IndieMuse focuses on independent dark fiction releases. We define dark fiction as fiction which contains horrific elements such as fear, death and the sinister side of human nature as well as supernatural content. Horror, dark crime, dark humor…fiction that is less commercial due to its bleaker nature.

Browsing for quality independently published dark fiction has become cumbersome. So we review the literary world’s largest slush pile, mining for diamonds in the slush.

We want our readership to discover the best independent dark fiction authors on the planet here.

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Our Team

These are the members whose contributions make IndieMuse possible…

The Curators

Curators are the busy-bodies that review all new releases and vote whether to recommend each title or to trunk. They also work to add titles to the Watch List for possible assignment to the horror review staff. Due to the nature of their jobs, we keep their real contact info and social media links hidden to protect them from being inundated with bribes and requests from new authors.

Head Curator


Lead Horror Curator

Former IT-nerd, long time book reviewer, Amazon top-reviewer and Vine-Voice. 


Senior Curator

Former columnist to a now-defunct popular horror and sci-fi magazine.


Junior Curator

Goth girl, model who has appeared on a book cover and avid horror reader since her teens.



Former slush pile reader to a major horror publisher, real initials are B.T.K. but not a serial killer.



Old guy, young heart. Writes for various websites on horror-related subjects including books and movies.

We are always looking for avid horror readers to join our staff as curators. Love reading horror and supporting indie literature? Then reach out and let us know you’re interested.

The Reviewers

Reviewers rate new books and write book reviews for IndieMuse.  They also work with the curation staff from time to time in the recommendation process for new authors and publishers.

Richard Martin

Lead Reviewer

Richard started reading horror books at a young age, starting with R L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Point Horror’ series. He traumatised himself at the age of twelve when he read Stephen King’s ‘IT’, and never looked back. He is currently based in the UK, where he lives with his partner, and an inappropriate amount of books.

Flora Bellini

Associate Reviewer

Flora is an avid fan of horror, crime and has a fascination with serial killers and the human psyche. She has a wicked sense of humor, and has a particular interest in nutrition, law, politics, photography, the arts, and pizza. She is a little animal mad, rescuing cats from across the EU. Flora is always on the lookout to broaden her horizons, and is a mental health, and equalities champion.

Mario Guslandi

Associate Reviewer

Mario Guslandi was born in Milan (Italy), where he currently lives. A long time fan of dark fiction, he’s probably the only Italian who reviews horror and supernatural tales in English. Over the years his reviews have appeared in many genre sites such as Horrorworld, The British Fantasy Society, Hellnotes, The Agony Column, Thirteen o’ Clock, Emerald City, SF Revu etc.

Kendra Hodges

Contributing Reviewer

Kendra is a professional book blogger and now works full-time for IndieMuse. She has worked for several publishing companies over the years, on staff as a copy editor and assistant editor.  She used to spend her days in a boring 9-5 cubicle and her nights in her comfy pjs and herbal tea as she devours her favorite reads. Now she does the latter more frequently. 😉

Mort Stone

Associate Reviewer

Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency. Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm. He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

Elizabeth L.

Associate Reviewer

Elizabeth L. learned to read when she was only three years old, and her love of books has only grown since then. Though she reads many different genres, horror will always be her first love. Born and raised in Texas, she shares her home with two kids and a handful of furry critters.