Monday, October 25, 2021

October, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

Dark Void Magazine (*New Market)
https://darkvoidmagazine.com/submissionguidelines
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–4,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Science Fiction Horror short stories (note: Stories must take place OFF Earth).


Dark Matter Magazine
https://darkmattermagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 2 cents/word)
Response: up to 45 days
Description: Stories that explore the shadow side of reality (mostly horror and/or science fiction).


Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
http://www.alfredhitchcockmysterymagazine.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines
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).


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 (only)
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.


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.


Orpheus + Eurydice Unbound (anthology, Air and Nothingness Press)
http://aanpress.com/submissions.html
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–3,000 words
Deadline: open between November 15–February 16, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: April 30, 2022
Description: Reinterpretations of the Orpheus/Eurydice myth in a variety of genres.



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

Dark Moon Digest (quarterly)
https://darkmoondigest.submittable.com/submit
Payment: 3 cents a word (1 cent/ word for reprints; also $30 flat for nonfiction)
Story Length: 1,500–7,000 words
Deadline: Until monthly quota is filled
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 1 cent/ word)
Response: up to 9 months
Description: Fiction reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside. We want stories with complex characters and ideas spun in ways nobody’s ever conceived. Make our brains hurt. Make our hearts explode with love and terror. Make us fear.


Three-Lobed Burning Eye
https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
Payment: $100 flat for short fiction ($30 for flash fiction/ 1,000 words)
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response Time: within 3 months
Description: Non-themed, original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction.


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

DAY 6 OF ANNOUNCEMENT BLOCK—SECTION 6, LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN! Table of Contents listing for: Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World

Throughout this week, I'm posting all contributors here, by geographic section, to reveal the T.O.C. for the latest anthology book I created, to be published by Dark Moon Books next month, November 2, 2021.

PROFESSOR CHARLATAN BARDOT’S TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY TO THE MOST (FICTIONAL) HAUNTED BUILDINGS IN THE WEIRD, WILD WORLD (2021 EDITION)

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Announcing contents for Section #6: LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN!

LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

FEATURE ENTRIES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN:

“The Haunting of the Plaza de la Beneficencia Pinkberry” by Gabriela Santiago (Puerto Rico: Haunted Frozen Yogurt Restaurant)

“Juan Clemente’s Well” by H. Pueyo (Argentina: Haunted Church)

“Xtabai” by Jo Kaplan (Belize: Haunted Observation Post)

“Into the River” by Clara Madrigano (Brazil: Haunted Mausoleum)


TINY TALES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN:

“Lopinot Plantation” by R.S.A. Garcia (Trinidad and Tobago: Haunted Plantation)

“Last News” by Carlos Orsi (Brazil: Haunted Print Shop)

“Cuarto Frio (Cold Room)” by Alvaro Rodriguez (Mexico: Haunted Cold Storage)

“Harkon Tavern” by Julian J. Guignard (Jamaica: Haunted Tavern)

“The Door Ajar” by Malena Salazar Maciá (Translated by Toshiya Kamei) (Cuba: Haunted Cathedral)

“Colonia del Sacramento’s Little Tailoring Shop” by Dante Luiz (Uruguay: Haunted Tailoring Shop)


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Read More on the most comprehensive travel anthology to (fictional) haunted buildings around the world ever compiled!: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/travel_anthology.html


Or buy on Amazon (or any other online retailer): https://www.amazon.com/Professor-Charlatan-Anthology-Fictional-Buildings/dp/1949491501/


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

DAY 5 OF ANNOUNCEMENT BLOCK—SECTION 5, UNITED STATES AND CANADA! Table of Contents listing for: Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World

 Throughout this week, I'm posting all contributors here, by geographic section, to reveal the T.O.C. for the latest anthology book I created, to be published by Dark Moon Books next month, November 2, 2021.

PROFESSOR CHARLATAN BARDOT’S TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY TO THE MOST (FICTIONAL) HAUNTED BUILDINGS IN THE WEIRD, WILD WORLD (2021 EDITION)

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Announcing contents for Section #5: UNITED STATES AND CANADA!

UNITED STATES AND CANADA

FEATURE ENTRIES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN UNITED STATES AND CANADA:

“The Last Booth” by Jeffrey Ford (USA, New York: Haunted Diner)

“The Lighthouse” by D.R. Smith (Canada: Haunted Lighthouse)

“Bluster” by Norman Prentiss (USA, Montan: Haunted Saloon)

“The Gulch” by Lisa Morton (USA, California: Haunted Soundstage)

“Dead Car” by Joe R. Lansdale (USA, Texas: Haunted Junkyard)

 

TINY TALES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN UNITED STATES AND CANADA:

 

“The Norge Theater” by Elizabeth Massie (USA, Virginia: Haunted Theater)

“Hitchhiker” by Poppy Z. Brite (USA, Louisiana: Haunted Tollbooth)

“A Shining Vacation” by John M. Floyd (USA, Oregon: Haunted Hotel)

“The Cold House” by Simon Strantzas (Canada: Haunted Landmark (Historic Home)

“Vanport Raceway” by Cody Goodfellow (USA, Oregon: Haunted Speedway)

“Greenbelt Bus Shelter” by Lisa Hannett (Canada: Haunted Bus Shelter)


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Read More on the most comprehensive travel anthology to (fictional) haunted buildings around the world ever compiled!: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/travel_anthology.html


Or buy on Amazon (or any other online retailer): https://www.amazon.com/Professor-Charlatan-Anthology-Fictional-Buildings/dp/1949491501/



Monday, October 18, 2021

DAY 4 OF ANNOUNCEMENT BLOCK—SECTION 4, AFRICA! Table of Contents listing for: Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World

Throughout this week, I'm posting all contributors here, by geographic section, to reveal the T.O.C. for the latest anthology book I created, to be published by Dark Moon Books next month, November 2, 2021.

PROFESSOR CHARLATAN BARDOT’S TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY TO THE MOST (FICTIONAL) HAUNTED BUILDINGS IN THE WEIRD, WILD WORLD (2021 EDITION)

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Announcing contents for Section #4: AFRICA!

AFRICA

FEATURE ENTRIES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN AFRICA:

“A Taste of Unguja” by Eugen Bacon (Tanzania: Haunted Restaurant)

“The Case of the Moaning Marquee” Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Nigeria: Haunted Marquee Tent)

“A Tour of the Ramses” by Jackson Kuhl (Egypt: Haunted Hotel)

“The Brother” by Makena Onjerika (Kenya: Haunted Converted Hotel-Office Building)

“The Biophilic-Designed Haunting” by Tlotlo Tsamaase (Botswana: Haunted Safari Lodge)

 

TINY TALES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN AFRICA:

“Patiko” by Dilman Dila (Uganda: Haunted Slavers’ Market)

“The Bridge With No Middle” by Derek Lubangakene (South Sudan: Haunted Bridge)

“Ghost Roads of the Oude Kimberleys” by Cat Hellisen (South Africa: Haunted Hotel)

“Boss Madam Kadungure’s Extra-Deluxe Import and Export International Ltd” by T. L. Huchu (Zimbabwe: Haunted Import/Export Office)

“The Soccer Fields of Abete, Iwaya” by Dare Segun Falowo (Nigeria: Haunted Soccer Field)

“House of Mouths” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu (Niger: Haunted Boarding School)


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Read More on the most comprehensive travel anthology to (fictional) haunted buildings around the world ever compiled!: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/travel_anthology.html


Or buy on Amazon (or any other online retailer): https://www.amazon.com/Professor-Charlatan-Anthology-Fictional-Buildings/dp/194949148X/


Friday, October 15, 2021

DAY 3 OF ANNOUNCEMENT BLOCK—SECTION 3, AUSTRALIA and GREATER OCEANIA! Table of Contents listing for: Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World

Throughout this week, I'm posting all contributors here, by geographic section, to reveal the T.O.C. for the latest anthology book I created, to be published by Dark Moon Books next month, November 2, 2021.

PROFESSOR CHARLATAN BARDOT’S TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY TO THE MOST (FICTIONAL) HAUNTED BUILDINGS IN THE WEIRD, WILD WORLD (2021 EDITION)

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Announcing contents for Section #3: AUSTRALIA AND GREATER OCEANIA!


AUSTRALIA AND GREATER OCEANIA

FEATURE ENTRIES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN AUSTRALIA AND GREATER OCEANIA:

“Tidemarks” by Octavia Cade (New Zealand: Haunted Aquarium)

“The Five Sisters” by Terry Dowling (Australia: Haunted Lighthouse)

“Warp and Weft” by Kaaron Warren (Australia: Haunted Mining Camp)

 

TINY TALES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN AUSTRALIA AND GREATER OCEANIA:

“Ingraham’s Bookstore” by Alan Baxter (Australia: Haunted Bookstore)

“Tiki Godfather” by Will Viharo (French Polynesia: Haunted Tiki Bar)

“The Wishing Well” by Jack Dann (Australia: Haunted Well)

“The Fairy Door” by Angela Slatter (Australia: Haunted Warehouse)

“The Martha Hotel: Suite 101” by Lee Murray (New Zealand: Haunted Hotel)


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Read More on the most comprehensive travel anthology to (fictional) haunted buildings around the world ever compiled!: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/travel_anthology.html


Or buy on Amazon (or any other online retailer): https://www.amazon.com/Professor-Charlatan-Anthology-Fictional-Buildings/dp/194949148X/


Thursday, October 14, 2021

DAY 2 OF ANNOUNCEMENT BLOCK—SECTION 2, ASIA! Table of Contents listing for: Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World

Throughout this week, I'm posting all contributors here, by geographic section, to reveal the T.O.C. for the latest anthology book I created, to be published by Dark Moon Books next month, November 2, 2021.

PROFESSOR CHARLATAN BARDOT’S TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY TO THE MOST (FICTIONAL) HAUNTED BUILDINGS IN THE WEIRD, WILD WORLD (2021 EDITION)

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Announcing contents for Section #2: ASIA!


ASIA

FEATURE ENTRIES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN ASIA:

“Soul Sisters” by Michelle Tang (Philippines: Haunted Clothing Factory)

“Fools Rush In” by Nadia Bulkin (Indonesia: Haunted Mental Hospital)

“Blood Memories” by Weston Ochse (Afghanistan: Haunted Tank Monument)

“Where Do Broken Dreams Go?” by Andrew Hook (Kazakhstan: Haunted High-Rise Apartment Building)

“Above Aimi” by Thersa Matsuura (Japan: Haunted Hospital)

 

TINY TALES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN ASIA:

“Al Mutaqadimah” by Sara Saab (Lebanon: Haunted Entryless Room)

“Café Tanuki” by Umiyuri Katsuyama (Translated by Toshiya Kamei) (Japan: Haunted Café)

“The Hidden Temple of Nakhon Sawan” by Rena Mason (Thailand: Haunted Temple)

“A Series of Occurrences at Lhasa Hotel” by Han Song (China: Haunted Hotel)

“Tamarind Candy” by K. Hari Kumar (India: Haunted Smashānam)

“One Day at Recess in the Convent of the Blessed Mother on Victoria Street” by Christina Sng (Singapore: Haunted Mausoleum)


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Read More on the most comprehensive travel anthology to (fictional) haunted buildings around the world ever compiled!: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/travel_anthology.html


Or buy on Amazon (or any other online retailer): https://www.amazon.com/Professor-Charlatan-Anthology-Fictional-Buildings/dp/194949148X/


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

DAY 1 OF ANNOUNCEMENT BLOCK—SECTION 1, EUROPE! Table of Contents listing for: Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World

Over the next week, I'll be posting all contributors here, by geographic section, to reveal the T.O.C. for the latest anthology book I created, to be published by Dark Moon Books next month, November 2, 2021.

PROFESSOR CHARLATAN BARDOT’S TRAVEL ANTHOLOGY TO THE MOST (FICTIONAL) HAUNTED BUILDINGS IN THE WEIRD, WILD WORLD (2021 EDITION)

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Announcing contents for Section #1: EUROPE!


EUROPE

FEATURE ENTRIES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN EUROPE:

“Oh Man’s Land” by Natalia Theodoridou (Greece: Haunted Military Outpost)

“Fish Tale” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (Sweden: Haunted Indoor Fish Market)

“Still Hungry” by Ramsey Campbell (England: Haunted Department Store)

“In Our Season” by Tamara Jerée (Iceland: Haunted Military Base Civilian Living Condos)

“Que Vagi Bé” by S. Qiouyi Lu (Spain: Haunted Restaurant)

 

TINY TALES FOR HAUNTED LOCALES IN EUROPE:

“English Martyrs Underground Station” by Laura Mauro (England: Haunted Underground Station)

“Ghost Stop” by Ekaterina Sedia (Russia: Haunted Bus Stop)

“The Northern Lights Experience” by Johann Thorsson (Iceland: Haunted Roadside Viewing Area)

“The House of Strawberries” by Alessandro Manzetti (Italy: Haunted Manor)

“The Caretaker’s Hut” by Kevin J. Kennedy (Scotland: Haunted Caretaker’s Hut)

“End of the Road” by Ray Cluley (Wales: Haunted Carpark)

“Soaking in Roman Rejuvenation” by Setsu Uzumé (Serbia: Haunted Hot Spring)


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Read More on the most comprehensive travel anthology to (fictional) haunted buildings around the world ever compiled!: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/travel_anthology.html


Or buy on Amazon (or any other online retailer): https://www.amazon.com/Professor-Charlatan-Anthology-Fictional-Buildings/dp/194949148X/

Haunted Europe

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Listen to me discuss 1987’s movie THE LOST BOYS on The Untitled GenX Podcast

Okay, cool Project announcement of the day!

Come listen to me speak for nearly 2 hours with
The Untitled GenX Podcast on EVERYTHING about 1987’s movie THE LOST BOYS!! Thanks so much to podcaster Lori G. for the opportunity to unload a TON of trivia and “what if” scenarios.

Podcast episode available here: https://linktr.ee/UntitledGenXPodcast



Monday, September 27, 2021

September, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Midnight In the Stagecoach (anthology, Silver Shamrock Publishing)
https://www.silvershamrockpublishing.com/midnightinthestagecoachanthology
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–6,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Original splatterpunk western short stories set in the late 1800s Old West. Any horror trope is fair game.


Death of a Bad Neighbour: Revenge is Criminal (anthology, edited by Jack Calverley)
https://www.jackcalverley.com/cozy-crime-mystery-anthology-submission.html
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–5,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: By December 31, 2021
Description: All-new crime and mystery stories: Fictional tales of bad neighbors and what becomes of them. The focus is more on “cozy” mysteries, but open to all dark fiction/ horror/ mystery sub-genres.


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: Open between November 15–November 30, 2021
Reprints?: Yes (less pay, 3 cents a word)
Response: 6–9 weeks
Description: Positive (and “clean”) science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Hope and advancement.


Solarpunk Magazine
https://solarpunkmagazine.com/submissions/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–7,500 words
Deadline: Open between November 1–November 14, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories that strive for a utopian ideal, that are set in futures where communities are optimistically struggling to solve or adapt to climate change, to create or maintain a world in which humanity, technology, and nature coexist in harmoney rather than in conflict, etc.


Zombies Need Brains, LLC anthologies (3 separate markets, Similar guidelines)
https://www.patreon.com/posts/55341297
NOTE: These are successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns open for public submissions.

All 3 anthologies:
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: to 7,500 words
Deadline: December 31, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: March 31, 2022

Tone for all:
Range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark; Not looking for torture porn, nor gratuitous violence of any kind.

1. Noir
Description:
science fiction, fantasy, or urban fantasy stories with a detective/private investigator set-up and a noir atmosphere.

2. Shattering the Glass Slipper
Description:
stories of known fairy tales that have been upended, gender-bent, or twisted around in some way.

3. Brave New Worlds
Description:
science fiction stories set along the pathway of us leaving Earth for the stars.



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

Stories of the Eye (anthology, Weird Punk Books)
https://www.weirdpunkbooks.com/submissions
Payment: 2 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–5,000 words
Deadline: Open between November 1–November 30, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories about the complex relationships between artists and models. Weird, horror, dysfunctional, anything.


Sciencefictionery Magazine (bi-monthly)
https://sciencefictionery.com/submissions
Payment: 3 pence a word (converts to about 4 cents/ word)
Story Length: 300–5,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories from every Science Fiction subgenre. Also interested in non-fiction and poetry.


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Release Day for: EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #6: A PRIMER TO RAMSEY CAMPBELL

Here! Now! The glory, the magnificence!

EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #6: A PRIMER TO RAMSEY CAMPBELL

Hailed by The Oxford Companion to English Literature as “Britain's most respected living horror writer,” Ramsey Campbell has authored an astounding body of work for over half a century that embodies the weird, the supernatural, and the subtle, much of which is widely considered classics of dark fiction today. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including being made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature.

Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to his work, the sixth in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover—or learn more of—the remarkable voice of Ramsey Campbell, as beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich.

Included within these pages are:

• Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book

• Author interview

• Biography and bibliography

• Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD (former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University)

•  … and more!


Enter this doorway to the vast and fantastic: Get to know Ramsey Campbell.


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Title: Exploring Dark Short Fiction#6: A Primer to Ramsey Campbell

By: Edited by Eric J. Guignard (including Short Fiction authored by Ramsey Campbell, academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD, and illustrations by Michelle Prebich

Publisher: Dark Moon Books (Los Angeles, CA)

Format: Available in HARDBACK, TRADE PAPERBACK and EBOOK

Hardback 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-949491-16-6

Paperback 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-949491-13-5

e-book 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-949491-31-9

Number of pages: 196

Date of publication: September 7, 2021

Praise for the Exploring Dark Short Books series:

A fascinating study for fans seeking new reads and for librarians developing wide-ranging collections.” Library Journal

“Refreshing and much-needed... Addresses significant themes and figures within the horror field.” Locus Magazine

"An insightful look at the working methods and underlying concerns of some of the foremost exponents of the short story form, appealing to both intellect and the emotions.” Black Static Magazine


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Immense thanks and gratitude (as always) to Michael Arnzen for his insightful commentary throughout the book; and Michelle Prebich for her gorgeous interior artwork;  and, naturally, thanks especially to Ramsey Campbell for inspiring and consenting to this project!

Publisher’s Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Primer_6.html

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Dark-Short-Fiction-Campbell/dp/1949491161/

Also available on all other online distribution sites, including B&N , IndieBound (and bookshop.org) , Kobo , etc.



Thursday, September 2, 2021

New title available to reviewers on NetGalley: Exploring Dark Short Fiction #6: A Primer to Ramsey Campbell

Reviewers or NetGalley subscribers:

New release, Exploring Dark Short Fiction #6: A Primer to Ramsey Campbell, is available for free this month for ebook reviewers!!

Hailed by The Oxford Companion to English Literature as “Britain's most respected living horror writer,” Ramsey Campbell has authored an astounding body of work for over half a century that embodies the weird, the supernatural, and the subtle, much of which is widely considered classics of dark fiction today. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including being made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature.

Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to his work, the sixth in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover—or learn more of—the remarkable voice of Ramsey Campbell, as beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich.

Included within these pages are:

•  Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book

•  Author interview

•  Biography and bibliography

•  Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD (former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University)

•  … and more!

Enter this doorway to the vast and fantastic: Get to know Ramsey Campbell.

Hardback 13-digit ISBN:
 978-1-949491-16-6

Paperback 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-949491-13-5

e-book 13-digit ISBN: 978-1-949491-31-9

Date of publication: September 7, 2021

Publisher: Dark Moon Books 

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/234465



Monday, August 30, 2021

August, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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


Mirror, Mirror: Modern Myths (anthology, edited by Kevin J. Anderson)
https://wordfirewestern.moksha.io/publication/2/3/submit
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: October 15, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: When you’re alone with your reflection, are you prepared for what you see? A prince in disguise? A monster revealed? An alien race? Mirrors can be truth-tellers, wish-granters, face-concealers, illusion-makers, even monster-summoners. Maybe the mirror shows an evil twin, or an echo of the life that should have been. Or a portal to another world. What happens when it shatters? Short stories (prose poems will also be considered), to include a mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical, history, and romance elements. Classic or genre-bending, grim or whimsical, as long as it is new and fresh. Must be appropriate for a “PG-13” audience.


Dark Recesses Magazine
http://darkrecessespress.com/submissions/
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words
Deadline: Revolving submission periods. Current widow is Sept. 1–Nov. 30
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to 12 weeks
Description: Non-themed horror/dark fiction pieces


The Strand Magazine
https://strandmag.com/guidelines/
Payment: 6 cents a word for first 2,000 words, then diminishing scale thereafter
Story Length: 2,000–6,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent. Currently open, but unknown when it will close.
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown.
Description: Short stories: Mysteries, detective stories, tales of terror and the supernatural, etc. Stories can be set in any time or place, provided they are well written, the plots interesting and well thought.


Pulp Literature
https://pulpliterature.com/submissions/submission-guidelines/
Payment: 5 cents a word for first 7,000 words, then diminishing scale thereafter
Story Length: up to 20,000 words (preference to 5,000 and less)
Deadline: Intermittent. Currently open, but unknown when it will close.
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months.
Description: Any genre or between-genre work of literature. Anything entertaining and well written. We want our magazine to include a balance of all genres, including fantasy, romance, mystery, literary, etc.


Daily Science Fiction
http://dailysciencefiction.com/submit
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: to 1,500 words (prefer less than 1,000)
Deadline: Continually open (EXCEPT during December 24, 2020–January 2, 2021)
Reprints?: No
Response Time: 1 month
Description: Speculative fiction, such as science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. Daily publications.


Silence in the City (anthology)
https://www.foundershousepublishing.com/2021/07/silence-in-city-open-call-for.html
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–6,000 words
Deadline: September 15, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Silence in the City is an anthology of speculative tales asking what happens when a city—and all of modern civilization—is plunged into darkness.



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

Bloody Rock (anthology)
http://scarydairypress.com/
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–5,000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories that combine a rock song theme and creepy horror into a tale that rocks readers to their bones! …Anthology draws inspiration from the terrifying tunes of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.


+Horror Library+ Volume 7 (anthology, published by Dark Moon Books)
http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Submissions.html
Payment: 2 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–5,000 words
Deadline: September 5, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: by October 5
Description: Non-themed horror short stories, with a preference toward tones such as: Imaginative and/or harrowing adventure; beauty of darkness; “quiet” horror; exploration through fears or discovery; original monsters and/or strange lands; life events turned slightly askew, etc.


Bards & Sages)
https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines
Payment: $30 flat
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent. Currently open, but unknown when it will close.
Reprints?: Yes
Response: 3 months or less
Description: A quarterly journal of speculative fiction; interested in all speculative genres (horror, fantasy, science fiction, slipstream, steampunk, magical realism, etc.)


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ Appreciation Day VIII, Volume 7

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ appreciation Day VIII. The 7th volume in this anthology series is taking submissions NOW!!

Fans around the world have clamored for more, and Dark Moon Books is listening—The rebirth of HORROR LIBRARY is happening!

Volume 7 already has some stellar, unannounced names attached, but, as always, most stories are selected through a public open call.

At close of the eighth day (yesterday) since subs opened we’ve logged and acknowledged 446, an average of over 55 subs a day. The expectation is that by the end of open call, we’ll have received over 1,200!

But don’t let numbers deter you—write the best that you can, and send it in! Seeking non-themed horror (with a few hard rules, per guidelines) and a preference toward the quiet or weird horror rather than gore and violence.

Read more on Open Submissions for VOLUME 7, here! http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Submissions.html

 


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ Appreciation Day VII, Volume 6

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ appreciation Day VII ! The 6th volume in this anthology series originally released in April, 2017 by Cutting Block Books.

Packed with great stories and authors such as Jeffrey Ford, Bentley Little, John M. Floyd, Carole Johnstone, David Tallerman, JG Faherty, Edward M. Erdelac, and many others.

This was also my first volume of HORROR LIBRARY as editor! In 2016 I read over 1,095 submissions and culled the list down to 27 selections. For the current volume 7 submissions (currently open), I’m on track to beat that number.

After going out of print, the book was redesigned and rereleased last month (July, 2021) worldwide through Dark Moon Books!

Read more on VOLUME 6, here! http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_6.html



Monday, August 23, 2021

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ Appreciation Day VI, “The Best of Volumes 1–5“

It’s +HORROR LIBRARY+ appreciation Day VI ! “The Best of Volumes 1–5” in this anthology series originally released in May, 2015 by Cutting Block Press.

Then-editors of the HORROR LIBRARY selected 33 of what they considered the best representation of the volumes so far in the series (totaling nearly 150 original stories!)

After going out of print, the book was redesigned and rereleased last month (July, 2021) worldwide through Dark Moon Books!

Read more on "The Best of Volumes 1–5" here! http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_best.html