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Taking Submissions: CloisterFox #3

Deadline: January 31st, 2023
Payment: £30 plus a copy of the zine
Theme: Ruins
Note: British authors and authors of other nationalities living in Britain

Submissions are open until midnight GMT on the 31st of Jan 2023.

The theme of issue two is ruins. We want crumbling castle ramparts and wrecks haunting the sea bed. Give us derelict shopping centres and condemned flats. And don’t forget, people can be ruins too.

We’re looking for submissions from British authors and authors of other nationalities living in Britain. We are particularly keen to hear from under-represented groups, including BIPOC, LGBT, and disabled writers.

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Ongoing Submissions: IZ Digital

Payment: (EUR) 1.5¢ per word
Theme: science fiction and fantasy stories

IZ Digital is currently open to unsolicited submissions of science fiction and fantasy stories up to a maximum of 5000 words.

We are looking for original, unpublished stories. Please do not query about reprints.

We accept simultaneous submissions.

We do not accept multiple submissions.

If you receive a rejection from us, please wait three weeks before submitting again.

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The Spooky Six with Willow Croft and Suzanne Craig-Whytock

For this edition of the Spooky Six, I’m having tea with Suzanne Craig-Whytock, and, yes, I’ve made a whole plate of cookies shaped like bones!

Award-winning writer Suzanne Craig-Whytock (she/her) found her passion for writing at an early age and had her first poem published when she was eight years old. She studied English Literature at university and was a high school English teacher for almost 25 years. She is the author of three previous novels, SmileThe Dome, and The Seventh Devil, and one short story collection, Feasting Upon The Bones. She is a member of the Canadian Authors Association and the Writers’ Union of Canada. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals, and she regularly publishes essays focused on life’s absurdities under the pen name mydangblog. She’s also the editor of DarkWinter Literary Magazine, an independent online publication of poetry and short stories out of Ontario, Canada, which publishes both emerging and established authors. Her second short story collection At The End Of It All is due to be released on February 7, 2023 by Potter’s Grove Press, and the sequel to The Seventh Devil is under contract to be released in 2023 by Bookland Press. Most recently, her second novel The Dome (winner of a Canada Book Award) was translated and published in Arabic by Arab Scientific Publishers in Lebanon and has been enjoying success overseas. Suzanne lives in a small town in Ontario, in a large rambling Victorian home with an acre of property that she and her husband have spent a lot of time rejuvenating. Her favourite things are her family, her black Lab Atlas, crows, white wine, antique clocks, and writing. She is a strong advocate and ally for LGBTQ+ people and believes that everyone deserves to be happy and live their own best lives.
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Trembling With Fear 1/8/2023

Hello, children of the dark. I’ve had the strangest day, so forgive me if this week’s intro is a little… odd. You see, I was woken this morning by a crackle of static and a slow, low, barely audible voice: “Hello? Can you hear me?” As I came to consciousness, I realised there were wires all over me, and a machine on the wall told me it was recording.

It’s ok – I was just finishing up an overnight sleep study, but my word it was the strangest encounter I’ve had in a while. I’m still waiting to see if any psychic or telekinetic powers develop, but I guess at least the photo of me wired-up made a few people giggle.

After all that, I’m a bit tired – ok, I’m a bloody exhausted – so I’ll jump straight in if that’s ok with you?

Here is this week’s menu. Our Trembling main course concerns some danger in the dark depths of the deep. This is followed by three delicious quick bites:

  • Kerry E.B. Black wonders if ambition is worth the cost of entry,
  • Regina Beach spins a drabble from a Welsh myth, and
  • Robyn O’Sullivan takes her final journey.

If these stories inspire you to get writing, you’ll find details on how to submit to us over here, and we have an insatiable appetite.

Over to you, Stuart.

Lauren McMenemy

Editor, Trembling With Fear

The new year is upon us and we’re finalizing our plans for moving to a new host and working through our new layout. A ton of updates are on the horizon and I’m thrilled to be sharing them with you as they go live! 

For those looking to support the site, we’ve recently launched a Ko-Fi and always have our Patreon going.

As always, I hope you had a great weekend.

Stuart Conover

Editor, Horror Tree

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Can Artificial Intelligence Write Stories for us – Good Ones?

Can Artificial Intelligence Write Stories for us – Good Ones?

By: Rayne Hall

Artificial Intelligence (AI) computer programmes can create amazing works of visual art.  Can they write great novels and short stories, too? The makers of AI writing apps claim that they can. I wanted to test this myself, so I subscribed to several AI apps.

 

AI apps are mostly used to write promo texts – sales emails, social media posts and such. But many have a ‘fiction’ or ‘creative story’ function.  You enter a brief description of your idea, and the app produces a creative plot and turns it into a story. It sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? While I would never delegate my creative process to a machine, I wondered if an AI app could become a ‘collaborator’. I tried using AI it turn my ideas into first drafts, and to polish my rough drafts into sparkling manuscripts.

 

Did it work? The short answer: ‘No.’ 

 

Here’s the more detailed answer:

 
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Paying Markets For Authors For The FIRST WEEK of January, 2023!

Hello to all of our #author and #writer friends!

Happy New Year! I hope that you’re all having a great start to the new year and that you have plenty of writing goals to really get you started putting pen to paper for the new year. If you’re lacking in ideas, hopefully one of today’s open calls for writers will catch your attention!

Also, as a side note, we’re actively seeking book reviewers and author interviewers at this time! Please be sure to contact us on our contact page if interested! – http://horrortree.com/contact

You can watch Belinda’s favorite picks of the week below:
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Taking Submissions: Eye to the Telescope #48

Deadline: March 15th, 2023
Payment: US 4¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $4, maximum $25
Theme: Poetry involving fungi! Details below

Eye to the Telescope 48, Fungi, will be edited by Avra Margariti.

FUNGI: Mushrooms, molds, and other fungi are organisms that live all around us, yet for the longest time they have eluded classification. They can offer sustenance and ensure survival, or cause a slow, poisoned death. Their mycelium and spores spread–subterranean, airborne–beyond our perception. Within forest ecosystems, fungi are decomposers: feeding on dead matter, returning the nutrients to the soil in a perpetual cycle of destruction and rebirth.

I am particularly interested in cli-fi, body horror, and fabulism from marginalized voices. Make me feel the sublime ache of metamorphosis, the transcendental comfort of belonging in a colony. Send me poems about prehistoric Prototaxites populating the earth; mycologists using parasitic cordyceps to reanimate the dead; Amanita princesses, priests, and witches; the Fungal Folk evolving to survive in space, a starship built out of their own filaments and tendrils.

Embrace the beauty in decay, and let your imagination mushroom like foxfire gleaming bioluminescent through the forest dark.

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Indie Bookshelf Releases 01/06/2023

Got a book to launch, an event to promote, a kickstarter or seeking extra work/support as a result of being hit economically by Covid or life in general?

Get in touch and we’ll promote you here. The post is prepared each Thursday for publication on Friday. Contact us via Horror Tree’s contact address or connect via Twitter or Facebook.

Click on the book covers for more information. Remember to scroll down to the bottom of the page – there’s all sorts lurking in the deep.

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