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Taking Submissions: Santa Rage: 12 Tales of Murder and Mayhem

Deadline: September 30th, 2024
Payment: $25
Theme: Very dark Christmas horror stories

Inspired by a suggestion from legendary book reviewer, author and multi-term Short Mystery Fiction Society President Kevin R. Tipple, here’s the holiday anthology that’s definitely NOT going to fill you with Christmas cheer. It will, however, be sure to entertain the darker side of your imagination.

Christmas time is a season full of stress. Cooking, decorations, trying to find the perfect gift for people you barely know. It’s enough to make anyone snap. Now, imagine you’re Santa Claus and you’ve got the entire world to take care of.

Yeah, cookies and milk isn’t going to make that kind of pressure go down any easier. Add in reindeer, elves who slack and Mrs. Claus nagging that you never spend enough time with her during the holidays and it’s enough to make your Kris wanna Kringle, if you know what we mean.

Welcome to Santa Rage: 12 Tales of Murder and Mayhem in which Santa Claus finally snaps and gets his just desserts…and we’re not talking gingerbread. This anthology is based on the idea that one night, while out making deliveries, Santa snaps thanks to the holiday stress and goes on a killing spree. Bonus points awarded for story elements involving meth or drug dealing, strippers, and the best dose of karma Santa ever dealt that did not involve coal.


Taking Submissions: GabaGhoul – A Mafia Horror Anthology

Deadline: July 31st, 2024
Payment: 3 cents per word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Horror-themed Mafia stories

October Nights Press will be seeking submissions for “GabaGhoul: A Mafia Horror Anthology”. This anthology will merge the thrills and chills of horror with the dark underworld and dealings of the mafia. A hitman haunted by past contracts? A boss who dabbles in the dark arts? A ghastly horror lurking in the shadows that chills the most hardened capo to the bone? There are so many themes to explore and organized crime groups from around the world.

We are accepting stories from all horror sub-genres. Slow burn, splatter, erotica, extreme, etc are all welcomed so long as they marry horror with the mafia.


Taking Submissions: Tumbleweed

Deadline: August 31st, 2024
Payment: ~2,000 to 5,000 words – $20 USD, ~5,001 to 10,000 words – $25 USD
Theme: Tumbleweed. Inspired by the eerie spectacle captured in this video

Do you have a tale to tell that will send shivers down our spines? Are you ready to explore the sinister depths of a mysterious phenomenon lurking in the desolate landscapes of Utah, or any other real or fictional setting of your choosing?

Black Hare Press is thrilled to announce an open call for submissions to our upcoming anthology: Tumbleweed. Inspired by the eerie spectacle captured in this video, we invite you to unravel the secrets hidden within the relentless advance of thousands of tumbleweeds.

What if tumbleweed isn’t just tumbleweed? Where does it originate? What dark forces propel its relentless advance? What horrors does it bring with it? Does it herald the onset of an apocalyptic upheaval, a world consumed by its sinister presence?

If your story is post-apocalyptic, delve into the shadows and unleash your imagination upon a world gripped by the Tumbleweed Apocalypse.


Taking Submissions: Hootenanny Horrorshow

Deadline: April 30th, 2024
Payment: $25 and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Hillbillies and Horror

2024 is upon us, and with it comes From the Ashes From the Ashes first official open call from the newly minted press. We’re trying things a bit different with this in that this is only an announcement for the upcoming open call. The reason for this is to give authors who are interested in submitting a story extra time to hone in on the tale they want to tell, without the added pressure of rushing to get it completed.
So, without further ado…
We’re going to the mountains with this one, folks.
The theme – HIllbillies, Rednecks, Mountain Folk, and all the lore and traditions surrounding these majestic creatures. Think outside the box with these tropes and archetypes. Or, if you go with the old cliches, put a fresh spin on them and make them your own, new tales.
The actual submission period for stories will be the entire month of April, and only in April. Any submissions received before or after April 1st – April 30th will not be considered for publication.


Taking Submissions: Costs of Living

Deadline: May 1st, 2024
Payment: $25
Theme: Horror stories with a focus on the oft-unclear distinction between a scary-enough reality and our less-or-more-frightening imagination, both in personal and social realms

Whisper House Press is pleased to announce its first call for submissions.

We’re looking for carefully constructed Horror stories with a focus on the oft-unclear distinction between a scary-enough reality and our less-or-more-frightening imagination, both in personal and social realms. Our working title is Costs of Living.


These are some possible interpretations of this potentially broad theme:

  • The Neighbors/HOA/City Council Really Are Trying to Kill Us
  • A Bad Element… is Already Here in the Neighborhood
  • Why do I feel like everyone is watching me in my new town’s grocery store?
  • “How can I be sure I am not dreaming?” without the “Oh, it was all a dream” cliché
  • Philosophical quandaries run amok in one’s mind
  • Attic dweller keeps neighborhood watch via security cameras on smart home system starts seeing what they/he/she cannot explain


Taking Submissions: Crimson Quill Quarterly Spring 2024 Window

Deadline: May 15th, 2024
Payment: $30, or $25 per issue if serialized over multiple issues.
Theme: Sword & Sorcery, Dark Fantasy, and Grimdark subgenres of fantasy fiction

Just as the classic pulps continue to bring attention, praise, and droves of new readers to legendary writers such as Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Crimson Quill Quarterly wishes to bring attention to budding authors of the Sword & Sorcery, Dark Fantasy, and Grimdark subgenres of fantasy fiction.

We appreciate creativity and talent equally and would love to see well written stories driven by developed and intriguing characters and invigorating action that unfolds throughout the plot.

While we are not looking for stories that “reinvent the wheel”, we appreciate originality above all else.



Taking Submissions: Carnage House Issue 3

Deadline: May 1, 2024
Payment: $5
Theme: Splatter/Gore-friendly horror

The Carnage House editors invite submissions for Issue 3, due out in summer 2024. We want solid, entertaining writing that evokes feelings. Carnage House is a splatter friendly web ’zine—so nothing against cozy, but cozy, we’re not. We’re looking for gore, extreme horror, splatterpunk, and horror with sexual elements to it. For a better understanding of what we’ll take, think of the Hot Blood book series or Love in Vein. Or, as a more practical proposition, read Issues 1 and 2 at

We invite LGBTQIA and BIPOC themes, and we encourage authors from diverse backgrounds to submit to us.

Hard NOs: Nothing with children in an adult manner. If you’re writing a story about a child predator who gets what’s coming to him—great. But we don’t want to read about that predator violating his victims. We won’t publish anything supporting a racist, transphobic, or homophobic agenda, so don’t try it.

Our description includes the words “splatter” and “friendly” for a reason. We love splatter, and we’re super friendly. Carnage House is about supporting writers and entertaining readers, and we’re dedicated to both in equal measure.

Please review the guidelines (below and at our website) for more important details, including submission format and word count. We look forward to reading your work in all its splattertastic glory.


Taking Submissions: In The Gallows Wake: A Pirate Horror Anthology

Deadline: August 1st, 2024
Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories or $25 for reprints.
Theme: Pirate Horror
Editor: Austrian Spencer
Note: Reprints Welcome
In conjunction with the successful Kickstarter campaign for DarkLit Sails and the editor that brought you The Sadeiest, comes a new collection of piratical horror stories that are certain to plunge readers into the heart of darkness on the high seas, where cursed pirates and spectral ships reign with terror and betrayal, promising no soul safe passage through their nightmarish waters.