Author: Amber M. Simpson

January Releases & Acceptances

January Releases & Acceptances

With the first month of 2020 coming to a close, I’m happy to have gotten a few publications released this month as well as some really exciting acceptances!

January Publications

First up, 100 Word Horrors 4 by KJK Publishing was released on Amazon January 5th, featuring my drabble “The Old Man”.

Stormy Island Publishing‘s Fear and Fables anthology, featuring my dark flash fiction piece “Monster of the Lake” was released on January 6th on Amazon.

On January 18th, Iron Faerie Publishing released their Best of 2019 anthology in which my dark fantasy flash fiction piece “Catching Fire” was chosen to appear! This story was originally published on the publisher’s website, and then again in their Hawthorn & Ash anthology. Available on Amazon.

My dark drabble “Valentine’s Surprise” was published on January 27th in this creepy Dark Valentine Holiday Flash Fiction Anthology by EMerry Publishing. Available on Amazon.

January Acceptances

My first acceptance of 2020 came for another Iron Faerie Publishing anthology—Mythica—which will feature my short story “Wild and Free”.

My second acceptance of the year came in the form of yet another Best Of anthology, this one by Fantasia Divinity Magazine. My story “Good Girl”, originally published in the Isolation anthology, will feature.

Another drabble acceptance this month came from 100 Word BIGGER Zombie Bites, the second book of zombie drabbles from Reanimated Writers. I was happy to get two drabbles published in their first book, 100 Word Zombie Bites: An Undead Drabble Anthology, back in October. Now, my drabbles “Going to Hell” and “The Fix” will appear in the second volume! Cover reveal soon!

And finally, an acceptance I was super excited to get (because I’d gotten a rejection on a story I’d written for another anthology from this publisher.) My dark 1920’s inspired story “Just One Bottle” was accepted for publication in Black Hare Press‘ Twenty Twenty anthology! The proceeds from this book will be donated to charities for the Australian bushfires, which makes me even more proud to be a part of it.

It’s been a really productive start to the new year, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2020 brings!

2019 Year in Review

2019 Year in Review

With only two more days until the end of 2019, I wanted to reflect on how much I’ve grown as a writer this year. Below are the covers of anthologies I’ve been accepted into this year, excluding a few without covers and published online. I was finally able to take all those long nights of staying up way too late to write once the kids were in bed, dreaming of being published in multiple books, and turn that dream into a reality.


I didn’t have a set goal in mind when I began this year, but with 32 acceptances (ranging from poetry to drabbles to flash fiction to short stories) in over 27 anthologies with 15 different publishers, I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved. Not only that, but I’ve met and gotten to work with so many talented people in the writing world who’ve inspired and helped me grow, and for them I’m incredibly thankful.


In 2020, I hope to continue to have more words published, but my ultimate goal is to get the novel I’ve let lie around half-written for far too long, collecting dust in its lonely yellow folder on my desktop, finished and ready to ship around for publishing.


Last but not least, thank you to all my family and friends who’ve supported me and my writing this year, whether it be from purchasing an anthology I’m a part of, reading and critiquing my work, letting me bounce ideas off them, or even just telling me, in one way or another, that they believe in my writing ability. It means the world to me!


Happy New Year! 🙂

Review of Misfits & Oddities: A Mini-anthology

Review of Misfits & Oddities: A Mini-anthology

I was originally given a free Audible code for this book in which I voluntarily offered to give an honest review, but after listening for just a few pages, decided I’d rather go ahead and purchase it on Kindle—both to support the author with a sale, and also to really immerse myself in it, which is easier for me to do by reading rather than by listening. I was not disappointed!

Misfits & Oddities is an interesting collection of short stories, covering a wide range of concepts and realities. Like its title suggests, these stories are all uniquely “odd” in their own way, and each stand apart from the others. These are the kind of stories that push you to “think” about the ideas being presented, each story asking, “What if?”

I particularly enjoyed the story “Pet Enhancement” which showed what could happen if we were ever given the technology and means to have our pets “enhanced” with more intelligence; something I’m sure everyone has wondered at one time or another! However, the entire collection kept me engaged and swiping right to keep reading! 🙂

If you’re looking for something to read that’s entertaining (not to mention eerie and suspenseful at times!) grab yourself a copy of this fun and quirky read. I’m glad I did!

Available on Amazon HERE!

Trembling With Fear

Trembling With Fear

My dark drabble “Dinner Time” was featured today on Trembling With Fear, The Horror Tree’s online publications site HERE. I really like the synopsis written by Editor Stephanie Ellis, so instead of writing my own, here’s what she had to say about my little snippet of horror:

Dinnertime by Amber M. Simpson is probably a story which will resonate amongst many put upon wives (and a few husbands). The demand for dinner on the table, that yell of ‘where is it’, can trigger all sorts of impulses, most of which remain unacted upon but here the wife does not take the comments kindly. A well-sketched picture of marital disharmony.”

– Stephanie Ellis, Editor

Super excited to be a contributing author for Trembling With Fear!

Iron Faerie Publishing’s Best Of Anthology

Iron Faerie Publishing’s Best Of Anthology

Excited to have my story “Catching Fire” chosen for publication in Iron Faerie Publishing‘s “The Best Of” anthology. This story was originally published online over on Iron Faerie’s website HERE, was then published again in the Hawthorn & Ash anthology (available on Amazon now HERE) and is now going to be published a third time, with this gorgeous cover preceding it!

Happy dance!!! 🙂

An Epic Anthology!

An Epic Anthology!

I’ve recently had two acceptances from Eerie River Publishing for their upcoming drabbles anthology of myth and legend! My Greek mythology inspired “Hera’s Revenge” and folktale inspired “The Night Mare” will feature within its pages. Though still open for submissions, the pre-order link is already up on Amazon HERE, at a great price!

“For as long as men have lived, myths and legends have permeated cultures across the globe. But for every known monster, are there creatures of lore, gods of fable, and rituals of old that have been forgotten by time?

Delve into the darkness that came before and witness over 100 short drabbles resurrect the ancient world in 100 words or less.

Featuring award-winning horror and fiction authors from around the world, we dare you to remember the fear of the unknown and to dive headfirst into the beyond.

Within these pages, the old gods have awoken and with them, chaos will reign again.”

“Don’t Eat the Witch’s Treat”

“Don’t Eat the Witch’s Treat”

 

“On Halloween night, if the witch you meet… whatever you do, don’t eat her treat!”

I am beyond thrilled to have my first ever children’s horror story accepted into the Creepy Stories for Children anthology by Mother Ghost’s Grimm! What makes it even better is that my sister is creating an illustration to go in the book with it!

My story “Don’t Eat the Witch’s Treat” is about a group of 10-year-old kids on Halloween night, who make a huge mistake when they decide to trick-or-treat at the witch’s house. Ooooh, spooky! 😉

I read this story to my 9 and 11 year old’s and they loved it and encouraged me to submit it. I’m glad I did!

This story was a lot of fun to write, and I love that I was able to share it with my kids, as the things I usually write are a bit too mature for them. Who knows, maybe there’s a future for me in children’s horror!

Fear and Fables Cover Reveal

Fear and Fables Cover Reveal

My flash fiction piece “Monster of the Lake” has been accepted for publication with the team over at Stormy Island Publishing and I’m super excited to see the cover reveal!

I don’t know that this spooky themed anthology will be out in time for Halloween, but regardless, I’m happy to have had my story accepted, and to add another amazing publisher to my resume.

More details coming soon!

Meet the Author (Me!)

Meet the Author (Me!)

Shortly after having my story “Feeding the Crows” accepted for publication with Escaped Ink Press, I answered some questions for an author interview which has now gone live on the website and on various social media platforms. You can see it on Escaped Ink’s site HERE.

Tall Tales & Short Stories Volume One will be released on November 19, 2019 but is available for pre-order NOW on Amazon.

Love & Hate!

Love & Hate!

Been waiting a while, but finally heard back on the love and hate drabbles I submitted to Black Hare Press… and they made it!

My little love bite “God is Love” will appear in LOVE: Dark Drabbles #7, and my little hate nugget “Nasty Nancy” will appear in HATE: Dark Drabbles #8.

It’ll be a while before these are due for publication, so in the meantime, I may try to sneak in another drabble or two.

More Love and Hate info on the horizon! 🙂