The HWA Nightmare of the Month is a project the chapter celebrates and shares among their fans, family, and friends to help promote their fellow chapter members.
This month’s nightmare is the anthology DERELICT, featuring the story “Saving Sallie Ruth” by Gini Koch (writing as Anita Ensal).
Check out the previous nightmares below.
By Nova Breedlove
Sheriff Jack Joseph Towns is struggling with the sudden death of his father when five local children mysteriously disappear. To worsen matters, a fracking company is setting up test drills in the area, risking the chance of finding them alive. It’s not the first time children have gone missing from small-town Rayburn, Georgia. Decades before, the Truelove siblings vanished without a trace from Blood Mountain, which was cursed by the Cherokee when they were forced from it. But Jack will soon discover there are greater evils lurking in the shadow of the mountain. In his desperation to locate the children, he must dig deep into Rayburn’s haunted past, but only through blood and fire will it be revealed.
Monsters of Film, Fiction, and Fable
Created by Lisa Wenger Bro, Crystal O’Leary-Davidson, and Mary Ann Gareis
The nineteen essays in this volume explore the place and function of the monstrous in a variety of media stories and novels like Baums Oz books or Gibsons Neuromancer; television series and feature films like The Walking Dead or Edward Scissorhands; and myths and legends like Beowulf and The Loch Ness Monsterin order to provide a closer understanding of not just who we are and who we have been, but also who we believe we can for better or worse.
The Harry Strange Radio Drama
Created by Tony Sarrecchia
This serialized audio play tells the story of Private Investigator Harry Strange and his encounters with Elder Gods, succubi, demons, werewolves, and human evil. It is also available for download from iTunes, GooglePlay, and other podcast pages.
The Seeking – YA Novel
By Marlena Frank
Each Seeking, the magic that protects the town of Carra must be renewed, which means the children of the Exalted Family must go into hiding.
When things go wrong with the renewal, it’s up to seventeen-year-old Dahlia, the middle child of the Priest family, and her girlfriend, Bisa, to escape Carra and find the magical beings responsible for the protection.
PseudoPsalms: Resurrection – Collected Short Fiction
By Peter Adam Salomon
PseudoPsalms: Resurrection contains both previously published and brand-new stories, including ‘The Dress’ (first published in Borderlands 6) and all of his stories from the best-selling Demonic Visions series.
Featuring an introduction by Bram Stoker award nominated author Jeff Strand, this collection challenges the reader to face the shadows, and, in the darkness, be the light.
Jivaja – Soul Cavern Series Book 1
By Venessa Guinta
Mecca is a murderer. That’s what she thinks when she accidentally kills the man who attacks her in the parking lot of her favorite coffee shop.
When word gets back to the Visci of someone who can kill one of their kind with just a touch, the race is on to acquire Mecca as a weapon in the coming war. Unable to trust the one person she has always counted on, Mecca is isolated from everything she once knew, all while being hunted by dangerous creatures bent on using her Gift for their own bloody purposes.
Allison – A Novel
By Jeff Strand
Allison can break your bones with her mind, and she can’t control her power.
Now forty-five years old, she’s spent her life trying to stay away from other people. But a random encounter with a couple on the street leaves her believing that she may have done something horrible. Something unforgivable.
Killer-for-hire Daxton and his girlfriend Maggie know the truth. Instead of easing Allison’s anguish, they come up with a cruel plan to take advantage of it. But with Allison’s abilities exposed, there may be a grisly body count very soon…
The Thing in the Woods – The Long War Book 1
By Mathew W. Quinn
Seventeen-year-old James Daly can’t wait until he turns eighteen and can leave Edington behind forever. But when a local boy challenges him to an ATV race near a tree farm most people avoid, things go bad. James’ rival is slaughtered by a tentacled horror emerging from a nearby pond.
The monstrosity has been worshiped by a secretive coven since before the Civil War, and its devotees don’t take kindly to their secrets being threatened.
Broken – The Stolen Series Book 2
By Marlena Frank
Lost and in a strange land with anger and death all around her, she must navigate her way through treacherous lands on her quest for redemption. Along the way, she’ll have to negotiate with the mercurial Queen of the Fae, survive the dangers of the Masked King’s realm, and seek out a terrifying fire dragon.
With two powerful beings hot on her trail, Shaleigh has no choice but to keep moving, or else face the dangerous magic of the Madness that has already caused so much pain and heartache. With her sights on helping her friends and her heart longing for home, Shaleigh is determined, but will it be enough?
Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary) – An Andrew Mayhem Thriller Book 1
By Jeff Strand
When you’re desperate for money, searching for a little adventure, and aren’t the most responsible person in the world, you can end up doing some outrageous things. Which is how Andrew Mayhem, a married father of two, ends up accepting $20,000 to find a key…a key buried with a body in a shallow grave.
But what he finds in the grave isn’t quite what he expected, and what begins as a simple evening of morally questionable manual labor turns into a really good way to die.
Drag You Down – A Novella
By Nathan McCullough
Tommy Lucas found out in disturbing fashion that he’d married a monster. Libby liked to infuriate him, torture him, make his life a living hell. Then one day Tommy died, and he thought he’d finally escaped her.
He was wrong.
Now, snatched from the afterlife and with Libby hot on his trail, Tommy turns to the only friends who had his back in life and still have it in death. They’ll try to take him to the only person who can save Tommy. If she is willing, and she is strong enough. And they can get him there in time.
Morsus – Morsus Rise Book 1
By Peter Adam Salomon
Vampires feast on human blood to survive, werewolves on flesh. Morsus feed on adrenaline. Hunted to the edge of extinction, few survived. Any that did have learned to adapt, assimilating so well they’ve faded into legend.
In a small town outside New Orleans, Bay struggles to control his newfound powers after killing someone turns his life upside-down. In a compound near the US/Mexico border, one Morsus dreams of a new world order while his daughter, Lily, plots his downfall and the end of their entire race.
The Boatman’s Daughter – A Novel
By Andy Davidson
Ever since her father was killed when she was just a child, Miranda Crabtree has kept her head down and her eyes up, ferrying contraband for a mad preacher and his declining band of followers to make ends meet and to protect an old witch and a secret child from harm.
But dark forces are at work in the bayou, both human and supernatural, conspiring to disrupt the rhythms of Miranda’s peculiar and precarious life. And when the preacher makes an unthinkable demand, it sets Miranda on a desperate, dangerous path, forcing her to consider what she is willing to sacrifice to keep her loved ones safe.
The Feral Children: Animals – A Zombie Road Tale
By David A. Simpson
The bears were hungry and the panther was pacing her cage.
It was supposed to be a fun field trip to the wild animal safari. It became a nightmare of blood.
The zombie virus spread like wildfire and by noon, they were alone. Safe inside the fences, a group of school kids are the only survivors. Like the animals, they’ve lived their whole lives being cared for and fed, pampered, and loved. Now, they have to learn from each other how to survive, how to hunt, and how to kill.