boneyard? There’s only one way to find out. Proceeds from corporate retail distributors (e.g., Amazon, B&N) will be donated to the Shriners Children’s Hospitals in Spokane, Washington, & Galveston, Texas, USA.
206 Word Stories: a Horror Anthology, ed. SJ Townend
An anthology of 206-word horror stories/flash fiction showcasing some of the freshest horror writers out there today. There are 206 bones in the adult human skeleton. Our writers gave us 206-word stories, one word per bone. We, Bag of Bones Press, have selected and published 206 of these absolute beasts for your enjoyment.
All profit from the sale of this book in 2022 will be going to children’s charities in the UK.
You’ve Lost a Lot of Blood by Eric LaRocca
Each precious thing I show you in this book is a holy relic from the night we both perished-the night when I combed you from my hair and watered the moon with your blood.
You’ve lost a lot of blood . . .
50% of proceeds will be donated to Trans Lifeline (@TransLifeline)
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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 is an active member of the HWA and can be found at https://stephanieellis.org and on Blue Sky as stephellis.bsky.social.