Tuesday, April 17, 2018



I have four new books that are teetering on the verge of publication under my small press, Dark Moon Books, and each is fortunate enough to be graced by amazing interior artwork.

I love interior illustrations twofold: The visual elements are not only appealing on their own merit, but that they also add another layer to the stories they depict, providing a relatable and synergetic graphic.

I spend a lot of time to find the right person for this, reviewing websites, portfolios, and reviews of artists, as finding someone “fitting” is not easy. Just like writing, artists have their own styles, their own voices. There are so many great artists out there, but sometimes they’re out of my price range, or their personalities are not a match to my own, or they just don’t follow through with commitments, or any number of other variables.

But the following are some wonderful collaborators I’ve been working with of late, along with a shout-out of immense THANK YOU to each of them and links to their amazing work.


Michelle Prebich at: www.batinyourbelfry.etsy.com

Michelle is illustrating not just one book, but a series of books: EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION: A PRIMER SERIES (vol 1: Steve Rasnic Tem; vol. 2: Kaaron Warren; vol. 3: Nisi Shawl; vol. 4: Jeffrey Ford), with a very fun, whimsical, and dark style, Tim Burton-ess of etching!


Steve Lines at: www.rainfallsite.com

Steve is illustrating my anthology, A WORLD OF HORROR, even while working through a broken arm!! His style incorporates much vintage stipple illustration (dotting for depth), which amazes me with complexity, yet he seemingly creates the work with ease and panache.

One of my favorite examples of his work: http://www.rainfallsite.com/Haunted_9_001.jpg


Greg is also illustrating a Series (a trilogy): THE CRIME FILES OF KATY GREEN by Gene O’Neill, following my requests to create partials of pulp detective comic strips, which are loud, exciting, and “mini-vignettes.”


Nils finished illustrating my anthology THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR last year. He has a rich vision of Gothic sensibility, combining gorgeous folk art with intricate designs and detailed artwork in mixed media.


I recommend each of the above for their amazing craft and ease of working with. And if all the stars should align, I’ll have all new books published within the next few months showcasing each of these grand artists and their exemplary work!

Friday, April 13, 2018

100th short story acceptance!

Milestone achieved: Updated my writing submission log, and realize that I just received my 100th short story acceptance this week!!! That number includes 33 reprints but, still, that’s like 100 mothers patting me on the head and saying, “You found favor in our eyes this instance.”

I’ve been keeping statistics since I started writing fiction for the sake of publication, as of February, 2011, so reaching #100 is definitely exciting. Granted, some of the earlier stories I wrote, I burn in shame over now, but such is growth. Additionally and coincidentally, I also received my 300th rejection yesterday, which puts my short story acceptance rate currently at exactly 25%.

I also have 17 submissions that are out pending decision (6 of which are reprints) and another half dozen with no suitable home to submit, not to mention the couple dozen others sitting in the trunk drawer, of which I’ve given up on.

My short story output has slowed these past eighteen months, as I’ve focused on writing my first novel (looking for a publisher, oh Big Name agencies!), a collection (TBP this summer), starting up my own indie publishing company, DARK MOON BOOKS, www.darkmoonbooks.com, writing a PRIMER series to Dark Short Fiction authors, and editing another three anthologies, which I hope to publish this year! Additionally I’ve contributed a number of introductions, essays, and other non-fiction work.

I haven’t updated my bibliography since November, 2017, but I keep it posted on my website, www.ericjguignard.com, here: http://ericjguignard.com/Assets/Bibliography.pdf.

Hopefully, another ten years from now as I sit on my throne of literary accolades and million-dollar royalty checks, I’ll look back on all this and say, “Bah, that was my elementary phase, tenuous merit at best!”

Monday, April 9, 2018

April, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

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

SPIDER magazine for ages 6-9 (CRICKET MEDIA)
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: Inventions
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Description: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Inventions. Send us stories about objects or gadgets that intrigued you as a kid or that intrigue kids you know. Write about the origin of a toy, secret code or language, special technique or process, game or puzzle, school supply, musical instrument, or out-of-date technology. We’re interested in the gross and weird, silly and useless, and even fictional inventions. Especially welcome: works about inventions by kid inventors, women, and people of color.

Issue theme: Mysterious Monsters
Deadline: June 15, 2018
Description: Fiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Mysterious Monsters. Bring on the claws, sharp teeth, tails, and larger-than-life creatures. We’re interested in age-appropriate monster stories that introduce kids to old urban legends like river and lake monsters, the Chupacabra, and Big Foot as well as other creatures that go bump in the night—jumbies, trolls, poltergeists, giants, werewolves, vampires, zombies, or beings we’ve never heard of before. Send us your spooky ghosts and growling, howling beasts who might want to eat you or just be your friend.

Issue theme: Our Diverse World
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Description: Fiction, non-fiction, activities, and poetry for the theme Our Diverse World. We want stories about real or imaginary people with interesting hobbies, jobs, traditions, or inventions. We would like to see Black, Latinx, First Nations, East Asian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern children from first, second, or third generation families. Tell us quirky, funny, heartfelt, and lesser-known stories where race, ethnicity, class, culture, and ability might intersect.

Unidentified Funny Objects, Volume 7 (ed. by Alex Shvartsman)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 500-5000 words
Deadline: April 1 – April 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 week
Description: All styles and sub-genres of speculative fiction stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams. We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny. This volume to include stories by Esther Friesner, Mike Resnick, Jack Campbell, Jim C. Hines, and Ken Liu.

SLICE magazine (print)
Payment: $250 flat
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months
Description: Literary Magazine in Brooklyn seeks short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. The theme for this issue is “TIME” (Issue #24). 

KFerrin.com Online Content
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 500 – 1,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Interesting, fun, edgy, unexpected, or funny articles or fiction stories on all things fantasy-related (including all sub-genres).

Flash Fiction Online
Payment: $60 flat (= 6 cents/ word+)
Story Length: 500 to 1,000 words
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: Yes (payment at 2 cents/ word)
Response: Within one month
Description: A very short but complete story of flash fiction. Strong, interesting characters, in genres of dark sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, crime, horror, and even literary.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”
Best of Hardcore Horror, Volume 4 (Best Of/ Reprint antho) (edited by Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax; publ. by Comet Press)

Payment: 1 cent a word (reprints only)
Story Length: to 6,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: Reprints only (including stories from self-publishing, online, single-author collections, etc.)
Response: unknown
Description: Hardcore Horror stories that were published in 2018 (bloody, gory, outlandish, pushing boundaries, etc.)

Apotheosis 2: More Stories of Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods
Payment: 3 cents a word (1 cent/ word for reprints)
Story Length: 2,000 – 7,000 words
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Reprints?: Yes
Response: by August 15, 2018
Description: Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the return of the Elder Gods; stories about humanity under the reign of the Elder Gods and ancient terrors… character-driven stories set during a time in the future where the ancient terrors that once ruled the Earth have claimed complete and utter dominion of the Earth. We’re less concerned about the strict interpretation of the Elder Gods than good stories that deal with real human concerns.  How do people survive? How does life change? Will people accept their new gods or will they rebel? What will it mean to be human in such a world of gods and monsters?

Monday, March 26, 2018

New Podcast Interview of Me by LADIES OF THE FRIGHT!

Listen to my long-winded monologues—patiently and charmingly moderated by LADIES OF THE FRIGHT podcast, Lisa Quigley and Mackenzie Kiera! With special shout-out to Becky Spratford (Readers’ Advisory specialist, librarian, and founder of RA for All)) and Michael Arnzen, PhD, (4-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University)!

Additionally, it’s 2 Interviews for the Price of 1, so start of the Podcast with an interview of the wise and talented John Palisano (Vice-President of Horror Writers Association, award-wining author, AND badass musician).

You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer, you’ll want to run out and buy all our books (cue not-so-subtle subliminal command) and review them favorably on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Eric-J.-Guignard/e/B004QJ1YTC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1349981433&sr=8-1

Otherwise, please at least enjoy and support LOTF, here!: https://www.ladiesofthefright.com/podcast/

Monday, March 12, 2018

March, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Best of Blood Anthology (Blood Bound Books)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: None listed; estimate 2-3 months
Description: Extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk—anything dark.

Unidentified Funny Objects, Volume 7 (ed. by Alex Shvartsman)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 500-5000 words
Deadline: April 1 – April 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 week
Description: All styles and sub-genres of speculative fiction stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams. We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny. ast headliners include George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Esther Friesner, David Gerrold, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick, Piers Anthony, Kevin J. Anderson, etc.

Visions biannual mag (*new publisher)
Payment: 4 to 5 pence (abt. 6¢ cents a word/ US)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: None if rejected. Only acceptances responded to after one month.
Description: Science fiction and speculative short stories; current theme is the concept of home in the broadest sense, from the physical structure to the social construct.

Speculative Masculinities (*new publisher: Galli Books)
Payment: 8 pence (abt. 10¢ cents a word/ US)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: After May 2.
Description: Speculative short fiction that looks past the fitted mold of masculinity, the known and assumed qualities of what constitutes “manliness” that enforce an artificial exclusion. We want to see thoughtful futures, alternate histories, or far-flung fantasies that examine masculinity without boxing it in. In worlds as varied and diverse as the distant past of magical worlds and the far future of this one, models of maleness and masculinity tend to be the same toxic form of masculinity that dominates modern Western culture. We want to interrogate that model of masculinity, to problematise it, and to question it; we want to see other possible models of masculinity, models not centred on dominance and violence and repression of feelings; other role models for men. We are looking for fiction, essays and poetry which do this.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: To 14,000 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; 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”

Monsters of Any Kind (ed. by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti)
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 3,500 – 5,000 words
Deadline: July 10, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome.

Battling in All Her Finery: Historical Accounts of Otherworldly Women Leaders (Mad Scientist Journal)
Payment: 2 cents a word
Story Length: 500–8,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: generally abt. 6 weeks or less
Description: Speculative fiction stories (including horror, high fantasy, and science fiction) about women leaders in any field; each story is written from the perspective of someone who has been, or been around, the woman leader in question.

Monday, February 12, 2018

February, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

War on Christmas (ChiZine Publications)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: March 4, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: April 4, 2018
Description: Deranged and demented stories and poems that snap back against all that holiday schmaltz. Our leanings are toward the dark, the speculative (SF, fantasy, horror), the flat-out weird, the humorous, etc. (avoid common “anti-Santa” stories).

Jack of No Trades Magazine (Nothing’s Sacred Vol. 4)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 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.

Apex Magazine special Zodiac-themed issue (guest edited by Sheree Renée Thomas)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,5005,000 words
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Short stories that explore the heavenly cosmos and unveil mysteries, tales that reimagine Zodiacal archetypes and/or throw them on their heads.
As the stars align themselves above, write bold, fun, weird, scary, sensual stories that heal, frighten, intrigue, amuse.

Galileo’s Theme Park anthology (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,5003,000 words
Deadline: Accepting between March 1, 2018–April 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: up to eight weeks
Description: (SF/Fantasy/Horror/Humor) Space opera, SF, physics. The great Italian scientist is famous for standing up for science in the face of the Inquisition, doing his best work while under house arrest. He also brought us our first views of Jupiter's moons by combining a convex lens with a concave one to invent a high quality telescope. We invite you to take us on a journey to the lands beyond earth revealed to us by Galileo and other space scientists.

CRAFT Fiction (online literary journal)
Payment: $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for longer pieces
Story Length: up to 7,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: possibly
Response: unknown
Description: Fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. All genres and styles are welcome ; our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. Each selected piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft note from the author.

Sword & Sonnet (anthology by editors of Shimmer Mag and PodCastle)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: to 5,000
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: March 31, 2018
Description: Stories (not poetry) about battle poets. Stories featuring a woman or non-binary battle poet as a main character.  We’re looking for lyrical shimmery stories, epic fantasy tales, and gritty poetpunk. Stories could feature secondary, historical or contemporary settings. Mostly fantasy, but also open to science fiction or horror.

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

SNAFU Resurrection (edited by Geoff Brown; publ. by Cohesion Press)
Payment: AUD4 cents a word (abt. 3 cents a word US)
Story Length: 2,000–10,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: estimate 3-4 months
Description: Military horror anthology: High action monster story with soldiers (i.e. MUST have soldiers, MUST be extreme-action driven).

Vastarien: A Literary Journal (Ligotti-esque works)
Payment: 1 cent a word (up to $50)
Story Length: Nonfiction 2,000–7,500 words; Fiction 750–6,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Two weeks
Description: Scholarly and/or critical articles pertaining to Ligotti or associated authors (see below) or the kind of thematic and topical issues in which we’re interested; OR: Original fiction or poetry or art inspired by Ligottian and/or related themes.