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Upcoming Book Club Reads

This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno – November 20-December 1 (2-week read)
December reads coming soon!

Barks and Howls: Recent Books We Gave 4+ Stars

FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

  • “A classic for a reason.” – @History_Bot

BELOVED by Toni Morrison

  • “One of the best ghost stories I’ve ever read, written with heart and skill.” – @thoughtsupnorth

SUMMER SONS by Lee Mandelo

  • “A sultry, sweaty, engine-revving exploration of queerness, horror, and the history of the American South.” – @thoughtsupnorth
  • “A queer, creepy, trauma packed southern gothic that I could not put down.” – @Jillyspins
  • “Chaotic bisexual energy in a southern gothic meets dark academia meets dirtbag irresponsibility setting.” – @perkyanda

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

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 Queer Horror Books for Your TBR

by @spoonie.reads, curator of HOWLS Book Club nominees for June 2023’s “We’re Here, We’re Queer, and There’s Plenty to Fear” category Why? because i’m really fuckin’ gay, babes! okay, that’s not the only reason… queer horror holds a special place in my heart, because it captures (in my opinion) the very best of the horror…

6 Horror Books That Will Break Your Heart

by Christopher O’Halloran, curator of HOWLS Book Club nominees for November 2023’s “Tainted Love” category Love is hard. It’s complicated and messy. It makes monsters and heroes out of us. But what would life be without love? Most of my favourite novels have strong romantic sub-plots, so I’ve gathered a collection of books that promise…

6 Horror Books with Modern Takes on Lovecraft

by @Probable_Hag, curator of HOWLS Book Club nominees for November 2023’s “Myth(os) Busters” category We don’t stan Lovecraft (as he himself would acknowledge, being completely down with modern slang himself) but his mythos has provided fertile, suspiciously luminescent ground for modern authors to use, reinterpret, and subvert. We’ve read some fantastic works by Victor LaValle…

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