Monday, February 19, 2018

Poe’s Shadows, Tales of Poe for the 21st Century

Posted by Randi on Monday, February 19, 2018

What they want:
His very name evokes images of a dismembered corpse, a paramour whose teeth have been pulled lovingly from her mouth, a rival bricked behind a cellar wall and, of course, a raven. These and many other iconic stories that forever altered the horror and mystery genres were all published in the mid-nineteenth century. Although Poe foresaw many things in heaven and hell, he could not have foreseen the twenty-first century. For our second anthology, Black Mirror Press invites you to join us as we adapt Poe’s classic stories, all of which are now in the public domain, to the twenty-first century.

Our intent is to release this collection of updated tales on October 7th, 2018, the 169th anniversary of Poe’s mysterious death. We are seeking modern—meaning present day (twenty-first century)—reinterpretations of Poe’s classic stories. Naturally, please also consider other stories besides the classic Poe standards The Tell-Tale Heart or The Fall of the House of Usher (although we are interested in your creative reinterpretations of those as well). Do take the time to consider Poe’s more obscure but equally compelling stories such as Hop-Frog, The Masque of the Red Death, and others.

Also, please consider Poe’s groundbreaking mystery and detective tales, such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter and stories based on his poems as well. Clever modern-day reimaginings of Poe’s timeless poetry will be welcomed, but must have a unique 21st century perspective.

For Poe’s fiction, please do not simply retell the tale in today’s setting, but add a twist that reflects life today, whether technological or societal.
Deadline: Open until filled
Length: 3,000-7,000 words
Payment: $10 + ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: