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Halloween/Horror site!

September 4, 2014 – Halloween Forevermore is a new Halloween/horror-themed website launching from Southern California. The site features interviews, reviews, flash fiction, news and articles on all facets of Halloween and the horror genre.  The site’s slogan is: “We trick-or-treat 365 nights a year!” Besides engaging original content, also offers an exclusive line of Halloween merchandise. The first product wave includes five Halloween themed wax warmers.  Click here for more info on these spooky wax warmers.

The website’s recent launch featured an interview with the legendary creator of Bubba-Ho-Tep, Joe R. Lansdale.  In addition, it spotlighted and reviewed two very powerful horror films which are currently on the horror film festival circuit: Tales of Poe and Circus of the Dead.

The site’s Managing Editor, author and filmmaker, Terry M. West, announced that Halloween Forevermore is a professional-rate paying market for horror fiction writers.   West added, “We have received a wonderful response from the Halloween/horror community.  We, in turn, are showing our support for the genre by providing a paying venue for horror fiction authors.  We were thrilled to get support on Twitter from the one and only Anne Rice!  She recently shared one of our original articles with her followers.  We appear to be receiving plenty of notice from Halloween and horror lovers around the globe, and we couldn’t be happier.”

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Aercastle NarrativesFrom the website:

Aercastle Narratives:  Speculative Fiction Magazine is currently reading submissions for Issue 1. Accepted submissions will be featured in Aercastle Narratives’ debut issue, scheduled for publication in March 2014.

We are open to writers and voices of any genre (adventure, fantasy, horror, humor, mystery, occult, psychic, paranormal, supernatural, romance, science fiction, thriller and western stories, and very interested in reading writers who are unafraid of combining any of these genres). We are open to debuting and seasoned writers alike. We’re looking for quality tales that take us away, make us think and make us feel.

To be considered, speculative elements must contribute to your story. We’re looking for those tales which have the potential to keep our readers engaged, on a plane, commuter train, library, or in the comfort of their living rooms.


Issue 1, March 2014 deadline: February 1, 2014
Issue 2, June 2014 deadline: May 1, 2014
Issue 3, September 2014 deadline: August 1, 2014
Issue 4, December 2014 deadline: November 1, 2014


Submitted manuscripts must be at least 500 words and no longer than 2,000 words in length.
Use a professional, easy to read font, 12pt in size.


Please e-mail manuscripts as an attachment, in either *.doc, *.docx, or OpenOffice *.odt files.
In the subject of the e-mail, begin your subject line with “Submission” and the title(s) of your submission.
We are seeking First Electronic RightsFirst Print Rights, or Reprint Rights where applicable.

Please include a brief author bio in your e-mail submission, with publication history and/or website with us. We’d love to tell our readers about you.

E-mail submissions to:


Payment for accepted works is $0.02 USD per word (i.e. $10 for 500 words, $40 for 2000 words)
Payment in the form of PayPal transfer or money order (contributor’s preference) upon publication.
Contributor’s copy.

We appreciate your  interest, as we bring together an exciting issue of Aercastle Narratives. We hope our publication will continue to make an impression with you, our readers, contributors, and advertisers.

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award logo

For everyone out there who dreams of being the next Stephen King, this is for you.

From the Amazon website:

The Seventh Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest is right around the corner. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to win a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing.

One Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with a $50,000 advance, and four First Prize winners will each receive a publishing contract with an advance of $15,000. Visit the Prizes page for the full list of prizes and details.

The categories include five popular genres: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror and Young Adult Fiction. For complete eligibility details, view the Official Contest Rules, or read details on how to enter. Visit CreateSpace to learn more.

Preparing Your Entry

1) Prepare a strong Pitch. More than a summary, your Pitch should highlight your concept, protagonist, setting, and writing style—all the elements that make your story unique. View sample Pitches from past entrants.

2) Select the genre that best fits your book: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror, or Young Adult.

3) Stay within the word count limits—Pitch, up to 300 words; Excerpt, 3,000 to 5,000 words; Manuscript, 50,000 to 125,000 words.

4) Remove all identifying information from your Pitch, Excerpt, and Manuscript, including: your name and/or pen name, author bio/resume, and any awards received for your book.

5) Submit all materials in English.

6) For complete entry requirements, view the Official Contest Rules.

7) Create an account with CreateSpace (if you haven’t already).


Hellnotes Seeks Book Reviewers

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Hellnotes is inundated with requests to review books, and we just can’t keep up.  We’re asking for you to help, that is if you’d like to be a published reviewer.  Interested?  If so, read the note below from Ken Heard, our Review Coordinator:

My name is Ken Heard, and I am the new Reviews Editor for Aaron French has accepted a promotion to Assistant Editor with Dark Discoveries, and I have taken over for Aaron coordinating reviews for Journalstone’s website for all things horror.

We are currently seeking additional book reviewers to provide original, thoughtful, and timely reviews of recent and upcoming titles in horror and related genres. This is a voluteer position, but a small number of reviews from are selected to appear in Dark Discoveries Magazine, and a token payment of $10 is offered when your work is reprinted. Hard copies or licensed eBooks provided to reviewers by publishers remain the author’s property after the review has been completed.

We are looking for individuals who are committed to promoting the horror genre and helping readers discover new authors and titles. This is a great opportunity to work with some fantastic people, discover new authors, make connections, and stretch the budget on your expensive book-reading habit! Approximately once per week, a list of available titles is distributed and reviewers respond with their preferences. I then assign titles based on a combination of “first come, first served,” and other factors such as who still owes reviews, who has helped out by taking one that needed doing even if it wasn’t their first choice, and specific expertise in an area (if relevant).

Professional experience in reviewing and editing is not required, but neither I nor our webmaster can take the time to edit and proofread your work, so it must be clean and ready for publication on submission. A sample of your writing may be required, but could include reviews from Amazon, Goodreads, or your personal website.

Authors retain copyright but grant Journalstone first electronic rights and the right to archive reviews on indefinitely. In addition, authors grant right of first refusal for first print rights in Dark Discoveries as described above. This grant of rights is non-exclusive after the review is published on, and authors may reprint their reviews in other venues with appropriate attribution.

apex publications logoApex Publications is happy to announce a Christmas themed flash fiction contest to brighten the season Apex style. All entries must be submitted by December 16th. The winning story will be published on the Apex blog on December 23rd, with the author receiving a short story critique from Apex owner/publisher Jason Sizemore, 5 cents a word for their flash fiction, and a subscription to Apex Magazine as their prize.

How to enter:

– All entries must have to do with Christmas, but have a distinctly Apex slant – dark science fiction, fantasy, or horror
– Submissions are open now through December 16th
– 250 word limit
– Email entries to with the title and author name in the subject line
– Please no attachments. Stories should be in the body of the email.
– 3 entry limit per person

All entries will be read by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner.

For full details, please see the Apex blog at

APEX PUBLICATIONS ( is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the twice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Tom Piccirilli, Catherynne M. Valente, and Lavie Tidhar.

hellnotes logoIf you’re convinced that you are the next Stephen King, then this is for you.  Hellnotes is launching Horror in a Hundred, a venue for flash horror.  Here is how it works:

1. Submit a flash horror story containing 100 words or less.

2. If I like it, I publish it on the Hellnotes website.

3. If you have an author website or blogsite that you’d like to promote along with your story, make sure you include that with the submission.  Just remember that Hellnotes is somewhat family friendly, so if the site you want me to include doesn’t really fit into that category,  then it may not get published.

So, if you’re looking for a fun way get published on a website that gets thousands of hits every day, this is it.  I can’t wait to see what comes my way.  Good luck.

Please send submissions to  What could be easier?

itsy-bitsyWhat’s better than a good horror short story?  How about a free horror short story.  Even better, a free horror short story from the author of Let the Right One In.  From the synopsis below, it sounds like another good one.

Just click right here and enjoy.

Destined to become a modern classic, the short story Itsy Bitsy is guaranteed to make you think twice before you take a picture of someone in a bikini. In this creepy shocker, horror author superstar John Ajvide Lindqvist gives new meaning to punishing the paparazzi.

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