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.


Friday, April 16, 2021

Acquisition of +Horror Library+ anthology series!

For worldwide release: ANNOUNCING! Dark Moon Books has acquired the acclaimed +HORROR LIBRARY+ anthology series, with award-winning author Eric J. Guignard commissioned as its new permanent editor.

The +Horror Library+ anthology series is a hallmark for non-themed short works of horror & dark fantasy fiction for both new and established authors. Since 2006, it has been internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative.

Look for submissions to open soon for the next volume, or be notified in advance by subscribing to the
Dark Moon Books/ Eric J. Guignard quarterly newsletter. To subscribe, provide your email address on the form page here: http://www.ericjguignard.com/subscribe.html.




Monday, March 29, 2021

March, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Fantasy Magazine
https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–7,500 words (preferred less than 5,000)
Deadline: open the first week of every month (1st–7th)
Reprints?: No
Response: within 3 months
Description: Original fantasy and dark fantasy stories (including horror).


Classic Monsters Unleashed anthology (Crystal Lake Publishing)
https://www.crystallakepub.com/authorcentral/
Payment: 7+ cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–5,000 words
Deadline: Open between April 8–May 30, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Kickstarter-funded anthology (nearly $38,000!!) of dark, scary stories featuring a classic monster or monsters (preferably pre-1960 horror movies).


Orion’s Belt (online magazine)
https://www.orions-belt.net/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,200 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: generally within one week
Description: Bold, experimental literary science fiction and fantasy stories that blur the line between “genre” fiction and literary fiction.


Humans Are the Problem anthology (Weird Little Worlds)
https://weirdlittleworlds.com/submissions/
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–3,500 words
Deadline: Open between April 15–May 15, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: PG-13 Speculative fiction,  fantasy, horror, and all associated sub-genres, themed to monsters that must adapt to the 21st century.


Strange Horizons
http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words (under 5,000 preferred)
Deadline: Open Monday and Tuesday only of every week
Reprints?: No
Response: 40 days
Description: Imaginative, good speculative fiction, broadly defined (not pure horror), particularly from diverse perspectives; Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives.


ESCAPE ARTISTS PodCasts (4 separate markets; different editors, similar guidelines)

All:
Payment:
8 cents a word/ original; $100 flat rate for reprints
Story Length:
1,500–6,000 words (preferred 4,500 words or less)
Deadline: Intermittent (each market opens as needs)
Reprints?: Yes
Response: Up to three months

1. PodCastle (Fantasy Fiction Podcast)
http://podcastle.org/guidelines/
Description: Publishes in both text and audio. Looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between.

2. Cast of Wonders (Y.A. Fantasy Fiction Podcast)
http://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/schedule
Description: Stories that evoke a sense of wonder and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

3. Escape Pod (Science Fiction Podcast)
http://escapepod.org/guidelines/short-fiction
Description: Our mandate is fun. We are fairly flexible on what counts as “science” (as we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre, but we are not looking for fantasy, magical realism, or more than a tinge of horror. If your story isn’t centered on science, technology, future projections, alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people, we’re probably not the right market for it.

4. Pseudopod (Horror Fiction Podcast)
http://pseudopod.org/submissions
Description: Horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction; strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action.


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

LampLight Magazine
http://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/
Payment: 3 cents a word (max U.S. $150); reprints pay at 1 cent/word
Story Length: up to 7,000 words
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Reprints?: Yes
Response: up to 6 months
Description: Dark fiction in the vein of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits (literary, but creepy, weird, and/or unsettling).


Translunar Travelers Lounge
https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2021
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.

Monday, March 22, 2021

New interview of me at Literary Retreat!

Nice interview of me posted today, and honored to receive the crowning of: “Editor of the Month” (for March, 2021)!

Thanks so much to @NisarSufi1 and Literary Retreat for their time and interest in my work as an author and editor!

Full interview here: https://www.literaryretreat.com/editor-of-the-month-march-2021-eric-j-guignard/