Monday, September 23, 2019


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!

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)


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.


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 the latest volume to this series!!


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!


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.


And more here:

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
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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)