So honored to learn that “Unkindly Girls,” my story from last year’s Worst Laid Plans anthology, has won the Ladies of Horror Fiction Award 2020 for Best Short Story. All the nominees are amazing, and I’m truly grateful for this. I owe thanks not only to LOHF, but Grindhouse Press for publishing, Sadie Hartmann for her grand introduction, and most of all the brilliant Samantha Kolesnik, not only the anthology’s editor, but producer behind the Worst Laid Plans motion picture coming from GenreBlast Films, of which “Unkindly Girls” will be a segment.
The pre-order for QUEEN OF TEETH in paperback is live on Amazon! Releasing on August 1st, this mix queer body horror novel has been call “a powerful, beautiful horror story” by Kirkus in a starred review and “one of the best horror books of 2021” in Rue Morgue.
New story, probably the only one for July. Bible tales retold as horror stories fill The Bad Book, edited by John F.D. Taff, with my Genesis story “Wife-Beast of Eden” tackling serpentine secrets and marital terrors.
Also, two weeks until my debut novel Queen of Teeth releases in paperback!
On the short road left until my debut novel Queen of Teeth releases in paperback (August 1st!), I’m thrilled to announce the title and publisher of my second novel.
Cruel Angels Past Sundown is a splatter western coming from Death’s Head Press. You can’t survive the slaughter without getting blood on your hands. More details to come, but keep an eye out in 2022.
“… one of the best horror books of 2021.” – Rue Morgue
My debut novel from Strangehouse Books, Queen of Teeth, is closer than ever now! Limited hardcover orders carry on to the end of June, and now we have new release dates for other version.
Paperback: August 1, 2021
Ebook: September 1, 2021
Kindle pre-orders are up on Amazon! Paperback soon to come!
I’m excited for readers to meet Yaya, Doc, and Magenta all the sooner!
In the short story realm, I have two new ones out for Pride Month! The first is not horror at all, strangely enough, but a steampunk western romance flash fic, “The Heart Is a Spare Part,” which appears in Baffling Magazine #4, available right now on their Patreon and then in July on their main page.
Next, The Wicked Library has unleashed their super-stuffed Pride Month Special, with stories by many wonderful queer horror authors. My sci-fi horror tale “A Little Too Late for Little Green Men” kicks off the festivities!
Some Queen of Teeth updates! Firstly, the order period for the hardcover is almost up. After June, no more hardcovers will be for sale, so order while there’s still time. Hardcovers will ship out in midsummer.
Next, Rooster Republic Press has revealed the paperback cover art by Don Noble and the paperback’s release date of (CHANGE: August 1, 2021)! They’re exploring doing reduced price paperback pre-orders this summer, so more on that when info is available.
“A powerful, beautiful horror story.” – Kirkus in a starred review
I was also recently on a couple podcasts to discuss my new collection Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, which is also now available on Bookshop. Check out the episodes of Cursed Morsels in April and Deadhead Space in May.
First, I have a new queer horror story through Off Limits Press in their first anthology, Far From Home: An Anthology of Adventure Horror. “Crepuscular” follows two mothers and their ill daughter to a Pacific island that may cure their troubles or ruin everything. The TOC is brilliant; check it out!
Then, my final 2020 short story, an erotic horror tale “In Subspace, No One Can Hear You Scream” has been reprinted among last year’s most graphic stories in Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 6: Masquerade, in print, ebook, and audiobook! This is my second time having fiction appear in a Red Room Press best-of anthology, and as with “Feast for Small Pieces” in Volume 5, it’s a wonderful honor.
At last, it’s release day for Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy! My first short story collection comes from The Seventh Terrace, stuffed with 18 tales of queer horror, isolation, and the monstrous feminine. It includes my first novelette in two years, “Recitation of the First Feeding,” and a host of body horror, sci-fi horror, and all things macabre.
Praise for Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy:
“In Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, Hailey Piper masterfully crafts a resolutely modern gothic, unearthing the rotten, the broken and the strangely beautiful. Piper wields incisive prose with empathy and deep intuition, carefully dissecting the monstrous bodies herein and spilling their stories onto the page. A compelling and essential collection.”
– Laura Mauro, British Fantasy Award-winning author of Sing Your Sadness Deep
“With surgical precision, Hailey Piper’s stories slice through the skin, fat, and muscle of her characters’ lives, all the way down to the living bone and what is written on it. In terms of their prose, their wit, their insight, their compassion, their terror, these are the sharpest of stories. Read them, but be prepared for the cuts.”
– John Langan, author of Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Fisherman
Happy May Day to all! It’s a double publication day, with two new short stories appearing.
First, “That Ye Shall Transgress” unites with a thrilling TOC in ProleSCARYet: Tales of Horror and Class Warfare, in which an alternative to vacation reveals an all-consuming system we dwell in every day.
Over in Dark Matter Magazine #3, visit “The House of Shapes,” where the titular house vexes and isolates an already alienated young girl. She’ll have to get rid of it. There’s an audio version, too!
This is a busy one, and every piece of is tremendous.
I’m delighted to announce I’m now represented by Karmen Wells at The Rights Factory for Film/TV. Karmen is a joy to work with, and I can’t wait to share what’s ahead.
On April 22, Fireside Horror released the audiobook production for last year’s queer cosmic horror novella The Worm and His Kings. Narrated by Allyson Voller, it’s a beautiful reading perfect both for new readers and those who’ve already joined the Worm’s faithful. Check it out.
And two days later, the final ballot was announced for This Is Horror Awards 2020, with The Worm and His Kings appearing as a nominee for Novella of the Year along with four other stellar titles. I cannot thank people enough for all their enthusiasm toward this weird little beast. Voting goes until May 22.