If you missed it, my story "Please Don't be a Serial Killer" is one of the stories in Nightmare Sky: Stories of Astronomical Horror. It's an anthology from Death Knell Press edited by Red Lagoe, which published in November 2022.
The Bram Stoker Awards announced its preliminary ballots for works published in 2022, and Nightmare Sky made the list for Superior Achievement in Anthology! Horror Writers Association members can vote on which of the ten anthologies make it to the final ballot, which will be five titles. Those five titles can officially say they are nominees. So we aren't there yet, but it's so exciting! Death Knell Press wrote a beautiful post about how much this means to Red.
If you're not familiar with the Bram Stoker Awards, here's a little background. Bram Stoker famously wrote Dracula, among other horror titles. The award was created by the Horror Writer's Association and first presented in 1988. The preliminary list is made from recommendations of HWA members or by a jury. Either way, it means HWA members have been reading and enjoying Nightmare Sky enough to recommend it. It's such an honor! The winners are announced in the spring.
If you're a voting HWA member interested in Nightmare Sky, feel free to contact me for a copy.
Wish us luck!
Update: Nightmare Sky Now Available!
I'm not going to say for sure that the tagline is a reference to my story, but it could be! Graphic from Death Knell Press.
Looking to buy indie horror?
Nightmare Sky, and anthology of astronomical horror from Death Knell Press, is available as of November 4th, 2022! It's edited by Red Lagoe, and there's a foreword from Aurealis Award-winning author Alan Baxter and stories from 28 authors! The anthology is available in both e-book and paperback. There are all sorts of horror stories inside and they're all fantastic (yes, I got an early copy).
Copies are available from:
Barnes and Noble
Indie Bound (to buy it from your local bookstore)
Don't forget that you can always ask your local library to order a copy!
Authors: Tiffany Michelle Brown, Dino Parenti, Pauline Barmby, Zachary Rosenberg, Ziggy Schutz, Inara Enko, Jeremy Megargee, Vann Orcka, Patrick Barb, Justin Moritz, Matthew Condello, M. Richard Eley, Madison McSweeney, Bernard McGhee, Elizabeth Davis, Lindsey Ragsdale, Jacob Steven Mohr, Tony Logan, Kim Z. Dale, Ai Jiang, C.R. Beideman, Salvador Ayala, Kate Ota, Holly Rae Garcia, Avra Margariti, Grace R. Reynolds, Emerson Seipel, & Rose Strickman.
Want to learn more? Check out Death Knell Press's page about it.
I appreciate anyone who grabs a copy of this anthology!
I'm so excited to announce that my short story "Please Don't be a Serial Killer" will be published in Nightmare Sky, a night sky themed anthology from Death Knell Press. My story is my first attempt at publishing horror rather than scifi, so I was surprised and thrilled! I will say that there's a lot of humor in my story compared to most horror, so it's still very me.
You may recognize the name Red Lagoe, the editor, as someone who was on my 2021 reads post. She has two anthologies of horror out now, Lucid Screams and Dismal Dreams. She also recently released a stand alone short story, "Black Feathered Fury" and has many shorts published in other anthologies.
Nightmare Sky will be published in January 2023!
Transparency note: I know Red Lagoe in real life, as we have been in the same writing group. She did not see my short story in advance. I did not think submitting to her was a guarantee for inclusion.
The cover photo of the anthology was taken by contributing author Archie Kregear and was taken in Kitsap County.
As 2021 was coming to a close, I thought time had run out for publishing news. Then I found out an anthology I was accepted to is officially published today! The Kitsap Writers Group Anthology was compiled by the very organized Emmett J Hall and has contributions from many members of our critique group. It covers sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and more.
My story is science fiction and is titled "The Undoing of Maggie Jinkowski." This story won first place in the short fiction category at the Hampton Roads Writers Conference in 2019, which I announced way back then. I've been shopping for a home for the story ever since and this anthology felt like the right place at last.
Currently only available as an ebook, a paperback should hit the market soon.
I'm incredibly proud to be alongside so many great writers in this anthology, with stories that I've found gripping and well written.
Here's to many more pub credits in the future!