All Hallows' Evil

All Hallows' Evil is the second anthology published by Mystery and Horror, LLC. If you've never heard of us, you're not out of the loop. In fact, we are surprised when anyone has heard our micro press. We are new and define the word “tiny.” Out entire organization is me and my partner, Sarah Glenn.

We didn't even set up our LLC (Limited Liability Company) with thoughts of publishing books. We were authors. I write historical mystery and occasionally will do a horror story. Sarah's work is harder to define. Her first novel was a quirky family saga about a lesbian vampire that moved into a gated community. Most of her short stories are mysteries, often weird ones, but mysteries. We were a couple of writers, with the same publisher, who often traveled to the same conventions, stayed in the same room and generally shared expenses. We needed a business structure because sorting it all out at tax time was a nightmare worthy of a horror novel.

When our publisher closed, there was a big hole left in our writing life. I have a novel under consideration with another press, but the short fiction I love to write was homeless. We had some friends from our former press that were also looking for places to send their short stories so I started looking into what it would take to publish an anthology.

Mystery and Horror expanded to be a micro press. We are only doing three anthologies and one single author book this year. Strangely Funny, our first anthology, is a paranormal humor anthology available at most online bookstores. All Hallows' Evil, is 13 Halloween themed mysteries and just launched on Amazon. Our final anthology this year is titled the Undead of Winter is set during the winter holidays. It will be out in November.

Being tiny isn't entirely a bad thing. It means that each book we do gets a lot of personal attention. I care if a paragraph isn't indented correctly or breaks don't appear where they should. It means that we know how much work authors put into a story and work with them. Anthologies are not going to make us wealthy, but we believe that short fiction has been neglected. It is time to put it back in the limelight. I hope you'll pick up a copy of All Hallows' Evil and discover some Halloween stories worth talking about.


Gwen Mayo is passionate about blending the colorful history of her native Kentucky with her love for mystery fiction. She currently lives and writes in Tarpon Springs, Florida, but grew up in a large Irish family in the hills of Eastern Kentucky. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, at online short fiction sites, and in micro-fiction collections. She belongs to Sisters in Crime, SinC Guppies, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Historical Novel Society.

Gwen has an associate degree in business and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Kentucky. She was a judge for the 2012 Derringers and the coordinator for the 2011 Derringers. Interesting fact: Gwen was a brakeman and railroad engineer from 1983 - 1987.


Gwen Mayo said…
Thanks for inviting me to your blog Marilyn.
I'm so glad you visited, the anthology sounds wonderful!

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