Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Release Day for: EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #6: A PRIMER TO RAMSEY CAMPBELL

Here! Now! The glory, the magnificence!

EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #6: A PRIMER TO RAMSEY CAMPBELL

Hailed by The Oxford Companion to English Literature as “Britain's most respected living horror writer,” Ramsey Campbell has authored an astounding body of work for over half a century that embodies the weird, the supernatural, and the subtle, much of which is widely considered classics of dark fiction today. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including being made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature.

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

Included within these pages are:

• Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book

• Author interview

• Biography and 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 Ramsey Campbell.


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Title: Exploring Dark Short Fiction#6: A Primer to Ramsey Campbell

By: Edited by Eric J. Guignard (including Short Fiction authored by Ramsey Campbell, academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD, and illustrations by Michelle Prebich

Publisher: Dark Moon Books (Los Angeles, CA)

Format: Available in HARDBACK, TRADE PAPERBACK and EBOOK

Hardback 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-949491-16-6

Paperback 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-949491-13-5

e-book 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-949491-31-9

Number of pages: 196

Date of publication: September 7, 2021

Praise for the Exploring Dark Short Books series:

A fascinating study for fans seeking new reads and for librarians developing wide-ranging collections.” Library Journal

“Refreshing and much-needed... Addresses significant themes and figures within the horror field.” Locus Magazine

"An insightful look at the working methods and underlying concerns of some of the foremost exponents of the short story form, appealing to both intellect and the emotions.” Black Static Magazine


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Immense thanks and gratitude (as always) to Michael Arnzen for his insightful commentary throughout the book; and Michelle Prebich for her gorgeous interior artwork;  and, naturally, thanks especially to Ramsey Campbell for inspiring and consenting to this project!

Publisher’s Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Primer_6.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Dark-Short-Fiction-Campbell/dp/1949491161/

Also available on all other online distribution sites, including B&N , IndieBound (and bookshop.org) , Kobo , etc.



Thursday, September 2, 2021

New title available to reviewers on NetGalley: Exploring Dark Short Fiction #6: A Primer to Ramsey Campbell

Reviewers or NetGalley subscribers:

New release, Exploring Dark Short Fiction #6: A Primer to Ramsey Campbell, is available for free this month for ebook reviewers!!

Hailed by The Oxford Companion to English Literature as “Britain's most respected living horror writer,” Ramsey Campbell has authored an astounding body of work for over half a century that embodies the weird, the supernatural, and the subtle, much of which is widely considered classics of dark fiction today. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including being made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature.

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

Included within these pages are:

•  Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book

•  Author interview

•  Biography and 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 Ramsey Campbell.

Hardback 13-digit ISBN:
 978-1-949491-16-6

Paperback 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-949491-13-5

e-book 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-949491-31-9

Date of publication: September 7, 2021

Publisher: Dark Moon Books 

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/234465



Monday, August 30, 2021

August, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

 HWA L.A.: August, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


Mirror, Mirror: Modern Myths (anthology, edited by Kevin J. Anderson)
https://wordfirewestern.moksha.io/publication/2/3/submit
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: October 15, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: When you’re alone with your reflection, are you prepared for what you see? A prince in disguise? A monster revealed? An alien race? Mirrors can be truth-tellers, wish-granters, face-concealers, illusion-makers, even monster-summoners. Maybe the mirror shows an evil twin, or an echo of the life that should have been. Or a portal to another world. What happens when it shatters? Short stories (prose poems will also be considered), to include a mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical, history, and romance elements. Classic or genre-bending, grim or whimsical, as long as it is new and fresh. Must be appropriate for a “PG-13” audience.


Dark Recesses Magazine
http://darkrecessespress.com/submissions/
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words
Deadline: Revolving submission periods. Current widow is Sept. 1–Nov. 30
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to 12 weeks
Description: Non-themed horror/dark fiction pieces


The Strand Magazine
https://strandmag.com/guidelines/
Payment: 6 cents a word for first 2,000 words, then diminishing scale thereafter
Story Length: 2,000–6,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent. Currently open, but unknown when it will close.
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown.
Description: Short stories: Mysteries, detective stories, tales of terror and the supernatural, etc. Stories can be set in any time or place, provided they are well written, the plots interesting and well thought.


Pulp Literature
https://pulpliterature.com/submissions/submission-guidelines/
Payment: 5 cents a word for first 7,000 words, then diminishing scale thereafter
Story Length: up to 20,000 words (preference to 5,000 and less)
Deadline: Intermittent. Currently open, but unknown when it will close.
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months.
Description: Any genre or between-genre work of literature. Anything entertaining and well written. We want our magazine to include a balance of all genres, including fantasy, romance, mystery, literary, etc.


Daily Science Fiction
http://dailysciencefiction.com/submit
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: to 1,500 words (prefer less than 1,000)
Deadline: Continually open (EXCEPT during December 24, 2020–January 2, 2021)
Reprints?: No
Response Time: 1 month
Description: Speculative fiction, such as science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. Daily publications.


Silence in the City (anthology)
https://www.foundershousepublishing.com/2021/07/silence-in-city-open-call-for.html
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–6,000 words
Deadline: September 15, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Silence in the City is an anthology of speculative tales asking what happens when a city—and all of modern civilization—is plunged into darkness.



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

Bloody Rock (anthology)
http://scarydairypress.com/
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–5,000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories that combine a rock song theme and creepy horror into a tale that rocks readers to their bones! …Anthology draws inspiration from the terrifying tunes of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.


+Horror Library+ Volume 7 (anthology, published by Dark Moon Books)
http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Submissions.html
Payment: 2 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–5,000 words
Deadline: September 5, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: by October 5
Description: Non-themed horror short stories, with a preference toward tones such as: Imaginative and/or harrowing adventure; beauty of darkness; “quiet” horror; exploration through fears or discovery; original monsters and/or strange lands; life events turned slightly askew, etc.


Bards & Sages)
https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines
Payment: $30 flat
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent. Currently open, but unknown when it will close.
Reprints?: Yes
Response: 3 months or less
Description: A quarterly journal of speculative fiction; interested in all speculative genres (horror, fantasy, science fiction, slipstream, steampunk, magical realism, etc.)


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ Appreciation Day VIII, Volume 7

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ appreciation Day VIII. The 7th volume in this anthology series is taking submissions NOW!!

Fans around the world have clamored for more, and Dark Moon Books is listening—The rebirth of HORROR LIBRARY is happening!

Volume 7 already has some stellar, unannounced names attached, but, as always, most stories are selected through a public open call.

At close of the eighth day (yesterday) since subs opened we’ve logged and acknowledged 446, an average of over 55 subs a day. The expectation is that by the end of open call, we’ll have received over 1,200!

But don’t let numbers deter you—write the best that you can, and send it in! Seeking non-themed horror (with a few hard rules, per guidelines) and a preference toward the quiet or weird horror rather than gore and violence.

Read more on Open Submissions for VOLUME 7, here! http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Submissions.html

 


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ Appreciation Day VII, Volume 6

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ appreciation Day VII ! The 6th volume in this anthology series originally released in April, 2017 by Cutting Block Books.

Packed with great stories and authors such as Jeffrey Ford, Bentley Little, John M. Floyd, Carole Johnstone, David Tallerman, JG Faherty, Edward M. Erdelac, and many others.

This was also my first volume of HORROR LIBRARY as editor! In 2016 I read over 1,095 submissions and culled the list down to 27 selections. For the current volume 7 submissions (currently open), I’m on track to beat that number.

After going out of print, the book was redesigned and rereleased last month (July, 2021) worldwide through Dark Moon Books!

Read more on VOLUME 6, here! http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_6.html



Monday, August 23, 2021

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ Appreciation Day VI, “The Best of Volumes 1–5“

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ appreciation Day VI ! “The Best of Volumes 1–5” in this anthology series originally released in May, 2015 by Cutting Block Press.

Then-editors of the HORROR LIBRARY selected 33 of what they considered the best representation of the volumes so far in the series (totaling nearly 150 original stories!)

After going out of print, the book was redesigned and rereleased last month (July, 2021) worldwide through Dark Moon Books!

Read more on "The Best of Volumes 1–5" here! http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_best.html