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DM's Field Guide to Dark Fiction - Cosmic Horror

genus: ia ia order: Terror also called: Lovecraftian Horror, Metaphysical horror, Existential horror Common traits – In Cosmic Horror, something exists beyond our mortal plane, and it is too awful to comprehend. Whether it is unintelligible beings floating out of space or hideous ancient gods sleeping deep within the earth, these cosmic ...

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Author Spotlight - Jaqueline Druga

Author Jacqueline Druga has been obsessed with any and all types of apocalypse scenarios for as long as she can recall. While she dabbled in disaster through her writing, her obsession led her on a path of learning and she absorbed all the information she could on how to survive ...

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Author Spotlight - Aaron J. French

Aaron J. French is not only the Editor-in-Chief of Dark Discoveries magazine; he's also a writer and editor for JournalStone Publishing. His stories have appeared in markets like Black Ink Horror, Something Wicked, Chiral Mad, The Lovecraft eZine, and many more. He's also been published under the banners of Uncanny Books, ...

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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

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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Western Trail Blazer

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

My wife Robin and I have assumed the reins at Western Trail Blazer, which has been one of the success stories of the ebook age. And we are looking to expand.

We plan to release several series of anthologies, each one 25-to-30,000 words, and then release each individual story from those anthologies as an ebook single. If you would like to submit a new story, or a previously published one to which that you’ve retained the rights, send ‘em on! 

TERROR IN THE WEST- western horror stories.

PARANORMAL PLAINS- for those “softer” supernatural stories.

Deadline: Until filled
Length: Over 4,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines: http://tnwordsmith.blogspot.com/
2014/01/call-for-stories.html

Horror: Told in 100 Words

Added to Contests on July 22, 2014.
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What they want:

Okay, folks! Here’s the skinny. Flash fiction is pretty hip nowadays and we want to see who can come up with the most creative horror story using 100 words or fewer. Sounds fun, right! Right?!?!

So first thing’s first—the theme. This contest/anthology will have a dual theme. The first is Creation. The second is Destruction. All stories touching on these two topics will be accepted. Doesn’t matter what it is. Get creative!

At the end of the submission period, TEN (5 from each theme) stories will be chosen and posted to HNR’s website. There will be two weeks of voting where readers can weigh in. They will ultimately choose the winners.

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Length: 100 words maximum
Award: Two winners will receive $50.  Depending on the amount of submissions, we will most likely publish the best stories in an anthology. We’re shooting to publish 50 from both themes, but that’s contingent on the amount and—more importantly—quality of submissions. Contributors will be provided an e-copy as payment.
Submission Guidelines: http://horrornovelreviews.com/2014/07/20/
enter-our-new-contest-horror-told-in-100-words-to-earn-some-cold-
hard-cash-and-publication/

Blood Red Wet Dreams

Added to Anthologies on July 21, 2014.
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What they want:

Since the call for the last anthology was so specific, for the next one I wanted to run with an idea that I’ve been carrying around for a while.

BLOOD RED WET DREAMS

It’s not so much a concrete theme as it is an evocative phrase. A trigger to get your creative juices flowing. The only condition is that the stories must contain at least one of the themes suggested by the title of the anthology.

Deadline: September 1, 2014
Length: 1,000-7,500 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines: http://burntofferingsbooks.blogspot.com/
2014/07/open-call-for-submissions-blood-red-wet.html

Encounters Magazine

Added to Online Zines on July 15, 2014.
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What they want:

Encounters is a FREE bi-monthly digital publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror and paranormal short fiction. 

Length: 3,500-10,000 words
Payment: 1/4 cent/word
Submission Guidelines: http://www.blackmatrixpub.com/
guidelines.html

Give

Added to Anthologies on July 14, 2014.
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What they want:

GIVE is the first in a two-part anthology about organ donation. The stories in GIVE will focus on the donor. 

We want you to think beyond the traditional organs that get donated. Consider those parts of the human that come in pairs but aren’t necessarily donated. Everything is shareable, transplantable and rejectable, if you are creative.

We will be including only one story per body part, so if you are going to write about a more common body part, the story had better be special. Stories should be darker in nature. Horror, sci-fi, and dark humor are all appreciated.

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Length: 500-2,500 words
Payment: $10 + 2 contributor copies
Submission Guidelines: http://www.whenthedead.com/
submissions/give-anthology-anatomical-entries/