Over the last century, traditional publishing has brought us the most famous horror stories ever told. Big names such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz thrust horror’s tendrils into the minds of millions of Americans, popularizing the genre.
Fast forward to 2019, where small presses and indie publishing are now bringing us the lion’s share of horror fiction—including what I believe to be some of the best stuff ever written, in what many are calling a horror renaissance.
The reason is simple: Small presses have more freedom to publish unique and diverse voices, acquired tastes that might not appeal to a mainstream palate. While these conduits can sometimes be hit or miss, more often than not, they’re where you’ll find the most artful—and dangerous—writing out there. Giving free rein to authors is how a literary genre evolves.
Which is why I’m all shivers to announce that, this fall, Denver Horror Collective (of which I’m a founding member) will be publishing a horror fiction anthology of its own!
Terror at 5280’ will have stories set around the greater Denver area and Rocky Mountain communities, all penned by Colorado authors. Contributors include: Bram Stoker Award-winning horror master, Stephen Graham Jones; USA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling thriller author Carter Wilson; various Denver Horror Collective members (including meeeee!); other Colorado-based horror fiction writers; with a foreword by John Palisano, President of Horror Writers Association.
We’ve got astounding editorial, publishing, marketing, and fundraising teams to ensure the project will be a success. All that’s missing is a bit of funding to get the project off the ground.
So, if you’re a fan of horror fiction, indie publishing, and local arts, I hope you’ll consider making a contribution to our Indiegogo fundraiser today (in exchange for some terrifying gifts!)