Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Cover Reveal!! This, my first full length novel, has been graced with a layer of grandeur by this gorgeous wraparound cover design. Thanks so much, again, to JournalStone, and to artist extraordinaire Mikio Murakami!

Coming, July 26, 2019: DOORWAYS TO THE DEADEYE

“A Depression-era hobo rides the rails and learns the underlying Hobo Code is a mystical language that leads into the world of memories, where whoever is remembered strongest—whether by trickery, violence, or daring—can change history and alter the lives of the living.”

Monday, May 13, 2019

I won the 2018 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection!!!!

Although it’s been a day-and-a-half since the announcement, I’m still running on an adrenaline high as the realization continues to settle in that on Saturday night I was awarded something like the culmination of a dream: The Bram Stoker Award for my collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction!!!

Awestruck, humbled, and honored to receive this esteemed recognition, something I will cherish the remainder of my life.

I’m going to write more on this later, but I at least wanted to holler the news from this (virtual) mountaintop this morning, after the long travel home and from celebrating/ prioritizing Mother’s Day activities.

Thank you so much to my acquiring editor Norman Prentiss and to my publisher Cemetery Dance. I have a miles-long list of other thanks I’m going to write up and share soon, but in lump sum, THANK YOU also to all my supporters, reviewers of this book, and to the family that is The Horror Writers Association!!

And immense congratulations also to all other nominees and award recipients of the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards!!

Full list here: http://horror.org/2018-bram-stoker-award-winners-nominees/

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

May, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

May, 2019: HWA L.A.
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Helios Quarterly Magazine
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: June 1–30, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: 2–3 weeks
Description: Quality horror, science fiction, and fantasy.

El Chapo Review
Payment: $100 flat rate
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: June 1, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Anything. Any genre for fiction: sci-fi, fantasy, crime, neo-noir, literary, historical, absurdist, surrealist, magic realism, romance, horror, mystery, bizarro, gonzo, fairy tale, et cetera. It makes no difference. We love great writing above all else.

DreamForge Magazine
Payment: 6 cents a word (slightly less for reprints or online-only option)
Story Length: up to 12,000 words (up to 5,000 preferred)
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Reprints?: Yes
Response: 6–9 weeks
Description: Positive (and “clean”) science and fantasy fiction.

Nature Futures
Payment: $130
Story Length: 850 and 950 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: Original science fiction (generally near-future, hard SF).

Crossed Genres
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 250–5,000 words
Deadline: June 3, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories of the moment when people see the fascism in front of them for what it is, accept it as real, and make the choice to fight it. Who are the canaries in the coal mine? When can the long-hidden voice no longer be ignored?

illicit (anthology by Bronzeville Books)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,500 words
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: T
Description: Erotic crime stories: people, sex, and bodies not usually seen in mainstream ideas of sex and sexy, and tight, fun crime plots.

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

Chew on This! Anthology (Blood Bound Books)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length:
3,000–7,000 words
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: None listed; estimate 2-3 months
Description: Horror regarding food-related stories! (every subgenre of horror from quiet and unsettling physiological tales to extreme and bizarre). Well written, imaginative, frightening, and unique perspectives that make readers afraid to visit restaurants, try cuisine in a foreign lands, attempt new cooking recipes, etc.

Negative Space: An Anthology of Survival Horror (*New Publisher)
Payment: $25 flat “token” pay
Story Length: 3,000–8,000 words
Deadline: August 1, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: 2-4 months after submissions close
Description: Survival horror (particularly by video game definition), in which the protagonist(s) must face dire situations in locations far off the beaten path by using the environment, or items found in the environment, to survive.

Monday, April 29, 2019


Finalizing the last sections for PRIMER #4 discussing JEFFREY FORD (hoping to release ibn May!), but in the meantime, REVEALING the cover art for my next Primer, and something I’ve never undertaken before, which is translation of a non-English writer: EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #5: A PRIMER TO HAN SONG!!!

And more coming through Dark Moon Books: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Books.html


Monday, April 22, 2019

A Listing of My Current Major Works!

Just compiled a one-page listing of my major works, beginning in 2012 and including forthcoming through 2020! It’s been a wild ride, but I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to write, edit, or otherwise be part of each of these books!


Fiction Written by Eric J. Guignard

Baggage of Eternal Night (JournalStone, 2013)
Doorways to the Deadeye (forthcoming) (JournalStone, 2019)
That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction (Cemetery Dance Publications, 2018)

Anthologies Edited by Eric J. Guignard

A World of Horror (Dark Moon Books, 2018)
After Death… (Dark Moon Books, 2013)
Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations (Dark Moon Books, 2012)
The Five Senses of Horror (Dark Moon Books, 2018)
+Horror Library+ Volume 6 (Cutting Block Books/ Farolight Publishing, 2017)
Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror (Dark Moon Books, 2019)

Exploring Dark Short Fiction (A Primer Series)
Created by Eric J. Guignard

#1: A Primer to Steve Rasnic Tem (Dark Moon Books, 2017)
#2: A Primer to Kaaron Warren (Dark Moon Books, 2018)
#3: A Primer to Nisi Shawl (Dark Moon Books, 2018)
#4: A Primer to Jeffrey Ford (Dark Moon Books, 2019)
#5: A Primer to Han Song (forthcoming) (Dark Moon Books, 2019)
#6: A Primer to Ramsey Campbell (forthcoming) (Dark Moon Books, 2019)

The Horror Writers Association Presents: Haunted Library of Horror Classics
Edited by Eric J. Guignard and Leslie S. Klinger

Vol. I: Phantom of the Opera by Gaston LeRoux (Sourcebooks, 2019)
Vol. II: The Beetle by Richard Marsh(forthcoming)  (Sourcebooks, 2019)
Vol. IIII: Vathek by William Beckford (forthcoming) (Sourcebooks, 2019)
Vol. IV: House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson(forthcoming)  (Sourcebooks, 2020)
Vol. V: The Parasite and other Tales of Terror by Arthur Conan Doyle (forthcoming) (Sourcebooks, 2020)
Vol. VI: The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers (forthcoming) (Sourcebooks, 2020)

Monday, April 8, 2019

April, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

April, 2019
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Across the Universe: Beatles Spec-Fic Anthology
Payment: $200 flat rate
Story Length: 1,000–4,000 words
Deadline: June 14, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: “What if” speculative fiction stories regarding the band, The Beatles. What if Brian Epstein hadn’t managed the band? What if George Harrison hated sitar music? What if Ringo had been the true star of the band all along? What if the Beatles had been aliens? Or magic users? Or zombies? Or American? See site for list of plot ideas already taken

Thrilling Words (*New Market)
Payment: $160 flat rate for TWO flash fiction stories
Story Length: Two stories to total no more than combined 2,000 words
Deadline: None listed. Currently open (unknown if to be continuous or intermittent)
Reprints?: No
Response: 45 days
Description: Episodic fiction; multiple flash fiction stories written by the same author.  Stories that are connected by author, theme, or fictional universe (but not serialized—each to be a standalone). Spec Fiction stories: fantasy, sci-fi, superhero or just plain surreal is not important, the more important thing is to have fun with the story. And it’s this last point, having fun, that’s the most important stylistic element.  We are looking for stories that trace their heritage more from pulp traditions than literary.  Stories that make you feel more than make you think

Selene Quarterly Magazine
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 100–7,500 words
Deadline: May 1–May 31, 2019 ONLY (closed rest of year)
Reprints?: No
Response: 2–3 weeks
Description: Short stories of: Speculative romance, mystery, and alternate history

Visions Biannual Mag
Payment: 4 to 5 pence (abt. 6¢ cents a word/ US)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: up to 3 months.
Description: Science fiction and speculative short stories; current theme is the concept of “Humanity” in the broadest sense; This goes from pieces about what makes us human now and in the future, to ones highlighting how little we might differ from computers or animals. Stories about robots and artificial intelligence are welcome but so are the ones about DNA manipulation, eugenics, death and human behaviour in society at large

The Suburban Review
Payment: flat rate scale between $75–$150 (between 5–10 cents/ word)
Story Length: 500–2,500 words
Deadline: April 18, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Literary short fiction (as well as non-fiction, comics, and poetry) dealing with the issue’s theme: ISSUE #14 = DETRITUS. Waste and decay surrounds and absorbs you. It’s warm, thick, fertile. Breathe in the fetid excess and expose all the crawling, seething life forces. Write into the dark warmth and send us the best of your scum and grot. We want work like a smell so bad you can’t help but want to know what it is. Let your imagination go there, and then submit the spoils to us. We want to read it all.

Flash Fiction Online
Payment: $60 flat (= 6 cents/ word+)
Story Length: 500 to 1,000 words
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: Yes (payment at 2 cents/ word)
Response: Within one month
Description: A very short but complete story of flash fiction. Strong, interesting characters, in genres of dark sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, crime, horror, and even literary

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

Apparition Lit
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: May 15–31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: by the 15th day of the following month after submissions close
Description: Speculative fiction that meet our quarterly theme. Speculative fiction is weird, almost unclassifiable. It’s fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and literary. Send us stories with enough emotional heft to break a heart, with prose that’s as clear and delicious as broth. We’re looking for proactive characters and beautiful language, all wrapped up in a complete story. Month of May Theme = RETRIBUTION

Translunar Travelers Lounge (*New Market)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: 60 days after the submission period has closed
Description: Stories that are Fun and have a speculative element to them. Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics.