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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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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/

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/

Grimdark Grimoire

Added to Anthologies on April 16, 2014.

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What they want:

The antihero: love them or hate them, they tend to get the job done. Sorcerers, gunslingers, assassins, outlaws, et al, come together in twisted tales of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and suspense. When the end of the world is upon us, who will stand in your corner?

The Grimdark Grimoire idea is to focus on the antihero. Sometimes they lend a helping hand and at other times they take advantage of the situation.

What we are looking for is original fiction that takes place in unique and expansive landscapes and cultures that feature the antihero. We want adventure stories that don’t hold back and capture the imagination and run the gambit of speculative fiction.

Deadline: September 15, 2014
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines: http://tmarquitz.com/blog/?p=1449

The Twentieth Annual Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers Short Story Contest

Added to Contests on April 15, 2014.

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What they want:


1970s paranoia is back in fashion, but with a 21st century technological edge. Does the NSA listen in on every little tweet? Will drones watch over the backyards of America? And what exactly is HAARP (the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program), with its high-power radio frequency transmitter facility located deep in the Alaskan wilderness? Is the Air Force really studying the ionopshere, or is electronically tickling the Northern Lights a cute cover for more sinister experiments in weather manipulation, satellite disruption and mind control?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to impress us with the wildest conspiracy you can imagine, whether inspired by current events like those above or drawn completely from your worst hypothetical fears. All genres will be considered, and the subject matter need not be limited to modern, scientific skullduggery. Freemasonry, ancient cabals, cults, secret societies and good, old-fashioned assassination plots are just as welcome.

* There is NO ENTRY FEE.

Deadline: July 31, 2014
Length: Up to 4,000 words
Award: All authors will receive written critiques from each of three first round judges.  The top three stories will move on to the second round, judged by Hildy Silverman, editor-in-chief of Space and Time Magazine.  The 1st Place story will be published in a future issue of S&T, as per editor’s timeline and discretion, and the author will receive the Graversen Award ($75), in honor of the GSSW’s founder, Patricia Graversen.  The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $40 and $25, respectively.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.gshw.net/contests.html

Spacesuits and Sixguns

Added to Online Zines on April 14, 2014.

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What they want:

Spacesuits and Sixguns is a magazine of contemporary pulp fiction – simple, straightforward storytelling with an emphasis on action. We’re not looking for Lovecraft or Howard pastiches, or stories set in the 1930’s. Read a dozen pulp fiction stories, soak it all up, then ask yourself: what if this happened in my hometown today? Write close to home, write about what you love, and follow Elmore Leonard’s maxim: leave out the parts people skip. All genres accepted — detective, horror, mystery, adventure, SF, sword and sorcery. We love them all.

Length: around 4,000 words (flexible)
Payment: 4 cents/word
Submission Guidelines: http://www.spacesuitsandsixguns.com/?p=11