Taking Submissions: ‘Running Scared: The Most Terrifying Tale Ever Told’ Contest

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Deadline: March 31st, 2015
Prizes: Amazon gift cards and Inkitt custom mugs. The first place winner will also get a custom poster spotlighting their story! Readers, be on your toes, too: there’s an Amazon gift card up for grabs for one lucky reviewer!

Write a horror story that has people running for cover!
What is Inkitt?

Inkitt is a free platform for writers to cultivate ideas and watch their stories grow. On our site, users collaborate with fellow writers and readers to give each other feedback and improve their work. Inkitt wants to help writers get the exposure they deserve and the publishing deals they covet without suffering the frustrations and bias of traditional printing and selfpublishing.

What is the theme of the horror contest?

“Running Scared: The Most Terrifying Tale Ever Told.” In the tradition of classic horror flicks and monster movies, we want the freakiest, flashiest fiction you can come up with. Make us scream!

What are the guidelines?

Frightening fiction up to 15,000 words. Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible. The contest opens on March 3rd and closes on March 31st . It is free to enter , and authors will retain all rights to all work submitted. Authors will collect community votes, and the first, second, and third place winners will be chosen by Inkitt’s guest judges (horror authors J.D. Horn , Armand Rosamilia , and J. Thorn ) from the top 10% of entries.

What are the prizes?

All entrants will have the chance to show their work to a growing community of authors and readers hungry for high-quality fiction and win the following prizes:

1st Prize:  $25 Amazon gift card, customized movie poster (and high-resolution .pdf file) spotlighting the winner’s story, Inkitt custom mug, custom cover design for the Inkitt story of their choice (created by Inkitt’s designer).

2nd Prize:  $20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug.

3rd Prize:  $10 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug.

 

One review, randomly chosen, will also receive a $15 Amazon gift card.

You can find out more at: www.inkitt.com/runningscared

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Taking Submissions: Ghost in the Cogs

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Deadline: April 1st, 2015
Payment: 6 cents per word up to 4000 words

Ghosts. Gaslight. Gears.

In the wondrous age of steam, pirates, rust, and syphilis aren’t all you need to worry about. Ghosts abound!

In this hissing and clanking steampunk world, there are moments that science just can’t explain. All the mechanical geniuses scratch their heads and whisper words of ghosts and powers, of spirits and demons. Possessed automatons take on lives of their own. Superstitious pilots take all necessary precautions. Avant-garde machinists harness the spirits to power their creations. Revenge-minded ghosts stalk haunted gasworks. This is a mechanized playground for the souls of the dead.

These are the tales we’re looking for: where the spirit world proves itself at times inspiring and dangerous, useful and annoying. In a rich steampunk world, chock full of gizmos and gadgets aplenty, tell us the stories that go bump, clatter, boom in the night. What if Jules Verne wrote Ghostbusters? What if Scooby and the gang rode around in a steam-powered airship? What if Tesla talked to the dead?

Broken Eye Books wants your alternate history steampunk ghost stories. So send us your mechanized masterwork of less than 4,000 words.

If you would like to submit a story for one of them, we are having an open reading period for original fiction submissions from March 1, 2015 to April 1, 2015. We are paying six (6) cents per word for up to 4,000 words. Publication requires first rights for the print and digital versions of the anthology. No reprints. You may submit one submission per anthology. Please, no simultaneous submissions. Send your manuscript as an attachment (.doc, .docx,  or .rtf only) in standard manuscript format.

Burn your story in a graveyard under the full moon, or just send it to submissions@brokeneyebooks.com (with “GITC Submission: [YOUR TITLE]” in the subject line). We can keep the aether gates open through the 4/1/2015 deadline, but not after. Try to spook us…

Via: Broken Eye Books.

Taking Submissions: Tomorrow’s Cthulhu

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Deadline: April 1st, 2015
Payment: 6 cents per word for up to 4,000 words

Super science. Madness. Transhumanism.

Some things can’t be unlearned. This is the dawn of posthumanity.

Gleaming labs whir with the hum of servers as scientists unravel the secrets of the universe. But as we peel away mysteries, the universe looks back at us. Even now, terrors rise from the Mariana Trench and drift down from the stars. Scientists are disappearing—or worse. Eldritch algorithms are erected as countermeasures. Experiments take on minds of their own. Some fight back against the unknown, some give in, some are destroyed, and still others are becoming… more. The human and inhuman are harder and harder to distinguish. Mankind is changing, whether it wants to or not, using implants, chemical alterations, genetic manipulation, new senses that man did not evolve to process, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, drugs—brand new ways of thinking.

Of course, the Old Ones laugh at our laws, scientific and otherwise. What havoc is wreaked by those humans trying to harness and control their science to grow as a species? As big science progresses and the very particles and substance of this universe are understood, what stories are being hushed up? Tell us a tale, and make sure it has a beginning, a middle, an end, and a Cthulhu… (Well, incorporate the Cthulhu Mythos, anyway. Big C himself doesn’t need to make an appearance.)

Broken Eye Books wants your transhumanist near-future science fiction tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. These are tales of more than merely cosmic dread. They exist in our world of the next couple years (no more than that!). This is the era of big science, with stories that have full-tilt plots and characters writhing in the throes of—what is that? We’ll be right back. Send us your maddening masterwork of less than 4,000 words.

If you would like to submit a story for one of them, we are having an open reading period for original fiction submissions from March 1, 2015 to April 1, 2015. We are paying six (6) cents per word for up to 4,000 words. Publication requires first rights for the print and digital versions of the anthology. No reprints. You may submit one submission per anthology. Please, no simultaneous submissions. Send your manuscript as an attachment (.doc, .docx,  or .rtf only) in standard manuscript format.

Set your story adrift directly into the void, or just send it to submissions@brokeneyebooks.com (with “TC Submission: [YOUR TITLE]” in the subject line). Our protection hexes will be active through the 4/1/2015 deadline, but not after. Ia, ia!

Source: Broken Eye Books.

WiHM: Women Editing In Horror

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Women Editing Horror by: Margaret L. Colton

Editor:  Paying the Ferryman, Carpe Noctem: Truly, Madly, Deeply

Author: State of Horror: New Jersey, State of Horror: North Carolina, State of Horror: Louisiana

 

Being a woman editor and writer of horror would seem like a special kind of challenge, but I don’t see it like that at all.  The genre of horror has such a large spectrum that there is truly something for everyone.  I believe women are just as capable as men in delivering that heart-pounding scare to readers.  Being a talented writer is not limited by gender because the only limits are the imagination.  I have heard the stereotypes though—women can’t write shocking horror with blood and guts, and unstoppable horrific monsters, women have too much romance and “softness” in their horror stories and it takes away from the story, and even women can’t write horror that would appeal to the male fan base.  I am thankful that these stereotypes seem to be slipping away more and more all the time.

In my experience as an editor of horror, I have worked on some horror stories from women that were for lack of a better word—extreme.  Women horror writers can kick ass when it comes to writing hard-core horror and do not pull any punches.  I’ve read plenty of stories with blood and gore and terrifying monsters and there was still a good story plot. Women can write extreme horror. Not every vampire a woman writes about is going to brood and whine and pose, they are going to eat their victim’s face off. Women are able to hang with the best of the men and I have read/edited stories that made me a little squeamish. As an editor my job is to make sure the story is as strong as possible.  What I have seen is in between the gore and action are very good, solid stories of horror.  There is a market out there for extreme horror and women are able to deliver with the best of them—everything from psychopathic killers to the most fantastical monsters.

As far as “softness” goes, there is plenty of room on the horror spectrum for some of the romance or softer emotions.  To me, multi-faceted characters of depth should experience an entire range of emotions in a story.  Fear is a great emotion to show as is panic, but when despair and desperation are mixed in or even grief, suddenly there is another whole other dimension to the character and another layer in the story.  I don’t think women are more “soft” than men when writing horror. A story will go where the story needs to go and a good author is able to incorporate the human experience into the story and draw on those emotions while connecting with the reader to create an impact.  That kind of talent is not gender specific.  Both men and women are able to draw on emotion to weave a great horror story.  In one of my first stories I struggled to get that emotional draw right.  I wanted the reader to descend into the mind of the character and feel the confusion, fear, wonderment, love, and doubt—to experience what the character experienced so that they would understand the absolute horror at the end.  Maybe that story could be considered “soft” but it was a different kind of story and again a different place on the horror spectrum.  I’ve read heart breaking horror stories from men which had me running for tissues.  It is about well developed characters and stories and both genders are more than capable of eliciting emotions.

Women can’t appeal to a male horror fan base? Hmmm, well Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein comes to mind. In all seriousness, readers look for good stories. I think men are giving women writers a try and are happy with the result.  Are books like Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight geared toward a male fan base? Of course not, those are geared toward teenage girls.  I know plenty of men who have read and enjoyed Anne Rice’s vampires.  There are scores of women who enjoy Stephen King.  I think the appeal is the story not the gender of the writer. I see that aspect getting better all the time.  Working with anthologies is wonderful.  There are just as many women as men writing horror and submitting.  Anthologies are a great way for readers to get exposed to many authors and give them a try. Men and women side-by-side, and I don’t see men passing over the “girl stories.” I think men deserve more credit than that. Readers know a good story when they read one regardless of the gender of the writer.

Horror, like every other genre out there, has to have a good story to appeal to readers. I get strange looks sometimes when I say I write and edit horror stories.  That little nod and half smile, half horrified expression and usually the, “Wow, ok, um that’s neat. Do you write romance too, ever?”or something similar.  I don’t mind the look or hesitation.  I just smile and tell them to give it a try, or understand that horror is not their thing.  For me horror is very freeing to write and just so much fun. There are no rules or limits other than the basic one every writer must have and that is to tell a good story.  At the heart of horror, no matter where on the spectrum a story lands, the most important element is to have a solid story. Being able to edit in the horror genre gives me a great perspective on what is out there from both veteran writers and newbies, men and women.  Women in Horror Month is a great idea to give us a little time in the sun, but really all horror writers deserve that spotlight for bringing the darker aspects out to entertain and chill the readers.

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Margaret L. Colton

Margaret L. Colton is an avid history buff, especially in the areas of Medieval Europe, Ancient Greece and American History, she loves all things history. She has been imparting her historical knowledge on her students for the past 12 years, teaching not only historical subjects but psychology as well. She teaches in the same district she graduated from. Even though she has two Master’s degrees in education, the writing community called to her.

Before beginning to write again after many years, she began editing and recently started ML Colton Editorial Services. Currently, she has a short story in State of Horror: New Jersey, North Carolina, Louisiana and others set to be published early next year. Besides dabbling with some short stories, she is the Editor-in-Chief at Charon Coin Press and has anthologies coming out early year entitled Paying the Ferryman, and Carpe Noctem: Truly, Madly, Deeply.

She has two beautiful daughters and a granddaughter who share her love of books and fun and some amazing friends around her. Even though she lives in Missouri and is a rabid Cardinals fan, she loves to travel to some of her favorite places like New Orleans, Florida and Hawaii.

Margaret L Colton can be reached at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MLColtoneditservice

Email: MLColtoneditsvc@gmail.com

 

Ongoing Submissions: EGM SHORTS

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Payment: New fiction: $20, Reprint fiction: $10, Non-fiction, all: $10

EGM SHORTS

We are now accepting flash fiction and non-fiction shorts. Fiction length should be approximately 1000 words. Non-fiction can run up to 1500 words. Reprints on both counts will be accepted. Jennifer Brozek is the editor.

This is a multi-genre speculative fiction market. Jennifer is looking for interesting science fiction, fantasy, and horror flash fiction that makes her smile. She prefers things on the darker side of life, but that doesn’t rule out comedy or romance as long as it is genre fiction.

To submit your work, email EGM.Shorts@gmail.com with the story / article in the body of the email.

Heading submissions should be as follows:

New fiction – “Submission: [Title, Author]”

Reprint fiction – “Reprint: [Title, Author]”

Non-fiction, all – “Non-Fiction: [Title, Author]”

Payment is as follows:

New fiction: $20

Reprint fiction: $10

Non-fiction, all: $10

If you have a question, please email with the subject heading “Question” to  EGM.Shorts@gmail.com.

For original work we are asking for three months exclusive rights, archives for one year. For reprints, non-exclusive, archives for one year.

Via: Evil Girlfriend Media.

Story Worms: Interview with N.M. Scuri, a Women in Horror Month Special

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NM ScuriAs part of Women in Horror Month I interviewed fellow female horror writer, N.M. Scuri. She is a short story author, novelist, college instructor, and editor. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and her work has appeared in The Spectral Times, among others.

Her publications include “It’s All Good News,” which is included in the anthology Sins of the Past, 13: Thirteen Paintings and Stories, a collection of short stories and art by Byron Rempel, and “The Watcher in the Sea”, set in the Aokigahara forest in Japan. She is also a regular on the internet radio show Ghost News Network, where she discusses literature, as well as historical topics in the paranormal.

When she’s not terrorizing freshmen or posting two-sentence horror stories, she’s tending to her schnauzer, Yoshi’s, social media footprint and frightening her relatives. You can find her at gplus.to/nmscuri.

How did you first become interested in horror, and what led you to write in that genre?
It’s just a genre I’ve always loved. My mom was a huge Dark Shadows fan and I was raised on Hammer films and Stephen King.

How do people react when you tell them you write horror?
They don’t know what to make of it. People have, well, peculiar ideas about writers in general, horror writers in particular. I guess I don’t look the type to have bodies hidden in my basement, as far as they know…

What prompted your decision to publish under your initials rather than your full name?
When I graduated from college, I began teaching. I wanted to keep my online writing life separate from my teaching life.

Why do you think horror is such a male-dominated genre? Do women have a harder time as horror writers?
Unfortunately, I think we do. I was reading an excellent article about the public perception of horror writers, only to see the author (a male horror writer guest blogging on a female writer’s blog) refer to the “next generation of breakout horror writers” as great husbands and fathers. It can be frustrating.

What do you think the future of the horror genre is?
There are a lot of great new writers coming out, both male and female, established writers like Joe Lansdale and Stephen King are still producing excellent work, and shows like the Walking Dead are mainstream. Going forward, I see the genre continuing to grow. An important development is the diversification of the genre: we have everything from psychological horror to splatterpunk. There is something for every taste and sensibility.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on a collection of two sentence horror stories with illustrator Byron Rempel. He’s great to work with and brings a suitably disturbing dimension to the stories. His 1000 Zombies project is worth checking out.

Taking Submissions: Lost Signals

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Deadline: October 31st, 2015
Payment: $0.01/per word

Perpetual Motion Machine presents a new anthology of horror transmissions titled Lost Signals, edited by Max Booth III and Lori Michelle, including a cover design by Matthew Revert.

In the darkness, sound is your best friend and your worst nightmare.

Radios are the conductors of noise. They are the radiation of electromagnetic signals. Their waves are invisible, yet they consume us.

Forget about what’s hiding in the shadows, and start worrying about what’s hiding in the dead air.

We are looking for short stories to publish in Lost Signals. That’s where you, the writer, come in. Send us your best horror fiction about radiotelegraphy. We want to be disturbed. Stories should somehow involve radios, radio stations, radars, cell phones, military broadcasts, distress signals, walkie talkies, podcasts, or anything similar. We aren’t necessaryonly after straightforward prose. It’s okay to get experimental on this project. Don’t just think outside the box on this one. Burn the box and eat the ashes.2

Guidelines for Submissions:

Deadline: October 31, 2015

Payment: $0.01/per word

Word count: 1,000 – 20,000

Acceptable file types: doc. and docx.

Simultaneous/multiple submissions: Yes

Reprints: No

All submissions should be formatted 12 pt, any font. Please use your word processing software’s auto-indent for paragraphs, and do not insert a space between paragraphs. In your cover letter, include your contact information and a brief author bio. We are asking for six months exclusive rights for all accepted stories. All authors included in the anthology will receive two contributor copies. We may send out rejections/acceptances before the deadline, but please do not query about your story’s status until November 15, 2015.

All submissions must be sent through our Submittable page.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email at contact@perpetualpublishing.com.

Via: Perpetual Publishing.

Taking Submissions: Unnamed Fey Publishing Anthology

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Deadline: June 30th, 2015
Payment: $5.00 per story

Fey Publishing is looking to put together an anthology of the most disturbing horror stories imaginable. Whether it’s about creatures who go bump in the night or those who walk around in plain daylight with evil lurking in their minds, we want them. Almost anything goes. Serial Killers. Psychopaths. Monsters. Zombies like you’ve never seen them before. Carnage. Cannibalism. Hell, even horror erotica. It can be bizarre, it can be realistic. Doesn’t matter. Let your twisted brain go wild on this one.

However, we do have to put in a few restrictions. Please, no depictions of rape. No underage sex. No bestiality.  Anything that we can’t publish on Amazon without risk of it getting yanked, we just can’t do it. Sorry folks, those are the rules.

Length: Up to 10,000 words. No minimum, but beware that flash fiction has to be pretty damn good to get our attention. No longer than 10,000 words please.

Selection: We will choose 10-13 stories for inclusion.

Pay: $5.00 per story. There will be an editor’s choice winner that will get placed at the front of the book and they will get paid a small bonus. So make those stories good.

Considerations: While we won’t restrict certain topics, be aware that violence against women and children isn’t something we will take lightly, especially if it’s only being used for shock value. Same can be said about any violence, including animal abuse. While yes, we are looking for dark, disturbing tales, we also want well-written stories that scare on a deeper level than simply by resorting to shocking violence. A solid story is paramount to getting accepted into this anthology.

Deadline: June 30th, 2015.

Publication Date: September 2015

Note: Fey Publishing does not require exclusive rights. If the piece has been published elsewhere, include permission from original publisher with your submission and state that it was previously published. If we find out that it was previously published and permission was not given before submitting to us, we will automatically deny it. It is up to you to make sure you have rights to re-publish your work with another publisher. If it’s self-published, no problem. We will take a look at it just the same. You will still hold rights to your work, we merely ask for publication rights.

Multiple submissions are allowed. If this is a simultaneous submission, please let us know with your submission. As soon as it’s accepted else, let us know as soon as possible. Whether we need to pull it or not, doesn’t matter. We still need to verify that the other publisher will let us use the piece before we can accept it.

How to submit: Please submit your story via our online submission portal. No e-mailed submissions will be allowed, and we will likely not respond if you send them via e-mail. If you want to be considered, used the link below. Please include a short bio (about 200 words or so) that includes links to your other works or social media pages. If accepted, this bio will be included in the book so those who enjoyed your work may find you. We do our best to promote the authors we work with.

We will read all submissions after the deadline, so please do not inquire about a decision before that date. It might take us 30-45 days to read through all of them, but we will keep you updated via Facebook or Twitter. If you e-mail asking about an update, we will try to get back to you, but please know everyone will get a response one way or another. If you haven’t heard from us, it means our decision hasn’t been made.

Via: Fey Publishing.

WiHM: What Horror Means To Me

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‘What Horror Means to Me’ by: Heidi Lane who is next featured in the anthology ‘Paying the Ferryman’

I can still remember sitting on the couch as a child watching Psycho with my mom. She had enjoyed watching Alfred Hitchcock films growing up and wanted to share this interest with me. I watched the film with wide eyes; scared but unable to take my eyes away. It took me about a year to be able to shower with my eyes closed after that, but somehow it didn’t deter me. My interest in horror only grew.

In elementary school while other kids were interested in shows like Teletubbies and reading The Boxcar Children series, I was watching Are You Afraid of the Dark? and reading R.L. Stine Fear Street books. In middle school I started delving into books about alien abductions, the occult, and the paranormal. I made a couple of friends who shared my interest in horror movies. We would always watch the newest ones together. When Freddy Versus Jason came out to theaters, I paid for my older sister’s ticket to get us into the movie since it was rated R (she promptly left before the movie started since she hates horror movies).

As an adult, my interest in horror has not wavered. The horror genre has been knitted into many of memories and is still a part of me to this day. With such an interest in horror it would seem only natural that I would combine it with my love of writing. However, I always thought that horror was something for me to enjoy, not to write myself. Girls were supposed to like romantic comedies and Nicholas Sparks books, weren’t they? As a female, I shouldn’t be expected to be voraciously reading Campfire Tales, nor should I be on the lookout for the next great horror movie to add to my queue. Or so I thought.

About a year ago I decided to give writing horror a try. Something finally clicked inside of me that caused me to ask myself, “Why not?” Up until then I would struggle and get bored with my stories, almost giving up writing altogether. When I allowed myself the opportunity to write horror, I was beyond surprised to discover how natural it felt to be writing the genre. The words flowed, the story played out in my head like a movie, and I was invested in my characters and what would happen next. Unlike my attempts at writing non-horror, I could feel my characters speaking to me and telling me the story, rather than the other way around. Nothing ever felt forced.

So why did it take me so long to write my first horror story? On some level it shouldn’t be surprising. Like many things, horror felt like a man’s genre. When I think of horror authors, the first names that pop into my head are Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and Dean Koontz. When doing a quick online search for top twenty horror authors, the first list I looked at were all male authors. Not even Anne Rice placed in the top twenty. Even the top selling horror graphic novels are written by men (e.g. Hellblazer, The Walking Dead, American Vampire, Preacher). Seeing all of the horror big hitters be men can be intimidating.

It’s disheartening to think that other women and girls out there might be put off from contributing to the horror genre for the same reasons I did. But at the same time, I think now is our time. Although the horror genre can be seen as a male-dominated genre, as women we shouldn’t be intimidated. Female writers who love horror need to put those stories that have been locked in their minds on paper and breathe life into them.

To help other young girls and women know that they’re not the only females with an interest in horror, it’s important to not be silent. Women need to voice their interests and not be afraid of what others will think. It is easier to stand up for your interests when there’s a feeling of belonging and knowing that you’re not the only one. Horror needn’t be viewed as a genre for men; women are invited as well, and I’m glad that I finally took my seat at the table.

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Heidi has recently fallen in love with writing horror/paranormal short fiction. For most of her life she has been drawn to topics involving the paranormal and occult. In elementary school she devoured R.L. Stine Fear Street books and in middle school she developed a love for horror movies.

Heidi was born and raised in the technology and coffee mecca that is Seattle. When she is not busy corralling her toddler, she enjoys writing, curling up with a book or graphic novel, and watching the occasional movie. She also can be found out running on the trail in order to stay in shape in case of a zombie apocalypse.

Heidi’s work appears in Paying the Ferryman (Charon Coin Press). Her website is heidi-lane.com.

Taking Submissions: Spectral Book of Horror Stories Volume 2

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Deadline: June 30th, 2015
Payment: £20 per 1000 words, up to a maximum of £100

Mark Morris says: “I’m pleased to announce that THE 2ND SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES is now open to submissions! Stories can be any length (though the preferred length is 2000-8000 words) and payment is £20 per 1000 words, up to a maximum of £100, which means that if you submit a story that’s over 5000 words it will be on the understanding that you’ll be giving us those additional words for free. The closing date for submissions is June 30th, and the book will be launched at FantasyCon in October. Due to the volume of stories I’m expecting to receive over the next few months it may take a while for me to get back to you, and my responses may, by necessity, be brief (I have my own writing deadlines to meet, after all).PLEASE NOTE: NO MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS AND NO REPRINTS!! All submissions should be sent to

spectralhorror2@gmail.com

and stories should be double-spaced in a clear, readable font. There’s no theme for the anthology – all I’m looking for are well-written, original, disturbing stories that push my buttons. If you want further clues as to the kinds of stories I like, I recommend you buy and read a copy of the inaugural volume of THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES, which is available from Spectral Press. Thanks – and good luck!”

Via: Spectral Press.

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