Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Official Book Release Day Today for HORROR LIBRARY, VOLUME 8!

New release today by Dark Moon Books!!

Presenting the NEW horror anthology:  +HORROR LIBRARY+ VOLUME 8


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 8 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 8 contains 31 all-original stories, including:

•   In Saving the World," a family feeds their captive devil the sorrows of neighbors.

•   In “We Can't Let Go," a welfare check by a child services worker proves that not all in life is as expected.

•   In “Only the Stones Will Hear You Scream," a man meets his nightmares while caving through narrow underground passages.

•   In “Broodmare," a teen girl yearns to be as free as her beloved horse while waiting to give birth to the savior-figure of her tribe.

•   . . . and more!

** Also including a special guest-artist's gallery of Jana Heidersdorf Jana Heidersdorf Illustration!


Title: +Horror Library+ Volume 8 (or, Horror Library, Volume 8)
Editor: Eric J. Guignard
Publisher: Dark Moon Books (Los Angeles, CA)
Format: Available in TRADE PAPERBACK and EBOOK
Number of pages: 338 pgs at 6” x 9” trim (109,000 words)
Date of publication: July 25, 2023


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)


Full Table of Contents includes:

Introduction to +Horror Library+ Volume 8 by Eric J. Guignard
“Rides” by Eric Del Carlo
“Only the Stones Will Hear You Scream” by 
R.A. Busby
“Poor Mad Isaac” by 
Don Raymond
“Mr. Hunicutt” by 
Bentley Little
“Lise Meitner Speaks to the Living” by 
Octavia Cade
“Lines” by 
Lauren O’Donoghue
“Blockchain” by 
Dexter McLeod
“On the Corduroy Road” by 
Bryson Richard
“Under the Pale Mother Moon” by 
Garick Cooke
“Solace” by 
Anna Ziegelhof
“Saving the World” by 
Eric Nash
“The Old Tip Road” by 
C.M. Saunders
“Lullaby” by 
Lorne Dixon
“Story of Her Life” by 
Tom Johnstone
“H Is for the Hunt” by Steve Rasnic Tem
“Mazu—Goddess of the Sea” by 
Ai Jiang
“Hymns in the Dark” by 
Gordon Grice
“Holler Bridge” by 
J.L. Hoy
“The Rest Cure” by 
Shenoa Carroll-Bradd
“Zipper Back” by 
Thersa Matsuura
“Fishers of ___” by 
Frances Ogamba
“The Blind” by 
James Owens
“Unwind” by 
Christopher O’Halloran
“Girlskin” by 
Clara Madrigano
“A Dormant Concern” by 
Charles Wilkinson
“Clay” by 
Colin Leonard
“Broodmare” by 
Jo Kaplan
“In Fear as Dark as Coal” by 
Ron Perovich
“The Yearning Pool” by 
Thomas P. Balazs
“We Can’t Let Go” by 
Sheldon Higdon
“Fell Mill” by 
Charlie Hughes
+Horror Library+ Presents: Special Guest-Artist’s Gallery of Jana Heidersdorf
And with cover art by Magdalena Kaczan!

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Publisher’s Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_8.html

Amazon (paperback): https://www.amazon.com/Horror-Library-8-Eric-Guignard/dp/194949151X/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/135967283-horror-library-volume-8

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

Saturday, July 22, 2023

ComicCon 2023 Panel!

I love being part of Writers’ panels. I’ve spoken on them (40 or 50 by now?) over the past 8 or 9 years at events all over the country. Yesterday was the first time I’d ever spoken at ComicCon, and it was totally one of the most memorable. Normally I’m on the panel with other writers who are generally similar to me, in terms of their career and/or goals. Yesterday I was on a panel for Ghostwriting, and it was a wild mix of stars from all across the cosmos of creative endeavors.

• Hunter Jackson, one of the founding members of madhouse metal band GWAR as Techno Destructo (my brother would have been so envious!)

• Nicholas Cvjetkovich, WWE wrestling superstar and promotor under the name Sinn Bodhi (Bowdee)

• Horror film actor Pat Jankiewicz

• Hypnotherapist Grant Offenberger

• Renowned sci-fi author and mega-icon of self-publishing Hugh Howey (“THE” Hugh Howey, with WOOL coming to AMC and SILO to Apple TV)

• And moderated by filmmaker and comedian Tim Chizmar

It was hilarious, insightful, and a great time, and thanks to Tim for bringing us all together!


Me at ComicCon 2023!

(Top row, L:R): Sinn Bodhi, Grant Offenberger, Hunter Jackson (Techno Destructo), Hugh Howey, Tim Chizmar (Bottom Row, L:R): Pat Jankiewicz, Eric J. Guignard

And thanks to me ol' friend and roommate Erik Jansen for coming out

And same for old high school friend Jaime Kauffman-Palumbo

Thursday, July 20, 2023

I’ll be speaking at the Altadena Library on Monday, July 24!

Anyone in the greater-Pasadena/ Southern California area—I’ll be at the Altadena Library this coming Monday afternoon! I’ll be speaking, reading, selling books, as part of INDIE AUTHOR NIGHT with three other authors. Come down and say hi!

Monday, July 24, from 5-7 p.m. in the Altadena Main Library Community Room. Meet local authors:

• Carolina Rivera Escamilla
• Eric J. Guignard
• Willa C. Richards
• Cody Sisco

600 E. Mariposa St.
Altadena, CA 91001

Hear readings of our best and newest works; book sales will take place on-site!

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#ericjguignard #ericguignard #shortstories #booklover #bookstagram #fantasy #darkfantasy #darkfiction #anthology #horrorstories #horrorshortstories #bookworm #horrorlife #horrorcommunity #horrorfanatics #horrorlovers #horrorgeeks #promotebooks #horrorfans #readmorebooks #amreading #amreadinghorror

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Interviewed on podcast Visited by Voices!

What did I get up to last night? Oh not too much, just got to be interviewed on a cool lil' podcast called Visited by Voices. Thanks so much to Lorne Dixon and Sam Carlson for the great conversation on HORROR LIBRARY!



Monday, July 17, 2023

New Author Photo!

 New author photo! I was told my last one looked too grim, so trying again.

July, 2023

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Speaking at ComicCon Next Week!

Everybody, everybody! I'll be a Panelist for the first time next week at ComicCon!

"Ghostwriters: The Spirits of Vengeance in Literature"

Fri., July 21, 8:00 p.m.

with Hugh Howey, Tim Chizmar, Pat Jankiewicz, Amber Hassler, and Grant Offenberger



Thursday, July 13, 2023

Wonder and glory! I got HORROR LIBRARY, VOLUME 8 books over the weekend!! Prepping to send out for Contributors, Reviewers, and Direct Preorders!

Thanks to Dark Moon Books!


Sunday, July 2, 2023

July, 2023 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

HWA L.A.: For July, 2023
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Minimum Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Monstrous Magazine (ed. James Aquilone)
Payment: 6 cents a word ($125 flat per comic)
Story Length: 1,000–2,000 words
Deadline: July 27, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Comics, prose fiction, and articles; we do like monsters, pulp, and classic horror films. Focus should be on fast-paced entertaining stories.

Diabolical Plots ezine (ed. David Steffen)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: 3,500 or less
Deadline: Open between July 17– July 31, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response Time: One month after end of submission window
Description: Speculative fiction–science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Everything should have a speculative element–that includes horror. Feel free to mix in other genres at will–a fantasy mystery or a science fiction romance.

FANTASY Flash-Fiction for LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE (ed. by John Joseph Adams)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,500 words
Deadline: July 1–July 7, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: Generally two weeks or less.
Description: All types of fantasy are welcome—high fantasy, contemporary urban tales, surrealism, magical realism, science fantasy, folktales and anything and everything in between. Fantasy is entertainment for the intelligent genre reader — send us stories of the fantastic that make us think, and tell us what it is to be human while amazing us with your mastery of language and story elements. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope.

Solarpunk Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500–7,500 words
Deadline: Open between January 1–January 14, 2023
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 harmony rather than in conflict, etc. Also open to poetry and non-fiction.

Mysterion (ezine)
Payment: 8 cents a word (4 cents for reprints)
Story Length: up to 9,000 words
Deadline: Open between July 1July 31, 2023
Reprints?: Yes
Response: Four months
Description: Christian-themed speculative stories and artwork—science fiction, fantasy, horror—with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology; science fiction and fantasy, good ghost stories, etc.; there's great fiction material hidden in the mysteries of Christian theology—cherubim, leviathan, nephilim, visions, prophecy, and more.

Apparition Lit—Flash Fiction
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: July 1July 14, 2023
Reprints?: No
Response: by the 15th day of the following month after submissions close
Description: Month of July Theme = REALITY SHOW MADNESS. We’re looking for flash with a heavy addition of the speculative. Stories should be inspired by the genre/show type, but not fan fiction: Speculative stories in the vein of Eurovision/Singing and Talent Competitions.

Asimov’s Science Fiction (magazine)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000–20,000 words (generally less than 7,500 words)
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: No
Response: Five weeks
Description: Character-oriented Science Fiction stories that is serious, thoughtful, yet accessible (occasional humor), including borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction (and some poetry).

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

Interzone Magazine (TTA Press)
Payment: 1.5 euros a word
Story Length: 2,000–17,500 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: usually within 5 weeks
Description: Fantastika fiction: non-themed, general audience, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

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), as well as non-fiction, poetry, and black and white art.