Howls From Hell

Howls From Hell: A Horror Anthology

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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  1. Sarah Duck-Mayr

    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.

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