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Dark Horse Expands Partnership With Penguin Random House Publisher

Dark Horse Comics, known for their comics, graphic novels, and mangas with such titles as Mazebook, OutlanderArmy of Darkness, and The Thing, has expanded its partnership with Penguin Random House Publisher to distribute Dark Horse’s newly published and back list comic book periodicals, graphic novels and manga to the Direct Market comic shops. This is a multi-year agreement that will begin June 1, 2023. This will be an expansion of the current collaboration of the distribution of Dark Horse’s front list and backlist to bookstores.  “It’s an exciting time for the industry, and our move to Penguin Random House for Direct Market Distribution comes after our successful partnership in bookstore distribution. Random House will help us expand our reach to retailers and fans around the globe,” shared Dark Horse Founder and CEO Mike Richardson.


Horror Tree Interview w/Erik C. Han...
Horror Tree Interview w/Erik C. Hanson

Lauren returns to cover our round up of the third week of September 2022’s Paying Markets!

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

Belinda is still away on her amazing vacation, and Lauren is back to fill in once more! (We almost talked our head editor Stuart into taking over this week, though he tried to pretend he was busy with family, his MBA class, the new layout, and about 20 other excuses. A likely story!)

September is inching closer to the month of Halloween and has some fun new markets to get your creative juices flowing! We even had a Halloween anthology cross our desk, which there haven’t been many of this year.

As for this week’s calls? We have the following to enjoy!

Taking Submissions: The Mike Resnick Memorial Award 2023

Deadline: April 1st, 2023
Award: First Place Prize: A trophy, $250.00 and have their story bought (at the magazine’s prevailing rate) by Galaxy’s Edge. Second place winner $100 and the third place a prize of $50.
Theme: New science fiction short story by a new author

This is an annual award sponsored by Galaxy’s Edge magazine (published by Arc Manor) and Dragon Con that celebrates new authors. As well as publishing hundreds of books as author and editor, Mike Resnick was known for his “Writer Children”—paying it forward by helping new writers start their careers. This award was created to honor his memory and continue on his legacy by spotlighting the wonderful new voices in the writing world.

For more information on eligibility and how to submit, Submissions Guidelines can be found on this page underneath the winner announcement for the 2022 award!


Galaxy’s Edge magazine and Dragon Con have the pleasure of announcing the 2022 winner for THE MIKE RESNICK MEMORIAL AWARD for Best Science Fiction Short Story by a New Author:


“What Would You Pay for a Second Chance?” by Chris Kulp


“Seedpod” by Ellen Parent


“On the Left” by Sandra Sigienski

Congratulations to our winner and finalists, and thank you to all the talented authors who submitted entries for award consideration! Mike Resnick would have so loved to have been here to witness this achievement!



Indie Bookshelf Releases 09/23/2022

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.


Epeolatry Book Review: Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston


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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: Will Do Magic for Small Change
Author: Andrea Hairston
Publisher: Tor
Genre: Historical and Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 11th, October, 2022

Synopsis: Andrea Hairston’s historical fantasy Will Do Magic for Small Change presents a tale of alien science and earthbound magic and the secrets families keep from each other.

Cinnamon Jones dreams of stepping on stage and acting her heart out like her famous grandparents, Redwood and Wildfire. But she’s always been theatrically challenged. That won’t necessarily stop her! But her family life is a tangle of mysteries and secrets, and nobody is telling her the whole truth.

Before her brother died, he gave Cinnamon The Chronicles of the Great Wanderer—a tale of a Dahomean warrior woman and an alien from another dimension who perform at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. They are a story of magic or alien science, but the connection to Cinnamon’s past is unmistakable.

When an act of violence wounds her family, Cinnamon and her theatre squad determine to solve the mysteries and bring her worlds crashing together.


Taking Submissions: Dragonesque

Deadline: December 31st, 2022
Payment: 0.08 USD / word and royalties
Theme: Fantasy and science fiction stories told from, or through, or with, the dragon’s point of view

Since Grendel and McCaffrey’s Pern, readers have been enthralled with the magic and mystique of dragons. But it’s rare that we get to see the world through the dragon’s perspective. In DRAGONESQUE, you’ll experience an anthology of fantasy and science fiction stories told from, or through, or with, the dragon’s point of view. High fantasy, sword & sorcery, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, magical realism, and of course science fiction…DRAGONESQUE will feature a wealth of genres that even a dragon would be tempted to horde.


Taking Submissions: Empire of Beasts

Deadline: December 1st, 2022
Payment: $40
Theme: Stories about entirely new societies and cultures populated by anthropomorphized creatures

The prompt: Lost Boys is looking for 8-10 stories about entirely new societies and cultures populated by anthropomorphized creatures.

This is your time to be utterly creative! What do you think, say, a society of cats would look like if they could walk and talk as humans do? What would their religion be? What would their world look like? What societal standards would they have? What would their homes be made of? Their favorite foods? You don’t have to use cats, you are free to use any creature you wish!


Epeolatry Book Review: Nightmare Fuel by Nina Nesseth


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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films
Author: Nina Nesseth
Publisher: Tor Nightfire
Genre: Non-Fiction
Release Date: 26th, July, 2022

Synopsis:Nina Nesseth knows what scares you. She also knows why.


In Nightmare Fuel, Nesseth explores the strange and often unexpected science of fear through the lenses of psychology and physiology. How do horror films get under our skin? What about them keeps us up at night, even days later? And why do we keep coming back for more?


Horror films promise an experience: fear. From monsters that hide in plain sight to tension-building scores, every aspect of a horror film is crafted to make your skin crawl. But how exactly do filmmakers pull this off? The truth is, there’s more to it than just loud noises and creepy images.


With the affection of a true horror fan and the critical analysis of a scientist, Nesseth explains how audiences engage horror with both their brains and bodies, and teases apart the elements that make horror films tick. Nightmare Fuel covers everything from jump scares to creature features, serial killers to the undead, and the fears that stick around to those that fade over time.


With in-depth discussions and spotlight features of some of horror’s most popular films—from classics like The Exorcist to modern hits like Hereditary—and interviews with directors, film editors, composers, and horror academics, Nightmare Fuel is a deep dive into the science of fear, a celebration of the genre, and a survival guide for going to bed after the credits roll.