Monday, September 18, 2017

I guest star on this week's Podcast episode of The Fanbase Weekly!

Tune in to this week's Podcast episode of The FANBASE WEEKLY where I’m a guest discussing the latest in Pop Culture News!

Special thanks to Barbra Dillon and Bryant Dillon at Fanbase Press for including me as we discuss IT the movie, Harley Quinn, Apple iPhone X, and the legacy of Len Weim!

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Absolutely thrilled to finalize the cover art and design for the SECOND Primer in the new “EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION” series, and to announce this edition as a study and introduction to Australian extraordinaire, Kaaron Warren!

With scholarly commentary provided by Michael Arnzen, PhD, and gorgeous illustrations by artist Michelle Prebich. Expected release date by Dark Moon Books in early 2018!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

September, 2017
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest
Payment: $30 flat payment (thus, 6 cents a word)
Story Length: 500 words
Deadline: September 15, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown (probably 1 to 3 months)
Description: Must adhere to the general Pseudopod submission guidelines. Most importantly, it needs to be a horror story (all types of horror welcome)!

Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People (ChiZine)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500 – 15,000 words
Deadline: February 4, 2018
Reprints?: Possibly
Response: One month
Description: Jewish alternate history: fictional narratives into the “what-if”s of the past, and explores the infinite number of historical roads not taken in the past, present, or future of the Jewish people.

Reckoning Journal
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1 to 45,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 2017
Reprints?: Query first
Response: 1 to 3 months
Description: Diverse fiction stories (and poetry) including speculative element: Searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.

Tales of Ruma  (Azure Keep Publishing)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 500 – 5,000 words
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: (This is a Kickstarter-funded campaign that already met its funding goal.) Tales of Ruma is an anthology of stories inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. Some of the stories are set in the world of the Ruma: Dawn of Empire tabletop role playing game, while others are in worlds of their own, perhaps even alternate versions of Earth.  Original stories set in the world of Ruma, Earth, or another world, which build upon the themes (such as heroism, the gods, and the arcane) and imagery of Greek and Roman mythology.  Ruma is an alternate Roman Empire set on an alternate version of Earth where the gods and magic are real. The RPG is set at the beginning of the Ruman Empire, somewhat akin to 0 A.D. on Earth.

Gumshoe Review (Mystery/ Crime, monthly e-mag)
Payment: $50 flat payment (thus, 5 cents a word or more)
Story Length: flash fiction to 1,000 words (also non-fiction welcome to 1,000 words)
Deadline: Continually
Reprints?: No
Response: vague… est. 1 to 3 months
Description: Stories is a complete mystery in 1,000 words or less. We don't want character studies or mood pieces. We'd like it to lean towards noir but being a mystery. Stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice."

Mind Candy (Myriad Paradigm Publishing *new press*)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: to 5,000 words
Deadline: ‘Until Filled’
Reprints?: No
Response: average about one week
Description: Short speculative fiction that in some way address the intricacies of the mind. Mind control, mind augmentation, multiple memories, mental powers, or any other idea where mental oddities are key to the story line. I prefer science fiction, but will consider any speculative fiction that is not too depressing, violent or graphic.

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

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing Newsletter (ed. Max Booth III)
Payment: $25 flat payment
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Less than 1 month
Description: Dark fiction in the horror, science fiction, crime, and noir genres to be published in monthly e-newsletter. Accepted stories will also be recorded on the WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? podcast.

Monday, August 14, 2017

August, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

August, 2017
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes

At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Mother of Invention (anthology, Twelfth Planet Press)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5000 words
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: November 30, 2017
Description: diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics. We want to cover a variety of AI tropes, from the virtuous to the dangerous, from the purely computerised to the freshly built physical body. We’re looking for a diverse range of authors, story settings, time periods, cultural backgrounds and protagonists. Magic, history, fantasy, steampunk, mythology, etc. are all options for you to play with.

Fantastic Trains: An anthology of Phantasmagorical Engines and Rail Riders (EDGE/ Tesseract)
Payment: $50 for stories up to 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $150 for stories up to 5,000 words (depending on word length, may be less than 5 cents/ word)
Story Length: 5,000 words (shorter length preferred)
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: 15 days
Description: Stories of trains—fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, horror, slipstream, urban fantasy, apocalyptic, set in any time, any place,—we’ll buy a ticket on all of them. We’d like to see what you can do with a train. A good part of your story should take place on a train—or most, if you can do it. We don’t care what era, what planet, or how the train might look differently there (it might even be alive!) or even if the train is moving. We just want that train—what you do with it is your magic.

Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine
Payment: 712 cents a word.
Story Length: up to 25,000 words
Deadline: None listed. Closes intermittently
Reprints?: No
Response: Two months
Description: Stories that appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers (the SF element may be slight, but it should be present); character-oriented stories. Humor very welcome. (** now allows online submissions)

Shimmer Magazine
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: To 7,500 words (prefer 4,000)
Deadline: Intermittent. Just reopened, usually for only 1-2 months at a time.
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Mostly SPEC Fict, fantasy, some horror; Unusual and beautifully-written speculative fiction stories with full plots and strong characters. We’re most drawn to contemporary fantasy, and seek out stories with a strong emotional core. We like unusual stories with a fluid and distinctive voice, with specific and original images. Send us your odd, unclassifiable stories.

Spider Magazine (for children, ages 6–9)
Payment: 25 cents a word
Story Length: 300 to 1,000 words (poetry up to 20 lines) (non-fiction 300–800 words)
Deadline: See below Issue themes; Open intermittently (and currently) for other non-themed
Reprints?: No
Response: 3–6 months

Issue theme: Spaceships and Superheroes
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Description: Fiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Spaceships and Superheroes. We’re interested in science-fiction and superhero stories about protagonists that save the day with help from super suits, super powers, or self-made gadgets. We’re especially interested in future technology like flying cars, interplanetary travel, holograms, robots, and teleporters. Take us on a time traveling mission or to the heart of a city that could use some saving. Especially welcome: twists on familiar comic book or sci-fi tropes, and female, people of color, and kid protagonists

Issue theme: Children’s Activities
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Description: Children’s activities, including clearly worded, playful step-by-step directions for crafts, activities, games, science experiments, and recipes for children ages 3 to 9. The strongest activities will engage a child’s imagination and creativity, can be done at home, and require little adult supervision. We also seek word games, tongue twisters, jokes, riddles, picture-based crossword puzzles, and foreign language activities.

Grievous Angel (online fiction)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: Flash Fiction and Poetry to 700 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: 28 days
Description: Any speculative fiction sub-genres, including Urban Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Horror, Mythos, Steampunk and Magical Realism, as well Humour/Satire riffs on these genre.

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

The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories (ed. Stephen Jones)
Payment: advance of around $15-20 per 1,000 words against a pro-rata share of any royalties or further sales
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: September 1, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Smart, previously unpublished horror stories set around Halloween/ Samhain/ Day of the Dead.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cover art reveal for: DOUBLE JACK: THE CRIME FILES OF KATY GREEN #1 (a novella)!

Finalized the cover design and layout last night for DOUBLE JACK: THE CRIME FILES OF KATY GREEN #1 (a novella) by Gene O’Neill! With thanks to Jelena Mišljenović, who provided the lovely, fitting cover artwork. This to be published Dark Moon Books, including interior illustrations by Greg Chapman and an Introduction by John Palisano! Expected release date on the horizon, October, 2017.

The first book in a trilogy, discover why readers have been applauding this stark, fast-paced noir series by multiple-award-winning author, Gene O’Neill, and follow the dark murder mysteries of Sacramento homicide detectives Katy Green and Johnny Cato, dubbed by the press as Sacramento’s “Green Hornet and Cato”!

400-pound serial killer Jack Malenko has discovered the perfect cover: He dresses as a CalTrans worker and preys on female motorists in distress in full sight of passing traffic. How fast can Katy Green and Johnny Cato track him down before he strikes again?

Friday, July 14, 2017


My first book as a publisher just went live!!!!

The first in a series of scholarly primers, introducing and exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction: “EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #1: A PRIMER TO STEVE RASNIC TEM,” published through my press, Dark Moon Books.

Line up the cigars, 'cause it’s like the birth of a new child. And immense thanks and gratitude to Michael Arnzen for his sharp commentary throughout the book, and Michelle Prebich for her gorgeous interior artwork, and especially to Steve Rasnic Tem for consenting to this project!


Available for sale here:



Back Copy Description:

For over four decades, Steve Rasnic Tem has been an acclaimed author of horror, weird, and sentimental fiction. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as “A perfect balance between the bizarre and the straight-forward” and Library Journal as “One of the most distinctive voices in imaginative literature,” Steve Rasnic Tem has been read and cherished the world over for his affecting, genre-crossing tales.

Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to his work, the first in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover—or learn more of—the rich voice of Steve Rasnic Tem, as beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich.

Included within these pages are:

• Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book
• Author interview
• Complete bibliography
• Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD (former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University)
• … and more!

Enter this doorway to the vast and fantastic: Get to know Steve Rasnic Tem.


Table of Contents includes:

Introduction by Eric J. Guignard
Steve Rasnic Tem: A Biography
Hungry (fiction)
Hungry: A Commentary
The Last Moments Before Bed (fiction)
The Last Moments Before Bed: A Commentary
In These Final Days of Sales (fiction)
In These Final Days of Sales: A Commentary
The Giveaway (fiction)
The Giveaway: A Commentary
Rat Catcher (fiction)
Rat Catcher: A Commentary
Whatever You Want (fiction)
Whatever You Want: A Commentary
Why Steve Rasnic Tem Matters by Michael Arnzen, PhD
In Conversation with Steve Rasnic Tem
The Subject Matter of Horror: An Essay by Steve Rasnic Tem
A Bibliography of English Language Fiction for Steve Rasnic Tem