Member News: August 2018

Very Cool Things Happening Here! I Hope To Become A Member In The Future!

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The latest from HWA-NY members…

A New York State of Fright is now available for pre-order from Hippocampus Press,, and Barnes & Noble. Celebrate with HWA-NY at the NYC Launch Party on August 4th, 2018.

Oliver Baer will be performing “A Conclave of Baer” at Sidewalk Cafe on August 14th.

Edward P. Cardillo‘s new novel, The Dark Is Full of Monsters, was recently published by J. Ellington Ashton Press.

Amy Grech‘s story “Fresh Finch,” was recently published Thriller Magazine, where she was also interviewed.

Teel James Glenn‘s Frontier Magick: The Weird Adventures of Decline Blayde will be serialized monthly by Pro Se Productions starting in August.

Jeff C. Stevenson‘s story, “The Shadow on the Ceiling,” has been published in Deadman’s Tome: The Conspiracy Issue.

Tonya Hurley co-hosts a new podcast series, Stories of Strange Women, which…

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A NEW YORK STATE OF FRIGHT is a 2018 Bram Stoker Award® Nominee!

Bought this great collection when it came out and am glad to see that it’s getting the recognition it deserves!

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We’re thrilled to announce that A NEW YORK STATE OF FRIGHT: HORROR STORIES FROM THE EMPIRE STATE (Hippocampus Press) has been nominated for a 2018 Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in an Anthology! Congratulations to everyone involved!

You can get your copy of this Bram Stoker Award® nominee direct fromHippocampus Press, through your favorite bookseller, or via IndieBound, Amazon, and Don’t forget, every copy of A NEW YORK STATE OF FRIGHT raises funds for Girls Write Now.

(Did we mention it’s nominated for a Bram Stoker Award®? Bram Stoker Award®!)

A NEW YORK STATE OF FRIGHT, edited by James Chambers, April Grey, and Robert Masterson presents twenty-four tales of darkness and fear written by New York authors and set in New York City and State. This collection of original and reprinted stories showcases many unique voices in dark…

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Dreaming At The Top Of My Lungs by Israel Finn is A Powerful Collection Of Horror, Grit-Lit, Sci-Fi, and Heart

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Dreaming At The Top Of My Lungs
Israel Finn
February 11, 2016
Reviewed by Brian James Lewis

Hello again dear readers, I’d like to start today’s review with a question: Have you ever read a book that is so powerful and connects with you on so many levels, that you feel like you already know the author? As a writer and book reviewer, I certainly read a lot of great books. Enough books in fact, that I can honestly scratch my head at those who try to insinuate that reading is “hard” and/or “boring.” While they may not be bad people per se, those individuals aren’t going to get along with me and vice versa. So why screw around with those shitbirds? As a person who grew up in a highly mobile fashion, the only real relaxing place, one that showed permanence, was the library. Reading books gave me somewhere to go. I could leave the neighborhood full of bullies and ruined war veterans behind when I dove between the covers of a book. Add in some music and I had everything I needed. Good stuff!

Well that was one hell of a buildup, wasn’t it? But, I’m excited because I just finished reading Dreaming At The Top Of My Lungs by Israel Finn. I knew this collection of short stories was going to be good, but less than halfway through it was apparent that I was holding a book by a truly great writer. Finn’s stories have muscles and soul. They tackle important issues that we should all be thinking about and not ignoring with our technologically isolated brains. He shows us ourselves and snippets of others, but mostly he bares his soul. It ain’t pretty because it’s not supposed to be. Israel Finn’s stories crash through the dead walls and divisions the world has tried to build between classes. These stories may be fiction, but even fiction carries a lot of truth. Life doesn’t always offer perfect choices, so it’s nice to be able to escape into a book.

Man, these stories are so good that I don’t know where to start. Maybe a leap right into the middle of things is best? Here we go! STONES is a story about where we might be in the post-apocalyptic future and if things go the way of Finn’s story, many folks are going to be in for some severely difficult times. The rather unenlightened America we live in imposes a certain model that we’re all supposed to meet. We should be heterosexual, monogamous units with 2.5 children, 2 cars, one house and a bunch of other unimportant shit that really has nothing to do with love or true happiness. Our elders often pressure us in that direction and show us that those who don’t follow “the rules” deserve our hatred. In fact, they really should be eliminated if at all possible. “It’s the right thing to do” they tell us. Oh yeah? What if that’s all wrong when we get to the future? People will be reduced to living hand to mouth, every day a fight to survive. Many buildings are destroyed, gone. Gas powered vehicles are a thing of the past and fuel is hoarded for generators. When every day could be your last, pleasures like sex are important. But making more people will stress an already fragile ecosystem beyond its limits. The solution? Same sex relationships ONLY! No birth control required and you should have a decent idea of how all the equipment works, right? STONES blew me away-There’s so much going on that you’re really going to want to read this for yourself!

The average criminal wants one thing-to keep doing what they’re doing and not get caught. While many of them are familiar with jail and prison, they aren’t there because they want to be. So when Eddie Merrick makes a mistake that could put him behind bars immediately, he makes a run for it. Anything has to be better than going to prison, right? Plus this was going to be his last job! But it’s Halloween, a night when anything can and will happen. So when Eddie’s simple car theft accidentally morphs into murder, he knows that the he needs to be far, far away. So he tries to run away from his troubles, but ends up in the worst trap ever. Over My Dead Body asks the question: How much justice is enough? Punishment is one thing, but is torture excusable? Then again, what would you do if someone killed your sister?

As we reach the end of this review, it’s only right that the last story we visit is DEATHBED. This is a difficult story to discuss without revealing too much and I don’t want to be a spoiler. I will say that I’ve been in a similar situation, but it was the ones who remained living that got my carefully composed speech. This one starts off one way and then a twist turns it right side up. Well done, Mr. Finn!

The stories in Israel Finn’s collection Dreaming At The Top Of My Lungs are all amazing. Each one is different and perfectly developed. The author never runs over. He says what he wants to say with just the right amount of detail. That is a very difficult feat. Many musicians talk about some of the most important notes being the ones you don’t play. Finn understands that balance and delivers a 5 Star performance that readers will be able to enjoy over and over again when they peruse their bookshelves for just the right story. This book has already found a home on my “Wall of Fame” and I highly encourage you to pick up your own copy of Dreaming At The Top Of My Lungs from your favorite bookseller. It is currently available at, where you can follow Israel Finn. Want to know more? Check out his website or connect with him on Twitter @Israel_Finn. Whatever you do, NEVER STOP READING!

Original Fiction for #HookonWiHM: Girl, Waiting by Marge Simon #wihmx

Check out all the cool things going on at this GREAT site! Marge Simon’s poetry is always so sharp and powerful. Women In Horror are amazing!

Oh, for the HOOK of a BOOK!

Today I am thrilled to publish a flash fiction or prose poem – as you will – from the incomparable Marge Simon! Simon is a writer, poet, and illustrator living in Ocala, Florida. A Grand Master Poet of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, her stories appear in Daily Science Fiction, Polu Texni, Silver Blade, BeteNoire, and anthologies such as Chiral Mad 4 and Tales from the Lake 5. Simon is a multiple Bram Stoker Award winner.

 I want to sincerely thank her for submitting this haunting piece to Hook of a Book in celebration of Women in Horror Month X!


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by Marge Simon

The bench is cold, the station deserted. She has no idea when the next train will arrive, or even if there are any trains left, still running. She knows she must get away from here, but she doesn’t remember why.

The floor is littered…

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Proud To Be Included In Issue #3 of The ECONO CLASH REVIEW! Quality Cheap Thrills Available NOW!

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As a writer, it doesn’t get much better than seeing your name on the front cover! In this case, I’m proud to be sharing space with Chris Stanley, Sara Dobie Bauer, Leroy B. Vaughan, and many more cool writers. My story Turning The Tables is about desperate folks stuck in the diner from hell. Anyone who has ever waited…and waited some more, for their meal to arrive will appreciate this funny and creepy tale! ECONO CLASH REVIEW is packed with great stories and groovy artwork that has been carefully edited by J.D. Graves, who is a literary force to be reckoned with! Treat yourself to some “Quality Cheap Thrills” and grab a copy on today!

Something New and Exciting This Way Comes, Thanks to the Fine Folks at Cemetery Dance Publications!

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Here at the Skullcave there is excitement in the air as I prepare to read and review The Long Way Home by Richard Chizmar! As you can see, he’s brought some light to what is usually a dark and dreary space. This awesome collection of seventeen short stories, two essays, and a short script is massive! And I can already feel good story vibes seeking to burst out from beneath the cover. So I must make haste and begin my literary journey NOW! Stay tuned for a review soon! Be sure to visit the author’s web site to find out more exciting news and if you have not yet read Widow’s Point a frightening collaboration with Billy Chizmar, I highly encourage you to do so!

Channing Whitaker’s New Black Band Short “The Peddler” Shows Us A New Way To See The World And That Disabled Doesn’t Mean Powerless!

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The Peddler
Channing Whitaker
Off Speed Press
October 22, 2018
Reviewed by Brian James Lewis

When the proprietor of a leather crafting shop is harassed by some creepy goons, a gunslinger from the Wild West comes to his aid. When a victim of domestic abuse needs someone to save her, a Sikh Warrior just happens to appear in her apartment. An Internal Affairs investigator is saved by a powerful lioness in the middle of the city. What’s going on here?

Time for another one of Channing Whitaker’s excellent Black Band Shorts! These scenes come from his latest story The Peddler! This novelette is a well done combination of magical horror set in a present day city that could use a little help. Make that a lot of help! With its highly corrupt police force playing both sides of the field, men treating women badly, discrimination, and small businesses fighting to keep their doors open-This place needs a hero with big muscles, superpowers, and a snazzy costume!

How about a wheelchair bound homeless man instead? He’s blind and spends the majority of his time carving wooden figures that he displays on a crude table at the park. They might be for sale, or they might not. It depends on what The Peddler thinks of you. How about them apples? Much better than a super hero right? Right?

Before you say no, I will give you a hint: This old man in the falling apart wheelchair is much more than his appearance reveals. He also occupies the only green space in the city-A park that takes up roughly four blocks. In comparison to all the noise, concrete, and dirt the park is a sanctuary of sorts. But it can become a terrifying trap at night for the wrong sort of people.

Uniforms, no matter what kind, can be deceiving! You might assume certain people in police uniforms are good because they’re supposed to be. One might also think that a crippled man is powerless and someone to feel sorry for. But The Peddler by Channing Whitaker is going to teach you a different way of looking at things. This 5 Star read feels much bigger than its physical size. Great characters, believable location, and a super solid story line!

Get a copy of The Peddler from your favorite book retailer, today! When you look it up, also consider checking out previous Black Band Shorts The Remnant-A horror thriller, and Existence Augmented-An interesting Science Fiction tale that challenges the concept of reality. Want to know what this author is up to next? Follow him at