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Taking Submissions: Eidolotry Digital #7

Deadline: May 15th, 2023
Payment: $10 plus a contributor copy
Theme: The best LGBTQ etc voices out there in the world of horror. No limits, no theme, just your very best stories.

Come out, Come out, whoever you are. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but I wanted to open up the submission call as soon as possible for our June issue. We here at PTP are all about good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.

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An Interview With Gareth Worthington

Greetings and Welcome. Today I have a privilege to interview Gareth Worthington.

Gareth Worthington is the author of several books and series such as The Children of the Fifth Sun Series, It takes Death to Reach a Star Series, A Time for Monsters, and Condition Black. He holds a degree in marine biology, a PhD in Endocrinology, an executive MBA, is Board Certified in Medical Affairs, and currently works for the pharmaceutical industry. Gareth is an authority in ancient history, has hand-tagged sharks in California, and trained in various martial arts, including Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai at the EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore and 2FIGHT in Switzerland. 

His work has won multiple awards, including Dragon Award Finalist and an IPPY award for Science Fiction. He’s a member of the International Thriller Writers Association, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the British Science Fiction Association. Born in England, Gareth has lived around the world from Asia, to Europe to the USA. Wherever he goes, he endeavors to continue his philanthropic work with various charities. Find out more at www.GarethWorthington.com

Mr. Worthington’s latest release, Dark Dweller, hit shelves on February 28th 2023, and has already received numerous 5-star reviews, yours truly included [insert shameless plug for my own review]. Dark Dweller takes place in the future where Earth’s resources have become depleted. To restock helium, the crew of the Paralus travel to Jupiter for what should be a routine scoop. The discovery of an escape pod puts those plans on hold and leads to a fight for humanity’s salvation. 

Mr. Worthington, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions.

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WiHM 2023: One Goddamn F*cked Up Horror Picture: Carmen Maria Machado, Pearl, and the Psychoanalytics of Horror

One Goddamn F*cked Up Horror Picture: Carmen Maria Machado, Pearl, and the Psychoanalytics of Horror

by Tenacity Plys

 

Generally, horror doesn’t scare me. It’s not that I don’t feel fear; I feel fear literally all the time. Don’t you?! But typically when a book or movie is supposed to be scary, something in me is numb to the experience. Like, there’s a guy killing all these people while they’re on vacation; who cares? Or some doll is creepy, and it’s gonna kill everyone; whatever. Even Midsommar didn’t really do it for me, because I was basically nodding along like, “okay, these Swedish people are a death cult and they’re going to kill all these teens in ~symbolic~ ways until only Florence Pugh is left. Got it.” Once you know the shtick of a horror story, that’s kind of it for your emotional response, even if the story is as smart as Midsommar

 

I used to be way too scared of horror movies. As a kid, I basically couldn’t watch them; they upset me way more than anyone else my age. Over time, I believe I developed defense mechanisms to keep me from being so overwhelmed, resulting in my anhedonia—in fact, sometimes I feel moved to nervous laughter at horror movies, my distress taking a detour through hilarity to make me look like a sociopath rather than a crybaby. Progress?

 

Fear is a primary emotion, meaning it’s a reflexive reaction to our environment; primary emotions are sometimes called precognitive emotions, because they happen before you can think about the fact that they’re happening—and while you can mitigate them by thinking once they’ve happened, you can’t prevent them by thinking. To instill fear, horror has to sneak up on us, before our conscious minds can catch on and intellectualize our fear before we feel it. The power of language is such that when we think “I am scared” to ourselves, this gives us a handle on our fear—naming what’s scary is half the battle, especially when you can just say to yourself “it’s only a movie.”

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Taking Submissions: NonBinary Review #32

Deadline: May 1st, 2023
Payment: ¢ per word for prose, $10 for poetry, $25 for artwork
Theme: Epic Fail

NonBinary Review is open for submissions on the theme of “epic fail.” We’re not talking about everyday failures, like you didn’t pay the electric bill, so your lights are turned off. We’re talking about the cascades of calamity that end in death, destruction, disaster. Series of unfortunate choices that lead to plague, famine, and war. A train wreck that, once it’s been set in motion, you can neither stop nor look away from. There but for the grace of some spectacularly poor planning, bad decisions, and gross incompetence, go all of us. Let’s hear it all.

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Taking Submissions: Mirrors Reflecting Shadows

Deadline: April 15th, 2023
Payment: $40
Theme: A charity anthology to donate to The Trevor Project open to most genres to help on suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth

Mirrors Reflecting Shadows: A Trevor Project Charity Anthology

Considering the increasing marginilazation LGBTQ+ individuals and the attack on gender affirming care through legislation Outcast Press, Anxiety Press, and Roi Fainéant Press have teamed up to curate a charity anthology with proceeds going towards The Trevor Project. For over 20 years, The Trevor Project has worked tirelessly on suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth, who are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers (Johns et al., 2019; Johns et al., 2020).

We are open to most genres, including, but not limited to, literary, transgressive, horror, crime, noir, and speculative fiction. The pieces can be about most anything, so don’t feel you need to write about LGBTQ+ issues. We want a smorgasbord of short stories and flash fiction. Of course you can touch on these topics, and are encouraged to do so, but the point is to gather excellent short fiction in service of a great cause.

(We aim to publish approximately 30 pieces)
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Taking Submissions: Passageway

Deadline: March 27th, 2023
Payment: €150
Theme: Stories inspired by a passageway that explores new areas or territory
Note: Apologies for the late notice, I only found this one today

From Feb 21st to March 27th*, we are open for short story submissions for our new collection, Passageway! We are looking for stories of all genres that respond to our title and/or cover art, and selected writers will receive a flat rate of €150 for accepted submissions.

Home is behind, the world ahead
(Tolkien, 1954)

The paths of perception are thrown open, and new realities loom beyond –
all that is left to do is to cross the passageway.

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Taking Submissions: Year of the Tarot: Chalice

 

Deadline: March 31st, 2023
Payment: 1 cent CAD per word
Theme: The element of cups, does not require it to include anything tarot related

Welcome to our four-book series, dedicated to horror inspired by the Tarot. 

Does the story have to be about Tarot Cards… NO. Think cups, knives, wands, and pentacles. We are looking for the theme to be the element, not necessarily the card itself, although we would love to read that as well. 

Chalice – Pentacles – Blades – Wands

**Patron Members get an extended submission window**

March 1- 31: Chalice  (Patron dates Feb 21 – April 7)

June 1- 30: Pentacles (Patron dates May 23 – July 7)

Sept 1- 30: Blades/Swords  (Patron dates August 24 – October 7)

Dec 1- 31: Wands (Patron dates November 23 – January 7)

Each book will have an overriding theme of a Tarot suit and be between 50k – 60k words in length. They will be stand-alone books but will make up a four-book series.

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Taking Submissions: Deathcap & Hemlock March 2023 Window

Deadline: March 31st, 2023
Payment: $10
Theme: Recipes that hint at a deeper narrative without violating the recipe structure, for this issue, recipes with representation
Note: LGBTQ+ authors for this installment

Calling all chefs!

Send us your darkest goulash, your most violent sachertorte, your transformative aperitif. Pass down your great-aunt’s potluck dish for a party that ended … poorly. We are a cookbook for a dreadful feast, in the style of a recipe blog.

Submissions:

Subs are open!

We will be open March 15-31, 2023.

Submissions from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers, writers with disabilities, and early-career writers are especially encouraged. If you need any accommodations to submit, please email!

Pride Month Special: Our June recipes will be themed for Pride month. We’re looking for recipes with representation, or which touch on themes that would be appropriate. If you are an LGBTQ+ author and would like to submit a recipe for our June Special Menu, the subject line of your email should read “RECIPE SUBMISSION – [your name] – Pride” during the March submissions period.

FAQ about this: Any authors are welcome to submit anything, but the Pride Month Special portion of the call is limited to LGBTQ+ authors. LGBTQ+ authors, however, are not limited to submitting for the Special Menu. You do not need to out yourself— submitting for the Special Menu will be considered a promise that you consider yourself to be included. If you are sending two recipes please note which one is for the Special (or if both are).

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