Saturday, January 18, 2020

ANNOUNCING! The acquisition of A STICK OF DOUBLEMINT by Gene O’Neill

ANNOUNCING! The acquisition and soon-to-be published latest book by Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard:

A STICK OF DOUBLEMINT (Book 4 in the series, THE CRIME FILES OF KATY GREEN) by renowned, award-winning author Gene O’Neill !!

Read the thrilling case file in this final book in the series: An innocent young woman is gunned down during a gang-related drive-by shooting. Then those involved start turning up dead, with a stick of Doublemint gum in hand. What does it mean, and who’s responsible? Private investigators Katy Green and Johnny Cato are brought in to help stop the vigilante killings!

Coming, May, 2020. With interior illustrations by Greg Chapman, series afterword by Gord Rollo, and exclusive interview by B.E. Scully!

More as it’s revealed here:

January, 2020 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: January, 2020
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Silk & Steel: An Adventure Anthology of Queer Ladies (Cantina Publishing)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: February 22, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Queer female protagonists (f/f): stories of high adventure that feature one weapon-wielding woman and one woman whose strengths lie in softer skills, but who is just as powerful in her own right. You’re free to choose any setting – from historical to modern to wildly futuristic.

Future Science Fiction Digest
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: 30 days
Description: Non-themed science fiction stories.

CRAFT Fiction (online literary journal)
Payment: $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for longer pieces
Story Length: up to 7,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: possibly
Description: Fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. All genres and styles are welcome
; our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. Each selected piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft note from the author.

Drabblecast (online speculative fiction magazine and podcast)
Payment: 6 cents a word (3 cents a word for reprints)
Story Length: 500–4,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: Yes
Response: Up to 3 months
Description: “Strange Stories for Strange Listeners,” often also classified as “Weird Fiction” … or any and all genres, but largely centers around those of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.

Flame Tree Publishing (Flash Fiction Monthly Contest)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 700–1,000 words
Deadline: January 24, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: Presumably by the end of the following month.
Description: Original Flash Fiction written to the month’s theme; must be subscriber to the newsletter to receive the monthly prompt. This month: The Horror theme is Blood Suckers (Vampires). The Sci-Fi stories theme is Hollow Earth.

Flash Fiction Online
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500 to 1,000 words
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: Yes (payment at 2 cents/ word)
Response: Within one month
Description: A very short but complete story of flash fiction. Strong, interesting characters, in genres of dark sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, crime, horror, and even literary

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

Gallery of Curiosities (fiction anthology print and podcast)—RETROPUNK AUDIOFICTION
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: January 1–31, 2020
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent a word)
Response: One week for initial short list acceptance, then varying timeframe thereafter
Description: Short stories that entertain. We want to be taken on an adventure in a time that never was, be it weird tales, steampunk, retro-futurism, vintage horror, mad science, amazing cities, monsters, impossible machines, clockworks, alt-history adventures, unexpected surprises, weird westerns, and things that shouldn’t work.

Multispecies Cities (World Weaver Press, in partnership with the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words
Deadline: February 1, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Science Fiction tales: Futuristic cities where people and wildlife can thrive together, or urban landscapes re-designed to heal past ecological destruction. Stories should end on a positive or hopeful note.