Tuesday, May 4, 2021


It's release day today! Extremely thrilled (and proud) to see this in print: THE PARASITE AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR by Arthur Conan Doyle, 6th volume in the series: Haunted Library of Horror Classics, presented by the Horror Writers Association.

This series is curated by myself and Leslie S. Klinger, intended to present seminal texts for a modern audience, and are publishing quarterly by Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of SourceBooks! Les and I add annotations, study discussion questions, reading lists, author biography, and more. PLUS! Every volume opens with an introduction by leading author or expert in the field. This volume’s introduction is by none other than Doyle-authority, and award-winning author, Daniel Stashower!

Available at Amazon and other online distributors: https://www.amazon.com/Parasite-Terror-Haunted-Library-Classics/dp/1492699802 

Monday, April 26, 2021

April, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

 HWA L.A.: April, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Blood Knife e-Magazine
Payment: 9 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,200 words
Deadline: Intermittent. Currently open, but unknown when it will close.
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Imagined futures, alternate histories, blood, cyborgs, and radical left politics. Besides fiction, also open to nonfiction articles and illustrations (different pay rates).

The Deadlands
Payment: 10 cents a word (1 cent for reprints)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words (preferably 3,000–4,000 words)
Deadline: ongoing or intermittent (currently open)
Reprints?: Yes
Response: unknown
Description: Speculative fiction stories about death, or what death may involve. EX: A ghost in a shadowed wood. An afterlife discovered through a rusted door. An abandoned house in the middle of a haunted field. A skeletal figure moving with intent toward something unseen. Death personified; stories from a worldwide perspective, different cultures, different approaches to death.

Unfit Magazine (see also Unreal Magazine)
Payment: 25 cents a word for the first 1,000 words; 1 cent a word over 1,000
Story Length: under up to 10,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent (currently 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: High quality Speculative Fiction and Science Fiction; Quantum Fiction, Cyberpunk, Alternative Histories and Steampunk.

Unreal Magazine (see also Unfit Magazine)
Payment: 25 cents a word for the first 1,000 words; 1 cent a word over 1,000
Story Length: under up to 10,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent (currently 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: High quality fantasy (including Magical Realism and Experimental Fiction). 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.

SubTerrain Magazine (print)
Payment: 10 cents a word (Canadian, translates to about 7.5 cents/ word U.S.)
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent. Currently (may change) to June 30, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Themed by issue; literary/ genre fiction: Issue #89 {NEIGHBOURS} explore the world of “neighbours.” Whether we love them or hate them, we all have them. There’s the “Good Neighbour” policy and the unwritten but often spoken of “Bad Neighbour” policy. We welcome essays, fiction, opinion pieces, and poetry that reflects upon this unique designation — whether it be warm and fuzzy, awkward and prickly, or strained — that we call “neighbour.”

Apex Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Exceptionally well-written Science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all its sub-genres.

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

FOUND: An Anthology of Found Footage Horror Stories
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words
Deadline: August 8, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Original, found footage tales. Stories can be written in first person, third person, as a transcript, journal, radio play, poetry, as a script. Think stories that shouldn’t be read. Videos found in flooded basements. Broadcasts heard in your dreams.

The Forge Literary Magazine
Payment: flat $75
Story Length: Generally 3,000 words or less, but will consider up to 5,000 words. Flash is also highly appreciated (1,000 words or less).
Deadline: Opens from the first of each month until monthly quota is filled.
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.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Acquisition of +Horror Library+ anthology series!

For worldwide release: ANNOUNCING! Dark Moon Books has acquired the acclaimed +HORROR LIBRARY+ anthology series, with award-winning author Eric J. Guignard commissioned as its new permanent editor.

The +Horror Library+ anthology series is a hallmark for non-themed short works of horror & dark fantasy fiction for both new and established authors. Since 2006, it has been internationally praised as a groundbreaking source of contemporary horror short fiction stories—relevant to the moment and stunning in impact—from leading authors of the macabre and darkly imaginative.

Look for submissions to open soon for the next volume, or be notified in advance by subscribing to the
Dark Moon Books/ Eric J. Guignard quarterly newsletter. To subscribe, provide your email address on the form page here: http://www.ericjguignard.com/subscribe.html.

Monday, March 29, 2021

March, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: March, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Fantasy Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–7,500 words (preferred less than 5,000)
Deadline: open the first week of every month (1st–7th)
Reprints?: No
Response: within 3 months
Description: Original fantasy and dark fantasy stories (including horror).

Classic Monsters Unleashed anthology (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Payment: 7+ cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–5,000 words
Deadline: Open between April 8–May 30, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Kickstarter-funded anthology (nearly $38,000!!) of dark, scary stories featuring a classic monster or monsters (preferably pre-1960 horror movies).

Orion’s Belt (online magazine)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,200 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: generally within one week
Description: Bold, experimental literary science fiction and fantasy stories that blur the line between “genre” fiction and literary fiction.

Humans Are the Problem anthology (Weird Little Worlds)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–3,500 words
Deadline: Open between April 15–May 15, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: PG-13 Speculative fiction,  fantasy, horror, and all associated sub-genres, themed to monsters that must adapt to the 21st century.

Strange Horizons
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words (under 5,000 preferred)
Deadline: Open Monday and Tuesday only of every week
Reprints?: No
Response: 40 days
Description: Imaginative, good speculative fiction, broadly defined (not pure horror), particularly from diverse perspectives; Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives.

ESCAPE ARTISTS PodCasts (4 separate markets; different editors, similar guidelines)

8 cents a word/ original; $100 flat rate for reprints
Story Length:
1,500–6,000 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”

LampLight Magazine
Payment: 3 cents a word (max U.S. $150); reprints pay at 1 cent/word
Story Length: up to 7,000 words
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Reprints?: Yes
Response: up to 6 months
Description: Dark fiction in the vein of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits (literary, but creepy, weird, and/or unsettling).

Translunar Travelers Lounge
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: 60 days after the submission period has closed
Description: Stories that are fun and have a speculative element to them. Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics.

Monday, March 22, 2021

New interview of me at Literary Retreat!

Nice interview of me posted today, and honored to receive the crowning of: “Editor of the Month” (for March, 2021)!

Thanks so much to @NisarSufi1 and Literary Retreat for their time and interest in my work as an author and editor!

Full interview here: https://www.literaryretreat.com/editor-of-the-month-march-2021-eric-j-guignard/

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

I was interviewed on CNBC News!

I was interviewed on CNBC News!

Besides my own books (
That Which Grows Wild, Last Case at a Baggage Auction, etc.), I also had the Exploring Dark Short Fiction Primer series on display in the background!

Nisi Shawl was on top, but with a magnifying glass, each of the other authors is visible on the books’ spines.

Identifying: Steve Rasnic Tem, Kaaron Warren, Nisi Shawl, Jeffrey Ford, Han Song, Michelle Prebich, and Michael A. Arnzen!

Which means, of course, each of us are hereby authorized the right to say that our work has been seen on CNBC news!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021



It’s thrilling! It’s magnificent! It’s extensive and dark and gleefully wicked—It’s this news, the books, their impact…

Dark Moon Books has taken over as the new publisher for +HORROR LIBRARY+ anthology series, with Eric J. Guignard becoming the new series editor!!!

The Horror Library series began in 2005, and since has published six volumes, plus a “Best Of” comp. These anthology books have been a home for non-themed short works of horror & dark fiction for both new and established authors. Past contributors have included such notables as Bentley Little (a regular contributor), Jeffrey Ford, Kealan Patrick Burke, Jeff Strand, Ray Garton, Tim Waggoner, Lisa Morton, et al. My own induction into the series was as guest editor for Volume 6, and as an author before that for Volume 5 and the “Best of.

The current +HORROR LIBRARY+ volumes will be temporarily offline from bookstore sites for the next 1 or 2 months while they transition the necessary minutia of publisher accounts, but all this being in advance of promotions and preparation for open submission call of an upcoming NEW volume, HORROR LIBRARY, VOLUME 7!

I’ll be molding Vol. 7 and future volumes to be in line with the hallmarks of anthology series that influenced my own dark reading tastes, such as Borderlands (ed. Thomas Monteleone); Shadows (ed. Charles Grant); Whispers (ed. Stuart David Schiff); Masques (ed. J.N. Williamson), etc., not to mention the general tone and thoughtful, literary styles found in current and ongoing annual editions of “BEST OF HORROR” series by editors such as Ellen Datlow, Paula Guran, and Stephen Jones.

More announcements on the series acquisition and development for Volume 7 as they occur!

C’est tout, and midnight cheers,


Monday, February 22, 2021

February, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

 HWA L.A.: February, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Cryptids Emerging: Tales of Dark Cheer
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Contemporary supernatural or historical fantasy about cryptids living with humans, or just at the edge of our vision, stories of what the world would look like if cryptids were real.

Enchanted Conversation Magazine: Folklore, Fairy Tales, & Myths
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 1,200–2,500 words
Deadline: Open only the first three days of each month
Reprints?: No
Response: NO rejections sent out. Assume rejection if not heard 10 days after close of submission window.
Description: Fairy tales that are almost or entirely new or are just new takes on old tales are all welcome. Mashups of existing fairy tales are welcome as well. CURRENT THEME: Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.”

DreamForge Magazine
Payment: 6 cents a word (slightly less for reprints or online-only option)
Story Length: up to 4,500 words
Deadline: March 13, 2021
Reprints?: Yes (less pay, “about” 4 cents a word)
Response: 6–9 weeks
Description: Positive (and “clean”) science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction.

Nightmare Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–7,500 words
Deadline: March 14–March 20, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: within 30 days
Description: Non-themed horror.

The Arcanist
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: flash fiction up to 1,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: Yes
Response: 1–2 months
Description: Engaging science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories (and associated sub-genres) that are flash fiction. Focus on originality and strong/ interesting characters.

The DARK (monthly online e-magazine)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–6,000 words
Deadline: Currently open, but intermittent
Reprints?: Yes
Response: between 1 day to 1 week
Description: Unique Horror and Dark Fantasy (No graphic/ violent content); fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories (Tons of great authors publish here).

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

GOREFEST anthology (edited by K. Trap Jones)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: generally within 30 days
Description: Short stories filled with gore, splatter, and extreme horror!

Black Static Magazine (TTA Press)
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.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

A Rumor in Haiku...

I heard a rumor, and decided to tease it through Haiku.

But I’m not a poet, and I do know it, so which sounds better?


Months counting down for
to continue more.


O! Hear the fans roar,
will continue more.


Thursday, February 4, 2021

My February TBR pile

My February TBR pile:

THE ANCESTOR by Danielle Trussoni (2020, William Morrow)

THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS by Stephen Graham Jones (2020, Gallery/ Saga Press)

THE SILENT COMPANIONS by Laura Purcell (2018, Penguin Books)

Monday, February 1, 2021

Monday Morning Musing: Book Review of Dan Simmons' THE TERROR

My TBR list is just insanely long, and it keeps growing, and I’m not a fast reader to begin with. So I never read a book a second time, or least I haven’t since I was a teenager, and reread Stephen King’s THE STAND like about a dozen times.

But since then, nope… until now. I saw the cover on my bookshelf, and after watching the AMC series twice, I couldn’t resist: I HAD to go back and reread one of the greatest horror fiction novels of my life: THE TERROR by Dan Simmons.

I do realize how much detail got past me the first time, and why the AMC series made changes to consolidate plot points, or add in events. Anyway my full (old) review from 2013 here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/540252816?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1


Monday, January 25, 2021

January, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: January, 2021
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Upon a Twice Time (Air and Nothingness Press)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–3,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: March 31, 2021
Description: New interpretations of fairy tales for modern audiences; select two fairy tales, as well as a genre style, and create a new tale. EX: Snow White and the 3 Little Pigs as Detective Noir; or: Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk as a Grimdark fantasy.

ConstelaciĆ³n Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 6,400 words
Deadline: Open 2 weeks, from March 15, 2021–April 1, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Quarterly THEME: Myths and Monsters. Tell us about the myths and monsters that have shaped your perception of the unknown. The theme is open to interpretation, as long as the stories fit under the speculative fiction umbrella. NOTE: Stories are published in English and Spanish. Authors can submit in either language, and the story will be translated for publication in both languages.

Little Blue Marble
Payment: 11 cents a word
Story Length: up to 2,000 (reprints allowed up to 5,000 at <1 cent/ word)
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: up to 12 weeks
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.

1986 (anthology from The Dread Machine)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–10,000 words
Deadline: February 25, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Dread-inspiring stories that take place in 1986—either the 1986 of our reality (Stranger Things) or an alternate version (Tales From the Loop). Bring us back to a simpler, scarier time. Let’s make something radical together.

Flash Fiction Online
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500 to 1,000 words
Deadline: Open from the 1st to 21st of each month
Reprints?: Yes (payment at 2 cents/ word)
Response: Within eight weeks
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.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: Up to 15,000 words
Deadline: None at present. Closes intermittently
Reprints?: No
Response: Two to seven weeks
Description: “Literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach. We want stories set in what Tolkien called a “secondary world”: some other world that is different from our own primary world in some way. It could be different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of magic). It could be set on Earth but an Earth different from our primary world in terms of time (the historical past) or history (alternate history). It could have a “pre-tech” level of technology, or steampunk technology, or magic as technology, or anything else that’s not advanced or modern technology. However, the setting should contain some element that is in some way fantastical.

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

Triangulation (Parsec Ink): Habitats (annual themed anthology)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: April 30, 2021
Description: Theme of sustainable habitats, in tune with their surroundings; show us places we want to live that never existed or that we don’t know ever existed. Past, present, and future domiciles for humans, aliens, and fantasy creatures.

Tales From the Magician’s Skull
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words (but prefer less than 6,000)
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Sword-and-sorcery, heroic fiction, sword-and-soul, swashbucklers, and the like. Tales of adventure shot through with elements of horror and magic. Give us interesting people doing interesting things for interesting reasons in fascinating places.


Friday, January 15, 2021


REVIEWED: The Bone Clocks
WRITTEN BY: David Mitchell
PUBLISHED: September, 2015 by Sceptre (Hachette)

Book Review: Caveat* “listened to” on audiobook.

I prefer reading books in print, but I also listen to audiobooks as a way of coping sitting in traffic during commuting hours for work. So I had this book slated for audio, and then quarantine hit, so I didn’t have to commute, but still listened in the car when I drove “errands,” which means it took over five months to listen to this immense (658-page, or, 22-disk) tome!

First and foremost, this is an amazing book. The complexity and depth of the story is astounding. The literary prowess of David Mitchell is remarkable. It’s a rich, satisfying venture of the imagination. At the same time, there are sections which are mind-numbingly dull, tedious, and often filled with the question of “where is this going?” Those questions were always, ultimately, answered however, so the patient reader is rewarded.

THE BONE CLOCKS is constructed as six related stories (from five different points of view), revolving around the central protagonist, Irish-born Holly Sykes. The book spans her life, beginning during her early teenage years in 1984 and ending in the future of 2043, when she is an elderly woman, during an apocalyptic collapse of Earth’s resources.

Over the course of the book it is slowly revealed that Holly has unwittingly, and inadvertently, become involved in a battle between two warring factions of immortals: one group who reincarnate “naturally” and try to protect humans, and the other faction, which must murder gifted youths and “drink their souls” as a vampiric way to maintain immortality. As horrific and substantial as this central idea may be, it plays very little part for most of the book, appearing only in offsetting “glances” during the course of individuals’ otherwise normal lives. Whenever a human has interaction with one of the immortals, their mind is wiped clean of the event, and they carry on afterward.

This book is certainly a treasure to the right kind of reader, although it may not appeal to everyone. It belongs on the shelves of literary classics that explore the meaning, diversity, and philosophy of life, yet it also contains the supernatural and horror elements that are often so at-odds with literature classics. Author David Mitchell himself includes a humorous anecdote in the book, in which downward-spiraling literary author Crispin Hershey desperately pitches a new book idea to his publicist and talks about adding some mythology to it, and the agent is absolutely horrified that his author may be dipping into the realm of “fantasy,” surely the last vestige of the failed writer.

It’s a somewhat-tragic, somewhat heart-warming ending (without giving anything away), which is more in line with the acceptance of mortality and our own impending doom, when time runs out of our lives on our “Bone Clocks”.

As an aside, there is a spin-off book, written after this, called SLADE HOUSE, which I read first. Having no idea that SLADE HOUSE was a tie-in to THE BONE CLOCKS, I liked SLADE HOUSE slightly better, mostly as it was a quicker read, about 1/3 the size of BONE CLOCKS, so included faster pacing, while still exploring the complexity and interrelation of various lives, although—in comparison—SLADE HOUSE certainly lacked the complexity and richness of THE BONE CLOCKS.

Four-and-three-quarter out of Five stars (4.75 out of 5)

Full review on Goodreads, here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3773583016?