What is The Wild and the Quiet?

This is the Substack home of me, horror author Susan Earlam.

Writing online since 2010 I pivoted to fiction when the call of the strange and unusual grew irresistible. I procrastinate by writing short, weird stuff when I should be editing the next novel.

My eco-horror book, Earthly Bodies, came out in 2021 and I published a horror flash fiction collection, Dark Is The Water in 2022.

As an author, much of my time is spent reading. My fiction revolves around the uncanny, things that are adjacent to real life but are just a bit off, weird or horrific.

I'll share research benders, mycelium mentionings, uncanny underneaths, and esoteric explorations.

Why subscribe?

Imagine the artist's sketchbook or the writer's notebook here online.

Subscribers will get insights into how my brain works and what interests me.

I enjoy making connections with things that may perhaps at first glance, seem unconnected. I love getting to the bottom of things, full-on investigations. In another life, I’d be a librarian who did archaeology on the side. A feminist version of Indiana Jones perhaps.

Some of my posts are for my paid “Backstage Pass” subscribers only. These are posts which are perhaps more vulnerable or deal with the esoteric, or they might be new fiction ideas I’m working on. These posts are for the folk who are truly into what I do or are intrigued or like-minded.

If you’ve consumed my free content for a while (even since 2010!) taking out a paid subscription is an amazing way to show your appreciation and support of my work, Past, Present & Future.

Of course, if you want to get the free posts that is totally fine too! Never miss an update, tap the button below.

Join the crew

Be part of a community of people who share your interests.

To find out more about the company that provides the tech for this newsletter, visit Substack.com.

Subscribe to The Wild and the Quiet

The inner workings of a horror author's brain, nature stuff, and what keeps me up at night.


Susan Earlam

Writer and creative. Obsessed with the uncanny. My fiction focuses a lot on bodies and their potential for transformation. Playing in the margins where sci-fi, magic and horror overlap. ADHDer. Cat whisperer.