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D&T Publishing

An insightful interview with Dawn Shea of  D&T Publishing. D&T Publishing is a small print publisher founded by Dawn and Timothy Shea. They are based in Corinth, Mississippi and are quickly becoming a publisher to watch for great horror, dark fiction and suspense.

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ABC's of Terror

A Collection by  D&T Publishing

The newest release, "ABC's of Terror" is an amazing collection of short stories, each titled after a letter of the alphabet. This is their second collection in the series and is well-worth owning! 

Each story is very well-crafted by some of the best authors in the business. There are tales that will shock you, unnerve you, and definitely disturb you.  There are 26 tales to indulge your dark side and I am truly sorry that I do not have room on this page to review each one of them. Each one is worthy of a read and of its place in this collection. This would be a great book to read in front of a campfire or in an uncomfortably dark corner of your house with only a single candle lit, although you might want to leave a light on for this one! 


I thoroughly enjoyed every story in this collection and look forward to more from these authors and this publisher. 

 

Dawn Shea Interview

Publisher/ Editor/ Author

How long have you been a publisher?

 We will be celebrating our one year anniversary on February 2nd. It’s been one interesting year! 


What came first?  Writing or publishing?

 Writing. I have been writing since I was a tiny thing. I will even go so far as to say, I was suspended from middle school because a teacher found some stories that I wrote that she found too “disturbing”. 


What genre do you typically publish, and do you plan on branching out into other genres?

We publish horror, suspense, thriller, dark fiction. I’m sure it would be beneficial to branch out into other genres, but I tend to stick with what I know. 


What was the idea behind putting this collection together, "ABC's of Terror"?

It started with the first volume of ABC’s of Terror. I had planned to write all 26 stories myself. An acquaintance suggested getting some other authors to help write some of the stories and self publish it. The rest, as they say, is history!! 


How do you select stories or novels to publish, whether for a collection or for novels/novellas?

When we do an open call, I read every single story or entry. I narrow it down to 3 categories, no, maybe, yes. Yes, are the ones that catch me straight off. Maybe, are the ones that are pretty good, but may have one or more things I don’t like. No, are the ones I don’t like straight from the gate. Once every story is placed in a category, we go back through the maybes and pick the ones we like the most from that group until we get to the number we had planned for the book. As long as the story or novel has a beginning, middle, and end, has a good storyline, and flows well, we can work with it. One of our main goals at D&T is to help new authors get published. 


What is your best advice for a new writer?

Find your people. Find the ones that will help you, give you advice, but also tough love. 

Above all else, keep trying. Don’t let denials get you down and make you quit. Keep going. It will happen! 


Brief Bio and Links for Dawn:

Dawn Shea was born and raised in Ripley, Mississippi and now lives with her husband and children in Corinth, Mississippi. She is an RN by trade and is half of the publishing team at D&T Publishing. She has been writing since an early age and is a contributing author in all of D&T’s publications. 


You can find D&T on the web at -


https://dandtpublishing20.wixsite.com/dtpublishing - website


https://www.facebook.com/groups/1609525809233780/ - FB group


www.facebook.com/d&tpublishing - Facebook 


Instagram.com/dandtpublishing - IG


Dawn Shea - Amazon author profile 


dandtpublishing20@gmail.com - email

 

Meet the Authors

Dawn was also able to send some interview questionnaires to some of the contributing authors of ABC's of Terror. Read on below to meet some of the talented authors from this chiling collection!

ABC's of Terror Contributors

 

m.ennenbach

How long have you been writing?

Just over two years now. March 2nd will be my official first published anniversary.


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

I honestly, rarely do horror. I care more about emotion than genre, but the emotions in a horror story are fun to play with. 


What was the inspiration behind your short story in this collection? 

Fellow authors Chris Miller, Patrick Harrison,III and I (Cerberus) were talking great horror films. Autopsy of Jane Doe is one of my favorites of all time. Between that and the original Halloween 2 in the hospital, I find the setting of morgues and hospitals to be a mood unto themselves. 


Do you have any other projects in the works that you would like to mention? "Cuckoo", the book that may be the death of me is so close to done. I will have a third poetry collection out this year, "(un)defined" and maybe a short story collection. Plus Cerberus is brainstorming our next piece. 


Brief Bio and Links below:

m. ennenbach is a poet. It's as simple as that. He just does it different than most. A naturalized Texan from Illinois, 1/3 of Cerberus, proud father of two.

mennenbach.com is his daily poetry home. 

 

R.F Blackstone

How long have you been writing? 

For as long as I can remember, but I'm pretty sure the terrible creative writing stories in primary school and high school don't count. Right? Right? If not, then I spent 10yeara writing movie scripts that never got produced before switching to novels back in 2017. 

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

No, honestly I like to mash genres together. For example, my first novel was a spy-zombie Apocalypse story. I've also written a Kaiju novel, but I always go back to horror. 

What was the inspiration behind your short story in this collection? 

Coming from Australia it is a country ride for scary tales and Katoomba itself is a place filled with the right atmosphere. As a child I always hated driving through there because of the vast emptiness of the Blue Mountains. So, in a way "K is for Katoomba" is my way of dealing with that fear...I don't think it helped though. 

Do you have any other projects in the works that you would like to mention? 

I have started writing another zombie tale called 'Zombie Nazis On A Train' which I hope to have released sometime in 2021. Plus another volume of The Book Of Spite. 

Brief Bio and Links Below:

R.F. Blackstone has been writing for over 15 years starting in the hallowed 

world of scripting. After many would-be deals with the Devil, R.F. decided 

to say "Screw it" then picked up the mantle of novelist and he has never 

looked back. His published works include Big Smoke and Kaiju World for 

Severed Press and Flicker and The Book of Spite. 

Originally from Newcastle, Australia but now living in Mexico City, Mexico. 

http://rfblackstone.wordpress.com 

https://twitter.com/RF_Blackstone 

https://www.facebook.com/Blackstone.RF 

https://www.amazon.com/R.F.-Blackstone/e/B07BT23L9Y/ 

https://www.instagram.com/rfblackstone/ 

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/r-f-blackstone 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17736393.R_F_Blackstone 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb7EPR2iG_hol9V3ukSatwg 

Also by R.F. Blackstone: 

Big Smoke 

Kaiju World 

Flicker 

The Book of Spite 

 

Joshua Macmillan

How long have you been writing?

 I have been writing off and on for about fifteen years. Within the last five or six years is when I decided to actually take it seriously and desire to make a living doing so. Hopefully, I can find an audience who wants to read the stories that I have to tell!


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

 I proudly proclaim myself as an author of horror and dark fiction. I am not opposed to writing fantasy, drama, action, or comedy- but ALL of it will be dark or disturbing in some way. With horror, you can truly be honest about the human condition. You can take the reader anywhere and everywhere. The genre has been a part of my life every day and will continue to be.


What was the inspiration behind your short story in this collection?

 I’m not going to lie, when I signed up for the anthology and was given my options for my letter- there were only a couple left and I had no idea how the hell I could pull off a story with any of the leftover letters. I decided on Y because the “Haunted Location” theme of the book brought Yellowstone to my mind when I was looking over the remaining letters to choose from.

I figured I would write about a local native tribe that had lived in the park in an area that was now heavily guarded and protected so much that the general public was unaware of its existence. I wanted there to be a curse brought to a group of kids for breaking into this sacred land but ultimately with word count limitations and my piss-poor time management skills at times, I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off. I set about researching the park for any “true ghost stories” and came across the story about The Headless Bride. The story stuck out to me and it went through probably four or five iterations until I finally found what I felt was right for my submission. I do hope that the readers enjoy the story.


Do you have any other projects in the works that you would like to mention?

 Too many, but here is a couple. My main project is a novella currently titled The Best of Intentions that is scheduled for release in spring of 2021! While I have had a few short stories published, they were all in anthologies with multiple other authors. This will be my debut release as a “solo” author and I have partnered with D & T Publishing to publish the work.


Some other projects that I am currently working on include some short stories, and my first novel. My favorite film at any given time is either John Carpenter’s 1978 classic horror filmHalloween, or Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. My novel is simply my version of Halloween. It is a simple slasher story. I don’t think there are too many of them in the written form. I would love to see the shelves of Barnes and Noble or Books-A-Million bloom with slasher stories the way Blockbuster shelves were full of them in the 80’s and 90’s. I am also working on a project similar to Chainsaw and I would love to have those be my first full-length novels. We will see.


Brief Bio Below:

Joshua Macmillan was born in San Antonio, Texas and lived in Texas until he was 18. He served just over three years in the U.S. Army, taking him to upstate New York. He lived there after ending his time with the military and eventually met his wife Audree. The two of them now live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He has had four short stories published and multiple articles published on the award-winning horror news website Dread Central, before their ownership changed hands. His debut novella-The Best of Intentions, is scheduled to be released in Spring of 2021.

 

Chris Bonner

How long have you been writing?

I've been writing fiction for about three years.

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

I enjoy horror but I couldn't imagine sticking to one genre.

What was the inspiration behind your short story in this collection?

At first I was going to use a  different place and atmosphere, but I ended up looking through cities that started with x. I found another city named Xian, and in the course of researching I ended up learning about a dynasty there wasn't much evidence for, and it kind of took off from there.


Do you have any other projects in the works that you would like to mention?

I'm working on a sci-fi horror novel I hope to release next year.


Brief Bio Below:

Chris Bonner grew up in south Florida. After spending the better part of a decade in the Marine Corps he settled in San Diego, where he lives with his girlfriend and two daughters. Chris is currently studying to become a teacher. He enjoys writing music and poetry and pretending like he can play basketball. Chris has been published in the Bravura Literary Journal, Books of Horror Vol. 2, and the Dark Solstice Holiday Horror Anthology.

 

Matthew A. Clarke

How long have you been writing? 

I've been writing for a little over three years, but only submitting for the last year. 


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

I mainly write horror but do enjoy a bit of bizarro too (watch this space)


What was the inspiration behind your short story in this collection?

Michelham Priory is local to me and is a place I have visited many times. It was featured on TV's Most Haunted. It is said to be haunted by many spirits, one of which is a young girl that can be seen in the gatehouse. 


Do you have any other projects in the works that you would like to mention?

My debut novella, "Beyond Human", is scheduled to release in July of this year (2021), with a sequel following shortly after.


Brief Bio Link:

Matthew Clarke is a writer and lover of all things horror and bizarro. He has short stories published across multiple anthologies and his novella, Beyond Human, is set to release in the coming months.

Matthew’s influences range from Jack Ketchum and Clive Barker to Junji Ito and Carlton Mellick III. He lives in the South of England with his fiancé, Issy, and a little dachshund called Frank.


To find out more about Matthew's work and get the drop on upcoming releases, visit www.matthewaclarkeauthor.co.uk Or www.facebook.com/matthewaclarkeauthor

 

Gary McDonough

How long have you been writing?

I'm a Newbie 1 year (Also known as 12 months) into writing with 20 shorts accepted.


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

Only tried Horror shorts at this time.


What was the inspiration behind your short story in this collection? 

 When I was given the letter 'Q' for this project and I started knocking around ideas that involved a 'Q'. I wanted to write about somewhere different, somewhere that was haunted other than a house, castle or cabin in the woods. I toyed with transport and thought about ghost trains and haunted trains. the 'Quite Zone' carriage inspired me to write a story featuring a ghost that hated noisy people. This became Q for 'Quiet Zone'.


Do you have any other projects in the works that you would like to mention? 

I've got a few things in the melting pot nothing specific. I have two Xmas stories that need a polish and hopefully sub them to festive anthologies for 2021.


Brief Bio Below:

Gary McDonough is a father of 2 smaller clones and husband to his supportive wife. Gaining a BA Hons degree specialising in Teaching Primary Education from MMU in Cheshire. Born and raised in Manchester he relocated to much quieter nantwich in Cheshire. A lover of all things horror and an avid fan of heavy metal and live music. During the daytime he can be found developing the young minds of 30+ future adults and at night sitting behind his laptop.

Recently he has been putting his twisted thoughts down on paper.


Some of his stories can be found in "100-word horrors #4", "Scary Snippets -Campfire Edition", "Extreme Drabbles of Dread", "Dark Holiday Anthologies", "Books of Horror pt. 2" and many fine D & T collections such as "After The Koolaid Is Gone". Stories will also be featured in future D&T books, " ABC's Vol.3" and "It's All Fun and Games Till Somebody Dies".

 

Steve Thompson

How long have you been writing? 

 7 years


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

I do cross over into other genres (sci-fi, fantasy and some non-fiction) but horror is what I am most comfortable writing.


What was the inspiration behind your short story in this collection?

This story was inspired by a dream and some supernatural “Happenings” I encountered when I was in my late teens early 20s.


Do you have any other projects in the works that you would like to mention? 

Currently working on a short and flash fiction collection.


Brief Bio Below:

Steve Thompson is a retired heath care worker, horror author, publisher and PC gamer. He lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada with his girlfriend, three hyper-as-all-hell Boston Terriers, a Chorkie and four cats. One of which, he is quite sure is a spawn of Satan. Steve has had short stories published by D&T Publishing, In Your Face Books, Crystal Lake Publishing and Books of Horror.

 

Tara Losacano

How long have you been writing?

I've been writing my entire life and have old notebooks full of stories from when I was a kid. But I've only been seriously writing and getting published for about a year.


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

I only write horror stories. Horror has always been a passion of mine and the only genre I enjoy reading and writing.


What was the inspiration behind your short story in this collection?

My inspiration for this story was to basically write something that I'd like to read myself. I just go with what feels right at the time.


Do you have any other projects in the works that you would like to mention?

I'm currently working on a couple Drabbles and also my story for "ABC's of Terror vol.3" which I'm excited about.


Brief Bio Below:

I was born and raised in New England. I live in Massachusetts with my family and my cat. I have published multiple short horror stories and hope to have my own novel published within the next two years. I'm an avid reader and lover of all things horror related.

 

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