Monday, August 10, 2020

Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World

Posted by Randi on Monday, August 10, 2020

What they want:
The greatest and most complete travel anthology of (fictional) haunted buildings in the world is now open! Hosted by Professor Charlatan Bardot, PhD, EdD, EJG, and curated by Eric J. Guignard, this book is seeking dark fiction short stories about haunted buildings (excluding houses) around the globe.

Consider that, essentially, these are “Haunted House” types of stories, except they are to be set in ANY type of structure that is not a house; i.e. the theme of this book is for haunted buildings or structures that are subject of a fantastic, terrifying, magical, weird, or otherwise thrilling or speculative tale, but that the subject building is not a traditional stick-built/frame residential house.

Additionally, these are to be “fictional buildings” (don’t use the Eastern State Penitentiary as the site of your story, but you could use a similar haunted prison modeled off, and named differently than, Eastern State Penitentiary).

Use your wildest imagination for these tales of architecture and intrigue—any type of building (excluding traditional houses) is welcome. A haunted igloo? Yes! A possessed Yurt? Totally! Go wild with these tales, but not to the point of silliness. Although the book idea is playful, and I want the stories to be fun, they also should be taken seriously.

Finally, although the term of “haunted” may invoke a sense of horror, and this book will include those types of tales, I’m looking also to shape this anthology toward imaginative interpretations of what hauntings can mean, in beautiful and colorful ways. The revenant of haunted hair at a barbershop, or the ghosts of children who never were, playing on a playground. Although I enjoy horror and dark tales, I still prefer love and happy endings for them (at least once in a while!).
Deadline: December 15, 2020
Length: 1,500-4,500 words
Payment: Two (2) cents per word and one contributor copy in each of all published formats
Submission Guidelines: