Tyler Hauth is the author and editor of award winning fiction published across the world in print and online. Some of his favorite stories are available here for free, including The Malice (as seen in The Horror Zine Magazine's Summer 2020 print publication), the Faustian legend known as The Storm Seller, and other lesser known stories such as Summer Boy and his nationally recognized piece, The Man With the Golden Pocketwatch.
Tyler offers editing services for books and short stories. He has six years of editing experience, including 4 consecutive years in a lead position at a prestigious literary magazine in central Arkansas, and has edited well over 1000 works of fiction as of July 2020. If you're currently polishing a manuscript, reach out through the "contact" tab and ask what he can do to help.
THE MALICE - published in The Horror Zines Annual Print Publication of the best horror of 2020
There’s a monster in the woods that surround the little city of Dent that grinds its teeth on young white bones and craves boy flesh. For as long as anyone in Dent can remember, two boys have gone missing from town every summer. Not for a generation, but for centuries—and for the boys that live in the city, the way the adults are resigned to this way of life is as horrible as the terror that’s stealing their friends. When Michael decides to penetrate the dense Ozark Mountain’s with his dog, Gus, he’s determined to uncover the truth about what’s been feasting on the city since long before his great grandpa moved there. What he discovers makes the Lovecraftian horror tales he reads in secret look like Dr. Seuss chapter books.
The Storm Seller
Described by one editor as "wickedly Faustian" and "chilling to consider," The Storm Seller is perhaps Hauth's best work. Here he mixes magical realism with horror and the result is a picture of two boys that sacrifice more than they could ever know to spend a single day together in the sun.
If the Storm Seller were reversed, perhaps it would not be so riveting. How many 80-year-old men would trade a fortune to be twelve again, even just for one day, and have a long, full, sunny day to play with their best friend? But of course, at twelve, Harvey and Stephen don't have a fortune to offer the Storm Seller.
All they have is their youth.
And the Storm Seller would like nothing more than to steal it.
Summer Boy is deeply poignant and shockingly impactful. One reader remarked that it was the best thing they read all year.
It's a short story of a boy who wants to get the most out of his last day of summer vacation--even if that means breaking the rules and going to the lake alone.
The Man with the Golden Pocket Watch
When the ticking of his pocket watch begins to drive him mad, Jim's wife and young son are in mortal danger. Will the evil he inherited from his father win out and pass on to his innocent son, or will Jim be able to defeat the madness that's knocking at his mind?