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
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)
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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!

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!

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: