Shadow Atlas

Here it is! My exciting new project with Hex Publishers and co-editors, Carina Bissett and Joshua Viola! Fully illustrated by the mega-talented Aaron Lovett, and bursting at the seams with some serious dark talent, Shadow Atlas is going to be a truly beautiful book! AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW Ancient peoples knew there were lands given... Continue Reading →

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A Brief Chat With the Authors of Shadow Atlas: Lee Murray

Visit Lee online at https://www.leemurray.info/. Hillary: What is the most magical/terrifying place you’ve visited?  Lee: I’ve been lucky enough to have lived in New Zealand, England, France, and the United States, and I’ve done a lot of travelling, so I’ve had the opportunity to visit some absolutely wonderful sites, both magical and terrifying. A few favourites…  New Zealand’s Lake Tarawera,... Continue Reading →

Old Blog Posts Just for Fun

Years ago, I launched my first blog, The Horror Librarian, dedicated to the world of horror fiction. I mostly interviewed authors on my site and there is still a lot of good stuff there. Authors and editors I interviewed included: Kevin Lucia, Alec Shane, Paul Tremblay, William Gorman, Livia Llewellyn, Carmen Maria Machado, Josh Malerman... Continue Reading →

ABC’s of Terror Volume 3

A painting that watches you as you walk by. A doll that isn’t quite the way you left it. A music box that continues to play a haunting tune. Inside these pages are 26 stories, from A-Z, about the things that people left behind. Or maybe they left a little piece of themselves behind, as... Continue Reading →

StokerCon 2021 Souvenir Anthology

This beauteeeeful Souvenir Anthology was put together by the talented team at Hex Publishers for the 2020 StokerCon event. So honored to be a part of it! Limited Release: Book Only Available to StokerCon™ 2021 Attendees. Visit the StokerCon™ 2021 for more information. You're about to discover a state of horror and suspense, where ancient evils... Continue Reading →

Gather ‘Round the Table

My book is available! Food is more than just a basic human need—learning about it and enjoying it can be important social activities. With ties to information needs, social justice, and the maker movement, food literacy initiatives are a natural fit for libraries. And, as this book demonstrates, efforts can extend far beyond a hearty... Continue Reading →

The Toilet Zone

My story, "The Foreign Film Saved My Life" is a nasty little zombie story with a peculiar sense of humor. Compiled and edited by the grand master of 80's schlock horror, Bret McCormick, each one of this collection of 32 terrifying tales is just the perfect length for a visit to the smallest room.... At... Continue Reading →

Animatronic Obsession

Warning! The scenes that follow are not suitable for all audiences. Because 'tis the season, I've spent some quality time browsing Halloween animatronics online. Why not? What else are you doing with your Tuesday nights? Anyway, here are my top thirteen favorite horror animatronics...if I only had $50,000 to spend on this sort of thing.... Continue Reading →

My Museum

As an art lover, I dream of owning original Kahlos, Boschs, Carringtons, and Varos. Alas, I am but a librarian author so it's doubtful that will ever come to pass. And so to feed my artful addiction, I collect books, objets, and prints. And online, I curate my favorite bits into a Pinterest board entitled... Continue Reading →

New Year, New Plan

It’s here once again – that time of year when we reflect on what we’ve done this past year and think about what we want to do the following. Some people write down New Years Resolutions. Others clean and simplify. And yet others plan. This year I’m doing a combination of all three. Although our... Continue Reading →

Writers of the Future

While in South America, my sister and mom alternately check my PO box. Here's what came in today's mail: For those of you in the know, you get how huge this is. For those of you not in the know, let me explain. L. Ron Hubbard, other than being known for Scientology, was first and... Continue Reading →

How I Write a Short Story

It usually starts with a phrase or a complete sentence. This will come to me out of nowhere, or sometimes inspired by one of the many "what if" questions I ponder throughout the day. Everything I see is potential fodder for a story. How did that crack in the wall get there? Why was that... Continue Reading →

A Cheater’s Guide to the 10 Questions

Here's something fun to read this holiday season: Released as part of a Holiday Sci-fi-tri-fecta, my flash fic story in Space Squid. A Cheater’s Guide to the 10 Questions (Reprinted from the Underground Citizen Advisor, August 1, 2084) By Hillary Dodge Before you take the test, there are a few things you need to know. There... Continue Reading →

One Night in Hornopiren

March 26, 2017 This story will be much better told if I don’t relate the outcome at the beginning. It began with a campsite. And what campsite it was! A rolling field of green tumbled with mottled stones stretched a long way down to the mud-slicked rocks at the water’s edge. Gently lapping waves washed... Continue Reading →

Multiracial Families in Picture Books

Because this is a topic close to my heart, I thought I'd share a list of beautiful books I've encountered that include multiracial families. There are plenty of multiracial families out there that would love to see themselves represented in a book. And NOT a book all about how multiracial families are normal - rather,... Continue Reading →

Online Controversies & Professionalism

It's easy to get wrapped up in someone else's drama. Heck, that's why we read books, isn't it? But when it comes to your professional community, I think careful consideration of the known facts alongside tempered but honest reaction is best. So I'm going to take a librarian's stance and post some thoughts on how... Continue Reading →

“Indiscretions”

My first pro sale ya'll! Super psyched to have my story in Pseudopod this month! Pseudopod 545: Indiscretions is narrated by the talented Christiana Ellis. Click on the link above to read or listen to the story. Fun fact: I wrote this story while attending Richard Thomas' Short Story Mechanics workshop with Litreactor. Richard's workshops... Continue Reading →

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