Sunday, September 3, 2023

Part of BUZZ BOOK EXPO next Sunday, Sept. 10

Dark Moon Books (and myself) are thrilled to be part of Buzz Book Expo this year! We’ll speak briefly about the press and chat with a few authors who are part of it. We'll be online there on Sunday, September 10 at 9:30 a.m. PST.

Thanks to  Somer Canon,  Mary SanGiovanni, and  Matt Wildasin for having us!

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Monday, August 28, 2023

September, 2023 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: For September, 2023
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Nightmare Diaries
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 500–10,000 words
Deadline: December 27, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Non-themed Dark Fiction short stories.

Feisty Felines and Other Fantastical Familiars
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: Open between September 1 and October 15, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: By December 31, 2023
Description: Magical animal familiars and their humans: Original feline and or familiar stories and poetry in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, suspense, humor, and romance, appropriate for up to a “PG-13” audience. Felines and or familiars (of other types) must be central to the story.

Little Bastards: Too-Short Horror Stories Nobody Wants
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–2,000 words
Deadline: Open between September 15 and September 30, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Unthemed horror stories (including all sub-genres, as well as fantasy and dark literary).

The Midnight Labyrinth (Grendel Press)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–7,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: Generally within 2 months
Description: A tale delivered from a character who stepped through a door and found themselves someplace unexpected. On their journey, they will notice a book called Midnight Labyrinth. No requirement to read or interact with it; it just needs to appear. Genre-bending is welcome! Sci-fi, steampunk, horror, fantasy, etc.

Here There Be Dragons
Payment: 8 cents a word for the 1st 3,00 words and 3 cents a word thereafter
Story Length: 3,000–6,000 words
Deadline: Open between October 1 and January 1, 2024
Reprints?: No
Response: Two months
Description: Renderings of dragons in writing and art that capture the essence of these fascinating creatures.

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

Bourbon Penn (magazine)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–7,500 words
Deadline: Intermittent. Reopens September 1, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: up to 3 months
Description: Highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd. Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities. We’re looking for genre / speculative stories and are quite partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal.

Weird Horror (Undertow Publications)
Payment: 1.5 cents a word
Story Length: 500–6,000 words
Deadline: Open between September 2 and September 16, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: Generally within 2 months
Description: Original (non-themed) horror and weird fiction short stories.

Underdog Press anthologies (3 separate markets, Similar guidelines)

All 3 anthologies:

3 cents a word
Story Length: 3,500–12,000 words
Reprints?: No
Response: Within 3 months

1. The Underdogs Rise Vol. 2
Deadline: August 31, 2023
Description: Science fiction or fantasy stories about underdogs that take fantastical worlds or places but want characters to be the focus.

2. The Way of Worlds
Deadline: December 31, 2023
Description: Stories about outer space exploration and colonization.

3. Nightmares Before Bed
Deadline: January 31, 2023
Description: Unthemed horror stories

Monday, August 14, 2023

I'm now on Bluesky!

Just set up my account on Bluesky (which is unfortunately still invite-only). But if you're there, let's connect! I'm: @ericjguignard

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Official Book Release Day Today for HORROR LIBRARY, VOLUME 8!

New release today by Dark Moon Books!!

Presenting the NEW horror anthology:  +HORROR LIBRARY+ VOLUME 8


The +Horror Library+ anthologies are internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative.

Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in.

Read Volume 8 in this ongoing anthology series, and then continue with the other volumes.

Shamble no longer through the banal humdrum of normalcy, but ENTER THE HORROR LIBRARY!

Volume 8 contains 31 all-original stories, including:

•   In Saving the World," a family feeds their captive devil the sorrows of neighbors.

•   In “We Can't Let Go," a welfare check by a child services worker proves that not all in life is as expected.

•   In “Only the Stones Will Hear You Scream," a man meets his nightmares while caving through narrow underground passages.

•   In “Broodmare," a teen girl yearns to be as free as her beloved horse while waiting to give birth to the savior-figure of her tribe.

•   . . . and more!

** Also including a special guest-artist's gallery of Jana Heidersdorf Jana Heidersdorf Illustration!


Title: +Horror Library+ Volume 8 (or, Horror Library, Volume 8)
Editor: Eric J. Guignard
Publisher: Dark Moon Books (Los Angeles, CA)
Format: Available in TRADE PAPERBACK and EBOOK
Number of pages: 338 pgs at 6” x 9” trim (109,000 words)
Date of publication: July 25, 2023


Praise for the +Horror Library+:

“Excellent stories of the highest caliber.” —Dread Central

“Uniformly well-crafted and original.” —Rue Morgue Magazine

“Impactful tales that throw the rules of both reality and genre fiction out the window.” —Fearnet (Chiller TV)


Full Table of Contents includes:

Introduction to +Horror Library+ Volume 8 by Eric J. Guignard
“Rides” by Eric Del Carlo
“Only the Stones Will Hear You Scream” by 
R.A. Busby
“Poor Mad Isaac” by 
Don Raymond
“Mr. Hunicutt” by 
Bentley Little
“Lise Meitner Speaks to the Living” by 
Octavia Cade
“Lines” by 
Lauren O’Donoghue
“Blockchain” by 
Dexter McLeod
“On the Corduroy Road” by 
Bryson Richard
“Under the Pale Mother Moon” by 
Garick Cooke
“Solace” by 
Anna Ziegelhof
“Saving the World” by 
Eric Nash
“The Old Tip Road” by 
C.M. Saunders
“Lullaby” by 
Lorne Dixon
“Story of Her Life” by 
Tom Johnstone
“H Is for the Hunt” by Steve Rasnic Tem
“Mazu—Goddess of the Sea” by 
Ai Jiang
“Hymns in the Dark” by 
Gordon Grice
“Holler Bridge” by 
J.L. Hoy
“The Rest Cure” by 
Shenoa Carroll-Bradd
“Zipper Back” by 
Thersa Matsuura
“Fishers of ___” by 
Frances Ogamba
“The Blind” by 
James Owens
“Unwind” by 
Christopher O’Halloran
“Girlskin” by 
Clara Madrigano
“A Dormant Concern” by 
Charles Wilkinson
“Clay” by 
Colin Leonard
“Broodmare” by 
Jo Kaplan
“In Fear as Dark as Coal” by 
Ron Perovich
“The Yearning Pool” by 
Thomas P. Balazs
“We Can’t Let Go” by 
Sheldon Higdon
“Fell Mill” by 
Charlie Hughes
+Horror Library+ Presents: Special Guest-Artist’s Gallery of Jana Heidersdorf
And with cover art by Magdalena Kaczan!

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Publisher’s Page:

Amazon (paperback):


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

Saturday, July 22, 2023

ComicCon 2023 Panel!

I love being part of Writers’ panels. I’ve spoken on them (40 or 50 by now?) over the past 8 or 9 years at events all over the country. Yesterday was the first time I’d ever spoken at ComicCon, and it was totally one of the most memorable. Normally I’m on the panel with other writers who are generally similar to me, in terms of their career and/or goals. Yesterday I was on a panel for Ghostwriting, and it was a wild mix of stars from all across the cosmos of creative endeavors.

• Hunter Jackson, one of the founding members of madhouse metal band GWAR as Techno Destructo (my brother would have been so envious!)

• Nicholas Cvjetkovich, WWE wrestling superstar and promotor under the name Sinn Bodhi (Bowdee)

• Horror film actor Pat Jankiewicz

• Hypnotherapist Grant Offenberger

• Renowned sci-fi author and mega-icon of self-publishing Hugh Howey (“THE” Hugh Howey, with WOOL coming to AMC and SILO to Apple TV)

• And moderated by filmmaker and comedian Tim Chizmar

It was hilarious, insightful, and a great time, and thanks to Tim for bringing us all together!


Me at ComicCon 2023!

(Top row, L:R): Sinn Bodhi, Grant Offenberger, Hunter Jackson (Techno Destructo), Hugh Howey, Tim Chizmar (Bottom Row, L:R): Pat Jankiewicz, Eric J. Guignard

And thanks to me ol' friend and roommate Erik Jansen for coming out

And same for old high school friend Jaime Kauffman-Palumbo