Dark Lit Market: THE CRYPTIDS by Elana Gomel

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

This week, there’s no escaping THE CRYPTIDS by Elana Gomel!

An invasion like no other is threatening the Silicon Valley. A cutting-edge quantum communication technology has unleashed a flood of cryptid sightings. From headless Mothmen to dog-faced cats, strange beasts are prowling the streets and emerging from the woods, spreading a deadly epidemic of mind-blindness. Children mutate into protean monsters; people are carried away by thunderbirds; and those who survive fail to recognize themselves in the mirror.

Cryptozoologist Sharon Manley, a stranger in a strange land, thinks she knows what is going on. But who is going to believe her if her information comes to her in dreams? Torn between two countries and two men, she finally embarks on a one-way odyssey into the heart of the cryptid Earth to uncover its shocking secrets. Her quest takes her to the forest of flayed bears, to the beach colonized by Mothmen, and finally to the golden city of Hell. There she has to confront the enigmatic cryptid masters and to make the choice that will determine the fate of more worlds than one.

MALINAE by Josh Schlossberg Virtual Book Launch + “Alzheimer’s: From Horror to Hope” (4/9)

In a virtual launch event on Friday, April 9 at 6 p.m. (MT) co-hosted by Denver Horror Collective, D & T Publishing unleashes MALINAE, the debut novella by biological horror author & DHC co-founding member, Josh Schlossberg.

RSVP via Eventbrite for Zoom link.

Ward Ayers, physically disabled and confined to his Jersey Shore home, can only watch in dismay as his beloved wife Malina slips further and further into dementia. Until he uncovers the dark force behind Malina’s decline and must plumb the depths of sacrifice and selfishness to reclaim his wife and preserve humanity’s future.

The 1-hour event will feature:

Josh Schlossberg reading a brief excerpt from MALINAE and sharing the real-life inspiration for his fictional work’s exploration of Alzheimer’s disease.

D & T Publishing editor, Dawn Ellis Shea, relating her experiences working as a nurse with dementia patients.

Huntington Potter, Ph.D., Director of University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center, offering hope in the form of the latest scientific progress towards a cure.

The event will conclude with Q&A.

MALINAE will be available as an e-book from Godless.com on April 9, and as print and e-book through Amazon on April 23.

For more information, please visit JoshsWorstNightmare.com or DandTpublishing.com.

Dark Lit Market: DINING WITH DEVILS by Bobby Crew

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

This week, pull up a seat for DINING WITH DEVILS by Bobby Crew

From devils lurking in the woods, to devils slithering inside of you, this collection of horror stories takes a dark dive into the hell you create when you get a little too close to your demons. You might even find that sometimes your demons are the ones who love you the most.

Dark Lit Market: DAUGHTER OF ILLUSION by Charles W. Jones

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

This week, steel yourself for DAUGHTER OF ILLUSION by Charles W. Jones!

Eli Thompson has witnessed many disturbing things in his life. When he receives a vision of despicable acts and isn’t sure what to do until a voice tells him that he needs to leave his comfortable home in Wyoming and go to Denver. Upon his arrival, Eli still doesn’t know why he’s there until his senses lead him to a restaurant in LODO where a grisly act has occurred.

After Detective Jonas Wechsler arrests Eli for being at a crime scene, they discover that other crimes involving a vanishing perpetrator are entwined with the same Fallen Angel, Agrat bat Mahlat, who desires to bring about change to the world by sacrificing men to Samael. Quickly, they learn that there are other players in this vile plan, one a pawn to carry out the Fallen Angel’s orders and two siblings, who were separated at birth.

Against heir Watchers’ wishes, Eli and Jonas decide to confront Agrat, finding themselves in a precarious predicament.

Dark Lit Market: BERGDORF & ASSOCIATES by Thomas C. Mavroudis

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

This week, muster your guts for BERGDORF & ASSOCIATES by Thomas C. Mavroudis!

Down and out Abraham Kos has been a contract hand to the 72 Spirits of Solomon (demons to some, djinn to others) ever since his attempted suicide. The jobs Abe performs are generally simple, if questionable, but the most recent task posed by Abe’s handler, Bergdorf, is proving unusually difficult.

To complicate matters further, a powerful young woman named Rayne has been assigned the same task. To win the ensuing game of “keep away,” Abe will have to enlist the aid of his telepathically linked twin nieces, a brujo in training, and his dementia-afflicted father.

Dark Lit Market: CHOPPING SPREE by Angela Sylvaine

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

This week, prepare yourself for CHOPPING SPREE by Angela Sylvaine!

Eden Hills, Minnesota is famous for one thing—its ’80s inspired Fashion Mall. When high school junior, Penny, lands a job at one of its trendy stores, she notices her teen coworkers all wear a strange symbol they won’t explain.

Suspicious but wanting to belong, she agrees to stay after closing for a party in the closed store. Her fun turns to terror when Penny discovers a mortally wounded boy and learns there is a killer loose in the mall. Soon the teens are running for their lives.

Will Penny discover the truth behind the mall cabal and survive to slay another day, or will she fall victim to the galleria of gore?

DHC Book Cult + Author Q&A: UBO by Steve Rasnic Tem | March 28 @ 5 PM

Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 5 PM MDT – 7 PM MDT

In the first of our Colorado horror authors ONLY book club on , we’ll be reading and virtually discussing local legend Steve Rasnic Tem’s UBO, followed by a live, virtual Q&A with the author himself!

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

RSVP via Facebook or email submissions [at] denverhorror [dot] com

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Dark Wisdom Webinar: THE HORROR OF THE CRITIQUE (w/Henry Snider) | Feb. 25 @ 7 pm

Love writing? Interested in joining a critique group? Unsure about how to comment on another author’s work?

This interactive virtual lecture will guide you through the process of finding a group that’s right for you, how to offer constructive critiques useful to authors, and in doing so find shortcomings and strengths in your own writing.

* Is a writing group for you? * Picking the right kind of group * Critiquing vs. editing * How to critique * Receiving a critique * Social vs. professional interaction with your group * Helpful books *

Reserve your free ticket via Eventbrite to receive Zoom link via email.

Henry Snider has created and managed award-winning writing groups, provided editing services for authors, offered classes, lectured, provided writing contests for high schools, and served the writing community for over 25 years.

Dark Lit Market: THE DOLL ROOM by Claire L. Fishback

Every #TERRORTUESDAY we’ll be sharing another DHC member’s published work from our DARK LIT MARKET!

This week, we’ve got THE DOLL ROOM by Claire L. Fishback.

A room with many small doors, a dream hitchhiker, furniture that moves itself. A middle-aged housewife who desperately wants to be noticed. In these pages you’ll find strange encounters, dolls with secrets, and creepy children. Haunted ears. A long-lost daughter come home. Nightmares come true.

Stories that explore grief, time, relationships, decisions, and everything in between.

Stories that haunt… and inspire.

Welcome to The Doll Room.

The 4th Circle: Interview with Brenda Tolian

– Interview by Desi D

  1. What attracted you to write horror?

BRENDA: Horror, for me, is a way to explore in safety the oddity of what it means to be a woman. Often, it’s unclear the roles we are retrofitted into and often in opposition to actual reality that resides inside.

Trauma is something that each woman has experienced in differing ways, and we try to make sense of it. Horror is, for me, the best medium to express that. We are stepping into the abyss and symbolically cutting out meaning to that which escaped definition or seeks understanding. Naming the monsters is the ultimate power over them. Horror calls us to be creative, and women are fine-tuned to be creators.

  1. As a writer, how would you describe your muse? And your process?

BRENDA: The Red Monk wrote that, “Anyone who confuses his Mistress for his Muse is in real trouble.” A writer shared that with me once, and so I decided that I would do away with both in a sense.

My stories are driven by research, news, oral tales, and experiences; I suppose if I have a muse, he or she is in a box somewhere hopelessly forgotten under my bed. My process is rigid, I teach during the week, and my weekends are spent writing. I am an introvert and find more pleasure in hours of writing than socializing. I start early, around 5 a.m., and work till at least one in the afternoon, if not longer. I submit regularly and accept the decline notes as a challenge to improve. I read as much as I write in differing genres finding that this helps the process.

  1. Who has been your biggest inspiration for writing horror? And why?

BRENDA: I have a T-shirt I wear that simply says Nabokov, Kafka, Stephen Graham Jones, if that tells you anything. I also adore the writing of Owl Goingback and Mario Acevedo. I find that I am inspired by my intellectual conversations with Joy Yehle and Adrianne Montoya, both strong in the ways of horror. They, along with Stanley Wiater, helped me think about my graduate research into the topic of women within horror.

In some ways, however, my biggest inspiration comes from my twin daughters, who have taught me how to be strong and pushed me to do everything possible to pursue writing and education. So, for me, it’s not a who but communities of writers such as Denver Horror Collective and Regis University that inspire me in my work.

  1. What is it about the art of storytelling that excites you? And, of course, what is the next story we can look forward to reading from you?

BRENDA: The art of storytelling is the power of voice. So many are voiceless, and their stories are buried in the news, time, or within. As women, we are not always allowed to speak our truth or are victimized for doing so. The female body endures violence often in silence, so writing is a way to touch the cuts symbolically. I also attempt to give voice to nature that is often ravaged in similar ways to the female vessel.

My “Blood Mountain” story is, of course, in DHC’s CONSUMED: TALES INSPIRED BY THE WENDIGO. And just last week, another story, “Snake Man” came out in TWISTED PULP MAGAZINE. Currently, I am finishing my collection of “Blood Mountain” stories about, which, as it happens, is also my graduate thesis. I will be presenting academic work at the Southwestern Popular/American Culture Convention and Stoker Con this spring. I also have a hybrid novella in final edits, and hope to find a home for my “Blood Mountain” collection when it is defended and finished.