Monday, June 21, 2021

New story out today in UNREAL MAGAZINE! -- “Down Amongst the Graves, Where Yon Family Lay Eternal”

Thrilled to have a new story out this morning in UNREAL MAGAZINE, where it can be read here, now!

“Down Amongst the Graves, Where Yon Family Lay Eternal” is a quiet, cosmic story of death and perpetuity, a sort of continuum for mankind since the beginning of origination, wrapped in a genealogy study.



Monday, May 31, 2021

May, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: May, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


Mermaids Monthly
https://mermaidsmonthly.com/submissions/
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: June 12, 2021
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: 2 weeks after close of submissions
Description: Everything should in some way relate to merfolk. We are loose about how you want to define that, and we will consider other aquatic fantastical creatures to be on theme. Yes, kelpies and selkies and kappas and nagas are all okay! We would love to see creative interpretations of the theme. Also interested in non-fiction and comics.


Spirit Machine (Air and Nothingness Press)
http://aanpress.com/submissions.html
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–3,500 words
Deadline: Open between June 1–July 31, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: est. August 30, 2021
Description: stories that drift in alternate realities of Spirit Machine, an anthology that merges Science Fiction with Spiritualism and/or a dash of Steampunk: A mashup of Spiritualism (seances, Ouija/spirit boards, kirlian auras, discarnated entities, ghost talking).


The Antihumanist
https://theantihumanists.com/fiction-submissions/
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Fiction that challenges human centered narratives, that forces us to confront our place in the universe, that makes us question: Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a purpose? Historically, weird fiction has best captured this goal. However, we are willing to accept submissions from speculative, horror, and literary writers that meet the above criteria.


Friends Journal: Quaker Speculative Fiction Special Issue
https://friendsjournal.submittable.com/submit/193295/november-2021-quaker-sci-fi-speculative-fiction
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–2,000 words
Deadline: August 23, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Speculative fiction stories to answer the question: “How would the world and the way Quakers live in it be different if “X” were true?” stories of Quakers and their experiences outside of what is true of the world we inhabit today. Quakers on interstellar voyages. Quakers in neon-lit dystopic (or utopic!) futures. Quakers in worlds with magicians, wizards, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night. Quakers in cities with superheroes and villains. Quakers in a past that never was. OPEN to non-quaker authors.


Baffling Magazine (published by Neon Hemlock)
https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: under 1,200 words
Deadline: Open between June 1–June 15, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: 90 days
Description: Speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.


Amazing Stories Magazine
https://submission.amazingstoriesmag.com/guidelines/
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–10,000 words
Deadline: until “late June or Late July” (unspecified)
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Imaginative science/ speculative fiction stories. See website for Upcoming THEMED ISSUES: “Home Sweet Solar System” (challenges of living off Earth in the Solar System) and “Everything Computes” (living in an environment that is completely programmable).


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

Antifa Splatterpunk
https://ericraglin.com/2021/03/09/antifa-splatterpunk/
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 2,000–4,500 words
Deadline: Open between July 1–July 31, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: August 31, 2021
Description: Anti-fascist splatterpunk stories. In addition to pure splatterpunk, I’m also open to extreme horror with weird, bizarro, historical, or science fiction elements.


The Common Tongue Magazine
https://www.commontonguezine.com/guidelines-submissions/
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 600–6,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Dark fantasy magazine aiming to bring cultural and integral voices to fantasy and diversify the genre. Primarily interested in Fantasy with a dark theme.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Latest Quarterly Newsletter Went Out!

For those who do not subscribe to my quarterly newsletter, but are still desperately wondering what I’m up to, here is an online version of the issue!

https://preview.mailerlite.com/k3t6v0


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Quarterly Reminder to Subscribe to the Eric J. Guignard/ Dark Moon Books Newsletter!

The quarterly Eric J. Guignard/ Dark Moon Books newsletter is raising sail and prepping cargo holds for grand departure this weekend!

But fear not, ye weary reader/writer, for the S.S. Guignard still has room for many more passengers.

To embark aboard this ship of insights, books, updates, and other satisfactions, just subscribe here!

http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/subscribe.html


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Release day today: THE PARASITE AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR

It's release day today! Extremely thrilled (and proud) to see this in print: THE PARASITE AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR by Arthur Conan Doyle, 6th volume in the series: Haunted Library of Horror Classics, presented by the Horror Writers Association.

This series is curated by myself and Leslie S. Klinger, intended to present seminal texts for a modern audience, and are publishing quarterly by Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of SourceBooks! Les and I add annotations, study discussion questions, reading lists, author biography, and more. PLUS! Every volume opens with an introduction by leading author or expert in the field. This volume’s introduction is by none other than Doyle-authority, and award-winning author, Daniel Stashower!

Available at Amazon and other online distributors: https://www.amazon.com/Parasite-Terror-Haunted-Library-Classics/dp/1492699802 




Monday, April 26, 2021

April, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

 HWA L.A.: April, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


Blood Knife e-Magazine
https://bloodknife.com/write-for-blood-knife/
Payment: 9 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,200 words
Deadline: Intermittent. Currently open, but unknown when it will close.
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Imagined futures, alternate histories, blood, cyborgs, and radical left politics. Besides fiction, also open to nonfiction articles and illustrations (different pay rates).


The Deadlands
https://thedeadlands.com/guidelines/#fiction
Payment: 10 cents a word (1 cent for reprints)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words (preferably 3,000–4,000 words)
Deadline: ongoing or intermittent (currently open)
Reprints?: Yes
Response: unknown
Description: Speculative fiction stories about death, or what death may involve. EX: A ghost in a shadowed wood. An afterlife discovered through a rusted door. An abandoned house in the middle of a haunted field. A skeletal figure moving with intent toward something unseen. Death personified; stories from a worldwide perspective, different cultures, different approaches to death.


Unfit Magazine (see also Unreal Magazine)
http://unfitmag.com/submit
Payment: 25 cents a word for the first 1,000 words; 1 cent a word over 1,000
Story Length: under up to 10,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent (currently open)
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: 30 days: NOTE: This market ONLY responds to accept. No response within 30 days means rejection.
Description: High quality Speculative Fiction and Science Fiction; Quantum Fiction, Cyberpunk, Alternative Histories and Steampunk.


Unreal Magazine (see also Unfit Magazine)
http://unrealmag.com/submit
Payment: 25 cents a word for the first 1,000 words; 1 cent a word over 1,000
Story Length: under up to 10,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent (currently open)
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: 30 days: NOTE: This market ONLY responds to accept. No response within 30 days means rejection.
Description: High quality fantasy (including Magical Realism and Experimental Fiction). Well written, intelligent, and enjoyable to read. Stories with metaphors and emotional ambience and imaginative descriptive writing. Stories that define the rules of magic at this indefinite point in time.


SubTerrain Magazine (print)
http://subterrain.ca/about/35/sub-terrain-writer-s-guidelines
Payment: 10 cents a word (Canadian, translates to about 7.5 cents/ word U.S.)
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent. Currently (may change) to June 30, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Themed by issue; literary/ genre fiction: Issue #89 {NEIGHBOURS} explore the world of “neighbours.” Whether we love them or hate them, we all have them. There’s the “Good Neighbour” policy and the unwritten but often spoken of “Bad Neighbour” policy. We welcome essays, fiction, opinion pieces, and poetry that reflects upon this unique designation — whether it be warm and fuzzy, awkward and prickly, or strained — that we call “neighbour.”


Apex Magazine
http://www.apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Exceptionally well-written Science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all its sub-genres.


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

FOUND: An Anthology of Found Footage Horror Stories
https://twitter.com/andrewcull/status/1381034413291626497/photo/1
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words
Deadline: August 8, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Original, found footage tales. Stories can be written in first person, third person, as a transcript, journal, radio play, poetry, as a script. Think stories that shouldn’t be read. Videos found in flooded basements. Broadcasts heard in your dreams.


The Forge Literary Magazine
https://www.forgelitmag.com/flm/submit
Payment: flat $75
Story Length: Generally 3,000 words or less, but will consider up to 5,000 words. Flash is also highly appreciated (1,000 words or less).
Deadline: Opens from the first of each month until monthly quota is filled.
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months or less
Description: Prose Fiction—Open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background. Literary excellence is our only criteria. Pieces read anonymously, so please do not put your name anywhere in the file.