Cover Reveal and Release Date

After much anticipation, PICKMAN’S GALLERY has a rapidly approaching release date. Scheduled for release on August 18th (HPL’s birthday), my story “Beyond the Veil of Pretty Pink Lies” is one of seventeen tales in this anthology inspired by Lovecraft’s Pickman’s Model. I’m extremely proud of Pretty Pink Lies, and find it particularly fitting that it comes one year after being unable to attend NecronomiCom (the intended publication date), which ultimately resulted in my writing hiatus and tangential pursuit of painting. Perhaps this series of coincidences will bring me back to the written word, but in the meantime, snag  a copy of PICKMAN’S GALLERY (I’ll post a link as soon as it’s available) and check out what may or may not be my final story.

As always, thanks for reading.


Pickman's Gallery

2018 Update

It’s been quiet on the writing front, and so I haven’t posted an update in a while. The plan has been to take a break for a while and focus on other creative endeavors. Still, there are a few announcements I’d like to make about the upcoming year.


As part of 2018 Women in Horror Month, I participated in a roundtable interview series hosted by Gwendolyn Kiste. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a TOC with Gwendolyn on two occasions, and am beyond pleased that her debut fiction collection, AND HER SMILE WILL UNTETHER THE UNIVERSE, is a Bram Stoker Award Finalist. See what I and the other panelists had to say at Gwendolyn’s blog.


Next month, I will be in San Jose to attend THE OUTER DARK SYMPOSIUM ON THE GREATER WEIRD 2018. From the registration page:

“The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird is a one-of-a-kind immersive one-day event featuring approximately 12 hours of panels, readings, signings and social activities centered around contemporary Weird and speculative fiction. The second annual event will be held at the Winchester Mystery House, one of the Weirdest Places in the U.S. ”

If you’re interested in joining me, you can register here. But don’t wait too long –  attendance is limited to 75. If you can’t attend, but still want to help out and/or get some cool swag, check out the IndieGoGo Campaign.

Don’t forget to listen to The Outer Dark Podcast. Check out Episode 27: A Strange and Darksome Night to hear what the crew thought of my story “When Dark-Eyed Ophelia Sings.”


I have one new story currently scheduled for publication. “Beyond The Veil of Pretty Pink Lies” will appear in Pickman’s Gallery from Ulthar Press. I’ll post photos, links, and prices as soon as they are available. The full Table of Contents is below.

  • “A Photograph from Life” Robert M. Price
  • “Beyond the Veil of Pretty Pink Lies” Rebecca J. Allred
  • “The Ghulistan Affair” Sam Inabinet
  • “Eigenspace X” Mike Chinn
  • “A Creak in the Floor, A Slant of Light” Victoria Dalpe
  • “The Ghoul’s Portrait” Josh Reynolds
  • “One Night South of the Border” Paul McNamee
  • “The Cleaner’s Tale” Tom Johnstone
  • “The Medium and the Message” LC von Hessen
  • “Pickman’s Model” Moe Lane
  • “For Susannah” Tom Lynch
  • “A Pickman Original” Logan Noble
  • “Pigman” Max Stanton
  • “Pickman’s Muse” Kenneth Heard
  • “The Studies of Dr. Reid” Peter Rawlik
  • “The Pickman Revival” Steven Vance



For the first time, my work is now available as an audio story. “From the Fertile Dark” is available to listen to for free at Psuedopod!



That’s it on the writing front. At the start of the post I mentioned taking a break to work on other projects, so I’ve attached a few photos of the things I’ve been creating while I recharge and find my words. Thanks for checking in. More news soon, I hope. 🙂


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Release Day: Horror Library, Volume 6

Horror Library, Volume 6 is now available for purchase! 


The multiple Bram Stoker Award® nominated Horror Library anthology series is back!

Shepherded by new editor Eric J. Guignard — himself a past Stoker winner — Horror Library Volume 6 is imbued with a new level of literary energy and purpose. It features 27 brand new horror short stories, written by 27 different authors, including well-known pros and up-and-coming new talents.

As always, if you’d like a snapshot of where modern literary horror fiction is headed, you’ve found the right book.

Don’t miss Horror Library Volume 6! The Librarian wants to see YOU.

Release Day: LampLight – Volume 5 Issue 2

v5i2-200x300 Lamplight 5.2 is now live!

Featuring Livia Llewellyn. She brings us her apocalyptic story, Horses. We talk to her about writing, acting, and books she’s looking forward to reading.

Kevin Lucia’s Horror 101, Quiet Fears in The Twilight Zone, he talks about the very influential television series, as well as a radio show, Quiet Please.

Fiction from:

  • Hal Bodner
  • Rebecca J. Allred
  • Ada Hoffman
  • Susan Jane Bigelow

Publication Announcement: The Only Why is You

I’m pleased to announce that my story “The Only Why is You” will appear in the 2016 December issue of LampLight Magazine (Volume 5, Issue 2). My first story sale was to Apokrupha in January of 2014 for their flash fiction anthology Vignettes from the End of the World, and “The Only why is You” is the first story I wrote in 2016, so it’s a nice way to close out the year. If you’re interested in such things, LampLight has a one year subscription plan. $10.00 buys you four issues of top-notch dark fiction – not a bad deal, if you ask me.

I’d also like to say thanks to Joshua Mohr, whose LitReactor Bootcamp workshop is responsible for “The Only Why is You.” If you’ve not checked out Josh’s fiction, swing by his site and buy a book or two.

LampLight 5.2 will be available for purchase in January.

Publication Announcement – A Little Glimpse of Madness






I’m pleased to announce that my story “A Little Glimpse of Madness” is appearing in the 6th Anniversary issue of Dark Moon Digest (#25). Some of you who have been following me since my online Flash Fiction days may recognize this tale as an expanded version of the bit I wrote for Flash! Friday vol 2.42. I’m thrilled to be included in this publication and I hope you’ll all snag a copy.







Typhoon Maid Thursday. CC photo by Shuji Moriwaki


Publication Announcement – The Sun Screams in Retrograde

I’m pleased to announce that my story “The Sun Screams in Retrograde” will be included in Turn to Ash, Vol. 2 – OPEN LINES.



From the publisher: Turn to Ash, Vol. 2 is a uniquely themed issue featuring the weird tale of Charles “Chuck” Leek’s strangest night hosting “The Late Night Leak,”  a call-in talk show focusing on things that go bump in the night. The frame story is written by Jonathan Raab, and the “calls” are written by several other authors, to be announced in the coming weeks.

I’m thrilled to be part of this unique volume. I’ll post links with ordering information when it becomes available, but in the meantime, you should pick up a copy of Volume 1.


Publication Announcement – Ecdysis (reprint)

I’m pleased to announce that my story “Ecdysis” will appear in the reprint horror anthology Killing it Softly from Digital Fiction Publishing. This is Digital Fiction Publishing’s 1st Best-of Women-in-Horror anthology, and I’m thrilled to be part of it. I’ll post ordering information when it becomes available.


Table of Contents

Torn Asunder by Rebecca Snow
Lambent Lights by H.R. Boldwood
Nosophoros by Christine Lucas
What the Rain Brings by Gerri Leen
Taking it for The Team by Tracie McBride
Killing it SoftlyHere We Go Round by Rie Sheridan Rose
Songs for Dead Children by Aliya Whiteley
Music in the Bone by Marion Pitman
All of a Heap by Jenner Michaud
Traitorous, Lying, Little Star by Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert
Truth Hurts by Carole Gill
A Trick of the Dark by Tina Rath
Abysmoira by Airika Sneve
Skin Deep by Carson Buckingham
Orbs by Chantal Boudreau
Rule of Five by Eleanor R. Wood
Guilty by Chance by Nidhi Singh
Ecdysis by Rebecca J. Allred
Coralesque by Rebecca Fraser
The Funhouse by Jo-Anne Russell
Graffiti by K. S. Dearsley
Complete by Amanda Northrup Mays
Ellensburg Blue by M.J. Sydney
Abandoned by Rose Blackthorn
The Call of the House of Usher by Annie Neugebauer
Ravens by Elaine Cunningham
Foxford by Sandra Kasturi
The Root by Jess Landry
Long Time, No See by Sarah Hans
Millie’s Hammock by Tory Hoke
Changed by Nancy Holder

Borderlands 6 Review: The British Fantasy Society

The British Fantasy Society has posted a favorable review of Borderlands 6 with a nod to my story, “The Last Plague Doctor.”

“The Last Plague Doctor” by Rebecca J. Allred is a spellbinding tale of plague and death, imbued with intense, dark lyricism of uncommon strength.

You can read the review in it’s entirety here, and if you haven’t already, pick up a copy of this amazing anthology by clicking the image below.




Interview: Medical and Macabre

Earlier this year, I was interviewed by author Gwendolyn Kiste, and the interview has recently posted on her blog. Among the questions addressed are:

So far, your fiction has been primarily horror. What first attracted you to the genre? Were you always a fan from childhood, or was it something you learned to love as you got older?

By day, you work as a pathologist. Do you find that elements of the medical industry often creep their way into your writing, or do you tend to keep your day job and your fiction mostly separate?

What upcoming projects are you working on?

Read the entire interview here.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, please consider picking up a copy of Borderlands 6. Trade paperback and Kindle copies are available from Amazon. Sadly, the publisher has done very little in the way of promotion and distribution for this volume, so any support in the way of reviews or sharing links would be greatly appreciated.


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