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Author Spotlight: Michael Arnzen

Author Spotlight: Michael Arnzen

Michael Arnzen is the Chair of the Humanities Division at Seton Hill University, near Pittsburgh, where he was recently awarded Professor of the Year.  He also mentors speculative fiction and horror/thriller novelists in SHU's innovative MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction.  Arnzen's latest books are The Gorelets Omnibus (a collection ...

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Author Spotlight: Lisa Morton

Author Spotlight: Lisa Morton

Lisa Morton is a multi-award winning writer who wears a few different hats. Her horror fiction has appeared in markets like Cemetery Dance and Bad Moon Books, her screenplays have been invited to film festivals, and her non-fiction work like The Halloween Encyclopeida has been nominated for Black Quill award ...

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Author Spotlight – Marc Sorondo

Author Spotlight - Marc Sorondo

Marc Sorondo is a New York based writer of speculative fiction. His stories have appeared in anthologies like Demonic Visions I and II, No Monsters Allowed, and Pavor Nocturnus: Dark Fiction. Most recently, he's sold a novella to Spanking Pulp Press and landed a story in the 8th issue of ...

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Author Spotlight – Kate Jonez

Author Spotlight - Kate Jonez

Kate Jonez writes dark fantasy fiction. Her debut novel Candy House published by Evil Jester Press is available at Amazon in print and ebook. Ceremony of Flies is forthcoming from Dark Fuse April 2014. She is also chief editor at Omnium Gatherum, a small press dedicated to providing unique dark fantasy, ...

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Victor has always been haunted by past Finches.

DM's Field Guide to Dark Fiction - Supernatural Horror

genus: supersticiae ad infinitum orders: Tales of Terror, Horror, Gross-out Common traits – Supernatural Horror most often involves a protagonist battling against some force that is above or greater than nature, and that force can be anything from spiritual to occultic, religious to mythological. This force must inspire revulsion and fear in ...

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Dia de los Muertos Anthology

Added to Anthologies on April 23, 2014.
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What they want:

We are looking for more stories about Dia de los Muertos, that magical time when the dead can return. For many, this is a time for celebration as we call our dead home—but there are those among us who may find that this time is a reason to fear…

Given the rich imagery and ritual/symbolism surrounding this particular holiday, there is a lot of room for creativity here. The subject matter for this project is wide open—we like to give our authors room to play—as long as it touches on the theme. We want you to scare us, to break our hearts, to leave us wanting more… We will accept fantasy, horror, magic realism, literary, and even the darkly humorous. We love quirky characters and stories written from unusual perspectives… please send us your best.

As you know, our tastes run dark but what’s most important to us is a good story; one that we want to read again and again. As we’ve said before, we’re not afraid of sex or violence (not even a bit) as long as it is important to the tale. We aren’t a fan of the gross, however, and we don’t love gore for the sake of gore. There really needs to be a point.

Deadline: July 1, 2014 (or until filled)
Length: 1,000-5,000 words
Payment: $30 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.elektrikmilkbathpress.com/
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Dead Harvest

Added to Anthologies on April 22, 2014.
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What they want:

Open concept horror/dark fiction stories. If your story consists of a ‘harvest,’ ‘autumnal,’ or ‘agricultural’ theme, great, but it need not be to be consideration.

Submission Period: May 1, 2014 – May 31, 2014
Length: 4,000-9,000 words
Payment: $25 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://scarletgalleonpubl.wix.com/
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Pieces of Everything

Added to Contests on April 21, 2014.
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What they want:

You can write about anything you’d like, just so long as it incorporates a bit of the macabre, outlandish or science fiction.

Deadline: May 10, 2014
Length:  Up to 4,000 words
Award: Publication alongside all of the amazing authors listed (and more amazing authors not listed), as well as a $50 take (you must have paypal) and two paperback copies of the book.
Submission Guidelines: http://horrornovelreviews.com/2014/04/19/

She Walks in Shadows

Added to Anthologies on April 18, 2014.
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What they want:

Submit short stories inspired by the work of Lovecraft that focus on a woman or female deity. It may be a character from Lovecraft’s work or someone of your own creation. You are not restricted to the 1920s as a setting. Steampunk, dieselpunk, noir, and any other sub-genre you can imagine are fine with us. Give us your best and most polished work. 

To avoid the Asenath effect (that means every character in the anthology would be Asenath Waite), we asked the authors who are contributing stories to pick a different character from a Lovecraft story. While you are not bound to these restrictions, we suggest that if you use a character from Lovecraft’s fiction, you avoid the usual suspects (Asenath and Lavinia).

Consider interesting and novel settings for your stories. Surely, strange Lovecraftian entities haunt contemporary Nunavut or the Inca fought strange webbed monstrosities centuries ago. Anne Boleyn, evil sorceress or woman fighting the good fight against the Mi-Go? We may never know. Or maybe we will.

* Must be a woman to submit. POCs are highly encouraged to send stories. Transgender writers: same thing.

Submission Period: November 15, 2014 – December 15, 2014
Length: Up to 4,000 words
Payment: 6 cents a word (Canadian $)
Submission Guidelines: http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/
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2014 HWA Poetry Showcase

Added to Contests on April 17, 2014.
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What they want:

We are looking for more than “blood, guts, worms,” etc. Just being “Icky” isn’t enough. Free verse preferred; no forced rhyme or cliches. Unpublished poems only (though previously published poets are, of course, welcome).
For example, these are some contemporary poets of darkness that we admire: Ann K. Schwader, Wendy Rathbone, Mary Turzillo, Bruce Boston, Gary Clark, Robert Borski.
Deadline: April 30, 2014
Length: Up to 50 lines
Award: Four poems will be chosen by HWA member judges to be honored on the HWA website.  In addition, at the judge’s discretion, an electronic chapbook of qualifying poems will be considered for publication under the aegis of HWA. Each poem chosen for publication will be paid $5.
Submission Guidelines: https://horrorwritersassociation.submittable.com/
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