Thursday, June 14, 2018

June, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Nowhereville: Weird is Other People (via Themed Magazine, EYEDOLON, from Broken Eye Books)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–7,500 words
Deadline: July 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown (“as quick as they can”)
Description: Urban weird fiction: These are modern weird tales (give or take a few decades) that could only be told of the weirdness of the urban experience and our interactions with one another. Think Modern sensibilities from many different voices that show the immense and diverging possibilities for weird fiction, fearlessly exploring the new and the strange…

Cemetery Dance Magazine
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: July 5, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to four months (though known for going beyond this time, up to 12 months)
Description: Tales that are powerful and emotional—creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. Suspense/mystery/crime tales with a horror element are always welcome. Both supernatural and psychological stories are fine.

Terra! Tara! Terror! anthology (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,5003,000 words
Deadline: Accepting between June 15, 2018–July 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: up to eight weeks
Description: (SF/Fantasy/Horror/Humor) Whether the setting is a cabin in the woods (Terra), Fae (Tara), or spaceship Nostromo (Terror), take us there and spin your adventure. For a bit of mood whiplash, we'd like a mixture of dark and bright stories. Examples: Obsession with odd artifacts (like Roadside Picnic's golden sphere?), alternate histories, paranormal romance (no erotica, please, we're PG-13).

The Forge Literary Magazine
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: Generally 3,000 words or less, but may be open to a bit longer. Flash is also highly appreciated (1,000 words or less).
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months or less
Description: Prose Fiction--Open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background. Literary excellence is our only criteria. Pieces read anonymously, so please do not put your name anywhere in the file.

ESCAPE ARTISTS PodCasts (4 separate markets; Different Editors, similar guidelines)

Payment: 6 cents a word/ original; $100 flat rate for reprints
Story Length: up to 6,000 words (preferred 4,500 words or less)
Deadline: Intermittent (each market opens as needs)
Reprints?: Yes
Response: Up to three months

1. PodCastle (Fantasy Fiction Podcast)
Description: Publishes in both text and audio. Looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between.

2. Cast of Wonders (Y.A. Fantasy Fiction Podcast)
Description: Stories that evoke a sense of wonder and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.

3. Escape Pod (Science Fiction Podcast)
Description: Our mandate is fun. We are fairly flexible on what counts as “science” (as we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre, but we are not looking for fantasy, magical realism, or more than a tinge of horror. If your story isn’t centered on science, technology, future projections, alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people, we’re probably not the right market for it.

4. Pseudopod (Horror Fiction Podcast)
Description: Horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction; strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, and clear action.

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

Burnt Fur Anthology (Blood Bound Books)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–7,000 words
Deadline: September 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: None listed; estimate 2-3 months
Description: Stories from the dark underbelly of “Furry” life (Animal characters with human characteristics, or a person who dresses up in costume as such a character). All sub-genres of horror accepted—extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird, splatterpunk, etc.

Non-Themed Horror Anthology (unnamed as of yet) (Corpus Press)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–4,500 words
Deadline: September 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: By October 30, 2018
Description: Stories that can be characterized as being within the broad category of “horror” fiction: frightening, thought-provoking, atmospheric, humorous and/or satirical (or any combination thereof), but MUST contain a complete tale (i.e. no vignettes).

Monday, June 11, 2018

EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #2: A PRIMER TO Kaaron Warren is now available!!

The second in a series of scholarly primers, introducing and exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction: “EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #2: A PRIMER TO KAARON WARREN,” published through my press, Dark Moon Books.

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 Karron Warren for consenting to this project!


Available for sale here:



Back Copy Description:

Australian author Kaaron Warren is widely recognized as one of the leading writers today of speculative and dark short fiction. She’s published four novels, multiple novellas, and well over one hundred heart-rending tales of horror, science fiction, and beautiful fantasy, and is the first author ever to simultaneously win all three of Australia’s top speculative fiction writing awards (Ditmar, Shadows, and Aurealis awards for The Grief Hole).

Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to her work, the second in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover—or learn more of—the distinct voice of Kaaron Warren, 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 Kaaron Warren.


Table of Contents includes:

Introduction by Eric J. Guignard
Kaaron Warren: A Biography
Guarding the Mound (fiction)
Guarding the Mound: A Commentary
Born and Bread (fiction)
Born and Bread: A Commentary
Death's Door Café (fiction)
Death's Door Café: A Commentary
The Wrong Seat (fiction)
The Wrong Seat: A Commentary
Sins of the Ancestors (fiction)
Sins of the Ancestors: A Commentary
Crisis Apparition (fiction)
Crisis Apparition: A Commentary
Why Kaaron Warren Matters by Michael Arnzen, PhD
In Conversation with Kaaron Warren
Tips for Finalizing Your Short Story: An Essay by Kaaron Warren
A Bibliography of English Language Fiction for Kaaron Warren

Friday, June 1, 2018

Release Day today from DARK MOON BOOKS!!

Available for sale today from DARK MOON BOOKS:

with panel illustrations by Greg Chapman

Continue the investigations of THE CRIME FILES OF KATY GREEN with Book #2, SHADOW OF THE DARK ANGEL!

Samuel Kubiak has severe issues. A distraught survivor of the California Foster Care System, he suffers from a condition of alopecia, incessant bullying, and a bizarre sexual frustration… But just as life seems its worst, he’s visited by a dark guardian angel: One who whispers into his ear that by walking in His shadow, Samuel can avenge himself on all who have wronged him.

And so do a string of grisly murders begin to emerge across Sacramento, victims whose killer seems to have emerged from nowhere and left without leaving any clue.

Assigned to the gruesome case are homicide detectives Katy Green and Johnny Cato, dubbed by the press as Sacramento’s “Green Hornet and Cato.” There hasn’t been a case yet they haven’t solved, but now how can they track down a psychopathic suspect who lives in the SHADOW OF THE DARK ANGEL?

Discover why readers have been applauding this stark, fast-paced noir series by multiple-award-winning author, Gene O’Neill! Read “Shadow of the Dark Angel” and then continue the shocking case files of Sacramento’s “Green Hornet and Cato” with books #1, “Double Jack” (a novella) and #3 “Deathflash”!

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