‘Full Bleed’ Is Coming To Kickstarter And Might Be Of Interest To You!

I don’t usually post about Kicksters but I felt this one could be of interest. ‘Full Bleed’ is a new quarterly magazine brought by a new division of IDW which will have a focus on the creative community. They’ll obviously be primarily checking out some of the bigger names out there and might give some unique perspective and insight to how they work. I thought it was interesting enough to share all of the details with you!

You can check out the full press release below:
IDW Publishing’s Dirk Wood announced the first project to come out of the publisher’s new Portland office and WOODWORKS imprint to a packed house at Rose City Comic Con this past weekend, getting strong positive reactions for both the art and content revealed, and a unique distribution plan. Premiering today on Kickstarter is the new division’s flagship publication: FULL BLEED!

FULL BLEED is a brand-new quarterly, print-only, 200-page hardcover magazine, curated and edited by IDW Publishing’s Dirk Wood alongside CEO and Publisher, Ted Adams. Bringing together the very best in comics, fiction, non-fiction, in-depth interviews, opinion, history, think-pieces, and more, FULL BLEED will be a reading experience like no other. Shot through an international lens, but filtered through the unique perspective of the IDW:PDX satellite office in Portland, Oregon, FULL BLEED will tackle all aspects of the creative culture, and beyond — comics, music, film, television, fine art, photography, design, politics, and more. FULL BLEED seeks true and total diversity through its content, creators and contributors, as well as genre and format.

“IDW is always at its best when we’re breaking new ground and FULL BLEED is the latest example,” says Adams. “Not only is it a great magazine, but I’m also excited about the way we’re launching it. We’re not using Kickstarter to crowdsource funds in the usual sense, because IDW doesn’t need to raise money that way. We’re using Kickstarter to appeal directly to readers and, in an unprecedented and revolutionary way, we’ve worked it out so comic shops can order the books via Kickstarter and have them fulfilled by Diamond. We’re always looking for new ways to sell our books and comics, and we won’t stop until everyone on Earth with a bookshelf knows what IDW can do.”

“This project is a dream come true. Working with such an amazing group of creators, on such a labor of love, is so much fun,” says Wood. “If you think we’ve got a lot of crazy-good content lined up for the first one, just wait until you see what’s coming.”

FULL BLEED is the premiere publication from IDW’s new Oregon-based imprint; WOODWORKS. Following the December launch, IDW & WOODWORKS will be creating a campaign to help Traveling Stories, a charity dedicated to children’s literacy and “outsmarting poverty one book at a time,” as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, to help with their continued work for literacy and libraries. WOODWORKS aims to make “smart books for smart people,” with the hope of “helping to make a few more smart people.”

FULL BLEED launches on Kickstarter today with the first volume scheduled for release in early December.

Taking Submissions: Lost Films

Deadline: October 31st, 2017
Payment: $0.02 per word

Attention, writers of horror fiction.

We’re currently seeking short stories for an upcoming anthology titled Lost FilmsIn 2016 we released Lost Signals, which has done very well for us. Think of Lost Films as its sequel.

We are looking for horror stories involving films, Hollywood, projectors & projectionists, home movies, webcams, television, documentaries, and other themes involving recorded visual disturbances. We want these stories to be weird and terrifying.

Some good examples of what we’re after: Cigarette Burns by John Carpenter, Starry Eyes by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, Experimental Film by Gemma Files, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, “Ardor” by Laird Barron, Videodrome by David Cronenberg, Angel of the Abyss by Ed Kurtz, and everything else discussed in this LitReactor article.


Deadline: October 31, 2017

Payment: $0.02 per word

Word count: 1,000-8,000

Reprints: No


Send all submissions to [email protected] with “LOST FILMS – [STORY] by [AUTHOR]” in the subject line. If you haven’t heard back from us by December 1st, feel free to query. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

And if you’re interested in the first installment, you can purchase Lost Signals here.

Good luck. I look forward to reading your stories.

Via: Dark Moon Digest.

Trembling With Fear 09/10/2017

This is a slightly personal editorial post from me this week. Occasionally life throws things at you that make you stop and take stock. In recent years I have lost family and friends close to me. There is nothing unique in that, it is something we all go through and I send my condolences out to anyone who is currently suffering. Out of those I have lost however, are some who have gone too soon. This week (in my day job) I lost a dearly loved colleague. She was a woman so full of life and fun that the energy just fizzed off her, and nobody in her presence could be down or despondent for long. She went too soon.

And this brings me to my point. She was robbed of time.

One of the oft-quoted reasons for not writing is the excuse of ‘no time’ and so you let it slide, until at some stage you suddenly realise that ‘no time’ has actually become true and you find yourself on the slippery slope downwards on the hill of regret. Then your refrain becomes ‘if only’. Don’t let that happen to you.

Stephanie Ellis

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Offhand, I would like to once again point out how wonderful Steph is as making sure this continues. My time is shot at the moment and I’m not sure if we’d be making this weekly without her!

Also, I had five people reach out concerning formatting at the end of the year. I’d like to thank all of you and I’ll be in touch in the next week or so. I apologize for the delay, please see my opening above! 😉

‘Trembling With Fear’ Is Horror Tree’s weekly inclusion of shorts and drabbles submitted for your entertainment by our readers! As long as the submissions are coming in, we’ll be posting every Sunday for your enjoyment.

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

You Must Not Remember

…Hi there.

…Um…can anyone here me?

…No. No one is answering, again. Maybe I shouldn’t call out. I wish I knew better, I was

taught that I could know better, but something told me to run and hide. I’m in the ‘attic’, behind

a large row of ‘shelves’ against a ‘wall’. I can barely see in the ‘dark’.

This is miraculous, were the first words I ever heard. Was that when I was… ‘born’? I

want to learn more but–but, I guess I’m too ‘afraid’. I start playing with a ‘spider’ underneath

my ‘feet’. I don’t think they know where I am yet. Not these spiders, but other things down



What am ‘I’ anyways? I need to find a ‘mirror’. Please don’t make noise feet, oh

please oh please don’t make any noise–

The floor creaks, making me cover my mouth. I have to sit down again. I’m shaking. As I

curl up into a ball I try to force down my memories. They are bad, I don’t know why they are

bad, but I must not remember them. I have to keep away no matter what…

My ‘legs’ are hurting again. My ‘wrists’ and ‘neck’ feel sore when I feel them with my


My ‘ear’ is pressed against the floor, I can hear them speaking…but not what they’re


I have to move–‘do not’. I don’t know what I should do. I feel like ‘I’m crying’, but I’m

not, I’m not like them. I stroke my long ‘hair’ to try and ‘comfort’ myself. I learned a lot of new

words, and somehow know how to apply them. I was told that I was ‘smart’, and that I was

meant to ‘serve’…

No! No! No! My memories stop right there. I still want to see a mirror, to see an ‘image

of ‘myself’’. If I move though, will they hear me? Will they find me? Will they–

Stop!” I shout. I freeze. No, I shouldn’t have done that. Did they hear–

I heard something”, a voice says from below. Movement. I have to move too. But I

can’t. Oh no I can’t make myself ‘move’. I listen to them talk some more. Again, I can’t

understand what they’re saying. Who are ‘they’ anyways? I don’t want to know anymore. I have

to get away. I must escape somehow.

I stand up quietly. Move silently. I think I saw a ‘window’ up here somewhere. Then I

hear the words:

Upstairs, in the attic.”

I start making a lot of noise trying to find a window. Oh please oh please oh please oh

Please–I find a knob and yank it open. I stare at the pale moonlight in front of me, and the long

way down. A pitch black ‘forest’ is just beyond the ‘yard’. A noise comes from behind me, I

crouch down, and freeze in place. Please don’t let it see me through the light.

Princess…where are you…” it calls. What is ‘it’ anyways? My memories again tell me

no, I must not ever remember them. But what happens if it finds me? Why do I have to be

so curious? I make a small yelp, it stops, then silence.

Time to come back.” It rushes for me. I jump out the window.

I land hard and hear something break. I shriek ‘in pain’. Why, why do I have to feel pain?

But I have to move, somehow. They are coming for me again.

I can only ‘hobble’ into the dark wilderness. I can’t see, why can’t I see in the dark? So

many questions, I feel as though my memories have become faded–but my ‘escape’ is the only

thing that concerns me now.

I feel fear. It’s the feeling of fear that forces me to run, even though I am in a lot of pain.

It is fear that keeps my memories away.

But I have to stop against a ‘tree’, at least that’s what it feels like using my ‘fingers’.

Maybe they won’t find me, maybe they’ll ‘give up’. Those two words make my fear increase,

and I’m afraid to ask why…

I listen. I stay very still. The ‘door’ to the ‘house’ just opened. They are moving. I

can hear them moving but they aren’t calling for me.

I must move–if I don’t they will find me.

I use the tree for support, then try to put one ‘foot’ in front of the other-

“Ahh!” I yelp.

…did they hear? The only noise my ears pick up are the ‘crickets’. I ‘wait’, and stand


Something ‘snaps’ nearby me, I begin running again.

And running and running and running–both of them are behind me–and running and

running and running and running–I stumble when my ‘dress’ snags on a branch–and running

and running and running and running–I yelp in pain again–and running and running and


It catches me by the ‘waist.’ I ‘freeze’, not from the grasp, but from the ‘fear.

You poor thing, you damaged yourself…” the one holding me says.

It doesn’t matter, that’s not the only thing wrong with her,” the other one says.

Why did you run Alayna?” The holder asks. ‘Alayna? Is that my name?’ My fear


“No–no!” I shout. Not knowing why, just that I ‘can’t’ remember. No matter what…

Why is she so loud?” The second one asks.

An issue among several. Such a shame too, she was going to make a wonderful edition

at the café,” the holder says.

Why is it talking like that? It’s as if the holder is ‘bored’ of my fear. Why does it–

Instant pain shoots through my ‘head’, the repressed memories are starting to come back.

What is this…new feeling? It’s called…‘panic’. What I feel now–is panic. The holder

begins prodding my scalp, and then ‘twists’ my leg a bit-

Stop it! Please!” I shout. The holder only sighs.

No good, this leg is completely busted, beyond repair,” the holder says.

Well then, we can at least salvage her for parts,” The second one says.

I turn to look at them. My memories have blocked the images of what they once were.

All I see now are ‘fuzzy’ and ‘pixelated’ shapes. But I can still see their ‘smiles’, their ‘teeth’.

A room full of ‘computers’ and ‘wiring’ appears in my head. No, no the fear says, you

must not remember anything else…

Time to go back inside Alayna,” The holder says. I begin to ‘struggle’. The other one

grabs my legs, making me feel even more pain.

“Help! Help! Help, somebody, anybody!” I yell. The one holding me before smothers my

mouth’ shut with a ‘hand’.

No one can hear you, no one will come. Just accept it okay? It’ll all be over soon.


…‘Over soon’? I focus internally, keep trying–no, try again–don’t let it out! The block

on my memory breaks. Everything is coming back. No

I scream as loud as I can, but the hand muffles it. Now I know why I hid, what I am, what

they tried to do to me before, what they’ll do soon enough, what ‘they’ are. I look up at that

face’ as they carry me back inside the house. I want to cry, but I’m not physically capable of

doing that. Not yet, please, not yet…

“Once you’re completely disassembled, you won’t feel any pain or suffering anymore, I

promise.” The ‘human’ smiles.





Jason D. Grunn

I’m Jason. Writing has possessed me since I was a little kid. There were books that took complete control over me, turning me into a generator of stories, a harbinger of deep, inner worlds.

When the literary forces were too much to contain inside my head, I was taken over, and compelled to submit my works. So far, I have had a few short stories accepted: A fantasy-themed one I called Scry, which you can find here; http://adelaidemagazine.org/f_jdgrunn.html, another one of the fantasy flavour that goes by the name Second to Midas, accepted by Blank Spaces Magazine; and my most recent acceptance, Jupiter Express, Sci-fi in nature, which was taken in by Jumbelbook magazine.

However, this one I present to you was born in a much darker corner of my mind…


The deal was simple. Sign up online and receive a mystery package. Membership was free.
How can I resist that offer, he thought?
Eagerly, he signed up.
The email confirmed he was now a member of the exclusive serial killer club. Open the box, investigate the crime.
The package arrived a week later. Fake bloodstains adorned the exterior.
Excitedly, he opened it in front of his wife. She looked dubiously into the box.
“Look at that!” he exclaimed. “A fake severed head.”
She stared at the blood oozing across the counter from the saturated cardboard.
“I don’t think it’s fake.”

RJ Meldrum

R. J. Meldrum is an author and academic. Born in Scotland, he moved to Ontario, Canada in 2010 with his wife Sally. His interest in the supernatural is a lifetime obsession and when he isn’t writing ghost stories, he’s busy scouring the shelves of antique book-sellers to increase his collection of rare and vintage supernatural books. During the winter months, he trains and races his own team of sled dogs.

He has had stories published by Sirens Call Publications, Horrified Press, Trembling with Fear, Darkhouse Books, Digital Fiction and James Ward Kirk Fiction.

You can find out more about RJ at his homepage.

Ahead In School

Ms. Mason was pulling a sheet of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies out of the oven when she heard the front door slam. She smiled when her sixth grade son, Bobby, entered the kitchen.

“Did you have a good first day at school, dear?” she asked

“Sure, Mom.” Bobby answered.

“Did you do everything your teacher told you to do?”

“Yeah.” He unzipped his wet backpack.

“With no backtalk?”

“Of course not.”

“That’s good.” she said. “I want you to get ahead in school this year, son.”

“I already did.” Bobby smirked, and pulled out the principal’s dripping, severed head.

Jean E. McIntosh

Jean E. McIntosh has written stories for Ravenelectrick, Kansas Heritage, and many others. Right now, she’s working on a novel about the witch of Endor. She lives in Tornado Alley. Hans My Hellhound follows her on Twitter.

Rose Red

Booze soaked, head thumping, Rosie fled the nightclub into the streets of Valletta.
Thoughts of ice cold baths and all night pharmacies propel her deeper into the old town’s maze of ochre and vanilla houses.
Lost, she halts by an ironwork gate. A man loiters there, smoking, sweating.
Flirtatiously she takes his hand and sees red rose petals smeared on his palm.
‘I’m Rose Red.’ She laughs.
Meeting his eyes she sees the foreignness in them.
Inside his garden paradise he strokes her head with his hoe and harvests her.
Bundled up under the hibiscus she is laid to rest.

Alyson Faye

Alyson trained originally in the UK as a teacher/tutor. She wrote a couple of children’s books which were published by Collins and Ginn. Now she lives near Bronte terrain in Yorkshire with her teen son, partner and 3 rescue cats. She writes noir Flash Fiction (some of which is published on line) and spooky longer tales (3 are available for download on www.www.alfiedog). She has a collection of her Flash fiction coming out soon from Chapel Town Books in the UK. She enjoys old movies, singing, and swimming. She is a confirmed chocoholic and is still hopeless at maths. Her blog is at http://www.alysonfayewordpress.wordpress.com.

Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Tips on How to Ignore the Negative Voices

Hi All, I’m back with some more self-doubt fighting words. I know, it’s been a long time since my last post, but I’ve been busy with finishing the third draft of my novel, which took longer to finish than planned, but the third draft is now completed.

So, what do I have for you today? Well, three years ago, I wrote a post titled, ‘The Doubts of Others’. In this post, I talked about how, for some of us writers, there are people out there who feel that we are wasting our time in trying to achieve this dream. Well, that was three years ago, and since then I have had more short stories published and won competitions, but still, there are people out there who belittle my achievements and see my writing as a joke. As I mentioned in the last post, it’s hard enough fighting your own negative thoughts without having to deal with other people’s negative opinions because this only releases Mr Self Doubt. So, today, I want to tell you (and myself) that it’s time to ignore the negative voices.

How do you ignore the negative voices, you ask? Well, I have my famous five tips for you:

  1. Remember, you don’t need anyone’s permission to write – this is an important point because many of us will feel that we need people’s approval to write, and so when we don’t get it we stop writing. The only permission you need to write is your own. If writing makes you happy, if it’s your dream to get published and see your book in a bookshop window, then go for it, and don’t let anyone stop you. It’s your life. You need to do what makes you happy.
  2. Call yourself a writer – no one will believe that you are a writer if you don’t believe it yourself. If you tell people that you do this ‘writing thing’ then you will only encourage them to not take your writing seriously. And even though your writing isn’t important to them it is still important to you, so don’t trivialise what you do. Stand up and tell people, ‘I’m a writer, and I’m proud of that.’ I’m glad to say that I finally call myself a writer because that’s what I do. I’m not a published novelist, yet, but I am a writer.
  3. Don’t waste your energy with anger – it’s understandable that you would want to rip out people’s throats for mocking what you do, but anger only hurts you. So don’t waste your time being angry and thinking about all the terrible things you can do to that person (some of us are horror writers for a reason lol). Instead, accept that these people don’t believe that you will succeed, but don’t let them make you quit.
  4. Focus on the positive voices – you may have people who think you’re wasting your time and not take your writing seriously, but there will be people out there who do. So, don’t focus on the negative people, instead focus on the people who go to your writing events, who celebrate when you are published, and who tell you that you can do this when you feel like you can’t. And if you don’t have anyone like that then you can always find them via writing groups or online. I’m lucky because I have more people in my life who believe in me than I do who don’t believe in me. They see and know that I’m working hard, and it’s those people that I plan to focus on, and you should do the same, even if there’s only one person in your life who believes in you.
  5. Keep writing – yes, this is what you should definitely do. Actually, this should be point one, but I thought it would be a nice way to end the post. You will never achieve your dreams if you stop writing, so don’t listen to the negative voices. Instead, focus on your path and continue with it. And hey, you can always use those negative people to inspire a villain (or victim) in your stories – just make sure that they won’t recognise that it’s them. And when you do have a novel published, you should send them a signed copy of your book.

So there you have it, five tips on how to ignore the negative voices, and none of them involved any violence. There are many reasons why people will put you down for following your dreams, one of the reasons is jealousy because unlike them, you have the courage and determination to pursue your dream. So don’t waste your time with those negative people, instead focus on what truly matters.

Keep writing folks!

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions” – Will Smith


The Horror Tree Presents…Interview Questions for Derek Brown

Liz – Tell us a bit about your part of the world.

Derek – Well I am 33 years young, I am married to my beautiful wife and I have two amazing daughters.  They are the driving force behind all that I do.  I am currently a Registered Nurse and work full time.  I was in the Army as an Airborne Infantryman.  I am a really big fan of Batman.  I love football both watching and playing.

Liz – How long have you been a writer for?

Derek – Now that is a bit more of a difficult question, I mean I would say my whole life but I suppose you want me narrow that down a bit.  I have always been an avid reader for as long as I can remember.  I read the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan when I was 15 and it changed my life.  I began devouring books after that, and I think it was Stephen King who said something to the extent, that “you can only read for so long before you have to write your own story.”

So, when I was 29, I decided it was time to start checking on items off my bucket list.  This included completely my first triathlon, completing the swim Alcatraz duathlon, and writing a book.

Liz – That’s some impressive bucket list items right there! What do you enjoy most about writing?

Derek – When I was younger, I remember reading this book and being transported to another world.  So, for me writing is my chance to share the journey with the reader.  I work very hard to make sure that I transport my readers into my world.

Liz – You’re first novel, Until the End, was released last year digitally and will be released in paperback later this year – can you tell us what it’s about?

Derek – At its essence it is a journey about the lengths that a father would go to for his daughter.  Of course, it is told of the course of an outbreak of a virus that causes people to become flesh eating monsters.  I mean if you are thinking to yourself, Zombies, you are on the right path.

So the reason behind the waited release of the paperback version is due to some of the feedback that I have gotten from my readers. I am currently working on some edits, I want to make sure that it is in its most perfect form when it is put on paper.

Liz – What was the inspiration behind it?

Derek – The idea of what I would do my daughters, there is no question, there is nothing that I would not do for them.

Liz – The unbreakable Daddy/Daughter bond! How long did it take you to write, from planning right through to now?

Derek – Too long, but I suppose that is the story of many authors.  The idea started when I was 29 and I would say that is still an ongoing process.  Another quote from Stephen King, a story is never finished as long as the writer is alive.  Basically, I think that as you become a better writer there are always going to be things that you are going to want to improve.

Liz – We can be our own worst enemies…What made you decide to self-publish?

Derek – For me, I didn’t really see any other option to get my book out, as I have gotten more into writing, I realize that there are other avenues but it worked for me.

Liz – How have you found that whole process?

Derek – Self-Publishing has been an amazing process. I like the way that Amazon makes it very easy to see how my book is performing. The control that I have over pricing and sales.  I think it is a great way to reach readers.

Liz – You’re currently working on a collection of short stories and poems – is there a central theme? Or is it a collection of work you have accumulated over time?

Derek – True Horror, every story that I write is something true or something that could happen.  I have always been afraid of the darkness of human nature.

Liz – It’s the scariest kind of horror, I think! In your spare time you enjoy photography, in particular horror photography. What does that entail and how to you prepare your shoots?

Derek – I have always enjoyed photography, trying to get the perfect shot.  I recently came across Joshua Hoffine’s work.  It is amazing and inspiring.  So, I have decided to try my hand at that and see what I can come up with.  I’ll have to get back to on what it entails exactly.

Liz – You also spend time in Cosplay a Batman, The Dark Knight – why Batman?

Andrew – I have always been a huge fan of Batman, I mean the story of a tortured hero, what’s not to like?

Liz – How did you get into entertaining children in hospitals and schools? Was it a natural progression of the cosplay, or was it something you were doing first?

Derek – I got into it with the intention of wanting to do something nice.  After watching the story of Lenny B. Robinson, who was a cosplayer who dressed up visiting hospitals before his untimely death.  I thought it was such an awesome thing that he was doing and said to myself, hey I can do that.  So, I got to work and put my costume together.  It has been such an amazing experience, the people that I have got to meet and interact with because of it.

Liz – That’s amazing, I’m sure your visits are greatly appreciated. I have to ask – you’re the self-appointed ‘Bob’s Burger’s’ Biggest Fan – what makes you so? And what is about the show that you enjoy so much?

Derek – Yes the self-appointed, biggest ‘Bob’s Burger’s’ Fan, I am just a huge fan of the show.  I love watching the show, the dark dry sense of humor, compliments my own so well.  I also got to recently meet the creator and cast, it was a high point of my visit to San Diego Comic Con earlier this year.

Liz – You’ve recently become a Registered Nurse. How do you juggle the nursing and the writing?

Derek – I am blessed to be working as a nurse; fortunately I work three nights a week so I am able to spend my days with my family and my other nights writing.

Liz – Have you always wanted to be a nurse? What do enjoy most about it?

Derek – I have always known that I want to help people.  I just didn’t know what avenue I would take to obtain that goal.  About nine years ago I was faced with a huge decision in my life.  I had been accepted to a Licensed Nurse Program and to a Police Academy.  As part of the application process for the nursing program, I had requested a letter of recommendation from a doctor I worked with.  He spoke with me a few days prior to me needing to make my decision.  He asked me what I was going to do and I told him I was on the fence.  So, he says hold on, goes to his car, comes back with a check for my nursing tuition, and tells me to go to nursing school.  To this day I cannot thank him enough, I still keep in touch and talk to him now.  He completely altered the direction of my life for the better.

Liz – What an amazing gift of generosity! The world needs more acts of kindness like that. Do you find inspiration for your writing in your nursing work?

Derek – I do, I have seen many things in my career as a nurse and it would be hard to not incorporate my experiences into my stories.

Liz – I see you have also directed short films! Can you tell us about them?

Derek – Yes as if I didn’t have enough things on my plate, I have recently tried my hand at writing, directing, and editing short films.  You can check them out at my youtube page.

Liz – Is directing something you would like to do more of in the future?

Derek – It was a ton of fun, but a lot of work.  I will be doing more yes.  My mind rarely stops moving.

Liz – I certainly know that feeling! Aside from Bob’s Burger’s and Batman, who else inspires you?

Derek – If you can’t tell, Stephen King a huge inspiration for me.  Robert Jordan opened up worlds for me.  Raymond E. Fiest ranks among my top favourites, I actually got to meet him a few years ago.  Lee Child’s ability to tell fast paced action filled stories amazes me.  Frank Miller’s dark noir tales are fantastic and KC Wayland’s, We’re Alive, podcast are phenomenal.  I could literally go on.

Liz – Lastly, if you could meet one person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?

Derek – Wow…  I think it would be pretty awesome to meet, Edgar Allen Poe.

Liz – Now that is an impressive choice! Thank you so much for your time, Derek!


If you would like to contact Derek, or check out the below links.

E-mail: [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/derek.brown.75

Twitter: @baronbatman6

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkB55b3ZUPsrBP8oZEom2Uw

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/baronbatman

WordPress Blog: https://wordpress.com/stats/day/zombiedailyblog.wordpress.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B074J4K9W1

Amazon Reviewer Page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/amzn1.account.AHFLSEOCPXWQWTVZQOHNUTMJXWJA?ref%5F=cm%5Faya%5Fbb%5Fpdp&

Photograhpy: https://www.facebook.com/DKphotography6/

Dark Knight Interactive: https://www.facebook.com/baronbatman/

Website: https://ddbrown6.wixsite.com/derekbrown


Ongoing Submissions: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Payment: 7-12 cents per word on acceptance.

  • We have no formula for fiction. We are looking for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers. The SF element may be slight, but it should be present. We prefer character-oriented stories. We receive a lot of fantasy fiction, but never enough science fiction or humor. Do not query for fiction; send the entire manuscript. We publish fiction up to 25,000 words in length. Please read the magazine before submitting. A sample copy is available for $7.00 in the US and $15.00 elsewhere (to NJ address).
  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Please type your manuscript on clean white bond, double spaced, with one inch margins. For a good article on standard manuscript preparation, see www.sfwa.org/2008/11/manuscript-preparation/ . Put your name on each page, and enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Writers from abroad are encouraged to send recyclable manuscripts with a letter-sized SASE and an International Reply Coupon or $1.10 in US postage. You can obtain information on how to place an international order by going to faq.usps.com and enter “postal store – International Orders” in the search box then the top entry in resulting list of links provides the necessary details.
  • We prefer not to see more than one submission from a writer at a time.
  • Allow 8 weeks for a response. Please write and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you have any questions.
  • Payment is 7-12 cents per word on acceptance. We buy first North American and foreign serial rights and an option on anthology rights. All other rights are retained by the author.
  • Our columns and non-fiction articles are assigned in house. We do not accept freelance submissions in those areas.
  • Since we use so little art—just six covers a year, no interiors—we have no separate artist’s guidelines. Please send art samples to Gordon Van Gelder at the address below.
  • Send cartoon queries as well as orders for sample copies to Gordon Van Gelder, Fantasy & Science Fiction, P.O. Box 3447, Hoboken, NJ 07030.
  • Send story submissions to C.C. Finlay – Editor, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, P.O. Box 8420, Surprise, AZ 85374. You can submit stories to him online at submissions.ccfinlay.com/fsf/

Via: Fantasy And Science Fiction.

Taking Submissions: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

Deadline: May 26th, 2018
Payment: Contributor’s Copy

The Poet’s Haven is seeking poetry and short stories that begin with the cliche line, “It was a dark and stormy night.”  Pieces can be dramatic or humorous: we are seeking a variety for this anthology.

(Despite publisher Vertigo’s well-known cat obsession, there is one canine he adores: Snoopy. V’s been on a kick watching “Peanuts” cartoons, and he’s been reading the collections of Schulz’s original strips when he has the time, so when it was time to pick the next Digest theme, this is the one he selected out of the dozens of ideas post-it noted all over his walls.)

This call will close on May 26, 2018.  The anthology is targeted for printing in early or mid-summer.

Publication in this series pays one copy per piece.  A maximum of two pieces will be selected from each contributor.  All contributors can purchase additional copies at a 50% discount.

Poet’s Haven Digest titles are published as 4.25″ wide by 5.5″ tall pocket-sized books.  We are not seeking cover art for this anthology.  (The publisher has already decided what he wants on the cover and will either draw it himself or commission someone to do it after he decides his artwork is horrible.)

Submit Work »

Introduction (applies to all submissions):

The Poet’s Haven is a place for artists across a wide and diverse spectrum to feel safe seeing their work published.  We are open to unsolicited submissions from both experienced, published creators and talent new to submitting work for publication.  We offer minimal restrictions on content and genre.  What little content that is disallowed is as follows: material that is obscene, excessively vulgar, pornographic, racist, or in any way bigoted will not be published here.  The Poet’s Haven also does not accept religious material.

Our publications are intended for mature readers.  While our primary audience is adults we are NOT limited to any one demographic.  We have knowingly published work from creators as young as 9 and as old as 95.

We are free to publish what we wish but we will maintain a level of decency; therefore, nothing obscene, pornographic, racist, or bigoted will be accepted.

The publisher has decided to focus on non-religious poetry, artwork, and stories.  That said, since many authors are highly influenced by their faiths, work that expresses faith may be acceptable but writing or artwork that preaches a faith will not be accepted.  Work that questions faith in general may be acceptable.  Work designed to insult the followers of any certain religion will be rejected the same as work of a bigoted nature.

Writing that is badly misspelt or in need of severe grammatical or punctual corrections will be rejected.  Your word processor program has a spell check.  Spell Check is your friend.  Use it.

Please make certain your are submitting your work to the correct call.  Submitting poems to the call for short stories will get your work rejected, unread.  Submissions of incomplete or unfinished work will be rejected, unread.  Sending a chapbook manuscript to a call for pieces for the website will get your work rejected, unread.

The Poet’s Haven has a general open call for chapbook manuscripts each spring.  2017’s call will be open from March 13 through May 13.  This call is only open for a short period each year to prevent us from getting so buried in submissions that we cannot find enough time to read them all.


The Poet’s Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to the PoetsHaven.com Galleries on the website.  The author retains ownership and is free to have it published elsewhere, provided the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights.

The Poet’s Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to The Poet’s Haven Digest in both print and electronic formats.  The author retains ownership and is free to have it published elsewhere, provided the other publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights.  We ask that authors refrain from submitting a piece published in a Poet’s Haven Digest anthology to other anthologies, magazines, and/or online journals for at least one year.

The Poet’s Haven receives the rights to publish all work submitted to The Poet’s Haven Author Series in both print and electronic formats.  The author retains ownership and is free to submit individual pieces to anthologies, magazines, and/or online journals, provided the publishers do not require first-time or exclusive rights.  Authors may not place more than half (50%) the contents of an Author Series title at another press, including as part of a full-length “Collected Works” type publication.

Submissions must be made by either the creator of a work, or on behalf of the creator.  PLAGIARISM IS A CRIME, AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!  We will assist any investigations of a submitter for fraud to the best of our abilities.  If you are submitting a work on behalf of the creator, be certain to give us a way to contact him or her, other than through your e-mail, if need be.  A postal address will work fine.  The author or artist MUST BE AWARE THAT HIS OR HER WORK IS BEING SUBMITTED!  The ONLY exception to this rule is in the case of a deceased author or artist, in which case the work must be submitted by the author or artist’s next-of-kin/proprietor-of-estate.

Again, all work is copyright ©, property of, and owned by its original author or artist.  Nothing may be copied from the website or any offline publications without the explicit written permission of the original author or artist.


Due to time restraints, we are unable to critique each and every item submitted.  Comments from the publisher or editors will be rare.

Response Time:

The Poet’s Haven is largely a one-person operation.  Some publications may have another editor helping out (such as the “VENDING MACHINE” anthologies), but nearly everything here is handled by publisher Vertigo Xavier.  Unfortunately, those few ads you see on these pages do not bring in enough money for running The Poet’s Haven to be his exclusive, full-time job.  Real-life responsibilities do get in the way of him completing updates and reviewing submissions as fast as everyone would like.  In other words, it may be some months before your submission gets a response.  Please be patient.  If you choose to simultaneously submit work both here and elsewhere, when any sort of exclusive rights are required and the other publication accepts your work before you see a response from us, please remember to log back in to your Submittable account and withdraw your submission.

Contact Links and Author Bios:

Pages on the website featuring your work can also include a short author bio and a link to your personal website or social media page.  Please include this when sending your submission.  We will no longer list author e-mail addresses on the site.  If you wish to provide readers with a way to contact you via e-mail, we recommend setting up a small blog with a contact form.  The Poet’s Haven Digest and VENDING MACHINE anthologies will include a very short author bio and website URL in the contributor index.  The Poet’s Haven Author Series publications include an author photo and bio on back of the book (or inside the cover, if a flip-book format).

Payment for Publication:

Access to The Poet’s Haven website is free of charge.  Any meager profit generated by advertisements either goes toward paying for and promoting the site or towards producing our offline events and publications.  We cannot pay for work to be published on the website.

Payment for work used in print publications will be described in that print publication’s submission call.

Disclaimer (this is VERY important!):

The Poet’s Haven is a privately held publishing company.  This is not an open forum.  We, the publisher and editors, reserve the right to refuse any submission for any reason we see fit.  This may include work that we feel is questionable, may be in violation of any of the above guidelines, or that we have any objection to.  We have a policy of “ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BULLSHIT.”  If you attempt to cause problems by initiating spam campaigns, attempting a DDOS attack, or harassing any member of The Poet’s Haven staff, you will be blocked from accessing the site.


Removal Requests:

The Poet’s Haven website is no different than a print publication.  If your poem is published in a magazine and a year later you decide you don’t like the piece anymore, the publisher can not go through all remaining copies of the issue and tear out the page.  The Poet’s Haven will not entertain ANY requests for removing poetry from the site on the basis of the author not liking his or her older work.  Removal requests can be made for the following reason ONLY: plagiarism.  Please provide documentation (ie: cite the work that was plagiarized) when making any removal request.

In the modern age of Google, some authors have expressed concern about work written many years ago, perhaps when that author was still in college or even high school, being found today by prospective employers.  Your work was found to be of a high quality when it was submitted, and it should not be removed from the site.  However, if you are concerned about the emotions of your youth influencing your professional standing today, we can alter the name listed with your work.  We recommend simply changing your first name to your initial.  This way, if you do someday return to writing, you can still take credit for your early work.

Via: The Poet’s Haven.

Taking Submissions: Body Parts Magazine Issue #10: Primal Fears

Deadline: March 1st, 2018
Payment: $5 for flash fiction and $10 to $20 (depending on length) for short stories and nonfiction to authors

Issue #10: Primal Fears (Spring/Summer 2018)
Footsteps follow but you turn around, and no one’s there. You’re alone in the dark. Lost in a strange and terrible place with no exits. You have no control. See and hear monsters under the bed, bogeymen and bad guys. Creepy-crawlies. Things that squish, splat, burst and ooze. Trapped in your body, trapped in your mind. Reality slips away. You’re nothing more than an animal. Prey. Meat. Here are all the old terrors of childhood, the primitive, reptilian fears that have haunted our species since we first slunk from the mud and the fears that will chase us into the future. Submission deadline: 3/01/2018

“We are not afraid.”
Body Parts Magazine is an online literary magazine of horror, erotica, speculative fiction, essays and art. Each themed issue honors Eros and Thanatos, the Greek gods of libido and mortido—life and death. We celebrate the vast and various expressions of dreams and darkness, our primitive desires and urges, and seek to encounter—and embrace—those shadowy monsters who dwell in the dimly lit corners of human experience. 

Body Parts accepts well-written, thoughtfully structured horror, erotic horror, speculative fiction, dark fantasy (including fairy tales and mythology), exceptional stories about ghosts, ghouls, monsters and wretched creatures, Gothic fiction, and all combinations of the above. Our boundaries are few and far between.

Flash Fiction: 1,000 words or fewer.
Short Stories: up to 8,000 words.
Serialized or Longer Fiction: query us with total word count.

We accept your original artwork and photography reflective of an issue’s theme. Email a query with a link to your art online (web, Dropbox, Google album, etc.) Payment varies.

Essays & Interviews
We accept short essays and interviews (up to 1200 words) about topics that fit within our themes, people integral to the type of work published in Body Parts (writers, artists, photographers, etc.). Query first. We do not accept book/game/music reviews. Payment varies.

Body Parts is a paying market. We offer an honorarium of $5 for flash fiction and $10 to $20 (depending on length) for short stories and nonfiction to authors, and $5 to $20 for artwork and photography published in our journal.

We request exclusive rights as long as the issue in which your work appears is current. Once the subsequent issue has been published, you’re free to pursue reprint publication with other journals, anthologies, etc.

How to Submit
Cut and paste your text and submit it within the body an emailEmails with attachments will be deleted unread.
In the subject line, include the word Submission, the issue number you’re submitting to, and the title of your piece.
Please include a publication-ready bio and your website/social media sites. If your piece is selected for publication, we’ll send you a “Congratulations” email and request your PayPal email address and an author photo. Response times can be lengthy so simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please email us to withdraw your work from consideration if it’s placed in another publication.

Email submissions to: bodypartsmagazine (at) gmail (dot) com.

Via: Body Parts Magazine.

Taking Submissions: NonBinary Review #15 We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Deadline: October 31st, 2017
Payment: 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry

NonBinary Review is a quarterly digital literary journal that joins poetry, fiction, essays, and art around each issue’s theme. We invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life. We also invite art that will accompany the literature and be featured on our cover. All submissions must have a clear and obvious relationship to some specific aspect of the source text (a character, episode, or setting). Submissions only related by a vague, general, thematic similarity are unlikely to be accepted.

We are open to submissions which relate to Shirley Jackson’s 1962 book We Have Always Lived In the Castle

Submissions which do not tie into the plots or make use of characters/settings from the stories WILL NOT be considered–there needs to be a clear connection to the source material. 

We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary or a tissue or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy.


NonBinary Review accepts fiction and creative non-fiction of up to 5,000 words in length, although shorter is probably better. Fiction should be double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font in a Word document or text file. Authors may submit up to 5 pieces of flash fiction, no more than 1000 words each, in this category. Please upload each piece as a separate document on this submission. Flash (fiction or CNF) is the ONLY category where multiple pieces related to the same theme may be selected for publication.


NonBinary Review accepts poetry of up to 3 pages in length. Poetry should be single spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font in a Word document or text file. You may submit up to five files with this submission, but each poem must be submitted as a separate document.


We prefer high-resolution images in JPEG, PDF, TIFF, GIF or PNG format. Visual art must be related to each issue’s theme and please attach only one file at a time. Each file must be accompanied by the artist’s bio and an artist’s statement, which should be submitted as a Word document or text file, double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font.


Your 50-word bio should be included in your cover letter. If your bio is longer than 50 words, it WILL be edited for length if your piece is selected. You may submit more than one piece, but each piece must be submitted as a separate document.

NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite)  and $25 per piece of visual art, payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. In return, we ask for worldwide serial rights and electronic publishing rights. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.

If you are interested in your work appearing online, please indicate on your submission that you would like to be considered for our weekly online feature, Alphanumeric.  Alphanumeric pays a flat fee of $10 per piece regardless of genre or length, and adheres to the same theme and style conventions as the current reading period for NonBinary Review. Alphanumeric pieces will be published online for the 3 active months per each issue, after which, these pieces will be published as a compendium to the issue in which they were published.  All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Authors and artists should state in their cover letters for which issue their submission is intended. Submissions not related to an upcoming issue’s theme will be deleted unread.

Via: NonBinary Review.

Taking Submissions: Unsheathed: an Epic Anthology of Sword and Sorcery Fantasy

Deadline: December 31st, 2017
Payment: $30usd

Hydra is currently putting together a fantasy anthology of short stories from 10 authors. Previous publication experience is not required. Payout will be $30, payable when the anthology releases sometime in the spring of 2018.

Requirements and details:

  • Unsheathed: an Epic Anthology of Sword and Sorcery Fantasy, edited by best-selling author Stuart Thaman
  • Epic / heroic fantasy submissions only. No urban fantasy, no paranormal fantasy, no fantasy romance
  • Some element of sword play or sword-related theme must be present in each story
  • Stories, once accepted, will be professionally edited with the author’s input
  • Stories must be between 7,500 – 10,000 words
  • Submit all submissions, in their entirety, to [email protected] – be sure to include the phrase “Fantasy Anthology” in the subject line
  • Submissions must be made by December 31st, 2017 to be considered
  • Unsheathed will receive a very large marketing effort from Hydra Publications. We kindly request that all authors participating in the anthology make their best efforts as well. The goal of the anthology will be exposure and cross-promotion, not sales and royalties. In order to maximize exposure, the anthology will be priced in electronic version for $0.99 and will also be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.
  • Paperback copies will be made available for purchase to all authors
  • Each author will be given one full page biographical section in which to list their other works and websites, etc. after their story
  • Authors will also receive a detailed sales report after the first month of publication to know how well they’re work is being marketing and promoted
  • Hydra is only interest in first-publication stories, and Hydra will retain rights to the stories for a term of 5 years

Via: Hydra Publications.

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