Stories To Take To Your Grave #1

May 21, 2024
Morning Edition

Galen Gower

Galen Gower lives in Memphis, TN with his infinitely patient and supportive wife Caroline and their spoiled rotten dog Jane. His work has been published by Phobica Books and The Other Stories podcast.

He is survived by his story entitled, Your Dad’s Disease.

Ann O’Mara Heyward

Ann O’Mara Heyward is a horror fiction and nonfiction writer in Cleveland, Ohio.  Her short story “The Carny” received The Ghost Story’s Supernatural Fiction Award and is currently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction has also appeared in anthologies including Solar Press Horror Vol. 1 and Jane Nightshade’s Serial Encounters from Hellbound Books, has been published as an EyeTale by Psychotoxin Press and is currently in audio adaptation by the NoSleep Podcast.  Ann is also at work on a nonfiction book of essays on horror film, entitled “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Horror Movies.”

She is survived by her short story, The Monster Maker.

Kevin Higgins

Kevin Higgins lives in New Jersey, where he enjoys hanging out with his wife and daughter, listening to punk rock and watching reruns of King of Queens.  A video producer by trade, Kevin picked up writing in his 30s, focusing on short fiction in the horror and thriller genres. His favorite author is Richard Chizmar. 

He is survived by his story, Last Burn of The Day.

Austin Hinderliter

Austin Hinderliter is a graphic designer by trade, holding a BFA and MFA in Graphic Design. His interest in 80s horror paperbacks, especially those with a skeleton on the cover, led to a vastly growing collection of vintage books. His stories take inspiration from past eras, so don’t expect a cell phone in sight.

He is survived by his story, The Night Hearse which is his first published story.

Nikki Kirsch

Nicole (Nikki) Kirsch writes short horror stories, residing in western Pennsylvania.  One of her non-horror short stories, “How To Be Just Friends,” has been previously featured in the North Central Review.  She resides with her boyfriend Jay and two cats, Grady and Drusilla.  Once a month, she enjoys attending a horror writing group to share stories, jokes, and good food.  

She is survived by her short story, You Are In A Motel Room.

Yvonne Lang

Yvonne’s work has featured in a range of publications, from Your Cat Magazine to Siren’s Call, as well as ranking highly in competitions. Her flash has featured on Trembling with Fear, 101 words and Fairfield Scribes. Her work has been published in anthologies by Café Lit, Knight Writing, Three Cousins, Black Hare Press and Schlock with her debut horror novelette featuring as part of Demain’s Short Sharp Shock Series. She resides in Yorkshire with her partner and an opinionated cat where she writes bizarre stories and weird tales.

She is survived by her tale, A Quiet Scare.

D.C. Phillips

D.C. Phillips is the author of Frightful Fables, a darkly dynamic collection of 13 short stories largely inspired by classic horror comics of yesteryear. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including Georgia Gothic, the first official anthology compiled by the Atlanta Chapter of the Horror Writers Association. Additionally, his spooky (but not too scary) children’s book, Man’s Best Phantom, was released in English and Spanish in 2023. He welcomes communication across social media (@frightfulfables).

He is survived by his anthology contribution, Sackcloth and Ashes.

Jack Reigns

Jack Reigns was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but has lived and travelled all over the United States. A lifelong horror fan, as a child Jack would get in trouble for frightening family members with scary stories and is thankful to now share them with willing participants. Jack is also the author of The Reigns of Terror series of short horror collections, and a proud member of the Seattle Chapter of The Horror Writers Association.

He is survived by his story, Souls 4 Sale.

Natasha Smith

Natasha Smith is a published author who lives on Vancouver Island, Canada. In her spare time she likes to urban explore abandoned places and watch horror movies. She is also an aspiring scriptwriter and has previously won a Screencraft award. 

She is survived by her piece entitled, Little Things To Help Us, in the upcoming anthology.

D.L. Winchester

D.L. Winchester lives in the foothills of southern Appalachia. A former mortician, his work searches the darkness to find tales worth telling. He is the author of over three hundred obituaries, numerous short stories, and the upcoming Flash Fiction Collection “A Terrible Place.” In his spare time, he can be found searching for inspiration in the world around him and trying to keep his children from becoming the next generation of horror villains.

He is survived by his short story, Smoking Kills.