Every dreadful thing we’ve ever published.


Alyssa Greene July 6, 2022

A look back at the life and works of political dissident Marja Marcos-Smithson, the greatest artist of the post-Cataclysm era.

The Skin We’re In

Shelley Lavigne July 1, 2022

Make yourself in your own image.

Generative, Adversarial

Mob June 29, 2022

A data engineer discovers something terrifying about the server he lives and works in.

Wine and Spirits

Amanda Michele June 24, 2022

Do you taste the cyanide sweet of amaretto?

Walls, Stars, Eyes, Walls

Jason Kahler June 22, 2022

A poem about prison and how it changes guys like you.

The Spiders’ Graveyard

Nathaniel Lee June 17, 2022

Terika doesn’t know what to make of the spiders that are coming to die on her front porch.

Unnatural Germination

Glynn Owen Barrass June 15, 2022

Jim finds something sinister growing in the garden of his family’s new home.

The Mountain’s Poison is Sweetness, Too

Aimee Ogden June 10, 2022

An ancient, toxic poison requires a new guardian.

Where Are You Going?

Ai Jiang June 8, 2022

Poetry by Ai Jiang.

The Natural Order of Things

Gwen Whiting June 3, 2022

As her infant daughter faces death, a mother must decide whether to upload the child’s consciousness into a robot body.

Haunted House

Rhonda Parrish June 1, 2022

I know what you want.

The Norms from Up Here

Renan Bernardo May 27, 2022

Thoughts are routed, filtered and processed to mold voices according to the Norm, making people obey “linguistic standards.”

Support indie publishing

We couldn't be here without you.

The Dread Machine is a nonprofit operation run by passionate volunteers and funded by donations. We don’t have sponsors, and we don’t sell ads. Our community makes our work here possible. If you enjoy our stories, please consider joining us or sending us a donation. Every penny the company receives pays a writer and expands our library of content.

Member Benefits

All membership levels include the following.

Active members receive 20% off all our titles.

Join us for game and movie nights in our members-only Discord.

Each quarter, we publish a game and make it available for purchase in our shop. Active members receive these games for free.

Listen to our podcast on your platform of choice.

Get news, book previews, and more delivered to your inbox.

Enjoy our beautiful covers as desktop or mobile wallpapers.

Recieve issues immediately when they release, delivered to your email in DRM-free epub, mobi, and PDF.

Read interviews from some of the coolest people in indie publishing.

Gain access to our members-only Discord community, where you can influence the Elder Gods.

$25 USD/year

Digital Devotee

Receive all member benefits and our eternal gratitude.

What's the password?

Login to your account

Stay informed