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Trembling With Fear 09/25/2022

Hello, children of the dark. Hope you’re doing well as the seasons change and the nights draw closer (or get longer, if you’re Down Under!). I’m writing this at the Autumn Equinox, and I’m really noticing the change today. The leaves are turning, the weather is much colder. It’s almost time for jumpers and hot water bottles – and it’s almost monster season, too. The Halloween countdown is on!

At last weekend’s FantasyCon in London (held in an actually quite lovely airport hotel), among the talks on folklore and mythology and craft, the monsters were quietly there, in the shadows, waiting for their moment. And then, first up on day 2, there they were: a panel looking at monsters and monstrosity, and what the monster represents.

This was one of my favourite discussions of the weekend because it really delved into something I’ve been pondering for a while now: what actually makes a monster? Are they a product of the age in which they’re produced? Does a story benefit from showing the monster or should they always lurk just beyond reach? Most of all, though, panellists David Watkins, Kit Power, Andrew Hook, Tracy Fahey and JL George debated whether humans can be the monster, or whether they’re always just evil humans. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, and all things dark fiction – comment below or get me on Twitter @novicenovelist.  

For me, that particular panel was a good showcase of the different arenas that dark fiction haunts. We have the monsters, of course – the kaiju, the things from other planets, the vampires and werewolves and demons – but we also have monstrous humans, the serial killers, the evil parents, the disturbed and deranged, and everything in between. We have so much we can play with when we inhabit the darker edges of fiction, and for that I am very grateful. I’ve got a hankering to write a vampire story now, but I should probably focus on the damn Victorian occult novel that’s already waiting for me!

For now, I bring you this week’s TWF tasting menu. 

In our trembling main course, Harris Coverley takes carpentry to a horrifying extreme. This is followed by three delicious quick bites:

  • Mike Rader contemplates a new kind of daytime TV
  • Alan Moskowitz ponders the origins of a very famous “doctor”, and 
  • Christopher Saylor gets digging for company

If these stories inspire you to get writing, you’ll find details on how to submit to us over here on our submission guidelines page. We are scheduling towards the end of the year for short stories now, but we are ALWAYS looking for more drabbles! Flex those creative muscles and try to tell your story in just 100 words, then send ‘em over to us.

For now, it’s over to you, Stuart…

Lauren McMenemy

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Anyone looking to make a last-minute order from our store, I apologize, that time has temporarily come to an end! The store will re-open, but it will be a while, and likely on another domain. I feel that for the last two months now, I’ve been promising that we’re going to have some exciting news soon. I’m going to stop talking about it now until any of it actually happens (watch there now be 20 announcements next week.) We’re quite close on much of it but just aren’t quite over the border yet. SOON my friends. SOON! 

For those looking to support the site, we’ve recently launched a Ko-Fi and always have our Patreon going.

As always, I hope you had a great weekend.

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree


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Dark Horse Expands Partnership With Penguin Random House Publisher

Dark Horse Comics, known for their comics, graphic novels, and mangas with such titles as Mazebook, OutlanderArmy of Darkness, and The Thing, has expanded its partnership with Penguin Random House Publisher to distribute Dark Horse’s newly published and back list comic book periodicals, graphic novels and manga to the Direct Market comic shops. This is a multi-year agreement that will begin June 1, 2023. This will be an expansion of the current collaboration of the distribution of Dark Horse’s front list and backlist to bookstores.  “It’s an exciting time for the industry, and our move to Penguin Random House for Direct Market Distribution comes after our successful partnership in bookstore distribution. Random House will help us expand our reach to retailers and fans around the globe,” shared Dark Horse Founder and CEO Mike Richardson.


Lauren returns to cover our round up of the third week of September 2022’s Paying Markets!

Hello to all of our #author and #writer friends!

Belinda is still away on her amazing vacation, and Lauren is back to fill in once more! (We almost talked our head editor Stuart into taking over this week, though he tried to pretend he was busy with family, his MBA class, the new layout, and about 20 other excuses. A likely story!)

September is inching closer to the month of Halloween and has some fun new markets to get your creative juices flowing! We even had a Halloween anthology cross our desk, which there haven’t been many of this year.

As for this week’s calls? We have the following to enjoy!

Taking Submissions: The Mike Resnick Memorial Award 2023

Deadline: April 1st, 2023
Award: First Place Prize: A trophy, $250.00 and have their story bought (at the magazine’s prevailing rate) by Galaxy’s Edge. Second place winner $100 and the third place a prize of $50.
Theme: New science fiction short story by a new author

This is an annual award sponsored by Galaxy’s Edge magazine (published by Arc Manor) and Dragon Con that celebrates new authors. As well as publishing hundreds of books as author and editor, Mike Resnick was known for his “Writer Children”—paying it forward by helping new writers start their careers. This award was created to honor his memory and continue on his legacy by spotlighting the wonderful new voices in the writing world.

For more information on eligibility and how to submit, Submissions Guidelines can be found on this page underneath the winner announcement for the 2022 award!


Galaxy’s Edge magazine and Dragon Con have the pleasure of announcing the 2022 winner for THE MIKE RESNICK MEMORIAL AWARD for Best Science Fiction Short Story by a New Author:


“What Would You Pay for a Second Chance?” by Chris Kulp


“Seedpod” by Ellen Parent


“On the Left” by Sandra Sigienski

Congratulations to our winner and finalists, and thank you to all the talented authors who submitted entries for award consideration! Mike Resnick would have so loved to have been here to witness this achievement!



Indie Bookshelf Releases 09/23/2022

Got a book to launch, an event to promote, a kickstarter or seeking extra work/support as a result of being hit economically by Covid or life in general?

Get in touch and we’ll promote you here. The post is prepared each Thursday for publication on Friday. Contact us via Horror Tree’s contact address or connect via Twitter or Facebook.

Click on the book covers for more information. Remember to scroll down to the bottom of the page – there’s all sorts lurking in the deep.


Epeolatry Book Review: Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston


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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: Will Do Magic for Small Change
Author: Andrea Hairston
Publisher: Tor
Genre: Historical and Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 11th, October, 2022

Synopsis: Andrea Hairston’s historical fantasy Will Do Magic for Small Change presents a tale of alien science and earthbound magic and the secrets families keep from each other.

Cinnamon Jones dreams of stepping on stage and acting her heart out like her famous grandparents, Redwood and Wildfire. But she’s always been theatrically challenged. That won’t necessarily stop her! But her family life is a tangle of mysteries and secrets, and nobody is telling her the whole truth.

Before her brother died, he gave Cinnamon The Chronicles of the Great Wanderer—a tale of a Dahomean warrior woman and an alien from another dimension who perform at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. They are a story of magic or alien science, but the connection to Cinnamon’s past is unmistakable.

When an act of violence wounds her family, Cinnamon and her theatre squad determine to solve the mysteries and bring her worlds crashing together.


Taking Submissions: Dragonesque

Deadline: December 31st, 2022
Payment: 0.08 USD / word and royalties
Theme: Fantasy and science fiction stories told from, or through, or with, the dragon’s point of view

Since Grendel and McCaffrey’s Pern, readers have been enthralled with the magic and mystique of dragons. But it’s rare that we get to see the world through the dragon’s perspective. In DRAGONESQUE, you’ll experience an anthology of fantasy and science fiction stories told from, or through, or with, the dragon’s point of view. High fantasy, sword & sorcery, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, magical realism, and of course science fiction…DRAGONESQUE will feature a wealth of genres that even a dragon would be tempted to horde.


Taking Submissions: Empire of Beasts

Deadline: December 1st, 2022
Payment: $40
Theme: Stories about entirely new societies and cultures populated by anthropomorphized creatures

The prompt: Lost Boys is looking for 8-10 stories about entirely new societies and cultures populated by anthropomorphized creatures.

This is your time to be utterly creative! What do you think, say, a society of cats would look like if they could walk and talk as humans do? What would their religion be? What would their world look like? What societal standards would they have? What would their homes be made of? Their favorite foods? You don’t have to use cats, you are free to use any creature you wish!