I have a new horror flash fic over at Dream of Shadows. You can read “All the Hated Creatures” right now, and then imagine what it’s like to be loved by beautiful, prismatic Aartaan of the Nine Sky-Worms.
I am once more a little late on the update. I was fortunate to be interviewed twice more for Women in Horror Month.
First, Sonora Taylor interviewed me for her blog! We talked The Possession of Natalie Glasgow, LGBTQ+ horror, and more!
Then Brennan LaFaro interviewed me at Dead Head Reviews! We talked novella reinvention, cinematic horror, and briefly on my upcoming debut novel The Verses of Aeg!
Bronzeville Books has released a new anthology, Twisted Love, stuffed with tales of affection gone wrong. Plenty of fantastic authors on this TOC!
My story tackles glamor, ambition, and puts a critical eye to how adolescent girls are cast in ominous shadows. Check out “Candyland” in Twisted Love.
Curious about Benny Rose, the Cannibal King? My writing process? The ghosts of my hometown? Hints of what’s to come in The Verses of Aeg?
I talk these topics and many more with Shane, Laurel, and Rich on the Ink Heist Podcast Episode 2.07 – Journey to the Weird Places with Hailey Piper. You can listen their web site, or click the link on their page that’ll take you to Spotify.
Happy Women in Horror Month! There are loads of incredible women writing horror stories, so seek them out!
We’re three days in, and I have a new story out in The J.J. Outre Review, Volume 5, Issue 1. A folk horror flash fic, “Song of Silver, Tooth and Claw,” sees Svetlana flee from her father’s home and into the dark woods on a night like no other.
Finally, it’s release day!
Praise from these incredible horror authors:
“Hailey Piper is a major new voice in the horror genre, and Benny Rose, the Cannibal King is the perfect place to start with her work. A short and magnificent shock to the system, this one has got everything: great characters, fantastic vintage horror vibes, and a terrifying urban legend at the center of it all. Keep an eye on Hailey’s work; she is seriously going places.”
–Gwendolyn Kiste, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Maidens
“A good urban legend has a way of seeping into your bones and refusing to crawl out; Hailey Piper’s Cannibal King is certainly one of those that will be creeping into my mind, late at night and unbidden, for a long time to come. Benny Rose is an unforgettable terror, rivaled only by the gutsy teens who dare to go up against him.”
–Claire Holland, author of I Am Not Your Final Girl
“I see your slumber party massacre and raise you a taste of human tragedy, a funhouse ride of plot twists, and a heaping side of gore. Hailey Piper has the audacity to write teenage mean girls as thinking, feeling, bad-ass human beings.”
–Joanna Koch, author of The Couvade
“Sometimes when we tell ourselves stories, we unwittingly awaken and summon the very monster we thought only lived in our minds…. Witness a brilliant cast of characters take a chomping bite out of a local folk story that proves itself all too real. With haunted hearts and burning teeth, Piper’s sharp prose delivers a whirlwind tale; here, we peel back the layers of our strong, female leads and root for them to conquer the night.”
–Sara Tantlinger, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Devil’s Dreamland
My first fiction of 2020 appears is a horror-comedy flash fic appearing today on The Arcanist! It’s a little saucy and a lot of love … and possession, too. They have it up on audio as well. Check it out!
We’re about a week away from the release of my new horror novella, Benny Rose, the Cannibal King.
Anyone fiending for a few morsels of info should look to “Crowning the Cannibal King,” an article published today on Ginger Nuts of Horror, where I cover nostalgia, story roots, and give a glimpse of the characters, among them Benny himself.
Happy New Year! We’re starting 2020 with a BANG by making this major announcement:
My debut novel, The Verses of Aeg, will be published by Bronzeville Books in late 2020. A teaser from their site:
In the beginning, men were prey. Once, the Dawn Gods spared mankind from the horrors that sought to devour them. When the Dawn Gods abandon humanity and the people’s survival is threatened, the desperate take matters into their own hands.
More details to come as the year marches on. I can’t wait to share this strange dark world with you.
On this dark Christmas morning, my final published story of 2019, “Last on Santa’s List,” has published on Daily Science Fiction. Drabbles aside, it’s also my shortest story this year.
That about does it for 2019; onward to 2020! I’ll have lots of new stories being published on sites, in anthologies, and a couple in audio form, too! Benny Rose, the Cannibal King releases on January 23 from Unnerving (less than a month now!) and I’ll have a couple other big projects to announce as the year goes on. Thank you to everyone who’s read my work this year. I’ve had tremendous support and warm responses, particularly to The Possession of Natalie Glasgow, which found renewed love this year. My best to everyone; there are exciting things ahead.
See you in the ’20s!