Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Announcing for new release: SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT: A 21ST CENTURY MODERNIZATION by Weston Ochse!

Announcing for new release by Dark Moon Books!! SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT: A 21ST CENTURY MODERNIZATION by Weston Ochse!!

*The classic tale that inspired the A24-movie The Green Knight starring Dev Patel!*

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight stands as one of the earliest literary memories of Medieval England, King Arthur and his Round Table, the mythical Camelot, and those knights who called it home.

In this classic tale of chivalry and adventure, a mysterious figure interrupts a New Year’s Eve celebration. Dressed all in green, he challenges King Arthur to a dangerous duel, but it is Gawain, the least of them, who is brave enough to accept the challenge on Arthur’s behalf. What follows is the young knight’s journey into the heart of darkness as he tries to survive the impossible.

Intended for students, academics, and fans of the Knights of the Round Table mythos, no treatment or contemporary retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is as complete and thrilling as this Dark Moon Books edition by USA Today bestselling-author Weston Ochse!

Included in this comprehensive edition are:

  • The original 1348 tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in Middle English verse
  • Jessie L. Weston’s 1898 poetic translation of the original Middle English version
  • Acclaimed author Weston Ochse’s 2021 modernized narrative of the story
  • Supporting preface by the author
  • Afterword by Unconventional Warfare Scholar, Jason S. Ridler, PhD
  • Interior Illustrations by Yvonne Navarro
  • … and more!
Preorders available now for a July 30 release date!

Dark Moon Books Release Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/green_knight.html

Amazon sales link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1949491447/

(Cover artwork by Moe Balinger)


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Happy GLOBAL RELEASE DAY today to +HORROR LIBRARY+ Anthologies!

Happy GLOBAL RELEASE DAY today! All volumes of +HORROR LIBRARY+ anthologies are re-released today, July 13, from myself and Dark Moon Books!

These volumes have been, essentially, “digitally remastered”—they’re reedited, cleaned-up, given new interiors, new covers, the works, all for purposes of rebranding and consistency under new publisher, Dark Moon Books.

Open Call submission for Volume #7 to be announced soon!

Stay tuned for HORROR LIBRARY week, beginning next week!

Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and “Best of Vol. 1–5” available now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, IndieBound, BookShop, end elsewhere.

More info here!
http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/horror_library.html



 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Brief Update for: PROFESSOR CHARLATAN BARDOT’S TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY TO THE MOST (FICTIONAL) HAUNTED BUILDINGS IN THE WEIRD, WILD WORLD

This just in! Major progress in my upcoming book, PROFESSOR CHARLATAN BARDOT’S TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY TO THE MOST (FICTIONAL) HAUNTED BUILDINGS IN THE WEIRD, WILD WORLD…

I just completed the section of haunted building tales set in AFRICA!

Only one more section of the globe to finish, being LATIN AMERICA, and then “la fin”!

#update #
ghosts #hauntings #CharlatanBardot


Monday, June 28, 2021

June, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Vastarien: A Literary Journal
https://vastarien-journal.com/submission-guidelines
Payment: 6 cents a word)
Story Length: Nonfiction 2,000–7,500 words; Fiction 750–6,000 words
Deadline:
Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Two months
Description: Scholarly and/or critical articles pertaining to Ligotti or associated authors (see below) or the kind of thematic and topical issues in which we’re interested; OR: Original fiction or poetry or art inspired by Ligottian and/or related themes.


Uncharted
https://uncharted.submittable.com/submit
Payment: $200 flat
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: Yes (but no pay)
Response: Three months
Description: Any type of genre story: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction, Crime, Fantasy, etc.


Zooscape
https://zooscape-zine.com/guidelines
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: Yes (up to 10,000 words, but pays only $20 flat)
Response: Two months
Description: All stories must be furry. That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence… Any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks. We love science-fiction with animal-like aliens and fantasy with talking dragons, unicorns, or witch familiars.


Fireside Fiction Company
https://firesidefiction.com/submissions
Payment: 12.5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words (flash fiction preferred)
Deadline: Open only July 5–July 11, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month after close of submission period
Description: To publish great speculative fiction storytelling, regardless of genre (ex. Neil Gaiman); unique voices.


Diabolical Plots ezine
http://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 3,500 or less
Deadline:
Open between August 1–August 14, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response Time: One month
Description: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror (everything must have speculative element, even horror), including mixed-genres. (This is the same founders of the market submission tracker, “The Grinder.”)


Life Beyond Us (anthology)
https://laksamedia.com/life-beyond-us-submission-guidelines/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: Open between July 1–August 19, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: October 15, 2021
Description: Thoughtful short stories exploring the unknown: life forms we’re not familiar with on Earth (from extreme environments, to those right beneath our noses) and beyond our planet; strange life’s discovery, peculiarities, and the ethical questions arising from these. Alien life does not have to feature there; consider exploring the implications of finding a potentially life-bearing environment in space, trying to answer a burning question about habitability, or exploring the far past or future of life in the universe. If alien life does appear—microbial to huge, ‘stupid’ to ‘intelligent,’ perceptions similar to ours or very different—the perspective doesn’t have to be human.



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

Mythic Magazine
https://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html
Payment: 4 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–6,000 words
Deadline: July 31, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown (estimated 3 months)
Description: Diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction. All types and sub-genres, particularly views of the future and realms of the fantastic that don't necessarily involve quasi-medieval settings.


The Dread Machine
https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/
Payment: 3 cents a word (reprints at 1 cent/ word)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words (reprints up to 10,000 words)
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: Yes
Response: Two months
Description: Futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction.



Monday, June 21, 2021

New story out today in UNREAL MAGAZINE! -- “Down Amongst the Graves, Where Yon Family Lay Eternal”

Thrilled to have a new story out this morning in UNREAL MAGAZINE, where it can be read here, now!

“Down Amongst the Graves, Where Yon Family Lay Eternal” is a quiet, cosmic story of death and perpetuity, a sort of continuum for mankind since the beginning of origination, wrapped in a genealogy study.



Monday, May 31, 2021

May, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Mermaids Monthly
https://mermaidsmonthly.com/submissions/
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: June 12, 2021
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: 2 weeks after close of submissions
Description: Everything should in some way relate to merfolk. We are loose about how you want to define that, and we will consider other aquatic fantastical creatures to be on theme. Yes, kelpies and selkies and kappas and nagas are all okay! We would love to see creative interpretations of the theme. Also interested in non-fiction and comics.


Spirit Machine (Air and Nothingness Press)
http://aanpress.com/submissions.html
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–3,500 words
Deadline: Open between June 1–July 31, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: est. August 30, 2021
Description: stories that drift in alternate realities of Spirit Machine, an anthology that merges Science Fiction with Spiritualism and/or a dash of Steampunk: A mashup of Spiritualism (seances, Ouija/spirit boards, kirlian auras, discarnated entities, ghost talking).


The Antihumanist
https://theantihumanists.com/fiction-submissions/
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Fiction that challenges human centered narratives, that forces us to confront our place in the universe, that makes us question: Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a purpose? Historically, weird fiction has best captured this goal. However, we are willing to accept submissions from speculative, horror, and literary writers that meet the above criteria.


Friends Journal: Quaker Speculative Fiction Special Issue
https://friendsjournal.submittable.com/submit/193295/november-2021-quaker-sci-fi-speculative-fiction
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–2,000 words
Deadline: August 23, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Speculative fiction stories to answer the question: “How would the world and the way Quakers live in it be different if “X” were true?” stories of Quakers and their experiences outside of what is true of the world we inhabit today. Quakers on interstellar voyages. Quakers in neon-lit dystopic (or utopic!) futures. Quakers in worlds with magicians, wizards, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night. Quakers in cities with superheroes and villains. Quakers in a past that never was. OPEN to non-quaker authors.


Baffling Magazine (published by Neon Hemlock)
https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: under 1,200 words
Deadline: Open between June 1–June 15, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: 90 days
Description: Speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.


Amazing Stories Magazine
https://submission.amazingstoriesmag.com/guidelines/
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–10,000 words
Deadline: until “late June or Late July” (unspecified)
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Imaginative science/ speculative fiction stories. See website for Upcoming THEMED ISSUES: “Home Sweet Solar System” (challenges of living off Earth in the Solar System) and “Everything Computes” (living in an environment that is completely programmable).


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

Antifa Splatterpunk
https://ericraglin.com/2021/03/09/antifa-splatterpunk/
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 2,000–4,500 words
Deadline: Open between July 1–July 31, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: August 31, 2021
Description: Anti-fascist splatterpunk stories. In addition to pure splatterpunk, I’m also open to extreme horror with weird, bizarro, historical, or science fiction elements.


The Common Tongue Magazine
https://www.commontonguezine.com/guidelines-submissions/
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 600–6,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Dark fantasy magazine aiming to bring cultural and integral voices to fantasy and diversify the genre. Primarily interested in Fantasy with a dark theme.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Latest Quarterly Newsletter Went Out!

For those who do not subscribe to my quarterly newsletter, but are still desperately wondering what I’m up to, here is an online version of the issue!

https://preview.mailerlite.com/k3t6v0


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Quarterly Reminder to Subscribe to the Eric J. Guignard/ Dark Moon Books Newsletter!

The quarterly Eric J. Guignard/ Dark Moon Books newsletter is raising sail and prepping cargo holds for grand departure this weekend!

But fear not, ye weary reader/writer, for the S.S. Guignard still has room for many more passengers.

To embark aboard this ship of insights, books, updates, and other satisfactions, just subscribe here!

http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/subscribe.html


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Release day today: THE PARASITE AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR

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
https://bloodknife.com/write-for-blood-knife/
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
https://thedeadlands.com/guidelines/#fiction
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)
http://unfitmag.com/submit
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)
http://unrealmag.com/submit
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)
http://subterrain.ca/about/35/sub-terrain-writer-s-guidelines
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
http://www.apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines
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
https://twitter.com/andrewcull/status/1381034413291626497/photo/1
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
https://www.forgelitmag.com/flm/submit
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
https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines
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)
https://www.crystallakepub.com/authorcentral/
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)
https://www.orions-belt.net/submissions
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)
https://weirdlittleworlds.com/submissions/
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
http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/
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)

All:
Payment:
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)
http://podcastle.org/guidelines/
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)
http://www.castofwonders.org/submissions/schedule
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)
http://escapepod.org/guidelines/short-fiction
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)
http://pseudopod.org/submissions
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
http://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/
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
https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions
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

ANNOUNCING! IMPERATIVE AND THRILLING +HORROR LIBRARY+ NEWS!!!

ANNOUNCING!

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,

Eric



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
https://improbablepress.co.uk/blogs/improbable-press/call-for-submissions-cryptids-anthology
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
https://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/submissions.html?m=1
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
https://dreamforgemagazine.com/call-for-submissions/
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
https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/nightmare/
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
https://thearcanist.io/sa-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4/
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)
http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines
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)
http://theevilcookie.com/open-calls/
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)
http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/guidelines/
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.


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
+HORROR LIBRARY+ volumes
to continue more.

or:

O! Hear the fans roar,
+HORROR LIBRARY+ volumes
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)
http://aanpress.com/UaTT2021_submission.pdf
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
https://www.constelacionmagazine.com/submissions
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
https://littlebluemarble.ca/submission-guidelines
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)
https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/submit-anthology
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
https://ffo.submittable.com/submit
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
http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/submissions/
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)
http://parsecink.com/index.php/triangulation-submissions/
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
https://goodman-games.com/tftms/2020/10/20/announcing-open-call-for-sword-sorcery-fiction-for-tales-from-the-magicians-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

Book Review: THE BONE CLOCKS by DAVID MITCHELL

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?