Anthologies (listed alphabetically)

Apotheosis

What they want:

Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the return of the Elder Gods.

Humanity struggled to grow and evolve as a species for thousands of years forever caught in the shadow of a dread threat known only to a devoted few. When the stars are right, the Old Ones will return to claim utter dominion of the world.

Lovecraft Mythos stories often climax at the moment of the fateful return of the Elder Gods and the audience is left to ponder what might happen next.

This anthology features stories about humanity under the reign of the Elder Gods and ancient terrors.

Submission Period: November 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014
Length: 2,000-7,000 words
Payment: 3 cents per word + contributor copy (ebook & print)
Submission Guidelines: http://simianpublishing.org/
submissions/anthology-guidelines-apotheosis/

Autumn Cthulhu

autumn-cthulhu-cover-dummy-small

What they want:

Well, the words Autumn Cthulhu sum it up somewhat. But, though pastiche can be done well, I don’t want it here. In other words, less “Mythos” and more “Lovecraftian”. I’m talking about the themes of Lovecraft: cosmic horror, deep time, man’s irrelevant place in the universe, horrific truths about reality, etc…

So the story should be Lovecraftian, set in the fall. You could include Halloween, and in fact I very much hope some of you do, but it’s not a necessity. There’s a mood and a magic and a mystery to autumn; think colorful falling leaves, crisp days, rainy afternoons and evenings. A cold drizzle.

Quiet horror.

Deadline: October 31, 2014
Length: 3,000-6,000 words
Payment: $150
Submission Guidelines: http://lovecraftzine.com/2014/
09/13/now-accepting-submissions-for-autumn-cthulhu/

Beyond the Nightlight

murderofstorytellers

What they want:

Fears fade as years pass. They are never as salient or real as they were when you were a child. Unless they are. For this anthology, we’re looking for the real, true terrors. The creatures that plagued you in the dark hours of the night. The bumps in the night that kept you awake. The characters need not still be children, but the fears must stem from childhood. Think Stephen King’s It, Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, and ghostly slumber party games.

Though the theme is child-centric, the anthology is not. This is not horror for children. Scare us.

Deadline: October 13, 2014
Length: 500-13,000 words
Payment: $15 +contributor’s copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.amurderofstorytellers.com/
submissions/

Black Beacons: Subtropical Suspense

blackbeaconbooks

What they want:

We want your mysterious, strange, twisted and suspenseful tales set in Brisbane. Please note that supernatural tales will not be accepted. Ghostly happenings and spooky atmospheres (think Scooby Doo or The Hound of the Baskervilles) are fine, but no actual monsters or vampires or zombies, OK?

The story MUST be set in or have a strong connection to Brisbane, Australia. It can be set at any time in the present or past.

Deadline: Until filled
Length: 2,500-25,000 words
Payment: $10
Submission Guidelines: http://www.blackbeaconbooks.blogspot.com/
p/submissions.html

Bloodlines

ticonderoga

What they want:

Blood will tell… blood holds memory… blood is sacrifice… blood is thicker than water… blood is life.

Bloodlines will feature non-traditional horror stories, which take place in an urban fantasy setting. Give me stories about creatures that need blood to live, or blood to do magic, or whose blood is magic. Witches, shamans, faeries, ancient gods and humans can feature in this collection, so long as your story exudes magic and mystery. So long as you enchant me.

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Length: 1,000-7,500 words
Payment: Aus 2 cents/word ($150 max) + 2 contributor copies
Submission Guidelines: http://ticonderogapublications.com/
index.php/our-books/185-bloodlines

Blurring the Line

cohesionpress

What they want:

Blurring the Line (working title) is seeking to blur the line between what is fiction and what is non-fiction. We want horror stories, tales that are serious and frightening, hard-hitting and imaginative. We want monsters; vampires and zombies and werewolves and the mummy and creatures from the Black Lagoon and giant killer plants and mutated ants and demons and devils and Mothmen and everything else you can think of or that hasn’t been thought of yet. But we also want your serial killers and demented and depraved humanity. We want it all. Push your imagination and take us into the far reaches of your darkness, without letting go of reality. Make us believe.

BUT, we want to be scared, made to feel uneasy and uncomfortable. We do not want to be shocked for no reason; if you’re going to eviscerate someone, there needs to be a good reason for doing so. We want style over shock value. We do not want supernatural romance, or weird fiction. We’re not looking for tales about a monster hunter or a covert monster hunting team (we love these stories but they’re not what we’re looking for here).

Submission Period: August 1 – October 31, 2014
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Payment: AUD8c/word
Submission Guidelines: http://cohesionpress.com/
submissions/anthologies/

Challenger Unbound

knightwatch

What they want:

Challenger Unbound will be an anthology of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor Challenger stories with a supernatural, cryptid or monstrous background. With permission to gather together an anthology by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, we are looking for stories which are true to the eponymous hero. If you don’t know who Challenger is, you need not apply.

Deadline: December 31, 2014
Length: 2,000-6,000 words
Payments: Royalties + ebook contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.scorchedflower.co.uk/
knightwatch/submissions/

Corvidae

worldweaver

What they want:

Corvidae are the family of birds which include such iconic species as crows, ravens, magpies, rooks and nutcrackers. They are known for their high intelligence (they use tools and recognize themselves in mirrors!) and appear in fiction and mythology all through the ages and in a great many different cultures as well.

Corvids are seen as mystical creatures, known to be companions to both Odin and Apollo, believed by the Haida to have created the earth and credited (in the form of Raven the Trickster) for stealing fire and bringing it to earth, but they are also associated with death, disease and madness. According to legend, the Kingdom of England will fall if the ravens leave the Tower of London and so are a kind of good luck charm, but they are also associated with battle and war through their connection with The Morrigan and Badb from Irish mythology. Such paradoxical creatures, it’s easy to be fascinated by them, and a great many of us are.

We are looking for fantasy and well-written horror stories (nothing gratuitously gory or violent).

Submission Period: July 1, 2014-October 31, 2014
Length: up to 7,500 words
Payment: $10 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.worldweaverpress.com/
submit-anthologies.html

Cranial Leakage – Tales From The Grinning Skull

gspress

What they want:

CRANIAL LEAKAGE will be an annual publication from Grinning Skull Press. It is an unthemed horror anthology that will be published in both digital and print formats. Subject matter is open, but please NO sexual content involving children.

Deadline: Ongoing
Length: 1,000-7,000 words
Payment: 1/4 cent/word (subject to an increase). Digital copy + print copy.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.grinningskullpress.com/
Submissions-Guidelines.html

Creature Stew

What they want:

Vampires, werewolves, zombies, demons, creatures from the deep, and all things hideous and terrifying in between! Monsters in exotic locales, monsters in space, monsters laying waste to entire cities, microscopic creatures wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. Use your imagination and scare us silly with your abominable creation.

Graphic violence is acceptable if integral to the story. We are not interested in excessive profanity or erotica. Focus on crafting a well-written narrative with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Be sure to give plenty of thought to the following elements: setting, character, plot, conflict.

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Length: 500-4,500 words
Payment: Royalties + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.papabearpress.com/

DarkFuse Anthology Series

darkfusefb

What they want:

Horror, thriller, suspense, crime, sci-fi, bizarre—anything with a dark slant. Original, never-before-published stories.  No reprints.

Deadline: Ongoing
Length:
2,000-5,000 words
Payment: $50, 5% royalties on ebook edition.  Print contributor copy.
Submission Guidelines: https://darkfuse.submittable.com/submit/23126

Enter at Your Own Risk: Dreamscapes into Darkness

firbolg

What they want:

Passions become obsessions. Obsessions become manias. And sometimes, manias turn into nightmares. What happens when one wants so badly that all else, including sanity and self, is consumed by the bonfires of desire? What happens when one achieves the dream, only to discover the nightmares lurking behind the illusions? Firbolg Publishing’s fifth anthology, Enter at Your Own Risk: Dreamscapes into Darkness, explores the old adage of “Be Careful What You Wish For.” We are looking for stories that step behind the veil of dreams and wishes into the unanticipated horrors of fulfillment. Journey down wishful thinking’s twisted pathway and discover what dark ends and detours await–send us your story and share a TOC with D.H. Lawrence, Mary Shelley, A.M. Burrage, H.P. Lovecraft, and more Gothic masters from yesteryear in Enter at Your Own Risk: Dreamscapes into Darkness.

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Payment: $50 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.firbolgpublishing.com/
submissions-enter-at-your-own-risk-dreamscapes-into-darkness/

 

Fossil Lake II

fossil_lake_front

What they want:

What we’re looking for: the dark, the transgressive, the controversial, the surreal. Horror, humor, bizarro, erotica, suspense, fantasy, historical, Lovecraftian … pretty much anything goes genre-wise and content-wise as long as it’s well-written and entertaining to read. Bonus points for somehow involving thematic elements of fossils and/or lakes.

Deadline: September 30, 2014
Length: poetry/flash fiction up to 1000 words; short stories 1000-5000 words.
Payment: contributor copy, $5.00 for poetry/flash; $10.00 for short stories.
Submission Guidelines: http://fossillake.wordpress.com/
guidelines/

From Out of the Dark

altair3

What they want:

All stories are to he set in the gap between galaxies, the immense darkness of space and all the frightening aspects and contemplation of billions of light years of unseeable entities can bring. These are not just first encounter ideas as the bent is strong horror memes within science fiction framing. This is not horror added the SF or SF added to horror by slight of hand. What is required is a true as possible journey into a place we cannot and will never imagine outside of telescopes and maths. This is science fiction, so no fantasy worlds please. Space ships and rays guns are fine, but if I spot a dragon I might not reply.

From Out of the Dark requires some deep thinking and frightful manipulations of emotion and events to create fiction that can cause a sweat and a gasp for air lost to vacuum.

Deadline: October 31, 2014 (or until filled)
Length: 5,000-10,000 words
Payment: $75 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://www.ralan.com/listings/
hosted/fromoutdark.htm

Ghosts

ghosts

What they want:

We are looking for stories that have a ghost or multiple ghosts in it. The stories also must have an element of horror to it as this is an anthology of horror. However, the setting can be anything you want and genre (fantasy, sci-fi, romance, true story, urban legend etc) as long as it has a ghost and there is horror or something dark. We want something unique that send shivers down someone’s spine. Adult themes and gore are accepted but please refrain from graphic sex.

Deadline: September 28, 2014
Length: 2,000-5,000 words
Payment: $10 + contributor copy
Submission Guidelines: http://davidmichaeltyson.com/
2014/08/05/ghosts-anthology-submission-guidelines/