News Round-up Week Ending 24 September 2021

Here’s a small selection of the horror and genre news that caught our eye during the last week …


Were Tales: A Shapeshifter Anthology, out now from Brigids Gate Press

Werewolves. Berserkers. Kitsune. From the most ancient times, tales have been told of people who transform into beasts. Sometimes they’re friendly and helpful. Sometimes they’re tricksters, playing jokes on their hapless victims. And sometimes, they’re terrifying. Were Tales is a collection of scary, thrilling, dark, mysterious, and even humorous short stories and poems of shapeshifters, from the talented minds of Jonathan Maberry, Stephanie Ellis, Gabino Iglesias, Laurel Hightower, Eric J. Guignard, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, Shane Douglas Keene, Clara Madrigano, Kev Harrison, Beverley Lee, S.H. Cooper, Elle Turpitt, Catherine McCarthy, Alyson Faye, Theresa Derwin, Ruschelle Dillon, Baba Jide Low, H.R. Boldwood, Ben Monroe, Cynthia Pelayo, Cindy O’Quinn, Sara Tantlinger, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Linda Addison, Villimey Mist, Tabatha Wood, and Christina Sng. Edited by S. D. Vassallo and Steven M. Long, you can pick up your copy now, here.

SeedsComing 16 October, the new collection of quiet horror and unsettling fiction  from Tabatha Wood, Seeds

It begins with a seed. A dream. An idea, planted and encouraged to grow. A thought that buries deep down inside and puts out monstrous roots. Until at last, the bloom erupts and showers the land with life. It begins with a seed… The menopause brings some unusual and unexpected changes, a woman wakes up after a party in a body that isn’t hers, a teen’s life changes forever when they embrace the truth about who they are, and a lone mother tries to bury her traumatic past but instead grows a terrible future.
An unsettling selection of quiet horror and dark speculative fiction brought together in a brand new collection from Australian Shadows Award-winner, Tabatha Wood. Available for pre-order in eBook, with a paperback coming soon, you can guarantee your copy here.


Mixtape 1986, a new anthology from The Dread Machine, up on Kickstarter now

Do you remember a time before the Internet? Before we all carried lifelines in our pockets and before security cameras documented everything? Back when parents didn’t worry about their kids until after the street lights popped on? Do you remember how it felt to step into the neon-lit arcade on a Friday night, pockets heavy with quarters? For their very first anthology, The Dread Machine have assembled 16 dread-inspiring stories that take place in 1986 and bring readers back to a simpler, scarier time! These dread-full (ha!) tales feature themes of estrangement and loneliness, fear and acceptance, love and forgiveness, family and friendship, self-discovery and sacrifice. Featuring tales by Ali Seay, Mark Towse, Christi Nogle and many more, you can find all the information and place your pledge for one of a series of amazing perks, over on the Kickstarter page, here.


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