Okay, there’s no such thing as “critical horror theory.” But if there was, it might have something to do with how your greatest growth as a writer—and reader!—comes from learning how to critique others’ fiction.
Denver Horror Collective has been ruthlessly spreading the horror since 2017. With over fifty members, not only has DHC become the most dangerous collection of dark scribes in Denver and across Colorado, but throughout the entire Rocky Mountain Region.
Yet during our last Steering Committee meeting, in the midst of all the strife in the world today, we asked ourselves: What the heck are we doing?
Our response to creeping darkness is to pile on MORE of the shadow? Our reflex when we see pain and suffering is to get people to imagine the WORST possible outcomes? What kind of people are we, truly, if this negativity is our contribution to society, to the future of humankind?
So we slept on it, reconvened the next day, and made an unanimous decision: Denver Horror Collective is no more.Continue reading
Coming up with an idea. Banging out the first draft. Feedback and critiques. Polishing that second, third, or more drafts. Submitting the manuscript. Rejection. Rejection. Rejection. Despair. Publication!
At long last, your hard work has paid off and you can sit back and reap the well-earned rewards…right? RIGHT?!
Perhaps the most frustrating part of being a horror author isn’t any of the above but getting sales for your book.Continue reading
It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year: Denver Horror Collective membership renewal!
During 2020 and 2021—the first two years of the pandemic—we gave all existing DHC members a free renewal, but this year we’re asking folks to pay the piper. Or, more specifically, $20 via PayPal (submissions at denverhorror dot com) or Venmo (Denver Horror Collective – @denverhorror) so we can keep this here DHC pirate ship afloat!Continue reading
DENVER HORROR COLLECTIVE PANDEMIC FUND
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has tragically taken the lives of tens of thousands of people across the globe and infected many more. Even among those of us who remain healthy, many have lost significant income or even their jobs.
While people everywhere are struggling, often the most effective way to alleviate suffering is to act locally. With this in mind, Denver Horror Collective has launched the DHC Pandemic Fund to provide a tiny bit of much-needed cash flow to our greater community of Colorado dark fiction writers.
Through GoFundMe we hope to raise at least $1,666 to disburse in the form of seven separate mini-grants—$666, $500, and five $100—to writers in need (names of applicants will be kept private).
Those kind and generous enough to contribute to the cause will be rewarded with signed copies of the works of some of our Colorado horror masters—including Steve Rasnic Tem, Stephen Graham Jones, Carter Wilson, and Graeme Davis—as well as hard- covers, paperbacks, or e-books from local greats Bobby Crew, Lanie Goodell, Ian Neligh, Gary Robbe, Josh Schlossberg, Warren Hammond & Joshua Viola, Joy Yehle, and Denver Horror Collective (MORE INFO ON GIFTS BELOW).
So, if you’re able, please consider digging deep into your pockets to help out your local horror writing community…just be sure to wash your hands afterwards.
Denver Horror Collective
***YOUR CHOICE OF THE FOLLOWING BOOKS FROM COLORADO HORROR AUTHORS IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION***
Signed paperback of UGLY BEHAVIOR by Steve Rasnic Tem
Signed paperback of MONGRELS by Stephen Graham Jones
Signed paperback of FINAL CROSSING by Carter Wilson
Signed hardcover of MORE DEADLY THAN THE MALE by Graeme Davis
Signed hardcover of COLONIAL HORRORS by Graeme Davis
Signed paperback of DREAD by Joy Yehle
Signed paperback of MADNESS MURDER AND MAYHEM IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES by Ian Neligh
Signed paperback of LUNAE LUMEN by Lanie Goodell
Signed paperback of DINING WITH DEVILS by Bobby Crew
Signed BROADSWORDS AND BLASTERS Issue 11 featuring Gary Robbe’s short story “A Touch of Shade”
Paperback of DENVER MOON by Warren Hammond & Joshua Viola
E-book of TERROR AT 5280‘ by Denver Horror Collective
E-book of the short story, HANDGINA , by Josh Schlossberg