Paying Markets For Speculative Fiction Authors | Top Open Calls December 4th-8th, 2023

Welcome, storytellers of the fantastical and the fearful! 🌌🦁 As we journey through the days of December 4th to the 8th, let us blend the realms of horror and fantasy into tapestries rich with wonder and dread. In your world-building, may you find the delicate balance between the eerie unknown and the awe-inspiring.

This week’s ledger of opportunities is imbued with the potential for both the wondrous and the terrifying, each link a gateway to new realms where your stories can flourish in the shadowed corners of imagination.

As we delve into this week, consider the unique character of early December: Did you know that December 5th is known as Krampusnacht in some European traditions? This evening is marked by the appearance of Krampus, a horned, anthropomorphic figure who, in contrast to Saint Nicholas, punishes naughty children. This folklore encapsulates the dual nature of the season – the light and the dark, the joyous and the terrifying, themes ripe for exploration in horror fantasy.

“Sometimes fairy stories may say best what’s to be said,” wrote C.S. Lewis. Let this wisdom guide you as you weave narratives where the fantastical elements serve to illuminate deeper truths, where the veil between worlds is thin, and where the eerie and the enchanting intertwine.

As December’s chill seeps into your tales, let them be a vessel for the ancient stories and myths, the kind that echo the depths of human fears and desires. May your writing this week be a tribute to the power of myth and the enduring resonance of fairy tales, where every shadow holds a mystery, and every light a hope. 📖❄️🌑

You can watch the video below:

Paying Markets For Speculative Fiction Authors | Top Open Calls December 4th-8th, 2023

This week’s vid is up and I’ve spoken about:

Obsidian Butterfly – Horror over the Handlebars

Owl Crate – Monsters in Masquerade

Corvid Queen

Haven Speculative

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