In the third of our Colorado horror authors ONLY book club, we’ll be reading and virtually discussing dark scribe Angela’s Sylvaine’s CHOPPING SPREE, followed by a live, virtual Q&A with the author!
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DHC Book Cult meetings are held via Zoom every 3 months, and attendees will vote on which Colorado horror author to read next!
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.