Monday, February 11, 2019

February, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

February, 2019
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

The People's Preservatory (formerly The Cockroach Conservatory)
Payment: 8 cents a word (poetry up to $1 per line)
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: March 15, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Non-themed, including weird, humor, sci fi, horror, fantasy, genre stuff, literary things. Silly and smart.

Galaxy’s Edge Magazine
Payment: 7 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words (though less is better)
Deadline: intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: 6 weeks
Description: Science Fiction and Fantasy stories in all sub-genres (No horror).

Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Payment: 8–10 cents a word (9 cents a word for non-fiction)
Story Length: up to 20,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: 2–3 months
Description: Science fiction stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse.

Nox Pareidolia (anthology by Nightscape Press)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: OPEN: April 1 – April 30, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Heavily inspired by Robert Aickman's fiction, but openly interpreted theme of ambiguous horror/weird fiction. Whether it be ambiguously supernatural or whether what exactly has or is happening is ambiguous, or any creative idea playing off of ambiguity could be interesting to see explored. But the element that is ambiguous must be intrinsic to the story.

Drabblecast (online speculative fiction magazine and podcast)
Payment: 6 cents a word (3 cents a word for reprints)
Story Length: 500–4,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: Yes
Response: Up to 3 months
Description: “Strange Stories for Strange Listeners,” often also classified as “Weird Fiction” … or any and all genres, but largely centers around those of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: Up to 15,000 words
Deadline: None at present. Closes intermittently
Reprints?: No
Response: Two to seven weeks
Description: “Literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach. We want stories set in what Tolkien called a “secondary world”: some other world that is different from our own primary world in some way. It could be different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of magic). It could be set on Earth but an Earth different from our primary world in terms of time (the historical past) or history (alternate history). It could have a “pre-tech” level of technology, or steampunk technology, or magic as technology, or anything else that’s not advanced or modern technology. However, the setting should contain some element that is in some way fantastical.

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

Hatchet Job (Lethe Press)
Payment: 4 cents a word (2 cents a word, reprints)
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Reprints?: Yes
Response: unknown
Description: Stories of axe murderers! Stories need not focus solely on this antagonist, but all stories must somehow involve this threat or concept. Most of the book will be reprints – for which we are offering 2 cents a word. Original work pays 4 cents a word but first query the editor with a synopsis.

Triangulation (Parsec Ink)
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: March 31, 2019
Description: Triangulation: Dark Skies is a celebration of the natural beauty of the night sky. We are looking for speculative tales that feature a sky full of stars as a meaningful element of the story. Take us to other times and other worlds, or show us our own place in the universe and explore our ability, as sentient beings, to see out into the depths of space. If you dare, explore what it might mean to lose that ability.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Blog Tour for my debut fiction collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD

Silver Dagger Book Tours will be running a Blog Tour for my debut fiction collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD, published by Cemetery Dance.

Anybody with a blog or Facebook page can join in!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Amazing highlight writer’s day yesterday - Bram Stoker Award Prelim Ballot and Book Signing!

What an amazing highlight writer’s day yesterday! Discovered that I received two listings on the Preliminary Ballot for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards®, one in anthology (A WORLD OF HORROR, through Dark Moon Books), and one in category of Fiction Collection (THAT WHICH GROWS WILD through Cemetery Dance Publications), which is my baby!!!

And THEN I got to sign books at the most prestigious horror bookshop in Southern California, Dark Delicacies for the release of my newest anthology, POP THECLUTCH with THESE PEOPLE!

I may have set the bar too high for the rest of 2019—don’t know if I’ll be able to top yesterday. Just great warmth and inspiration all around.

Thanks so much to Del and Sue Howison for hosting, and for Lisa Morton, Duane Swierczynski, Kasey Lansdale, David J. Schow, and Gary Phillips for being a part of this book and signing, along with Jonathan Maberry who signed his most recent release, BROKEN LANDS, while taking a few minutes out from working on NINE other novels!!

And special thanks to Eric Miller and Thomas C Raymond for dinner afterward!

Friday, January 18, 2019


I’ve posted all contributors here to reveal the table of contents for the latest anthology that I’ve created: Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror, published by Dark Moon Books on January 14, 2019. Now it’s time to showcase the amazing illustrator who hand inked crazy-awesome images for every story!

DAY 19 of 18 (Extra Day!): Steve Chanks

Seanan McGuire presents “The Golden Girls of Fall”
Weston Ochse presents “Sea Lords of the Columbia”
Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale present “Tremble”
Gary Phillips presents “The Demon of the Track”
Jason Starr presents “Outlawed Ink”
Nancy Holder presents “We Might Be Giants”
Duane Swierczynski presents “Universal Monster”
David J. Schow presents “Draggers”
John M. Floyd presents “The Starlite Drive-In”
Lisa Morton presents “Dr. Morbismo’s InsaniTERRORium Horror Show”
Bill Pronzini presents “Hot Babe”
Yvonne Navarro presents “The Prom Tree”
Steve Perry presents “I’m with the Band”
Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens present “Mystery Train: An Arcane Investigation”
Jeff Strand presents “Lab Experiment Turf War”
Amelia Beamer presents “The She-Creature”
Will Viharo presents “Fish out of Water”
Brian Hodge presents “I Was a Teenage Shroom Fiend”
19. Illustrations by Steve Chanks 





...and 15 more illustrations!

And check out his portfolio of other work here:



      Raised on a steady diet of Tom & Jerry, Star Wars, Freddy Krueger, and Marvel Comics since the late ’70s, STEVE CHANKS has distilled the very best of his distorted pop culture view into a big-titted, puss-filled, pulp daydream.
      With a drawing style that’s been described as Disney meets Mad Magazine, Steve has inked his way into such mags as Maxim, Revolver, and Guitar World, and has clothed the fans of bands like Mastodon, Lamb of God, Trivium, and Avenged Sevenfold.
      Steve lives in scenic Queens, New York with his heartthrob wife Jessica and their daughter Claudia where they enjoy their dumb cats, upstate hikes, crap collecting, and BBQ.
      You can see more of his work at



Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror

“A fitting tribute to the 1950s with this 18-story compendium of hot rods, rock ’n’ roll, and creature features come to life.” —Publishers Weekly

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Amazon Giveaway for POP THE CLUTCH!

My #AmazonGiveaway ! Enter for a chance to win a deluxe hardback edition of this critically acclaimed new release anthology: POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR.

(NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jan 24, 2019 11:59 PM PST or when all prizes have been awarded.)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

January, 2019
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Flame Tree Publishing (Flash Fiction)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 700–1,000 words
Deadline: First two weeks of each month
Reprints?: No
Response: Presumably by the end of the following month.
Description: Original Flash Fiction written to the month’s theme; must be subscriber to the newsletter to receive the monthly prompt. This month is: The Horror theme is Scary Spiders. The Sci-Fi stories theme is Rebellious Robots.

Apex Magazine
Payment: 6 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.

Letters from the Grave: A Collection of Epistolary Horror
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Non-themed horror stories in epistolary form. Stories created from nearly any kinds or combinations of documents, i.e. crime scene reports, diary entries, interview transcripts, etc. This can include modern electronic and digital “documents” such as texts, voicemails, Tweets, blog posts, and more.

Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove (Atthis Arts)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Shared world anthology: Stories must take place over the span of five minutes; AND they must take place at a specific era, location, and time of day within the rooms or grounds of the Hotel Stormcove. SEE GUIDELINES FOR DESCRIPTION OF HOTEL.

Hidden Histories anthology (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500
3,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
by April 15, 2019
Description: (SF/Fantasy/Horror/Humor) A secret history (or shadow history) is a revisionist interpretation of either fictional or real history which is claimed to have been deliberately suppressed, forgotten, or ignored by established scholars. Your tale can be based in the real world, past, present, or future, as long as it has a speculative fiction element.

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Payment: 5-to-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).

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

Augur Magazine (Publisher or Editor)
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2019 (next to be open May, 2019)
Reprints?: No
Response: Within 8 weeks
Description: “Literary” speculative fiction: ream-touched realism, slipstream, fabulism, magical realism.

(TITLE TBD…) SPLATTER (Blood Bound Books)
Payment: 1 cent a word
Story Length: 500–7,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2019 (NOTE: The website says December 31, 2018, but this date HAS been extended to March 31, per editor’s Facebook discussion post (The Splatter Club)
Possibly. Query first.
Response: Usually within eight weeks.
Description: To publish half new (unpublished) and half experienced authors, this splatter anthology is to showcase non-themed bizarro, extreme horror, or splatterpunk in some way.

ALSO, they have a second anthology, SPLATTER IN SPACE, which is space-themed Splatter Punk. Same terms.