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Mason Jar Press: The Horror is Us Anthology Release Celebration

The Ivy is pleased to welcome Majon Jar Press in celebration of their new anthology, The Horror is Us. This event will take place on Zoom.

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The Horror is Us is an anthology about monsters and the monstrous things that grow from us—individually and together. It examines the horrors we experience and put each other through. The authors within this creeping collection demonstrate an eye for taking our world and adjusting the picture of it until we can see the gleaming teeth that were always there. A mix of killers, the supernatural, and everyday fears play out in these short stories that blend the aesthetics of slasher films, ghost stories, campfire tales, and thrillers. The Horror is Us gives a view into other people’s fears and asks us to feel that fear with them.

Alexis Brooks de Vita is a literature professor and author of The 1855 Murder Case of Missouri versus Celia, an Enslaved Woman, Mythatypes: Signatures and Signs of African, Diaspora and Black Goddesses, the translation Dante’s Inferno: A Wanderer in Hell, the novels Left Hand of the Moon, Burning Streams, Blood of Angels, and Chain Dance, and contributing editor of the collections Tales in Firelight and Shadow and Love and Darker Passions.

J. D. Hellen is a freelance copywriter, University educator, and proud cat mom who lives in New Jersey. She was raised on Tales from the Crypt, Universal Studios monsters, and superstition about the full moon. She credits the soundtrack of Little Shop of Horrors for inspiring “Your Cries Are Loudest in Fall” because it reminded her of just how desperate—and monstrous—people can be. J. D.’s other fiction is featured and forthcoming in Door Is a Jar magazine and The Timberline Review. Learn more about her by following her on Twitter @jdhellenwrites or visiting her website at jdhellen.com.

Justin Sanders is a ghost from Baltimore. His words have appeared most recently on the city’s walls.

Jan Stinchcomb is the author of The Blood Trail (Red Bird Chapbooks) and Find the Girl (Main Street Rag). Her stories have appeared in Longleaf Review, FlashBack Fiction, Gravel, Monkeybicycle and matchbook, among other places. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology, was longlisted in the Wigleaf Top 50, and is featured in The Best Small Fictions 2018. Currently living in Southern California with her family, she is a story editor for Paper Darts. Find her at janstinchcomb.com or on Twitter @janstinchcomb.

Taylor Sykes is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s MFA program in fiction, and is currently a Visiting Lecturer at UNC Asheville. Her writing has appeared on NPR as part of their Three‑Minute Fiction contest, in journals such as Luna Luna, Alyss, and in Mason Jar Press’s The Horror Is Us anthology. She was a finalist for Omnidawn Publishing’s 2019 Fabulist Fiction Chapbook contest, and is the recipient of the 2017 James Hurst Prize for fiction, the Robbie S. Knott scholarship for women in creative writing, and most recently, a 35 in 35 Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. She is currently working on a novel about the eclipsing nature of female friendship.

Abigail Teed is a Canadian writer who spends her days carving “Who shot JR” moments in technical courses while writing fiction and political satire by night. She lives in a tiny house in the woods on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick, where she splits her time between working, writing, and cuddling her grandchildren.

Laura Walker holds an MFA from Northern Arizona University, where she was editor‑in‑chief for Thin Air Magazine. She writes both poetry and fiction, and teaches writing classes at Southern Utah University. She comes from Southern California by way of Flagstaff, AZ, and always finds herself wishing for a little more snow and a little less sun. She has fiction featured in “Black Works” from Underwood Press and poetry featured in Gravitas and forthcoming in Roanoke Review and CircleShow.

Scott Bryan Wilson writes comic books and fiction to be read on your lunch break at your day job autopsying bodies pulled from haunted houses. He’s written comics for DC, IDW, Valiant, Dynamite, and Image; his short stories have appeared in the Denver Quarterly, 3rd Bed, the Mid‑American Review, Liquid Imagination, Pindeldyboz, and others. Find him at scottbryanwilson.com.






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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 6:30pm



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