My story is The Doll’s House, inspired by my fascination both with dolls and by a visit to nearby Ilkley Toy Museum tucked away up a side street from The Grove.
If you follow this blog or follow me on Twitter, then you may know that I’ve been busy putting together another Women in Horror Anthology. The good news is, I’ve finally set up a pub date! Strange Girls: Women in Horror Anthology will be coming out February 18, 2020. (I thought a February date would make the most sense since it is Women in Horror Month!). But if you wish to be uber cool and support some amazing talent, then the book is set for pre-order here (a print copy will be available to order upon publication date).
Curious about what kind of stories you may find? Below is a quick synopsis for each short story found in the anthology:
Her Garden Grows by Maxine Kollar
I belong to Rosamund now. You can’t save her.
Revival by Madison Estes
While grieving the loss of his sister, a medical student begins to suspect his laboratory cadaver is still alive. She shows signs of life, leading him to question his reality. He must decide how far he is willing to go to save her—if she can be saved at all.
Sideshow by Jude Reid
Everyone knows Ritchie and Sylvia are the perfect couple—everyone, that is, except for Sylvia, who’s walking the narrow line between the “yes” she doesn’t feel and the “no” she can’t bring herself to say. It takes a trip to the travelling Carnival, a tin duck, a strip show and a snake with amber eyes to teach her—and Ritchie—a lesson they won’t forget.
Jenny’s Bobo by Hillary Lyon
He’s her best friend; more stealthy than a cat, more loyal than a dog. But what happens when a clever teenage girl hijacks her parents’ most demonic asset for her own ends?
24 Hour Diner by Charlotte Platt
A young server in a 24-hour diner wiles his life away, watching the clock and waiting for something interesting to happen. When a beautiful homeless woman brings a colourful arc of intrigue in with her, he has no intention of letting that slip through his fingers.
Campfire Tales: The Bloody Rings by Emma Johnson-Rivard
A small-town legend is remembered in brutal and sometimes extremely dry detail. It concerns a man, a woman, and a strange town up in the North Woods.
Personal Demons by Angelique Fawns
It’s not easy being a teenager who identifies as non-binary. Especially when your new crush turns out to have some very dark appetites….
My Mirror Wife by Ash Tudor
Amelia’s beauty is formidable, but Ethan is a professional and introduces himself with the deadly charm of a true hunter. As their encounter changes into something intimate it becomes unclear who is hunting who, and beneath her mask of loveliness Amelia hides a simple yet lethal truth; she loves her husband.
Tribal Influence by Erica Ruhe
A skirmish in a detention center on the Texas-Mexico border uncovers an opportunity for a unique weapon of mass destruction — an innocent asylum seeker with the power to influence the emotions of others. And the U.S. military wants dibs. For Colonel Carl Holden, harnessing Joaquina’s supernatural abilities have proven challenging and he is forced to bring in his old colleague and bitter rival, Dr. Hector Espinoza, for help. Working through his own moral reservations, Hector’s efforts will reveal Joaquina’s terrifying potential and Carl’s hidden agenda but the breakthrough will come at a heavy cost to them all…
Night Terrors by Angela Sylvaine
In an isolated mountain town centered around a secretive research facility, a teen girl struggles to distinguish nightmares from reality after a near-fatal accident leaves her with terrifying nightly visits by masked tormentors.
Extinguishing Fireflies by Rebecca Rowland
Lea wanted nothing more than to have a child. When her daughter Arielle was born, Lea believed, as every new parent does, that her child would be special. At nine-years-old, Arielle is athletic and precocious and curious, and sure enough, has a very special—and terrifying—gift.
The Eyes of the Dead by Danielle R. Bailey
The Eyes of The Dead is a shocking perspective of what lies ahead for us all. Fighting for survival, a young woman discovers the realm of true horror.
The Girl Who Never Stopped Bleeding by Sam Lauren
The Girl Who Never Stopped Bleeding is a literary charcuterie of menstruation mythology. Everyone has heard of at least one, but is there any truth to them?
Blood by Red Claire
In a racist and repressive theocracy, a princess ponders the nature of power and symbols.
Friends with Benefits by E.F. Schraeder
Linked to a powerful mother, one girl doesn’t know if memory or magic holds her family together; can she trust anyone but herself to find out?
The Doll’s House by Alyson Faye
After Sophie’s mother is imprisoned for murder, Sophie inherits the doll’s house; whose inhabitants she believes are alive. As family secrets are revealed, is it Sophie or a supernatural force committing the crimes? Is anyone safe in Sophie’s family?
Leda and the Fly by Marnie Azzarelli
Leda has a problem and stares at a white wall to cope. That is until a fly decides that her precious space is its new home.
Self-Portrait with Pears by Rachel Bolton
A young man’s crush on a classmate slips into obsession when things don’t go as he expects.
A Song Only She Can Hear by Wondra Vanian
High school is hard enough when you don’t have to hide scales from your classmates. Unfortunately for Jewel, she’s about to learn that there are worse things than high school – and she might be one of them.
Angel of Death by Phoebe Jane Johnson
The mass murderess known as La Angel Muerta has been sentenced to death, the first woman to be executed under the newly restored death penalty. Although many scream for justice, a political power play proves justice is not blind. Simultaneously, a nation realms away follow the case as two worlds are destined to collide.
Cracked by Regan Moore
Gabby is about to find out that sometimes someone else’s treasure could become someone else’s curse.
Patterns of Faerytales by Azzurra Nox
The night before his wedding day, Cillian learns a dark secret about his wife that not even she is aware of. Her ignorance could be their bliss, but if she finds out what it is, then life as they know it might very well no longer exist.