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Author Spotlight - Tonia Brown

Tonia Brown is a writer of horror and dark humor.  She's been published by the likes of Permuted Press, Books of the Dead Press, Cutting Block Press, and Blood Bound Books.  Her most recent novels, released over the summer, include Lucky Stiff: Zombie Gigolo and Sundowners. DM: Tell us a little more about your ...

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Author Spotlight - Matt Molgaard

Matt Molgaard is a writer and an horror buff who has written articles for magazines like Fangoria, Horror Asylum, Relativity Media and Best-Horror-Movies. He runs HorrorNovelReviews.com where he spreads "Honesty in the Terror" and devotes much of his time towards promoting the genre. He recently came out with a double-shot story collection. We ...

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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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Autumn Cthulhu

Added to Anthologies on September 17, 2014.

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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/

Spark Anthology Contest: Monsters and Marvels

Added to Contests on September 16, 2014.

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What they want:

Like darkness and light, Yin and Yang, monsters and marvels are two sides of the same coin. Each entry should include both a monster and a marvel—though “monster” and “marvel” may refer to same element of your entry.

The theme for this contest invites open interpretation: are monsters physical manifestations of evil, or the internal demons that plague us all? Marvels: fantastic bestiary creatures, or symbols of the human spirit’s resilience?

Categories: Poetry, Prose, Artwork

Deadline: October 1, 2014
Length: Up to 12,000 words
Award: Grand prize winner receives $500, publication in upcoming Spark Anthology, lifetime Scribophile membership, one year Duotrope subscription, one year subscription to writing magazine (three choices), one year print and digital subscription to Spark: A Creative Anthology. Monetary awards for second and third place as well – see website for details.
Submission Guidelines: http://sparkanthology.org/contests/seven/

East of the Web

Added to Online Zines on September 15, 2014.

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What they want:

We’re seeking short horror stories, small but perfectly formed dark fiction. We want stories with strong plots and compelling characters which strike fear into the heart of their readers. We’re interested in the full range of horror, from ghosts stories to tales of psychological torment – as long as it’s terrifying, we’re interested.

Length: 7,000+ words
Payment: $0.05/word or a mix of an advance and a royalty
Submission Guidelines: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/

The Secret Life of Ghosts

Added to Anthologies on September 10, 2014.

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What they want:

Ghosts have haunted the minds and imaginations of mankind since the dawn of time. They remain a curiosity, an unanswered question to many, a myth to the skeptics, and a horrible or hopeful truth to others. What sort of might and mayhem do ghosts get into? Are they friend or foe? Friend or foe to whom?

The Secret Life of Ghosts is a collection that will explore various aspects of their haunted existence. From tales of ghosts plaguing the living, to ghosts who can aid those among the living, this collection will show them in all their glory and ghastliness. Give us a glimpse of what it’s like to be an ethereal spirit, or what happens when the living encounter those lost souls.

Editor’s Note: Stories in this collection can be set in the past, present, or future. They can range from traditional supernatural, to imaginative sci-fi, or even fantasy. I’d like to see a few Adventure stories incorporating ghosts, as well. Also, as this is planned to be a “serious” anthology, please avoid overtly “comedic” (parodies, farces, slapstick, etc.) submissions.

Deadline: Until filled
Length: 1,000-10,000 words
Payment: Royalties
Submission Guidelines: http://www.martinus.us/subs.html#ghosts

Challenger Unbound

Added to Anthologies on September 9, 2014.

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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/