The Dark Carnival Cover Reveal!

Today I am proud. So proud.

Over a year ago I had an idea. I love horror and I love carnivals. I said to Kristen, the co-founder of my other blog Pen and Muse, “What if we did a writing showcase? One that involves a Dark Carnival?”

We ran with the idea and to my shock and awe, we met our sign-up goal of ten people. And the list kept growing. In fact, almost one hundred different authors and illustrators signed up. I was shocked. I was elated. I was longing for the dark and creepy things to crawl out of their minds.

Each person had to pick one ride or event at a carnival. There could be no duplicates.

After the October event, we didn’t want it to stop. We wanted to go bigger. So we asked the participants and got a huge response. They were in. We were going to put out an anthology of horror.

And today I get to reveal the gorgeous cover!

Before I show it to you, I want to shout out to my incredible friend, fellow author, and designer C. Elizabeth Vescio. She is an incredible writer, and if you haven’t read her Wasted series, please ask yourself what you are doing with your life! In addition, she offers author services which you can check out on her website. Without her design skills and genius, we wouldn’t have anything to reveal today. So thank you Cara for your vision, design skills, and general excellency.

Ahhhh! I can’t wait to show you!

My excitement, mixed with a little of this:

Without further ado, the cover:



Blurb: In this anthology, several authors and illustrators explore the dark and hidden dangers that lie within a carnival that has come to town. But it is no ordinary carnival. It’s The Dark Carnival.

And when The Dark Carnival comes to town, there’s no promise that anyone can leave…alive.


Edited by: Jolene Haley, Kristen Jett, and Jessi Shakarian

Contributors include: Kat Daemon, Kristen Strassel, Julie Hutchings, C. Elizabeth Vescio, Mark Matthews, Brian W. Taylor, Kim Culpepper, Eli Constant, Mari Wells, J. Elizabeth Hill, Nicole R. Taylor, Ashly Nagrant, Kristin Hanson, Calyn Morgan, Tawney Bland, Roselle Kaes, Ken Mooney, Emily McKeon, Bobby Salomons, Ezekiel Conrad, Sheila Hall, Michelle Davis, Lucas Hargis, Vanessa Henderson, Ryan Bartlett, Debra Kristi, Jessi Esparza, T.A. Brock, Ruth Shedwick, Brian LeTendre, Amy Trueblood, Gregory Carrico, Jamie Corrigan, Kate Michael, Tyle Anne Snell, Alicia Audrey, Meghan Schuler, Jamie Adams, Wulf Francu Godgluck, J.C. Michael, Suzy G., Kristin Rivers, and Claire C. Riley.
*Final lineup subject to change

Add it to your Goodreads shelf!

What do you guys think of the cover? I’d love to hear. And please don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads account.

Happy Creepy Carnival Cover!

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  • Kathy Palm
    September 29, 2014

    Very nice! I’m sorry I missed writing a story for this one. Can’t wait to read. Mwahahahahaha!

  • krystal jane
    September 29, 2014

    Vintage! Very cool! That was a great response. I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with. Congratulations!

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