Pete Mesling reads from HWA’s Poetry Showcase III

Episode 29: Selections from HWA’s Poetry Showcase Volume III

This is a wonderful sample of what you’ll find inside the HWA’s Poetry Showcase Volume III. There are 15 poems in the podcast, including my own offering, Vigil. The entire podcast is just under 25 minutes in length, and well worth your time to listen.
The Horror Writers Association‘s Poetry Showcase Volume III is edited by David E. Cowen and available now as an ebook and as a paperback from

HWA Poetry Showcase Volume III

HWA Poetry Showcase Vol 3

The HWA Poetry Showcase Volume III is now available in digital format through Amazon – you can get it here. Soon, it will also be available in paperback, and I’ll post the link when I have it.

My poem Vigil is included, along with work from some amazing authors, including:

Bruce Boston, Chad Stroup, Corrine De Winter, Kathryn Ptacek, Michael Arnzen, Adrian Ludens, Alessandro Manzetti, Alex Johnson, Angela Yuriko Smith, Annie Neugebauer, Ashley Dioses, Clay F. Johnson, Caden Skye, Cecilia Dockins, Chad Hensley, David C. Hayes, Davide Camparsi, Denise Dumars, Don Gillette, E. F. Schrader, Elsa M. Carruthers, G.O. Clark, Gene Stewart, J. P. Rosen, Janice Leach, Jeanine Gailey, Joseph A. Pinto, Jillian Rossi, K. A. Opperman, Leigh M. Lane, Lina Sophia Rossi, Lisa Lepovetsky, Lisa Morton, Lori R. Lopez, Lucy A. Snyder, Marge Simon, Mark Kirkbride, Megan Rhode, Michael Hanson, Nancy Etchemendy, Pete Mesling, Peter Salomon, Randy Rubin, Richard Geyer, Richard Groller, Robert Boley, Robert Perez, Robin Reed, Stromcrow Hayes, and Tausha Johnson.

Musings on Jaws, Part 1…


So, Shock Totem’s blog is posting a series of articles/essays/random thoughts regarding our favorite Carcharodon carcharias (y’know, the shark). I’m pleased to share my own thoughts and memories on a movie that has become more than just a summer blockbuster. It’s an indelible part of popular culture.

I hope you’ll take a minute and go check out my guest post – you can read it here.

Thanks to John Boden for inviting me to participate.

DREAD: A Head Full of Bad Dreams (The Best of Grey Matter Press) (Volume 1)

Dread paperback cover

DREAD: A Head Full of Bad Dreams features the work of award-winning authors and masters from the horror, science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction genres. The anthology is also unique in that each of the short stories were chosen solely by fans of genre fiction.

As an anniversary present to its readers, the publisher handed over editorial decision making forDREAD to its fans who, last year, selected twenty of their favorite stories published by Grey Matter Press during its first year.

“Readers who embrace darkness are souls of conscience with hearts of passion and voices that deserve to be heard,” said publisher Anthony Rivera in a special Introduction penned for the volume. “It’s from this group of passionate voices that the nightmares in DREAD were born. Turning over the reins of editorial curation for this volume to the readers who matter most may well have been the best decision I’ve ever made.”

DREAD contains nightmares from New York Times bestselling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award® winner Jonathan Maberry; Grand Master of Horror Award winner Ray Garton; Stoker award recipients John Everson and JG Faherty, and nominees Michael Laimo and John F.D. Taff; Shirley Jackson Award nominee Tim Waggoner; Pushcart and Rhysling awards nominee Edward Morris; Nightmare Award winner Trent Zelazny; and leading fiction authors Bracken MacLeod, William Meikle, John C. Foster, T. Fox Dunham, Rose Blackthorn, Chad McKee, Martin Rose, Jane Brooks, Peter Whitley, J. Daniel Stone and Jonathan Balog.

Now available from Amazon in paperback and ebook. You can get it here.

REVIEW: Beneath Ash and Bone by D. Alexander Ward

In the mood for something period, dark, and chilling? I might have just the thing for you…


Sheriff Sam Lock is a man who prides himself on his logical thinking and pragmatism, so different from his father who had been sheriff before him. But in the winter of 1860, when he is summoned to the Crownhill estate to investigate the report of a missing child, he has no idea how far from logic he’ll have to go to uncover the truth.

Beneath Ash and Bone begins with Sheriff Lock’s introduction to the Crownhills, a wealthy family whose power and prestige has set them apart from their neighbors, and kept their dark secrets safe for years. At the house known as Evermore, he meets Charlotte, the daughter of Horace Crownhill, and aunt of the missing child. As he begins the search for William, the missing boy, he attempts to ignore the burgeoning attraction he feels for Charlotte, and the disquiet he feels at Evermore.

The tale moves quickly from the mundane events of searching through a blizzard for William, to the strange and almost unbelievable things he finds in the plantation house itself. Hidden passageways lead to dark secrets tucked away in the attic, and to horrible truths long concealed in the past. Soon, Sheriff Lock must admit there is more to Evermore than meets the eye, and he’ll go through his own version of hell before solving the mysteries that brought him here.

Beneath Ash and Bone  by D. Alexander Ward is available at Amazon in Kindle or paperback. The writing is descriptive, the characters intriguing, and there are places in the story that genuinely gave me chills. At 172 pages, it’s a fairly quick read, but it will pull you in and drag you all the way to the end, never quite knowing if you’ll be able to escape.