Cover Reveal: THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR

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Horror is part of the human condition, but few peoples across the ages know it quite like the Jews.

From slavery to pogroms to the Holocaust to antisemitism, the “Chosen People” have not only endured hell on Earth, they’ve risen above it to share their stories with the world.

Whether it’s pirate rabbis or demon-slaying Bible queens, concentration camp vampires or beloved, fearless bubbies, THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR offers you twenty-two dark tales about the culture, history, and folklore of the Jewish people.

OUT HANUKKAH 2021

TABLE OF CONTENTS

An Orchard of Terror: Scary Stories and the Jewish Tradition by Rabbi John Carrier

Origins of The Jewish Book of Horror by Josh Schlossberg

Torah-Fying Tales: An Introduction to Jewish Horror by Molly Adams

On Seas of Blood and Salt by Richard Dansky

The Last Plague by KD Casey

The 38th Funeral by Marc Morgenstern

Same as Yesterday by Alter S. Reiss

How to Build a Sukkah at the End of the World by Lindsay King-Miller

Demon Hunter Vashti by Henry Herz

The Horse Leech Has Two Maws by Michael Picco

The Rabbi’s Wife by Simon Rosenberg

Ba’alat Ov by Brenda Tolian

Eighth Night by John Baltisberger

Bread and Salt by Elana Gomel

In the Red by Mike Marcus

A Purim Story by Emily Ruth Verona

Catch and Release by Vivian Kasley

Phinehas the Zealot by Ethan K. Lee

The Wisdom of Solomon by Ken Goldman

Welcome, Death by J.D. Blackrose

Forty Days Before Birth by Colleen Halupa

The Hanukkult of Taco Wisdom by Margret Treiber

The Divorce From God by Rami Ungar

The Hand of Fire by Daniel Braum

Bar Mitzvah Lessons by Stewart Gisser

Josh’s Worst Nightmare #11: The Answer is Cancer (with Hollie & Henry Snider)

On episode #11 of Josh’s Worst Nightmare, host Josh Schlossberg gets out the literary scalpel with DHC steering committee members, Hollie & Henry Snider, editors of CONSUMED: TALES INSPIRED BY THE WENDIGO, to biopsy cancer.

Stream or download HERE.

Josh’s Worst Nightmare #6: The Forest Primeval (with Matthew Lyons)

On episode #6 of Josh’s Worst Nightmare, host Josh Schlossberg gets lost in the woods with Matthew Lyons, author of THE NIGHT WILL FIND US, to explore what scares us the most about the deep dark forest.

Stream or download here.

Josh’s Worst Nightmare #5: The Autism Spectrum (with Gary Robbe)

On episode #5 of Josh’s Worst Nightmare, host Josh Schlossberg looks at things through another perspective with Gary Robbe, educator and author of “Scrape,” to find out the right–and wrong–ways to write about autism in horror fiction. 

Stream or download here.

The 4th Circle: Interview with Josh Schlossberg

Interview by Desi D

  1. Name one author you admire and explain how they helped you become a better writer.

I know I should probably say someone like Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, or Shirley Jackson, but the author who influenced my writing the most is definitely John Steinbeck. (What’s funny is it’s recently been revealed that Steinbeck wrote a werewolf novel that’s never been published, and people are calling on his estate to release it!)

Steinbeck’s writing comes across as so simple it’s almost like spoken word, but it’s deceptive in that it’s no easy feat. And not only are his stories deeply meaningful, they’re timeless—as is his prose style which avoids the flowery, clunky sentence structure that dates so many “classic” authors. If a literate alien picked up Steinbeck’s work today, I bet it wouldn’t be able to tell if it had just been written or published centuries ago.

Of course, I’m not saying I’ve achieved close to any of this in my writing. But I think he’s been rubbing off on me and I hope I’m making some progress.

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Dark Lit Market: CONSUMED: TALES INSPIRED BY THE WENDIGO edited by Henry & Hollie Snider

It’s #TERRORTUESDAY, so we’re disgorging another DHC member’s–two, in this case!–published work from our DARK LIT MARKET!

This week, whet your appetite for CONSUMED: TALES INSPIRED BY THE WENDIGO, edited by Henry & Hollie Snider!

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.

DHC Book Cult + Author Q&A: THE NIGHT WILL FIND US by Matthew Lyons | July 11

For the second of our Colorado horror authors ONLY book club, we’ll be reading and virtually discussing dark scribe Matthew Lyon’s THE NIGHT WILL FIND US, followed by a live, virtual Q&A with the author himself on Sunday July 11 @ 5 pm MT.

DHC Book Cult meetings are held via Zoom every 3 months, and attendees will vote on which Colorado horror author to read next!

RSVP by emailing submissions [at] denverhorror [dot] com to receive Zoom link.

THE NIGHT WILL FIND US by Matthew Lyons:

“School’s out for summer and that means one thing to Parker, Chloe, and their four friends: a well-deserved camping trip in the Pine Barrens, a million-acre forest deep in the heart of New Jersey. But when old grudges erupt, an argument escalates into the unthinkable, leaving one of them dead and the killer missing. As darkness descends and those left alive try to determine a course of action, the forest around them begins to change…”

Table of Contents for THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR

Denver Horror Collective is terrified to announce the table of contents for THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR (edited by Josh Schlossberg), due out Hanukkah 2021.

Introduction by Molly Adams
“Eighth Night” by John Baltisberger
“The Hand of Fire” by Daniel Braum
“Welcome Death” by JD Blackrose
Foreword by Rabbi John Carrier
“The Last Plague” by KD Casey
“On Seas of Blood and Salt” by Richard Dansky
“Bar Mitzvah Lessons” by Stewart Gisser
“The Wisdom of Solomon” by Ken Goldman
“Bread and Salt” by Elana Gomel
“Forty Days Before Birth” by Colleen Halupa
“Demon Hunter Vashti” by Henry Herz
“Catch and Release” by Vivian Kasley
“How to Build a Sukkah at the End of the World” by Lindsay King-Miller
“Phinehas the Zealot” by Ethan K. Lee
“In the Red” by Mike Marcus
“The 38th Funeral” by Marc Morgenstern
“The Horse Leech Has Two Maws” by Michael Picco
“Same as Yesterday” by Alter Reiss
“The Rabbi’s Wife” by Simon Rosenberg
“Ba ‘Lat Ov” by Brenda Tolian
“The Hanukkult of Taco Wisdom” by Margret Treiber
“The Divorce From God” by Rami Ungar
“A Purim Story” by Emily Ruth Verona

Episode #2 of DHC Presents: Josh’s Worst Nightmare podcast

On episode #2 of Josh’s Worst Nightmare podcast (presented by Denver Horror Collective), host Josh Schlossberg goes beyond skin deep with Steve Rasnic Tem, author of THANATRAUMA, to dissect the decline of the body that comes with old age.

Stream or download HERE.

Dark Lit Market: BRUISED SOULS & OTHER TORMENTS by Shannon Lawrence

It’s #TERRORTUESDAY, so we’re unearthing another DHC member’s published work from our DARK LIT MARKET!

This week, you can’t defend yourself from BRUISED SOULS & OTHER TORMENTS by Shannon Lawrence!

Fear resides in the soul.

A welcoming widow with a twisted appetite; a war-time evil lurking behind the face of a child; a father’s love gone horribly wrong; a deadly government solution; a new job with a demonic pay scale; a woman trapped in a mysterious house with no memory of who she is or how she got there. These are a mere glimpse of the terrors that lie in wait in this collection of horror short stories, sure to grip the psyche and torment the soul.