Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

October, 2017
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Payment: Varies; at least minimum professional rates and upward
Story Length: up to 7,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown (reports at about 3 months)
Description: Founded by Francis Ford Coppola: Quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays; genre fiction welcome, but to mainstream tastes. Postal mail submissions only.

Holy C.O.W.! Spec Fic stories from the Center of the World (anthology)

Payment: 7–10 cents a word
Story Length: 500–6,000 words
Deadline: Open between November 1–30
Reprints?: No
Response: 30 days
Description: stories rooted in the ancient Fertile Crescent, Levant and the Middle East, but stretch into the near and distant future. Holy C.O.W.! is seeking all styles and sub-genre, including humorous speculative fiction.

Fireside Fiction Company
Payment: 12.5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,000 words (flash fiction preferred)
Deadline: Open only Nov. 5–Nov. 11, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: To publish great speculative fiction storytelling, regardless of genre (ex. Neil Gaiman); unique voices.

Clarkesworld Magazine
Payment: 10 cents per word for the first 5,000 words, 8 cents for each word over 5,000
Story Length: 1,000–16,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent.
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Science fiction and fantasy (include. All associated sub-genres); Science fiction need not be "hard" SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, contemporary, surreal, etc. Horror can be supernatural or psychological, so long as it is frightening.

Uncanny Magazine
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 750
6,000 words
Open only Oct. 2–Oct. 16, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Passionate, diverse SF/F fiction and poetry... intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.

Awakenings anthology (Book Smugglers Publishing)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500
17,500 words
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Short stories following Fairytale Retellings, First Contact, Superheroes, and Gods & Monsters. When it comes to Awakenings, anything goes. You, the author, should feel free to take this general theme and interpret it in any way you see fit–from a story about an AI’s first hours of sentience, to magical alternate histories featuring characters discovering how to wield power for the first time, anything goes.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

Best of Hardcore Horror, Volume 3 (Best Of/ Reprint antho) (edited by Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax; publ. by Comet Press)
Payment: 1 cent a word (reprints only)
Story Length: to 8,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Reprints?: Reprints only (including stories from self-publishing, online, single-author collections, etc.)
Response: unknown
Description: Hardcore Horror stories that were published in 2017 (bloody, gory, outlandish, pushing boundaries, etc.)

Tales from the Lake, Vol. 5 (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Payment: 3 cent a word
Story Length: to 6,000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Non-themed horror, with a preference for believable, quiet horror and dark fiction with a literary bent.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Release day for HAUNTED NIGHTS anthology I'm in!

Received my contributor’s copy, just in time for release day of the latest anthology I’m in “HAUNTED NIGHTS” (October, 2017 by Blumhouse Books/ Penguin Random House)! Edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton, I’m thrilled to be included alongside some of my peers, inspirations, and idols of writing! My story, “A Kingdom of Sugar Skulls and Marigolds” is about varrio self-discovery in East L.A. on Dia de los Muertos, with gangs, talking sugar skulls, and dark magic.

Edited by: Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton
Table of Contents includes:

"With Graveyard Weeds and Wolfbane Seeds" by Seanan McGuire
"Dirtmouth" by Stephen Graham Jones
"A Small Taste of the Old Countr" by Jonathan Maberry
"Wick’s End" by Joanna Parypinski
"The Seventeen Year Itch" by Garth Nix
"A Flicker of Light on Devil’s Night" by Kate Jonez
"Witch-Hazel" by Jeffrey Ford
"Nos Galen Gaeaf" by Kelley Armstrong
"We’re Never Inviting Amber Again" by S. P. Miskowski
"Sisters" by Brian Evenson
"All Through the Night" by Elise Forier Edie
"A Kingdom of Sugar Skulls and Marigolds" by Eric J. Guignard
"The Turn" by Paul Kane
"Jack" by Pat Cadigan
"Lost in the Dark" by John Langan
"The First Lunar Halloween" by John R. Little

Monday, October 2, 2017

DOUBLE JACK by Gene O'Neill available for sale!

Received over the weekend, the first box of Gene O'Neill’s novella, DOUBLE JACK!! This is the first book in the trilogy, “The Crime Files of Katy Green,” and the second book I’ve published through my press, Dark Moon Books! With Introduction by John Palisano and stellar illustrations by Greg Chapman!

Monday, September 18, 2017

I guest star on this week's Podcast episode of The Fanbase Weekly!

Tune in to this week's Podcast episode of The FANBASE WEEKLY where I’m a guest discussing the latest in Pop Culture News!

Special thanks to Barbra Dillon and Bryant Dillon at Fanbase Press for including me as we discuss IT the movie, Harley Quinn, Apple iPhone X, and the legacy of Len Weim!

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Absolutely thrilled to finalize the cover art and design for the SECOND Primer in the new “EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION” series, and to announce this edition as a study and introduction to Australian extraordinaire, Kaaron Warren!

With scholarly commentary provided by Michael Arnzen, PhD, and gorgeous illustrations by artist Michelle Prebich. Expected release date by Dark Moon Books in early 2018!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

September, 2017
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest
Payment: $30 flat payment (thus, 6 cents a word)
Story Length: 500 words
Deadline: September 15, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown (probably 1 to 3 months)
Description: Must adhere to the general Pseudopod submission guidelines. Most importantly, it needs to be a horror story (all types of horror welcome)!

Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People (ChiZine)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 500 – 15,000 words
Deadline: February 4, 2018
Reprints?: Possibly
Response: One month
Description: Jewish alternate history: fictional narratives into the “what-if”s of the past, and explores the infinite number of historical roads not taken in the past, present, or future of the Jewish people.

Reckoning Journal
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1 to 45,000 words
Deadline: September 22, 2017
Reprints?: Query first
Response: 1 to 3 months
Description: Diverse fiction stories (and poetry) including speculative element: Searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.

Tales of Ruma  (Azure Keep Publishing)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 500 – 5,000 words
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: (This is a Kickstarter-funded campaign that already met its funding goal.) Tales of Ruma is an anthology of stories inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. Some of the stories are set in the world of the Ruma: Dawn of Empire tabletop role playing game, while others are in worlds of their own, perhaps even alternate versions of Earth.  Original stories set in the world of Ruma, Earth, or another world, which build upon the themes (such as heroism, the gods, and the arcane) and imagery of Greek and Roman mythology.  Ruma is an alternate Roman Empire set on an alternate version of Earth where the gods and magic are real. The RPG is set at the beginning of the Ruman Empire, somewhat akin to 0 A.D. on Earth.

Gumshoe Review (Mystery/ Crime, monthly e-mag)
Payment: $50 flat payment (thus, 5 cents a word or more)
Story Length: flash fiction to 1,000 words (also non-fiction welcome to 1,000 words)
Deadline: Continually
Reprints?: No
Response: vague… est. 1 to 3 months
Description: Stories is a complete mystery in 1,000 words or less. We don't want character studies or mood pieces. We'd like it to lean towards noir but being a mystery. Stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice."

Mind Candy (Myriad Paradigm Publishing *new press*)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: to 5,000 words
Deadline: ‘Until Filled’
Reprints?: No
Response: average about one week
Description: Short speculative fiction that in some way address the intricacies of the mind. Mind control, mind augmentation, multiple memories, mental powers, or any other idea where mental oddities are key to the story line. I prefer science fiction, but will consider any speculative fiction that is not too depressing, violent or graphic.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing Newsletter (ed. Max Booth III)
Payment: $25 flat payment
Story Length: up to 1,000 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: Less than 1 month
Description: Dark fiction in the horror, science fiction, crime, and noir genres to be published in monthly e-newsletter. Accepted stories will also be recorded on the WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? podcast.