Monday, June 27, 2022

July, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

 HWA L.A.: July, 2022
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


Cosmic Horror Monthly
https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/submissions/
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–6,000 words (preference of 3,000–5,000)
Deadline: Open from July 1–July 7, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Cosmic Horror, Lovecraftian, Weird stories, etc. Lovecraftian themes and mythos works are welcomed but try to avoid Lovecraft pastiche and styles mimicking that of his writer circle from the early 20th century; we are strongly favoring stories with a contemporary narrative style.


Seize The Press Magazine
https://www.seizethepress.com/submissions/
Payment: British 6 pence a word (abt. 8 cents a word US)
Story Length: up to 2,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: 30 days
Description: Dark speculative fiction and anticapitalist sci-fi, fantasy and horror pop culture analysis. Neon, dragons and gore. Bleak science fiction, dark fantasy and horror (No moralizing, No happy endings).


Alternate History (anthology from Flame Tree Publishing)
https://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/alternate-history-call-for-submissions-0-0
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words (soft range)
Deadline: July 11, 2022
Reprints?: Yes (paid at 6 cents a word)
Response: generally 3 months
Description: Every angle of alternate history from ancient worlds to distant futures, world wars, steampunk and more. What if the course of history had been changed by a different decision, a different victor, a different invention? Reimagine the world around us – some examples just to give you an idea: What if the Ancient Egyptians had conquered Rome? What if World War II had been won by the loser, not the victors? What if women had ruled the world for 4,000 years not men? The options are limitless for tales of true originality and with a vivid sense of realism...


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.


Little Blue Marble
https://littlebluemarble.ca/submission-guidelines
Payment: 11 cents a word (Canadian; translates to about 8 cents/word)
Story Length: up to 2,000 words (reprints allowed up to 5,000 words at <1 cent/ word)
Deadline: Intermittent (currently set to close July 31, 2022)
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.


Fantasy Magazine
https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: Up to 7,500 words (preferred less than 5,000)
Deadline: Open from July 1–July 7, 2022 (open to BIPOC authors year-round)
Reprints?: No
Response: within 3 months
Description: Exceptional original fantasy and dark fantasy stories (including horror).



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

Mythulu e-magazine
https://mythulu.submittable.com/submit
Payment: 4 cents a word (up to $75)
Story Length: 500–2,800 words
Deadline: October 1, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: 90 days
Description: “Utterly unique” stories that brilliantly demonstrate the specific storycraft skill we’re teaching in each issue. Concept and clarity are more important than prose.
CURRENT THEME: Submit co-authored stories in any genre. (Also looking for non-fiction commentary and experiences with co-created projects.)


34 Orchard (ed. by Kristi Petersen Schoonover)
https://34orchard.com/guidelines
Payment:
$50 flat
Story Length: 1,000–5,000 words
Deadline: July 1, 2022–July 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: August 31, 2022
Description: Dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

June, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: June, 2022
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


Shakespeare Unleashed (edited by James Aquilone)
https://www.jamesaquilone.com/submissions
Payment: 6 cents a word (or $35 flat for sonnet)
Story Length: 1,500–6,000 words
Deadline: July 22, 2022–August 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Horror stories based on Shakespeare's plays and characters, as well as horror sonnets: Dark and scary stories — no parodies or humor pieces. Stories can be set in time periods other than the Elizabethan era, and can be updated or reimagined or merely “based on.”


Dangerous Waters: Deadly Women of the Sea (Brigids Gate Press)
https://brigidsgatepress.com/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word (or $50 flat for poem; $50 flat for drabble)
Story Length: 500–3,500 words (poetry to 350 words; drabbles of 100 words)
Deadline: June 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Horror or dark fantasy stories, poems, and drabbles about malevolent mermaids, sinister sirens, scary selkies, spirits, and other deadly and dangerous women of the sea. Stories including the ocean or sea are the focus of the anthology, but we will consider stories involving rivers as well.


Vastarien: A Literary Journal (Grimscribe Press)
https://vastarien-journal.com/submission-guidelines
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: Nonfiction 2,000–7,500 words; Fiction 750–6,000 words
Deadline:
June 1, 2022–June 30, 2022
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.


Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
https://www.themysteryplace.com/eqmm/guidelines/
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."


Baffling Magazine (published by Neon Hemlock)
https://www.bafflingmag.com/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: under 1,200 words (preference under 500 words)
Deadline: Opens June 1, 2022–to close unknown (presume June 15, 2022, per the previous year)
Reprints?: No
Response: up to 5 months
Description: Speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.


The Deadlands (ed. E. Catherine Tobler)
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.



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

Night Frights, a YA horror magazine (annual) (Published by Perpetual Motion Machine/ Dark Moon Digest)
https://perpetualpublishing.com/2022/05/21/now-open-for-submissions-night-frights-a-ya-horror-magazine/
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,500 words
Deadline: August 1, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: After September 1, 2022
Description: Stories with complex characters and new ideas. Scare us. But also, inspire young readers into a lifelong obsession with the genre.


Mythic Magazine
https://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html
Payment: 1 cent a word ($25 flat for reprint)
Story Length: 2,000–5,000 words
Deadline: June 1, 2022–June 30, 2022
Reprints?: Yes
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.

Monday, May 2, 2022

May, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: May, 2022
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


Literally Dead (Halloween Ghost) anthology, edited by Gaby Triana)
https://www.gabytriana.com/alienheadpresssubmissions
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,000–4,000 words
Deadline: May 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Short stories of classic paranormal, poltergeists, ghosts, spirits, haunted places and objects, and the eerily unexplained that take place on or around Halloween. Bonus points if they’re about families, siblings, longtime pals, or pets. Just creepy and dark ghosts!


Space Fantasy Magazine (Theme: "Is There Anybody Out There?")
https://spacefantasymag.com/submission-guidelines/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,250 words
Deadline: May 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Space fantasy flash fiction—Give us your living planets, stardust-peddling witches, and quantum ghosts. We want stories that challenge our relationship with space—past, present, and future. Show us new mythologies and undiscovered gods. Show us what emerges from a black hole when its egg finally cracks. Show us the place where science becomes magic.


Hidden Villains: Arise (anthology by Inkd Pub)
https://inkdpub.com/submissions/
Payment: between 5 and 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,000 words
Opens From: June 1, 2022–August 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: old, imaginative fantasy, horror, and sci-fi sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows; looking for engaging stories with well-developed characters and deep emotion with focus on the “rising” of a villain.


Campfire Macabre: Volume 2
https://cemeterygatesmedia.com/submissions/
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–1,500 words
Opens From: June 1, 2022–August 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown. Assume rejection if no response after 90 days.
Description: Flash horror fiction. SEE PUBLISHER WEBSITE. There are 5 specific themes to write toward!


Fiends in the Furrows III: Final Harvest (Published by Nosetouch Press)
https://www.nosetouchpress.com/call/
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 3,500–7,000 words
Deadline: July 31, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Folk Horror from around the world; isolation, paranoia, depravity, loss of individuality, and rustic madness, etc.


Reckoning Vol. 7 (Theme of “Ocean”)
https://reckoning.press/submit
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 20,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 2022
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.



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

Madam President (anthology, published by B Cubed Press)
https://bcubedpress.moksha.io/publication/madam-president/guidelines
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,500 words (with a preference below 5,000)
Deadline: June 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Alternate History and/or Speculative Fiction: An anthology about leadership. How did having to fight for staff of power affect how is wielded.  Not just from the women who fought these battles, but for the very people engaged, one side, or another who stood for or against those principles that  made it possible for the writing on the office door to say Madam President. Looking for: Good writing, imaginative scenarios, and a good bit of humor in stories.


The Common Tongue Magazine
https://www.commontonguezine.com/guidelines-submissions/
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 500–7,000 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 (esp. High Fantasy) with a dark theme.

Monday, March 28, 2022

March, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

 HWA L.A.: March, 2022
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


The Librarian (anthology, Air and Nothingness Press)
http://aanpress.com/submissions.html
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–3,000 words
Open From: May 1, 2022–June 30, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: September 15, 2022
Description: A librarian's adventures roving through the multiverse: The Librarian travels the multiverse (along the timeline - past through the future - and across planetary systems and universes) helping out people, societies, and those in need, with their questions, problems, and research (as librarians do). Looking for positive, hopeful stories with positive endings, and narratives that celebrate librarians.


Enchanted Conversation Magazine: Folklore, Fairy Tales, & Myths
https://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/submissions.html?m=1
Payment: $50 flat rate
Story Length: 750–1,000 words
Deadline: May 1, 2022–May 3, 2022
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: Weather.”


Ahoy Comics
https://comicsahoy.com/submissions
Payment: $200 flat rate
Story Length: 500–1,500 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: Six weeks (sometimes up to three months)
Description: Smart, weird, funny articles or stories; short fiction for mature readers, pieces that uphold the story-telling legacy of comics. It could be a delirious rant, a personal anecdote, a tale of horror or even poetry. It can be about anything, but we have a soft spot for submissions with a dash of humor. These stories can be political, but they must not be based on events that might be outdated by the time we publish. Whatever the subject, it must still be relevant a year from now.


Orion’s Belt (online magazine)
https://www.orions-belt.net/submissions
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,200 words
Deadline: September 1, 2022
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.


Mother: Tales of Love and Terror anthology (Weird Little Worlds)
https://weirdlittleworlds.com/submissions/
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–3,000 words
Deadline: Open between April 15–May 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: There is no one with more power and control over the fate of the world than a mother. Whether it’s an evil stepmother or a virtuous mother-to-be, there are stories inherent in the acts of mothering and being mothered; mothers become heroes and villains. The concept of motherhood is examined and stretched to its ultimate limits across time, space, gender, location, and concept. Deliciously dark, each tale forces us to examine the depth and breadth of what motherhood is and what a mother will do for her offspring.


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”

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.


Translunar Travelers Lounge
https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2022
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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

New Book Release Day Today for: HORROR LIBRARY, VOLUME 7

New book release today by DarkMoon Books!!

Presenting the NEW horror anthology:  +HORROR LIBRARY+ VOLUME 7

The +Horror Library+ anthologies are 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.

Filled with Fears and Fantasy. Death and Dark Dreams. Monsters and Mayhem. Literary Vision and Wonder. Each volume of the +Horror Library+ series is packed with heart-pounding thrills and creepy contemplations as to what truly lurks among the shadows of the world(s) we live in.

Read Volume 7 in this ongoing anthology series, and then continue with the other volumes.

Shamble no longer through the banal humdrum of normalcy, but ENTER THE HORROR LIBRARY!

Volume 7 contains 30 all-original stories, including:

•   In “Hand of Glory,” a despairing prison inmate studies astral projection in order to escape his cell.

•   In “The Key to Mabella,” a cemetery groundskeeper discovers a mysterious vault key held by his predecessor and investigates what it unlocks.

•   In “Abandon," a tour guide takes friends to visit his home village, long-since deserted and languishing under superstition.

•   . . . and more!

**Also including a special guest-artist's gallery of Allen Koszowski!


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Title: +Horror Library+ Volume 7

Editor: Eric J. Guignard

Publisher: Dark Moon Books (Los Angeles, CA)

Publisher Web: www.darkmoonbooks.com

Number of pages: 342 pgs at 6” x 9” trim (109,500 words)

13-digit ISBN (paperback): 978-1-949491-39-5

13-digit ISBN (e-book): 978-1-949491-40-1

Date of publication: March 1, 2022

Publisher’s Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_7.html

Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Horror-Library-7-Eric-Guignard/dp/1949491390/


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Praise for the +Horror Library+:

“Excellent stories of the highest caliber.” —Dread Central

“Uniformly well-crafted and original.” —Rue Morgue Magazine

“Impactful tales that throw the rules of both reality and genre fiction out the window.” —
Fearnet (Chiller TV)


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Full Table of Contents:
 

Introduction to +Horror Library+ Volume 7 by Eric J. Guignard

“Her. House.” by Jo Kaplan

“Pretties / Serpent” by Baba Jide Low

“Never Better” by Michael Harris Cohen

“The Kid in the Ambulance” by Suki Litchfield

“Discovery of Blanks” by Darren O. Godfrey

“Holder City” by Garick Cooke

“In the Valley” by Bentley Little

“Death Republic” by H. Pueyo

“Neon Showgirl” by Brady Golden

“Abandon” by Alex Woodroe

“Ring Rust” by Gene O’Neill

“just keep walking” by David Afsharirad

“Skandalopetra” by Rex Burrows

“Hand of Glory” by Cody Goodfellow

“The Riverman” by Charlie Hughes

“The Mouth” by Natalia Theodoridou

“Gateway to Oblivion” by William Meikle

“In the Devil’s Footsteps” by Liam Hogan

“Like Old Rope” by Trevor James Zaple

“Giant and Child: A Fugue” by Scotty Milder

“February Thaw” by Kristi Petersen Schoonover

“The Apartment” by Christi Nogle

“The Burning Heart” by Colin Leonard

“If You Touch Me, I Can Cry” by Lucy Taylor

“The Test” by Zoe Kaplan

“Ring Road” by Matt Thompson

“The Tooth Butcher” by Valya Dudycz Lupescu

“8-Ball” by Darren Todd

“Attention” by Michael James

“The Key to Mabella” by Terry Dowling

+Horror Library+ Presents: Special Guest-Artist’s Gallery of Allen Koszowski



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Direct Book Links:

Publisher’s Page:
http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_7.html

Amazon (paperback): https://www.amazon.com/Horror-Library-7-Eric-Guignard/dp/1949491390/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60106209-horror-library-volume-7

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/horror-library-volume-7-eric-j-guignard/1140852052

IndieBound (paperback): https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781949491395

Kobo (ebook): https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/horror-library-volume-7

Bookshop (paperback): https://bookshop.org/books/horror-library-volume-7/9781949491395







Monday, February 28, 2022

February, 2022 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

 HWA L.A.: February, 2022
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)


Tempered Tales: Medusa (Brigids Gate Press)
https://brigidsgatepress.com/?page_id=17
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: ?,000–?,000 words
Deadline: March 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: April 30, 2022
Description: Medusa. The work can be set in any time period, including now or the future. It can rely heavily on her mythology or just give it a nod. It should be her story, good or bad. Horror, fantasy, dark fantasy, mystery, or any combination of mash up welcome.


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 through May 15.
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to 12 weeks
Description: Non-themed horror/dark fiction pieces.


Galaxy’s Edge Magazine
http://www.galaxysedge.com/submissions/
Payment: 7 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words (though less is better)
Deadline: intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: 6 weeks
Description: Science Fiction and Fantasy stories in all sub-genres (No horror).


Picnic in the Graveyard (Cemetery Gates Media)
https://cemeterygatesmedia.com/submissions/
Payment: 7 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–6,000 words
Deadline: April 1, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: 2 months; or, beyond that, may not respond in case of rejection.
Description: Horror stories that take place in a cemetery/burial place.


Planet Scumm
https://www.planetscumm.space/submit
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: May 2, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Previously unpublished short fiction that doesn’t lean heavily on genre tropes. Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, sci-fi that melts in your mouth-brain not your hand-brain. Speculative fiction, weird fiction, slipstream, glitterlit, analogpunk. Basically anything that pleases Scummy, our megaphone-toting slime buddy.


Little Blue Marble
https://littlebluemarble.ca/submission-guidelines
Payment: 11 cents a word (Canadian) (1 cent/word for reprints)
Story Length: up to 2,000 (reprints allowed up to 5,000 at <1 cent/ word)
Deadline: Intermittent (currently set to close July 31, 2022)
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
.


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

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (anthology, edited by James Aquilone)
https://www.jamesaquilone.com/submissions
Payment: $120 flat
Story Length: 1,500–5,000 words
Deadline: Open between February 11–May 15, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories from throughout Kolchak’s life, from the late 1930s to the late ’90s. (Please, be familiar with Kolchak before writing your story and watch the TV movies and series!) I.E. Fan fiction for Kolchak, the reporter investigates mysterious/supernatural crimes.


The Last Five Minutes of a Storm (Sans. Press)
https://www.sanspress.com/submissions
Payment: €150 flat (abt. $170 U.S.)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: March 7, 2022
Reprints?: No
Response: T
Description: Short stories that reflect the title. i.e. stories that come from the specific place of mind they take you to. (Examples: How does it feel to be in the eye of the hurricane? What does it mean to know that the storm will vanish very soon, if only you can hold on a second longer? Now that the monster is defeated, can the hero make it out of the maze? Do they still  want to?)
.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

DAY 30 OF ANNOUNCING! Table of Contents for: +HORROR LIBRARY+ Volume 7

ANNOUNCING: I’m posting all contributors, one-a-day, to reveal the Table of Contents for +Horror Library+ Volume 7, to be published by Dark Moon Books on March 1, 2022!

DAY 30 OF 30: GARICK COOKE

30.
Garick Cooke presents “Holder City”
29.
Matt Thompson presents “Ring Road”
28.
Michael James presents “Attention”
27.
Darren Todd presents “8-Ball”
26.
Charlie Hughes presents “The Riverman”
25.
Trevor James Zaple presents “Like Old Rope”
24.
Suki Litchfield presents “The Kid in the Ambulance”
23.
Liam Hogan presents “In the Devil’s Footsteps”
22.
Brady Golden presents “Neon Showgirl”
21.
Darren O. Godfrey presents “Discovery of Blanks”
20.
Zoe Kaplan presents “The Test”
19.
Colin Leonard presents “The Burning Heart”
18.
David Afsharirad presents “just keep walking”
17.
William Meikle presents “Gateway to Oblivion”
16.
Valya Dudycz Lupescu presents “The Tooth Butcher”
15.
Gene O’Neill presents “Ring Rust”
14.
H. Pueyo presents “Death Republic”
13.
Scotty Milder presents “Giant and Child: A Fugue”
12.
Lucy Taylor presents “If You Touch Me, I Can Cry”
11.
Terry Dowling presents “The Key to Mabella”
10.
Christi Nogle presents “The Apartment”
9.
Baba Jide Low presents “Pretties / Serpent”
8.
Kristi Petersen Schoonover presents “February Thaw”
7.
Bentley Little presents “In the Valley”
6.
Rex Burrows presents “Skandalopetra”
5.
Alex Woodroe presents “Abandon”
4.
Cody Goodfellow presents “Hand of Glory”
3.
Natalia Theodoridou presents “The Mouth”
2.
Jo Kaplan presents “Her. House.”
1.
Michael Harris Cohen presents “Never Better”


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In “Holder City,” a young man picks up a hitchhiker who directs him to the remnants of a ruined town.

STORY EXCERPT:

          As they exited the roadbed, the canopy of sixty- and eighty-foot second growth fir lining the highway gave way to a patchwork of oak, madrone, and willow, all tangled with underbrush and tall grass. The girl pointed him down the slope of an old dirt road that had been graded once, but not recently, and was now overgrown with tall weeds and saplings that pinged against the undercarriage of the Sprint as he edged toward the little stream at the bottom. The water was shallow, and they forded it without trouble and went on to the other side, switching back and forth up the hillside. The road was rougher this side of the ford, with deep ruts that had been baked into something like concrete by the heat. Badge cursed under his breath and worried about his suspension. He worried about the girl, too. She’d been smiling ever since they left the highway, but she didn’t say anything.
     They came to a fork in the road, and the girl pointed him to the right. Badge down-shifted into first and held his foot grimly on the gas. The old car was bucking like a bronco now, and he was regretting the impulse that had made him listen to her. He wondered what he’d got himself into . . .

Holder City by GARICK COOKE


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ABOUT: GARICK COOKE


Garick Cooke is a hobbyist writer of speculative fiction, working as a construction estimator during the day. He is a California native, but a long-time resident of Houston, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Houston. In 2021, his first published story appeared in the e-zine Zooscape.


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