Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Announcing for new release: SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT: A 21ST CENTURY MODERNIZATION by Weston Ochse!

Announcing for new release by Dark Moon Books!! SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT: A 21ST CENTURY MODERNIZATION by Weston Ochse!!

*The classic tale that inspired the A24-movie The Green Knight starring Dev Patel!*

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight stands as one of the earliest literary memories of Medieval England, King Arthur and his Round Table, the mythical Camelot, and those knights who called it home.

In this classic tale of chivalry and adventure, a mysterious figure interrupts a New Year’s Eve celebration. Dressed all in green, he challenges King Arthur to a dangerous duel, but it is Gawain, the least of them, who is brave enough to accept the challenge on Arthur’s behalf. What follows is the young knight’s journey into the heart of darkness as he tries to survive the impossible.

Intended for students, academics, and fans of the Knights of the Round Table mythos, no treatment or contemporary retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is as complete and thrilling as this Dark Moon Books edition by USA Today bestselling-author Weston Ochse!

Included in this comprehensive edition are:

  • The original 1348 tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in Middle English verse
  • Jessie L. Weston’s 1898 poetic translation of the original Middle English version
  • Acclaimed author Weston Ochse’s 2021 modernized narrative of the story
  • Supporting preface by the author
  • Afterword by Unconventional Warfare Scholar, Jason S. Ridler, PhD
  • Interior Illustrations by Yvonne Navarro
  • … and more!
Preorders available now for a July 30 release date!

Dark Moon Books Release Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/green_knight.html

Amazon sales link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1949491447/

(Cover artwork by Moe Balinger)


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Happy GLOBAL RELEASE DAY today to +HORROR LIBRARY+ Anthologies!

Happy GLOBAL RELEASE DAY today! All volumes of +HORROR LIBRARY+ anthologies are re-released today, July 13, from myself and Dark Moon Books!

These volumes have been, essentially, “digitally remastered”—they’re reedited, cleaned-up, given new interiors, new covers, the works, all for purposes of rebranding and consistency under new publisher, Dark Moon Books.

Open Call submission for Volume #7 to be announced soon!

Stay tuned for HORROR LIBRARY week, beginning next week!

Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and “Best of Vol. 1–5” available now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, IndieBound, BookShop, end elsewhere.

More info here!
http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/horror_library.html



 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Brief Update for: PROFESSOR CHARLATAN BARDOT’S TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY TO THE MOST (FICTIONAL) HAUNTED BUILDINGS IN THE WEIRD, WILD WORLD

This just in! Major progress in my upcoming book, PROFESSOR CHARLATAN BARDOT’S TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY TO THE MOST (FICTIONAL) HAUNTED BUILDINGS IN THE WEIRD, WILD WORLD…

I just completed the section of haunted building tales set in AFRICA!

Only one more section of the globe to finish, being LATIN AMERICA, and then “la fin”!

#update #
ghosts #hauntings #CharlatanBardot


Monday, June 28, 2021

June, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Vastarien: A Literary Journal
https://vastarien-journal.com/submission-guidelines
Payment: 6 cents a word)
Story Length: Nonfiction 2,000–7,500 words; Fiction 750–6,000 words
Deadline:
Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Two months
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.


Uncharted
https://uncharted.submittable.com/submit
Payment: $200 flat
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: Yes (but no pay)
Response: Three months
Description: Any type of genre story: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Crime, Fantasy, etc.


Zooscape
https://zooscape-zine.com/guidelines
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: Yes (up to 10,000 words, but pays only $20 flat)
Response: Two months
Description: All stories must be furry. That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence… Any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks. We love science-fiction with animal-like aliens and fantasy with talking dragons, unicorns, or witch familiars.


Fireside Fiction Company
https://firesidefiction.com/submissions
Payment: 12.5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words (flash fiction preferred)
Deadline: Open only July 5–July 11, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month after close of submission period
Description: To publish great speculative fiction storytelling, regardless of genre (ex. Neil Gaiman); unique voices.


Diabolical Plots ezine
http://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 3,500 or less
Deadline:
Open between August 1–August 14, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response Time: One month
Description: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror (everything must have speculative element, even horror), including mixed-genres. (This is the same founders of the market submission tracker, “The Grinder.”)


Life Beyond Us (anthology)
https://laksamedia.com/life-beyond-us-submission-guidelines/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: Open between July 1–August 19, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: October 15, 2021
Description: Thoughtful short stories exploring the unknown: life forms we’re not familiar with on Earth (from extreme environments, to those right beneath our noses) and beyond our planet; strange life’s discovery, peculiarities, and the ethical questions arising from these. Alien life does not have to feature there; consider exploring the implications of finding a potentially life-bearing environment in space, trying to answer a burning question about habitability, or exploring the far past or future of life in the universe. If alien life does appear—microbial to huge, ‘stupid’ to ‘intelligent,’ perceptions similar to ours or very different—the perspective doesn’t have to be human.



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

Mythic Magazine
https://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–6,000 words
Deadline: July 31, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown (estimated 3 months)
Description: Diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction. All types and sub-genres, particularly views of the future and realms of the fantastic that don't necessarily involve quasi-medieval settings.


The Dread Machine
https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/
Payment: 3 cents a word (reprints at 1 cent/ word)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words (reprints up to 10,000 words)
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: Yes
Response: Two months
Description: Futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction.



Monday, June 21, 2021

New story out today in UNREAL MAGAZINE! -- “Down Amongst the Graves, Where Yon Family Lay Eternal”

Thrilled to have a new story out this morning in UNREAL MAGAZINE, where it can be read here, now!

“Down Amongst the Graves, Where Yon Family Lay Eternal” is a quiet, cosmic story of death and perpetuity, a sort of continuum for mankind since the beginning of origination, wrapped in a genealogy study.



Monday, May 31, 2021

May, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Mermaids Monthly
https://mermaidsmonthly.com/submissions/
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: June 12, 2021
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: 2 weeks after close of submissions
Description: Everything should in some way relate to merfolk. We are loose about how you want to define that, and we will consider other aquatic fantastical creatures to be on theme. Yes, kelpies and selkies and kappas and nagas are all okay! We would love to see creative interpretations of the theme. Also interested in non-fiction and comics.


Spirit Machine (Air and Nothingness Press)
http://aanpress.com/submissions.html
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–3,500 words
Deadline: Open between June 1–July 31, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: est. August 30, 2021
Description: stories that drift in alternate realities of Spirit Machine, an anthology that merges Science Fiction with Spiritualism and/or a dash of Steampunk: A mashup of Spiritualism (seances, Ouija/spirit boards, kirlian auras, discarnated entities, ghost talking).


The Antihumanist
https://theantihumanists.com/fiction-submissions/
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Fiction that challenges human centered narratives, that forces us to confront our place in the universe, that makes us question: Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a purpose? Historically, weird fiction has best captured this goal. However, we are willing to accept submissions from speculative, horror, and literary writers that meet the above criteria.


Friends Journal: Quaker Speculative Fiction Special Issue
https://friendsjournal.submittable.com/submit/193295/november-2021-quaker-sci-fi-speculative-fiction
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–2,000 words
Deadline: August 23, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Speculative fiction stories to answer the question: “How would the world and the way Quakers live in it be different if “X” were true?” stories of Quakers and their experiences outside of what is true of the world we inhabit today. Quakers on interstellar voyages. Quakers in neon-lit dystopic (or utopic!) futures. Quakers in worlds with magicians, wizards, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night. Quakers in cities with superheroes and villains. Quakers in a past that never was. OPEN to non-quaker authors.


Baffling Magazine (published by Neon Hemlock)
https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: under 1,200 words
Deadline: Open between June 1–June 15, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: 90 days
Description: Speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.


Amazing Stories Magazine
https://submission.amazingstoriesmag.com/guidelines/
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–10,000 words
Deadline: until “late June or Late July” (unspecified)
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Imaginative science/ speculative fiction stories. See website for Upcoming THEMED ISSUES: “Home Sweet Solar System” (challenges of living off Earth in the Solar System) and “Everything Computes” (living in an environment that is completely programmable).


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

Antifa Splatterpunk
https://ericraglin.com/2021/03/09/antifa-splatterpunk/
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 2,000–4,500 words
Deadline: Open between July 1–July 31, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: August 31, 2021
Description: Anti-fascist splatterpunk stories. In addition to pure splatterpunk, I’m also open to extreme horror with weird, bizarro, historical, or science fiction elements.


The Common Tongue Magazine
https://www.commontonguezine.com/guidelines-submissions/
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 600–6,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Dark fantasy magazine aiming to bring cultural and integral voices to fantasy and diversify the genre. Primarily interested in Fantasy with a dark theme.