Friday, October 4, 2019

Monday, September 23, 2019

Latest hardback edition in for EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #4: A PRIMER TO JEFFREY FORD


Received the latest hardback edition of EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #4: A PRIMER TO JEFFREY FORD!

This is the fourth volume in this Primer Series. These beautiful laminate-cased deluxe Library-inspired editions are available through Dark Moon Books or Amazon.com!

Collect them all!

Volume #1: Steve Rasnic Tem (July, 2017)
Volume #2: Kaaron Warren (May, 2018)
Volume #3: Nisi Shawl (December, 2018)
Volume #4: Jeffrey Ford (September, 2019)
Volume #5: Han Song (Scheduled for: 2020) (original translations of his Chinese work by Nathaniel Isaacson, PhD)
Volume #6: Ramsey Campbell (Scheduled for: 2020)

EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #4: A PRIMER TO JEFFREY FORD, available at: https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Dark-Short-Fiction-Jeffrey/dp/1949491110/

Commentary by Michael Arnzen
Artwork by Michelle Prebich



Monday, September 16, 2019

ARCs for TWO different new books I’ve been working on!

Received ARCs in the mail on the same day for TWO different new books I’ve been working on!!!

Exploring DarkShort Fiction #4: A Primer to Jeffrey Ford. Created by Eric J. Guignard, with short fiction by Jeffrey Ford, Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD, and gorgeous illustrations by Michelle Prebich.


AND!

The Horror Writers Association Presents: Haunted Library of Horror Classics, VOLUME 1: The Phantom of the Opera. Curated by Eric J. Guignard and Leslie S. Klinger, a new release of the classic novel with ancillary material, including introduction by Nancy Holder!

Coming soon via Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks.



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Release Day for: EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #4: A PRIMER TO JEFFREY FORD

Release day for the latest volume to this series!!

EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #4: A PRIMER TO JEFFREY FORD





Available now, through Dark Moon Books, this is the fourth volume in a series of scholarly primers, introducing and exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction:

Immense thanks and gratitude to Michael Arnzen for his insightful commentary throughout the book, and Michelle Prebich for her gorgeous interior artwork, and especially to Jeffrey Ford for inspiring and consenting to this project!




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Author of the fantastic and the bizarre, Jeffrey Ford’s work has won awards and acclaim across the globe for his stories of humor, horror, and unconventional beauty. “Powerful and disturbing in the best possible way” (Gawker) and “Intensely engaging” (Publishers Weekly), Ford crosses speculative genres with literary ideals, which has earned him the World Fantasy Award (seven times), the Shirley Jackson Award (four times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and France’s vaunted Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.

Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to his work, the fourth in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover—or learn more of—the extraordinary voice of Jeffrey Ford, 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 Jeffrey Ford.

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And more here:
http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Primer_4.html






Monday, September 9, 2019

September, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

September, 2019: HWA L.A.
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


Deep Magic
http://deepmagic.co/submissions/#
Payment: 6 cents/ word for the first 9,999 words, with payment capped at $599 for stories longer than 10,000 words (Reprints taken at 2 cents/ word)
Story Length: up to 40,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: Yes (pay at 2 cents/ word)
Response: 12 weeks
Description: Clean fantasy and sci-fi stories; a gripping story that doesn’t rely on sex, swearing, and graphic violence.


Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem (anthology, edited by Kevin J. Anderson)
https://wordfirepress.com/anthology-guidelines
Payment: 6 cents/ word
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Tales involving monsters and the chaos they create in the movie world. Movies can be interpreted as a story set within a fully conscious cinematic world, or involving the act of watching a film, or having a character who thoroughly enjoys movies. And mayhem should speak for itself.


Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/
Payment: 6 cents/ word original; 2 cents/ word reprint
Story Length: 1,000
40,000 words (focus on shorter form)
Deadline: Open 1 week only: September 21 to September 28, 2019
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).


Reckoning Journal
https://reckoning.press/submit
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 45,000 words
Deadline: September 23, 2019
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)
http://arsenika.ink/submissions
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: Flash Fiction and Poetry to 1,000 words
Deadline: Open 1 month only: October 1 to October 31, 2019
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.


Factor Four Magazine (Online Mag)
http://factorfourmag.com/submissionsinfo/
Payment: 10 cents/ word
Story Length: up to 1,5000 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: 4 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.


Unreal Magazine (Online Mag)
http://unrealmag.com/submit
Payment: 12 cents/ word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: 30 days: NOTE: This market ONLY responds to accept. No response within 30 days means rejection.
Description: Well written, intelligent, and enjoyable to read. Stories with metaphors and emotional ambience and imaginative descriptive writing. Stories that define the rules of magic at this indefinite point in time.



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

Three-Lobed Burning Eye
https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 1,000–7,000 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: within 3 months
Description: Non-themed, original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction.


Andromeda Spaceways Magazine
https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/
Payment: 1 cent a word AUD (Australian)
Story Length: up to 10,000 (less is better)
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: 1–3 months
Description: Any science fiction, fantasy and supernatural horror works, including all associated sub-genres. Poetry, artwork, and non-fiction also welcome (though low pay, this is a highly-read, well esteemed indie market)




Monday, August 26, 2019

I'll be signing books on Sept. 8 in Burbank!!

ANNOUNCING: September 8, 2019, I’ll be signing books!!

Are you in the greater Los Angeles area? Come visit, say ‘whatup’, buy books, take photos (not of me, but of all the other cool authors who will be there)!

RIGHT HERE: DARK DELICACIES BOOKSTORE (new Hollywood Way location) in Burbank.

I’ll be signing at 4:00 p.m., along with these magnificent talents:

Gene O’Neil
Lisa Morton
John Palisano
Kate Jonez
Rena Mason

I’m primarily promoting my new novel DOORWAYSTO THE DEADEYE, as author. (http://ericjguignard.com/doorways_to_the_deadeye.html)

Oddly, I’ll also be promoting work as editor, for this little series that’s just been released, STRANGE TALES OF THE MACABRE (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1949491153/)

AND, I’ll ALSO be promoting work as publisher of Dark Moon Books, for Gene O'Neill’s latest novel, DEATHFLASH (http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/deathflash.html)

ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING 9/8/2019 at DARK DELICACIES!
https://www.darkdel.com/store/c2/SIGNINGS_.html

OMG, it’ll be so incredible—I can’t wait for this!


Monday, August 12, 2019

August, 2019 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

August, 2019: HWA L.A.
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


SubTerrain Magazine (print) (Issue: 1984 Revisited)
http://subterrain.ca/about/35/sub-terrain-writer-s-guidelines
Payment: 10 cents a word (Canadian, translates to about 7.5 cents/ word U.S.)
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: September 6, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Themed by issue; literary/ genre fiction: 1984 Revisited (#84) issue paying homage to the dystopian world that was depicted in George Orwell’s novel 1984, involving complementary dystopian works (…due to the seeming resonance with readers at a moment of heightened anxiety about the state of American democracy).


The Arcanist
https://thearcanist.io/a-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4
Payment: $50 flat payment (thus, 5 cents a word or more)
Story Length: flash fiction up to 1,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: Yes
Response: unknown. “As soon as they can”
Description: Engaging science fiction and fantasy stories (and associated sub-genres, including horror) that are flash fiction. Focus on originality and strong/ interesting characters.



The DARK (monthly online e-magazine)
http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–6,000 words
Deadline: Currently open, but intermittent
Reprints?: Yes
Response: between 1 day to 1 week
Description: Unique Horror and Dark Fantasy (No graphic/ violent content); fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories (Tons of great authors publish here).


Burly Tales (ed. Steve Berman; Lethe Press)
https://www.lethepressbooks.com/call-for-submissions.html#/
Payment: ? cents a word
Story Length: 5,000–15,000 words
Deadline: (unlisted—subs began Aug. 1; open until filled)
Reprints?: Possibly. Query first.
Response: unknown
Description: “Fairy Tales for the hirsute and hefty gay man”: Short stories and novellettes that adapt classic fairy tales, filled with “Bears” (not the animal, but in gay culture, being a larger, hairier man who projects an image of rugged masculinity). All the stories should have a measure of whimsy and/or wonder.


Uncanny Magazine
http://uncannymagazine.com/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 750
6,000 words
Deadline:
current issue call ends August 29, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Passionate, diverse SF/F fiction and poetry... intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.



Reckoning Journal
http://reckoning.press/submit
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1 to 45,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 2019
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.



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

Signal Horizon
https://www.signalhorizon.com/submission-guidelines
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: August 21, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: 60 days
Description: Non-themed horror or science fiction with a dark or weird edge.


The Macabre Museum (*New Publisher)
https://macabre-museum.com/submissions
Payment: TOKEN $25/flat for fiction ($5 for reprints); $5/flat for poetry
Story Length: 3,000 to 6,000 words for fiction; up to 3 poems
Deadline: August 31, 2019
Reprints?: Yes
Response: 45 days
Description: Unthemed literary horror fiction and poetry; all sub-genres of general dark/ weird fiction are welcome.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Massive overhaul for the DARK MOON BOOKS website


Massive overhaul for the website of the lil’ indie publishing house I run, DARK MOON BOOKS! 

Check it out! Tell me what you love, what you hate, what you wish I’d set on fire. All books and projects updated. And I added unique Horror quotes at the bottom of EVERY ONE OF ITS 27 PAGES. Collect (er, read) ’em all! ;)




Friday, July 26, 2019

Book Release Day—my first novel, DOORWAYS TO THE DEADEYE

Announcing the birth of my long-awaited baby! It’s… It’s… A BOOK!

DOORWAYS TO THE DEADEYE is born, er, released TODAY!!!!!

My first full-length novel, about legend-building and memories, the search for perseverance after death, all framed in the fantastic travels of a 1930s-era train-hopping hobo, and the homeless narrator who is trying to keep the stories “alive” in more ways than one.

Title: Doorways to the Deadeye
Author: Eric J. Guignard
Date of Publication: July 26, 2019
Number of pages: 328
Published by: JournalStone

Synopsis: A Depression-era hobo rides the rails and learns the underlying Hobo Code is a mystical language that leads into the world of memories, where whoever is remembered strongest—whether by trickery, violence, or daring—can change history and alter the lives of the living.

Thank you to publisher, Christopher C. Payne, acquisitions editor Jess Landry, copy editor Scarlett Algee, and cover designer, Mikio Murakami



Thursday, July 25, 2019

Out now -- STRANGE TALES OF THE MACABRE: POST-APOCALYPTIC


This! Available! Now! STRANGE TALES OF THE MACABRE: POST-APOCALYPTIC

Cool lil’ project I’m part of through 5x5 Publishing: 5 authors, 5 mini-anthologies. Each author edits 1 antho, and all authors rotate through, placing a story in each theme.





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VOL.
III: POST-APOCALYPTIC: Military factions, monsters, environmental disasters: all speak to the possible grim calamity of what could occur in the not-too-distant future or, perhaps, is occurring today. Dark and foreboding, sometimes hopeful, sometimes anguished, sometimes wondrous: Can we survive the coming apocalypse, or are we and our surrounds doomed to perish in any number of ways? Find out within!


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(With Cover artwork by GregChapman who is always highly recommended for such work!!

And Kindle Formatting by Lori Michelle, who is also always highly recommended for such work!)





Monday, July 15, 2019

Only 11 more days until the release of my first novel, DOORWAYS TO THE DEADEYE!


Only 11 more days until the release of my first novel, DOORWAYS TO THE DEADEYE!!!

Thanks so much for advance praise coming in:

“Eric J. Guignard’s Doorways to the Deadeye isn’t just a magnificent, magical, mystical epic; it’s really a long, hard look into the heart of the myth of America. With this, his first novel, Eric has crafted an extraordinary tale that will haunt readers long after they finish it.”

—Six-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author Lisa Morton

Coming from JournalStone, July 26. Pre-order now! https://www.amazon.com/Doorways-Deadeye-Eric-J-Guignard/dp/1947654977/



Title: Doorways to the Deadeye
Author: Eric J. Guignard
Date of Publication: July 26, 2019
Number of pages: 328
Published by: JournalStone
13-digit ISBN (paperback): 978-1-947654-97-6
13-digit ISBN (e-book): 978-1-947654-98-3
Synopsis: A Depression-era hobo rides the rails and learns the underlying Hobo Code is a mystical language that leads into the world of memories, where whoever is remembered strongest—whether by trickery, violence, or daring—can change history and alter the lives of the living.

Direct Book Links:

JournalStone Page: http://journalstone.com/bookstore/doorways-to-the-deadeye/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Doorways-Deadeye-Eric-J-Guignard/dp/1947654977

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46218234-doorways-to-the-deadeye

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/doorways-to-the-deadeye-eric-j-guignard/1131955734


Friday, July 12, 2019

Great Write-Up This Week by Library Journal


Fantastic write-up on the state of horror in writing and film this week in LIBRARYJOURNAL by librarian superstar, Becky Spratford, including news, podcasts, and summer releases with mention of my upcoming novel, DOORWAYS TO THE DEADEYE! “…Guignard captures the depth of emotion underlying fictional terrors.”


With mention of numerous friends and authors I admire, Paul Tremblay, Tim Waggoner, Chuck Wendig, Ellen Datlow, Michele Brittany & Nicholas Diak, Jim Chambers, J.G. Faherty, Joe Hill, Leslie S. Klinger, Josh Malerman, Cherie Priest, Brian Keene, Priya Sharma, Stephen Graham Jones, et al.

Great article overall—thanks Library Journal and Becky!


Saturday, June 29, 2019

Release Day for DEATHFLASH!


It's release day from DARK MOON BOOKS!

DEATHFLASH by Gene O’Neill
with panel illustrations by Greg Chapman

Continue the investigations of THE CRIME FILES OF KATY GREEN with Book #3, DEATHFLASH!

Young Billy Williams has been elevated to status of Shepherd of the Flock—leader of a zealous religious cult—and granted gift of the Deathflash, the ability to see the soul as it departs its mortal form at demise.

Billy is also given an ancient knife-like talon and “commanded to do the Lord’s work,” which he does fanatically, slaying drug addicts in San Francisco who are poisoning their bodies with heroin...

Retired police detectives Katy Green and Johnny Cato find themselves drawn into the grim case of the murdered underclass, whom no one seems to care about until the brother of one victim comes forward with his incredible suspicions…

So begins a journey of addiction, tracking a killer through the dope dens and seedy rehab houses of the Tenderloin district. But as more time passes, junkies begin to die faster and faster, for Billy Williams has given himself entirely to his own addiction: the rush of viewing the DEATHFLASH.

Discover why readers have been applauding this stark, fast-paced noir series by multiple-award-winning author, Gene O’Neill! Read Deathflash and then continue the shocking case files of Sacramento’s “Green Hornet and Cato” with books #1, “Double Jack” (a novella) and #2 Shadow of the Dark Angel!


Get your copy today!!