Monday, August 14, 2017

August, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

August, 2017
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes

At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Mother of Invention (anthology, Twelfth Planet Press)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5000 words
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: November 30, 2017
Description: diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics. We want to cover a variety of AI tropes, from the virtuous to the dangerous, from the purely computerised to the freshly built physical body. We’re looking for a diverse range of authors, story settings, time periods, cultural backgrounds and protagonists. Magic, history, fantasy, steampunk, mythology, etc. are all options for you to play with.

Fantastic Trains: An anthology of Phantasmagorical Engines and Rail Riders (EDGE/ Tesseract)
Payment: $50 for stories up to 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $150 for stories up to 5,000 words (depending on word length, may be less than 5 cents/ word)
Story Length: 5,000 words (shorter length preferred)
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: 15 days
Description: Stories of trains—fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, horror, slipstream, urban fantasy, apocalyptic, set in any time, any place,—we’ll buy a ticket on all of them. We’d like to see what you can do with a train. A good part of your story should take place on a train—or most, if you can do it. We don’t care what era, what planet, or how the train might look differently there (it might even be alive!) or even if the train is moving. We just want that train—what you do with it is your magic.

Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine
Payment: 712 cents a word.
Story Length: up to 25,000 words
Deadline: None listed. Closes intermittently
Reprints?: No
Response: Two months
Description: Stories that appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers (the SF element may be slight, but it should be present); character-oriented stories. Humor very welcome. (** now allows online submissions)

Shimmer Magazine
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: To 7,500 words (prefer 4,000)
Deadline: Intermittent. Just reopened, usually for only 1-2 months at a time.
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Mostly SPEC Fict, fantasy, some horror; Unusual and beautifully-written speculative fiction stories with full plots and strong characters. We’re most drawn to contemporary fantasy, and seek out stories with a strong emotional core. We like unusual stories with a fluid and distinctive voice, with specific and original images. Send us your odd, unclassifiable stories.

Spider Magazine (for children, ages 6–9)
Payment: 25 cents a word
Story Length: 300 to 1,000 words (poetry up to 20 lines) (non-fiction 300–800 words)
Deadline: See below Issue themes; Open intermittently (and currently) for other non-themed
Reprints?: No
Response: 3–6 months

Issue theme: Spaceships and Superheroes
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Description: Fiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Spaceships and Superheroes. We’re interested in science-fiction and superhero stories about protagonists that save the day with help from super suits, super powers, or self-made gadgets. We’re especially interested in future technology like flying cars, interplanetary travel, holograms, robots, and teleporters. Take us on a time traveling mission or to the heart of a city that could use some saving. Especially welcome: twists on familiar comic book or sci-fi tropes, and female, people of color, and kid protagonists

Issue theme: Children’s Activities
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Description: Children’s activities, including clearly worded, playful step-by-step directions for crafts, activities, games, science experiments, and recipes for children ages 3 to 9. The strongest activities will engage a child’s imagination and creativity, can be done at home, and require little adult supervision. We also seek word games, tongue twisters, jokes, riddles, picture-based crossword puzzles, and foreign language activities.

Grievous Angel (online fiction)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: Flash Fiction and Poetry to 700 words
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: 28 days
Description: Any speculative fiction sub-genres, including Urban Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Horror, Mythos, Steampunk and Magical Realism, as well Humour/Satire riffs on these genre.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories (ed. Stephen Jones)
Payment: advance of around $15-20 per 1,000 words against a pro-rata share of any royalties or further sales
Story Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: September 1, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Smart, previously unpublished horror stories set around Halloween/ Samhain/ Day of the Dead.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cover art reveal for: DOUBLE JACK: THE CRIME FILES OF KATY GREEN #1 (a novella)!

Finalized the cover design and layout last night for DOUBLE JACK: THE CRIME FILES OF KATY GREEN #1 (a novella) by Gene O’Neill! With thanks to Jelena Mišljenović, who provided the lovely, fitting cover artwork. This to be published Dark Moon Books, including interior illustrations by Greg Chapman and an Introduction by John Palisano! Expected release date on the horizon, October, 2017.

The first book in a trilogy, discover why readers have been applauding this stark, fast-paced noir series by multiple-award-winning author, Gene O’Neill, and follow the dark murder mysteries of Sacramento homicide detectives Katy Green and Johnny Cato, dubbed by the press as Sacramento’s “Green Hornet and Cato”!

400-pound serial killer Jack Malenko has discovered the perfect cover: He dresses as a CalTrans worker and preys on female motorists in distress in full sight of passing traffic. How fast can Katy Green and Johnny Cato track him down before he strikes again?

Friday, July 14, 2017


My first book as a publisher just went live!!!!

The first in a series of scholarly primers, introducing and exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction: “EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #1: A PRIMER TO STEVE RASNIC TEM,” published through my press, Dark Moon Books.

Line up the cigars, 'cause it’s like the birth of a new child. And immense thanks and gratitude to Michael Arnzen for his sharp commentary throughout the book, and Michelle Prebich for her gorgeous interior artwork, and especially to Steve Rasnic Tem for consenting to this project!


Available for sale here:



Back Copy Description:

For over four decades, Steve Rasnic Tem has been an acclaimed author of horror, weird, and sentimental fiction. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as “A perfect balance between the bizarre and the straight-forward” and Library Journal as “One of the most distinctive voices in imaginative literature,” Steve Rasnic Tem has been read and cherished the world over for his affecting, genre-crossing tales.

Dark Moon Books and editor Eric J. Guignard bring you this introduction to his work, the first in a series of primers exploring modern masters of literary dark short fiction. Herein is a chance to discover—or learn more of—the rich voice of Steve Rasnic Tem, as beautifully illustrated by artist Michelle Prebich.

Included within these pages are:

• Six short stories, one written exclusively for this book
• Author interview
• Complete bibliography
• Academic commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD (former humanities chair and professor of the year, Seton Hill University)
• … and more!

Enter this doorway to the vast and fantastic: Get to know Steve Rasnic Tem.


Table of Contents includes:

Introduction by Eric J. Guignard
Steve Rasnic Tem: A Biography
Hungry (fiction)
Hungry: A Commentary
The Last Moments Before Bed (fiction)
The Last Moments Before Bed: A Commentary
In These Final Days of Sales (fiction)
In These Final Days of Sales: A Commentary
The Giveaway (fiction)
The Giveaway: A Commentary
Rat Catcher (fiction)
Rat Catcher: A Commentary
Whatever You Want (fiction)
Whatever You Want: A Commentary
Why Steve Rasnic Tem Matters by Michael Arnzen, PhD
In Conversation with Steve Rasnic Tem
The Subject Matter of Horror: An Essay by Steve Rasnic Tem
A Bibliography of English Language Fiction for Steve Rasnic Tem

Friday, July 7, 2017

D.O.A. III Available, and it's Awesome!

Received my contributor’s copy yesterday for the latest anthology I’m in D.O.A. III (May, 2017 by Blood Bound Books! Edited by Marc Ciccarone and Andrea Dawn, I am STOKED to be part of this alongside some of my horror idols! My own story is “RITCHIE,” a murdered high school bully who keeps coming back annually to get revenge on the victim who killed him.

Available for sale here:


Edited by: Marc Ciccarone and Andrea Dawn

Table of Contents includes:

Notches by Sean Eads and Joshua Viola
The Broken Hearted by T. Fox Dunham
N Word by Shane McKenzie
Skipp’s Splatterpunk Alphabet Souffle by John Skipp
Takeaway Night by T.M. McLean
Burnt by Lucian Marano
Junk by Ryan Harding
The Package by Kristopher Rufty
Red by Richard Christian Matheson
8 out of 10 by Daniel I. Russell
Posthumous by Lloyd Kaufman and Lily Hayes Kaufman
Bury Them Deeper by David Sandner
These Beautiful Bones by Betty Rocksteady
Subject #270374 by C.M. Saunders
Beer Battered by K. Trap Jones
L’Amuse Bouche by Hal Bodner
Proud Papa by Adrian Ludens
Cry the Banshee by C. Cameron Rossi
TerrorSluts for Eternity versus the Ungodheads of the Interdimensionals by Allistair Rennie
We Believe in 5B by Airika Sneve
Taking Root by Christoph Weber
The Bliss Point by Wrath James White
Woeful City by Garrett Cook
Ritchie by Eric J. Guignard
I’d Give Anything for You by Edward Lee and Jack Ketchum
Hostile by Jeff Strand
Metal Heat by Jaap Boekestein
Repulsive Glamour by John McNee
The Bitch by Kristopher Triana

Friday, June 16, 2017

June, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Market Listings/ Notes

Here are some genre short story market listings with a focus on Dark Fiction that I find interesting, are currently open, and pay a minimum professional rate of five (5) cents per word:


June, 2017 Market Listings/ Notes


Apex Magazine
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Deadline: Ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Exceptionally well-written Science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all its sub-genres.

Liminal Stories (online mag)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 10,000 words.
Deadline: Through June 15 (intermittent)
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month or less
Description: Prose stories and poetry that are strange and unsettling, sharp-edged and evocative.  Although we will consider any genre, we have a soft spot for weird fiction, magical realism, soft science fiction, and those uncategorizable stories that straddle the line between genres.  Liminal stories should linger in the mind and evoke emotion in the reader.

Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500 – 8,000 words
Deadline: July 28, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: about 7-to-21 days
Description: Literary genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, Westerns, pulps, thrillers, horror, romance, etc).

DarkFuse Magazine
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 99 – 2,000 words (will publish up to 15,000, but max pay at 2,000 words)
Deadline: None listed. Closes intermittently
Reprints?: No
Response: Up to six months
Description: Horror, thriller, suspense, crime, sci-fi, bizarre—anything with a dark slant.

Asimov’s Science Fiction (magazine)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000 – 20,000 words
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: No
Response: Five weeks
Description: Character-oriented Science Fiction stories that is serious, thoughtful, yet accessible (occasional humor), including borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction (and some poetry).

Trouble the Waters (edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, and Troy L. Wiggins: Rosarium Books)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500 – 7,000 words
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Reprints?: A few
Response: unknown
Description: Water-themed speculative short stories that explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales. We want stories with memorable, engaging characters, great and small, epic tales and quieter stories of personal and communal growth. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, and unclassifiable works are welcome.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

HIDDEN ANIMALS: A Collection of Cryptids (Dragon’s Roost Press)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 4,000 – 5,000 words
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Reprints?: Query first
Response: unknown
Description: We are looking for lesser known cryptids, creatures of the dark corners of cryptozoology. They can be the antagonist, the protagonist, the creeping dread which drives the story, but they must be present; Finely crafted works of Dark Speculative fiction which feature one (or more) of the lesser known, but established cryptids. Authors are encouraged to put their own spin on the classic creature. Make them terrifying. Make them sympathetic. Make them humorous. Above all, make them feel real.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dark Moon Books Is Reopening Its Doors for Business with a New Website!

Behold and tremble (with fear? Amusement? Revulsion? Disappointment?—you decide!), for DARK MOON BOOKS has arisen!

Finished building out a completely new website and published it over the weekend. Please check out:

Of course, if any errors or issues are found, I'd love to be told. Otherwise, I'm declaring Dark Moon Books legit and ready for business!