The Dark Carnival Cover is Here!

Most of you know that I’ve been working super hard on editing my upcoming anthology called The Dark Carnival coming out from Pen & Muse Press.

It’s an anthology of horror shorts that all take place at a Dark Carnival. Myself, Kristen, and Jessi have put in a lot of time, sweat and tears into editing this. Our authors have worked SO hard. Our illustrators are incredible!

I’ve been waiting eagerly to be able to show you the cover. Graphic designer C. Elizabeth Vescio designed the whole thing and I’m totally pumped to share it with you. Authors, if you’re looking for someone to help design your next cover, look no further than Cara!

I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see a project that I’ve loved with all of my heart, finally start to come to life.


I’m so flipping happy I could just shout it from mountaintops. Instead, I shall celebrate with Supernatural GIFs. Because really, there is no better way to celebrate than with Sam and Dean. Well, maybe add some pie to that mix and we’ll call it a day.

Okay, one last one…

Now here’s the cover…

Dark-Carnival-PM-Horror-AnthologyAbout the Dark Carnival Anthology

In this anthology, several authors and illustrators explore the dark and hidden dangers that lie within a carnival that has come to town. But it is no ordinary carnival. It’s The Dark Carnival.

And when The Dark Carnival comes to town, there’s no promise that anyone can leave…alive.


Edited by: Jolene Haley, Kristen Jett, and Jessi Shakarian


Contributors include: Kat Daemon, Kristen Strassel, Julie Hutchings, C. Elizabeth Vescio, Mark Matthews, Brian W. Taylor, Kim Culpepper, Eli Constant, Mari Wells, J. Elizabeth Hill, Nicole R. Taylor, Ashly Nagrant, Kristin Hanson, Calyn Morgan, Tawney Bland, Roselle Kaes, Ken Mooney, Emily McKeon, Bobby Salomons, Ezekiel Conrad, Sheila Hall, Michelle Davis, Lucas Hargis, Vanessa Henderson, Ryan Bartlett, Debra Kristi, Jessi Esparza, T.A. Brock, Ruth Shedwick, Brian LeTendre, Amy Trueblood, Gregory Carrico, Jamie Corrigan, Kate Michael, Tyle Anne Snell, Alicia Audrey, Meghan Schuler, Jamie Adams, Wulf Francu Godgluck, J.C. Michael, Suzy G., Kristin Rivers, and Claire C. Riley.
*Final lineup subject to change

Leave a comment below! I can’t wait to hear what you think!


  • Emperor Skillet
    September 29, 2014

    You rock, I love you, so proud to be able to say I know you. Congrats doll!

    • JoleneH
      Emperor Skillet
      October 5, 2014

      Thank you SO much Emperor Skillet. I love you! <3

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