Howls From Hell

Howls From Hell: A Horror Anthology [5/18/21]

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.

The IndieMuse Review

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 favorites in a book full of standouts 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 favorite.

RICHARD MARTIN

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.

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Curator Notes: "Solid mix of high quality stories that spans the gamut of dark fiction. A solid production beautifully illustrated and presented." —gHoster

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