Elements the Horror Anthologies Promo’s Ebooks & Audio

Usually horror stories revolve around ghosts, goblins, beasts of death, or things that go bump in the night. But what type of horror do you think stems from within the Four Elements? Earth, Air, Water and Fire?
For an interesting spin on everyday aspects, why not check these books out? While sadly I dropped the ball and missed one call, it’s still worth your time, so don’t be shy – BUY!

Earth – https://mybook.to/BookOneEarth

Air – https://mybook.to/BookTwoAir

Fire – https://mybook.to/BookThreeFire

Water – https://mybook.to/BookFourWater

Writers looking for some interesting new submission areas, look no further than, Redcape https://redcapepublishing.com/submissions/


The importance of not blogging

I was a steady once a week blogger, for three years. That is a lot of blogs.  I wrote about writing, trial and error, and how to promote. Or I’d share my newest book, free stories, author spotlights, and interviews. Plus tons of other fun, writerly things during that time. 

But then I got serious about putting that time to better use and began concentrating more on short stories. Stories that would be worthy of submitting to anthologies. While I still have novels in the works, this is what I’ve done in Sept/Oct of 2019 – with still more to come!



The Elements of Horror. 

I missed the deadline for fire – but you need the entire collection anyway – don’t you think? 



A great group of http://www.friends from around the globe came together in this masterpiece. 





You try telling a story in a 100 words – grab book one and two for another complete collection. You wont regret it. 




The writers of IASD Group bring tales of terror to life in this horrific collection. Watch the amazing live motion promo, then grab your copy.


Click here to access all of the above, plus more!


Calls for Horror Anthologies

I’ve been slacking on my blogging, just busy with life, so here are some open calls I’ve seen.

Some I’ve entered, you can too!

Good Luck. 


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As most of you know, Fractured Mind Publishing will be publishing three anthologies in 2019. They are:
1) Seven Sins of The Apocalypse
2) More Lore From The Mythos
3) Christmas Kills






RED CAPE Publishing


We are currently calling for submissions for a series of horror anthologies. The series will be based on the theme of the Four Elements, and will consist of four books. We are looking for short horror stories, between 3000 and 5000 words, on each of the themes; Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. 




Gothic Fantasy: Epic Fantasy March 24th

American Cult Anthology April 31st

Year’s Best Cosmic Horror 2018 May 31st

The Third Corona Book of Horror Stories April 30th

Haunted Playthings Aug 31



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Fake it til you make it…or so they say

It’s a common phrase and fairly self-explanatory.

As described in wiki:

  “Fake it till you make it”  is an English aphorism which suggests that by imitating confidence, competence, and an optimistic mindset, a person can realize those qualities in their real life.[1][2] It echoes the underlying principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a means to enable a change in one’s behavior. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_it_till_you_make_it

But what does it look like?



This From Dec 2015 – Nov 2018

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The Used 
Sudden Death
The Cimmerians
Wife N’ Death                                                                                                                           Anthologies
Shrouded Voices
Things only the darkness knows
My other friends & more stories
100 Word Horrors
A world unimagined                                                                                                               Indie Writers Review Issue 13                                                                                              Kids Books
The lonely leaf
Puddle jumping                                                                                                                                 Poetry
Spewed thoughts                                                                                                                                Self-Help                                                                                                                                       Writing 101



The price of all that!

Costs $7900.00 Earned $975.00

Working hard to get those tables to flip. 


Plus the hours…

Mon – Fri 9-5 job. 7 days a week every waking moment writing.

I’m not looking to be famous, I only want to live my dream life:

Continue to be able to met author friends, to have the freedom for more book signings, for my books to be in the big box stores, and to spend my days doing everything I love – WRITING!

About author in Pic one, Lucy Lombos: http://www.lucylombos.com/

I’ll save up to be at Frightmare in 2019:  http://frightmareinthefalls.com/guests/

Coming this winter : (so far) 


What does your FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT look like? We feel less alone in the struggle when we share 🙂 Drop a comment and maybe meet someone new.


Author Spotlight Stefan Lear


1) Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

My books generally are dark in nature. Almost all of them are tinged with horror elements. I’m a twisted little f*** and don’t see things the way “normal” people do. You have breakfast with eggs and sausage and see eggs and sausage. I have breakfast with eggs and sausage and wonder what parts of the victim’s body are stuffed inside that sausage skin. Twisted, yeah I know.

His newest release – and in audio today! 


2) How long have you been writing?

That’s sort of a loaded question. The first time I remember writing and being proud of what I had written was somewhere in the third grade (I’m in my fifties now). Our mother used to sit us down on Wednesdays at the coffee table in the living room and have us write. We could pick our own topic, and Momma would require us to write a one page paper on our chosen subject. She would grade us for spelling and grammar. i think my most memorable paper at that age was “When I become a rock star.”


3) Are you traditionally published, or self published?

Traditionally published? Are you kidding me? No way; I’m a proud indy. Let me briefly explain why I’m not seeking to have a traditional publisher.

In both traditional and indy [publishing] the first thing that happens is I write and get a story ready for submission. But in traditional publishing, I submit my work to a person that subjectively decides whether or not my writing will be financially viable for the market. More often than not, this one decision is influenced by their personal tastes. They say whether or not the work I just poured my soul into will bee accepted by the public. And oftentimes they are wrong. Let’s use JK Rowling as an example. She had over twenty rejection letters from publishers before a small press decided they would take a chance on her writing. We all know what happened after that.

The next issue is money. IF you get accepted by a traditional publisher, you’re lucky to get paid 10—13% of the royalties that the book you just wrote generates. But if i’m an indy author, I can see royalties of as high as 70%. So now I have to decide: 13% vs 70%. Hmmm…yea, no contest there.


4) If self-published when/why did you take that route.

See my previous answer. Let me also add I like to manage my projects from start to finish: I hire editors, I hire formatters for the interior, I hire covers artists, and love to figure out marketing plans for each launch. I love the nitty gritty details of bringing a book to market, and I’m okay with spending 12+ hours each day to do that.

5) Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I write. I’m an author. I chose this career. It’s obvious isn’t it?

6) How many hours a day do you write?

It varies. I try to stay in my chair and pumping out words at least seven hours a day, but under a tight deadline have stayed up for fifty-two hours straight to pump out  edited words.

7) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Of course! I think every author loves reviews. I’m extremely happy when five-star reviews show up, but the others that are three stars and down are a learning experience. It shows me what are perceived as weaknesses in my writing. The pivot, the determinant of whether I can grow as an author, is whether I take those negative reviews personal and let that resentment grow. If I can honestly assess my writing, I can use my negative reviews as a chance to hone my craft.

8) What was your hardest scene to write?

It hasn’t been written yet – or more precisely, it hasn’t been released yet.

Let me explain that. My middle sister (I had three) was violently murdered on June 2, 2017. I know how she got to that point, all the big events that led up to her being where she was, in the condition she was in, when she was murdered, and I was helpless to do anything about it. I’m working on a novel that dives in-depth about the subject. It’s a work of fiction, but there are thinly veiled events that happened in real life that heavily influenced the narrative. It’s an exploration of what I feel around the events, and each time I work on the novel I end up crying and have to stop and set it aside. After a year, the pain of losing my sister still overwhelms me at times.


9) What is your favorite childhood book?

That one’s easy. Lord of The Rings by JRR Tokein. It was the only fantasy book, the only book period, in which the author took the time to craft and create two syntactically correct languages for the story. You could say that about Star Trek and the Klingon language, but the creation of Klingon didn’t happen until the release of the series.


10) What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

lMAO, just sitting down at the desk and starting each day. There are a thousand things I want to do every day. It takes a few minutes to remind me once I’ve started writing that this is what I really love, what makes my soul soar. It really is a labor of love. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing…it just takes me a few minutes each day to be reminded of that.


11) Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

Favorite author? That would be Clive Barker. Emulate him? I couldn’t even begin to think that I could write like him. The visual tapestry his words conjure are as close to magical for me as any magic show I’ve ever seen. He writes the most psychologically dense horror stories I’ve ever read. He weaves nightmares and philosophy into new worlds that teem with life and menace and hope.

12) What book changed your life?

Books of Blood by Clive Barker

13) Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

First, they’re damn good and getting better. Second, I don’t follow one genre. You never know what I’ll write. But there is always darkness in them. Not everything ends nicely and neatly. Life is full of tragedies and personal disappointments. But there is always hope. I like to cover all aspects of that, of life.


What are you waiting for – get stalking! 

My personal site, which is forever in a state of flux… https://stefanlear.com

Facebook profile… https://www.facebook.com/stefanlearauthor

Facebook group… stefanlearslaughterhouse

Twitter… https://twitter.com/stefanlear

Amazon page… https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B01903R4WE

BookBub page… https://www.bookbub.com/authors/stefan-lear

Short Story – Last Goodbyes

I am not going to blog tomorrow as per usual – but instead leave this here for the week. It’s an important share to many who have fought, are fighting, or have lost to cancer.

Macmillan5In 2015 my good friend and fellow author, Ian D. Moore invited members of our FB writing group the IASD (see www.indieauthorsupportanddiscussion.com) to write and contribute original stories for an anthology of short stories on the theme of Relationships in all their many and varies forms. The idea was born out of the author’s personal loss of a much loved close relative to cancer.

Many of the authors, both in this edition and the forthcoming 2018 Macmillan anthology have had personal experience of cancer, either coming to terms with it personally and/or via friends and family.

Even as I post this story, Ian D. Moore and a number of Indie authors are busy editing and formatting the contributions for the 2018 edition, also in aid of Macmillan cancer.  In addition to the adult contributions, a number of younger have also contributed to the book.

Needless to say, I will be blogging…

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