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!

Monday, May 15, 2017

May, 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:


May, 2017 Market Listings/ Notes


Welcome to Miskatonic University (Broken Eye Books)
Payment: 8 cents a word
Story Length: 3,000 – 6,000 words (and flash fiction, 1,000 words or less)
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Miskatonic University is still going strong in the Arkham Valley (and in various satellite campuses and research stations around the world). Looking for tales that combine college life and the cosmic weird. Of course, there's beer, sex, and parties; study groups and all-night cramming; campus activism and impassioned discourse; vital research and faculty struggling for tenure. But also, you know, gruesome and psychedelic cosmic weirdness; weird fiction set in a modern-day Miskatonic University. Stories should be set within or be inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos.

The Forge Literary Magazine
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: Generally 3,000 words or less, but may be open to a bit longer. Flash is also highly appreciated (1,000 words or less).
Deadline: Continually open
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months or less
Description: Prose Fiction--Open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background. Literary excellence is our only criteria. Pieces read anonymously, so please do not put your name anywhere in the file.

Strange Beasties anthology (Third Flatiron)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500 – 3,000 words
Deadline: May 15 - July 15, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: up to eight weeks
Description: Slipstream. Are you itching to invent your own odd literary devices or creatures?  Impress us, delight us, or scare us with the diversity of your fiendish creations. Creatures of the id don't necessarily have to be monsters, but they do need to be strange. We'd fancy some ghostbusters and monster hunters too.

Flash Fiction Online
Payment: $60 flat (= 6 cents/ word+)
Story Length: 500 to 1,000 words
Deadline: Intermittently open
Reprints?: Yes (payment at 2 cents/ word)
Response: Within one month
Description: A very short but complete story of flash fiction. Strong, interesting characters, in genres of dark sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, crime, horror, and even literary.

Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 17,500 words
Deadline: Intermittent
Reprints?: No
Response: Three months
Description: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror (in the sense of supernatural suspense, not gory blood-fests). stories. Well-developed milieus and believable, engaging characters. We also look for clear, unaffected writing (Follow the PG-13 standard as a model for content restriction).

Chicken Soup for the Soul – “My Crazy Family!” (NON-HORROR, NON-FICTION)
Payment: $200 plus ten copies of the book
Story Length: to 1,200 words. Poetry: open line count.
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Reprints?: No (some exceptions allowed)
Response: NO rejections sent out. Assume rejection if not heard 60 days before date of publication.
Description: We do love our families but they can also drive us crazy! It’s fun to read about all those wacky relatives and compare them to our own. These true stories, either serious or hilarious, will touch your heart or make you laugh… or both. They will make you see that other families are not that different from your own, and that when push comes to shove, we all need our crazy families.

**This above market also open to separate submission calls for non-fiction stories on Redemption; Christmas Cheer; and other topics. ADDED HERE as I know several horror writers have broken into non-genre works through this.

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

The Beauty of Death 2—Death by Water (ed. by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renée Lester)
Payment: $100 flat
Story Length: 4,000 – 5,000 words
Deadline: September 1, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 month
Description: Stories that fit the theme: Death by Water. All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. No stories about child abuse of any kind. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction..

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Release in Issue #5 of Gamut Magazine

NEW RELEASE! I’ve written an article for Issue #5 of Gamut Magazine (May), titled: “The Five Human Senses in Modern Horror Short Fiction.” This is a tie-in article to my forthcoming anthology, The Five Senses of Horror, scheduled for publication in June, 2017 from Dark Moon Books. Gamut is a pay online magazine, available here:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Finished mocking up front cover art & layout for probably the first release of rebranded (and now my own!) publishing house, Dark Moon Books!:

Book 1 in a series, for the brilliant Steve Rasnic Tem --> EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #1: A PRIMER TO STEVE RASNIC TEM

With commentary by
Michael Arnzen, PhD and amazing interior illustrations by Michelle Prebich!

Monday, April 10, 2017

April, 2017 Dark Fiction Short Story Market Listings/ Notes

I’ve been compiling monthly reports of new or open markets for the Los Angeles chapter of Horror Writers Association for the past couple years.

Thought it might be beneficial to widen the audience by sharing this information publically for those who write fiction genre short stories, with a focus on horror.

These are some markets I find interesting, are currently open, and pay a minimum professional rate of five (5) cents per word:


April, 2017 Market Listings/ Notes


Midas Clutch: Tales of Opulent Horror  (edited by Steve Berman)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: 4,000 – 14,000 words
Deadline: January, 2018
Reprints?: Possibly (pay at 2 cents/ word)
Response: 4 months
Description: Weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount. However, we do not want these tales to be moralistic; we're celebrating those who can buy the finest things in life...they just happen to be the leads in a horror story. The better stories will incorporate status and wealth as both character traits and elements of the plot.

Unshattering (*New Market)
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,500 words
Deadline: None given
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Primarily looking for science fiction short stories that show us the way back to a livable future. While I expect that most will be science fiction, I am open to fantasy and literary fiction as well.

Fireside Fiction Company
Payment: 12.5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,000 words (flash fiction preferred)
Deadline: Open only April 16 – April 22, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: To publish great speculative fiction storytelling, regardless of genre (ex. Neil Gaiman); unique voices.

Cicada Magazine YA literary/comics magazine – Puppets & Dolls issue
Payment: 10 cents a word
Story Length: flash fiction up to 9,000 words
Deadline: May 27, 2017 for current them; Open intermittently (and currently) for other non-themed
Reprints?: No
Response: 3-6 months
Description: YA/teen stories about puppets/ dolls: Children’s toys, storytelling props, decoration, conduits for the supernatural. How do we pull one another’s strings to get what we want? How do we project our feelings onto one another? How can this harm a relationship?

sub-Q Magazine
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,000 – 5,000 words
Deadline: Currently open. Intermittent dates.
Reprints?: No
Response: 90 days
Description: F/SF, horror, mystery, romance, and mash-up interactive fiction. Submitted works must include at least a detailed proposal for interactivity. We like beautiful, moving prose, but we also like pulpy fun! Don’t self-reject. Let us see what you’ve got!

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress, #32 (ed. Elisabeth Waters)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 9,000 words
Deadline: Open from: April 24 – May 14, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: 1 week
Description: Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about!

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

The Anatomy of Monsters, Volume 2 (edited by Robert Teun)
Payment: $25 flat
Story Length: 3,000 – 10,000 words
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: New takes on old monsters! Zombies, vampires, werewolves, all OK. Also open to more folklore horror, Witches! Baba Yaga! And many, many more! I prefer less splatter and more scare.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Theatrical/ Radio-Style Podcast Reading of my story, “Something in the Strawberry Fields”

One of the first horror stories I ever wrote for publication (a whopping five years ago!) has come back around for a spectacular podcast reading… It’s almost embarrassing how much work seems to have gone into this theatrical-quality production, styled after the old radio dramas, with music, sound effects, and multiple character voice actors.

Listen to my tale, “Something in the Strawberry Fields,” as the opening episode of Manor House Show’s Season 3, here at:

Really well done, and thanks so much to MANOR HOUSE @manorhouseshow ; and the cast and technicians involved, including Project Entertainment Network @ProjectEntNet, Project Entertainment Network.

And thanks also for this amazing first review by @UnnervingMagazine, @UnnervingMag .

“Season 3 of the Manor House opens with a sinister tale of retribution by Eric J. Guignard titled Something in the Strawberry Fields. Listening, the story brought to mind a Scott Smith tale of devilish greenery, The Ruins. The plants are hungry and knowing, but beyond that (and the Spanish vibe) this story rolls into a yarn of its own…”


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Brilliant Podcast reading of my story, "A Curse and a Kiss,"

Brilliant Podcast reading of my story, "A Curse and a Kiss," (a horror reimagining of Beauty and the Beast) just went up! Thank you to narrator, Margaret Essex, and Scott Silk at Tales To Terrify --

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Interview with me about the Horror Writers Association (10/2/2016)

Uploaded an interview with me to explain the Horror Writers Association during Grave Harvest Halloween Festival at The Hotel Fullerton (Fullerton, CA), October 2, 2016! Filming Credit by: All Things Haunted.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ANNOUNCING NEW ANTHOLOGY: "The Five Senses of Horror"

Behold and tremble (in anticipation!), O horror short form fans!

Finished acquisitions and contracts for my next anthology, a reprint volume of the five human senses in horror: THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR

This includes the influence of horror and dark fantasy short fiction on the five human senses (interaction and relationship between imaginative horror perception and the senses) and how these insights can assist writers/ or how they’ve been used effectively by authors as inspiration within this form of writing.

Including study and commentary from psychologist, Erika Price, PhD; Psychology Instructor at Loyola University Chicago & Statistics/ Methods Consultant.

Including mind-numbingly gorgeous illustrations from artist, Nils Broß.

Including short story fiction:

·         Heading Home by Ramsey Campbell (sense of touch)
·         Soft by Darrell Schweitzer (sense of touch)
·         Feel the Noise by Lisa Morton (sense of touch)

·         In the Cave of the Delicate Singers by Lucy Taylor (sense of sound)
·         Sounds by Kathryn Ptacek (sense of sound)
·         Malleus, Incus, Stapes by Sarah Totton (sense of sound)

·         His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood by Poppy Z. Brite (sense of taste)
·         Cassilago's Wife by Sarah Singleton (sense of taste)
·         Sweet Subtleties by Lisa L. Hannett (sense of taste)

·         The Beholder by Richard Christian Matheson (sense of sight)
·         In the Porches of My Ears by Norman Prentiss (sense of sight)
·         The Impression of Craig Shee by David McGroarty (sense of sight)

·         Shem-el-Nessim: An Inspiration in Perfume by Chris Bell (sense of smell)
·         The Scent by John F.D. Taff (sense of smell)
·         The Odor of Violets by John Farris (sense of smell)

I’ll also be discussing this as part of the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon 2017!

THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR—Estimated Release Date: April, 2017