Some Terrible News…For You

Those who know me are all too aware of my ability to not only home in on the disturbing, but to make people afraid of things they never even thought about before.

For years, the forces of light have conspired to keep my long fiction from infecting the minds of good, wholesome folk such as yourself. Sure, several of my short stories slipped through the cracks, but my most dangerous works have been suppressed. And with good reason.

Until now.

A sinister force known as D & T Publishing has conspired with me to unleash a flood of shadows this April in the form of my forthcoming novella, MALINAE:

In the quiet oceanside community of Beachcrest, Ward Ayers watches in dismay as his wife Malina slips further into dementia. As her behavior takes a turn for the disturbing, he uncovers a dark force behind her decline.

Like a predatory beast stalking the night, I can only do what I was born to do. That being said, I still have enough humanity left in me to pity my prey-to-be and warn you to get your affairs in order before it’s too late.

So, I urge you to rejoice in your few remaining months of innocence and sanity before my literary jaws close down on your silky, delicious reader’s throat. Finish the projects you’ve been putting off, tell those close to you how much you love them, and prepare for the end.

My deepest condolences,
Josh Schlossberg

Help Get Terror at 5280′ Off the Ground!

Terror CoverOver 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!

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What You Can Get on Amazon for $0.99

A buck doesn’t get you much these days. But here’s a short list of products you can purchase on Amazon for $0.99!

1) Pineapple Shaped Bottle Opener

2) Makeup Brush

3) Mini Funnel

4) 2-ounce Plastic Spray Bottle

5) Silicone Oil Brush

6) LED Elephant

7) Multifunction Garlic Tool

8) Cosmetic Sponge

9) Glue Stick

10) My short story “Handgina” about a bitter young man shocked to find a part of the female anatomy growing out of the palm of his hand!

Pick up “Handgina” (cover art by The Rïpröck) for $0.99 for your Kindle or gift it to a friend (or frenemy)!

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VIDEO: Defy Your Demons

Horror authors Stephen Graham Jones, DeAnna Knippling, Chris Phillips, Effie Rose, Thomas C. Mavroudis, Linnea Linton, and Josh Schlossberg unveil their psyches, recount the battles they’ve waged against their own personal demons, and share the stories these clashes inspired!

Presented by Josh Schlossberg and Atlas Obscura Society Denver

Filmed at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado on October 25, 2018

Video by Jeamus Wilkes

Video editing by Josh Schlossberg

“The Cat’s Meow” Published in Disturbed Digest

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I’m purring with excitement to announce that my short story, “The Cat’s Meow,” is featured in the June 2018 issue of Disturbed Digest by Alban Lake Publishing.

You can purchase the print edition for $10 and the e-book for $3.99 at the Infinite Realms Bookstore.

I love both cats and dogs, but you’ve got to admit there’s something sinister about cats, what with their piercing eyes,  clutching claws, and barely-contained wildness. My mingled respect and suspicion of cats inspired this story–I promise no felines were harmed in the writing of it.

Here’s a short excerpt:

Felicia headed straight to Candice, while Bobbie scooped up one of the kittens, and Geoffroy the other.

In an act of diplomacy, Candice patted Felicia on her fuzzy head, V-shaped like a pit viper, but pushed her away when she tried to crawl on her lap.

“You know why she bugs you all the time?” Margo asked, trying to perch the kitten on her shoulder, which kept slipping.

Because she’s taunting me, Candice almost said, but shrugged instead.

“It’s that angry face you make every time she comes into the room,” said Margo.

Everyone laughed, including Lenny, who wouldn’t meet her eyes.

Margo set the kitten down on her lap and picked up Felicia, holding the fatso under her armpits.

“Watch this.” Margo narrowed her eyes and wrinkled her nose at Felicia. After a few seconds, the cat squinted back. “That’s a smile in cat language. When you scrunch up your face like that, she thinks you like her.” Margo plopped Felicia back on the floor.

“I don’t have a problem with Felicia,” said Candice, her face hot, knowing how much everyone else adored the creature. “But five cats is too many.”

Horror Reading and Book Signing in Denver Tonight!

HWA blog_bannerI’ll be reading and selling/signing books in Denver, Colorado tonight, February 23, at 6pm-8pm at the BookBar (4280 Tennyson St. Denver, CO 80212) along with over a dozen horror writers!

I’ll read a selection from my short story, “Viremia,” published in Campfire Tales by Deadman’s Tome and selling copies of that book as well as Demons, Devils, and Denizens of Hell by Hellbound Books, which includes my short story “There Shall Be No Night.”

RSVP here.

Here’s the deets:

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