What they want:
Research and modernise a myth, legend, folk-tale etc. The tale must be written in such a way that the myth is recognizable, yet without ‘info dumps’. What we are looking for are re-workings of myths and legends, brought into the modern world and ready to scare the pants off us.
Remember, though: the tale must have horror as a central theme.
The Brothers Grimm defined legend as a historically-grounded folktale. For this purpose, that is not quite the definition we are looking for. We all know legends, yet not all of them are grounded in history. Loch Ness, Bigfoot, Johnny Appleseed… the list goes on. Use this concept to shock and amaze us.
Length: Short stories up to 5,000 words. May accept one novelette up to 10,000 words per issue (send brief synopsis first).
Payment: 3 cents per word. $150 max for stories, $300 max for novellas.
Submission Guidelines: http://midnightechomagazine.com/submission-guidelines/