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Taking Submissions: Apologue of the Immortals

Deadline: November 30th, 2022
Payment: $.0075 per word (minimum $10 up to a maximum of $45) and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Fantasy and the story must have a moral or lesson to it and involve Gods or immortals of some sort

We’re currently accepting original submissions for our upcoming fantasy anthology!

Submission Period: September 1 to November 30, 2022

Genre: All fantasy! (dark fantasy, urban fantasy, epic fantasy, high fantasy, etc.)

Theme: Apologue of the Immortals

This means that the story must have a moral or lesson to it (Apologue) and have something to do with a being(s), creature(s), or god(s) that in some way have immortality or an immortal element.

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Epeolatry Book Review: The Mouth is a Coven by Liz Worth

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Alien: Inferno's Fall

Title: The Mouth is a Coven
Author: Liz Worth
Publisher:  Manta Press Ltd
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Release Date: 11th, September, 2022

Synopsis: Have you ever seen a ghost? In Starling City, there are spirits on every street corner. Everyone in town seems to have at least one ghastly tale to tell.

So, it’s no wonder that a place like this breeds people like Blue and Julie, who summon demons just for fun and are obsessed with a local legend of a vampire named Matter. They hang out in dark clubs on a desolate downtown street and hope, desperately, that Matter will one day find them.

Because if they could become vampires, all of their problems will disappear. Just like the movies, they’ll never get old, and they will never die. They won’t have to worry about working or making rent, because the mundane world will no longer apply to them.

One night, their wish comes true: It turns out Matter is real. Except Blue and Julie soon learn that being a vampire isn’t exactly like you see in the movies. Abandoned, they are left on their own to figure out how to live as the undead – not to mention what to do with all those dead bodies piling up.

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Top 6 Netflix Horror TV Shows for 2023 To Inspire Your Writing

Horror television series have gained popularity over the past few years, and Netflix has emerged as one of the most popular platforms for such content. Anyone who enjoys the great ghoulish genre will find something on Netflix, spanning horror comedy to animated horror; when your hitting writers block, one of the ways you can address it is to dive headfirst into the genre. So, we’re happy to share some of the best horror shows you can stream on Netflix right now. I will say that there are a TON of other options, many of which are superior when we go with subtitled or dubbed works, but we’ll mostly save those for another post. 

With the debut of Resident Evil, Netflix returns to the battlefield with what they believe will become a significant television horror series in the future. With that being said, today’s post will cover the trending horror shows for 2023 that can be streamed via Netflix. 

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FlowerSong Press is Open To Speculative Fiction Novels

Deadline: April 15th, 2023
Payment: Royalties
Theme: horror, science fiction, and fantasy
Note: Seeking Latinx authors

FlowerSong Press is currently seeking outstanding and unique manuscripts from Latinx authors in the area of horror, science fiction, and fantasy.

Please review the following guidelines for authors. If you feel your manuscript meets our needs and is consistent with our mission, we welcome the chance to read it.

Guidelines for Fiction

We are seeking already finished, full-length novels from Latinx authors ranging from 75,000 to 150,000 words. We are not currently accepting short stories, novellas, or short story collections. If your novel is the first of a trilogy or series, be aware that we will not commit to publishing more than one book at a time.

Stories should emphasize careful and thoughtful development of complex, three-dimensional and fallible characters, complicated relationships and conflicts, and strong, coherent plots with satisfying resolutions.

We will consider historical (any time period or culture), traditional fantasy, horror, and science-fiction genre stories as long as they meet the criteria above.

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Taking Submissions: Humour Me Christmas 2022 Edition

Deadline: December 10th, 2022
Payment: £25 (GBP)
Theme: Funny Christmas Stories

We want your festive stories for our Christmas special, fiction and non fiction! Min 1k words, Max 3k.

These can be any sub-genre. Western Santa Claus? Zombie reindeer? Go for it as long as they have a humour/satirical element!

As an added Christmas present, for this issue only (currently) we will be offering paid submissions!

We will pay £25 (GBP) per accepted submission.

Also, our favourite accepted submission will be paid £40! (GBP)

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Taking Submissions: Untitled Supernatural Stories Anthology

Deadline: January 1st, 2023
Payment: 5 cents per word
Theme: Supernatural Stories – Ghosts, Cults, Hauntings, Etc

GrendelPress accepts short story submissions that fit into our chosen genres of Dark Fantasy, Horror, and Romance.
We will develop themes for each genre as submissions accumulate.

Unpublished short stories must be 3,000-7,000 words and if approved, will be featured in our anthologies consisting of ~65,000 words each. Approved stories will be published in English ebook and print. If approved, you will be notified when the anthology has received the perfect combination of stories to publish and it’s expected publication date.

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Catherine Weaver: Weaving tales of magic for young and old alike.

Catherine Weaver: Weaving tales of magic for young and old alike.

By Angelique Fawns

 

Writing is in Catherine Weaver’s blood. From a grandmother who interviewed Amelia Earhart to a mother who taught and created poetry, Weaver continues the family tradition. She’s published several books for children and is currently focusing on winning Writers of the Future. I met this remarkable wordsmith through the DreamForge Magazine DreamCaster’s writing group and Wulf Moon’s Wulf Pack. Curious about her literary journey, I asked her a few questions.

 

AF: When did you first decide that you wanted to become a writer?  What was your inspiration?

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Trembling With Fear 11/20/2022

Hello, children of the dark – and it really is getting dark out there, huh? I sat down to start writing this at 4pm London time, and I needed the light on despite sitting underneath a skylight. I’m never sure if I like the cold, dark, rainy short days or the long, bright sunny ones; the truth is probably both, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

These long, cold nights are, of course, perfect for curling up with a good story or three, whether you’re reading or writing them. And given I’ve been getting up on this soapbox every week asking you to write and submit to us, I thought it was time I give an insight into what happens once you press “send” on the form. 

With the size and age of this site, you might think there are loads of us behind the scenes – alas, no. The Trembling With Fear team is myself, Stuart (the founder of Horror Tree), and Amanda, who looks after the specials, unholy trinities and serials. We all volunteer with this site alongside our day jobs, and it’s very much a labour of love. 

An important note to start with: Before you submit and we get involved, please double check your story fits our submission guidelines. We do not accept stories with hate speech, rape, killing/torture of kids or pets, and more. We also don’t accept reprints, so if you submit something to us that is subsequently accepted for publication by another site, please let us know and withdraw your story. 

When you pass Go on the TWF board, a few things happen behind the scenes. First, one of the team will see the email come in and log it on our all-powerful spreadsheet (designed by former TWF editor Steph Ellis, it is the one true spreadsheet to rule them all). That person will also send you an email to say we’ve received it, and we’ll get back to you soon. How long that “soon” is will depend on a lot of things, but we aim to get back to you within a few weeks. 

Once your story is in the system, we all read it and make our comments. Once we reach a consensus, we’ll email you to let you know the outcome. This will be one of three things: we accept it; we thank you but won’t be able to publish it (and we always try to give feedback in this case); or we like it but feel it needs more work before it’s suitable for our site. If we ask you to revise your piece, it is always up to you; it’s never an order, and you have the prerogative to say no thanks and we all move on. But if we’ve asked you for revisions, it means we like your story and want to help you improve it for our audience. It’s important to remember that all sites and publications have different audiences, and you might want to try to find a different home for your piece as it is. That’s always an option!

That email is not the end of the road. If and when we accept the piece, we’ll ask you to sign a digital contract giving us the right to publish it, and once that’s signed by both parties we move to scheduling the story. What that magic date is will depend on how many stories we have waiting in the queue. For drabbles, it will usually be fairly prompt because we publish three of those every week. Short stories are another matter as we only publish one each week, and it will depend on the time of year you submit and are accepted; I’ve learned in my short time in this chair that there is a definite ebb and flow to these things! At the moment, we’re closed to short stories because we had an absolute rush of submissions between summer and Halloween; when I looked at the schedule to get this week’s pieces ready, I saw we are full right up until early summer 2023. That’s a long time to wait for publication, which is why we’re closed for a while. 

But don’t worry; we’ll always send you a note in the week before your story is published so you know to keep an eye out for it. We share published pieces on our social media accounts, and in our newsletter, too. Find details of how to follow these over on our contact page

And that’s the long and the short of it; it’s a fairly standard process, but we get a lot of first-timers submitting to TWF so I hope that helps to settle some nerves. I promise, we don’t bite! For now, take some inspiration from those who’ve been through this process: this week’s Trembling main course sees Charles Cole have some serious issues in the bathroom. This is followed by three delicious quick bites:

  • Helen De Cruz ponders what they see
  • RJ Meldrum hears a whisper on the wind, and
  • Don Money has trouble in space

If these stories inspire you to get writing, you’ll find details on how to submit to us over here. Remember, we’re currently CLOSED to short story submissions, but are always seeking drabbles – that’s a complete story in exactly 100 words, and a real test of your craft. We’re looking for anything darkly speculative – it doesn’t have to be a super gory horror story; we don’t get enough dark sci-fi and fantasy! And I’m very much in the mood for gothic tales as the nights draw closer…

Over to you, Stuart.

 

Lauren McMenemy

Editor, Trembling With Fear

Last week I said things were crazy, imagine how crazy they are now that we’ve gotten a new chocolate lab puppy named Cocoa!
Crazy doesn’t even begin to cover it.

So, what did we do this week?
– Found out the sad news that Amanda Headlee will be stepping down as our TWF Special Editor at the end of the year. We’re already talking about a couple of candidates to help out.
– We’re currently making a major push for more author interviewers! If you love to talk to authors, please reach out!
– UK Readers, we’re currently giving away 3 Copies of ‘Origins of The Wheel of Time’
– I’ve been working on a new home office for awhile. 3 pieces of furniture have been stuck in THE SUPPLY CHAIN SHORTAGE and have finally arrived. So. Erm. More on that soon! I’m streamling my entire setup to help with both my day job AND Horror Tree. So, neat!

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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