The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror Reaches #1!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Horror, Pen and Muse news, The Dark Carnival, Writing | 3 comments

The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror Reaches #1!

A wonderful thing happened today. A wonderful, amazing, totally rockin’ thing…

Let me give you a few hints…

It involves clowns, things that eat people, and pure evil

It involves ghosts and possessions

It’s not something that should be read alone in the dark…

That’s right! The Dark Carnival: An Anthology of Horror became #1 on Amazon today in it’s category. We’ve been watching for weeks as it sat at #2, waiting patiently behind works like H.P. Lovecraft. And today we surpassed H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King to make #1! Woohoo! Here it is in all of its glory!




I feel so honored to be a part of this anthology and to have been able to work with such talented authors and illustrators. I’m humbled beyond belief. I feel especially excited because this is the first published work that Pen and Muse Press has ever put out and it’s a best seller! Woohoo!

Here are the current working for the Dark Carnival (which look pretty darn good)!

Well-deserved thanks goes to…

With that said, we just want to thank every last one of you who made this possible. Special shout out to Kristen Jett, Jessi Shakarian, and Meghan Schuler for their special behind the scenes work.

An additional thank you is due to our fantastic contributors: Kristen Strassel, Meghan Schuler, Claire C. Riley, J. Elizabeth Hill, Jessi Esparza, Debra Kristi, Ryan Bartlett, Michelle Ceasar Davis, Brian LeTendre, Ken Mooney, Eli Constant, Mari Wells, Lucas Hargis, Kat Daemon, T.A. Brock, Calyn Morgan, Emily McKeon, Gregory Carrico, Kristin Hanson, Nicole R. Taylor, C. Elizabeth Vescio, Brian W. Taylor, Kate Michael, Ezekiel Conrad, Jamie Adams, Bobby Solomons, Mark Matthews, Jamie Corrigan, Kristin Rivers, Kristen Jett, Sheila Hall, Suzy G, Kim Culpepper, Ruth Shedwick, J.C. Michael, Wulf Francu Godgluck, Ashly Nagrant, Amy Trueblood, Vanessa Henderson, Tawney Bland, Julie Hutchings and Stevan Knapp. Without all of you this wouldn’t be possible!

And a thank you to you! Thank you to everyone who participated in reading the Dark Carnival showcase, encouraged our authors and illustrators, anyone who has followed this blog or tweeted us, and thank you to every single person who has bought a copy. You rock!


Get a Copy Today (Or Add it to Goodreads!)

Here are the bazzillion places you can get a copy depending on the country you live in or where you prefer to shop!


Add it to your Goodreads!


Amazon USA

Amazon IN

Amazon UK

Amazon DE

Amazon FR

Amazon ES

Amazon IT

Amazon JP

Amazon BR

Amazon CA

Amazon MX

Amazon AU


Did I mention that any money earned from these sales are going to charity? So what are you waiting for? It’s less than a coffee. It’s less than most packs of gum!


Congratulations again to all of our hard working authors, editors, and cover designer Cara!


Much love and creeptastic things,

Jolene Haley, Jolene Haley, @JoleneHaley


  1. Woohoo! Congratulations!

  2. Great work to all the Pen & Muse staffers! Now you can go around saying, “We’re number one.” Congrats.

  3. Congratulations everyone!

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