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Davey RibbonAustralian author and Hellnotes scribe Matthew Tait is soon to release a new stand-alone novel Davey Ribbon – available in both print and eBook.


Hidden within the Pitch Pines of Cyclone Cove forty-five years prior, Wyvern Way becomes a sinister backdrop when a young autistic child bears witness to atrocity. Rescued by an unlikely source, the two make a final pact that resonates throughout the future generations of the town.

Though small, the municipal of Cyclone Cove sits at the very apex of cutting-edge technology, thanks to the giant computing firm: Azarcheal Systems Conglomerate. Led by Samara Reagan, the ASC maintains its stranglehold through means sometimes not of the human world …

Elusive and equally mysterious, Norman Perks is a wealthy recluse whose house looks down upon the town like a haunted idol – and whose love of the written word propels him to chronicle the ongoing story of Cyclone Cove.

And at the heart of this story lives Davey Ribbon … a gifted child shrouded in urban legend and the keeper of a legacy now grown to near mythic proportions. As a ghost story for children like the Barlow twins, and an allegory for grown-ups like Jerry Reed and Sean Hunt: Davey’s tale is about to climax. And when the annual Cyclone Fair comes rolling into town, it won’t just be the wealthy and powerful who have a part to play in Davey’s endgame saga.

“Just like his ghostly character, Davey Ribbon, author Matthew Tait latches on with haunting prose that doesn’t let go until the very end.” ~ Greg Chapman, author of ‘The Noctuary’ and ‘The Last Night of October’

Publisher: Hodgepodge Press

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: April 27th

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From the press release:

 The Darkest TouchNORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – Dark Hall Press is proud to present its newest release, The Darkest Touchby Joseph Sale. (Horror/Urban Fantasy)
In the aftermath of a world-wide nuclear conflict, dark forces have taken control in New York City. Gifted with powers beyond reckoning, the Touched have inherited the after world, instating their own notion of order, and killing all who oppose their rule. But rebels are gathering, along with strange voices that sound in the deep, and the dark city is about to go even darker.

As of today, April 11th 2014, The Darkest Touchwill be availalble for purchase via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other such sites in both Kindle and print editions.

Paperback: $14.95  /  eBook: $2.99

About the Author:

Joseph Sale is novelist, poet, musician and performer, originally from Bournemouth. He studied English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. His short stories have appeared in magazines such as Silver Blade and Fiction Vortex.

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About Dark Hall Press:

Dark Hall seeks to promote a diverse body of quality works, advancing the tradition of Horror storytelling as well as providing exposure for up-and-coming writers.

Our list includes works of supernatural and non-supernatural horror, as well as cross-genre pollinations (sci-fi/horror, fantasy/horror, noir/horror, etc.) and experimental works.

All Dark Hall titles are published in simultaneous eBook and paper editions, with distribution of the latter via Ingram.

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I was cruising around the web and came across this.  I thought you writers out there might be interested.  Below is from the website, but you can click on the link to find out more.


Lincoln CrislerA dark ritual anthology edited by LINCOLN CRISLER

Rituals have always been a powerful part of human life, from the ancient Aztec nation’s human sacrifice to the supposed transubstantiation of the Communion elements during Catholic Mass. They impart a sense of history, comfort, community, common ground—but also power, mystery and horror. Since this isn’t Clam Chowder for the Coddled Child, I’m interested in the latter attributes. I want to see dark ritual in all the various forms you can imagine—from the ancient and ceremonial to the simple and home-grown. The rituals in your stories can be grounded in painstaking research or your own twisted creations. They can have real power or simply exist in the minds of your characters. They can produce the desired effect or something else entirely.

Stories predicated upon the standard voodoo doll or zombie need to be particularly mind-blowing, as such topics are expected given the theme—the same goes for Cthulhu Mythos. If you’ve read CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY? you’ll know that I’m especially interested in the kind of stories that play with people’s preconceived notions and turn tropes on their ears. I’m anticipating a modern setting for most pieces, though I’m open to historical stories told with today’s sensibilities. Cross-genre stories will likely be a hard sell. No Science Fiction. Urban Fantasy might work. Gore and sex need to support an actual story, rather than be the end in and of themselves. Payment will be split royalties, paid quarterly*. Word count is 3-5,000. Reading period is from 1 January 2014 to 1 June 2014. Publication is tentatively scheduled for October 2014, by Angelic Knight Press. Send your stories in standard manuscript format to

Editor’s Note: For published pieces we ask for (whatever rights you take). Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint, which severely limits the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or eBook formats and/or on the web, giving up your First Publishing Right for no and/or a token payment, is really what you want to do.

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Amanda DownumFrom the Press release:

Solaris is proud to announce that it has acquired the new novel by Texan author Amanda Downum.

Dreams of Shreds and Tatters will be released in June 2015.

Downum’s urban fantasy novel centres around the King in Yellow from the wider HP Lovecraft mythos.

When Liz Drake’s best friend vanishes, nothing can stop her nightmares. Driven by the certainty he needs her help, she crosses a continent to search for him.

She finds Blake comatose in a Vancouver hospital, victim of a mysterious accident that claimed his lover’s life. Blake’s new circle of artists and mystics draws her in, but all of them are lying or keeping dangerous secrets. Soon nightmare creatures stalk the waking city, and Liz can’t fight a dream from the daylight world: to rescue Blake she must brave the darkest depths of the dreamlands. Even the attempt could kill her, or leave her mind trapped or broken.

And if she succeeds, she must face the monstrous Yellow King, whose slave Blake is on the verge of becoming forever. 

“To find a Lovecraftian novel that brings something new to the field, is a rare thing indeed,” says Solaris editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver. “And Downum is an extraordinary writer, revealing a world of dreams and nightmares of which Howard Philips himself would be proud. Amanda is one of the most exciting and progressive fantasy writers of recent years.”

About the Author 

Amanda Downum lives in Austin, Texas. She is the author of the Necromancer Chronicles – The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and Kingdoms of Dust – published by Orbit Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and in the anthologies Lovecraft Unbound and A Fantasy Medley 2. She has seen the Yellow Sign. For more information, visit

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I saw this and thought all of you who are putting your finishing touches on that horror short story would like to see it also.  This comes from the good people at

From the Horror Tree website:

Deadline: May 31st
Payment: 2¢ per word for fiction. Authors will also receive an electronic ARC of the anthology


- Updated 03/10/14: Due to a large amount of submissions that do not fit the anthology we’ve summarized ‘what we want’ in this statement:

Send us stories, fantastic or mundane, that spring from social issues that inspire, terrify, awe, or confound you.
NOTE: The ‘Genre/Themes’ section below expands upon this if you would like a more detailed prompt.

- Word Count: 1000-5000.

- Multiple submissions: wait to hear back on your first submission before sending another.

- Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know and update us if the story is accepted elsewhere.

- No reprints.

Poetry and Nonfiction: please query first.

- Everyone will hear from us no later than July 1st, but our goal will be a 1 month response time (or at least an update if your story is under consideration.)

Pay Rates & Rights

- We pay 2¢ per word for fiction. Authors will also receive an electronic ARC of the anthology.
- Weird Bard Press takes First World English Rights. Works sent to us should not have been published elsewhere.
- We will use a traditional copyright, but authors may choose any Creative Commons license for their individual story if prefered.
- Torn Pages will be published as a print anthology. We are still exploring options for electronic versions.


There are no genre limitations associated with Torn Pages. Mainstream and genre stories alike are welcome.
Read this article for background on what led to the anthology. Stories that fit Torn Pages will take that article and situations like it as their prompt.
Given the title, Torn Pages, the ideal submission will deal in issues such as religion in the science classroom, censorship, historical revisionism, chilling effect, book (media) burning, net neutrality, or Orwellian concepts like Newspeak and Thoughtcrime. Watching the recent Nye/Ham debate we were reminded of Burrough’s assertion that language is a virus. Think books. Think classroom. Think logical fallacies, partisan politics, and education standards in the balance.

Acceptable as well are stories related to a real-life wrong so great or insidious that the issue must be told, though it may not relate directly to books or the classroom, such as abuses of political or social power. Pussy Riot, Occupy, or Anonymous may be good starting points, but refrain from propaganda for or against any one of these.

Inherent in this project is an interest in stories from under-represented points of view, be they ethnic, gender, cultural, sexual orientation, or others we have not considered. The person who comes from what they perceive as a mundane background may have an equally important story to tell.
There is a cultural upheaval we wish to see reflected in these stories. In our article, it is a struggle of the secular and the religious, the individual against senseless power structures, and finally censorship and altered history (and, perhaps, a struggle of value systems related to issues of sexuality…) but your story may address totally different issues. Issues we may not know about right now. Awesome. We’re keeping the guidelines intentionally vague.
These stories may skew more political than some markets normally prefer, but no matter if we agree or disagree with your politics, stories right for this project will not be partisan soap boxes. It’s a difficult line to walk. The best stories will be those that bridge between the different points of view in the given story. We are all human and we all believe that we are the good guys.
Feel free to tell us more about the issue or cite sources in your cover letter. Stories will be accepted on their merit alone.

Diversity statement:

Queer, POC, strong female main characters, disabled characters, and other under-represented points of view are welcome and encouraged.

What we don’t want (and other considerations):

This is not an erotica market. Sexual situations and themes are fine. This is not a YA market either, but we hope the final product is suitable for high-school age consumption. Profanity will not lead to rejection, but if accepted, we may edit those words. We’ll work closely with you if this is the case.
Violence is fine. Excessive gore is not. Stories that portray abuse in graphic detail are not welcome. For example, the main character is a bad guy who does bad things for most of the story, until, in the final act, he gets what is coming to him. Don’t send us that story.
Stories based on familiar genre tropes are hard sells. Vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc.


Standard manuscript format. Word, OpenOffice/LibreOffice, Rich Text are all fine. Send to us as attachments in your email. We are not sticklers, but do avoid odd fonts, colors, or creative formatting that makes reading or editing your text difficult.

Reading Period:

We open to submissions on March 1st and will remain open through May 31st, or until filled so don’t wait. Submissions received outside of the reading period will be deleted.

Email submissions to


Please include in your subject line:
Fiction Submission: Story Title or  some similar indication of your email contents.

Questions may be directed to the same address.

From the Press Release:

Uncanny Books is proud to announce the release of a collection of three linked short horror novels, The Chapman Books, by Aaron J. French, Erik T. Johnson, and Adam P. Lewis.

It’s dangerous to be a doctor…

…Or a member of the Chapman family in this collection of three loosely tied together tales of the macabre by authors Aaron J. French, Erik T. Johnson, and Adam P. Lewis.

Aaron J. French starts this weird progression with “The Chapman Stain,” a kind of horrorized version of the nature vs. nurture debate. Is it genetics or is it demonic possession? The story moves quickly, with hints of both A Christmas Carol and The Exorcist lending touchstones to the proceedings. The story’s end is a heady blend of spiritualism and gore.

Erik T. Johnson’s “The Chapman Delirium” is a euphoric, phantasmagoric trippy trip through the world of a patent medicine called Etcetracaine. Johnson’s writing is, as always, mind-bendingly good, with passages you will read, stop, read again, then curse yourself for not having written.

And finally, the Chapman Family’s bad luck runs its course in Adam P. Lewis’ “The Chapman Remains,” a horrific tale of revenant corpses and life- draining ghouls. Lewis manages a shivery Fall of the House of Usher feeling throughout, which gives this tale of grave disturbance and…well…grave disturbances a nice depth.

“Interesting to see what three talented authors can do with a shared world theme, the tales are different enough to hold your interest completely, but tethered enough to each other that they lend some deeper, more twisted meaning to their companion pieces. Highly
– John F.D. Taff, author of Little Deaths

The Chapman Books by Aaron J. French, Erik T. Johnson, and Adam P. Lewis
Trade paperback ISBN: 978‐1‐ 62898‐004‐2
eBook ISBN: 978‐1‐ 62898‐005‐9
Available exclusively on Amazon (for 90 days from publication on March 15, 2014) 

The Chapman Books

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sst logoBIRMINGHAM, UK, March 25, 2014 – Short, Scary Tales Publications (SST Publications) Owner, Paul Fry is delighted to announce the signing of multi-award winning and best-selling author Joe R. Lansdale, and award-winning professional illustrator and comic artist Daniele Serra to publish a graphic novel featuring two of Joe R. Lansdale’s classic short stories which will be adapted and illustrated by Daniele Serra. The book will be published late 2014 and promises to be something very special.

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of numerous novels and short stories and the recipient of many recognitions for his work. Among them the Edgar Award, 9 Bram Stokers, one being life achievement. He is also a Grandmaster of Horror from the Horror Writers of America. He also received the Grinzane Cavour Prize for literature, and is a member of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters, and is Writer in Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University. His work has been adapted to comics and films such as Bubba Ho-Tep, and the forthcoming Cold in July. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife.

Daniele Serra was born and lives in Italy. He works as an illustrator and comic artist. His work has been published in Europe, Australia, United States and Japan. He has worked for DC Comics, Image Comics, Cemetery Dance, Weird Tales magazine, PS Publishing and other publications. He’s a winner of the British Fantasy Award. Find him at

SST Publications ( is an independent publisher focusing on publishing the best in horror and erotic horror fiction. We have published several books; our first title, Cold Storage included an introduction by legendary author Graham Masterton. Our most recent books include the erotic horror anthology Peep Show, Volume 2 and the debut dark, thriller novel Don’t Stand So Close by screenwriter/director Eric Red. We also published the classic erotic horror magazine Peep Show, and have recently launched our new horror fiction & dark art magazine Beware the Dark, which is a unique size (7.44 x 9.69 in), full-color interior, high-quality produced mag of between 100-130 pages bringing you the best dark and disturbing fiction and artwork. SST has also launched a new Art Book Series and will publish some of the best artists in the genre. Our first title Veins and Skulls is by award-winning professional illustrator Daniele Serra. We publish our titles in multiple formats and they are distributed worldwide by Ingram, the world’s largest book distributor.

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