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Spacefaring researchers disturb an ancient horror. An enchanted object curses a grieving widow. A haunted reel torments a film student. A murder trial hinges on a chilling testimony. In Howls From Hell, sixteen emerging horror writers pave the way for the future of the genre. Fans of dark and macabre fiction will savor this exhibition of all-original tales born from one of Spacefaring researchers disturb an ancient horror. An enchanted object curses a grieving widow. A haunted reel torments a film student. A murder trial hinges on a chilling testimony. In Howls From Hell, sixteen emerging horror writers pave the way for the future of the genre. Fans of dark and macabre fiction will savor this exhibition of all-original tales born from one of the fastest-growing horror communities in the world: HOWL Society. With a foreword by Grady Hendrix, this anthology unveils the horror writers of tomorrow with spine-tingling stories from P.L. McMillan, J.W. Donley, Shane Hawk, Christopher O'Halloran, Alex Wolfgang, Amanda Nevada DeMel, Lindsey Ragsdale, Solomon Forse, Justin Faull, M. David Clarkson, B.O.B. Jenkin, S.E. Denton, Thea Maeve, Joseph Andre Thomas, Joe Radkins, and Quinn Fern.


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Spacefaring researchers disturb an ancient horror. An enchanted object curses a grieving widow. A haunted reel torments a film student. A murder trial hinges on a chilling testimony. In Howls From Hell, sixteen emerging horror writers pave the way for the future of the genre. Fans of dark and macabre fiction will savor this exhibition of all-original tales born from one of Spacefaring researchers disturb an ancient horror. An enchanted object curses a grieving widow. A haunted reel torments a film student. A murder trial hinges on a chilling testimony. In Howls From Hell, sixteen emerging horror writers pave the way for the future of the genre. Fans of dark and macabre fiction will savor this exhibition of all-original tales born from one of the fastest-growing horror communities in the world: HOWL Society. With a foreword by Grady Hendrix, this anthology unveils the horror writers of tomorrow with spine-tingling stories from P.L. McMillan, J.W. Donley, Shane Hawk, Christopher O'Halloran, Alex Wolfgang, Amanda Nevada DeMel, Lindsey Ragsdale, Solomon Forse, Justin Faull, M. David Clarkson, B.O.B. Jenkin, S.E. Denton, Thea Maeve, Joseph Andre Thomas, Joe Radkins, and Quinn Fern.

30 review for Howls From Hell

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    3.5/4 stars A Howling good read! This was an incredibly unique and interesting collection of sixteen short stories from HOWL society. Not one tale is the same. Some are short while others are longer. As with all books containing short stories, there may be some that you enjoy more than others, some that scare you while some may be just creepy. One grossed me out -It gets in your eyes. I have eye issues. I will leave it at that so that short story was gloriously creepy (and gross) for me! It was al 3.5/4 stars A Howling good read! This was an incredibly unique and interesting collection of sixteen short stories from HOWL society. Not one tale is the same. Some are short while others are longer. As with all books containing short stories, there may be some that you enjoy more than others, some that scare you while some may be just creepy. One grossed me out -It gets in your eyes. I have eye issues. I will leave it at that so that short story was gloriously creepy (and gross) for me! It was also nice to learn a little about the authors after each short story. We are given what they do when they are not writing and where one may connect/follow them on social media. Ones I particularly enjoyed: A Casual Encounter Manufactured God Red Punch Buggy Possess and Serve Red and the Beast Fans of horror and fans of short stories will enjoy this collection. I enjoyed HOWLS from Hell’s original and creative short stories. Plus, the illustrations are fabulous as well. Thank you to HOWL Society Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars rounded up** Howls From Hell is a highly-entertaining Horror Anthology packed full of over-the-top, toe-cringing content!! Prior to reading, I discovered this well-rounded collection was collectively edited by, HOWL Society, which if I understand correctly, is an online group for Horror Readers and Writers. I think this is fascinating and such a great example of the camaraderie that can be found within the Horror Fiction community. Yes, I know we have our problems, but the whole essence **3.5-stars rounded up** Howls From Hell is a highly-entertaining Horror Anthology packed full of over-the-top, toe-cringing content!! Prior to reading, I discovered this well-rounded collection was collectively edited by, HOWL Society, which if I understand correctly, is an online group for Horror Readers and Writers. I think this is fascinating and such a great example of the camaraderie that can be found within the Horror Fiction community. Yes, I know we have our problems, but the whole essence of this collection is what it should be about. Supporting one another in this genre we all feel so passionately about. In addition to its compelling origin, this is a wildly-varied and engrossing collection. It's absolutely worth the read. I looked forward to starting each new story, as I never knew what to expect. Each author brought their own unique style and voice. If I were to select my three favorite stories of the collection, they would be: Gooseberry Bramble by Solomon Forse, It Gets In Your Eyes by Joseph Andre Thomas and Junco Creek by S.E. Denton. Overall, the entire collection is great though. The Foreward by Grady Hendrix brought me to the brink of tears; oh, the nostalgia. I think of the 16-stories included, only two didn't resonate with me. With this being said, I definitely think there is something in this anthology for every Horror Reader. If you consider yourself a fan of the genre, give it a go, support your community and have fun while doing it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richard Martin

    When a horror anthology boasts an introduction from none other than Grady Hendrix, you know you’re in for something special. Featuring sixteen tales of horror from the HOWL (Horror Obsessed Writing and Literature) Society, Howls From Hell treats us to such diverse tales as; • A rare screening of long-lost movie reels that sparks a desperate search to learn more of the mysterious and sinister filmmaker behind them • An excavation in the far future unwittingly unleashes a long-dormant monster upon th When a horror anthology boasts an introduction from none other than Grady Hendrix, you know you’re in for something special. Featuring sixteen tales of horror from the HOWL (Horror Obsessed Writing and Literature) Society, Howls From Hell treats us to such diverse tales as; • A rare screening of long-lost movie reels that sparks a desperate search to learn more of the mysterious and sinister filmmaker behind them • An excavation in the far future unwittingly unleashes a long-dormant monster upon the world • Two fairytale heroines who aim to find their own happily ever after through bloodshed and vengeance • A trip into the wilderness to reconnect with a distant teenage son that becomes a fight for survival as someone, or something, strikes when they are at their most vulnerable Before reading this book, I had only read work by one of the authors beforehand and I’m happy to report that I now have fifteen other authors whose work I most certainly need to keep an eye out for in the future. There wasn’t a single story in this collection that I did not enjoy. What makes this already rare claim even more impressive is how diverse the collection of stories is. There truly is something to suit everybody’s taste collected here. Like Sci-Fi horror? P.L McMillan (‘Manufactured God’) has you covered. Body Horror? Joseph Andre Thomas (‘It Gets In Your Eye’) and M. David Clarkson (‘Sprout’) have some great ones! How about Fantasy (Thea Maeve, ‘Red and the Beast’) or Urban Fantasy (J.W. Donley, ‘The Pigeon Lied’)? There’s also witchcraft, surrealism, cosmic horror, creature features, dark comedy and basically any other sub-genre you care to mention. The only thing the shorts really have in common is how consistently high quality they all are. Picking favourites in a book full of stand-outs is a tall order. ‘Suspended in Light’ by Alex Wolfgang is a tense and creepy tale that effectively gets under your skin whereas the books closing story, ‘A Fistful of Murder’ by Lindsay Ragsdale is a fun, tongue in cheek black comedy with a fantastic premise. Twist my arm and I may have to go with ‘Possess and Serve’ by Christopher O’Halloran, an action-packed Sci-Fi offering that mixes the best parts of ‘Repossessor’ and ‘Altered Carbon’, although special mention must go to Solomon Forse and the frankly bizarre short ‘Gooseberry Bramble’. Told as a monologue from a witness on the stand in a murder trial, recounting a decades-old story of a deadly creature, this had some frankly horrifying imagery, as inventive as it is disturbing. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention the fantastic illustrations that precede each story, offering a small visual taste of what’s to come. They really added something extra to the reading experience, and may well have ruined me for other non-illustrated anthologies! An anthology is a great way to discover new authors but expecting a book filled with hit after hit is a tall order and, with so many different voices and styles on show, it’s almost inevitable that not all will be to everybody’s taste. Cherish the rare find of an anthology like Howls From Hell, where every story will likely be somebody’s favourite. You can read more reviews of new and upcoming horror releases at https://www.myindiemuse.com/horror-li... I also promote indie horror via Twitter and Instagram - @RickReadsHorror

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    3.5 stars! There were some real standouts in this anthology: HOWLS FROM HELL is a showcase of new, talented voices in horror fiction. According to the entertaining introduction from Grady Hendrix, the stories in this anthology represent The HOWL society, a Discord chat born from a subreddit group (if I understand all of that correctly). Anthologies can sometimes be tough reads and they aren't for everyone. I know that some horror fans won't even read/review Anthologies or Author Collections. I lov 3.5 stars! There were some real standouts in this anthology: HOWLS FROM HELL is a showcase of new, talented voices in horror fiction. According to the entertaining introduction from Grady Hendrix, the stories in this anthology represent The HOWL society, a Discord chat born from a subreddit group (if I understand all of that correctly). Anthologies can sometimes be tough reads and they aren't for everyone. I know that some horror fans won't even read/review Anthologies or Author Collections. I love short stories so I probably read more than the average person-I see them as the best way to introduce myself to a bunch of new-to-me authors to see if I want to investigate their work further. HOWLS FROM HELL is made up entirely of new-to-me authors. I’m not entirely sure, but I think some of the authors drew an illustration for someone else’s story. At least that’s what it seemed like to me and I thought that was cool. A CASUAL ENCOUNTER/Quinn Fern- Right out of the gate this story grabbed my attention. Creative 'monster building' and a great hook/set-up for this seductive creature-feature. Very fresh, very 'now' THE PIGEON LIED/J.W. Donley- This story jumps right into an elaborate universe complete with a huge cast of characters and an intricate plot having much ado about hats. Even though I had a hard time tracking this story, I enjoyed the author's speculative storytelling voice. MANUFACTURED GOD/P.L. McMillan- I immediately got a Ridley Scott vibe with this story. Super immersive, high-tech, sci-fi/cosmic horror. A small group of explorers investigates a chamber of unknown origins and I enjoyed the dialog between the characters as they make discoveries. I could see this developed into a longer novel. RED PUNCH BUGGY/B. O. B. Jenkin- Car accident. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but this story was disorienting for me. SHE'S TAKEN AWAY/Shane Hawk- Police Dept. Transcription between a doctor and a patient. During the question and answer session, readers learn that the patient is a twin and that her twin sister has been institutionalized. The details of what the “evil twin” has done to get herself “taken away” are very disturbing and tantalizing. I loved this wicked tale. SUSPENDED IN LIGHT/Alex Wolfgang-Julia is a film school student and is going through found footage. Old reels she’s feeding through a projector. Alone. Creepy stuff. “PLAY US FOREVER”. I would read more of this author’s work for sure. GOOSEBERRY BRAMBLE- Solomon Forse- A testimony at a murder trial. A man tells the story of when he was a child and he disobeyed his grandma’s orders to never venture over to Gooseberry Bramble. Such a compelling narrative. I love reading stories like this. CLEMENT & SONS/Joe Radkins- Haunted House. Fixer-upper. I love fixer-upper stories. There is something so appealing about an author taking the time to describe a house in disrepair and observe the protagonists set to cleaning it. But this house comes with a price and a grandfather clock. I enjoyed this story. POSSESS and SERVE/Christopher O'Halloran- This was an original, imaginative alternate universe where Police officers could “assume control” over a perp’s actions to deescalate a situation. At least I *think* that's what was happening--then it turned into a domestic story of a relationship and family life. Admittedly, I thought this story was a little too long for the anthology and I felt my interest wan. This was just under 50 pages and I didn’t finish it, I think I was just used to shorter stories at this point. DUPLICITOUS WINGS/Amanda Nevada DeMel- A desperate woman summons revenge upon her brother for stealing what she believes is rightfully hers. This story was not for me. I found it difficult to suspend disbelief in order to invest. IT GETS IN YOUR EYES/Joseph Andre Thomas- A woman comes home from vacation with something irritating her eye. It becomes a real issue. This one too had a few issues to contend with, like doctor/patient confidentiality and HIPPA violations. Made it difficult to invest in, but once I did-this had some interesting, gross-out body horror at the end. RED AND THE BEAST/Thea Maeve- I skipped this one just because I wasn’t in the mood for a fairytale-but I will go back. Sometimes I do crave a good, dark castle/prince/princess/slay-the-beast story. THE INTRUDER/Justin Faull- A man gets stuck in traffic and winds up in a foul mood. When he gets home, something has clearly entered his apartment. The man has an altercation with the intruder. But then it could just be some kind of nightmare? Possession? It ended a little abruptly but it’s an interesting concept with real potential. SPROUT/M. David Clarkson- This one has a shocking beginning. My eyes widened and my first impression was, “Ok-WOW” Compelling first-person narrative-lots of pop culture references. I felt like this story was interesting but it was a little disjointed-some odd breaks in the story. JUNCO CREEK/S. E. Denton- Leigh and Ben ascend into the Sierra Nevada range (close to my old stomping grounds, actually) for a nature-getaway and some mother/son bonding time in a remote cabin. I’ll add this story to my growing list of personal horrors. I think there is something so vulnerable about renting a house from strangers. Also, the outdoors is scary. Bears. Wildlife. Feeling like your son is distancing himself from you. Everything about this story scared me. I enjoyed it-one of my favorites. “There’s somebody under the cabin.” UGH!! Terrifying!! A FISTFUL OF MURDER/Lindsey Ragsdale- A man gets some cash marked with the words “KILL” and begins to feel very strange. A quick story. I liked the storytelling voice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this horror anthology published by the HOWL Society. When I was asked to read and review an ARC of this book, I was more than happy to do so. The HOWL Society operates on a discord server that got its start through /r/horrorlit, which is one of my favorite subreddits. As with most anthologies, some of the stories were better than others, but most of these were solid. Forward: 5/5 You might be thinking, "You're reviewing the forward?" Yes, yes I am. The forward is writ I thoroughly enjoyed reading this horror anthology published by the HOWL Society. When I was asked to read and review an ARC of this book, I was more than happy to do so. The HOWL Society operates on a discord server that got its start through /r/horrorlit, which is one of my favorite subreddits. As with most anthologies, some of the stories were better than others, but most of these were solid. Forward: 5/5 You might be thinking, "You're reviewing the forward?" Yes, yes I am. The forward is written by Grady Hendrix, author of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, which was one of my favorite books of 2020. The forward is definitely worth the read. Don't skip over it. If you're a horror fan, it might just touch your heart. A Casual Encounter: 3/5 This one is pretty short, even for a short story. There isn't time for much character development or even much plot. While I enjoyed it and didn't find it boring, it was somewhat predictable and didn't have much "meat" to it. The Pigeon Lied: 4/5 From the moment I started reading this, I was afraid I wasn't going to like it. This story is a little on the weird side and I don't typically enjoy that type of thing. After I got into it, though, I found it to be incredibly well-written. The world was unique and the plot was fast without being inauthentic. It was overall very satisfying. Manufactured God: 4.5/5 Sci-fi isn't really my jam, but I do appreciate some science-y aspects and this story worked well for me. Who wouldn't love some futuristic archeology? It's a great premise. The main character had a distinct voice and I thought the tale was riveting. The only reason I rated down was because I think horror is more frightening if it's rooted in the real world, but parts of this story seemed a little too unbelievable for my taste. Red Punch Buggy: 2/5 I honestly don't remember too much about this one (my notes just had the rating) but I remember a general feeling that nothing had really happened in the story. I found it hard to sympathize with the main character. Maybe I just didn't "get" it but I'm not sure what I could have missed. She's Taken Away: 4/5 This one is solidly good and also short so it's definitely worth the read. It's told in a unique way--in the form of a transcribed interview recording. It's not particularly shocking or thought-provoking, but it was fun. Suspended in Light: 4/5 While this was somewhat vague, I was okay with it. I liked the characters and the setting, possibly because I'm a college student myself. It was atmospheric without that being its only strong point. Gooseberry Bramble: 5/5 This lovely story was one of my favorites in the anthology--possibly my top favorite. I love books with Southern vibes and this short story was extremely Southern. The horror aspects of the story were, well, horrifying and very unique. It felt authentic and was told in the form of a court testimony, which made it even better. I would recommend this one to basically everybody. Clement & Sons: 3.5/5 I would describe this story as okay. It's slightly trope-y and predictable. Considering how much time that the story spends with the main character, I thought it would be better if we got to know her a little better. Regardless, the story was still enjoyable and light. Possess and Serve: 5/5 I loved the premise for this story! I also thought the characters were very well-fleshed out and relatable. The horror aspects were disturbing in a very realistic way and I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know how everything would turn out. The threat was real. Overall, this was a very well written story and one of my favorites in the anthology. Duplicitous Wings: 4.5/5 The subject matter--witchy vibes, spells, and winged women--was right up my alley. I thought it was interesting, even if the twist was somewhat obvious in my opinion. It wasn't particularly frightening or uncomfortable, but it worked. The only reason I rated down was because I would have liked it better if the family had been characterized a little better. However, this is partly because we see them through the protagonist's eyes and thus they are described how she views them. I still wish there had been a workaround to this or better descriptions that would give further insight, but it's a small want compared to how much I enjoyed the story overall. It Gets in Your Eyes: 5/5 Am I the only one who hates eyes? I don't mind touching my own eyes (I wear contacts) but eye-related body horror always kind of grosses me out. The descriptions were really well done. I think the decision to make the boyfriend the narrator instead of the girl with the eye problem was genius and really helped add to the suspense. I also liked how the narrator's voice was distinctive. Red and the Beast: 4/5 This story was different from the others in the sense that it never really felt like a horror story. It doesn't quite fit in with the others and feels more dark fantasy than horror. Luckily, I love fantasy books and this one had the added benefit of having fairytale vibes, which I also love. However, these fairytale elements felt more smashed together than cohesive, which left the story somewhat unnatural and forced at times. Despite this, it was fast=paced and enjoyable. The Intruder: 3/5 Though I didn't hate this story while reading, I found it pretty forgettable. I loved the writing style, which I thought was descriptive and insightful, and thought it was winding up to be a fantastic story. By the end it fell kind of flat. Sprout: 4.5/5 This one reminded me of Uprooted, which happens to be one of my favorite books ever, because of the creepy forest. I loved the atmosphere and vibes of the story and I thought that the horror aspects were particularly well-done. However, I had a hard time relating to the narrator or caring much about him. Junco Creek: 3.5/5 I love a good spooky story that takes place in the outdoors and this one fills the role quite well. I liked the ending, too, although it could have ended on a slightly more definitive note. My biggest problem was with the "monster" itself, which I found a little too cliche. A Fistful of Murder: 4/5 Although this one was a little less definitive than I like, I think it worked well and contributed to the horror factor. There was one part in particular that I knew was coming, but the anticipation only added to the suspense. There were also times when I grew frustrated with the protagonist because I felt like he didn't do the most logical thing, but of course you never know how you would react in that kind of situation. Thank you to HOWL Society Press for sending me an advanced copy of this anthology.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Book Dad

    Howls From Hell is a horror anthology by a community of writers called HOWL Society. Here, you will find 16 unique and original terror-inducing tales that are entertaining as hell. Giant cyclopses living in ancient and wonderous tombs, nightmarish demon conspiracies, shapeshifters, witchcraft and even a piece of paper with the ability to evoke an uncontrollable murderous outeage. There is a lot to like in this anthology but one thing stood out the most. These stories are wild, fun, fast-paced and Howls From Hell is a horror anthology by a community of writers called HOWL Society. Here, you will find 16 unique and original terror-inducing tales that are entertaining as hell. Giant cyclopses living in ancient and wonderous tombs, nightmarish demon conspiracies, shapeshifters, witchcraft and even a piece of paper with the ability to evoke an uncontrollable murderous outeage. There is a lot to like in this anthology but one thing stood out the most. These stories are wild, fun, fast-paced and action-packed. This is one of those books where the pages just fly by because there is so much going on. One second the protagonist is investigating what appears to be an alien discovery and the next they are runnibg for their lives by an ancient god hellbent on devouring the intruders. If I had to choose a favorite story it would be A Fistfull of Murder by Lindsey Ragsdale. Reader's will quickly and easily guess the outcome of the story but I was on the edge of my seat WAITING for the moment to hit. Lindsey writes a very compelling tale and left me wanting more short, and shocking tales from her. I definitely recommend Howls From Hell. There are a lot of different frightening flavors to satisfy all of you horror conisseaurs out there. Even our champion of vintage horror, Grady Hendrix, wrote the forward and does a great job of setting the tone for the novel. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those collections that sweeps through the #HorrorCommunity and is well received by all. WEBSITE HorrorOasis.com HORROR FICTION NEWSLETTER HorrorNewsletter.com/signup IG: INSTAGRAM.COM/THE.BOOK.DAD TW: TWITTER.COM/THEBOOKDAD FB: FACEBOOK.COM/HORROROASIS

  7. 5 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    Many thanks to Solomon Forse from Howl Society Press for an ARC copy of this brilliant collection of short stories. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. 16 stories with a foreword by Grady Hendrix, Howls From Hell is a horror anthology from Howl Society Press. OH MY GOD, finished this book and am wondering how the hell am I gonna sleep in the night. Each story begins with a beautiful illustration that I am thankful is not a color image(not sure if it is so coz an ARC, but am really thankful), Many thanks to Solomon Forse from Howl Society Press for an ARC copy of this brilliant collection of short stories. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. 16 stories with a foreword by Grady Hendrix, Howls From Hell is a horror anthology from Howl Society Press. OH MY GOD, finished this book and am wondering how the hell am I gonna sleep in the night. Each story begins with a beautiful illustration that I am thankful is not a color image(not sure if it is so coz an ARC, but am really thankful), those images are enough to make one get nightmares, also each of them has a description of the author at the end and their social media connect which is definitely helpful. Grady Hendrix provides the foreword and the genius that he is, transports the reader to a childhood that most horror fans would resonate with. Some stories are beyond creepy, I mean, the range of horror that is covered in this book is exemplary. There are demons, there are beasts, there are ghosts, there’s one with a psychological horror twist, another one with a cracking retelling of red riding hood and beauty and the beast, a futuristic tale that cannot be more weirder, a fantasy horror thriller, a dystopian science fiction, my obvious point that there's a story for every horror aficionado here and this book as a collection is must-have for all fans of horror. Like in any anthology, some stories may grab a reader’s attention more than others, and personally, IT GETS IN YOUR EYES by Joseph Andre Thomas was the one that gave me nightmares, imagine my terror that I kept looking at the mirror and checking my eyes, pulling it and rubbing it and whatnot. Gasping, gulping, choking, read this with all the lights blazing! 5 glowing stars for each story in this book. Outstanding! This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/, Goodreads, Amazon India, Meduim.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    A literary society dedicated to write and read horror. It sounds like something from the 18th Century but it's not. At least not this one. Born on Discord, the chat platform, The Horror-Obssesed Writing and Literature Society is a club for those who like to spike their lives with horror-induced adrenaline highs. Together, by a process of submission and general membership voting, they selected a year's best in short stories and the result of this selection is Howls From Hell. Not every story in th A literary society dedicated to write and read horror. It sounds like something from the 18th Century but it's not. At least not this one. Born on Discord, the chat platform, The Horror-Obssesed Writing and Literature Society is a club for those who like to spike their lives with horror-induced adrenaline highs. Together, by a process of submission and general membership voting, they selected a year's best in short stories and the result of this selection is Howls From Hell. Not every story in this anthology is a hit (at least not for me), but since horror is such a personal taste, I imagine that what didn't make it for me, may just well be someone else's cup of blood (or tea, if you're not of the vampiric persuasion). For anyone who wants to read horror but is not so committed to the genre as to take on a whole novel, at least not at first, this is a good entry point. The stories here include pretty much every horror subgenre, from slash porn, all blood and running, to horror in space, where no one would hear you scream. I particularly liked The Pigeon Lied by J.W. Donley. This story offers an interesting take on Luciferian folklore, including some clever takes on Sumerian Mythology and sparse but well chosen Biblical references. Interesting, Hell-adjacent funny, and at times just funny, this one caught my attention right from the start. Then there was Red Punch Buggy by B.O.B. Jenkin, where much like the driver in the story, I didn't know where anything of it was going. Confusion was the emotion at hand, for me as much as for the characters, but the horrible realization was there, waiting for all of us in the final lines, and it was all too shocking not to get shock. Red and the Beast by Thea Maeve is also a good one. Here, the author takes us back to the origin of every fairy tale. Yes, nowadays Disney Co. has done its best to convince us that fairy tales are sweet bedtime stories, but that's far from the true. Folktales and fairy tales were born from our collective fears, they are nothing else but cautionary tales, warning us about the dangers of the world. Well, both Red and Beauty sure learned who to fear and who to chase. As a whole, a 3.5 stars rounded to 4 because the world does need a bit more horror of the literary kind. Netgalley provided me with a free copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    This collection of short stories is absolutely PHENOMENAL! I got a copy for review from @howl_society and I’m so glad I did so that I could discover these stories. Out of the whole collection there was one, MAYBE two stories that I didn’t absolutely love and the rest all knocked it out of the park! I really loved that there were a lot of diversity in this collection, quite often they tend to be white, straight male centric and while I have nothing against these kinds of writers, it’s nice to see This collection of short stories is absolutely PHENOMENAL! I got a copy for review from @howl_society and I’m so glad I did so that I could discover these stories. Out of the whole collection there was one, MAYBE two stories that I didn’t absolutely love and the rest all knocked it out of the park! I really loved that there were a lot of diversity in this collection, quite often they tend to be white, straight male centric and while I have nothing against these kinds of writers, it’s nice to see some diverse representation. I discovered SO many new authors who’s work I want to look into as well and that’s always exciting! This collection really has it all when it comes to horror stories, from gruesome and gory to just downright bone chilling. Horror fans, you don’t want to miss out on this collection!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    HOWLS FROM HELL is a beast of an anthology (get it? huh? huh?) with many brand-new-to-me authors. It’s a given that I would be drawn to the gorgeous cover art and the forward written by Grady Hendrix, but after reading it I realize it’s spectacular in its own right. There are a total of sixteen stories, none of them alike. Each story gave me a new horror experience, but the one thing they all have in common is they are addictive. The Howl Society stands for Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature S HOWLS FROM HELL is a beast of an anthology (get it? huh? huh?) with many brand-new-to-me authors. It’s a given that I would be drawn to the gorgeous cover art and the forward written by Grady Hendrix, but after reading it I realize it’s spectacular in its own right. There are a total of sixteen stories, none of them alike. Each story gave me a new horror experience, but the one thing they all have in common is they are addictive. The Howl Society stands for Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature Society. It’s a community of horror readers and writers on Discord who read books monthly and have discussions about all things horror. It’s also inclusive because guess what?...it’s 100% free. Sounds pretty fantastic, right? The forward by Grady Hendrix encompasses why I love horror so perfectly. His words gave me all the horror warm and fuzzies and left me ready to begin. I haven’t read an anthology recently that doesn’t have a single bad apple.m, but every one of these little gems shines. Reading, I went through all sorts of reactions: I gasped, I winced, I laughed, and I immediately looked up more books by authors I didn’t even know were out there. The first story A CASUAL ENCOUNTER by Quinn Fern is wicked fun. It is the perfect amuse-bouche for your horror palette and I left it with a wink and a smile. From this 5 star story, I hit one after the other. No joke, I rate every one of these 5 stars. I’ll give you a couple more teasers below: Shane Hawk’s SHE’S TAKEN AWAY is perfectly executed. It’s written as a transcript of a doctor-patient session where the patient discusses her likely evil twin. There is not a single sinister word wasted. SUSPENDED BY LIGHT by Alex Wolfgang thoroughly impressed me. I love a good “lost footage” trope and in this one a student starts watching old film reels when things get real creepy. Science fiction and dystopian stories are favorite genres of mine, so I thoroughly enjoyed POSSES AND SERVE by Christopher O’Halloran. This futuristic style story takes place in a world where law enforcement agents utilize the Assume Control Unit. Basically agents can posses the bodies of civilians in order to deescalate a situation. Okay so I don’t know if this makes me weird, but the story IT GETS IN YOUR EYES by Joseph Andre Thomas made me chuckle. I couldn’t read it fast enough. Reading the thoughts of our narrator was suspenseful but there is some great sarcasm that I much appreciated. The ending is everything. I cannot recommend HOWLS FROM HELL enough. After the week I had, it was exactly what the doctor ordered. Thank you so much to the Howl Society and Night Worms for my review copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I’ll read most any genre but I have always had a strong admiration for horror, specifically its devoted following. Grady Hendrix says it best in the forward for this anthology when he described it as a family. Writers, readers, they’re all in this together, supporting creative nightmares in equal measure. The twisted imagination inside these pages is excellent. As in all anthologies, there are a handful that stand out, and there are several writers I desperately want more of, but I can assure yo I’ll read most any genre but I have always had a strong admiration for horror, specifically its devoted following. Grady Hendrix says it best in the forward for this anthology when he described it as a family. Writers, readers, they’re all in this together, supporting creative nightmares in equal measure. The twisted imagination inside these pages is excellent. As in all anthologies, there are a handful that stand out, and there are several writers I desperately want more of, but I can assure you that horror fans everywhere will be very, very happy. Check it out. Thank you to Solomon Forse and Howl Society Press for this advance review copy of Howls from Hell.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alex | | findingmontauk1

    With a foreword from Grady Hednrix that pumped me all the way up to love and share horror even more, the HOWLS FROM HELL anthology does not slow down or let up in the slightest! The stories here are from members of the HOWL Society, aka “Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature Society." Every story in this collection is a win in my book and almost all of these authors are "new to me" and I am definitely on the lookout for more! Usually I find with anthologies there are a couple that do not hit th With a foreword from Grady Hednrix that pumped me all the way up to love and share horror even more, the HOWLS FROM HELL anthology does not slow down or let up in the slightest! The stories here are from members of the HOWL Society, aka “Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature Society." Every story in this collection is a win in my book and almost all of these authors are "new to me" and I am definitely on the lookout for more! Usually I find with anthologies there are a couple that do not hit the mark for me, but that was not the case for me in Howls From Hell. And the range of horror within these 16 stories covers a little bit of practically everything you can think of and then some more. There is something for every horror lover here. Each short story has a unique illustration on the title and that was always fun to look forward to and wonder what it meant in connection with the title beneath. I am completely impressed with the talent in this anthology as well all these new stories I now have that live rent free in my mind! Thank you to HOWL Society and Night Worms for this #NightWormsBookParty review copy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ben Long

    This anthology is great because not only did it introduce me to a bunch of new authors, but it introduced me to the HOWL Society (the "Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature" society) which I'm very excited to learn more about - and maybe join one day?? Man, what a fun collection of stories! There is so much variety presented here (body horror, sci-fi horror, folklore, occult/cults, cosmic horror, hilarious horror, demons, monsters, evil twins, etc). Seriously, there's definitely something for ev This anthology is great because not only did it introduce me to a bunch of new authors, but it introduced me to the HOWL Society (the "Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature" society) which I'm very excited to learn more about - and maybe join one day?? Man, what a fun collection of stories! There is so much variety presented here (body horror, sci-fi horror, folklore, occult/cults, cosmic horror, hilarious horror, demons, monsters, evil twins, etc). Seriously, there's definitely something for everyone here - and luckily for me almost all of it worked! It just seemed like everyone involved had a great time writing these twisted tales, and their enthusiasm and creativity spills from the pages. And speaking of the writers, it was awesome getting to meet a huge cast of new (to me) authors! Lots of talent here for sure. Oh, and several of the authors also provide illustrations for the stories which were so cool! Like I said, lots of talent. I really did enjoy most of these stories, but some stand out ones for me were: "Manufactured Gods" by P.L. McMillan - an epic blend of sci-fi horror, tech horror, and Egyptian mythology where a group of scientists go to explore the ruins of Earth and find a truly unsettling monster deep below ground. "Red Punch Buggy" by B.O.B. Jenkin - at first read I found it to be a funny and disturbing little tale, but it has since burrowed into my brain and I can't stop thinking about it. Much like Scott Cole's Crazytimes, it uses humor mixed with shocking violence to wonderful effect. "A Fistful of Murder" by Lindsey Ragsdale - a story about a man who finds a dollar bill with the word KILL written on it, and every time he looks at it he is forced to do just that. It's a simple idea but structured and played out beautifully. "Suspended in Light" by Alex Wolfgang - another one that got under my skin and I can't stop thinking about. Creepy story of a women reviewing old film reels and unleashing a haunting force. I didn't fully understand the ending, but I enjoyed the ride.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    In my quest to continue to try new things, I decided to give short story collections/anthologies another go and what better way to go than with a collection titled HOWLS FROM HELL. I typically stay away from these collections as it always ends the same - some I love, some I don't and so collectively, I end up almost always rating them down the middle. While these can be a great sampling of new authors to consider, I am just that person who likes to read a full novel over the short story to deter In my quest to continue to try new things, I decided to give short story collections/anthologies another go and what better way to go than with a collection titled HOWLS FROM HELL. I typically stay away from these collections as it always ends the same - some I love, some I don't and so collectively, I end up almost always rating them down the middle. While these can be a great sampling of new authors to consider, I am just that person who likes to read a full novel over the short story to determine that. But that's just MY preference. Over the weekend, I opened this up and the first story just caught my attention. Short it was and absolutely devious - I was just instantly transported back into my horror loving tingles and then kept runing page after page. I'd devour 3 or 4 stories, then go about my business and then come back. I'd really like some more Casual Encounters 😉. The stand outs for me were Junco Creek, It Gets In Your Eyes and Red And The Beast. I also liked Possess and Serve but it also gave me the willies because having an officer take over a person's body to deescalate a situation sounds like about the last thing I'd ever want a cop to do. **SHIVER** I'll also be checking any and all bills I get out of an ATM due to A Fistful of Murder. This collection was a lot of fun. Maybe because it's been a while since I've truly immersed myself in a collection. Maybe because these authors are so talented. Maybe because this gloomy weather was just oh so suitable for these reads. In any manner, I did find that like with all collections, I loved some, liked some and meh about some. But instead of doing my usual down the middle rating, I'm giving it an extra star because YES. If you are a fan of horror collections, grab a copy and run. Try not to get a paper cut though - who knows what will happen if any blood gets on these page. 😈

  15. 5 out of 5

    Horror Bookworm Reviews

    A five-person excavation team explores an underground structure only to discover a monstrous abomination. A female lures her victims to uncertain and deadly consequences. A set of 16mm film reels are discovered from an anonymous donor leading to contorted cryptic messages found within. A truly twisted fairytale unfolds as Red and Beauty venture into gloomy forests and dark castles to confront dubious inanimate objects and villainous beasts. Howls From Hell is a collection of spine-tingling stor A five-person excavation team explores an underground structure only to discover a monstrous abomination. A female lures her victims to uncertain and deadly consequences. A set of 16mm film reels are discovered from an anonymous donor leading to contorted cryptic messages found within. A truly twisted fairytale unfolds as Red and Beauty venture into gloomy forests and dark castles to confront dubious inanimate objects and villainous beasts. Howls From Hell is a collection of spine-tingling stories ranging from tales of futuristic horrors to body possessions to downright bizarre occurrences of the freakish kind—an anthology readers of horror will want to get their hands on as quickly as possible. It’s a collection that includes works by Shane Hawk, Alex Wolfgang, and S.E. Denton—authors gathered to exhibit their creativity by means of cosmic visitors, haunted tomes, and fantastical existences. The ever-talented Grady Hendrix kicks off the adventure with his tantalizing forward. His take on childhood experiences and the horror community in general are sure to tug at the heart strings. The common thread of this passion for the scary, outsiders banning together and the pleasure of meeting others like yourself is all about horror being family. Highlights from this anthology include: Manufactured God by P. L. McMillan. An exceptional sci-fi/creature feature horror story. A mammoth kaiju vibe blends claustrophobic surroundings with a regrettable deadly curiosity. The author not only applies a tense explorative backdrop, but also discloses a discovery that was not to be awakened by mankind. Duplicitous Wings by Amanda Nevada DeMel. Utilizing the dark arts of alchemy, an entity of a separate plane of existence is conjured and unleashed into present day provoking unforgettable vengeance upon its unsuspecting victims. Amanda Nevada DeMel cleverly applies an uneasy feeling of not being in control of one’s own destiny causing an apprehensive nightmare for the reader to experience. Possess and Serve by Christopher O’Halloran. This piece of fiction is about trust, morality, manipulation and deceit. With the capability of possessing another’s body comes responsibility and an oath to serve and protect. Written with a sleuth atmosphere, a terrifying protagonist, and an arrangement of twisted plot points, this one will keep you guessing till the end. Sprout by M. David Clarkson. The greatest opening line from any story I have ever read goes to Sprout. ‘Nuff said. Howl Society (Horror-Obsessed Writing And Literature Society) A horror book club designed for writers and readers of the genre makes sure you get your blood curdling bang for your buck with this gathering of authors. Enjoy! I did. (originally posted at mysteryandsuspense.com visit me at Mystery & Suspense)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mindi

    This is a fun anthology. I had no idea that the Howl Society even existed. Essentially, this is a collection of horror stories from writers who are all members of the Howl Society on Discord. Grady Hendix is a member, and he sets the stage with a forward that anyone who loves horror can relate to. After reading it I was definitely pumped to read some horror. This is interesting to me, because I found that the stories that stood out to me the most were some of the longest ones. Don't get me wrong This is a fun anthology. I had no idea that the Howl Society even existed. Essentially, this is a collection of horror stories from writers who are all members of the Howl Society on Discord. Grady Hendix is a member, and he sets the stage with a forward that anyone who loves horror can relate to. After reading it I was definitely pumped to read some horror. This is interesting to me, because I found that the stories that stood out to me the most were some of the longest ones. Don't get me wrong, I love a great piece of flash fiction, but for some reason the stories that had a bit more meat on their bones are the ones that stuck with me. I'm wondering if that's because it's been a while since I've read a short story collection or anthology, but now that I'm typing this I don't think it's been as long as I was originally thinking. Hey, you like what you like, right? And as of today, the following are the stories that are still floating around in my brain. All of the horror stories I've read that involve old acetate film reels stay with me. I'm particularly fond of Gemma Files's brilliant novel EXPERIMENTAL FILM. So right when I started to read Suspended in Light by Alex Wolfgang I was hooked. There's something deeply creepy to me about old 16mm films. Perhaps it's because it's a modern type of media that seems out of place for how early it was invented. Moving pictures were created as early as 1888, and that seems much too antiquated for something that we still enjoy today, albeit in a much improved fashion. Regardless, I'm very interested in stories about haunted films. The next story to really stand out to me is sort of a cross between horror and dystopian sci-fi. Possess and Serve by Christopher O'Halloran introduces the very interesting concept of the Assumed Control Unit, where agents "posses" a person's body whenever someone feels overwhelmed and unable to deal with their current situation. By simply pressing a button you can call an agent to assume control of your body and deescalate your current situation. Sounds great, right? Except what if the person who has sworn to protect you is less than trustworthy? And the last story I'm going to mention is a really good body horror story with a twisted ending. It Gets In Your Eyes by Joseph Andre Thomas is about a woman who goes on a cruise and returns home with a nagging sensation that there is "something in her eye". After seeing multiple doctors, and even trying to diagnose herself on the internet, Marnie is still uncomfortable and convinced that something is very wrong with here eye. Is it all in her head, like the doctors suggest? Well, you will have to read this one to find out. Overall I enjoyed all of the stories in this anthology. The ones I mentioned specifically in this review stuck with me the most, but this is really a rather strong anthology throughout. I definitely recommend picking this one up.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (spookishmommy)

    3.5 rounded up to 4. Thank you Howls Society for sending me a copy of Howls From Hell. This is a great anthology to try if you're looking to hear some new(er) voices in horror. I loved reading a little bit about each author at the end of their story. Here are a few that stood our for me: A Casual Encounter by Quinn Fern - a fun piece of flash fiction that really kicked off the anthology. She's Taken Away by Shane Hawk - I love psychological horror and the interview style was cool. Gooseberry Bram 3.5 rounded up to 4. Thank you Howls Society for sending me a copy of Howls From Hell. This is a great anthology to try if you're looking to hear some new(er) voices in horror. I loved reading a little bit about each author at the end of their story. Here are a few that stood our for me: A Casual Encounter by Quinn Fern - a fun piece of flash fiction that really kicked off the anthology. She's Taken Away by Shane Hawk - I love psychological horror and the interview style was cool. Gooseberry Bramble by Solomon Forse - the writing was so immersive, I felt like I was there! It Gets in Your Eyes by Joseph Andre Thomas - Uck! I hate things about eyeballs. My eyeballs are so sensitive. This was so uncomfortable and great.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Great collection! A wild, weird, gonzo collection of unique and imaginative horror stories. Totally worth your time! I am in absolutely no way biased. I can be trusted completely.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Howls From Hell is one of the most entertaining anthology books I’ve read in a loooong time. It starts strong and continues that way until the very last page. These writers are people that legitimately love horror in all of its different facets. This is 100% going in my physical book collection as it would be foolish not to add it. Thanks so much to NetGalley, HOWL Society, and all these terrific authors for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm now a member of the Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literary (HOWL) Society, though I wasn't when this anthology was put together. It added an extra layer of fun to reading it, matching the people I've come to know through the Discord chat to the stories that they chose to showcase in this anthology. And reading the anthology was so much fun! I enjoyed that there wasn't a specific theme: I'm one of those people who makes playlists that jump musical genres and decades in a way that would make som I'm now a member of the Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literary (HOWL) Society, though I wasn't when this anthology was put together. It added an extra layer of fun to reading it, matching the people I've come to know through the Discord chat to the stories that they chose to showcase in this anthology. And reading the anthology was so much fun! I enjoyed that there wasn't a specific theme: I'm one of those people who makes playlists that jump musical genres and decades in a way that would make some people's heads spin. Reading this wasn't quite at the head-spinning level (unless that's your thing), but it was a really enjoyable dive into the horror genre, which at its core is marvellously broad. In this collection we've got: - Transcripts & twists (A Casual Encounter by Quinn Fern and She's Taken Away by Shane Hawk) - Violent dives into the weird - if I didn't know these were all written by different people, I might suspect an ongoing storyline with the same author throughout (Red Punch Buggy by B.O.B. Jenkin, The Intruder by Justin Faull, and A Fistful of Murder by Lindsay Ragdale [which has as much right as the movie to alternately by titled "Kill Bill") - Hardboiled noir via pigeons and demons (The Pigeon Lied by JW Donley - also with my favourite art of the book: not only creepy, but the pigeon is wearing a fez!) - Horror by way of cyberpunk thriller (Possess and Serve by Christopher O'Halloran - bonus points for writing a realistic-feeling female POV as a guy writer) - Dark fantasy and fractured fairy tales (Duplicitous Wings by Amanda Nevada DeMel and Red and the Beast by Thea Maeve) - Flash horror written entirely in dialect (Gooseberry Bramble by Solomon Forse) - Good-for-her, the-earth-is-healing horror (Sprout by M. David Clarkson) - Some classic-feeling haunting horror (Clement and Sons by Joe Radkins) - And, good Lord, eye horror (It Gets in Your Eyes by Joseph Andre Thomas. I'm super cool with gore, but eyes!?) And finally, a special callout to my personal top 3 stories, in no particular order: Junco Creek by SE Denton - survival horror-esque, heart-thumping and page-turning with a mother-son relationship in there Manufactured God by PL McMillan - post-apocalyptic sci-fi Frankenstein-y sort of story, with Egyptian mythology! Suspended in Light by Alex Wolfgang - found footage story with the moment that spooked me the most of the anthology and made me feel like I was also doing a semester in Europe otherwise Overall, really fun dive into the horror genre. And the art was such a special added treat! Really well done pieces that connected to each story. Note: I got a free copy from Netgalley and the publisher for review, but I also plan to buy a paperback when it's available!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was approved to receive an e-Galley ARC of Howls From Hell, edited by Howl Society, from Howl Society Press and NetGalley, for review consideration. Cover design by Molly Collins, book layout by Alex Wolfgang, and illustrations for stories by P.L. McMillan, Joe Radkins, Solomon Forse, and Drew Nault. If there are any artists not listed, it is by my fault, and no other. I tried to find all the ones listed from their Facebook page before posting but you know how that goes. My apologies to any mi I was approved to receive an e-Galley ARC of Howls From Hell, edited by Howl Society, from Howl Society Press and NetGalley, for review consideration. Cover design by Molly Collins, book layout by Alex Wolfgang, and illustrations for stories by P.L. McMillan, Joe Radkins, Solomon Forse, and Drew Nault. If there are any artists not listed, it is by my fault, and no other. I tried to find all the ones listed from their Facebook page before posting but you know how that goes. My apologies to any missed. What follows below is my honest review, freely given. I rated this anthology 4.5 stars. The forward was written by Grady Hendrix, and he really captured the purity and joy of being a part of the healthy horror community. A CASUAL ENCOUNTER by Quin Fern As sometimes happens, I was left wanting more, the questions I had making me restless instead of nodding sagely. This could be expanded on, grown into a novel easily. I would read it. THE PIGEON LIED by J. W. Donley I have a soft spot in my heart for Hell related stories, ever since picking up an Edward Lee novel in my teens. Every author will have their own vision, actors, and overall vibe for h – e – double toothpicks and I really dug this one. Easter is not about hats, but maybe hell is. MANUFACTURED GOD by P. L. McMillan Give me all of the Egyptian horror now, please and thank you! Where has this been all my life? Believable, vicious, and utterly perfect. Top 5 RED PUNCH BUGGY by B. O. B. Jenkin “We have such sights to show you.” I don’t know if there is a name for this particular, fear is too strong a word, but creep factor maybe? I get bothered by a particular use of pain in stories; Martyrs (2008) is a perfect example, this is another. Top 5 SHE’S TAKEN AWAY by Shane Hawke I also have a soft spot for hospital type horror, any era. Most of the time the care can be as terrifying as the horror you add to the plot. This was an all around creepy little story. SUSPENDED IN LIGHT by Alex Wolfgang This went over my head mainly, I think because in the MC’s shoes I would have called uncle way at the beginning. Not very brave or final girl of me I guess, but man that did not seem fun at all. GOOSEBERRY BRAMBLE by Solomon Forse I will believe anything this old man tells me, so help me God. Brilliantly written. Top 5 CLEMENT & SONS by Joe Radkins I liked the tones on loss, felt the set up was well done; I was lost at the end. I liked the story but I didn’t understand how it got to the very end. It read a little like a crypt keeper episode, or outer limits, where the ending was partly up to your own interpretation. POSSES AND SERVE by Christopher O’Halloran Speculative fiction of a helpful big brother tech that gives me chills (do no want!), please let this be a warning, not some bigwig’s wishlist. DUPLICITOUS WINGS by Amanda Nevada DeMel I just could not imagine having a front row seat to something, thinking it’s going to go one way and it goes another. We have a saying in our house, “You get what you get, and you don’t get upset.” Which is comical considering our 8 yr old came up with it and he is upset over pretty much everything. Stuck in my head over this. IT GETS IN YOUR EYES by Joseph Andre Thomas I read about a woman who had over twenty contact lenses removed from the back of her eye, all in a lump. Things in the eye is just a fear, things get in your eye all the time. This story is full of terror fuel, this goes to 11, you will never be able to have an eyelash in your eye again and not think of this story and weep. Loved it. Top 5 RED AND THE BEAST by Thea Maeve Re-imagined fairy tales are my jam! I have the six book anthology set edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, and this could fit right in. Or they could make a seventh. This could be the first story, I need more fairy tale tales. Top 5 THE INTRUDER by Justin Faull Late night hot take, but this intruder reads like someone who doesn’t like being medicated for depression. I guess that would be me. SPROUT by M. David Clarkson The opening line for this one is a doozy; read it aloud and the face my partner made was priceless. Stories with Mother, capital M are always brutal. We always deserve what we get. JUNCO CREEK S. E. Denton I want to thank the horror genre for instilling in me a nice strong fear of wooden cabins in the woods, I feel it will stay with me for the rest of my existence. Now we are just adding new and exciting flair to my basic fear. Read this story for to learn more. A FISTFUL OF MURDER by Lindsey Ragsdale A quick and brutal cut of a story. Kick to the guts. It’s magic really.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    For Horror short stories both astonishingly insightful and wide-ranging, check out the new Anthology HOWLS FROM HELL, comprised of stories and illustrations from the members of the HOWL Society on Discord. 16 stories accompany a foreword by acclaimed Author Grady Hendrix. These stories request savoring, so read each individually and take your time; don't rush through. For Horror short stories both astonishingly insightful and wide-ranging, check out the new Anthology HOWLS FROM HELL, comprised of stories and illustrations from the members of the HOWL Society on Discord. 16 stories accompany a foreword by acclaimed Author Grady Hendrix. These stories request savoring, so read each individually and take your time; don't rush through.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Stephens

    It's quite simply a top-notch horror anthology, of which there are too few. Pick it up. You won't be disappointed. It's quite simply a top-notch horror anthology, of which there are too few. Pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

    Howls From Hell- Published May 18th 2021* Thank you HOWL Society Press for giving small readers like me a chance! I was lucky enough to get a librarian advanced eBook copy of Howls From Hell! I’m going to be flat out honest what immediately drew me to this short story collection, was Grady Hendrix's name. And after reading his foreword I knew I was going to be in for a special treat! I mean what more could you ask for, he selected them! I just love how supportive the Horror community is, always men Howls From Hell- Published May 18th 2021* Thank you HOWL Society Press for giving small readers like me a chance! I was lucky enough to get a librarian advanced eBook copy of Howls From Hell! I’m going to be flat out honest what immediately drew me to this short story collection, was Grady Hendrix's name. And after reading his foreword I knew I was going to be in for a special treat! I mean what more could you ask for, he selected them! I just love how supportive the Horror community is, always mentioning their own favorite stories, or what inspired them. Am I the only one who keeps a list of recs that you receive while reading these books? No? Okay, proceed. This is a collection of 16 well assorted horror anthologies, from Authors that maybe you haven’t heard of just yet, but will want to after reading this. I loved every single unique style offered, get ready to fully immerse yourself with these talented emerging writers! At the beginning of each story you’re gifted with a visual depiction of your next read, & at the end of each you get a little tidbit about the Author. This review will give my personal mild descriptions without any major spoilers. 1st story- A Casual Encounter by Quinn Fern Cat & mouse internet meetup, what could possibly go wrong? Appreciated the twists and turns! Though you may have an idea of what’s to come, you really don’t! This one immediately draws you in from the very first page. You kind of want to be over, but you really don’t! Would have loved more, but perfect story to kick this collection off! Rating * 5 out of 5 2nd story- The Pigeon Lied by J.W. Donley The narrator is promised something he really desires, if he merely does what the possessed pigeon asks for. It’s never that simple, is it? Cherished the concept, but I had to re-read a few pages to quite understand what was going on. Not really my wheelhouse but was entertaining, I think certain wording kind of lost me & had me looking up a quite a few parts. Rating *3 out of 5 3rd story- Manufactured God by P.L McMillian A professor brings her students along for a region excavation that was previously discovered by another team, during a surface scan. Who wants to be the guinea pig? Spacey Lovecraftian vibes* I think this was my favorite! I love humor mixed into in a good horror story, what can I say? Very detailed writing without losing the reader with too much unnecessary rambling. I like I was along for the ride. A+ for gore, I treasured everything about this. P.L McMillan I'm a new fan! Rating * 5 out of 5 4th story- Red Punch Buggy by B.O.B Jenkin A not your average hit & run with a delightful turn! You may think you know, but you really haven’t a clue! Quick read but packed with humor & chaos, just a few of my favorite things! Rating *4 out of 5 5th story- She’s Taken Away by Shane Hawk A therapy session between a doctor and his patient slowly gets very uncomfortable. Slightly predictable, short but not sweet! Loved the way this one was told! Rating *3 out of 5 6th- Suspended in Light by Alex Wolfgang A film student reviewing old reels discovers something she really shouldn't have. This one put me through the loops, I love not knowing where a story will go! Rating * 4 out of 5 7th story- Gooseberry bramble by Solomon Forse A court case where a man is potentially going to be charged with the deaths of a dozen children may not quite be what is seems. Short story- loved it, had no clue what was going to happen next! I’ve also never read anything quite like it, really appreciated! Rating *5 out of 5 8th story- Clement & sons by Joe Radkins A house that can't seem to keep its occupants, has a new tenant move in. Who’s happy to start fresh in her fixer upper. A little cheesy/corny for me but was very well written. I don’t think I quite understood the ending. Rating * 2 out of 5 9th story- Possess & Serve by Christopher O'Halloran A privately funded police force for hire by those who can afford their services, take calls as 911 operators would, but by inhabiting the callers body. I really loved the how different this one was! This one gave me the genuine creeps! Rating * 5 out of 5 10th Story- Duplicitous Wings by Amanda Nevada DeMel Have you ever heard the saying “be careful what you wish for?” A grieving woman summons something far worse, to try and console her. This one had me from the beginning, very impressed! Rating * 5 out of 5 11th story- It Gets in Your Eyes by Joseph Andre Thomas Girlfriend returns from her family trip to discover something is wrong with her eye- monsters inside me vibes, gross and raunchy, but isn't that what you came for? Blurs the line between real and imaginable! This is not for the weak stomached. Cannot wait to find more! Rating * 5 out of 5 12th story- Red and The Beast by Thea Maeve Brothers Grimm doesn't have anything on this little red riding hood graphic horror story Mashup! Brutal throughout, but the ending didn’t quite have me. I was along for the majority of this bad a**ery. Rating* 3 out of 5 13th story- The Intruder by Justin Faull An irritated fellow gets the confrontation he's been itching for, or so he thinks. This one didn't have much depth compared to the other shorts but I really dug the beginning! Rating* 3 out of 5 14th story- Sprout by M. David Clarkson Narrator is mesmerized by a woman he sees at a bonfire, which quickly turns into an unhealthy obsession. Pretty brutal & twisty throughout. “Curiosity killed the cat? “ Rating* 3 out of 5 15th story- Junco creek by S.E. Denton A mother trying to repair her relationship with her teenage son plans a getaway out in the woods. Things immediately feel unsettling... you can guess all you want with this one, but I bet you won't have a clue until its right in front of you! - My cup of tea! Rating* 5 out of 5 16th story- A fistful of murder by Lindsey Ragsdale Starts off with the narrator being handed his change, from his purchase, with mysterious red writing on one of the bills. Will make you double check your money, at least I will… Rating* 3 out of 5 All in all, awesome variety, I look forward to finding more from theses Authors. Even though I may not have praised each & everyone, I thoroughly cherished reading them! What are you waiting for, READ THIS WHEN YOU CAN!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Josh Keown | Night Terror Novels

    Originally posted over at my personal blog site, Night Terror Novels “The loop of punishing time spinning eternally, degrading what remained of her until there was nothing left. The weight of infinity pressed down on her – the past, present, and future pulling in all directions at once. In an entropic universe, there is no restoration without destruction, no give without take.” – Alex Wolfgang, Suspended in Light 😈I received an e-Book of this story from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a Originally posted over at my personal blog site, Night Terror Novels “The loop of punishing time spinning eternally, degrading what remained of her until there was nothing left. The weight of infinity pressed down on her – the past, present, and future pulling in all directions at once. In an entropic universe, there is no restoration without destruction, no give without take.” – Alex Wolfgang, Suspended in Light 😈I received an e-Book of this story from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review!😈 Howls From Hell is a horror anthology collecting together sixteen stories of the dark, macabre and twisted from a lineup of emerging genre authors. This was another book I requested through NetGalley, and admittedly, I didn’t know too much about it beforehand. I was mainly sold on the fact that Grady Hendrix had provided the foreword (he is/was an admin of the r/horrorlit community on Reddit, which is actually where the HOWL Society was formed), and as one of my favourite modern horror authors, I was curious to see what this would be like – and I think it’s safe to say I was genuinely blown away. The majority of the authors in this collection were completely new to me which, as I’ve probably mentioned in all my past reviews of anthologies, is one of my favourite things about them – whilst it’s great to read new stories from familiar names, it’s just as exciting to discover fresh talent on the horror scene, or authors that I hadn’t heard read stuff from previously. In regards to this collection, there were so many original stories from authors who I’ll be keeping a keen eye on. The writing was of a consistent high quality, and each writer had a unique authorial voice. The variety on display was fantastic too – there are stories of monsters and demons, of terrifying sci-fi visions and psychological descents, from secrets unearthed in Egypt to twisted fairy tale retellings. I would be hard-pressed to narrow this collection down to a handful of personal highlights, as each entry was wonderfully unique and engaging. The second story in the collection, titled The Pigeon Lied and written by J.W. Donley, was a remarkably original story about demonic houses of Hell and one man’s quest to get himself a hat (a symbol of status in said Hell houses). Suspended in Light from Alex Wolfgang charts a film student’s encounter with a haunted film from the 1920s titled The Balance of Decay, and was a deliciously unsettling example of the “cursed media” theme. Christopher O’Halloran’s vision of a warped sci-fi future, Possess and Serve, follows officers of the Assumed Control Unit, a department with the ability to possess citizens in an attempt to defuse situations and prevent crime. This outing explores the implications of such technology in truly unnerving fashion, melding an inspired science-fiction narrative with a tale of abuse of power and moral dubiousness. In Joseph Andre Thomas’s skin-crawling It Gets in Your Eyes, a woman develops an infection in her eye, and takes a trip into a living hell of grotesque body horror sure to make any reader wince. And that’s only a handful of the stories on offer – I’d strongly urge any fan of the genre to go out and discover the rest of this anthology for themselves. By turns amusing, thrilling, and genuinely horrifying, Howls From Hell is a stellar read, and marks both publisher and its authors as ones to watch. Despite being a fairly frequent browser of the r/horrorlit community on Reddit, I wasn’t aware of the HOWL (which stands for Horror-Obsessed Writing and Literature) Society that had been born from that community, and I’m thankful to this anthology for bringing it to my attention. It sounds like they’re doing terrific work in providing a space for horror authors and readers alike to unite over a love for all that is creepy and macabre. I’ll definitely be keeping a keen eye on this community as it continues to grow, and looking out for future HOWL Society Press releases – if they’re of the same quality as this debut, I’m already excited. VERDICT: One of the most varied, unusual and imaginative anthologies I’ve read in a long time, Howls From Hell is sure to offer a little something for all genre readers. This book runs the gamut of all sub-genres and flavours, from tales of cursed media, ecological horror, demons and much more besides. This collection is a true labour of love and it shows – stories built on pure passion for the genre, and authors that are sure to have bright careers in the industry wherever their writing takes them next. An incredible example of the horror anthology, done to perfection. It’s a full ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from this reviewer. I also want to say a humongous thank you to both the publisher HOWL Society Press, and to NetGalley, for providing a copy and giving me the chance to read and review it. Book Information Title(s): Howls From Hell Author(s): HOWL Society (editor), Quinn Fern, J.W. Donley, P.L. McMillan, B.O.B. Jenkin, Shane Hawk, Alex Wolfgang, Solomon Forse, Joe Radkins, Christopher O’Halloran, Amanda Nevada DeMel, Joseph Andre Thomas, Thea Maeve, Justin Faull, M. David Clarkson, S.E. Denton, and Lindsey Ragsdale. Publisher(s): HOWL Society Press Original Publication Date: 15th May, 2021 Page Count: 308 pages Format Read: Digital Advance Review Copy (Y/N): Y Website(s): https://howlsociety.com/

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ghoul Von Horror

    TW: Violence, rape, gore, blood, language, relationship abuse, bullying Rating: 3.5 🌟 1. A Casual Encounter - Quinn Fern: • We start off with a man and woman setting up to meet for sex in a hotel. This story started off interesting but it's a story I've read before. I wish it could have gone a way you didn't expect. (2 stars) 2. The Pigeon Lied - J.W. Donley: • This is a story about a man wanting a hat. In this world you get a different hat to show everyone your different level. Had a Sci-Fi f TW: Violence, rape, gore, blood, language, relationship abuse, bullying Rating: 3.5 🌟 1. A Casual Encounter - Quinn Fern: • We start off with a man and woman setting up to meet for sex in a hotel. This story started off interesting but it's a story I've read before. I wish it could have gone a way you didn't expect. (2 stars) 2. The Pigeon Lied - J.W. Donley: • This is a story about a man wanting a hat. In this world you get a different hat to show everyone your different level. Had a Sci-Fi feeling to it that reminded me of The Dresden Files. This would have been a straight 5 stars for me but then there's a part that happens in a certain furniture store that reminded me of a certain Grady Hendrix book. (4.5 stars) 3. Manufactured God - P.L McMillan: • A story about how the world has been destroyed and humans are dealing with the effects. We meet Gab as she works for Space Station 8. She with 3 of her students are tasked with going underground, something that’s been frowned upon and advised to stay above ground only. I liked this one I guess I just thought there would be more of a twist to the story than was laid out for us. I do love a apocalyptic world and story (3.5 stars) 4. Red Punch Buggy - B.O.B Jenkin: • The story is about an accident with a red Buggy. It seemed like a interesting idea. I liked this one but ending was a dud for me.(3.5 stars) 5. She's Taken Away - Shane Hawk • This story begins with a girl talking to her therapist about her sister that committed some terrible crimes. It reminds me of Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes. This didn't have an ending that was surprising. (2.5 stars) 6. Suspended in Light - Alex Wolfgang: • A woman is asked to come in to look over old films by her professor. It's an odd request but they are paying her so why not. Weird things happen while watching the films. I adored this story and was so so good. I would gave bought this if it were a book. (5 stars) 7. Gooseberry Bramble - Solomon Forse: • This is about a trial. It was weird and not in a good way. Fell flat. (2 stars) 8. Clement & Don's - Joe Radkins: • A woman buys a house with her son. This book lost me right out the door. I HATE the troupe of someone buying a house without seeing it. I've never known anyone to do it. I'm convinced only rich people can do this or people that are flipping houses. Huh? This one just no. Where did her son go? (1 star) 9. Possess and Serve - Christopher O'Halloran: • In the future technology allows officers to enter the body of someone whose in need. This rang a lot like the movie Surrogates. This had the troupe of "Girls not like other girls". Sarah is ridiculous in that she has her face beat in but manages to overpower a man and tie him up too. The ending was not good. (2 stars) 10. Duplicitous Wings - Amanda Nevada Demel: • A woman uses witchcraft to get the will to bend to her demands. To much to say about this one as it’s short and kind of just okay. You know where the story is going. (1 star) 11. It Gets in Your Eye - Joseph Andre Thomas: • This! Was the best story in the book! It's starts with Marine returning from a cruise with her family and something in her eye. She struggles to figure out what it is and it's so gory and wonderful. (5 stars) 12. Red and The Beast - Thea Maeve: • A retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and Belle meeting up. I found this one a little blah for my tastes but I don't like retellings of fairy tales though. (2 stars) 13. The Intruder - Justin Faull: • A story a mean man that appears to hate life and people meets something that is an intruder. I found this one short but good. (3 stars) 14. Sprout - M. David Clarkson • The story is about a man's Lust over seeing an attractive woman dancing by a fire. This was a good story and I thought it was clever. (4 stars) 15. Junco Creek - S.E. Denton • A woman and her son rent a remote cabin in the middle of the woods. They meet the owner of the cabin but he's weird. I loved this story and found I wanted to read more (5 stars) 16. A Fistful of Murder - Lindsey Ragsdale A man is given a $10 bill with the words "kill" written on it and it pushes him over the limit to want to kill. I enjoyed this story but I wish it could have been longer. (4 stars) Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this advanced copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own thoughts.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Howls from Hell is an anthology of horror stories written by different authors, resulting in a collection with variation in everything other than quality. I adored reading all of these chilling tales. This anthology starts strong with a foreword written by Grady Hendrix and this strength is maintained throughout. Some of the short stories in this collection are written by fresh voices and seasoned horror authors, with each story being completely different. Howls from Hell would be perfect for som Howls from Hell is an anthology of horror stories written by different authors, resulting in a collection with variation in everything other than quality. I adored reading all of these chilling tales. This anthology starts strong with a foreword written by Grady Hendrix and this strength is maintained throughout. Some of the short stories in this collection are written by fresh voices and seasoned horror authors, with each story being completely different. Howls from Hell would be perfect for someone who wants to get started reading horror as you are introduced to so many unique ways horror can be told. Some of the sub-genres that you get a taste of include sci-fi horror, chilling fairytale retellings, southern horror, body horror & cosmic horror. I recommend Howls from Hell to anyone who wants to read a collection of horror short stories. Whether you love the genre or want to give it a try, I think you will enjoy this collection. Some honourable mentions: Sacriest: Suspended in light Most gruesome: It gets in your eyes Best Monster: Red and the beast Favourite: Manufactured God & Gooseberry Bramble Least Favourite: None, I enjoyed all of them An adaptation I’d like: Red and the beast Best ending: Possess and serve One of the things I loved about this collection is that most of these stories would be brilliant to be read out loud while camping, especially Junco Creek. Thank you @netgalley & @howl_society for providing me with an eARC of Howls from Hell in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paperwitch

    This book is full of great stories by very talented authors, it’s Lovecraftian influences were very satisfying to a huge nerd like me - and I especially was a fan of Gooseberry Bramble and Suspended in Light - both of which gave me a very rare scare. Based on the author this book is a mix of serious and lighthearted, some stories are very detailed and long - others are only a couple pages hence the first story, which was one of my favorites as well. I was interested in most of these plots, but no This book is full of great stories by very talented authors, it’s Lovecraftian influences were very satisfying to a huge nerd like me - and I especially was a fan of Gooseberry Bramble and Suspended in Light - both of which gave me a very rare scare. Based on the author this book is a mix of serious and lighthearted, some stories are very detailed and long - others are only a couple pages hence the first story, which was one of my favorites as well. I was interested in most of these plots, but not all are pulled off. I believe this book is mostly fun and entertaining, but it can be hit or miss. It has moments of true spookiness though, which is extremely rare! I felt honestly bothered by the idea of a child being trapped in a Berry, and popped between someone’s teeth. Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me review this arc, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    J.W. Donley

    I may be a touch biased, but this is the best book ever!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aina

    Howls From Hell is an anthology by the HOWL Society, a community of horror readers and authors on Discord. Featuring a foreword by Grady Hendrix, this collection showcases new and upcoming authors. The stories are unique and varied, with compelling narratives and engaging storylines. I appreciate the illustration accompanying each story as well, it’s a brilliant move to set the scene for readers. I had a great time reading this book! Body horror, loss of control, and the familiar horror tropes a Howls From Hell is an anthology by the HOWL Society, a community of horror readers and authors on Discord. Featuring a foreword by Grady Hendrix, this collection showcases new and upcoming authors. The stories are unique and varied, with compelling narratives and engaging storylines. I appreciate the illustration accompanying each story as well, it’s a brilliant move to set the scene for readers. I had a great time reading this book! Body horror, loss of control, and the familiar horror tropes all come into play. In Possess and Serve by Christopher O’Halloran, police officers assume control of other people’s bodies to diffuse a tense situation but something goes wrong. In A Fistful of Murder by Lindsey Ragsdale, a man starts behaving strangely after seeing a dollar bill with a disturbing message. It Gets In Your Eyes by Joseph Andre Thomas is about a woman who comes back from vacation with alarming eye pain. Gooseberry Bramble by Solomon Forse features a man’s testimony at a murder trial that reveals a horrifying memory. Manufactured God by P.L. McMillan is a science-fiction horror combining exploration with the otherworldly. In Junco Creek by S.E. Denton, a vacation nightmare for a mother and son gets a slice of eco-horror. Suspended In Light by Alex Wolfgang is a take on found-footage horror where a student discovers distressing images in old film reels While I enjoyed the different types of stories, I prefer a more cohesive anthology with a common topic so I ended up taking a longer time to finish this book. I also wish the stories are more uniform in length. But that’s my personal contention and I believe horror readers would have a blast with this collection. Thank you to HOWL Society Press for a review copy. book blog | twitter | instagram

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