J.A.W. McCarthy

Writer of dark fiction and other sad, strange tales


Every Time She Kills Him

(reprint - podcast)

Tales to Terrify

(coming soon)

With Teeth

Twisted Anatomy

(Sci-Fi & Scary,

coming Feb 2021)

Contrition (1998)

Oculus Sinister

(Chthonic Matter,

December 2020)

You Are the Arm

Vastarien: A Literary


(Grimscribe Press,

coming soon)

You Do What You're Told

Apparition Literary


(Issue 12: Satisfaction,

October 2020)


Cold-Blooded Old Times

Places We Fear to Tread

(Cemetery Gates Media,

September 2020)

Those Who Made Us


Volume 8, Issue 3 & 4


June 2020)

Everything Here Is Mine


The Corona Book of Ghost Stories

(Corona Books UK,

October 2019)

We Were Supposed to Be Happy

She's Lost Control

(Post Mortem Press, 

February 2019)

Every Time She Kills Him

Lost Souls

(Flame Tree Publishing, 

September 2018)

Until There's Nothing Left


Graveyard Smash

2020 Women of Horror 


(Kandisha Press,

July 2020)

The House Where We All Live


Ghost Stories for

Starless Nights

(DBND Publishing,

May 2020)

Sometimes We're Cruel

Nightscript V

(Chthonic Matter, 

October 2019)

Exactly As We Are Meant to Be


(Transmundane Press, 

December 2018)

Until There's Nothing Left

The Misbehaving Dead

(A Murder of Storytellers, October 2017)

Darling Jane


Fright Girl Summer

(free to read online)

Darling Jane

The Macabre Museum

(online only,

October 2019)


Immersion: An Asian Anthology

(Dark Helix Press, September 2019)

The House Where We All Live

Ink Stains Vol. 10

(Dark Alley Press, October 2018)

Everything Here Is Mine

Unfading Daydream 

Issue 2: Supernatural 

(September 2017)



J.A.W. McCarthy goes by Jen when she is not writing. She lives with her husband and assistant cats in the Pacific Northwest, a place that inspires her dark tales. Besides writing, she enjoys reading and yelling at the TV, often at the same time. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. 



July 2020:

Check out Fright Girl Summer, an online book festival spotlighting horror writers and artists in the margins. Plenty of short fiction, interviews, and essays, all free to read. I'm proud that I was able to participate with my story "Darling Jane". 

February 2020:

I was interviewed by author Vickie Lan for her Shoes Off blog. Check it out here. Also, it's Women in Horror Month!

November 2019:

Nightscript V was reviewed by The Des Lewis Gestalt Real-Time Reviews. Includes my story "Sometimes We're Cruel", reviewed here

October 2019:

Darling Jane, my first online publication, debuts this month at macabre-museum.com! Contact me via the form below for the password. And while you're there, have a look around and consider supporting them. 


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