With autumn coming up on the calendar, it's hard to hold back images of the approaching Halloween season—hot apple cider, cold pumpkin guts, and watchful scarecrows. The latter are featured in Joshua Viola's short story, "Scarecrows", which will be released in the upcoming horror anthology Nightmares Unhinged: Twenty Tales of Terror. Ahead of the collection's September 8th release from Hex Publishers, we have Viola's short story for Daily Dead readers to enjoy.

"Nightmares come in many forms. Some rend the veil of sleep with heart-stopping madness. Others defy sanity to leave a helpless corner of your mind twitching for release. Sometimes, hours after waking, a nightmare drifts across your memory, tainting your day with wisps of discomfort. NIGHTMARES UNHINGED reveals horror in all its mutable forms—abject to absurd—through twenty tales of terror.

Contributors include Mario Acevedo, bestselling author of the Felix Gomez vampire series; Nebula Award winner Edward Bryant; New York Times bestseller Keith Ferrell; Jeanne C. Stein, bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles; Shirley Jackson, Bram Stoker, Black Quill and Colorado Book Award finalist Stephen Graham Jones; Bram Stoker Award winner Steve Rasnic Tem; Hugo Award winner Jason Heller; Colorado Book Award winner Warren Hammond; Gary Jonas and many others. New York Times bestseller Steve Alten will pen the book's foreword. NIGHTMARES UNHINGED is edited by USA Best Book Award winner Joshua Viola and is the first anthology from Hex Publishers.

A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance in honor of Melanie Tem."

To learn more about Nightmares Unhinged: Twenty Tales of Terror, visit:

Click the cover below to read Joshua Viola's "Scarecrows":

  • Derek Anderson
    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.