The Night Worms August package, Summer Vacation, brought me summer shivers of excitement and fear, arriving promptly after the release date. This was my first Night Worms subscriber package, so just the e-mail notification that it had been shipped was enough to rattle my bones.
My front porch was dimmed by its beautifully dark, and therefore enticing, packaging. The bonfire of my excitement accentuated shadows just begging to be explored the moment I arrived home from work to lay eyes on it. I snatched the package and headed to my kitchen, where I dug into it with my claws.
This unique company provides a comfortable home, filled with ghosts and ghouls and spooky goodies, for the lover of the horror genre. To top things off, Ashley and Sadie are exceptionally responsive, friendly, and welcoming to their fans, customers, and friends. As a subscriber, I feel like I've become part of a community.
"What lurks inside a Night Worms subscriber package?" you ask. Here's a look inside Summer Vacation:
The Chilling Tales
This package came with three tomes of terrifying narratives:
The Toll by Cherie Priest
"State Route 177 runs long the Suwannee River, between Fargo, Georgia, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Drive that route from east to west, and you'll cross six bridges. Take it from west to east, and you might find seven.
"But you'd better hope not.
"Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon, and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.
"Much later, Titus wakse up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge of State Road 177 . . ."
Fat Camp by James Sabata
"They came to lose weight . . . And lost so much more
"Since 1985, over 500 overweight teenagers have come to Camp Wasicu, looking to lose weight, gain self-confidence, and turn their lives around.
"Phillip McCrackekn arrives, weighing in at almost 400 pounds, but the baggage he carries from the past affects him much more deeply than the numbers of the scale.
"When a homicidal maniac hell-bent on revenge attacks, Phillips will be forced to either find the courage to save the people around him or fall victim to his own self-doubt . . . and possibly a machete.
"A coming-of-age tale cleverly disguised as a Slasher Film in paperback form, Fat Camp delivers horror, humor, and a little stab of nostalgia for anyone who grew up even slightly afraid of the dark."
Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted, Issue #10
"Shock Totem Publications (commonly referred to as Shock Totem) is an American small-press publisher specializing in dark fantasy and horror. It was founded in 2008 by author K. Allen Wood and John Boden. They are assisted by Mercedes M. Yardley, Chad Lutze, Sarah Wood, and Billie and Tom Moran.
"The debut issue of Shock Totem Curious Tales of the Macabre and Twisted, a digest sized magazine of fiction and non-fiction, was first published in 2009. To date, ten issues have been released, as well as three special holiday issues (Christmas 2011, Valentine's Day 2014, and Halloween 2014)."
Goodies for Ghouls
This month's featured publisher was the Horror Writers Association, an organization founded in 1985 dedicated to the support of authors and readers of dark literature. The Horror Writers Association has been awarding the prestigious Bram Stoker Award to writers for superior achievement in several categories.
This package included, as pictured above:
- An informational pamphlet from the Horror Writers Association detailing the organization's mission, how to join, and information about membership tiers and yearly dues.
- A Horror Writers Association pen!
- A laminated card from Shock Totem with a redeemable code for a free download of their entire digital collection.
- A discount code from the dark fiction-themed soy candle company, GET FICTIONAL, for 20% off from 8/1/2019 - 9/30/2019.
- A Decomposition Notebook, a beautiful miniature composition notebook made entirely from consumer waste paper and printed with soy ink. (I know I'll be carrying this with my daily and jotting story ideas into it with my HWA pen as they come to me!)
- A promotional flier for Remains by Andrew Cull.
- An art print from Fat Camp with a written message on the back from James Sabata, the author, as well as a sticker sporting James's signature!
- A Night Worms/Horror Writers Association bookmark, listing the winners of the 2018 Bram Stoker Award winners on the back.
- A promotional flier from TheNecronomi.com, a Podcast Exploring Horror as Social Commentary.
- A Night Worms Summer Camp Self-Defense Merit Badge sticker! (This would be fun to stick to your bookshelf!)
- BUG SPRAY, a Night Worms blend Room/Body spray.
In conclusion, I would recommend subscribing to Night Worms to anybody that already enjoys reading dark fiction, or those that are considering exploring the dark and terrifying aspects of life through the written word. Being a subscriber and receiving monthly Night Worms packages is a great way to keep up with what's going on in the world of horror fiction, get perks for amazing art, books, and shops, and enjoy a new book you may have yet to hear about! I know I'm barely able to wait to sink my teeth into the sold-out September Package, A Storm is Coming!
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Ronald J. Murray
Ronald J. Murray is a Horror and Fantasy Writer and Poet, dog dad, and overly enthusiastic about all-day coffee habits.