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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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Fresh Markets

Blank Fiction Magazine

Added to Online Zines on July 31, 2014.

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What they want:

We’re looking for all kinds of creepy, scary, frightening, fiction. Submit stories that induce feelings of horror and terror in an engaging atmosphere. If you can make us feel that insidious pull of the unknown haunt you’re on the right track.

Similar and potential crossover genres include Crime Fiction, Dark Fantasy, Ghost Stories, Monster Literature, Mystery Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Thriller and Weird Fiction. These genres share a lot of constructs with Horror, but please make sure your piece is basedprimarily in Horror.

Deadline: October 10, 2014
Length: Up to 15,000 words
Payment: $50
Submission Guidelines: http://blankfictionmag.com/

Note: Has reading fee of $2.00 for submissions.  Thanks to Sandra Seamans for the notice.

Krampus Crackers

Added to Anthologies on July 30, 2014.
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What they want:

* Open to Australian writers only.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, prawns sizzling in pepper and oil, the hot murmur of brandy deep in your stomach, sunburnt cheeks after a backyard Boxing Day cricket match, the fiery red of St Nick’s velvet cloak, and the flaming eyes of his devil counterpart…Krampus.

This Christmas, take a walk on the wild side. Swap merry for scary, and get inspired by the chain-dragging, cloven-footed, birch-rod-wielding Alpine myth of Krampus, the Christmas monster who punishes all the children who end up on the naughty list.

We’re looking for Christmas-themed flash fiction inspired by the Krampus myth. Twelve stories, accompanied by six illustrations by artists including Terry Whidborne and Simon Cottee, will be made into sets of ‘Krampus Crackers’, to be distributed in various hot locations around Brisbane this Christmas.

Deadline: September 5, 2014
Length: 300-500 words
Payment: $60AUD
Submission Guidelines: http://tinyowlworkshop.com/

Savage Beasts

Added to Anthologies on July 29, 2014.

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What they want:

…we’re looking for dark and terrifying tales of fiction that have been scratched into the inside of your skull by the musical earworms to which you listen.

Hundreds of authors report getting their inspiration for their dark tales from music. Whether that musical choice be metal, classic rock, country or the far more horrifying pop tunes that ramble in and out of your head, any source of inspiration will work. Whether a complete song, or a single lyric, as long as your inspiration is musical it will qualify your exceptional piece of dark fiction for consideration into SAVAGE BEASTS.

As with our complete catalog of bestselling anthologies, we do not want to limit your creativity with a narrowly themed collection. Anywhere your mind goes, so long as it’s been taken there by some form of music, will work for your submission. But, as always, be prepared to scare the hell out of us.

Deadline: September 5, 2014
Length: 3,000-7,000 words
Payment: .02 cents/per word
Submission Guidelines: http://greymatterpress.com/

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/

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/