Kevin J. Anderson provides lead story for Hidden Villains: Betrayed

February 27, 2023

We are beyond excited to announce that Kevin J. Anderson has agreed to provide us with a short story to lead our 3rd Hidden Villains anthology due in 2024.

As well as a renowned writer, Kevin J. Anderson is a mentor to many authors through Superstars, a graduate program on Publishing, his books, and as a speaker at many conventions. We are honored to have him lead this year’s anthology.

Short Bio

Kevin J. Anderson has published more than 175 books, 58 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as a unique steampunk fantasy trilogy beginning with Clockwork Angels, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Wake the Dragon and Terra Incognita fantasy trilogies, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson is the director of the graduate program in Publishing at Western Colorado University. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press. His most recent novels are Clockwork Destiny, Gods and Dragons, Dune: The Lady of Caladan (with Brian Herbert), and Slushpile Memories: How NOT to Get Rejected.

Kickstarter Funded! Hidden Villains: Arise

February 2, 2023

Our fundraiser has closed, thank you to all who supported us! We raised 2500.00!

Our costs for this years anthology come close to 7000.00 because we bring an industry name for the lead story, hire the best editor, and commission professional cover art. Hidden Villains is always worth it. We believe next year’s Kickstarter will be even more successful!

Hidden Villains: Arise – The List!

November 22, 2022

Scheduled for release in late Spring of 2023

Hidden Villains: Arise has completed a list of wonderful stories and amazing authors! We’ll start spotlights soon so you can get to know these fabulous writers.

We can’t wait to show you what these writers have created. From the dark to the delightful, we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy.

Here is The List of included authors:

Jody Lynn Nye

B.D. Prince

Rebecca E. Treasure

JL George

Rosemary Williams

Mike Jack Stoumbos

Gerri Leen

A.R.R. Ash

Michele Townsend

Mark Beard

Michele Stuart

Evan J. Peterson

Sherry Rossman

Tim Lewis

L.N. Hunter

Kevin A Davis

j.e. pittman

Robyn Huss is editing the stories now, and in January we will have a Kickstarter for families and fans to get some special options.


July 14, 2022

We’re excited to be sponsoring the fabulous Multiverse 2022: October 14-16, 2022

An Amazing Fandom Convention

Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Parkway in Sandy Springs

Come visit us! We’ll have a booth in the vendors hall with some of the authors from the last Hidden Villains anthology. We’re looking to do a panel as well.

Hidden Villains: Arise Submissions Call

May 31, 2022

Submissions Call

Theme: Hidden Villains: Arise – Bold, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows.
Arise – appear, emerge, come to light, surface, befall, ensue, stand up, transpire, etc.
Express yourself as the theme moves you.

Check out the submissions page for details.

Jody Lynn Nye Provides our Lead Story for Hidden Villains: Arise

May 2, 2022

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jody Lynn Nye has allowed us to include a wonderful short story in the upcoming anthology. The Fiber of Being will be our lead story and we can’t wait for you to read it.

Jody Lynn Nye teaches a two-day writers workshop at DragonCon that is a powerful opportunity for aspiring authors. This year, she has taken on the position of Coordinating Judge of the Writers of the Future contest. Find out more at or take her course at DragonCon.

Submissions will be open June 1st for Hidden Villains: Arise. Robyn Huss has agreed to be our editor again this year and we’ve reached out to Vivid Covers for their wonderful art.

Amazon Jumped the Gun!

March 11, 2022

Amazon jumped the launch and started selling paperbacks a couple days ago. Kindle and other Ingram outlets are still holding to March 17th pre-orders.

It has worked out to our benefit as Robyn Huss and other authors were moved into the top 100s in two categories: Science Fiction anthologies and Fantasy anthologies. We got close on Mystery anthologies as well.

Stephen Johnson

February 15, 2022
Author Spotlight: Stephen Johnson, author in the Hidden Villains anthology with his story, Voices in my Head.
After I retired from the Navy, I began writing mainly 100 word drabble stories. “Voices in my Head” was my first official “long” short story. The main character had his origins in a 100 word drabble that I finished over a year ago and could not get out of my head.
I am finishing my first novella that will have several horror episodes and each tale will be based out of Memphis. The first episode of the series, Terror Tales from the Bluff City, is, “The Deal with Madame Marguerite”, and will be coming out in January.

Kevin A. Davis

February 15, 2022
Author Spotlight: Kevin A. Davis, author in the Hidden Villains anthology with his story, A New Shifter in the Hood.
Wanted an urban fantasy piece which took some time with character and setting, as the title implies. It won an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future Contest.
Want a free urban fantasy ebook by Kevin A. Davis?
Get it here:

Michele Stuart

February 15, 2022
Author Spotlight: Michele Stuart, author in the Hidden Villains anthology with her story, Tough Love.
Tough Love was written for First Line Journal, though the first line has now been slightly altered.
It now has the distinction of being both my first story to receive a personal rejection and my first professional fiction sale.