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Publishers-If you have authors that write horror, dark fantasy, or dark sci-fi that have a new release coming out,then contact me at cnola.author@gmail.com to have a New Release Feature scheduled. Booking now for Oct-Dec. 2021.


New Release features will now include a short author interview with bio and author photo, and book review of the new release.  I will not schedule more than two on any given week to give your author/book the attention they deserve. This is on a first come, first serve basis. 


Please note-self published authors are acting as their own publishers and will be regarded as such. Indie authors and self-published authors are more than welcome to schedule these features.  


I do not read or review romance/erotica/dark erotica or content containing graphic sexual violence of underage characters.  

 

All Things Deadly- Salem Stories

by E.C. Hanson

August 1, 2021 New Release.

“All Things Deadly” is the debut collection of short stories penned by author E. C. Hanson. Hanson has a long list of short plays that have been produced in the US, as well as many fiction and non-fiction pieces that have been published by Horror Oasis, Curious Blue Press, Collective Tales, and Ghost Orchid Press, among others. 


“All Things Deadly” marks his return to fiction with an excellent collection of short stories that are based in one of America’s creepiest towns, Salem, home of the witch trials. The stories seem to be unrelated but a pattern soon appears as the story of the Frost Family is woven in-between the other tales. 


Each short story delivers a relatable character with a disturbing story line, each one just a bit more chilling than the last. Some are a bit humorous while a few others stick to a darker dose of humanity and horror.  I had a couple of favorite stories, other than the Frost Family central story, which kept me intrigued to the very end.  My favorite short story was “Crunchy Bits” because I loved the dark humor it held and the sense of irony that was carried throughout. I love when a story reveals the darker side of human nature and this one delivered it exceptionally well. 


This is an impeccable collection of short stories that sets itself apart from the rest by carrying a central story along with the rest. Well-written, carefully-planned, “All Things Deadly” carries the chills that Salem is known to deliver. Five stars for this debut by E.C. Hanson. 

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House of Stitched Magazine

August 1, 2021 Edition

I had the privilege of reviewing the new issue of “House of Stitched” Magazine, #3. This issue releases on August 1, and is jam-packed with more than 150 pages of deliciously dark poetry, and exceptional artwork, along with inspirational and thought provoking articles. Contributors to the articles include Brian Keene, Jae Mazer, Lisa Vasquez, D. Pardee Whiting and Tommy Clark, amongst others. 


The opening pages begin with a selection of poetry that is prefaced by an outstanding article titled “Of Rhyme & Reason” by Larissa Bennett, which explores dark poetry as a genre and how it began. It also discusses the reasons for its appeal to both writers and fans of the genre. I found the article to be extremely well researched, and well-written. As a writer of dark poetry, I appreciated the time that was taken to explore the nature of the genre and the reasons behind it.  Often, dark poetry is written as a release, an outlet for those all too human emotions that we cannot easily express, fear, trauma, pain, loss, grief, identity. All of those hidden struggles that our psyche fools us into thinking that we are the only one that feel this way but millions of people feel the same thing, every second, of every day.  


Normally, readers that gravitate to reading dark poetry do so because they see themselves in it. They see a kindred spirit, someone else screaming into the void begging to be heard, just like they are. They relate to it on a deeper level, even while they struggle to relate to another person in the same manner. The selection of poetry that follows the article contains some exceptional examples of dark poetry, beautifully written and displayed. Poetry is by Larissa Bennett, Max I. Gold, James Matthew Byers and others. Poet Max I. Gold is also interviewed in this edition. 


Book Reviews included in this issue were written by Lisa Lee Tone and include “The Slob” by Aron Beauregard, and “Succulent Prey” by Wrath James White. Lisa also reviews “The Virgin’s Embrace” by Dacre Stoker and Chris McAuley. Each review contains the full book synopsis, book cover images, and an in-depth review of each book. 


Notable interviews included Dacre Stoker and Jonathan Janz, both of which were extremely informative and captivating.  I strongly advise getting a copy of this issue for the interviews alone. Other interviews include James A Moore, Danielle Lang, Desiree Byars and Rob Prior.  


Brian Keene penned an amazing article in this edition titled “The Arc of Arterial Spray: A Brief History of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.” He breaks down the difference between Splatterpunk and Extreme horror by discussing the origins of each. He discusses many of the authors of each genre, what sets them apart from each other and how the two genres, once divided, have almost merged into one and the same genre, with many authors writing both what is considered splatterpunk and extreme all rolled into one. He ends the article with an excellent list of reading recommendations for both Splatterpunk and Extreme horror. 


Another excellent contribution was penned by Jae Mazer. This article is “Triumvirate of Terror: An Exploration of Three Types of Monsters in Horror. “ This article defines the three monster types as The Impossible, The Plausible and The Flesh & Blood Monsters.  “The Impossible” includes monsters such as Swamp Thing, Dracula, and Cthulhu, while “The Plausible” includes the Blair Witch, BigFoot, Loch Ness monster, ghosts and demons because these beings could, maybe, exist.   


The last category as you might expect discusses real life monsters, those humans tainted by evil. The killers, the rapists, the torturers that walk around us every day, in real life. I found this article to be fascinating especially when Jae brings it back around to why such things appeal to us, why humans like to be scared and why we are fascinated with the dark side of human nature. 


There are far too many articles, interviews, reviews, and art packed into this magazine for me to discuss them all but I promise that you will not be disappointed by any page in this edition. It is a gorgeous magazine, impeccably designed, brilliantly laid out and full of entertaining and interesting articles and art, each one designed to delight the darkest horror denizen. 


Make sure to check out House of Stitched Magazine. 


You can support their kickstarter by clicking on the link below. 

 

August 2021 Issue

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June 1-New Release: Unburied

A Collection of Queer Dark Fiction

Book Synopsis:

An asteroid miner recovering from an accident learns that the cure might be scarier than the trauma. A man discovers a mirror in an antiques shop that allows its gazers to climb inside and visit paradise. A teenager is haunted by the memory of a strange boy who appeared in his bedroom when he was a child. A future pandemic survivor is forced to make a terrible sacrifice in order to save the world's gay male population. A cult survivor sees a man who reminds him of someone from the past and begins to lose a bit of his hard-earned control. An entity that exhibits characteristics of both angel and vampire tells its peculiar story to an anonymous confessor and potential lover in the shadows of an LGBTQ club.


Silent film actresses who haunt a Hollywood Hills mansion, mysterious beings who lurk in the closet, and witches who may or may not live under the bed: these and many other dark fiction entities from this twisted box of curiosities come together to serve the reader a cornucopia of chilling horror, sci-fi terror, and dark fantasy. In a bloody twist on the antiquated trope of "burying the gays,” sixteen established and award-winning genre fiction scribes from around the globe, including Felice Picano (Lambda Award nominee and co-founder of The Violet Quill), Greg Herren (Lambda Award winner and co-founder of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival), Daniel M. Jaffe (Rainbow Award and American Fiction Prize finalist), and Thomas Kearnes (Lambda Award nominee), put forth a dazzling array of creature features, shadow fables, and dreadful delusions spotlighting LGBTQ+ characters. 

From the website(https://rowlandbooks.com/unburied)


This anthology has something for everyone. I was delighted to find so many great stories within this collection.  Right out of the gate, M.C. St. John immediately drew goosebumps with the story “Sweet Dreams”. As a childhood survivor of many nightmares and years of night terrors, I immediately was a child again, begging for my dad to look under the bed. Young Harold insists that what he heard was real, that what he saw so often under his bed, was really there. Tonight, his father finds out if Harold was telling the truth or not. 


Sarah Lynn Eaton creates a chilling tale of off-world horror in “When the Dust Settles,” where an injured asteroid miner is recovering from her wounds, but does not remember her accident. She has been fitted with some prosthetic limbs which she is still learning to control, or are they learning her? 


Another story truly left me feeling haunted when I finished reading  it, Laura DeHaan’s “Open Up and Let Me In.” This story follows Dana as she is left grieving the death of her wife. Her grief, pain and sense of loss is truly heartbreaking as she reaches out to friends and counselors for help with her sorrow. She also feels like she is losing her grip on things as she begins to see her wife’s face everywhere, at least in reflective surfaces. Her descent into obsession and madness ends with a deeply disturbing twist. 


Every one of these stories delivers a haunting tale that will linger long after you put the book down. This is a 5 star collection, make sure to pick this one up today. 

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Matters Most Macabre by Tylor James

April 24, 2021 New Release

“Matters Most Macabre” is a surprising collection of short stories by Tylor James. Tylor is a new author with a new and strange perspective of the world that I found intriguing. His first story broke my heart, as an author and avid reader, I am sure you will understand why.  The title is “The Day The Stories Died,” and man, I just have never had such a thought. The events that unfold in this story and haunting tale will leave you more than a bit disturbed. I was left quite unsettled by the entire thing and that for me, is horror at its finest. It’s not always a monster under the bed. 


In another tale, “Godly Business”, I was once again, disturbed and amused by the tale told within. America does run on big business and well, this tale is no exception to that rule. Farmer Eddie Rednick, sets out to make a dollar anyway that he can when the body of God falls from the sky onto his land below. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m just going to leave that here and let you read it for yourselves.  You won’t regret it. 


“Box of Chocolates” tells us the story of Jeremy, sad and depressed after his break-up with Angela. After three years, she just got up and moved out. As we do, Jeremy seeks out a way to just talk to her once more, just see her again and then, then she would listen. A lone box of chocolates at the grocery store lands in his cart and he finds himself standing outside of Angela’s mothers house later on that day. Estelle refuses to let him see Angela and rudely snatches the chocolate from his hands. Jeremy returns home, depressed and defeated but oh no, dear reader, the tale does not end there. This is truly one of those boxes of chocolate in which “you never know what you’re gonna get…”to quote the great Forrest Gump. Go see for yourselves, I’ll be over here in the corner, eating chocolate. 


Another favorite of mine was “The Typewriter,” and how could it not be?  It is about a typewriter, the very thing which inspired me to create stories in the first place. The weight of the machine, the clicking and clacking of the keys, the ding as the return reaches the end of the line, all glorious aspects of the vintage machine. In this story, sweet Kendra finds a vintage typewriter at an old shop and buys it for her boyfriend, Andrew, her amazingly loving writer boyfriend. Andrew is just overjoyed by the gift and soon is clacking away on the well-oiled keys. Not only is he using it daily instead of his computer but he is twice as inspired as articles and stories seem to just flow from his fingertips. Soon he is like a man possessed, come along with me and find out what happens to “The Typewriter” in this terrifying tale.


There are many other stories to choose from in this collection and several are sure to whet your appetite for “Matters Most Macabre.”  This was so well-done and each story so finely crafted that I am giving this five stars. Go get a copy today, it’s worth reading several times over. 

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Meet Tylor James

What made you want to become a writer and when did you first begin writing professionally?

I’ve always felt a strong inclination to write and be creative. 

At six years old, I wrote a series of hand-made books: Dinosaur Land. These were time travel stories accompanied by terrible, yet somewhat charming illustrations of dinosaurs eating people --- rendered in those delightfully clumsy Crayola color markers. I wrote Dinosaur Land 1, 2, 3, ad infinitum, having always had a desire to be "prolific". Two of those funny little books won me the semi-prestigious Young Authors award, handed out by my Kindergarten teachers.

Another early attempt, at eleven years old, was CICADAS --- a tale about gross bugs raining down on people from the sky. Well, what can I say? I've had a sufficiently warped imagination since a very early age. 

I'm twenty-six years old now, with two short story collections published (Daydreams of the Damned, and my best and latest, MATTERS MOST MACABRE), plus several magazine, journal, newspaper, podcast, and anthology credits to my name. 

My first professional story sale landed in the fall of 2019; a pulpy horror tale called, The Typewriter, which I sold to Jolly Horror Press for twenty-five bucks. I’m still very early on in my career, and I get quite excited thinking about the future. 

Why did you choose to write horror?

I've chosen to write horror because I have an incredibly deep affection for it. Horror agrees with me, you see. It sits well in the stomach, like a hearty and balanced meal. It’s a part of my nature.

Rarely do I ever sit down and think, "I'm going to write a horror story." More so, it's the case that what I write just turns out that way.

I don't necessarily "see" horror in the world, for which I'm very fortunate. I live in a first world country, with a roof over my head, surrounded by people who think I'm okay (most of the time). However, I still feel horror in the world. Horror is part of the human condition. I write about this “feeling of horror” in terms of fiction in order to make it understandable, and thus, bearable. Maybe that comes across as highfalutin nonsense. If so, I apologize. Still, I think this is partially why I write so many horrifying tales. 


Writing horror is a way of ordering one's psyche, a means of remediating encroaching chaos. Plus, it’s just good fun. As a boy, one of my earliest loves was horror films. At five or six years old, I watched Pet Sematary and A Nightmare On Elm Street --- deranged artifacts of cinema I'm told I should never have watched at such a vulnerable age. Yet I did, and I don't regret it, and it has warped me in a way that is agreeable (to me). Consider me gratefully scarred. Amor fati!  

Do you only write horror stories or do you cross-over into other genres? 

Essentially, I like to sit down in a chair and dream with my eyes open, then apply those dreams to paper as faithfully and craftily as I can. It just so happens that a lot of my daydreams are exceedingly dark. I'm a fantasist, in the same vein and approach as Ray Bradbury or Harlan Ellison --- although perhaps I flatter myself at the very mention of those names.

Bradbury. Ellison. They are gods of the written word, in my opinion. Paper Gods.

I cross genres quite often, usually by accident. Daydreaming is an activity centered around a spontaneous unfolding of the subconscious (i.e., "making shit up on the fly"). Therefore my dreams gift me many surprises. Every story I've written has been a surprise. They follow the dictates of dreams. Sometimes my dreams are schlocky pulp-horror, sometimes they're morbid existential fantasies, and sometimes they're science-fiction, or western, or a mixture of stuff.  

What was your idea or original concept for “Matters Most Macabre”?

MATTERS MOST MACABRE, a collection of thirteen tales, was written ON THE CLOCK, working the graveyard shift at a shut-down cheese factory located in Nowhere, Wisconsin. I was employed as a security guard, assuring there weren't any break-ins, and that the boiler kept functioning and the pipes didn't burst in this stinky, musty, vacated building. I wrote from 5:30 in the evening into the early hours. It was a wonderful gig, and I'm grateful to have had it. The original concept behind M.M.M., however, was to simply collect the best (largely unread) work that I've written to date and put it all in one book.  

What most inspires your ideas for your stories, real-life, bits of dreams or something else? 

I have no shame in telling you that I am a Beggar on the Street of Dreams. I'm always hard-up, starving for stories, eager to sink my teeth into any idea which will bear fruit.  I use everything to inspire my stories --- things that happen at the day job (I work as a used bookseller, at the moment), the people I meet, the movies and music I imbibe, my fears, my childhood, everything. I hold nothing sacred, and if I want to write about something, I will do so unflinchingly. As Harlan Ellison once wrote, "You must never be afraid to go there." Likewise, according to Faulkner: "If a writer has to rob his mother he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies."

On a related note, a few words to the wise: never double-cross a writer, as they will inevitably use you as 'grist' for the 'creative mill'. 

Which author has most inspired or impacted your writing style, alive or dead? 

The act of writing is predicated upon a synthesis of influences, however --- if I were to pick a singular author which has most impacted my work, it's Ray Bradbury. His remarkable talent for crafting beautiful prose is something I aspire to. His basic approach, however, is one I already embody wholeheartedly --- to fantasize and dream and have a ball putting it all on paper.  


Many other writers influence me as well, a few of which include: E.A. Poe, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, and Kurt Vonnegut. 

What was your earliest experience with horror? Movie, book, a real-life moment or nightmare?

As a child, my favorite films expose a rather schizophrenic personality. Here they are, in any order: Toy Story, Pet Sematary, The Lion King, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Scooby Doo on Zombie Island, Child's Play 2, and the Goosebumps TV series. 

My dear Grandmother once ambled into the room while I sat cross-legged on the carpet, watching one of the Child's Play films on our big, boxy Toshiba television. Slightly appalled, she turned to Mom and said, "Why do you let him watch these things?" 

To which Mom shrugged, "He likes it."

My parents weren't fans of horror, in particular. But they had a few VHS tapes lying around, and you can bet I got my curious hands on them. One of the best things my parents ever did for me was this: they sat me down and explained to me that there is a vast difference between real violence, and “pretend-violence”. They made me understand that the people who suffered terrible deaths in the movies were only acting, and that the blood was some mysterious combo of Karo syrup and red food dye. Movies were different from the real stuff, they said, and that murder and war were no good for anyone. Keeping this distinction in mind, I grew up appreciating a great many horror films. 


As for books, I chanced upon War of the Worlds by HG Wells when I was in the sixth grade and adored it, along with The Time Machine. Not long after that, or perhaps a bit before, I read Stephen King's The Shining and The Mist. These early 'experiences in horror' are indelible, in a sense. They've been embedded in my psyche.


One more experience I'd like to share (please forgive this terribly long answer): When I was thirteen years old, I lounged in a chair in my backyard. A beautiful summer day. The sun was hot, the grass lush green, and the breeze was refreshing, if not chilly at times. I was reading a paperback. I don't remember the title, but it featured an introduction by Boris Karloff, and the story was about a guy who cultivated bees which he unleashed upon unsuspecting victims. The ancient yellowed pages held a sweet scent to them, and continually broke loose from the spine, crumbling in my hands as I read. It was just damned lovely. 

What is your favorite thing about being in the Horror industry?

I get a certain high working with kind, creative people. The "horror industry", such as it is, is absolutely loaded with kind, creative people.


Name your top 3 most admired horror authors and/or novels and explain why? 

I’ve mentioned Bradbury and Ellison, so here’s three equally awesome writers:

E.A. Poe --- the man has touched, and continues to touch, a billion tell-tale hearts. His peculiar gothic sensibilities, his immense passion and genius, and his gargantuan shadow is unmistakable. I notice, too, that he has transcended "genre". When I stock Poe books at the book shop, he's not just in the horror section, but in the mainstream fiction aisle as well.


Robert Bloch --- Witty, passionate, charming as hell. When I read a Bloch story, much like I read a Bradbury story, I think to myself, "Man, I want to write something great like that!"  Bloch inspires and uplifts, even when telling the most chilling of tales. In terms of craft --- just pick up The Complete Stories of Robert Bloch, Volume One and one will see that this guy is the MASTER of clever alliteration. And I appreciate alliterations, see: Matters Most Macabre. 


Stephen King --- The man is incredibly prolific, a master of his craft, and possesses a delightful talent for churning out memorable horrors for us all to enjoy (sleeplessly). He's dependably brilliant, in my opinion. 

What is your favorite Horror movie and why?

It's a tie between Night of the Living Dead (1968) and The Old Dark House (1932). I love black and white films. They provide me an immense sense of comfort. Watching NOTLD, I'm transported to an eerie, gothic, black and white domain, and for me, it's as timeless as any fairy tale --- The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, Cinderella, Night of the Living Dead.


The Old Dark House, meanwhile, is wonderfully and atmospherically fun. The performances by Ernest Thesiger, Eva Moore, Charles Laughton and Karloff are excellent. It's one of James Whale's best films, in my estimation. I cannot think of a better flick to watch on a dark and stormy night. 

What legacy would you like to leave behind?

Frank Zappa once remarked in an interview, "Being remembered isn't important."

I wish I were as wise as Frank. However, yes, I want a legacy. I want to be remembered. It's utterly egotistical, when you think about it. Why should I, ought of the billions and billions that have lived on planet Earth and have been swiftly forgotten, erased by entropy, even the chiseled gravestones rubbed down into flat, faceless tablets --- why, amidst this chaotic sea of space and time and countless lives, should I be worthy of remembrance? 

I find such reflections on our mortality to be humbling. That said, I'd like people to remember me as a passionate, kind, and loving human being with a hell of a flair for writing GOOD stories --- stories people will remember and think about at the oddest, most random moments.

What would you most like your fans to know about you? 

I'm a fool and I make mistakes, but I'm only human and I mean well. For all past, present and future trespasses, please take it easy on me. I'd do that same for you. (Probably.) 

I'm also quite approachable. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you'd like to chat, or to let me know how my work has touched you personally, or how absolutely wonderful I am as a human being. So long as you're not crazy. Please don't talk to me if you're crazy. I have enough craziness for the both of us. 

What current projects are in the works that you would like to mention?

I write one short story every week. This way, I always remain continually in practice, forever attempting to get better at what I do. According to one of my heroes, George Carlin, "If you're not getting better at what you do, might as well hang it up."

I always want to get better. 

I don't want to hang it up.  

This is very exciting (and, a note to all inquiring publishers out there): I'm preparing a third collection of short stories, BENEATH THE JACK O' LANTERN SKY, which will feature incredibly wild work --- my best yet, always by best yet. 

I also have a novelette I'm polishing, entitled, GATOR HOUSE. I'm considering putting this one out as a short, yet satisfying read. Similar to WEIRDSMITH: Number One which was published by Too Much Weird (Terry M. West's baby) back in January of this year. GATOR HOUSE, rest assured, will thrill you, chill you, leave you cowering in the corner with simultaneous terror and satisfaction. 

I'd like to write a novel someday, too. I'm not quite there yet, but damn it, it's going to happen! "A man's reach must exceed his grasp" and all that . . . 

Tylor's Bio:

Tylor James, born in Clark Fork, Idaho, now resides in New Richmond, Wisconsin. He's an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, with weird and dark stories published in Hypnos Magazine, The Literary Hatchet, The Periodical, Forlorn, Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine, and such anthologies as ACCURSED: A Horror Anthology and SCARE ME (from Esskaye Books). One of his best tales, "A Skeleton Reads Shakespeare" was adapted for dramatic narration by The Other Stories Podcast. He's the author of Daydreams of the Damned: Tales of Horror & Oddity, Weirdsmith: Number One, as well as his best and latest, MATTERS MOST MACABRE.


His website: tylorjames.com

Facebook: Tylor James 

Instagram: @tylorthewriter

Twitter: @creaturekillswe

 

Malinae by Josh Schlossberg

April 24, 2021 New Release

“Malinae” is a disturbing story that masterfully weaves a large helping of horror into an already terrifying take on aging and Alzheimer’s. Ward is a loyal and loving husband to Malina, his aging wife that is slowly giving way to Alzheimer’s, the disease that is slowly erasing the woman he once knew. He watches her fade a bit more every day, helpless and frail with his own aches and pains.
Their daily lives are almost fully governed by their two caretakers, Celeste and Daria, while their adult daughter, Brooke, comes for her obligatory visits on Sundays.
During dinner, Ward sees an odd protrusion in Malina’s mouth, which he tries to remove but is not successful and their caretaker harshly scolds him for not being more careful. When he looks again, her mouth seems normal and he brushes it off as old age or hallucinations from his meds, both viable options at his stage of life.
As the days go by, he becomes more alarmed by Malina’s behavior and asks his grandson, Jason, to help him investigate the caretaker, Celeste, who has become increasingly more erratic in her behavior and her protective attitude of Malina. Things escalate as Jason uncovers more information about their caretaker and Ward comes to understand that his life is in danger, and the life of his beloved wife. The story unfolds at an ever-increasing pace as Ward fights to save his wife from the thing inhabiting her body, but will he lose himself in the process?
I enjoyed this story and how well it played out. Not too much backstory but enough to fill in who the main characters were and who they are now. The emotions were heart-wrenching and relatable as it paints a very honest picture of what aging looks and feels like, to those going through it. The loss of family, friends, social life and hobbies along with the sense of isolation are very real things that many of us don’t think about until it happens.
Josh takes an already sad situation and weaves a horrific tale around it. I’m giving this four out of five stars.

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Meet Josh Schlossberg

Author of "Malinae"

What made you want to become a writer and when did you first begin writing professionally?

I had no choice in the matter. The demons that incubated and hatched in my head demanded an outlet, and I was powerless to resist. I’m no more a professional writer than a hostage is a professional captive.


Why did you choose to write horror?

Writing romance is far too disturbing.


Do you only write horror stories or do you cross-over into other genre’s? 

I used to write children’s stories, but the public protests made me stop.


What was your idea or original concept for “Malinae”?

I wish I knew. I had an eight-month blackout last year, and when I regained consciousness, the manuscript was on my laptop. 

Malinae’s plot, however, seems to be about an elderly man watching his wife succumb to dementia, until he realizes a far darker force is to blame and decides to do something about it. As an aspiring old man, myself, it hits close to home.


What most inspires your ideas for your stories, real-life, bits of dreams or something else? 

A chemical imbalance, I’m assuming.


Which author has most inspired or impacted your writing style, alive or dead? 

Dead authors, definitely. Especially the ones who somehow keep putting out books.


What was your earliest experience with horror? Movie, book, a real-life moment or nightmare?

Leaving my mother’s womb. Sadly, that was only the beginning.


What is your favorite thing about being in the Horror industry?

People tend to avoid boring small talk. Or having conversations with me at all, come to think of it.



Name your top 3 most admired horror authors and/or novels and explain why? 

Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree: A so-called “children’s book” about a sociopath who grows up experimenting with different ways to mutilate a sentient tree.

Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now: A terrifying tale about getting stuck in a moment of time for all eternity. Basically, a modern-day Dante’s Inferno.

Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina: A book so heavy it maims anyone who picks it up and so long it blinds the reader. 


What is your favorite  Horror movie and why?

Any Adam Sandler movie. No other films in existence are remotely as painful to watch.  


What legacy would you like to leave behind?

A general sense of unease.



What would you most like your fans to know about you? 

How I appreciate the fact that they spread cool air around my bedroom while providing soothing white noise to fall asleep to, all without requiring much electricity.



What current projects are in the works that you would like to mention?

Most of my time is taken up by writing apology letters to my readers. I’m also being blackmailed by [NAME REDACTED] to write an environmental Jewish modern-American folk horror novel, as if there aren’t enough of those already. 


Please include a brief bio here: Include birthplace, city of residence, degrees or awards of note. Novels / stories published, website info, etc. 

Birthplace: A god forsaken hollow in New York’s Hudson River Valley.

City of residence: An undisclosed bunker in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

MALINAE (D&T Publishing, 2021); Numerous biological and microbial horror tales in a variety of horror fiction publications and anthologies. 

Lead editor of TERROR AT 5280’ (2019), an award-winning, bestselling Colorado-based horror fiction anthology; publisher of CONSUMED: TALES INSPIRED BY THE WENDIGO (edited by Hollie & Henry Snider, 2020); editor of the forthcoming THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR (due out Hanukkah 2021), all published by Denver Horror Collective.

JoshsWorstNightmare.com and DenverHorror.com.

Josh’s Worst Nightmare and Denver Horror Collective are also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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