Katie Recommends

Katie Recommends: Anthologies

So Many to Choose

I know this is a bit cheeky, but you can’t hold it against me (at least I hope you can’t. my first recommendation is all the below anthologies.

The theme of these anthologies is that they are all horror and they all contain a short story by yours truly

Just to be clear I get nothing financial from most of the sales, I was paid a fixed fee for each story submitted and don’t get royalties etc (except for Darkness Screams Howling Deep, that one I get royalties).

So you can trust that I am recommending these books because I have copies of all of them and they are damn good.

For my fellow writers out there, I’d recommend submitting to these publishers, I’ve not had a bad experience with any of them.

Darkness Screams: Howling Deep – Featuring my short story Stella

Caroline is uneasy when her husband brings back a large dog from the Shelter. There’s something about Stella that doesn’t feel right, the light in her eyes is a little bit too intelligent.

Available for pre-order now!


Horrorzine Fall Edition 2022 containing my short story The Chest

A grandmother dies leaving her granddaughter a mysterious chest of drawers which contain the impossible.

Since 2009, The Horror Zine has published exceptional horror fiction by emerging talent and today’s leading authors. Editor Jeani Rector selects only the most inventive and captivating tales for each issue. In addition to short fiction, The Horror Zine features amazing poetry and artwork. Now The Horror Zine brings the dark delights from the ezine into a print magazine.

The Fall 2022 issue features Damian Karras, Katie Marie, Brie Edison, William Falo, Timothy Wilkie, Melissa R. Mendelson, James Burt, Kristen Houghton, Garrett Rowlan, J. Rocky Colavito, Madison McSweeney, Nicholas Tana, Michael Fowler, Ed Rosick, Maxwell I. Gold, Josh Darling, Oliver Smith, Max Bindi, Juan Perez, Louise Worthington, Frank Coffman, Sharmila Mitra, John C. Mannone, Joseph Danoski, Heather Miller, Chris McAuley, James Arthur Anderson, John Grey, Dan Verkys, Lena Goral, Duncan Bennett, Gordon Lewis, Sumiko Saulson, and Vox.

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Beyond the Sea

A University PhD student investigates a strange body that washes up on a small island beach.

Forget the bends… Shadows Beneath the Surface is the second entry in the Dead Seas series from Dead Sea Press and brings us crashing to the top of the ocean for more aquatic and nautical horror from fifteen new and incredible talents.

A screening of Jaws is more immersive than advertised – and far more dangerous. A new discovery promises pain to any who stumble across it. And a washed-up abomination really should have been left out to dry…

From ghost ships to monstrous ferry crossings, from eerie islands to creepy caves, this collection proves that not all of the ocean’s beasts lie beneath the waves.

All this and more in a monstrous collection of stories from T.L. Beeding, Chris Williams, Christopher Saylor, David R. Polsdorfer, Gregg V. Landry, Malina Douglas, Matt Bliss, Stephanie Kvellestad, Karen Lethlean, Nancy Schumann, Jay Sykes, Katie Marie, Rachel Nussbaum, Lisa Fox, and Shannon Frost Greenstein.

Don’t forget: every penny of profit goes right to The Shark Trust, an organisation promoting the conservation and protection of sharks, skates and rays. Your support is hugely appreciated.

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Water: Selkies, Sirens & Sea Monsters

My short story There’s Something in the Water is featured in Water: Selkies, Sirens & Sea Monsters!

Water is the most yielding of all elements, changing to fit its container, whether that be a thimble or a lake bed. At the same time, anyone who has ever watched the unrelenting progression of a tsunami understands its raw power. Associated with mutability, transformation, and the subconscious, water is both the tranquil azure of a tropical sea and the tumultuous waves and whitecaps of an embroiled ocean. As many faces as water may wear, the creatures within and associated with it have even more.

Featuring: Catherine MacLeod; Kevin Cockle; Greta Starling; Elise Forier Edie; Kate Shannon; Sara Rauch; Katie Marie; Rebecca Brae; Colleen Anderson; L. T. Waterson; Chadwick Ginther; Julia Heller; Marshall J. Moore; Joel McKay; Elizabeth R. McClellan; Eric M. Borsage; Laura VanArendonk Baugh; Josh Reynolds; Liam Hogan; Mari Ness; Davide Mana; Sarah Van Goethem; Valerie Hunter; and Kelly Sandoval.

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Scratching

My short story Scratching appers in The Horrorzines Book of Ghost Stories!

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“This collection of ghost stories is fresh, varied, and entertaining. Perfect company for long a winter’s night.”  – Owen King, co-author of Sleeping Beauties

“An incredibly creepy collection of stories of the recently and not so recently dead, written by some of the finest writers in horror. I suggest that when reading, do so in the daylight, because reading these at night will only make you more aware of your own, unempty house.” – Susie Moloney, author of The Dwelling and The Thirteen

“Gruesome, eerie, horrific, sometimes uplifting; this is a terrific selection of ghost stories that satisfy the soul—they chill the blood, too.” – Simon Clark, author of Whitby Vampyrrhic

“Looking for a perfect evening? Spend the night hunkered down in your favorite chair with only a reading light on, and dive into The Horror Zine’s Book of Ghost Stories. Forget sleep, these tales will keep you enthralled till daybreak.” – Tony Tremblay, author of The Moore House

“Nobody keeps the supernatural alive like The Horror Zine.” – Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church


 Call for Help

Haunted Life

My short story Call for Help appears in the Haunted Life Anthology publish by Alban Lake.

We fear what we do not know and death is our ultimate fear. We do not know what lies beyond, or if there is a beyond, but some of us have ideas. Some of us have had experiences. Strange noises that can’t be explained. Objects moving on their own. Whispers of people who aren’t there. Slips of forms barely seen. Objects that are never to be touched. Words that are never to be spoken. Places that are never to be visited. All of these form the stories you’ll find within the soul-touched pages of The Haunted Life. Do you have the courage to find out what lies beyond?

The anthology can be picked up on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.


 In the Shadows

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My Short Story ‘In The Shadows’ appears in the Horror Zine!

Since 2009, The Horror Zine has published exceptional horror fiction by emerging talent and today’s leading authors. Editor Jeani Rector selects only the most inventive and captivating tales for each issue.

In the Shadows

When Christine dies in the bath everyone thinks it must be suicide. Her housemate quickly discovers that was not the case.

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Classic Horror

Classic Horror: Masque of the Red Death

I’m not dead!

Today I am writing to you about The Masque of the Red Death. 

This is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe that was published in 1982. In a nutshell, it is a story about a prince who wants to avoid the plague. He does so by holding a party in an abbey (Good lord this gives me flashbacks to news stories during COVID-19). 

This is a very popular story and has been adapted more times than I can count. One version even starred Vincent Price. It has also been mentioned and referred to in countless other media. 

Summary

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Prince Prospero (Great name) is afraid of dying from the plague, as many people would be. The plague is referred to as the Red Death, due to the epic bleeding from the pores. So, he sequesters himself and a bunch of other noble-born people into an abbey. While there they hold elaborate parties across the abbey’s seven rooms. The last room is pretty foreboding and not a lot of people are brave enough to enter. 

After midnight a new face appears, disguised as a Red Death victim. Prospero freaks out as this party crasher moves through each of the rooms. Eventually, he confronts the crasher and dies as a result. The Red Death costume is shown to contain absolutely nothing. 

Everyone dies.

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stephen king

King: Thinner

A distasteful main character

Today I am writing to talk to you about Thinner.

Thinner is a short story by Stephen King, and is one of his stories I first experienced as a film rather than a book. As usual when I experience a story this way round, I find myself far more receptive to the film version than I usually am. I still prefer the book simply because a book can do more than a film can, but the film for this story was good as well.

It is my opinion that short stories and novella’s turn into films easier than novels do, novels can make amazing tv series’ however. This is all down to the time restrictions though, books have a lot longer to grab you, develop characters, explore themes and plot points than a two-hour film does. Hence why I think short stories, like Thinner, work well when turned into films.

But I digress, Thinner was published in 1984 under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman. It was inspired by an episode o0f King’s own life when he weighed 236 pounds and felt compelled by his doctor to lose weight. The concept that the weight loss was not his own choice, but rather something forced on him gave King the idea for this story.

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Katie Recommends

Katie Recommends: The Midnight Meat Train

Choo choo

Today I am writing to recommend a film that you might not have seen yet.

The Midnight Meat Train.

This is a film, starring Bradley Cooper and Vinnie Jones is based on a Clive Barker short story of the same name. In a nutshell, the film is about a photographer who is attempting to track down a serial killer who targets people on the subway.

Clearly, I’m trying to keep spoilers to a minimum here, but there’s a lot more to this story than a deranged person killing people on a train (though there is a bit of that too lol).

I may do a full spoiler-full review of this one as it’s a great film. It’s well worth your time.