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Here’s a Full List of Accepted Halloween Anthology Authors and an Official Cover Reveal!


It’s been a tumultuous 72 hours for me. After blocking off a meager 12 hour time slot to select the winners and work basic editing, I ran into a wall. More than 30 stories piled in during the last 12 hours of open submission time, and that knocked me off balance in a nasty way. Reading and editing more than 80,000 words in 12 hours is impossible. Reading and editing more than 80,000 words in 72 hours is damn near impossible. But, we’ve made major headway and emerged with a strong product that will be live on Amazon very shortly.

Horror Novel Reviews Presents: One Hellacious Halloween Volume 1 will feature 31 diverse tales (including two under the title Trick or Treat, which – believe it or not – was trimmed down from an unbelievable eight submissions under this wondrously inventive label) of horror. Some are on the bright side, some on the dark side, and some just totally and completely outlandish. It’s an eclectic combination of original horror fiction coming your way in a matter of days!

Given the fact that we’re on the cusp of going live with the book, it’s safe to assume that we’ve got the cover all wrapped up for you. Artist, Danny Melby did a fantastic job of taking modern artistic angles and familiar vintage style and mashing the two together for this gem. It’s a little outrageous, a little old school monster/sci-fi movie and a little bit of Melby’s own twisted personality. And it’s worth seeing.

Here’s the official cover for the book:

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And of course, here’s a full list of stories that made the final cut (note that this is not the final order in which the shorts will appear in the book):

  1. The Dead See Through Me by John Paul Davies
  2. The Land of Perpetual Autumn by Mark Allan Gunnells
  3. The Shape of the Spine by Alexandra Corinth and Michelle Tvete
  4. Thank You for This by Adam Watts
  5. A Letter from the Dead by Rick Popko
  6. Día de los Muertos by Thomas Cavazos
  7. Dudley’s Treat by Arno Hurter
  8. Haunted by Morgan Griffith
  9. In the Dollhouse by Tom Wortman
  10. Ruby Red and Rich as Sin by Shenoa Carroll-Bradd
  11. Six on Halloween by Brent Michael Kelley
  12. SoulTaker 2.0 by Emerian Rich
  13. Streetlights by Donald Conrad
  14. The Chosen One by Russell James
  15. The Grimm Pumpkin by Heddy Johannesen
  16. Cactus Berries by J.T. Seate
  17. The Hairy Ones by Terry M. West
  18. The White Tent by Ian McCain
  19. It’ll be a Scream by V.E. Hunter
  20. The Bridge of Swords by Chris Thorndycroft
  21. The Owl in the Tree by Claire C. Riley
  22. The Werewolf Dentists from Hell by Andrew Hilbert
  23. The Halloween House by Sheldon Woodbury
  24. The Oculist by Lily A. Galindo
  25. Tradition by I. Clayton Reynolds
  26. Trick or Treat by Wayne C. Rogers
  27. Tricky Jack by Colin Bradley
  28. Trick or Treat by Peter Emmett Naughton
  29. The Reaping by Greg Margolis
  30. On a Wicked Night by Glenn Rolfe
  31. Watching by Matt Molgaard
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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

33 Comments on Here’s a Full List of Accepted Halloween Anthology Authors and an Official Cover Reveal!

  1. Can’t wait to get my copy! And hope I won’t be so slammed once volume 2 rolls around!

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  2. Colin Bradley // October 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm // Reply

    Awesome!! Great piece of art by Mr. Melby! Can’t wait to read these tales.

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  3. What a wonderful looking cover and line-up! I’m thrilled! 🙂

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  4. markallangunnells // October 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm // Reply

    Happy to be a part of it.

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  5. littleredriley // October 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm // Reply

    So excited! Thank you, glad you liked it!

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  6. Sheldon Woodbury // October 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm // Reply

    Excited to be included! Can’t wait to read the other stories!

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  7. toddkeisling // October 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm // Reply

    Nice! Congrats to the winners!

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  8. My mam and I are thrilled to be among such talent! We can’t wait to read the rest of the tales included in this anthology. : ]

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  9. So many of you and such a fine collection of stories….Congratulations to each and everyone of you….i look forward to reading all the stories …and know this Matt refused to let me even take a peek at his …he insists I have to wait …well that fortunately wont be too long…just me …Vitina …the old hippie

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  10. Wayne C. Rogers // October 29, 2013 at 3:17 am // Reply

    Matt, it usually takes months to put together an anthology. What you’re doing is unbelievable! Great job, my man!

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  11. I. Clayton Reynolds // October 29, 2013 at 3:52 am // Reply

    Congratulations everyone that made the cut. I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

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  12. Dave Watkins // October 29, 2013 at 11:25 am // Reply

    Will be getting a copy. Disappointed not to make the cut, but mine was probably one if the ‘rushed’ ones as I’m also trying to get my entry for the Exeter first novel prize finished. Congrats to all involved, and at least I have a new story to work on!

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  13. Big congrats to everyone who made it into the anthology. I am honored to be counted among you and I look forward to reading each and every treat of a tale.

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  14. What a fun idea for an anthology. I’m already looking forward to next year’s contest! Congrats everyone who made it in this year.

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  15. This is pretty dang exciting!
    Matt, I have to give you a lot of credit, or perhaps you and the makers of whatever combination of energy drinks were required to put this thing together on this timetable. I am so happy to be able to be a part of it. I dig the cover and can’t wait to read through all the stories!

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  16. This is awesome! Can’t wait to pick it up! Great job, Matt.

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  17. Who else is super excited for “The Werewolf Dentists from Hell”? Can’t wait to get my grubby little paws on a copy of this anthology… or a Kindle edition, at any rate. ^-^ Thanks, by the way, for accepting The Oculist. Glad you liked it, and I hope readers will not be disappointed.

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  18. I. Clayton Reynolds // November 2, 2013 at 1:13 am // Reply

    Soooo…

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  19. A few days behind guys (not a surprise given the timeline, but hey, what we be if we weren’t fashionably late, eh?), I’m hoping to have a live link for you by Monday! The good news is, we’re dragging Halloween out a few days, and these stories are pretty damn good!

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  20. Nice. Looking forward to it.

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  21. Well for the horror lover, every day is Halloween. 😉

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  22. wow, I am thrilled to find out I made it in the final cut. But I wish someone had told me. I just happened to be searching idly on Google and found out about this. Wow. Wow. I am happy. Thank you and please let me know more.

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    • I like to believe site viewers actually come by the page to check it out regularly, rather than moments in which money/publishing is up for grabs exclusively. Wishful thinking, eh? lol

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      • I know but still, I am always open to receiving good news.

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      • i’m just giving you a hard time. Truth is, it’s a time issue for me. I work about 80 hrs a week not including running the site and writing my own fiction. I’m buried. Someday they’ll literally bury me. Maybe I’ll finally get a little rest.

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      • Honestly Matt, it’s ok. I just found out and I am happy. I had no idea about the anthology that’s all. So let’s be happy and enjoy the anthology.

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      • I’m with you. Dug your story, btw. 🙂 spread the word (you should have an email with an epub and mobi file of the book) and if you read the whole thing, don’t be afraid to drop a review on amazon. The more the better for all of us.

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      • HI Matt

        Thanks for digging my story. I thought no one would suspect a pumpkin of harming kids. That’s why I selected a pumpkin. I never received the email and I checked my spam folder. Could you please send it again? Happy horror writing

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  23. HI ! I was wondering if this book would appear in print? Thanks Heddy

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