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Taking Submissions: Rewind Or Die

September 30, 2019

Deadline: September 30th, 2019
Payment: 50/50 split of profits

Submissions open September 1 and close September 30, 2019.

Imagine your local movie rental store back in the 70s, 80s, or 90s, remember all those fantastic covers. Remember taking those movies home and watching in awe as the stories unfolded in nasty rainbows of gore, remember the atmosphere and textures.

Rewind or Die is a series of books I’d like produce with each title being between 25,000 and 50,000 words in length. The contracts will be similar to other Unnerving titles: 50/50 split of profits (from the first book sold, nothing held back in production), original stories (reprints okay in the case of short-printed stories), unlimited discounted copies, and five-year terms.

Submit to: [email protected] only!

What I hope to read:


Gaudy displays

Stupid jocks

Sullen nerds

Outrageous reveals

Huge wounds

Creative kills

Big monsters

Toxic waste-related oddities

Raunchy jokes

Satanic Panic

Alien invasions

Swamp monsters


Evil governments

Mind-controlling experiments

Think Friday the 13th, The Brain, The Lost Boys, Creepshow, Prom Night, Sleepaway Camp, The Leprechaun, Critters, Graveyard Shift, Prophecy, Night of the Demons, Evil Dead, Pumpkinhead, C.H.U.D., The Stuff, Brain Damage, Society, Night of the Lepus, Squirm, The Night Flier, Curtains, Urban Legend, Tourist Trap, The Sentinel, Chopping Mall, The Howling…

Note: stories don’t have to relate at all to videos or video stores and can be set in any time.

Preferred Query Letter Style

Submit to: [email protected]

Subject line: Title/Name/Word Count

Example: Carrie/Stephen King/67,000 Words



Brief synopsis of pertinent information of story submitted.

Example: Carrie White is a chubby loser with no friends, a religious-obsessive and abusive mother, and the gift of telekinesis—skills which she hones in quiet loneliness. A cool couple feels guilty for a prior transgression and attempt to integrate Carrie into high school society, unaware it will trigger a revenge plot against the girl. Embarrassed and enraged by the plot, Carrie uses her supernatural powers to destroy the society, town, and mother who have kept her down.

Top five writing credits.

Example: The Glass Floor – Startling Mystery Stories (Fall, 1967)

The Reaper’s Image – Startling Mystery Stories (Spring, 1969)

The Blue Air Compressor – Onan (January, 1971)

It Grows on You – Mashroots (Fall, 1973)

Nine short stories – Cavalier Magazine (1970-74)

Bio, maximum of one hundred fifty words.

Example: Stephen King teaches English at Hampden Academy and earned his English degree from University of Maine at Orono. His short stories have appeared in several journals, magazines, and periodicals. He lives in Maine with his wife and their children.

Links to your social media accounts and website (if you have one).

Not on social media? I probably won’t publish you. Selling indie books is a team effort.

Via: Unnerving Magazine.


September 30, 2019