Author: Amber M. Simpson

I’m An Official Poet! (And Now I Know it!)

I’m An Official Poet! (And Now I Know it!)

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My first published poetry! Aaaaggghhh! I’ve always been a writer, but I actually started with poetry, long before I ever wrote a complete story. So to have some poems published is a dream come true! Thank you Dragon Soul Press!

My poems “Our Poetry”, “Nights Like These”, “Between Us”, “Ink Blood”, “I Still Can”, and “Waiting on the Universe” will all be included in this amazing anthology of poetry. I can’t wait to see it in print!

 

ISOLATION available for Pre-Order NOW!

ISOLATION available for Pre-Order NOW!

Isolation, from Fantasia Divinity Magazine & Publishing, is now available for pre-order on Amazon, set to release in paperback on October 22, 2019.

This anthology features 19 dark stories about the horrors of being trapped in isolation, both physical and psychological.

“Left alone with only your own thoughts and fears, what nightmares will your mind conjure? Ranging from mental isolation, to stranded on deserted islands and alien planets, these stories are sure to get under your skin and make you never want to be alone again.” – Isolation

Not only do I have the honor of editing each and every story contained within, but my own short darkling “Good Girl” also features!

Pre-order NOW on Amazon! – ISOLATION ON AMAZON

Review of Curses & Cauldrons: An Anthology of Witchcraft Microfiction

Review of Curses & Cauldrons: An Anthology of Witchcraft Microfiction

If you’re looking for a unique and spooky read to get you in the Halloween spirit this year, look no further than Blood Song Book’s debut anthology “Curses & Cauldrons: An Anthology of Witchcraft Microfiction” edited by Zoey Xolton. This collection of devilishly dark tiny tales is jam-packed with magic, mischief, murder, mayhem & madness, just as promised in the book’s description. It does not disappoint!

Within these pages, you’ll find tales of death and doom, such as Zoey Xolton’s own “Wings of Death”, “The Crystal and the Crone” by Brandy Bonifas, and “Blood and Bone” by Rennie St. James.

Stories of dark revenge, like those of Stuart Conover’s “The Summoning”, J.E. Feldman’s “Justice”, and Patrick Winter’s “Corpse Powder”.

As the title suggests, you’ll read of powerful witches and evil entities, such as J.M. Goodrich’s “Winds of Destruction”, Umair Mirxa’s “Isabela” and “Consumed” by Evan Baughfman.

Sinister sorcery and spellcasting abound, such as “Doors and Mirrors” by Terry Miller, “The Witch and the Warlock” by D.M. Burdett, and “A Woman Scorned” by Archit Joshi.

You’ll even find the darkly beautiful and romantic, such as Cindar Harrell’s “Sleep, My Love”, Gabriela Balcom’s “After Death”, and Belinda Brady’s “Returned”.

And weaving its way throughout it all, you’ll find wonderfully dark comedic undertones, such as “Dumpling the Toad” by Stephen Herczeg, “Griselda’s Cocktail” by JD. Bell, and pretty much everything from Shawn M. Klimek (his adventures of witch sisters Myrtle and Meadowsweet were a particular favorite.)

I honestly enjoyed every single one of these dark and deviant tales, and it was hard to pick out only the handful mentioned above. Once you read this book yourself, you’ll see what I mean! With an excellent lineup of new and established writers alike, there is bound to be a story here (or two, or three, or fifty) that will make even the most skeptical of readers wish they, too, could learn the ways of witchcraft!

Available on Amazon HERE!

Beyond is Out and About!

Beyond is Out and About!

The fourth dark drabble book Beyond, in which two of my dark drabbles feature (“Moving On” and “Running Late”), is now up on Amazon for sale in both Kindle and paperback formats!

“Micro myths of the paranormal; poltergeists, spirit boards, ghosts and ghouls, avenging apparitions and horrifying hauntings. What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words? More than three hundred 100-word drabbles from around the world.” – Beyond

Buy it on Kindle HERE

Buy it in paperback HERE

I just put mine in my Amazon cart and can’t wait to get it in my hands! Next up after this one from Black Hare Press is Book 5 Unravel, in which 3 of my drabbles feature, and then Book 6 Apocalypse in which I have 2 featuring.

Happy dance! 🙂

 

Waters of Destruction

Waters of Destruction

Waters of Destructions, the second volume in the elemental drabbles series has come to a close. At least for the 100-word’s. I may still try my hand at getting a 200 or 300 word in, which submissions will be opening up for soon, but we’ll see.

I’m happy to have a total of four in this one and can’t wait to see them in print! Look for my stories “Mama” about two boys who encounter something unusual while fishing, “The Perfect Shot” about an underwater photographer who makes a horrifying discovery, “Don’t Go in the Water” about a woman who tries to rescue what she “thinks” is a child from drowning, and “Illicit Affair” about a girl and her forbidden love affair with a man of the fin folk.

I can’t wait for the next in the series to open for submissions. As it’s an elemental series and there are two more set to open, I’m assuming they’ll be fire and earth, but there are always other elements that could be used, as well. Just have to wait and see!

42 = the Answer to the Universe

42 = the Answer to the Universe

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My 42 word tale “Lurking in the Dark Where Nightmares Breed” (exactly 42 characters in the title!) will be featured as one of many 42 word stories in this unique anthology by Bam Writes. My teeny tiny tale will be included in the “Monsters” category which I’m really excited about.

They’re still taking submissions, up until the end of the year, so head on over and get your own 42 words in. After all, as Bam boasts, the number 42 is THE answer to the universe. And we all have the answer inside us.

Escaped Ink Acceptance

Escaped Ink Acceptance

Happy to announce that my flash fiction piece “Feeding the Crows” has been accepted for publication by Escaped Ink! Not only did the editor enjoy my story, but she gave me some really great positive feedback, as well. She said it was a story too good to pass up!

“Feeding the Crows” will be published in Escaped Ink’s debut anthology “Tall Tales & Short Stories” coming out soon. I’m really excited for the opportunity to be a part of their first book, and look forward to submitting more to them in the future!

Getting my feet wet in the hot tub of erotic horror

Getting my feet wet in the hot tub of erotic horror

In my quest to continue honing my drabble writing skills (and because they’re just a lot of fun to write!) I went looking for publishers calling for drabble submissions. In my search, I stumbled upon something a little different than what I’m used to writing and submitting for: erotic horror.

I’ve written erotic fiction in the past, mostly for fun, not with any real goal of having it published, so this was different. AND only 100 words, so it needed to have both erotic and horror elements and somehow, it succeeded! Things in the Well accepted my tiny sexy-scary tale for their upcoming anthology “Guilty Pleasures and Other Dark Delights” and I couldn’t be happier! This submission is still currently open, more information can be found HERE.

Now… I wonder what other naughty little horrors I can come up with? 😉

Apocalypse Acceptances

Apocalypse Acceptances

Submissions to Apocalypse, Black Hare Press’ sixth dark drabble anthology, is now closed! I submitted three tiny tales and had two accepted, “Mouths to Feed” and “The Thirst”. My third attempt, “Lamenting the Future” didn’t make the cut, but I’m still really happy to have two of my pieces feature within.

This anthology is set to release November 19th, in print and digital formats. I’m excited to add this to my other Black Hare Press publications within the dark drabbles series, and I can’t wait to find out what the next dark drabble theme will be!

A Nervous Poet

A Nervous Poet

Tonight, I submitted some of my poetry to Dragon Soul Press’ “Organic Ink Volume 2” anthology. I’m nervous because it’s the first time I’ve submitted poetry. EVER. I have no idea if it’s even the kind of poetry they’re looking for. They might hate it, think it’s too dumb or silly, not take it seriously. I don’t really know all the “rules” to poetry or the different “types” of poetry. I just kind of write it how I feel it.

The deadline isn’t even until September 30th, so it will probably be quite a while before I hear anything back. Plenty of time to worry about it haha

Anyway, here’s the cover and I’m keeping my fingers crossed!