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Taking Submissions: Occult Detective Quarterly #2

February 28, 2017

Deadline: February 28th, 2017.
Payment: 1 cent per word and $25 for reprints
NOTE: There is a PDF linked to down below with a lot of details you should really read before submitting.

Welcome to Occult Detective Quarterly (or ODQ, as the hip kids call it), where the doomed meddlers lurk. This page and other entries will keep you up to speed on what’s happening with ODQ – submission openings, new writers joining us, progress on each issue and what’s going on in general.

Occult Detective Quarterly is a quarterly magazine with fiction, articles, reviews and art. Print is our first priority, but e-formats will be available as we go along.


Don’t be fooled. This is no ordinary foray into the world of occult detectives. We are looking for great stories of psychic investigators, worn-out private eyes, supernatural sleuths and doomed meddlers of every kind in every setting. We want protagonists and antagonists who challenge us, who set old standards on their heads as well.

We still offer a home for the amateur sleuth in his tweeds, creeping through the cursed house, but next to him we want his counterparts:

  • the cynical socialite in thirties Berlin with a luger in her bag;
  • the gay French police detective daring to enter the catacombs of Paris in the sixties;
  • the black investigator learning the true history of her brother and the Chicago slaughterhouses;
  • the Hindu priest facing weirdness amongst the remains of British forts in India;
  • the South American bruja who finds that Montevideo has a heart of darkness.

We welcome weird explorations of what it might mean to face the unnatural, including what many call ‘literary’ horror. At the same time we have room for classic adventure, folk-horror and out-and-out ghosts. Anything, in fact, which has an occult investigation in some form at its core!


The latest submission guidelines can be downloaded as a pdf here:


Via: Grey Dog Tales.


February 28, 2017