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.

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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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: MALINAE by Josh Schlossberg

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

This week, get swept away by MALINAE by Josh Schlossberg!

The absentmindedness. The nonsensical ramblings. The blank stares. 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.

But when Ward catches a glimpse of a strange appendage in place of Malina’s tongue, he fears the woman he’s loved for half a century isn’t succumbing to Alzheimer’s but transforming into something…not quite human. As he tries to make sense of his wife’s disturbing changes, he starts wondering if he’s the one losing his mind. 

Until, finally, Ward 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.

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.

CONSUMED: TALES INSPIRED BY THE WENDIGO Now Available!

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.

On the heels of the success of its Denver Post best-selling, award-winning, and critically acclaimed Terror at 5280’, Denver Horror Collective has released another horror fiction anthology, available now!

CONSUMED: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo contains stories based on the Wendigo, a part-human monster or possessing spirit that instigates acts of murder, insatiable greed, and cannibalism, originating in the oral tradition of First Nations Algonquian tribes. 

The brainchild of master editors Hollie & Henry Snider (formerly of Strigidae Publishing), CONSUMED: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo features Wrath James White (author of Succulent PreyEveryone Dies Famous in a Small Town, and Population Zero), Steve Rasnic Tem (author of UboDeadfall Hotel, and over 350 short stories), Dana Fredsti (author of The Spawn of LilithBlood Ink, and the Plague Town trilogy), Owl Goingback (author of CrotaDarker than Night, and Coyote Rage), and many more seasoned and emerging horror authors.

In an effort to help communities struggling the most with the COVID-19 pandemic, 20 percent of net profits will go towards Southern Ute Indian Tribe coronavirus relief.

E-book available through Nook and Kindle and print edition available through Powell’sBarnes and NobleAmazon, and from your local bookstore through Indiebound.

Jeamus After Midnight Podcast #2: Josh Schlossberg Interview and Folk Horror Discussion

Jeamus_After_Midnight_PodbeanIn this second episode of the Jeamus After Midnight Podcast, Jeamus interviews author and journalist Josh Schlossberg, a damned fine writer who mixes it up with the macabre. Later in the episode we have a brief discussion about the very big subject of American Folk Horror.

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Blurred Lines: Newswriting and Horror Fiction

– by Josh Schlossberg

blood-with-penPeople often act surprised when I tell them I’m both a journalist and a horror fiction writer.

I mean, I get it: In many ways the two fields don’t even occupy the same landscape. In one, shameless hacks make up fake stories to exploit the most depraved aspects of the human experience, while the other is a celebrated genre of literature popularized by respected writers such as Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King.

Seriously, though, while quality journalism presents a spectrum of viewpoints all at once, horror fiction is typically about seeing the world through the biased (even warped) lens of one character at a time.

The mechanics of the writing itself also tend to differ, where spare and simple prose best conveys the facts essential to newswriting, while in fiction colorful word choice and stylistic phrasing amplify a writer’s unique voice.

But the lines can—and often do—blur. Whether it’s an article delving into the gun control debate or a story about swimmers devoured by a lake monster, both crafts are driven by our inborn attraction to conflict.

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