Shallow Creek: Meet the authors bringing ‘The town that sleeps with one eye open’ alive!

On the 3rd of November 2018, Storgy Magazine ( launched a Kickstarter Campaign for Shallow Creek, an exciting new anthology set in a town with a dark past that doesn’t want to be forgotten.

The Horror community has spoken! Seeing the limitless potential for the town ‘that sleeps with one eye open’ funding hit 100% IN JUST 7 DAYS! The buzz around Shallow Creek is incredibly loud (and that’s not just the flies settling on the bloated corpses floating in Shallow Creek lake), fans of all genres have fallen for this unique project and now YOU can help Shallow Creek get even bigger.

Stretch Goals Announcement

Whilst the primary focus has been to raise the necessary funds to print and publish Shallow Creek and provide authors with valuable exposure, we also want to pay our writers. Having now hit the 100% funding required to go to print, we can now announce our following stretch goals. These goals are a combination of raising additional funds to pay our writers, and introducing new writers and new stories.

£5,000 – payment to authors & a new story by SARAH LOTZ
£5,500 – a new story by RICHARD THOMAS
£6,000 – a new story by ALIYA WHITELEY

Remember, if you have already pledged you can always increase your pledge to help us reach these new targets.Sharing news about Shallow Creek on social media will also help! #ShallowCreek

From all at STORGY, thank you for your continued encouragement and support.

Mallum Colt

(proprietor Colt’s Curiosity Corner)

What makes Shallow Creek unique? Mallum Colt unveiled a competition earlier this year, calling out to all horror enthusiasts to contribute towards the anthology. Hundreds answered the call and were all summoned to the town, where he personally handed them a specific characterlocation and item to create tenebrous and twisted tales to disturb your thoughts and tickle your ankles from underneath the duvet at night.

They were given a map to explore the darkest regions of our little community – Arkady Asylum, where the patients may not be as mad as the people supervising…a fairground with more than a fun-house to keep the punters entertained…but there’s so much more to discover, and when you read his anthology you may find a certain character in one short story popping up in another…it’s a glorious concept and one the authors found an enjoyable challenge. In the end, twenty authors produced tales so delightfully morbid that the STORGY team couldn’t pick a winner themselves. They had to call in someone who knows horror…competition judge Naomi Booth


The Shallow Creek Contributing Authors

Nick Adams – Tide

Nick Adams lives in the north of Spain with his wife, baby and dog, and has had a handful of short stories published here and there.

You can follow Nick on Twitter @_nickadams

Erik Bergstrom – The Soil of Stonier Hearts

Erik Bergstrom lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s been published in Déraciné Magazine and Chantwood Magazine, and was a finalist in the STORGY: Exit Earth competition in 2017. 

You can find out more about Erik by visiting his official website:

Simon Billinton – Blood Moon Bob

Simon Billinton is a new British writer working on genre short stories and novels.

You can follow Simon on Twitter @V511

Daniel Carpenter – Arrowhead

Daniel Carpenter has been published by Unsung Stories, Unthology, and has stories upcoming in Years Best Weird Fiction and The Lonely Crowd

Marion Coleman – Anchor

Marion Coleman was born in Dublin but now lives in North Cork. She is agent hunting for her first fantasy novel and has finished the first draft of her second.

J. Stuart Croskell – Dave Danver’s Final Foray into All Things Woo Woo

J. Stuart Croskell has written two (unpublished) YA novels both with a speculative and/or spooky flavour. He’s currently editing and revising the third.

Heather Cuthbertson – Secret Ingredient

Heather Cuthbertson received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. For the last eight years, she has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Gold Man Review, a literary journal based out of Salem, Oregon. She was also the co-representative for the Willamette Writers Salem Chapter for six years where she worked with several writers and facilitated meetings with agents and editors. She has taught numerous workshops on writing, editing, and marketing for writers.

Andrea Hardarker – The Fulmar’s Cry

Andrea Hardaker is what her granny would call a bletherin skite (person who talks a lot). She loves stories real and imagined and is especially interested in characters who hide from themselves and others. Andrea is a Scot living in West Yorkshire. She worked in journalism for many years as a feature writer and continues to write both fiction and non fiction.

Eleanor Hickey – Strange Brew

Eleanor Hickey lives in Cambridge, UK, and works in a secondary school where she manages Alternative Provision for students with high needs. After dropping out of university at 19, she completed a BA(hons) in English Literature with the Open University when her twin boys were babies. Although she is unpublished, she writes in many genres and is starting to submit to competitions this year.

David Hartley – Pentameter

David Hartley writes strange stories about strange things for strange people. His work has appeared in many delightful and nefarious locations including Ambit Magazine, Black Static, The Shadow Booth, Structo and The Alarmist. He is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Manchester. His weird flash fiction collection Spiderseed is available from Sleepy House Press.

You can find out more about David by visiting his official website:

You can follow David on Twitter @DHartleyWriter

Tom Heaton – Janet’s Vision of Love

Tom Heaton’s stories have been published in Ambit, the Mechanics Institute Review, Confingo and Dream Catcher and are regularly performed by the Liars’ League London. He was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2017.

You can follow Tom on Twitter @realtomheaton

Allyson Kersel – Knock, Knock, Knucklebone

Ally Kersel is a writer from Oban, Scotland. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies from Tranquillity Publishing, “Tales of Tremendous Tragicide” and “Halcyon Days and Cyanide Nights” and online at A Million and One Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel, a chaotic, dark comedy concerning peculiar inventions and is sporadically tinkering with yet another at about Storm Hags.

You can follow Ally on Twitter @AllyKersel

Adam Lock – And The World Fades to Black

Adam Lock won the STORGY Flash Fiction Competition 2018, was placed third in the Cambridge Short Story Prize 2017, and was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award 2018. He’s had, or will soon have, stories appear in various publications such as Former Cactus, MoonPark Review, Fictive Dream, Spelk, STORGY, Reflex, Retreat West, Train Lit Mag, Fiction Pool, Ellipsis Zine, Syntax & Salt, Occulum, and many others.

You can find out more about Adam by visiting his official website:

You can follow Adam on Twitter @dazedcharacter

Alice Noel – Behind These Eyes

Alice Noel is a History/English student at the University of York. Alice is also a Member of the Writing Squad.

Ian Steadman – We Live In Dirt

Ian Steadman is an author and editor based in the South of England. He primarily writes horror and weird fiction, but he has been known to dabble in science fiction from time to time.

You can follow Ian on Twitter @steadmanfiction

Adrian J. Walker – Backwards

Adrian J Walker is an author of speculative fiction who writes about the end of the world, crippled hitmen and foul-mouthed dogs

His debut novel, THE END OF THE WORLD RUNNING CLUB, became an international bestseller and was featured on BBC Radio 2s Book Club, with Simon Mayo.

He has lived in far too many places and would like to settle down now, please.

You can follow Adrian on Twitter @adrianwalker

You can find out more about Adrian by visiting his official website

Gregg Williard – The Lurid Trance

Gregg Williard’s work has appeared, most recently, in Muse/A, Rathalla Review, Change Seven, Storgy, X-R-A-Y journal, All The Sins and Riddled With Arrows.

The overall winner as picked by Competition Judge Naomi Booth

Brian Wilson – Distraction

Brian Wilson is a writer from Newtownards, Northern Ireland. In 2014 he graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with an MA in Creative Writing. His most recent work – a short story titled RECOVERY – was featured as part of the Smoke & Mirrors exhibit at the Torrance Art Museum in California.

You can follow Brian on Twitter @bwilson4815

Shallow Creek Stretch Goal Authors

Sarah Lotz

Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. Among other things, she writes urban horror novels under the name S.L. Grey with author Louis Greenberg; a YA pulp-fiction zombie series, Deadlands, with her daughter, Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne; and quirky erotica novels with authors Helen Moffett and Paige Nick under the name Helena S. Paige. Sarah has also had stories published in numerous acclaimed anthologies such as New Fears 2 and This Dreaming Aisle.

You can follow Sarah on Twitter @slgreyauthor

You can find out more about Sarah by visiting her official website

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of seven books: three novels—Disintegration and Breaker (Random House Alibi), and Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications); three short story collections—Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press), Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press), and Tribulations (Cemetery Dance); as well as one novella in The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books).

With over 100 published stories, Richard’s credits include Cemetery Dance, PANK, storySouth, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 2 & 3, and Shivers VI (with Stephen King and Peter Straub). He has won contests at ChiZine and One Buck Horror, and has received five Pushcart Prize nominations to date. He is also the editor of four anthologies: The New Black and Exigencies (Dark House Press), The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press) and Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck. He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and Thriller awards.

You can follow Richard on Twitter @richardthomas33

You can find out more about Richard by visiting his official website

Aliya Whitely

Aliya Whiteley was born in Devon in 1974, and currently lives in Sussex. She writes novels, short stories and non-fiction and has been published in The Guardian, Interzone, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Black Static, Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as Fox Spirit’s European Monsters and Lonely Planet’s Better than Fiction I and II. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice, and won the Drabblecast People’s Choice Award in 2007.

Her recent novella for Unsung Stories, The Beauty, was shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award and a Sabotage Award, and appeared on the Honors List for the James Tiptree Jr Award. Her writing is often violent, tender, terrifying and funny. Other published works include a collection of short stories, a novel from Dog Horn Publishing, and a blackly comic crime novel from Macmillan.

You can follow Aliya on Twitter @AliyaWhiteley

You can find out more about Aliya by visiting her official website

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