Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

2019 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide – anthology (Dreaming Robot Press)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: between 3,000 – 6,000 words
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: March 30, 2019
Description: Have a main character that a middle grade reader (ages 8-12) can identify with; are well written, fun to read, and encourage a love of reading science fiction; and tell of adventure, space, science. Give us rockets, robots and alien encounters, and we’re pretty happy. Steampunk, time travel, weird west and alternate history are also all fine.

The Working Zealot's Guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America, Vol. II
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: June 5, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown (claim of “faster than others”)
Description: Weird stories about cults, capitalism, working stiffs, and weirdos. We like bizarro. We like horror. We like our sci-fi and fantasy on the weirder side. We like humor and Satire.

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."

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: Creative writing about environmental justice. Diverse fiction stories (and poetry) including a 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.

Arsenika E-Journal (Quarterly)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: Flash Fiction and Poetry to 1,000 words
Deadline: August 1–September 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 14 days
Description: Gorgeous, emotional writing: poetry that shimmers with multiple layers of meaning, prose that explores and interrogates. From hard science fiction to the lightest of magical realism: All speculative genres OK.

Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine (F&SF)
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)

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

Crash Code Anthology (Blood Bound Books)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–7,000 words
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: None listed; estimate 2-3 months
Description: The future is now. At least, that’s what we’re told, but the more advanced technology gets, the more ways people find to hurt each other.  Many say that technology changes the way we define ‘human.’ In this anthology, we’ll erase the definition entirely. That’s what you’ll answer. In Crash Code, we want to see the pinnacle of our technology meeting the depths of our depravity. All sub-genres of horror accepted—extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk, etc.

Bubble Off Plumb (Feral Cat Publishers, ed. by Kathy Finfrock)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: September 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Bubble Off Plumb” (BOP) is a colloquial expression for things being not quite right. We’re looking for original fiction short stories of such a nature; odd, unsettling, full of twists, etc. All genres are welcome, if you have a story which doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere else, we might be the home for it!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Next showcase review for my collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD!

Next showcase review for my collection, That Which Grows Wild!

Next to review my debut collection of short stories is AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE, the classic science and speculative fiction magazine!

Thank you so much to Ricky Brown, and the others involved at Amazing Stories Mag for this comprehensive and incredibly kind-hearted review:

“...The element that stands out most across the spectrum of work included here is Guignard’s innate ability to open each story with gripping prose that immediately grabs your attention while setting the darker tone for the rest of the story…”

And: “A good story evolves, develops, grows into an adventurous journey that the reader can become absorbed in and think about long after the last page is turned. And that’s just what the book THAT WHICH GROWS WILD: 16 TALES OF DARK FICTION by Bram Stoker Award-winner Eric J. Guignard does for the reader.”

Read the full review here!

By: Eric J. Guignard
Publisher: ebook by Cemetery Dance Publications; print book by Harper Day Books
Number of pages: 296
13-digit ISBN (paperback): 978-1-949491-00-5
ASIN (e-book): B07F6P27JV 

Friday, July 27, 2018

First showcase review for my collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD!

First showcase review for my collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD!

First to review my debut collection of short stories is FANBASE PRESS, a reviewer and producer of daily reviews, interviews, and podcasts, that span the pop culture spectrum.

Thank you so much to Barbra Dillon, Bryant Dillon, Michele Brittany, and the others involved at Fanbase Press for this immensely generous and in-depth review. I haven’t blushed this much since I was a teen, but I felt my cheeks flush at these amazing and kind opinions:

“... Guignard weaves magic through his writing style. Through his word choices and use of metaphors and similes, he creates a beautiful narrative tapestry of vivid images and fragile emotional experiences. He has an incredible talent for dropping in what seems like an incidental detail or story flavor that turns out to be a crucial third act element. And, he is able to change his voice in each story; each character has their own unique voice….”

And: “Eric Guignard crafts storytelling into a timeless masterpiece. THAT WHICH GROWS WILD: 16 TALES OF DARK FICTION is a brilliant collection of haunting stories that will captivate readers that relish dark fiction…”

Read the full review here!


By: Eric J. Guignard
Publisher: ebook by Cemetery Dance Publications; print book by Harper Day Books
Number of pages: 296
13-digit ISBN (paperback): 978-1-949491-00-5
13-digit ISBN (e-book): 978-1-58767-692-5

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Release of my debut Collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD

This is it! Here, now! One of my dreams realized: My debut fiction collection has just been released!!!! Published through Cemetery Dance Publications (paperback through Harper Day), July, 2018. THAT WHICH GROWS WILD: 16 TALES OF DARK FICTION

I’ve been publishing fiction since February, 2011 (abt. 7-1/2 years) as individual stories in magazines and anthologies. Since then I’ve written 86 short stories, most of them having published (some forthcoming, some languishing in the trunk), and many published more than once. During that time I always wondered what it would be like to collect some of the best and package them into a book, if it would be worth it, if anyone would want it… Now I know. I feel like it’s something of a legacy to be able to point to this and say, “This is me, this is what I’ve done.” Though, of course, I hope to build off this and only improve over many more books to come!!


What this book is:

THAT WHICH GROWS WILD collects sixteen dark and masterful short fiction stories by award-winning author Eric J. Guignard. Equal parts of whimsy and weird, horror and heartbreak, this debut collection traverses the darker side of the fantastic through vibrant and harrowing tales that encounter monsters and regrets, hope and atonement, and the oddly changing reflection that turns back at you in the mirror.

Discover why, after only several years, Eric J. Guignard has developed an ardent following and earned praise by masters of the craft such as Ramsey Campbell (“Guignard gives voice to paranoid vision that’s all too believable.”) and Rick Hautala (“No other young horror author is better, I think, than Eric J. Guignard.”) by stories such as these:

• In “A Case Study in Natural Selection and How It Applies to Love,” a teen learns about himself while contemplating the theory of Natural Selection as the world around slowly dies from rising temperature and increasing cases of spontaneous combustion.

• In “Dreams of a Little Suicide,” a down-on-his-luck dwarven man unexpectedly finds his dreams and love in Hollywood as a munchkin for filming of The Wizard of Oz, but soon those dreams begin to darken.

• In “The Inveterate Establishment of Daddano & Co.,” an aged undertaker tells the true story behind Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, and of the grime that accumulates beneath our floors.

• In “A Journey of Great Waves,” a Japanese girl encounters, years later, the ocean-borne debris of her tsunami-ravaged homeland, and the ghosts that come with it.

• In “The House of the Rising Sun, Forever,” a tragic voice gives dire warning against the cycle of opium addiction from which, even after death, there is no escape.

• In “Last Days of the Gunslinger, John Amos,” a gunfighter keeps a decimated town’s surviving children safe on a mountaintop from the incursion of ferocious creatures… until a flash flood strikes, and their one chance may be to sail away on it.

... and ten other unforgettable tales. Explore within, and discover a wild range upon which grows the dark, the strange, and the profound.



“I feel privileged to have read That Which Grows Wild by Eric J. Guignard. The defining new voice of horror has arrived, and I stand in awe.” — Nancy Holder, NYT bestselling author, Wicked

“Eric J. Guignard crafts storytelling into a timeless masterpiece: That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction is a brilliant collection of haunting stories that will captivate readers that relish dark fiction.” — Fanbase Press

“A good story evolves, develops, grows into an adventurous journey that the reader can become absorbed in and think about long after the last page is turned. And that’s just what the book That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction by Bram Stoker Award-winner Eric J. Guignard does for the reader.” — Amazing Stories


LASTLY, thank you SO VERY MUCH to editor Norman Prentiss for believing in this, and bringing it to Cemetery Dance for publication. Thank you to Lynne Hansen for the cover artwork. Thank you to Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar and Cemetery Dance for publishing this, and Thank you to all the first editors to accept these stories for their initial publications. And, of course, thank you dearly to each and every supporter.


Here are Links!:

The paperback and ebook are different publishers and haven’t linked together yet on Amazon… I’m told that happens automatically in the future (?). But here are its links:

Thursday, July 12, 2018


As part of my latest anthology project, The Five Senses of Horror, I scoured through Everestian mountains of short story volumes (anthologies, magazines, collections, etc.), searching for the right mix of fiction voices and techniques that interacted strongly with at least one of the five human senses.

So herein, I wanted to share a "Short List," if you will, that I compiled of some suggested short stories during the last 75 years.


EREIN I’VE LISTED A BRIEF selection of recent works within the last seventy-five years (1940–2015) that have a distinct association with one or more of the human senses.

By no means were these stories selected on a basis of them being “better” than any other story, but rather that by their whole, the below reading list helps to push the boundaries of scope and diversity in exploring this subject.

The primary criteria I used in making selections included:
·         Work must be a story of short fiction, approximately 8,000 words or less (i.e. no novelettes, novellas, or longer).
·         Work must include some speculative, supernatural, or horror element.
·         Work must first have been published within the last 75 years, between 1940 through 2015 (*all stories sought during 2016).
·         Work must be available in the English language (whether by original language printing or through translation).
·         Authors cannot be listed more than once.

Whether sights of sparkling refraction, sounds of chirruping frogs, or smells of flowering pear trees, the human senses have consequential impact on storytelling, and the following are some examples of merit:

The Sense of Touch

1948: “The October Game” by Ray Bradbury (Weird Tales, May: Weird Tales); A frenzied husband enacts a plot of revenge against his wife—whom he levels all woes and wishes to hurt in ways worse than murder—by playing a simple children’s game.

1978: “Heading Home” by Ramsey Campbell (Whispers #11-12, October: Stuart David Schiff); A dastardly scientist is determined to wreck vengeance against his adulterous wife and the butcher who’s brutally dismembered him . . . if only he can put himself back together. *

1981: “On the Uses of Torture” by Piers Anthony (The Berkley Showcase: Vol. 3, an anthology: Berkley Books); A sadistic prison warden is appointed ambassador to an alien civilization that measures worth by pain endurance; the warden is prepared to prove his resolution.

1986: “The Skins You Love to Touch” by Janet Fox (Shadows 9, an anthology: Doubleday); Two wealthy antique shoppers discover an off-road country store where the proprietor crafts his own unique furniture.

1990: “Soft” by Darrell Schweitzer (Weird Tales, Spring: David Terminus); After a monumental argument, Richard lies in bed next to his wife while contemplating divorce. He tries to remember just one “perfect” moment with her, and if only he could mold her . . . *

1997: “Autopsy Room Four” by Stephen King (Robert Bloch’s Psychos, an anthology: Cemetery Dance Publications); An otherwise healthy man awakens temporarily paralyzed on an autopsy table. He must somehow signal the mortician he’s still alive before the dissection begins.

2000: “Dead Like Me” by Adam-Troy Castro (A Desperate, Decaying Darkness, a collection: Wildside Press); Instructions for the hapless survivor of a zombie plague on how to mimic the undead and otherwise “fit in” with them so as not to be discovered as living foodstuff.

2013: “Feel the Noise” by Lisa Morton (Shivers VII, an anthology: Cemetery Dance Publications); A disabled veteran suffering from “systemic synesthesia” must translate rewired senses—tastes that have become smells, sounds turned to touches—while trying to find a murdering ex-superior. *

The Sense of Hearing

1945: “The Music-Box from Hell” by Emil Petaja (Weird Tales, May: Weird Tales); A scheming nephew arranges for the death of his wealthy aunt by way of a cursed music-box.

1959: “Eminent Domain” by Cecil Dawkins (Charm, October: Street & Smith Publications); An elderly woman who cannot hear is swindled by a man she takes for the devil.

1984: “Sound Is Second Sight” by Lynne Sharon Schwartz (Triumph of the Night: Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, a collection: Silver Salamander Press); A lonely farmer first finds companionship in a barking dog, then in a wife with a beautiful voice. The wife and dog die, but their voices can return.

1991: “Sounds” by Kathryn Ptacek (Masques IV, an anthology: Maclay & Associates); A woman with hyper-sensitivity to sound bemoans every noise in life. *

1999: “Burden” by Michael Marano (www.gothic.net, March: Gothic.net); A gay man is haunted by the ghosts of friends and lovers who died from AIDS, as he tries fleeing his past and the terrible burden of remembering them.

2003: “Sounds Like” by Mike O’ Driscoll (Gathering the Bones: Thirty-Four Original Stories from the World’s Masters of Horror, an anthology: Voyager/ HarperCollins (Australia); Larry Pearce has exceptional hearing, which helps him excel at a job listening in on customer service phone calls. His hearing, however, seems to keep sharpening, or is it the stress which makes every noise unbearable?

2010: “Malleus, Incus, Stapes” by Sarah Totton (Fantasy Magazine, December: Prime Books); A boy discovers a trunk containing relics from his dead father, including an object that allows him to listen to the past as heard through his father’s ear. *

2015: “In the Cave of the Delicate Singers” by Lucy Taylor (www.tor.com, July: Tor); A woman gifted with synesthesia—the ability to feel sound waves—uses her endowment to embark on a rescue mission of cavers who have gone missing in an underground system that is rumored to drive people mad. *

The Sense of Taste

1945: “Taste” by Roald Dahl (Ladies Home Journal, March: Meredith Corp.); A willful stockbroker bets his connoisseur-dinner companion that he cannot name the locale of a certain wine’s vintage by taste alone. The companion accepts that bet, and by blustering, each begins to increase the stakes.

1981: “Dante’s Bistro” by Carolyn L. Bird (The 22nd Pan Book of Horror Stories, an anthology: Pan Books); The celebrated chef and restaurateur, Gothric O’Hooligan-Dante, must continually push the boundaries of exotic dishes he serves or suffer among elitists the ignominy of irrelevance.

1984: “A Matter of Taste” by Parke Godwin (Shadows 7, an anthology: Doubleday); A rarefied gourmand laments the failings of his dating life, for he can find no match to his self-professed highest standards of taste, until he meets Pristine Solent . . .

1990: “His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood” by Poppy Z. Brite (Borderlands 1, an anthology: Maclay & Associates); Two young men who know no taboos grow bored with all life has to offer, even when grave robbing from forbidden tombs. *

1998: “Cassilago’s Wife” by Sarah Singleton (Interzone, #137, November: David Pringle); A lonely traveler finds hospitality at the home of an herbalist and his much younger wife. *

2009: “A Delicate Architecture” by Catherynne M. Valente (Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales, an anthology: Viking); The daughter of the best confectioner in the land grows up well-loved in a world of sweets, only to discover the reason she is so loved, in this reimagining of a famous folktale.

2012: “Sweet Subtleties” by Lisa L. Hannett (Clarkesworld, #75, December: Wyrm Publishing); Una Belle is French confectioner Javier’s greatest creation, a culinary fantasy to be dined upon by whatever the audience wishes her to be, although she finds the hardest tastes to satisfy are those of disappointed family. *

2015: “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong (Nightmare Magazine, October: Nightmare Magazine); A vampire who feeds on the manifestations of bad thoughts struggles with dating, an overbearing mother, and a cruel love-interest who is too much like herself.

The Sense of Sight

1949: “The Girl with the Hungry Eyes” by Fritz Leiber (The Girl with the Hungry Eyes, and Other Stories, an anthology: Avon Publishing Co.); A mysterious girl finds sensational fame as a billboard model; she is secretive, never smiles, and her images show a strange hunger in her eyes . . .

1953: “The Living Eyes” by Justin Dowling (Weird Tales, May: Weird Tales); A teenage boy is horrified to learn his widowed father plans to marry a wealthy older woman who is partly-paralyzed, cruel, and has bulging, veined eyes that seemingly are alive in their own way.

1969: “The Movie People” by Robert Bloch (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October: Mercury Press, Inc.); A filmgoer befriends a romantic bit-extra actor who’s found a sort of immortality by hiding in the background crowds of movie scenes.

1983: “The Beholder” by Richard Christian Matheson (Whispers IV, an anthology: Doubleday); A woman inspired to create a painting has found her favorite gallery mysteriously taken over by a new owner who provides her with uncommon paints for her art. *

2009: “In the Porches of My Ears” by Norman Prentiss (Postscripts #18 (This is the Summer of Love), May: PS Publishing); In a story within a story, a man relates his experiences listening to a woman describe the sights of a movie to her blind husband. *

2012: “Some Pictures in an Album” by Gary McMahon (Chiral Mad, an anthology: Written Backwards); A visual exploration of seventeen Polaroid photos taken by a man’s father and arranged in a photograph album leads the man to understand a horrific secret about himself.

2013: “The Marginals” by Steve Duffy (The Moment of Panic, a collection: PS Publishing); Howard begins a new job, sitting in a hidden trailer and carefully logging each person he should see passing by. Except whenever he glances away, more people have appeared . . . or disappeared.

2015: “The Impression of Craig Shee” by David McGroarty (Sensorama, an anthology: Eibonvale Press); A psychologist visits the Scottish isle where her mother once lived in order to study a peculiar painting she made, famous for the disquieting effect it has on peoples’ perceptions. *

The Sense of Smell

1946: “Whiffs of the Sea” by Sir Andrew Caldecott (Not Exactly Ghosts, a collection: Edward Arnold); A wealthy gentleman tells of an ominous painting he once purchased that smelled of the sea and the accompanying nightmares it brought.

1966: “I Mnemagoghi” (English: “The Mnemogogues”) by Primo Levi (Storie Naturali, a collection: Einaudi); A scholarly doctor collects in small vials the scents of his memories.

1971: “The Smell of Death” by Dennis Etchison (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October: Mercury Press, Inc.); The owner of a roadside diner with a dark past shares a car ride with a reporter searching for an ex-soldier who escaped a NASA experiment after murdering the rest of his team.

1988: “The Odor of Violets” by John Farris (Scare Tactics, a collection: Tor Horror); A struggling author comes across the unpublished novel he was meant to write, accompanied by a strange fragrance of violets. *

1996: “I Am Not My Smell” by Elizabeth Massie (Shadow Dreams, a collection: Silver Salamander Press); A disabled homeless woman who has given up hope against her own repugnance finds a final purpose in life by sacrificing for another.

2007: “Shem-el-Nessim: An Inspiration in Perfume” by Chris Bell (Zahir, #13, Summer: Zahir Publishing); A wealthy 1920s Londoner becomes obsessed with an Oriental-scented fragrance, and pursues to Cairo the mysterious pale woman who wears it. *

2012: “The Scent” by John F.D. Taff (Little Deaths, a collection: Books of the Dead Press); A man walks to work through his aged, declining neighborhood and confronts a luring, unknown scent. *

2013: “Jasmine and Opium” by Rebecca L. Brown (Eulogies II: Tales From the Cellar, an anthology: Horror World Press); A sociopath driven by exceptional aromatic perception follows a woman he desires.

* Story included in the anthology, The Five Senses of Horror


** Buy Here and Now for more! The Five Senses of Horror