Friday, March 22, 2019

Chew on This!

What they want:
Everything that is living EATS! Plants, animals, humans, aliens, monsters, sea creatures, they all eat in one form or another.

For the Chew on This! anthology we are looking for food-related stories, but we need you to dig deeper and get creative when it comes to the substances that keep us alive. Food should be integral to the story in some way, but not the entire focus. The plots can revolve around a wide range of cultures and belief systems, science and superstition, settings in the future or past. Above all we want stories that are macabre, scary, unsettling, and even gross. There's room for every subgenre of horror from quiet and unsettling physiological tales to extreme and bizarro. Well written, imaginative, frightening, and unique perspectives that make readers afraid to visit restaurants, try cuisine in a foreign lands, attempt new cooking recipes, etc.
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Length: 3,000-7,000 words
Payment: 3 cents/word
Submission Guidelines:

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Necronomicon of Solar Pons

What they want:
Solar Pons is noted for being the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street. But there was a connection to horror in Pons which separated him from his Baker Street mentor. It is noted that Solar Pons wrote An Examination of the Cthulhu Cult and Others. He acknowledged that Carnacki was a legitimate Ghostfinder, and he faced off against a vampire in “The Adventure of the Nosferatu”. What other horrors did Solar Pons face? What unspeakable evil did he uncover when write his examination of the Cthulhu cults? This book intends to answer those questions with new stories which merge August Derleth’s great detective with Derleth’s Cthulhu mythos. See Pons face off against vampires, demons, and the Great Old Ones! A new game is afoot!
Deadline: June 15, 2019
Length: 5,000-10,000 words
Payment: $50, a percentage of the Kickstarter project profits + print contributor copy
Submission Guidelines:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Anthology of Bizarro

What they want:
Another first for HellBound Books - we are looking for the very best in bizarro short stories!

Thrill us, disgust us, have us squirming in our seats - heck, gross us out if ya dare! But, don't resort to gratuitous nastiness for its own sake, we are looking for a good, solid story and awesome characters along with our grossness! 
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Length: 4,000-10,000 words
Payment: $10
Submission Guidelines:

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Horror is Us

What they want:
We’re looking for stories that show the darkest of humanity. We want killers and the damned. We want polished, literary prose that drips with suspense, elicits gasps, and instills sleeping-with the-lights-on levels of fear. We also want consequences, comeuppance, or at least some twisted form of justice. The stories can be set in any time or place, though we lean toward the contemporary. Surprise us. Make a chill go down our spine. But most importantly, make us think about the world a little bit differently. 
Deadline: Until filled?
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Payment: $20 + 2 contributor copies
Submission Guidelines:

Monday, March 18, 2019

I Didn’t Break the Lamp

What they want:
We will be creating an anthology titled I Didn’t Break the Lamp: Historical Accounts of Imaginary Acquaintances. It will be a collection of fictional stories about imaginary friends, imaginary enemies, and imaginary entities that fall somewhere in between.

We are particularly looking for stories from authors who are underrepresented in fiction: people of color, LGBTQ, non-Western religions and cultures.

Each story is written from the perspective of someone who has been or been near the imaginary acquaintance in question. Like our regular magazine, this narrator will also have a bio. Be certain that your story meets these requirements:
  • First person 
  • Focuses on an imaginary acquaintance 
Here are some ideas that we pitched when we made our Kickstarter, but this is meant to be inspirational and not definitive.
  • A monster under the bed or in the closet who helps or hinders the person they watch over.
  • An imaginary friend who always gets their person into or out of trouble … but to what end?
  • A creature that no one believes is real, until they prove their impact.
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Length: 500-8,000 words
Pay: 2 cents/word
Submission Guidelines: