Thursday, February 20, 2020

TWO of my 2019 releases are finalists for this year's Bram Stoker Awards!!

Just found out that TWO of my 2019 releases are finalists for Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Awards!!!

These include my debut novel, DOORWAYS TO THE DEADEYE (pub. Journalstone), and my sixth anthology as editor (pub. Dark Moon Books), POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OFROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR

Congratulations to all other finalists as well—it makes me so happy to see many friends and well-deserving works listed this year!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February, 2020 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Hybrid Fiction (*New Market)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words
Deadline: Continuous
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Blend themes and elements from two or more different genres. Some examples of hybrid fiction are dark fantasy, steampunk westerns, historical fantasy, weird westerns, and crime fantasy.

Little Blue Marble
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 2,000 (reprints allowed up to 5,000 at <1 cent/ word)
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Speculative fiction that examines humanity’s possible futures living with anthropogenic climate change. We prefer fiction with a hopeful outlook, but the occasional dystopia might fit too.

Local Lore Anthology (title TBD) (Cemetery Gates Media)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–6,000 words
Deadline: August 1, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: Before September 30, 2020
Description: Personal local lore/oddities. Write something dark into a setting you’ve experienced — it could be a place you’ve lived, or even just somewhere you’ve visited on a vacation. Is there a landmark in your town that you can write a nightmare into? Have you ever legend tripped somewhere and thought, well, that cave, mausoleum, torture tree was neat, but I wish there was more to the story?

Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Payment: 8–10 cents a word (9 cents a word for non-fiction)
Story Length: up to 20,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: 2–3 months
Description: Science fiction stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse.

SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories of the black vampire. Stories of vampire hunters, of anti-vampiric heroes/heroines, and more, taken out of westernized culture. They can be in space, superheroes, but they must be from the African Diaspora.

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: upcoming March 21 to March 28, 2020
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).

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

Unnerving Magazine
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 800–5,000 words (up to 9,000 words for reprints)
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: Yes (1 cent/ word)
Response: Up to 6 months
Description: Unthemed horror and suspense (incl. dark science fiction (light), dark fantasy, crime, thriller, and dark literary.)

Midnight Street Anthology (#4): Strange Days (edited by Trevor Denyer)
Payment: £50 flat (about $65 US)
Story Length: 2,000–8,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2020
Reprints?: Yes (with lower priority than original; pay at £20)
Response: Two weeks
Description: Sci-fi, horror, slipstream, weird, etc. stories that reflect the strange times we are living in and that sum up the precariousness of modern existence. Will the generation that comes after us save the planet? Or will mass extinction occur and include us?