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Being part of a Writing Group
Being part of a Writing Group

Taking Submissions: Game On!

Deadline: December 31st, 2022
Payment: 0.08 USD / word plus royalties
Theme: Unique science fiction and fantasy takes on games, game playing, and games in culture.

Games played in fiction often symbolize more than winning and losing. Games represent risk and reward, wealth and class, strategy and blind fortune. In science fiction and fantasy, games can be matters of cosmic importance and of literal life and death—whether the idle pastimes of Star Trek’s 3D chess, the all-consuming TTRPG of the Gamearth trilogy, a frenetic quest as in Ready Player One, the lethal reality TV shows of The Hunger Games, or choosing a new interstellar emperor as in The Player of Games.

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Taking Submissions: Full Moon Chronicles

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Payment: 10.00 for each short story, $5.00 for each poem, article, and flash fiction piece, and $2.50 per cartoon/Comic Strip.
Theme: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Time Travel Fantasy, Grimdark, Horror, Thriller, Paranormal, Bizarro

Full Moon Chronicles Submission Guidelines

We will be open to submissions September 1, 2022, through October 31, 2022

Quick and to the Point:

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NEW BLOOD: The Rebirth of Indie Horror A Conversation with Andrew Robert

NEW BLOOD: The Rebirth of Indie Horror

A Conversation with Andrew Robert

by Matt Micheli

 

These interviews are intended to be very candid and conversational. There is nothing off limits.

 

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For Part 4 of NEW BLOOD, I am here with the founder of Horror Oasis and a fairly new press that is making waves in the indie horror world, Darklit Press—you may know him as The Book Dad on various social media platforms. It is my pleasure to present to my fellow indie horror fans, Andrew Robert!

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Taking Submissions: Tales From The Moonlit Path Halloween Challenge

Deadline: October 13th, 2022
Prize: $50
Theme: Using a quote from the image blow to craft a story

Welcome to our annual Halloween Challenge! Brought to you by Mr. Jason Voorhees himself along with all of the other gruesome nasties we’ve paid homage to over the years. Below you will find a list of 16 movie quotes (okay, we made one up). Your challenge is to take one movie quote and turn it into a story any way you see fit. Of course, we don’t want a retelling of the movie the quote is from, we want an original from you, simply use the quote as a guide. You do not have to use the actual quote in your story, but it’s perfectly ok if you do!

Please write at the top of your submission which quote you are using.

$50 goes to the grand prize winner!

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Taking Submissions: This World Belongs to Us

Deadline: November 30th, 2022
Payment: 0.05 per word and a contributors copy
Theme: Horror stories about bugs

From Beyond Press is launching with a bang—or a squirm, or the sound of too many legs skittering in the dark. This World Belongs to Us is an anthology of horror stories about bugs, writ large—we’re not scientists, so spiders and slugs and scorpions (oh my!) are OK too. Watch the book trailer here!

This anthology will feature stories by Bram Stoker Award winner Kealan Patrick Burke, multiple Bram Stoker Award nominees Cynthia Pelayo and V. Castro, plus Paula D. AsheDonnie GoodmanFelix I.D. Dimaro, and Laurel Hightower, as well as a major rediscovery—John B.L. Goodwin‘s 1946 story The Cocoon, one of the creepiest stories ever written but out of print for more than 40 years. The eerie cover is by Jacob Blanchet.

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Phantom Wine Ghost Story Contest

Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Prizes: Grand Prize: $5,000, writing credits on a video of the story.
Theme: Original Ghost Stories
Note: Must be 21 to enter.

Bogle Vineyards’ Phantom Wine Ghost Story Contest is gearing up for another year of original ghost stories with the winner being produced into a short film with a cash payout!

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Horror and Humor: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Horror and Humor: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Humor brings us smiles, joy, happiness, and laughter.

Horror instills fear, dread, apprehension, and tension.

It might seem odd to say this, but the above differences bind these disparate elements of storytelling in a tight weave.

The best humor makes us laugh out loud. A good hearty laugh leaves no room for apprehension. By contrast, horror strives to carve out a pit of fear in your stomach, leaving no room for laughter. You’re not going to chuckle when death lurks around the corner (unless that horror has so affected you that you’ve started losing your mind). The complete totality of humor necessitates the absence of horror and vice versa. Thus, the stronger the horror or humor, the greater the impact of replacing one with the other. I think the easiest way to show this is with a graph.

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Trembling With Fear 09/25/2022

Hello, children of the dark. Hope you’re doing well as the seasons change and the nights draw closer (or get longer, if you’re Down Under!). I’m writing this at the Autumn Equinox, and I’m really noticing the change today. The leaves are turning, the weather is much colder. It’s almost time for jumpers and hot water bottles – and it’s almost monster season, too. The Halloween countdown is on!

At last weekend’s FantasyCon in London (held in an actually quite lovely airport hotel), among the talks on folklore and mythology and craft, the monsters were quietly there, in the shadows, waiting for their moment. And then, first up on day 2, there they were: a panel looking at monsters and monstrosity, and what the monster represents.

This was one of my favourite discussions of the weekend because it really delved into something I’ve been pondering for a while now: what actually makes a monster? Are they a product of the age in which they’re produced? Does a story benefit from showing the monster or should they always lurk just beyond reach? Most of all, though, panellists David Watkins, Kit Power, Andrew Hook, Tracy Fahey and JL George debated whether humans can be the monster, or whether they’re always just evil humans. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, and all things dark fiction – comment below or get me on Twitter @novicenovelist.  

For me, that particular panel was a good showcase of the different arenas that dark fiction haunts. We have the monsters, of course – the kaiju, the things from other planets, the vampires and werewolves and demons – but we also have monstrous humans, the serial killers, the evil parents, the disturbed and deranged, and everything in between. We have so much we can play with when we inhabit the darker edges of fiction, and for that I am very grateful. I’ve got a hankering to write a vampire story now, but I should probably focus on the damn Victorian occult novel that’s already waiting for me!

For now, I bring you this week’s TWF tasting menu. 

In our trembling main course, Harris Coverley takes carpentry to a horrifying extreme. This is followed by three delicious quick bites:

  • Mike Rader contemplates a new kind of daytime TV
  • Alan Moskowitz ponders the origins of a very famous “doctor”, and 
  • Christopher Saylor gets digging for company

If these stories inspire you to get writing, you’ll find details on how to submit to us over here on our submission guidelines page. We are scheduling towards the end of the year for short stories now, but we are ALWAYS looking for more drabbles! Flex those creative muscles and try to tell your story in just 100 words, then send ‘em over to us.

For now, it’s over to you, Stuart…

Lauren McMenemy

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Anyone looking to make a last-minute order from our store, I apologize, that time has temporarily come to an end! The store will re-open, but it will be a while, and likely on another domain. I feel that for the last two months now, I’ve been promising that we’re going to have some exciting news soon. I’m going to stop talking about it now until any of it actually happens (watch there now be 20 announcements next week.) We’re quite close on much of it but just aren’t quite over the border yet. SOON my friends. SOON! 

For those looking to support the site, we’ve recently launched a Ko-Fi and always have our Patreon going.

As always, I hope you had a great weekend.

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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