Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Just joined Mystery Writers of America

Just received my Active Writer acceptance into the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Pleased and excited to join this org that’s been around since 1945, promoting mystery and crime thrillers! Additionally excited to be part of the regional So Cal. Chapter of other local writers, and look forward to attending their L.A. events once in a while.

More info on MWA here:

More info MWA So Cal. Chapter here:

Monday, January 15, 2018

January, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Spectacle (Magazine) (** New Market)
Payment: $100 for flash fiction. $500 for short stories.
Story Length: up to 7,500 words (incl. Flash up to 1,000 words)
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Currently 1 week; could become longer
Description: Speculative fiction and Weird fiction. EX: Space cowboys with a flair for ballet, bored zombies with 9-5 jobs, an alternate history where Hitler and Gandhi switch places.

Mysterion (ezine)
Payment: 6 cents a word (3 cents for reprints)
Story Length: up to 8,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2018
Reprints?: Yes
Response: One month
Description: Christian-themed speculative stories--science fiction, fantasy, horror--with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology; science fiction and fantasy, good ghost stories, etc.; there's great fiction material hidden in the mysteries of Christian theology--cherubim, leviathan, nephilim, visions, prophecy, and more.

The Internet is Where the Robots Live Now (anthology, by Paper Dog Books)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500—5,000 words
Deadline: April 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: two months
Description: Short speculative fiction that considers the future of the internet, artificial intelligence, the mind, and robots. Give us your optimistic, fantastic, bittersweet stories of fantasy and science fiction.

Strange Horizons
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: to 10,000 words (under 5,000 preferred)
Deadline: Intermittent
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.

Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology (** New Market)
Payment: Minimum $250 per story, possibly with more depending on crowd funding.
Story Length: 2,000—7,000 words
Deadline: February 1, 2018 for the inaugural issue; September 1, 2018 for 2019 issues
Reprints?: No
Response: YA stories from established and emerging authors. Story titles should be one word in length and act as a clue (foreshadowing) to the story’s premise.

Weird Nature anthology (edited by Lynne Jamneck)
Payment: 7 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: An anthology of original short fiction that explores the physical and metaphysical boundaries between humanity and the natural world. Fantasy or literary short works, speculative fiction (broadly defined); stories should involve nature and the weird at their core; how the author wishes to interpret these themes is entirely up to them.

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

Inferno! bi-monthly magazine through Black Library (Warhammer Gaming/ Games Workshop)
Payment: unknown. Could be extraordinary, could be little…
Story Length: begin with a 500-word sample. Story to extrapolate from there
Deadline: April 10, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 100 days (20 weeks)
Description: Warhammer (Games Workshop) is one of the largest gaming giants in the world. This is a change to work with them to write short stories within any one of their preexisting “worlds”. Looking for horror; war; detective; mystery; or adventure tales. Must only submit a 500 word sample, and if interested, editors will provide further guidelines. This could be an immense opportunity, but there’s no word on compensation. Black Library publishing here:

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:

ANTUMBRA by Lucy A. Snyder
THE FOURTH BELL by Daniel Braum
THE TARN by Simon Bestwick
THE DOUBLE LENS by Lisa Mannetti
THE GORGE OF CHILDREN by Daniele Bonfanti
RAISED BY THE MOON by Ramsey Campbell
DROWNING by Gregory Norris
IN THE DREAMTIME OF LADY RESURRECTION by Caitlín Rebekah Kiernan, Caitlín R. Kiernan
WET SEASON by Dennis Etchison, Dennis Etchison, Dennis Etchison
COME UP by Brian Evenson
BORN OF DARK WATERS by Michael H. Hanson
SEA SLUG by Edward Lee
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 -, Michael Arnzen
HIPPOCAMPUS by Adam Nevill
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!!!! ** 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

·         “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
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
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
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
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.