St. Louis Fringe Fest

Year 9 of the St. Louis Fringe Fest is going to be entirely online! When the dreaded word “pandemic” was first floated around back in January, the organizers decided they needed to do something drastic: take their annual festival and move it to a virtual space. As such, they are pretty much the only theatrical venue left in town for 2020.

St. Louis Fringe Fest

Marella Sands’ story “Featherfall” will be one of the artistic pieces featured at the festival. Get your tickets now! All events are $15. “Featherfall” will be the online event on August 18, 5:30 p.m. and will last around 50 minutes.

Featherfall Tickets

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New On YouTube

Marella now has a YouTube channel. There you will experience:

* Readings of her work;
* Discussions with Marella and Pastor Brian on the theology of the TV show “Lucifer;”
* Horror movie reviews from Marella and Annie Willis;
* Interesting things Marella has come across while researching for her novels, novellas, and short stories;
* Sometimes something completely other, just because!

Please come on by to like the videos and subscribe to the channel. Click on the bell icon to get notifications when new stuff goes up.

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Terror in the Dead of Winter!


From their website: Join American Hauntings for the 22nd annual Dead of Winter event! Celebrate ghosts, hauntings, and the macabre at the mysterious Mineral Springs Hotel in Alton, Illinois—one of the most haunted locations in the state—and be chilled by presentations on ghosts, hauntings, the unexplained and much more! Meet authors and speakers on strange phenomena, network with other ghost enthusiasts from all over the Midwest, sign up to win raffle prizes—including books; unusual prizes and collectibles;  tickets to the 2020 Haunted America Conference; and more! Make this a haunted weekend you won’t soon forget! 

Marella Sands will have a vendor table at this event. Stop by to buy a book or share a spooky story. See you in February 2020, at the Mineral Springs Hotel in Alton, Illinois.

Event Info


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Are you ready for book #2 in Marella Sands’ alternate history series?

Getting away from the farm is all Hollis Fairfield can think about. But when the only job she can find is doing laundry at Camp Pinewood, she becomes a witness to horrific events she never dreamed could be real. Powerless to change anything, she despairs until her attention is snared by a young girl whom she vows to help. But what can one woman do when so much stands against her?

Delilah Thorn is stuck in Atlanta engaged in diplomatic work and is desperate to get back into the field. She’s had no word from her fellow agents for weeks and there’s nothing she can do for them from afar. Now a prominent Confederate family is looking for assistance, and wants her to find their missing daughter. Thorn will have to go against orders to sneak back into enemy territory on a mission of mercy, unsanctioned by superiors and worth a court martial, even if she succeeds.

Both women will have to face their deepest fears and come together in an act that will help forge the fate of nations.

Purgatory will be available from Ring of Fire Press on October 15, 2019.

Purgatory v.3a



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Thai Ghost Story

Marella Sands’ novella “The Ghost He Knew Best,” can be found in the September 2019 issue of the Grantview Gazette. If you don’t have a subscription, you can purchase the September issue from Baen Books at:

gg919coverThe Thai people have many kinds of interesting ghosts and have many frightening supernatural tales. One of the most famous is that of Mae Nak, who remained in this world after dying in childbirth. Her spirit was ultimately defeated by the monk Somdet To, but what happens when, decades later, she manages to escape? Can her husband Mak, now an old man, find a way to get her back in her grave once more?



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Archon 43

It’s that time of year again! Archon will be held in Collinsville, Illinois, October 4-6. Meet Word Posse authors Marella Sands and Deborah Millitello.

Marella’s schedule:

The Curse of Mary Sue
4 Oct 2019, Friday 20:00 – 21:00, Marquette A (Gateway Center)

Avengers: End Game, or The Movie to End All Movies
5 Oct 2019, Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, Salon 6 (Gateway Center)

The Past is the Present
5 Oct 2019, Saturday 13:00 – 14:00, Salon 4 (Gateway Center)

The Evolution of the Book in Human History
5 Oct 2019, Saturday 15:00 – 16:00, Salon 4 (Gateway Center)

Author Reading with Howard Andrew Price, Marella Sands, and Jan Gephardt
5 Oct 2019, Saturday 18:00 – 19:00, Cahokian (Authorquarium) (Gateway Center)

Doctor, Where’s Your Tricorder?
6 Oct 2019, Sunday 13:00 – 14:00, Salon 1 (Gateway Center)


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