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U.S. First Autistic Horror Anthology Published on World Autism Awareness Day

Book cover showing red swirls and in yellow lettering the title of the book, Spectrum
Artist Credit: Jonathan La Mantia

“Spectrum: An Autistic Horror Anthology,” a groundbreaking horror anthology featuring autistic and neurodivergent authors, was released today, April 2, 2024, on World Autism Awareness Day by breakout independent Western Massachusetts publishing cooperative Third Estate Books.

“Spectrum” is edited by authors Aquino Loayza (“Deep”), Lor Gisalson (“Inside Out”), and Freydis Moon (NYT Best Romance Book of 2023 “Heart, Haunt, Havoc,” Queer Indie Award-winning “With A Vengeance,”) who bring together 20 new short stories from independent horror writers. From a courteous neighborly visit gone awry to feeling the burns of everlasting daylight, the stories of “Spectrum” reflect a vast array of perspectives through themes appropriate for the mature reader.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief Loayza writes, “Art is not a privilege, it is a necessity. At Third Estate Books, we believe that the marginalized voices of working class, BIPOC, queer, neurodivergent and/or disabled authors should not only be represented in Horror, they should be celebrated. We are honored to give this unprecedented, unified platform to neurodivergent authors to share their talents.”

“Spectrum: An Autistic Horror Anthology” is now available for order at

Proceeds will support forthcoming projects from the Third Estate Books collective which aims to represent the unheard voices of working class, Queer, BIPOC, neurodivergent, and disabled authors of the horror literary genre.


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