Friday, February 15, 2019

Nox Pareidolia

What they want:
The theme is heavily inspired by Robert Aickman's fiction. Initially, I envisioned a book of stories where it is ambiguous as to whether the nature of the horror/weird element is supernatural or not. But I've recently decided to make that a more openly interpreted theme of ambiguous horror/weird fiction. Whether it be ambiguously supernatural or whether what exactly has or is happening is ambiguous, or any creative idea playing off of ambiguity could be interesting to see explored. But the element that is ambiguous must be intrinsic to the story. 
Submission Period: April 1 - April 30, 2019
Length: Under 6,000 words preferred, will consider exceptional tales that are longer but payment is capped at 6,000 words
Payment: 6 cents/word
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hatchet Job

What they want:
This horror anthology, to be edited for Lethe Press by Jerry L. Wheeler, seeks stories that involve one of the traditional tropes of campfire tales and slasher films: the axe murderer. Stories need not focus solely on this antagonist, but all stories must somehow involve this threat or concept. Surprise us by breathing new life into this theme. That said, we anticipate most of the book will be reprints – for which we are offering 2 cents a word. Original work pays 4 cents a word but first query the editor with a synopsis.
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Length: Up to 10,000 words
Payment: 2 cents/word for reprints, 4 cents/word for original work
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Corners of the World Volume 1: Judaism

What they want:
In ‘Corners of the World’ collections we showcase writers and authors from all around the world, each collection focuses on a different subset of people from different cultures. Giving their unique voices and stories a chance to shine. For these collections, we want to bring the folk stories and societies to live in stark horror through the eyes of those who inhabit them.

This year we focus on Jewish stories of horror, we want stories from Jews of every ethnic background focusing on the culture and world of Judaism. Has Ashmandai come to claim a genetic oath? Has the Golem of Prague re-risen to exact vengeance on a secretive society? Does something worse than death stalk the ghettos and warrens of the world?
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Length: 1,500-5,000 words
Payment: $5
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Blasphemous Rumors

What they want:
Blasphemous Rumors is a themed anthology of religious horror stories edited by David Barnett and Regina Garza Mitchell. We are seeking dark short stories that focus on religion or spirituality, stories that may be considered blasphemous by the standards of your religion of choice. We are looking for quality dark fiction, not hate-filled rants against religion.
Deadline: July 31, 2019
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Payment: $.03 per word + 2 print contributor copies
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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Dark Divinations

What they want:
It is the height of Queen Victoria’s rule, the world is powered by steam and seen by gaslight. Fog swirls in the street, while in the parlor, hands are linked. Pale and expectant faces gaze upon a woman, her eyes closed and shoulders slumped. The medium speaks, her tone hollow and inhuman. The séance has begun.

Séances are but one method of divination and communication with the dead. There are many others. From Tarot to the witch board, scrying to numerology, wants it all. We want your Victorian Age stories of Dark Divinations.

First and foremost, your submission must be a horror story and contain something emotionally, physically, or mentally horrifying.

Secondly, it must take place during the Victorian Era. We don’t care if it’s in England, the American West, colonial India, or Africa, it must take place during the years of 1837-1901.

Lastly, the story must concern a method of divination (the practice of foretelling the future through supernatural means.) This can include but is not limited to: Ouija boards, cards, scrying, entrail reading, and necromancy. We’re looking for originality above all.
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Length: 2,000-5,000 words
Payment: $10 + ebook contributor copy
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