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Upcoming Book Club Reads

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – September 25-29
The Whispering Muse by Laura Purcell – October 2-13 (2 week read)
Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke – October 16-20
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke – October 23-27
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – October 30-November 3

Barks and Howls: Recent Books We Gave 4+ Stars

IN THE DREAM HOUSE by Carmen Maria Machado

  • “Reading this is like holding someone else’s beating heart in your hands. It’s intense, it’s terrifying, and intimate.” – Kay Popple
  • “A haunting memoir that is as frightening as it is creative.” – @Cryptid
  • “It is a book I will be recommending for the rest of my life.” – @larainbowllama

THE BETWEEN by Tananarive Due

  • “Tananarive Due never misses, and her debut is no different. So happy to have read her first book.” – @History_Bot

BAD CREE by Jessica Johns

  • “Fast-paced, spooky, and thrilling—a great story about family and loss. Can’t wait to read more from this author.” – @History_Bot

THE SENTENCE by Louise Erdrich

  • “The book was surprising at every turn. Brought relevant events of its time (covid, Blackrock protests) as well as uncovering pass injustices. You will never see “sentence” the same way again.” – @Paulineparty
  • “Loved it—poignant and relevant. Erdrich always does a fantastic job.” – @History_Bot


  • “It’s a classic for a reason!” – @thoughtsupnorth
  • “A truly frightening novel that makes the reader empathize with the sense of isolation the protagonist feels despite the story being set in a big city full of people. Not only is the novel effectively scary, it also has something of value to say about bodily autonomy.” – John Opalenik
  • “I hadn’t seen the movie nor read this before so I only had pop culture references – and it didn’t disappoint! Claustrophobic and isolating for the character and a very tense read to see the gaslighting. Plus quite a fun description of 1960s NYC with the building and furniture and the theatre.” – @psyche

Anthology News

Thank You, and a Major Announcement

That’s a wrap on our Kickstarter! Thank you to everyone for helping us get over the finish line. We hope you’ve enjoyed it! Some Highlights of the Road So Far… Even our own membership has been pretty blown away by our updates, so if you missed any, please take a look back! Some of the…

40% Funded, and Announcing a Partner Campaign!

To everyone who’s already backed Howls From the Wreckage, THANK YOU! With Kickstarter’s “Project We Love” label and all of the early support, we’re already at the 40% mark for reaching our initial goal! The contributors are thrilled, HOWLS members are howling in excitement, and we’re excited to keep rolling right along! Meanwhile, we’re devoting…

Howls from the Wreckage Kickstarter Launch!

Skies darken. Sirens wail. Buildings tremble with each distant boom. You grasp your loved ones close to you. Any second could be your last.  Howls From the Wreckage will push you to the edge of imminent disaster—and drown you in the heartbreak of its fallout.  HOWL Society Press presents its thrilling anthology of disaster horror,…

Recent Reviews

The 2022 HOWLS Awards

by Joseph Andre Thomas (@bunttriple) They’re (finally) here—the HOWL Society Best of 2022 Awards. Yes, the new year has come and gone long ago (along, apparently, with any semblance of my commitments and responsibilities). But at long last the hammer has struck the anvil, and the winners have been chosen. HOWLS members voted on their…

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

by Christopher O’Halloran (@Burgleinfernal) Poll the average HOWLer and you’ll get the same opinion: the world is a dumpster fire. Many find it hard to point at the marvels around us without being overwhelmed by the constant injustices going on every day. Whether that’s the mistreatment of minority populations by both authority figures and fellow…

Boof-e Koor (The Blind Owl) by Sadegh Hedayat

by ghazal ghaffari (@ghazal) One of the most important books from Iran, and Hedayat’s magnum opus. This brilliant book is the literary manifestation of a fever dream. Hedayat leads us through the non-linear story of an unnamed narrator, plagued by death and murderous intentions. A wildly unconventional piece of literature, with subtle plays on the…

Recent Blogs

August in Review

Q&A Authors Books We Read Stories published By HOWLers

Howls from the Dark Ages: The First-Ever Medieval Horror Anthology

HOWL Society Press presents the first-ever anthology of medieval horror! Howls from the Dark Ages contains 18 thrilling tales of cursed castles, wild woodlands, haunted hamlets, and mysterious monasteries, with an introduction by Christopher Buelhman, the author who started it all with his novel Between Two Fires. Available in eBook, paperback, and a limited edition…

The 2021 HOWLS Awards

by Joseph Andre Thomas (@bunttriple) HOWLS exploded in 2021. Like literally exploded. There’s blood everywhere. A bit of liver on the ceiling, half-a-heart sliding down the wall. This past year, HOWLS Discord channel grew to 1500+ users, with around 200 active at any given moment. HOWLS released Howls From Hell, its first anthology, to very…

Book Club Nominees

6 Gothic Horror Books for Your TBR

by @MrsReads, curator of HOWLS Book Club nominees for October’s “Filled (Me) With Fantastic Terrors” category Seanan Maguire has said “Gothic horror is a very decorative genre,” and I’m inclined to agree. There’s something about an isolated setting, dripping with dark corners and oozing ancient curses, that draws me in like no other kind of…

Frankenstein, and 5 More Books About His Monster

by @l.sheherhersella, curator of HOWLS Book Club nominees for September’s “I Can’t Believe It Is Frankenstein’s Monster!” category What other “why” would one need than the line: “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” – Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Mary Shelley’s timeless gothic novel presents the epic battle between…

5 Horror Poetry Books for Your TBR

by @wytwavedarling, curator of HOWLS Book Club nominees for March’s “What a Line!” category Before the novel…there was the poem. And I know, I know, poetry can be scary. But hear me out, okay? I’ve known English teachers who are scared of poetry and feel overwhelmed by teaching it. Teaching fellows who break out in…

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