Shannon Lawrence


A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes in her dungeon when her minions allow, often accompanied by her familiars. She writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over fifty anthologies and magazines, and her collections and nonfiction title are available from various retailers. You can also find her as a co-host of the podcast “Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem.” When she's not writing, she's hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings. Though she often misses the Oregon coast, the majestic and rugged Rockies are a sight she could never part with. Besides, in Colorado there's always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. What more could she ask for? Find her at or

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, of course, and the drive to accomplish more, to strive toward my dreams.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a mom and wife, working the day job. I like to take long walks and hikes. I love photography, as well as writing, so that's something I dabble in. And then there's all the work that goes along with writing, but isn't actually writing.
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Happy Ghoulidays II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,740. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Horror » General
The holidays elicit a mixture of emotions, from joy and revelry to despair and rage. In these stories, we examine the dark side of the holidays.
Bruised Souls & Other Torments
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,510. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Horror » General
Fear resides in the soul. A welcoming widow with a twisted appetite; a war-time evil lurking behind the face of a child; a new job with a demonic pay scale; a woman trapped in a mysterious house with no memory of who she is or how she got there. These are a mere glimpse of the terrors that lie in wait in this collection of horror short stories, sure to grip the psyche and torment the soul.
The Business of Short Stories
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,850. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Publishing business
Whether you're looking to add short stories to your repertoire as a solo pursuit or in addition to novel writing, The Business of Short Stories covers every aspect from writing to marketing, distilled from over a decade of experience. This is an invaluable resource for short story writers. There's never been a better time to get into short stories!
Happy Ghoulidays
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,190. Language: American English. Published: November 20, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Family time can lead to murder and mayhem, especially during the holidays. A turkey with a tale to tell, elves under attack, sorority sisters putting on a killer party, a woman's desperation to save her family, and a stranger ringing in the New Year. These and other tales of woe await you beneath the mistletoe. Be careful who you offer a kiss. It may be your last.
Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,450. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of horror short stories, from the psychological to the monstrous. Whether your biggest fear is your fellow man or the monsters that lurk in the darkness, there's a fright for everyone in this collection.