Monday, November 12, 2018

November, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

November, 2018
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Jack of No Trades Magazine (Nothing’s Sacred Vol. 5)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: November 16, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Nothing is off limits. The horror within can range from subtle to grotesque, psychological to physical, dark to full out terror so long as it is character driven.
*ALSO: Two Sentence Fiction – Just as implied, these stories are extremely short. We will consider up to three submissions per author. Pay rate $5 per story.

Moonlight: A Queer Werewolf Anthology (Publisher or Editor)
Payment: CANADIAN 7 cents a word (converts to about 5 U.S. cents)
Story Length: 1,000–3,250 words
Deadline: November 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Stories and comics about queer werewolves! Whether your werewolves are in space, school, or ruffing it in the outdoors, it doesn’t matter to us! We are looking for stories that span genres and tones. Your werewolves may be moody or the life of the party. All that matters is that they are openly queer and that there is an engaging story around them to be told. (Content creators do not need to identify as queer and/or LGBT+)

Shock Totem Magazine (Former closed market that has returned)
Payment: 5 cents a word (3 cents/ word for reprints)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent (currently open)
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months
Description: Original, unpublished work within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc.

Hidden Things: Stories of Crime and Horror (Down & Out Books)
NOTE: This is a Kickstarter-funded campaign that is expected to meet its funding goal.
Payment: 6+ cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–5,000 words
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories that blend the crime and horror genres in such a way that they could easily be described as either.

Space Opera Libretti (Publisher or Editor)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–7,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: A few may be “considered”
Response: January 15, 2019
Description: Dramatic, large-scale stories of the distant future, focused on optimism and inclusion and blowing things up. Weird mashups. Actual arias. Fat ladies singing on funeral pyres. Watery tarts distributing swords optional. Play fast and loose. No holds barred as long as it’s a tasteful treatment written with respect.

Fireside Fiction Company
Payment: 12.5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,000 words (flash fiction preferred)
Deadline: Open only Dec. 15–Dec. 31, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: To publish great speculative fiction storytelling, regardless of genre (ex. Neil Gaiman); unique voices.

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

Write Ahead / The Future Looms (Cyberpunk)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 750–2,500 words
Deadline: Approx. Dec. 14, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Cyberpunk stories; we value stories that are experimental with regard to Narrative Techniques, yet still retain strong character and plot elements.

Vex Me No More (Horror Queen Media)
Payment: 2 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: Yes ($25 flat payment)
Response: 3 weeks
Description: Witch stories! Though they do not necessarily have to be female-centric, they do need to be tales of powerful, unique beings. Remember, this is a horror anthology, so while you can have elements of other genres, we want to be scared.

***Additional—BEST OF”

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (ed. John Joseph Adams)
Payment: (unknown)
Story Length: to 17,499 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: Reprints only
Response: NONE, Unless Selected
Description: This is a Year’s Best compilation. Open to any Science Fiction or Fantasy story published by a North American during 2018. Volume to be published in 2019.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Advance review from Publishers Weekly for my next upcoming anthology, POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR

Great News this week! First advance review came in from Publishers Weekly for my next upcoming anthology as editor and publisher!!! POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR (Dark Moon Books)

Thanks so much to “The Bible Of The Book Business” for this! And special review highlights from PW for Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale, Amelia Beamer, Lisa Morton, and Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens.

Although the posted date is for November publication, I had to push it back a month or two, so COMING SOON December 2018 or January 2019! Updates here:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Giveaways and Book Signing--This Sunday in Burbank, CA!

Thanks so much to USB Memory Direct
for these super-cool promo USB thumb drives, custom-designed with the image of my fiction collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD (by Cemetery Dance Publications)!!! Needless to say I’m honored to be a recipient of this program as part of their 31 Days of Horror giveaway #halloween

8 GB apiece, they look great, and work great. I’ll be giving them away FREE with signed copies of the latest anthology that I’m in: Birthing Monsters: Frankenstein's Cabinet of Curiosities and Cruelties. I’ll be signing THIS SUNDAY, October 28 at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Beautiful review of my debut fiction collection book!

A beautiful review of my debut fiction collection book, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD (Cemetery Dance Publications and edited by Norman Prentiss).

Thanks so much to reviewers everywhere in their time and thoughts in promoting and sharing work, and most especially in this case THANK YOU to Jeani Rector and The Horror Zine, who have tirelessly been publishing new fiction, books, and reviews for over a decade!

“… All of the stories in this book are consistently exciting, making it difficult to choose (the best). You don’t find that level of quality in many collections, but you do in this one.” (The Horror Zine)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Book Review for: Occult Detective Quarterly Presents (ODQP Book 1)

REVIEWED: Occult Detective Quarterly Presents (ODQP Book 1)

EDITED BY: John Linwood Grant and Dave Brzeski
PUBLISHED: September, 2018

From the editors of OCCULT DETECTIVE QUARTERLY magazine comes a companion anthology for more and greater thrills and chills in the realm of occult detectives! These are stories that were too long for the mag, verging on novellas or novelettes each, and in this case, more is better.

Having recently just read WEIRD DETECTIVES: RECENT INVESTIGATIONS anthology (edited by Paula Guran), I happened to be looking for a source of further such stories and OCCULT DETECTIVE QUARTERLY most definitely fits the bill. Including eight original fiction stories as  well as a thoughtful in-depth 30+ page essay on the history of occult detectives, “Fighters of Fear” by Mike Ashley, and all magnificently illustrated by a selection of extremely talented artists, this anthology is a treat for fans of paranormal thrillers and crime fiction alike.

All of the stories in this book were good in their own ways, although a few stood out to me most, either to my own tastes or by the prose or subject matter. Notably, Willie Meikle and Edward M. Erdelac are both treasures of short story talent and nailed it with their tales. I’ve never read a Meikle story I didn’t like, and this one kept that stat going with “Farside,” the case of a stalker who comes by way of mirrors. The prize of the anthology however has to go to Ed Erdelac with “Conquer Comes Correct” in which a Kung Fu Vietnam Veteran takes down a practitioner of black magic.

Also most enjoyable was “Lazarus Come Forth!” by Robert Pohle a mournful tale contrasting religion and magic, set in ancient Palestine; and “A Shadow Against the Stars” by Charles R. Rutledge, wherein accompanied by a 12,000-year-old barbarian, Det. Jennifer Grail has her work cut out for her as she investigates a case where bodies mysteriously fall from the sky.

A great read throughout and well recommended.

Five out of Five stars

Available for sale on Amazon here