Dennis Sweeney did the unthinkable: he stalked a local woman, abducted her, divided her body into thirty pieces, and mailed the sections to random people. Eighteen of the deliveries were reported to authorities. Pieces is the story of the twelve that were never recovered, the possible reasons why their recipients never told anyone about their grotesque discoveries, and the cat-and-mouse game that developed between Dennis and the jaded reporter to whom he chose to document his sick game.
Come to life in seventeen stories of psychological horror, the residents of Rebecca Rowland’s universe dwell in the everyday realm of crime and punishment tempered with fixation and madness. There are no vampires, zombies, or magical beings here; instead, what lurk in this world are even more terrifying. These monsters don’t lurk under the bed or in the shadows, but they will unsettle you more than any supernatural being ever could.
"The boundary line between instinct and reason is of a very shadowy nature"
-Edgar Allan Poe (1840)
With its twenty-one stories of serial killers and sociopaths, fixations and fetishes, breakdowns and bad decisions crafted by authors as diverse as their writing styles, Shadowy Natures leads fans of psychological horror down dark and treacherous roads to destinations they will be too unsettled to leave.
Featuring twenty-one different voices hailing from five different countries and eleven states, this anthology of Halloween-themed stories provides a wide-angle lens at what comprises the unique expanse on horror fiction today.
Includes Rebecca's story "Small Bites"
“Believe nothing you hear,
and only one half that you see.”
-Edgar Allan Poe (1845)
Twenty-six writers from around the globe share their literary optical illusions in never before seen stories of portentous visions and haunting memories, altered consciousness and virulent nightmares, disordered thinking and descents into madness.
Preorders begin December 2020
A bloody twist on "burying your gays," this dark fiction anthology features LGBTQ+ characters and themes and boasts brand new short stories by sixteen established authors from around the globe. A cornucopia of chilling horror, sci-fi terror, and dark fantasy.
Currently in progress
A yearly collection from Red Room Press, a division of Comet Press, showcasing the extreme, harder side of horror: stories that break boundaries and trash taboos.
featuring Rebecca's story "Bent"
The creature-feature-themed anthology from Thurston Howl Publications,
featuring Rebecca's story "The Thing That Goes Bump in the Night"
The first in a series of speculative fiction anthologies from Forty-Two Books,
featuring Rebecca's satirical tale of our obsession with social media, "The Thickening"
Coffin Bell is an online journal of dark literature published quarterly with an annual print anthology;
featuring Rebecca's Rear Window-inspired story, "Neighborhood Watch"
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Waxing & Waning is published bi-annually in print and on-line and features fiction, drama, film, and poetry that's on the fringe: dark, brooding, and wild;
featuring Rebecca's tale of marital anxiety, "Dora Mat"
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The newest Women in Horror anthology from Twisted Wing Productions,
featuring Rebecca's story "Extinguishing Fireflies"
CatsLuvCoffee Book Reviews calls Rebecca's story a "favorite"!
The workplace terror-themed anthology from Emerald Bay Books
featuring Rebecca's dark satire of high school teachers on prep period,"Fifty-five Minutes"
The third volume of Zombie Pirate Publishing's flagship collection focuses on cosmic horror
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased eerie tale of ominous messages plaguing a middle-aged traveler, "Layover"
The TIME-themed anthology from genre-based independent publisher Transmundane Press
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased story of a couple who stumble upon a frighteningly familiar group alongside the Connecticut River, "The Found Boys"
The 51st issue of this edgy dark fiction eZine drops just in time for Halloween
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased story of an aging diner owner with a deadly habit, "Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson"
The politically charged anthology from D & T Publishing,
featuring Rebecca's Black Mirror-esque dystopian tale inspired by the INCEL movement, "New and Perfect"
The debut collection of Halloween tales from Demon's Dreaming Press,
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased story of a Bostonian's relationship with her precocious niece, "The Perfect Costume"
Half of the double feature anthology from J Ellington Ashton Press,
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased tale of a freelance writer's worst nightmare, "Haunt"
The first in a biannual series of volumes collecting terror tales and scary stories from all around the world,
featuring Rebecca's previously unreleased story of an intrepid novice hiker exploring an abandoned military bunker, "The Cave"
"The quality of the writing is excellent...a very enjoyable read and so I highly recommend getting a copy of Pieces"
-Karen Ruffles, Scream Fix
“What Rowland does best is get into the minds of the characters who border on insanity…she shows the reader that the mind and humans are truly the scariest thing in the world”
–Horror After Dark
"Writer/editor Rebecca Rowland proves herself a wily curator of the macabre"
-Shawn Macomber, Rue Morgue
"Rebecca Rowland’s 'Bent' wins the Most Cringe-worthy Story honor with her twisted tale of extreme body horror. Her well-drawn characters seem to come off the page but God forbid they do."
-Randy Chandler, The Year's Best Hardcore Horror
"[Rebecca Rowland] should be applauded for producing such a solid and wide-ranging collection which bravely avoids supernatural horror; she has a wicked sense of humour, explores surreal situations with panache and tackles some tough uncompromising areas of everyday horror"
-Tony Jones, HorrorDNA
The Horrors Hiding in Plain Sight and
Ghosts, Goblins, Murder, and Madness both made Ellen Datlow's list of The Best Horror of the Year (2018)!
Photo credit Daria Shevtsova
In February 2019, Elaine Pascale highlighted twenty-eight of those writers who fit the profile of
"The Ones You Don't Bring Home to Mama,"
and featured Rebecca Rowland and her story "Boundaries" on February 7!
In February 2020, Elaine Pascale featured Rebecca again in her WiHM collection
"Final Girls with 2020 Vision" on Day 8
Rue Morgue's review paints Pieces as "one of the most complex and nuanced literary portraits of the mind of a self-justifying serial killer in recent memory"
ScreamFix, America's number one horror, sci-fi, and fantasy fansite, picked the brains of Rebecca and Pieces co-writer, Michael Aloisi. Here's what they said:
Scotland's premier horror website, Ginger Nuts of Horror, asked Rebecca and her Pieces co-writer, Michael Aloisi, for their thoughts on the dark fiction genre. Here's what transpired:
Returning for a second year, Rebecca and Michael Aloisi will be displaying and selling their most recent books