Category Archives: horror short stories

BREWS & BOOS was a success!

The Brews & Boos: Talking Terror with E.C. Hanson and Patrick Moody event at Twelve Percent Beer Project at 341 State Street in North Haven, CT was a success! Here are a few photos so you can check out the time we had!

A HUGE thank you to Norm at the Twelve Percent Beer Project for hosting the evening. He’s awesome, the brewery is gorgeous, modern, and lively—and yes, if you’re concerned about going out in the time of COVID, this is the place to go. It’s big and airy and there’s plenty of room to spread out, as well as outdoor space, a food truck, and … well, DELICIOUS. BEER. Learn more about the Twelve Percent Beer Project here: https://twelvepercentbeerproject.square.site/

E.C. Hanson and Patrick Moody

Left, E.C. Hanson, and Right, Patrick Moody, with their set up. Learn more about E.C. Hanson, author of All Things Deadly: Salem Stories, here: https://bit.ly/ECHorror

Learn more about Patrick Moody, author of Creatures of Clay and The Gravedigger’s Son, here: https://bit.ly/PMoodyHorror

Kristi Petersen Schoonover and Maryanne Squeglia

My cousin Maryanne, who’s in West Haven. She’s into horror and we both like beer. Enough said! Read the rest of this entry

“Nothing to See Here” to appear in GENX-ED: The authentic antho of Gen-X terrors!

Gen-Xed Dark Ink Books Logo

I’m beyond ecstatic to announce that my short story, “Nothing to See Here,” will appear in Dark Ink Books’ anthology GenX-ed … the original horror fiction anthology completely by Gen-Xers—and what we brought home when the streetlights came on will terrify you. If you did things like eat powdered Tang and cookies for dinner, spent hours playing Atari, were awed by a 13-inch TV and/or did dangerous tricks on bicycles without a helmet? Or if you’re not a Gen-Xer and want to see what you missed? You need this book!

In “Nothing to See Here”: On the heels of the Challenger disaster, Doreen’s dying mother warns her of the approach of a deadly cloud—but the real danger lurks in a place she doesn’t expect.

That’s not the only trip down a dangerous memory lane. Edited by Rebecca Rowland, these twenty-two tales by latchkey kids Read the rest of this entry

“Mating Call” accepted for parABnormal Magazine’s December issue!

Norman Bird Sanctuary Lost Bird Project - Heath Hen full statue

The heath hen. This is the saddest story of all, but right up my alley in terms of romantic tragedy. From the NBS Lost Bird Project brochure: “Heath hens usually only flew to the lower branches of the trees…in 1929, ornithologists witnessed a hopeful male fly to the top of a tree and call out, loudly and repeatedly, across the island. There were no heath hens to hear his plea.” That final male was last seen in 1932.

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story “Mating Call”—written last summer, set on Halloween and putting an urban-legend-esque twist on the sad tale of the extinct heath hen—has been accepted at parABnormal Magazine!

Publication is slated for December 15! I’ll let you know when you can get your copy.

“Incubation” accepted for ANGELA’S RECURRING NIGHTMARES

Bronx Zoo Penguin T-shirt

ANGELA’S RECURRING NIGHTMARES was looking for scary stories involving penguins. I have lots of penguin stuff … here’s my newest T-shirt from my most recent trip to the Bronx Zoo.

Excited to announce that my short story, “Incubation” has been accepted for the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers’ anthology, Angela’s Recurring Nightmares!

This one had an interesting theme: it had to include a person named Angela, and the horror story had to involve penguins.

Release is slated for December. I’ll keep you posted!

“The Digging Place” now available in FORNEVER AFTER!

The Digging Place in FORNEVER AFTER Art

My short story, “The Digging Place,” is now available in Jolly Horror Press’ romantic horror collection, ForNever After.

Kali adores the odd treasures her husband brings home from The Digging Place, a warehouse full of discarded junk. Until the day he shows up with something that belonged to her former lover …

“The Digging Place” is one of sixteen stories about love gone not just wrong, but God-awfully wrong. From the back cover, written by editor Jonathan Lambert:

True love…a soul mate? Desired by most, found by few. What you are up against… is A LOT. For love to stay true, and endure. And that’s without the doom and gloom and horror that falls upon the lovers in this anthology.

These are stories where two people nearly find everlasting bliss and happiness.

NEARLY. You didn’t miss that word did you? It was never meant to be. That makes it hurt worse. They were THE one. The one to grow old with, but also the one that never saw it coming.

FORNEVER AFTER includes 16 tales of tragic love, surrounded by all kinds of horrors. If you are looking for stories with happy endings, this isn’t the book for you….

ForNever After is available in Paperback and Kindle here: https://bit.ly/DigPlace

It’s finally here: “Ghosts on the Sand”

Lovecraftian MicroFiction 2020 COVER ART JPEG

I’m pleased to announce that my story, “Ghosts on the Sand,” was one of twenty-six winners in the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival’s 2020 Microfiction Contest last October … and the anthology of winning stories is now available!

The anthology also includes the “Challenge from Beyond” round robin cosmic horror story, which features the grand prize winner and a stunning line-up of writers and artists.

This special double book is only $10, and it supports the annual Oregon festival, which features indie filmmakers from around the world. If you’re a short film buff—especially in the horror genre—then it should, at the very least, be on your radar.

“Ghosts on the Sand” can’t be read anyplace else, so if’ you’d like your copy, you can pick one up here: https://arkhambazaar.com/books/the-challenge-from-beyond-2020-lovecraftian-micro-fiction-double-book/

Only 250 copies were printed, so once they’re gone, they’re gone! Be sure to get your copy today if you enjoy cosmic horror.

34 ORCHARD’s Spring 2021 Table of Contents is here!

34 ORCHARD Issue 3 Cover

We’re excited to announce 34 Orchard‘s Table of Contents for Issue 3 – Spring 2021 – coming to the 34 Orchard website April 25, 2021!

In our third issue, twenty artists ruminate on the sometimes devastating consequences of choice … on the verandah, a selection of cocktails awaits. Choose wisely!

Cover Art: Please Pray – Jen Connic

Am I Beautiful? – Carl Olson

Inheritance – Annie Dunn Watson

Salt and Pepper – W.T. Paterson Read the rest of this entry

“The Digging Place” to appear in FORNEVER AFTER

Souvenir watch that might be sold in a seafaring museum gift shop

This watch features prominently in my short story, “The Digging Place.” I had been surfing the ’net for a watch like it to no avail for at least forty minutes, and finally I said to Nathan, “I need a picture of like, a souvenir watch that a seafaring museum might sell in its gift shop? For reference? And like … I got nothing.” He walks over to the book shelf, grabs this, and brings it over. “You mean … like this one?”

I’m pleased to announce that one of the short stories I wrote last summer—called “The Digging Place”—has been accepted to and will appear in Jolly Horror Press’ ForNever After anthology, slated for release later this year.

ForNever After will feature tragic and scary tales of romantic love, so “The Digging Place”—which is about missed opportunities and love lost—will fit right in (if you read my work, then you know that tragic and scary romance is in my wheelhouse, so … ). I won’t give any spoilers, but I will tell you that Tarot Cards, Mystic Connecticut, and a warehouse full of junk in Tennessee figure prominently.

I’ll let you know when it’s been released!

ForNever After Cover -- Jolly Horror Press

My short story “Stones” featured on BEYOND THE SCREAMS podcast!

Stones -- Beyond the Screams Art

I was honored to be asked to present a short story for the Beyond the Screams podcast, which brings scary campfire tales to listeners along with its insightful theme-based monthly commentary on all things horror with hosts Holly, Patrick, and Steph. I chose the story “Stones,” an intimate take on the Pope Lick Goat Man legend.

The month of March covered creatures of mythology and lore. Check out all of their episodes here: https://beyondthescreams.com/

To hear the recording of “Stones,” click here: https://beyondthescreams.com/2021/03/08/stones/

To read about the Pope Lick Goat Man, click here: https://www.derbycityweekend.com/urban-legends-fuel-the-tale-of-the-pope-lick-goat-man/

CEMETERY DANCE lauds WICKED WOMEN; “Arbor Day” gets a shout-out!

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Cemetery Dance’s stellar review of the most recent NEHW anthology, Wicked Women, included a shout-out to my short story “Arbor Day.”

You can read the full review here: https://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/review-wicked-women/

If you’ve not picked up Wicked Women, you’re missing out! There’s fantastic fiction by 21 talented women, including Hillary Monahan and Jane Yolen, and Patricia Gomes’ poem “Tree Limbs Block the Road” was nominated for a Rhysling award by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association. Now’s the time! You can get your copy here: https://bit.ly/WWArborDay

Wicked Women Anthology Cover

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