Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Announcing the release of hardback editions of the first three books in The Crime Files of Katy Green series!

Announcing the release of hardback editions of the first three books in The Crime Files of Katy Green series by renowned and multiple-award winning author Gene O’Neill!!

These are gorgeous cloth-hardback editions with wraparound dust jackets, each a flattering companion to the already-released paperback and ebook versions.

ADDITIONALLY, this is a precursor for what is to come… a FOURTH volume in the series by O’Neill, A STICK OF DOUBLEMINT (coming, June, 2020 from Dark Moon Books)!!

Buy them here:

DOUBLE JACK (book 1)
ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-20-3

ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-21-0

ISBN-13: 978-1-949491-22-7

Monday, March 30, 2020

Excellent audio review of my short story collection THAT WHICH GROWS WILD

Sharing an excellent (20 minute!) audio review of my short story collection THAT WHICH GROWS WILD. I don’t think I’ve ever had a live review of one of my books where the reviewer spent so much time analyzing the stories. Very appreciative of the time and work he put into discussing this!!

“… the book dripped originality and style… stories that are real and freshly frightening.”

Thanks so much to @WellReadBeard!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Offering review Desk Copies for Writing Instuctors


If you are involved in a creative writing program, I’m offering complimentary desk copies of books that might be of interest.

I’m involved in two series of books that are being published and made for students in mind (along with libraries) that discuss horror or dark fantasy in broad, low-level terms, as accompaniment to fiction works, i.e. adding value to classrooms/ students of creative writing (high school or college).



The first is my PRIMER series, EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION. Each volume explores modern masters of literary dark short fiction through a selection of short stories, each with commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD, and beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich, along with author essay, author interview, and more.

The scholarly portion is nothing too in-depth or ivory tower, but meant for the average reader to develop a deeper understanding of writing, both in terms of creativity and in meaning.

The volumes so far include:

#1: Steve Rasnic Tem (July, 2017)
#2: Kaaron Warren (May, 2018)
#3: Nisi Shawl (December, 2018)
#4: Jeffrey Ford (September, 2019)
#5: Han Song (Scheduled later for: 2020), which will be original translations of his Chinese work
#6: Ramsey Campbell (
Scheduled later for: 2020), England’s most prestigious horror author

These books are (or will be) available in Hardback, Paperback, and E-book.

And more about the series is listed on my website here: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/primers.html



The second series is the Haunted Library of Horror Classics through SourceBooks. Leslie S. Klinger and myself co-edit this series, rereleasing classic horror literature books from over the past 250 years.

Each volume includes the original text, as well as classroom discussion questions, light text annotations, a suggested further reading list, and more.

This series has just started, but here are the first 12 volumes planned for 2020-2022:
  1. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (January, 2020) with introduction by Nancy Holder
  2. The Beetle by Richard Marsh (April, 2020) with introduction by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  3. Vathek by William Beckford (July, 2020) with introduction by Joe R. Lansdale
  4. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson (October, 2020) with introduction by Ramsey Campbell
  5. The Parasite and Other Tales of Terror by Arthur Conan Doyle (2021) with introduction by Daniel Stashower
  6. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers (2021) with introduction by Nic Pizzolatto
  7. Of One Blood: or, The Hidden Self by Pauline Hopkins (2021) with introduction by Nisi Shawl
  8. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M.R. James (2021) with introduction by <TBA>
  9. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (2022) with introduction by <TBA>
  10. The Mummy! by Jane Webb (2022) with introduction by <TBA>
  11. Fantasmagoriana (2022) with introduction by <TBA>
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (2022) with introduction by <TBA>

These books are (or will be) available in Paperback and E-book.

And more about the series is listed on my website here: http://ericjguignard.com/haunted_library.html


Additionally, I’ve published two other anthologies that are meant to broaden horror fiction in different ways. Both of these following books are available in Hardback, Paperback, and E-book.

The first is A WORLD OF HORROR, which promotes diversity in reading horror fiction from authors in different nations.

Released: September, 2018

A World of Horror is an anthology of all new dark and speculative fiction stories written by authors from around the world.

“This breath of fresh air for horror readers shows the limitless possibilities of the genre.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A fresh collection of horror authors exploring monsters and myths from their homelands.”
Library Journal

Publisher’s Link: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/world_of_horror.html

The second anthology book is THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR, which is an interaction of horror fiction with the five human senses, along with psychological analysis of what this means, as well as how it ties into creative writing, and more!

Released: July, 2018

The Five Senses of Horror is an anthology of horror and dark fantasy stories, along with psychological and literary commentary, that explores the relationship and inspiration between fiction and the five senses. (The fiction stories are reprints, but the non-fiction is all original to this anthology).

Publisher’s Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/five_senses.html


If you’d be interested in receiving desk copies of any of these books that have come out, or if you’d like to be slated to receive a copy of future releases, please email me at: eric.guignard@gmail.com

Monday, March 23, 2020

Book Reviews (March, 2020)

I haven’t posted Book Reviews in awhile, so here’s a bunch I wrote up for ones I’ve read within the past few months!

Each of the following books may be purchased through any large book store or online through www.amazon.com.


REVIEWED: The Shining Girls
WRITTEN BY: Lauren Beukes
PUBLISHED: June, 2013

A clever and gritty, complex novel of a time-travelling serial killer. Well written all around by author Lauren Beukes. By its very nature, this is the type of book where one must suspend their disbelief, even if some of the more “mundane” happenings still made me wonder “what?” The book is also built around horrific violence against women, although often, the killer, Harper, is also brutalized. Amazing twists and turns throughout, and best to know in advance that this book is non-linear, jumping back and forth between time eras and character viewpoints. I oddly felt a little bored at times, mostly in the relationship building scenes of Kirby and Dan Velasquez, but then it would be nested between badass other scenes, in which I wanted to know more about the tragic evil growing inside Harper. More than that, WHAT WAS THE DEAL WITH THE HOUSE?? More back story or description on that, as the portal that draws in wayward men with sin in their heart and gives them their desires, wrapped in riddles.

Four-and-a-half out of Five stars





WRITTEN BY: Nick Cutter
PUBLISHED: February, 2014

I had a tough time with this book… technically, it was well written. There are no complaints about the plot or flow; setting, character arc, etc. Loved the premise, but I just disliked the execution. The writing involved scenes of animal cruelty and torture, and also teen torture (self-mutilation) and death… It may be I’m getting more sensitive in my older years, especially have young children *and* being involved in Boy Scouts, but this book made me cringe too often (not in a good way). THE TROOP is like LORD OF THE FLIES, but much, much gorier and traumatic. Talented author though, to be sure!

Three out of Five stars





REVIEWED: Sixteen Ways To Defend a Walled City
WRITTEN BY: K. J. Parker (AKA: Tom Holt)
PUBLISHED: April, 2019

Love, love, loved this book! Funny, inventive, unique; VERY smart, quirky, fun tale of intrigue and ingenuity during castle siege, written in a snarky and unreliable narrator’s voice. Like a literary GROO.

Added bonus: My 11-year-old son is a tireless reader, burning through multiple books at a time, although unless they are youth books, his higher-level reading titles are recommendations or from prodding by me or his teacher, etc. For the very first time, he saw an “adult” book I was reading, and said, “Dad, I want to read that when you’re done.”

That was this book, so additionally, family bonding over: SIXTEEN WAYS TO DEFEND A WALLED CITY by K. J. Parker (AKA: Tom Holt)

Five (plus more!) out of Five stars





REVIEWED: Best Ghost Stories of J. S. LeFanu

Love these stories, to revisit Sheridan LeFanu. Beautifully written, ornate, imaginative, and horrific, all penned over a century ago, and still engrossing today.

Five out of Five stars





REVIEWED: Ormeshadow
WRITTEN BY: Priya Sharma
PUBLISHED: October, 2019

Elegantly-written novella of a young boy’s coming-of-age in the farmland of Ormeshadow, in which a boy deals with cruel family issues while dreaming in the shadow of a folk legend of a dragon sleeping underground. The book is a ”slow burn,” cautiously exploring the introspections and experiences of Gideon Belman. It’s also rather despairing, as he undergoes morose tragedy after morose tragedy… but it’s also very thoughtful, Gothic in its lonely village-like atmosphere. It’s a very literary tale, with no speculative elements aside from the recalling of myth and the dreams, until the ending of the story—and the ending is magnificent. Wraps up nicely, the long, circuitous journey to get there.

Four out of Five stars





REVIEWED: Burning Sky
WRITTEN BY: Weston Ochse
PUBLISHED: September, 2018

A reality-bending novel of military horror from a contemporary master of such genre. BURNING SKY is a mix of action, PTSD, and philosophy, as a group of soldiers try to understand and defeat the mystical god-like daeva (or their human priest counterparts!) while self-containing in an underground cavern. It’s a bizarre roller coaster, to be sure, but well worth the dizzying loops and dives it takes you through, from gun fights to astral projection!

Five out of Five stars





REVIEWED: To Be Devoured
WRITTEN BY: Sara Tantlinger
PUBLISHED: July, 2019

Dark, dark, so very dark is this novella, TO BE DEVOURED! Anything involving ingestion of terrible things always gives me the willies, which this tale does quite a bit. Poet-author Sara Tantlinger takes risks in pushing boundaries, and it pays off in emotional and frightful plot twists.

Four out of Five stars





REVIEWED: The Passage
WRITTEN BY: Justin Cronin
PUBLISHED: June, 2010

Epic Vampires vs. Humanity novel I have such mixed feelings on this book… On one hand, it is incredibly well-written, very complex and layered… on the other hand, it’s heavily weighed down by chapters-long descriptions and back story that gets tedious. Additionally, the author spends an immense amount of time building up these elements, only to close them out immediately and move along to something else, which I found frustrating. I’d give this book five stars alone for the author’s technical knowledge and strength in writing prose (which is magnificent)… but the decisions he made in the Arc are subjectively questionable. I also read this without knowing it was Book 1 in a trilogy… I must have gotten a first edition as there was no mention of this story to be continued, so by the ending (OVER 750 PAGES!!!), there was such a throw-up-the-arms cliff hanger, that I nearly threw the book across the room. Overall, just too weighty of a tome to invest my time further into reading Volumes II and III, although I would love for someone to tell me what happens!

Four out of Five stars





REVIEWED: The Forever War
WRITTEN BY: Joe Haldeman

Classic Military-Science Fiction novel—one of the genre definers. The novel spans galaxies and centuries as soldiers deal with the unprecedented relationship challenges of waking from hyper-sleep a generation in the future, just to fight a battle, and then returning to hyper-sleep to travel the cosmos in order to fight the next battle (also deals heavily with identity of gender and sexuality).

**Spoiler alert: Touching-sweet ending!

Five out of Five stars





REVIEWED: Strange Weather
PUBLISHED: October, 2017

I didn’t quite like this collection of four novellas as much as I expected to… meaning, there’s nothing wrong with it, but just a sense of personal deflatement from anticipation. The stories were all fine, although none of them overly “thrilled” me.

"Snapshot" = Good premise, just seemed to go on way too long.
"Rain” = Good apocalyptic tale, that served more as a backdrop for a mystery. Hated the decisions the main character did throughout, as well as her dialogue/ inner voice.
"Aloft" = My favorite of the book, mostly because it was the most imaginative.
"Loaded” = non-speculative story about gun violence. A lot of back-and-forth twists, and had the best (most unexpected) ending in the collection.

Four out of Five stars





REVIEWED: Where Carrion Gods Dance
WRITTEN BY: Brad C. Hodson
PUBLISHED: October, 2019

I’ve enjoyed author Brad C. Hodson’s short fiction for years now, so reading this collection was a pleasant mix of revisiting favorite tales from the past, as well as discovering new gems. Some of my favorites were “Il Donnaiolo”, “Breathe”, “Thousandth Hell”, and “The Other Patrick” (which was very sweet, dark yet satisfying). Great collection overall.

Five out of Five stars




Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Haunted Library of Horror Classics is off with a blast!

The first volume of the Haunted Library of Horror Classics, being The Phantom of the Opera, is already published, and volume 2, The Beetle, is scheduled for early next month.

Reviewed by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, BooklistLibrary Journal, and more! Read more on my website about this groundbreaking series I am putting out with co-editor, Leslie S. Klinger, through SourceBooks!!!

OR HERE: http://ericjguignard.com/haunted_library.html


Series editors Eric J. Guignard and Leslie S. Klinger bring back seminal titles of the horror genre from over the past 250 years, making them easily available to modern readers.

The Haunted Library of Horror Classics editions are quality trade paperbacks (and ebooks), carefully curated to follow the definitive text of the original publications, while being presented at reasonable prices for a mass market.

Each volume of this series includes:
  • introduction by a renowned contemporary horror writer, editor, or scholar
  • annotations and/or endnotes to define or give context to obscure words and phrases
  • a teacher’s guide of discussion questions for classroom use
  • an author biography
  • a list of similar titles for suggested further reading
  • …and more!


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March, 2020 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Unidentified Funny Objects, Volume 8 (ed. by Alex Shvartsman)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 500-5000 words
Deadline: April 1–April 30, 2020
Reprints?: No
1 week
Description: All styles and sub-genres of speculative fiction stories with a strong humor element. Think Resnick and Sheckley, Fredric Brown and Douglas Adams. We welcome quality flash fiction and non-traditional narratives. Take chances, try something new, just make sure that your story is funny. This volume to include stories by Esther Friesner, Mike Resnick, Jack Campbell, Jim C. Hines, and Ken Liu.

Historic Fantasy (anthology)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: Stories that offer a riveting reimagining of a historic time period imbued with fantasy and magic. We prefer stories with a literary quality built upon strong characters, spellbinding language, and believable world-building.

Bronzeville Books anthologies (2 separate markets, Similar guidelines)

Both anthologies:
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown

1. Rigor Morbid 2
Horror tales for Halloween.
Deadline: June 6, 2020

2. Happy Hellidays
Twisted, unexpected holiday stories. Don't limit yourself to Christmas -- we're looking for all kinds of special occasions gone awry.
Deadline: July 11, 2020

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Payment: 5-to-8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 12,000 (but the shorter, the better)
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to a year (though tracking status is utilized)
Description: Fiction Mystery: stories of detection of the classic kind, police procedurals, private eye tales, suspense, courtroom dramas, stories of espionage, and so on. Story must be about a crime (or the threat or fear of one). Sometimes accept ghost stories or supernatural tales, but those also should involve a crime (fresh, well told, and absorbing).

Fireside Fiction Company
Payment: 12.5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,000 words (flash fiction preferred)
Deadline: Open only April 13–April 17, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: To publish great speculative fiction storytelling, regardless of genre (ex. Neil Gaiman); unique voices.

Thrilling Words
Payment: $160 flat rate for TWO flash fiction stories
Story Length: Two stories to total no more than combined 2,000 words
Deadline: None listed. Currently open (unknown if to be continuous or intermittent)
Reprints?: No
Response: 45 days
Description: Episodic fiction; multiple flash fiction stories written by the same author. Stories that are connected by author, theme, or fictional universe (but not serialized—each to be a standalone). Spec Fiction stories: fantasy, sci-fi, superhero or just plain surreal is not important, the more important thing is to have fun with the story. And it’s this last point, having fun, that’s the most important stylistic element. We are looking for stories that trace their heritage more from pulp traditions than literary. Stories that make you feel more than make you think.

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

In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future (published by Corpus Press, edited by Evans Light and Andrew Lennon)
Payment: 3 cents a word (up to $150)
Story Length: 2,500–4,500 words (soft range)
Deadline: November 15, 2020
Reprints?: No
Response: By November 30, 2020
Description: Terrifying stories that deal with futuristic themes, set in the near future or far. Tales can be Earth-based or extraterrestrial, perhaps featuring technological or social upheavals that have frightful implications for individuals or society at large; as examples, the ongoing erosion of privacy and enduring nature of online activity, artificial human enhancement via DNA manipulation or implants, impact of emerging technologies on developing children, and so on. (Think bigger than stories about an interesting app, even though that might be where thoughts go first.) NO Post-apocalyptic stories.

Black Static Magazine (TTA Press)
Payment: 3 cents a word (ESTIMATE, as it can vary)
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: usually within 2 weeks; but up to 3 months
Description: Non-themed, general audience, thoughtful horror.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


February marks an important personal milestone as being my annual “Write-iversary.” It’s been NINE years now—since February, 2011—that I decided to pursue fiction writing for the sake of publication.

Here are my annual base stats as of February 15, 2020:

452 Short Story Submissions since February, 2011:

118 Acceptances (**including REPRINTS)

334 Rejections

= 26.11% Acceptance Rate

Of those Acceptances (including REPRINTS):

112 are Published

6 are Pending Publication

In the last nine years, I’ve written 91 original short stories (including smaller Flash Fiction pieces).

Of those 91, I still carry some degree of sentimentality or pride for 70 of them.

*Prior to the Feb., 2011 date, and going back to 1993, I’d written another 15 stories at random times of my life, which I may or may not have submitted to contests or underground ’zines, but which are not included in submission statistics, as I was not tracking them nor had any publishing goals set.

In addition to fiction short stories, I’ve written and published:
1 Novella: Baggage of Eternal Night (JournalStone, 2013)
1 Novel: Doorways to the Deadeye (JournalStone, 2019)
1 Collection: That Which Grows Wild: 16 Tales of Dark Fiction (Cemetery Dance Publications, 2018) (**All stories in this collection are reprints, not calculated in any other acceptance or word count ratios)

Original words of fiction written since Feb., 2011 = 609,171

Total words of fiction in PUBLICATION since Feb., 2011 = 549,692

In addition to fiction, I’ve written and published:

6 Anthologies, edited by Eric J. Guignard

A World of Horror (Dark Moon Books, 2018)
After Death… (Dark Moon Books, 2013)
Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations (Dark Moon Books, 2012)
The Five Senses of Horror (Dark Moon Books, 2018)
+Horror Library+ Volume 6 (Cutting Block Books/ Farolight Publishing, 2017)
Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror (Dark Moon Books, 2019)

Exploring Dark Short Fiction (A Primer Series)
Created by Eric J. Guignard

#1: A Primer to Steve Rasnic Tem (Dark Moon Books, 2017)
#2: A Primer to Kaaron Warren (Dark Moon Books, 2018)
#3: A Primer to Nisi Shawl (Dark Moon Books, 2018)
#4: A Primer to Jeffrey Ford (Dark Moon Books, 2019)
#5: A Primer to Han Song (forthcoming) (Dark Moon Books, 2020)
#6: A Primer to Ramsey Campbell (forthcoming) (Dark Moon Books, 2020)

The Horror Writers Association Presents: Haunted Library of Horror Classics
Edited by Eric J. Guignard and Leslie S. Klinger

Vol. I: Phantom of the Opera by Gaston LeRoux (Sourcebooks, 2020)
Vol. II: The Beetle by Richard Marsh (Sourcebooks, 2020)
Vol. IIII: Vathek by William Beckford (forthcoming) (Sourcebooks, 2020)
Vol. IV: The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson (forthcoming) (Sourcebooks, 2020)
Vol. V: The Parasite and Other Tales of Terror by Arthur Conan Doyle (forthcoming) (Sourcebooks, 2021)
Vol. VI: The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers (forthcoming) (Sourcebooks, 2021)

2 Convention Souvenir Books (2015 HWA Bram Stoker Awards Weekend & 25th Anniversary World Horror Convention; StokerCon 2017 Souvenir Book)

4 Non-Fiction Articles

2 Book Introductions for other authors

3 writer-related cooking recopies


I’ve been honored to win the Bram Stoker Award twice. I’ve also been nominated for the International Thriller Award, and nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, in addition to nominations or winnings in a number of other smaller indie contests or the such.

In addition to writing and editing fiction, I run the indie press, DARK MOON BOOKS. It’s a source of pride, and I’ve learned a lot about the background development of indie publishing. I also learned that I’m absolutely horrible in marketing/ P.R., etc., and I probably make all the wrong decisions in those regards, because I ultimately don’t seem to sell much. I know I have a few fans who will support Dark Moon Books, and buy whatever I put out, but that’s because they appreciate what I’m doing, which is more about expanding the notion of the horror genre as diverse, literary, meaningful, and more weird and psychological, rather than given to the current stereotypes of gore and vulgarity. *** ADVICE: Starting your own press is an even worse decision than deciding to become a writer! (haha)

In addition to writing fiction, my ‘Day Job’ duties consist of corporate contract technical writing, as well as teaching technical writing in the University California system; raising young children; volunteering for organizations and youth groups; and engaging in all other manner of life obligations and responsibilities...

I wrote the following thoughts in 2015, but they still hold equally true today (years below amended to include present day calculations):

I’ve made mistakes, but also gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in publishing, editing, and crafting stories. I’ve made wonderful friends and am still thrilled as a fan-boy each time I get to share a T.O.C. or even just communicate with an author I admire (er, swoon over!). I’ve met and/or worked with Joe R. Lansdale, Bentley Little, Ellen Datlow, Tom Monteleone, Steve Rasnic Tem, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, and others whom I’ve been reading for 28+ years, not to mention authors whom I’ve became familiar with and have inspired my dark fiction reading in the more recent 15-20 years, like John Joseph Adams, Stephen Graham Jones, Jim Butcher, Dennis Lehane, Seanan McGuire, Lauren Beukes, Neil Gaiman, Robert McCammon, and many, many more. Plus there are those other writers who have been particularly supportive and benevolent to me, such as Lisa Morton, Weston Ochse, Gene O'Neill, Jonathan Maberry, Stan Swanson, all the members of HWA L.A. chapter, as well as a hundred others.

My only regret is that I waited so long to even ‘try’ writing. I loved writing in high school but went to college under the impression I needed to focus on ‘serious-minded’ business, and never the twain shall meet. Although I ultimately did pursue other creative endeavors, I waited until I was 35 years old before I decided to attempt that childhood dream of writing... I torture myself now thinking where I could be with an additional fifteen years of experience under my belt. Ah well, I’m elated with the adventures I’ve found thus far and can only hope it all continues for countless more years!