A Virtual Bloody Valentine

Last year, HWA COS held its first annual event on Valentine’s Day. In 2020, A Bloody Valentine was an evening event celebrating Women in Horror Month at Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It featured an all-star cast of female-identifying creatives, who shared their words with guests both in-person and virtually.

A year later, and a year deep into a global pandemic, we are moving this event to a virtual format. Each week, we’ve been sharing a fresh video recording of a local Colorado horror author reading from their work. In addition, thanks to some very generous women, we are pleased to be able to again offer the entire virtual salon from the 2020 lineup presented at A Bloody Valentine! Click the links below and enjoy readings from: Linda D. Addison, L.C. Barlow, Andrea Blythe, Kate Jonez, Gwendolyn Kiste, Sarah Read, Marge Simon, and Mercedes M. Yardley.

Linda D. Addison is an award-winning author of five collections, including The Place of Broken Things written with Alessandro Manzetti& How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, recipient of the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award, HWA Mentor of the Year and SFPA Grand Master. Addison has published over 360 poems, stories and articles. 

Linda Addison reads “When You Forgive Me” from The Place of Broken Things (2019); “Forever Dead” and “In this Strange Place” from “How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend (2018).

L.C. Barlow is a writer and professor working primarily in the field of speculative fiction.  She has an MA in English from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program.  She has studied with popular writers, including Nancy Holder, Elizabeth Hand, Ted Deppe, James Patrick Kelly, Elizabeth Searle, David Anthony Durham, and Theodora Goss.  Her work has been published in Oak Bend Review, Flash Fiction World, Linguistic Erosion, Flashes in the Dark, Separate Worlds, Every Day Fiction, and Popular Culture Review. 

 Barlow’s fiction has reached over sixty-five thousand readers and garnered praise, including a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Awards, a winner of the Indie Reader Discovery Awards, a winner of the eLit Awards, and IndieReader’s Best Books of 2014.  On Quora, her posts have received over 1.7 million content views. Barlow’s horror trilogy – PivotPerish, and Peak – was picked up in 2018 by California Coldblood Books, an imprint of Rare Bird Books.  The first of the trilogy, Pivot, was released in October of 2019.  Perish was released in October of 2020.  Peak will be released in October of 2021. Barlow lives in Dallas, TX with her two cats, Smaug and Dusty.

L. C. Barlow reads an excerpt from her novel Pivot, the first book in The Jack Harper Trilogy.

Andrea Blythe bides her time waiting for the apocalypse by writing speculative poetry and fiction. She is the author of Your Molten Heart / A Seed to Hatch (2018) a collection of erasure poems created from the pages of Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyers, and coauthor of Every Girl Becomes the Wolf (Finishing Line Press, 2018), a collaborative chapbook written with Laura Madeline Wiseman. She is a cohost of the New Books in Poetry podcast and is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association and the Horror Writers Association. Find her online at andreablythe.com or on Twitter and Instagram @AndreaBlythe.

Andrea Blythe reads selections from her book TWELVE (2020).

Stories by Kate Jonez have been nominated three times for the Bram Stoker Award and once for the Shirley Jackson. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best Horror of the Year, Black Static, Pseudopod, Gamut and Haunted Nights edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton.

Kate is also the chief editor at the Bram Stoker Award winning small press Omnium Gatherum which is dedicated to publishing unique dark fantasy, weird fiction and horror.

Kate Jonez reads “Carnivores” from her collection Lady Bits.

Gwendolyn Kiste is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust MaidensBoneset & FeathersAnd Her Smile Will Untether the UniversePretty Marys All in a Row, and The Invention of Ghosts. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Nightmare Magazine, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vastarien, Tor’s Nightfire, Black Static, The Dark, Daily Science Fiction, Interzone, and LampLight, among others. Originally from Ohio, she now resides on an abandoned horse farm outside of Pittsburgh with her husband, two cats, and not nearly enough ghosts. Find her online at gwendolynkiste.com

Gwendolyn Kiste reads “In the Belly of the Wolf,” which was originally published in Kaleidotrope, and “The Twelve Rules of Etiquette at Miss Firebird’s School for Girls,” which was originally published in Mithila Review.

Sarah Read is a dark fiction writer. Her short stories can be found in various places, including Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year vols 10 and 12. A collection of her short fiction called Out of Water is available from Trepidatio Publishing, as is her debut novel The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, both nominated for the Bram Stoker, This is Horror, and Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards. The Bone Weaver’s Orchard won the Stoker for Superior Achievement in a First Novel and the This Is Horror Award for Novel of the Year. You can find her online on Instagram or Twitter @inkwellmonster.

Sarah Read shares her short story “Still Life with Natalie” from her short story collection Out of Water.

Marge Simon is an award-winning poet/writer. Her works have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, New Myths, Polu Texni and numerous pro anthologies. She is a multiple Stoker winner and Grand Master Poet of the SF & F Poetry Association. She attends the ICFA annually, and is on the board of the HWA.

Marge Simon reads “The Substance of Belief” from Sweet Poison (2014); “The Castrato’s Parade” and “The Southern Lady” from War: Dark Poems (2018); “When Again I Feel My Hands” from Unearthly Delights (2011); and “Armageddon at the Clinic” from Vectors: A Week in the Death of a Planet (2007).

Mercedes M. Yardley is a whimsical dark fantasist who wears stilettos, red lipstick, and poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Beautiful Sorrows, the Stabby Award-winning Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love, Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy, Detritus in Love, and Nameless. She recently won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for her story Little Dead Red and was a Bram Stoker Award nominee for her short story “Loving You Darkly.” Mercedes lives and creates in Las Vegas.

Mercedes M. Yardley reads her short story “Black Mary” from her short story collection Beautiful Sorrows (2017).

A Bloody Valentine Presents Shannon Lawrence

“Blind Date” by Shannon Lawrence.

Shannon Lawrence adds to the line-up of featured writers celebrating Women in Horror Month and the second annual Bloody Valentine with a reading of her Valentine’s/Lupercalia story “Blind Date.” “If you’ve never heard of Lupercalia, I recommend looking it up. Quite the naughty holiday,” says Lawrence.

Readers can find “Blind Date” in the holiday collection Happy Ghoulidays, which features stories ranging from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s, and everything in between. Lawrence also recommend her Yule story “In Flames Reborn” or her sorority power, Christmas story “Deck the Halls with Guts and Madness.” Both are included in Happy Ghoulidays.

When asked why she writes horror, Lawrence says, “I love it, and I take great pleasure in freaking people out. You can ask my younger siblings. Or my children. Or my husband. Just ask anyone, really. After a lifetime of reading horror, it’s only natural I’d write in that genre.

“As a pre-teen, it was all ghosts all the time, devouring books on the ghosts of D.C. and the Civil War (I lived in Maryland at the time). As a teen, it was all about true crime and trying to understand how abominations like serial killers came to be (I still can’t say I understand them, but maybe I’m a little closer). Mixed in there somewhere was a fascination with cryptids and mythological creatures. After having survived both a serial killer’s attempt to get my mother while I was in the car and several kidnapping attempts, there’s something cathartic to seeing what could have happened and knowing that instead I survived, both because my mom was savvy and because I was. It’s all downhill on the adrenaline train after it happens in real life.”

In 2020, Lawrence released Happy Ghoulidays and Bruised Souls & Other Torments. In 2021, she is planning to finish her horror comedy novel about killer squirrels, as well as a couple nonfiction books she currently working on. In addition, publishers are looking at her Myth Stalker series, so fingers crossed! In addition, readers can sign up for the newsletter on her website: www.thewarriormuse.com.

You can find more about Shannon Lawrence at her website: http://thewarriormuse.com/.

A few of her stories can also be found online including “Dearest” and “The Rejection.”

Member Publication News (Feb. 2021)

Welcome to the HWA COS chapter’s monthly round-up of member news. We invite you to scroll through our publication announcements and see what our members are up to this month: new releases, book signings, readings, conventions, and more!

Dakota Brown adds a new Audible book to her Magic Mountain series with the publication of Demon’s Touch: A Reverse Harem Tale.

“The only thing more dangerous than being a mage is other people knowing that you have supernatural abilities. And here I am, untrained, untried, and ripe for the picking…. Trapped between parents, powers, and passion, I’m doing my best to survive, keep my loved ones safe, oh, and I still have to pass exams.” (This book is intended for mature audiences.)

Shannon Lawrence and her co-host M.B. Partlow add a few new episodes to the series podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem: Narcosatanicos & Sink Holes, Oh My! (Jan. 6), Terrorizing the Seas & Skies (Jan. 13), Modern Missteps & Moldering Mansions (Jan. 20), and This Episode Has a High Body Count (Jan. 27).

Angela Sylvaine’s story “The Beautiful People” is featured in Dark Moon Digest Issue #42.

A small town faces a peculiar seaside problem; two teens discover an unexpected connection; a woman attempts to understand people better; a person comes to terms with their true identity; an office worker finds his own face on a milk carton; a daughter confronts a strange woman haunting her father’s grave; rival embalmers go against each other in an unusual competition; a man fails to avoid late-night construction; and an island becomes isolated from the rest of civilization.

A Bloody Valentine Presents Angela Sylvaine

Chopping Spree by Angela Sylvaine.

Angela Sylvaine starts off our celebration of Women in Horror Month and the second annual Bloody Valentine with a reading from her forthcoming novella, Chopping Spree. This novella is an homage to 1980s slashers and mall culture, and it is scheduled to be released by Unnerving Books, as part of their Rewind or Die series, in early April 2021.

“I’ve always loved spooky things and describe myself as a cheerful goth,” says Sylvaine. “I remember remember reading ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson in about 5th gray and being blown away. From there, I voraciously read Christopher Pike before moving on to Stephen King. When I first began writing, I tried many genre’s, but my plots always took a dark turn. I ultimately realized horror was where I belonged as a writer, as well as a reader.”

Chopping Spree is only one of Sylvaine’s first publications of 2021. Readers can also look forward to reading short story “The Bride,” which will be coming out in a Women of Horror anthology from Kandisha Press (publication date TBD). On top of that, she’s hard at work on a post-apocalyptic death roller-derby novella and her first young adult horror novel.

Chopping Spree can be pre-ordered and purchased for Kindle and paperback through Amazon.com. There isn’t a preorder link yet but stay tuned for one to be available in the near future.

You can find more about Angela Sylvaine at her website: http://angelasylvaine.com/.

A few of her stories can also be found online including “Be Mine” and “The Beautiful People.”

Celebrate WIHM with a Bloody Valentine!

Last year, Colorado HWA members Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge, and Shannon Lawrence threw a Valentine’s Day bash to celebrate Women in Horror Month (WIHM). A Bloody Valentine drew a great crowd, and we gave away more than thirty-five signed books by award-winning authors and editors nationwide as door prizes.

In addition to recorded readings by women authors nationwide, the event featured Colorado authors including J. A. Campbell, Hillary Dodge, Angie Hodapp, DeAnna Knippling, Shannon Lawrence, P. L. McMillan, and Angela Sylvaine. It was a smashing success!

This year is a little different. To adjust to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, we decided to switch to a virtual celebration. Each week, we will be featuring a member of the Colorado Springs Chapter of the Horror Writers Association. We hope you’ll tune in and enjoy this month’s selections of readings for the second annual Bloody Valentine!

Schedule

February 3  Angela Sylvaine    

February 10 Shannon Lawrence

February 17  J. A. Campbell

February 24  Claire L. Fishback

The pre-recorded videos will be released on YouTube following the above schedule. Next year, we plan on returning to an in-person event. Until then, we hope you have A Bloody Valentine! –HWA COS co-coordinators Carina Bissett & Hillary Dodge

February 2021: Submission Calls

Each month, we strive to compile submission calls of interest. We are not affiliated with any of these publications, and all inquiries should be directed to the publication’s representatives.

It’s important to get your stories out in the world, and we believe you should be paid for your work.

Ready! Set! Write!

Title: parABnormal
Payment: $25 flat rate for fiction/ $6 for poetry
Length: Short fiction from 3,000 to 6,000 words & poetry from 1 to 15 lines
Deadline: March 31, 2021
About: Editor H. David Blalock is seeking stories and poetry about the paranormal. Potential subjects include ghosts, spectres, haunts, various whisperers, and so forth. It also includes shapeshifters and creatures from various folklores. NOTE: This market does not consider creatures like vampires, werewolves, and zombies as paranormal.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Midnight from Beyond the Stars
Payment: .06/ word
Length: 2,500 to 6,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2021
About: The editors at Silver Shamrock Publishing are looking for original alien horror stories in the vein of The Thing/Alien/The Blob/Critters/Night of the Creeps.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Jewish Book of Horror
Payment: $30 for the first 3,000 words, then a 1/2 cent per word up to 7,500 words + print contributor’s copy
Length: 3,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2021
About: The Denver Horror Collective is seeking horror fiction focusing on the culture, history, and folklore of the Jewish people. This anthology is scheduled to be published on the first night of Hannukah, 2021. No multiple submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: A Pile of Bodies, A Pile of Heads (Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series Volumes 1&2)
Payment: $40 flat rate + contributor copy
Length: 5,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: rolling
About: Sinister Smile Press is seeking submissions that fit the theme of slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre. Bo supernatural elements. No graphic sexual or rape scenes. NOTE: Volume 2 submissions must feature a female antagonist.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Dark
Payment: .06/ word
Length: 2,000 to 6,000
Deadline: rolling
About: This market accepts horror and dark fantasy. No multiple submissions. No graphic, violent horror.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Boneyard Soup Magazine 
Payment: .05/ word
Length: 2,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: rolling
About: This market accepts horror and dark fantasy. The editors are open to almost everything from traditional Gothic to 80s pulp horror and ghost stories to horror comedy. No extreme violence or overt sexual themes.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Payment: $100 flat rate for short fiction/ $30 for flash fiction
Length: 1,001 to 7,500 words for short fiction/ under 1,000 for flash fiction
Deadline: rolling
What They Want: This market publishes speculative fiction. No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

Consumed: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo

COS HWA Active member Angela Sylvaine is honored to have her story “Starved” included in CONSUMED: TALES INSPIRED BY THE WENDIGO. Angela has been fascinated with the folklore of the Wendigo since first reading Pet Sematary and learning of the creature that inspired Stephen King. Conceptually, the Wendigo represents an infectious and corrosive drive toward what one desires. Angela explores this concept in ”Starved,” which follows the lonely Tessa as she hungers for both food and love. 

The Denver Horror Collective summarizes the collection as follows: Hunger that changes you…consumes you…turning you into a nightmare version of what you once were. From desolate snowy mountains and apocalyptic wastelands to New York’s sex clubs and virtual encounters, Denver Horror Collective brings you, dear reader, visions of horror inspired by the Wendigo.

Join Headliners Steve Rasnic Tem (winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, and British Fantasy Awards) and Dana Fredsti (author of the Plague Town trilogy), along with Colorado dark scribes P.L. McMillan and Christophe Maso, will read excerpts from their CONSUMED stories set to chilling video and unnerving musical backgrounds on Sunday, January 17 at 6 p.m. (MT). Free tickets are available through EVENTBRITE.

Colorado-based CONSUMED contributors J.T. Evans, Ian Neligh, Angela Sylvaine, K.D. Webster and Joy Yehle, as well as Ross Baxter, R. Michael Burns, Elana Gomel, Michael Gore, and Amanda Headlee, will reveal what inspired them to write their stories and answer some fun—and disturbing—questions about consumption…and being consumed.

Member Publication News (Jan. 2021)

Welcome to the HWA COS chapter’s monthly round-up of member news. We invite you to scroll through our publication announcements and see what our members are up to this month: new releases, book signings, readings, conventions, and more!

Carina Bissett is thrilled to announce the appearance of her story “An Embrace of Poisonous Intent” in the anthology Bitter Distillations: An Anthology of Poisonous Tales, published by Egaeus Press.

Bitter Distillations is a collection of disquieting, disorientating and otherwise uncategorizable tales for which poison provides the inspiration. This hardcover edition is limited to 340 copies.

In December, Carina also saw the publication of her linked vignettes created for a shared world in The Lost Citadel Roleplaying Game.

The city is called Redoubt, and as far as anyone knows, it is the last.

Dakota Brown has a new release in her Ocean Enchantment series with the publication of Siren’s Song: A Reverse Harem Tale.

My guys saved me from myself, but we still have a whole boat load of problems we have to deal with. We’ve got a kraken swimming around attacking boats. We have mages called in by the government to deal with the Kraken hot on our tails and the magical black market has us in their sights after we liberated a kelpie child from their cages. To top that off, while my guys got their siren tails right away, I still can’t shift into mine. (This book is intended for mature audiences.)

Shannon Lawrence and her co-host M.B. Partlow add a few new episodes to the series podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem: Gunslingers & Shots in the Dark (December 23) and Arsenic & Old Money (December 30).

Gary Robbe is happy to announce that his piece “Poem of the Riverbank” is included in the anthology Todd Sullivan Presents: The Vampire Connoisseur.

These sixteen tales of night creature chaos were collected and edited by Todd Sullivan, the author of the Vampire Series of Extreme Horror.

Angela Sylvaine is pleased to share that her flash piece “Midnight Snack” is included in the section Cemetery Chillers in the anthology Campfire Macabre, published by Cemetery Gates Media.

50+ original flash horror tales organized by five themes: Spook Houses, Slashers, Witchcraft, Within the Woods, and Cemetery Chillers. A book perfect for time spent around the campfire or on a long car trip! Brand new pieces from award-winning storytellers and established authors.

In other news, Angela’s story “Starved” is featured in the anthology Consumed: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo.

Hunger that changes you…consumes you…turning you into a nightmare version of what you once were. From desolate snowy mountains and apocalyptic wastelands to New York’s sex clubs and virtual encounters, Denver Horror Collective brings you, dear reader, visions of horror inspired by the Wendigo.

Josh Viola’sWhen the Trumpet Sounds” was published in Birdy Magazine. This story is a series of vignettes showcasing the lives of five very different people as the Rapture begins.

January: Submission Calls

Each month, we strive to compile submission calls of interest. We are not affiliated with any of these publications, and all inquiries should be directed to the publication’s representatives.

It’s important to get your stories out in the world, and we believe you should be paid for your work.

Ready! Set! Write!

Title: The Periodical: Forlorn (Vol. 1, Issue 3)
Payment: $15 flat rate + digital copy
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 15, 2021
About: The theme for this issue is unusual vampires. The editors are looking for dark and creepy stories that offer an unusual spin on vampiric items or people.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3
Payment: .01/ word
Length: 3,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: Editors Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards are seeking stories about monsters. Avoid gratuitous sex, violence and gore. No overt religious themes.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: 34 Orchard
Payment: $50 flat rate
Length: Short fiction from 1,000 to 7,500 words & poetry any style or length
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: This non-genre journal seeks dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Diabolical Plots
Payment: .10/ word
Length: up to 3,500
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: This market accepts all genres of speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Departure Mirror
Payment: .10/word up to 3,000 words for fiction. $300 flat rate above that. $10/poem flat rate for poetry.
Length: 12,000 words or less preferred, but you may submit stories up to 20,000 words. 30 lines or fewer for poetry.
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: This market accepts all speculative fiction and poetry. Departure Mirror does not publish anything that promotes or glorifies violence, including threats of violence and coercion. Accepts simultaneous submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Dread Machine
Payment: .08/ word + contributor copy
Length: 3,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: February 25, 2021
About: For their first anthology, the editors are seeking dread-inspiring stories that take place in 1986—either the 1986 of our reality (Stranger Things) or an alternate version (Tales From the Loop).
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Dream of Shadows
Payment: £20 flat rate
Length: up to 1,500 words
Deadline: May 31, 2021
What They Want: This UK publication is looking for character-driven fantasy and horror stories. No science fiction.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Payment: $100 flat rate for short fiction/ $30 for flash fiction
Length: 1,001 to 7,500 words for short fiction/ under 1,000 for flash fiction
Deadline: rolling
What They Want: This market publishes speculative fiction. No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

Member Publication News

Welcome to the HWA COS chapter’s monthly round-up of member news. We invite you to scroll through our publication announcements and see what our members are up to this month: new releases, book signings, readings, conventions, and more!

Marie Whittaker is pleased to announce that her story “The Legend of Lightning Lizzie” is featured in Weird Tales No. 364

Evil space plants, lecherous dragons and the mysteries of the vampire haunt the pages of WT #364. This issue features stories by Seanan McGuire, Gregory Frost, Joe R. Lansdale, Marie Whittaker, Dacre Stoker and Leverett Butts, Marguerite Reed, Rena Mason, Tim Waggoner, Gabrielle Faust, Weston Ochse, and Lee Murray as well as poetry by Linda Addison and Alessandro Manzetti.

Angela Sylvaine’s short story “Mr. Chew” was recently released on TheDreadMachine.com and The Dread Machine Podcast, Episode 5.  

Travis Heermann is pleased to announce that his story “Daubs of Color” opens the anthology Hauntings (The Haunted Anthology Book 1), edited by Jamie Ferguson.

Imagine waking every day in an old house, unable to leave the grounds because every time you do you get lost in the gray mist. What if the haunted section in the library was actually haunted? Seeing a ghost in a haunted house would be one thing…but what if it followed you home?

Step into the haunted worlds of the fifteen ghostly tales in Hauntings…if you dare!

Travis is also looking forward to the launch of his new novel Tokyo Blood Magic (Shinjuku Shadows Book 1, which is scheduled for release on December 8, 2020. 

When Django Wong, a modern-day ninja turned sorcerer, takes a job to track down a newly Awakened witch, he discovers that his target is not only his lost love, but now she’s an enforcer for the Black Lotus Clan, a ruthless yakuza syndicate.

But time can change a person. Is she the girl who used to love him, a yakuza slave, or a deadly black witch?

Josh Viola is thrilled to announce that his story “The Recall” was published in the anthology One of Us: A Tribute to Frank Michaels Errington, which was edited by Kenneth W. Cain and includes a powerhouse line-up of authors including Stephen King.

One of Us: A Tribute to Frank Michaels Errington is filled with stories of writers whose lives Frank touched in one way or another. He challenged them, cheered them on and he made sure to read the big names and small names alike.

Josh also worked with Aaron Lovett on the exclusive *variant* cover for Cover Alpha Comics edition of MISKATONIC #1, published by Aftershock Comix.

Miskatonic #1 by Aaron and Josh is available in three treatments:

  • Cover A:  Standard Trade Dress. Limited to 250 copies.
  • Cover B:  Virgin Edition. Limited to 125 copies.
  • Cover M: Metal cover. Limited to 15 copies.

In other news, Josh published “The Holy Appendix” under the pen name Jay Vee at Birdy Magazine. This piece stands as an anecdotal testament to the influence evangelicalism has had on Josh’s horror fiction.

Shannon Lawrence and her co-host M.B. Partlow launched a new podcast in November! Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem is about true crime, the paranormal, cryptids, and other freaky things. A new podcast is released each Wednesday.

In November, Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem released three episodes: Cold Blooded Colorado Springs, Colorado Creatures and Hell Haunts, and Killers on Home Turf. Scheduled podcasts for December include The Devil Tramps and the Cryptids Creep, Coastal Killers & Haunts, and Do the Kansas Gates of Hell Lead to Gorbals Necropolis?

Carina Bissett is excited to announce the release of the HWA Poetry Showcase, Vol. VII. This year, she was one of the judges along with Gwendolyn Kiste and editor Stephanie M. Wytovich.

The Horror Writers Association presents their seventh annual Poetry Showcase, featuring the best in never-before-published dark verse. Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich, this year’s featured poets are K. P. Kulski, Sarah Read, and Sara Tantlinger, plus dozens of poems from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association.

J. A. Campbell has a reprint of her story “The Toy Maker” in the holiday-themed anthology A Christmas Cornucopia, edited by Anna Rashbrook.

Every winter Nicholas journeys to the city to sell his clever mechanical toys. This year is no different, except a snowstorm delays his return to his ailing wife. When he is finally able to travel, he meets people who guide him toward a new, and promising calling. —“The Toy Maker”