Based in the East Bay Area of sunny California, Ben Monroe is a writer and communications consultant. He is interested in the ways that traditional storytelling methods can be used in advertising, corporate communications, and other non-traditional ways.

Scary Stories for a Good Cause

Scary Stories for a Good Cause

It’s been write-write-write for me for a few months now. Sadly neglected updating my blog here, but here’s something to explain why.

For the past four months, I’ve been working with other members of the local chapter of the HWA to produce a charity anthology benefitting victims of the 2018 Camp Fire. Those of you from the area remember the uncertainty, the anxiety surrounding the fire. I live nearly 200 miles away from the center of it, and we were told to remain indoors for a full week because of how bad the air quality had become.

So when we were at our monthly HWA meeting, we decided to put together a book to raise money for victims of the fire. It’s been an amazing process seeing this book coming together. The book was skillfully edited by Stoker-nominee Loren Rhoads, and features 24 amazing horror stories in it, all written by local, Northern Californian authors. It’s got reprints of classic stories by local authors, and a handful of new ones written just for this book (including a new one by me, the Quarry.

Folks, if you like good short horror stories, and feel like throwing some dough at a worthy cause, you need to check out this book. It’s available for preorder now, with a release date of May 2. 100% of the profits from this project are going to be donated to the North Valley Community Foundation for their work with wildfire relief.

Get it. You won’t be disappointed.

Tales for the Camp Fire

(Oh, and regarding other writing, I’ve knocked out a couple new short stories in the same time. Started sending one of them around to see if anyone’s interested in it; fingers crossed!)

Horror fans are the best fans

Horror fans are the best fans

Dig me, I'm a "Horror Expert"

Dig me, I'm a "Horror Expert"