Deadline: June 30th, 2020
Payment: $25 advance, royalties, 2 contributors copies
Theme: A horror wester anthology
Six Guns Straight From Hell was a western horror anthology first published by Science Fiction Trails in 2010. A second volume came out in 2014. We’re going to bring a third volume in late 2020. The project is being edited by David B. Riley and J. A. Campbell. We are looking for original western horror. Look at the title. Scare us or shoot somebody. Better yet, do some of both. We’re not requiring gunplay, but it would help. The preference will be for active stories. Any type of horror is okay, including dark fantasy, although we’re not fans of excessive sex or gore. Have some sense of danger or peril. Unlikely heroes or villains are especially wanted. Above all else, give us a flavor of the Wild West along with whatever supernatural elements you bring to the table.
Stories should take place in the western United States between 1850 and 1900. This can include western Canada and northern Mexico. Preferred length is 1k to 5k words, although we will accept stories to 8k words.
We tend to see too many sheriff stories. There were plenty of other people out west, including merchants, photographers, reporters, ranchers, Indians, miners, soldiers, telegraph operators, saloon keepers and prostitutes. We encourage stories involving these folks. If you do feel the need for a lawman, make that person interesting—not simply a walking badge. (more…)