Friday, December 15, 2017

December, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

December, 2017
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


The Twisted Book of Shadows (edited by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: Not yet given. Assume soft range of up to 5,000 words
Deadline: February 1, 2018—February 28, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Non-themed “unique” horror in the vein of stories from previous anthology series such as BORDERLANDS; WHISPERS; WOMEN OF DARKNESS, or anthologies edited by Charles L. Grant, etc.
NOTE: THIS IS A GOFUNDME campaign, but nearly guaranteed to meet its goals.


If This Goes On (edited by Cat Rambo)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months
Description: Unique stories that offer insights into the shared future of our planet. Tell us how our climate will change if we don’t better protect our planet. Show us how the racial divide in this country is only growing wider. Warn us of a coming era of neo-colonialism if we don’t develop conscientious trade practices. Scare us into taking digital security more seriously as we hand over the keys to our digital lives to governments and non-state powers; Stories must be set at least one generation in the future.


Gorgon: Stories of Emergence (by Pantheon Magazine)
Payment: 6 cents a word (3 cents a word for reprints)
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018–“When Filled” (probably at least until Feb. 28, 2018)
Reprints?: Yes
Response: 1 month
Description: Weird, dark fiction; slipstream; magical realism; horror. Fiction with a touch of mythic quality. We want themes based around transformations—things that are shapeshifting, things that are emerging. Make Ovid’s Metamorphoses contemporary and weird and scary. Flash Fiction.


Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 12,000 (but the shorter, the better)
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to a year (though tracking status is utilized)
Description: Fiction Mystery: stories of detection of the classic kind, police procedurals, private eye tales, suspense, courtroom dramas, stories of espionage, and so on. Story must be about a crime (or the threat or fear of one). Sometimes accept ghost stories or supernatural tales, but those also should involve a crime (fresh, well told, and absorbing).


Factor Four Magazine (Online Mag ** New Market)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 2,000 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months or less
Description: Short fiction in the genres of speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these.  We are looking for stories that are engaging to our readers in such a short word count.



***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

Tales From the Crust: An Anthology of Pizza Horror (Dark Moon Digest)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000 – 5,000 words
Deadline: June 1, 2018
Reprints?: Query First
Response: Not given, probably less than 6 weeks
Description: Pizza Horror. Not so much the goofy Goosebumps thing you might imagine with a pizza horror story, but we’re taking it kind of seriously. Like we take our pizza seriously. The humor is inherent in the pizza theme already, so we’re playing this kind of straight. And if you think you’ve got what it takes, like a healthy love of the cheesy cuisine, send us your best work.


Nightscript, Volume 4 (anthology edited by C.M. Muller; publ. by Chthonic Matter)
Payment: Token $25
Story Length: 2,000 – 7,000 words
Deadline: January
1, 2018—January 31, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: Generally 2 weeks or less
Description: Strange tales: Fictions supernatural, uncanny, weird, and so forth; subtle and darksome literary horror. Though pay is low, editor is very easy to speak with, and he sends out all published work for favorable reviews and best of lists; i.e. good promotions and reputation.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Release day for BEAUTY OF DEATH 2 anthology I'm in!

Received my contributor’s copy yesterday for the latest anthology I’m in THE BEAUTY OF DEATH - Vol. 2: Death by Water: The Gargantuan Book of Horror Tales (November, 2017 by Independent Legions Publishing)! Edited by Alessandro Manzetti & Jodi Renée Lester, I’m thrilled to be included in another anthology this year in which I get to see my name alongside so many friends and inspirations of horror writing! My story, “A Journey of Great Waves,” is about an orphaned Japanese girl gone to live with family in Hawaii who ruminates upon the shore wreckage of hurricanes, and what it means to her.


Table of Contents includes:

THE DEEPEST PART OF THE OCEAN by Joanna Parypinski
YOU WILL COME TO NO HARM IN WATER by Lucy Taylor
WALKING ON WATER by Dona Fox
A JOURNEY OF GREAT WAVES by Eric J. Guignard
ANTUMBRA by Lucy A. Snyder
THE DROWNING OF COLIN HENDERSON by Stephen Gregory
THE FOURTH BELL by Daniel Braum
THE TARN by Simon Bestwick
THE BALLAD OF BALLARD AND SANDRINE by Peter Straub, Peter Straub
THE DOUBLE LENS by Lisa Mannetti
THE GORGE OF CHILDREN by Daniele Bonfanti
RAISED BY THE MOON by Ramsey Campbell
DROWNING by Gregory Norris
UNDERWATER FERRIS WHEEL by Michael Bailey
THE OLD WOMAN AND THE SEA by Marge Simon
IN THE DREAMTIME OF LADY RESURRECTION by Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan, Caitlín R. Kiernan
TO TAKE THE WATER DOWN AND GO TO SLEEP by Frazer Lee
PERISCOPE OF THE DEAD by Paolo Di Orazio
WET SEASON by Dennis Etchison, Dennis Etchison, Dennis Etchison
WINGS MADE FROM WATER by John Palisano
COME UP by Brian Evenson
BORN OF DARK WATERS by Michael H. Hanson
SEA SLUG by Edward Lee
EVERY BEAST OF THE EARTH by Tim Waggoner
NIGHTHAWK AND LONE WOLF by Gene O'Neill
SIREN by Jonah Buck
GILLS by David J. Schow, David J. Schow
THE EVERLASTING by Anthony Watson
RIVER WATCH by Bruce Boston
FRESH CATCH by Michael Arnzen - Gorelets.com, Michael Arnzen
HIPPOCAMPUS by Adam Nevill
A SONG ONLY PARTIALLY HEARD by John Langan
BY THE SEA by Alessandro Manzetti
SCAPE-GOATS by Clive Barker
THE WASH by Lisa Morton
JUST WATCH ME NOW by Jodi Renée Lester
THE HIKER by Jeremy Megargee
EVEN THE STARS FALL by Nicola Lombardi
ORI by Adam Millard



Monday, November 27, 2017

ANNOUNCING NEW ANTHOLOGY: "A WORLD OF HORROR" !

** ANNOUNCING!!!! ** The Table Of Contents for (one of) my newest anthologies: A WORLD OF HORROR

This is an anthology of all-new dark and speculative fiction stories from authors all around the world that explores mythology, horror, or weird fables of their homeland.

Everybody, everybody, I am soooo thrilled to showcase this—just amazing tales and ideas and creatures that are new and unusual!

To be published in 2018 through the incredibly prestigious, amazing, sought-after (I could go on!) small presses, DARK MOON BOOKS at www.darkmoonbooks.com

·         “Mutshidzi” by MohaleMashigo (South Africa)
·         “One Last Wayang” by LChan (Singapore)
·         “Things I Do for Love” by Nadia Bulkin (Indonesia)
·         “On a Wooden Plate, on a Winter’s Night” by David Nickle (Canada)
·         “Country Boy” by Billie Sue Mosiman (United States of America)
·         “The Wife Who Didn’t Eat” by Thersa Matsuura (Japan)
·         “The Disappeared” by Kristine Ong Muslim (Philippines)
·         “The Secret Life of the Unclaimed” by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Nigeria)
·         “How Alfred Nobel Got His Mojo” by Johannes Pinter (Sweden)
·         “The Nightmare” by Rhea Daniel (India)
·         “Obibi” by Dilman Dila (Uganda)
·         “Chemirocha” by Charlie Human (South Africa)
·         “Sick Cats in Small Spaces” by Kaaron Warren (Australia)
·         “Arlecchino” by Carla Negrini (Italy)
·         “Warning: Flammable, See Back Label” by Marcia Douglas (Jamaica)
·         “Honey” by Valya Dudycz Lupescu (Ukraine)
·         “The Man at Table Nine” by Ray Cluley (England)
·         “The Mantle of Flesh” by Ashlee Scheuerman (Australia)
·         “The Shadows of Saint Urban” by Claudio Foti (Italy)
·         “Warashi’s Grip” by Yukimi Ogawa (Japan)
·         “The White Monkey” by Carlos Orsi (Brazil)
·         “The West Wind” by David McGroarty (Scotland)

To be illustrated by the incredibly talented artist, Steve Lines!

And cover painting by the extraordinary Kennedy Cooke-Garza!

Prepare… #Coming_in_May


November, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

November, 2017
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
Payment: 6 cents a word original; 2 cents a word reprint
Story Length: 1,000
40,000 words (focus on shorter form)
Deadline: Open 1 week only: December 21
28, 2017
Reprints?: Yes
Response: abt. 2 months
Description: Well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, fairy tales, and eldritch. in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability. We accept both serious and humorous work (no horror).


Compelling Science Fiction
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000
10,000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2017 (then opens again in 2018)
Reprints?: No
Response: 6 weeks
Description: Online science fiction magazine focused on ‘hard’ science fiction: entertaining, scientifically plausible, self-consistent, and technically detailed when appropriate. We have a preference for ‘positive’ stories, and also open to humor.



Cicada Magazine YA literary/comics magazine – Monsters issue
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: flash fiction up to 9,000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2017 for current them; Open intermittently (and currently) for other non-themed
Reprints?: No
Response: 3
6 months
Description: YA/teen stories about Monsters. How do we view monsters? Grotesque. Other. Twisted. Hungry. We check under our beds for them; we fear their presence at the edges of all our familiar spaces; we drive them out with torches and pitchforks wherever we find them. CICADA wants to see works that cast monsters in a new light. Show us monsters living their best lives. Show us monsters in love. Show us monsters that refuse to apologize for being monsters. Show us monsters embracing their own monstrousness and surviving, no matter what.


Monstrosities anthology (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500
3,000 words
Deadline: Accepting between December 1, 2017
December 31, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response:
up to eight weeks
Description: Humor (SF/Fantasy/Horror). Things that are just too big or that don't scale. Whether it's the new shopping mall down the street, kaiju attacking Tokyo, flawed utopian ideas, the supposed ultimate weapon, or somebody who's way too big for his britches, we all have had to deal with humongous blunders. Get it off your chest--share with us your favorite monstrosities.


Zombies Need Brains, LLC anthologies (3 separate markets, Similar guidelines)
NOTE: These are successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns open for public submissions.

All 3 anthologies:
Payment: 6 cents a word + Royalties
Story Length: to 7,500 words
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: February 28, 2018

Tone for all:
Range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark; Not looking for torture porn, nor gratuitous violence of any kind.

1. The Razor’s Edge
Description:
Science fiction or fantasy stories that explore the fine line between a rebel and an insurgent. It is a military science fiction and fantasy anthology.

2. Guilds & Glaives
Description:
sword & sorcery stories where a guild is featured somewhere in the story. So thieves, assassins, and dark magic, but with a guild or guilds incorporated into the story somehow.

3. Second Round: A Return to the Urbar
Description:
To feature stories where the time-traveling Urbar, first used in the anthology AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE URBAR, is a central part of the plot. The story may start in the bar, end in the bar, or be in the bar somewhere in the middle, but at some point a significant plot point must involve the Urbar. Stories featuring more interesting historical settings for the bar, and twists on how the bar is integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more standard uses of the bar, or where the bar is only incidental to the rest of the story.



***Non-PRO-Paying Markets, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors (edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards)
Payment: .5 pence a word (converts to about 1 cent a word)
Story Length: 3,0006,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Reprints?: Possibly will consider
Response: unknown
Description: Horror stories; particularly tales that can be described as “weird”, “strange”, “amazing” and “peculiar”: stories that would have found a home in Weird Tales, Unknown Worlds, Fantastic and Fantasy Tales among other illustrious publications. Your story can be set in almost any era, any place but glimpse at and pervert the usual perceptions of reality – and unreality. We do not want stories that deal with common horror tropes without stretching boundaries.


Everything Change 2018 – Climate Fiction Contest (AZ State Univ.)
Payment: The winning story will receive a $1,000 prize. Nine finalists will receive $50 each.
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Your submission in some way should illustrate or explore the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth, in the present or the near- or moderate-term future; reflect current scientific knowledge about climate change.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I'm signing books tomorrow at Mysterious Galaxy San Diego!


I'll be signing books tomorrow afternoon at Mysterious Galaxy's San Diego location (SUNDAY), 11/12 at 2:00 p.m. -- This is going to be huge!!

I'll be signing primarily for the HAUNTED NIGHTS anthology (October, 2017 by Blumhouse Books/ Penguin-Random House) edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton, but will also sign anything else you want as well!

This is your chance to make the big bucks on autographed merchandise to turn around and shill on e-bay—Ka-Ching!

Or just say, "Hi." Your call. I’ll be there with: Lisa Morton, Jonathan Maberry, Leslie S. Klinger, Kate Jonez, Robert Payne Cabeen, and Elise Forier Edie.

Hope to see you there!

Mysterious Galaxy
5943 Balboa Ave, Ste 100, San Diego, California 92111



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

New Blog Post at RA FOR ALL: HORROR discussing my new PRIMER series


Thanks so much to Becky Spratford (Readers’ Advisory specialist, librarian, and founder of RA for All) and RA FOR ALL: HORROR for hosting my blog post today discussing my new Primer Series on modern authors of short horror fiction and why they deserve to be further studied! http://raforallhorror.blogspot.com/2017/10/31-days-of-horror-day-25-guest-post-by.html

With academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD, and gorgeous interior illustrations by artist Michelle Prebich, book #1 launched a few months ago, and I have the next three lined up for 2018 release.

EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION: A PRIMER TO:

#1: Steve Rasnic Tem (July, 2017)
#2: Kaaron Warren (ETA early 2018)
#3: Nisi Shawl (ETA Spring, 2018)
#4: Jeffrey Ford (ETA Mid-2018)

Published by DARK MOON BOOKS at: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Books.html