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Need original monsters? WICKED CREATURES antho features my story “Carving Grace” and lots of unique creeps!

NEHW anthology Wicked Creatures Cover

Monster anthologies—there are so many! Wicked Creatures is crammed with seriously unusual ones, though—everything from a mumble man to scary train beings. And it’s now available!

The antho features my short story “Carving Grace.” In it, living figureheads scour the streets of Timber Inlet in search of happy souls to punish. Grace, who struggles with depression, thinks she’s safe … until Read the rest of this entry

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

Near North Haven, CT? Join us for spooky fun this THURSDAY, OCT 14, 6:30-7:30pm

The Twelve Percent Beer Project presents Brews and Boos: Talking Terror with E.C. Hanson and Patrick Moody Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm sharp at the Twelve Percent Beer Project 341 State St, North Haven, CT.

Brews and Boos Event North Haven CT Twelve Percent Beer Project

I’ll be moderating this event, where we’ll talk about all things horror and some behind-the-scenes on what it’s like to be in Halloween mode all year long!

E.C. Hanson earned his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was the recipient of an Outstanding Writing for the Screen certificate. His work has been published by Smith & Kraus and Applause Books in eight play anthologies. More than thirty-five of his plays have been developed and produced in the United States. Curious Blue Press, Trembling With Fear, Ghost Orchid Press, Collective Tales, and The Parliament House have published his fiction. D&T Publishing released his first collection, All Things Deadly (Salem Stories), in 2021 while Demain Publishing will release his first novella in 2022.

Patrick Moody is the author of The Gravedigger’s Son (Skyhorse Publishing) and Creatures of Clay (DBND Publishing). His short fiction has appeared in a variety of anthologies and audio dramas, including Dark Moon Digest, A Monster Told Me Bedtime Stories, Lovecraft in a Time of Madness, Kentucky Fried Horror, Campfire Radio Theater, and The Wicked Library. He lives with his wife in Hamden, Connecticut.

The event will last approximately an hour and is free to the public. Beer and scary books will be available for purchase and yes, there will be some nice free treats and a free chapbook just for coming!

“Toxic Snap” is finalist in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Special Halloween Challenge!

Crystal Lake Publishing Shallow Waters Halloween Challenge 2021 Logo

Remember the poisoned Halloween candy scare of 1982? I do, and as the already terrified big sister to three siblings, it wasn’t fun. (Read more about it here: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/candy-tampering.htm)

That was the inspiration behind my flash fiction piece “Toxic Snap,” which is one of sixteen finalists in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Special Halloween Challenge for its Patreon supporters!

All 16 stories posted starting yesterday—“Toxic Snap” appears today—and Patreon supporters of Crystal Lake Publishing will be able to vote for their favorites. The three top stories will receive a cash prize and also be published in CL’s 2022 Shallow Waters Halloween anthology.

I’m going to put a plug in here for Crystal Lake’s Patreon, simply because I’ve been a supporter there for a few years now and I love the benefits—while there are tiers for readers, there are tiers for writers especially, and I’ve found 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!

“Carving Grace” accepted for WICKED CREATURES anthology!

Figurehead for Carving Grace -- Mystic Seaport, Woman with Roses

Woman with Roses, a ship figurehead from the permanent collection at Mystic Seaport. It is believed to be a likeness of Belva Lockwood, a women’s rights advocate who did too many important things to list them all here. Of all the figureheads I saw in the exhibit, this one reminded me the most of the creatures in “Carving Grace.”

I’m thrilled to announce that my short story, “Carving Grace”—about vengeful figureheads—has been accepted to the New England Horror Writers’ Wicked Creatures anthology, slated for publication in this fall! If you love haunting stories set by the sea, you’ll like this.

I’m sharing this TOC with many talented writers; here’s the complete list:

“Weatherman and the Monk” – Nick A. Zaino III

“Silver Leaves and Moth Wings” – Dave Bernard

“It Whispers in My Brain” – Peter Dudar

“Massive Entity-17 Bernardo Carpio” – Ken Vaughan

“The Ookie Birds” – Paul McMahon

“Wood You Love?” – Rob Smales

“Ulcinium” – Frank Raymond Michaels

“Kobold” – John Foster

“Flutter” – John Grover

“Burning Bright” – Errick Nunnally

“The Night has a Chill” – Katherine Silva

“Birth of a Creature” – Cindy O’Quinn

“Heart of Frankenstein” – Trisha Wooldridge

“Harvest” – Morgan Sylvia

“Quality of Mercy” – Richard Alan Scott

“Dragon’s Scales” – Victoria Dalpe

“Lavinia” – Patricia Gomes

“The Thing in the Window” – D.E. Ladd

“Carving Grace” – Kristi Petersen Schoonover

“There is no 21:38 Westbound” – John Buja

“Sick and the Cursed” – Timothy Flynn

“The Mumble Man” – James A. Moore

“Keep on Trucking” – Daniel R. Robichaud II

“Fifteen Years From Now” – Howard Odentz

The anthology will be edited by Dan Keohane, David Price & Scott Goudsward.

I’ll keep you posted on when it’s available!

“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

Happy July–34 ORCHARD is open for submissions!

34 ORCHARD Issue 3 Cover

The cover of 34 Orchard’s Spring, 2021 Issue. COVER ART: “Please Pray,” by Jen Connic.

34 Orchard is now open for submissions from July 1 — July 31, 2021, for our Fall Issue, to be published November 10, 2021.

Please check out our guidelines here. If you’d like to look at prior issues, our Spring issue is posted here.

We look forward to reading your work!

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