Monday, July 26, 2021

July, 2021 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

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

CRAFT Fiction (online literary journal)
Payment: $100 for flash fiction. $200 for longer pieces.
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: possibly
Description: Short stories OR standalone excerpts from longer works; Fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. All genres and styles are welcome; our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. Each selected piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft note from the author.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
Payment: 6 cents/ word original; 2 cents/ word reprint
Story Length: 1,000–40,000 words (focus on shorter form)
Deadline: Opens the 1st and 2nd day only of each month.
Reprints?: Yes
Response: abt. 2 months
Description: Well written original stories in science fiction, fantasy, myth, fairy tales, and eldritch; in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form, and from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability. We accept both serious and humorous work (no horror).

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Payment: 5-8 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–8,000 words soft range (additionally, ‘Minute Mysteries’ of as little as 250 words)
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Three months
Description: (No Horror, but Mystery and Crime) Every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case—the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies."

Things with Feathers: Stories of Hope (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–3,000 words
Deadline: August 2, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: by October 1, 2019
Description: SF/Fantasy/light horror: Stories need not be exclusively positive. For example, after the long pandemic, you might recall the old proverb, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.” Sharpen your Sharpies and tell us where you think hope will get us.

Reckoning Vol. 6
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 20,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 2021
Reprints?: Query first
Response: 1 to 4 months
Description: Creative writing about environmental justice. Diverse fiction stories (and poetry) including a speculative element: Searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Payment: 8–10 cents a word (9 cents a word for non-fiction)
Story Length: up to 20,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: 2–3 months
Description: Science fiction stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse.

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

Payment: $130 flat above 2,000 words; $65 flat below 2,000 words
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: September 1, 2021
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories that are “Gritty Urban” or “Crime-Mystery” or “Ghost Stories”. Also interested in non-fiction essays (different pay structure).

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (Small Beers Press)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: ongoing/ intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: within 6 months
Description: NOTE: PAPER SUBMISSIONS ONLY (no email): Non-themed literary speculative fiction (no gore, sword and sorcery, or erotica)

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:

Amazon sales link:

(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!


Thursday, July 8, 2021



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