DITM is a series of illustrated horror anthologies showcasing BIPOC and other ethnically marginalized writers and artists from around the world!

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Winner of the 2022 Australian Shadows Awards for best Edited WorkRecommended on Locus' 2022 Recommended Reading List

I ka ‘ōlelo ke ola, i ka ‘ōlelo ka make.“There is life in the mouth and death in the mouth.”


What is horror to those living in the margins?Where terror is systematized and in the very air everyone happily breathes?A misheard word.
The thud of boots.
An impossible color.
A foreign growth.
DEATH IN THE MOUTH is a horror anthology showcasing BIPOC and other ethnically marginalized writers and artists from around the world. It features 26 short stories accompanied by 26 original illustrations spanning across genre and time, from real and fictive worlds, all while exploring new and unique manifestations of horror.


Jolie Toomajan - “Water Goes, Sand Remains", with art by Jabari WeathersYah Yah Scholfield - "They Will Take Up Serpents", with art by Makoto ChiIsha Karki - "Welcome to Labyrinth", with art by Natalie HallEndria Richardson - "Wind Up Teeth", with art by TsulalaJohnny Compton - "No Hungry Generations", with art by Pierre RosetArasibo Campeche - "Drowned in Mindfulness", with art by Michael DeforgeK-Ming Chang - "The Three Resurrections of my Grandfather", with art by Sloane HongReno Evangelista - "Her Apocrypha", with art by Jess HaraCatherine Yu - "Balloon Girl", with art by Joy SanDaphne Fama - "The Pleiades", with art by Alicia FengBeatrice Iker- "They'll Keep You Gestated", with art by Molly MendozaCassie Hart - "She", with art by Weiwei XuC Pam Zang - "Alice or Rose or Aurora or Allerleuirah or Belle, on the Occasion of the Burial of the Beast", with art by Charlotte GomezP. H. Low - "Tongue is a Void", with art by JaeHoon ChoiKelsea Yu - "The Obedient Son", with art by Audrey MurtyJL Akagi - "Henry Watanabe and the Wandering Hand", with art by Bhanu PratapAmaranta Sepulveda Durán - "The Mother-Wound", with art by Vivian MagañaSloane Leong - "Paradise", with art by Solomon EnosRivers Solomon - "Some of us are Grapefruit", with art by Junko MizunoRas Cutlass - "Melinda and the Grub", with art by Naomi ButterfieldR.S.A. Garcia - "A Bonfire in the Night", with art by Zhang HetianJessica Cho - "On Tattered Wings", with art by Lina WuM. L. Krishnan - "The Eggshell Sanctuary", with art by Julie BenbassatPriya Chand - "Never Lie to Me" with art by CongmingKarin Lowachee - "The Black Hole of Beaumort", with art by Allissa ChanDarcie Little Badger - "Homebody", with art by Apolo Cacho


With the help of over 1200 supporters, Death in the Mouth was successfully Kickstarted in August 2021 and published October 1st 2022. Printing was handled by Bookmobile and distribution was handled by Itasca Books Distribution.

Sloane Leong and Cassie Hart are excited to bring you Death in the Mouth: Original Horror from the Margins Volume 2, the second installment in their horror anthology series showcasing BIPOC and other ethnically marginalized writers and artists from around the world!It will feature twenty prose stories spanning from the terrifying mythic past to the unnerving far future, real and fictive worlds, and explore unique and unsettling manifestations of horror. Each story will be accompanied by an original black and white illustration by a unique artist. While we'll have invited authors and artists in our book, we'll also hold an open call to further expand our reach to under-recognized creatives!

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The Editors

Sloane Leong is a cartoonist, artist, writer and editor of Hawaiian, Chinese, Mexican, Choctaw and European ancestries. She’s written and drawn two acclaimed graphic novels, Prism Stalker and A Map to the Sun, and has short fiction credits with Fireside Magazine, Dark Matter Magazine, Analog SF, and co-edited the anthology Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Oceania Edition. Sloane is currently living on Chinook land near what is known as Portland, Oregon.You can find more of her work at https://sloanesloane.comCassie Hart is a Māori/Pākehā author and editor from New Zealand. She has been an Australian Shadow, Hugo, and Sir Julius Vogel award finalist across the years, co-winning an SJV for Best Collected works for the anthology, Tales for Canterbury, and is a finalist for Best Edited Works in the Australian Shadow Awards 2021. Her supernatural suspense novel, Butcherbird, releases from Huia in 2021.You can find more of her work at https://www.cassiehart.nz