“Candyland” in Twisted Love

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.


Small update, for those who want to support indie bookstores, here are links to my available novellas on Bookshop.org: The Possession of Natalie Glasgow and Benny Rose, the Cannibal King.

Ink Heist Podcast 2.07 – Journey to the Weird Places with Hailey Piper

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.

Benny Rose, the Cannibal King – new novella

Finally, it’s release day!

Unnerving’s Rewind or Die series is off to the races, and my new novella, Benny Rose, the Cannibal King, has been unleashed in both Kindle edition and paperback!

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

Debut Novel Announcement

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.

“Last on Santa’s List” on Daily Science Fiction

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!