For our fourth annual Halloween issue, we’re seeking unique essays and fiction that detail gothic and macabre encounters with the supernatural. Stories should be written in the vein of Bram Stoker, Daphne du Maurier, Henry James (“The Turn of the Screw”), Mary Shelley, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Thomas Harris, and William Faulkner. We’re looking for polished prose that tips the genre of horror on its head. While we enjoy political satire, we’re more interested in gothic fiction with heart and a character study of monsters.
Submitting writers should especially consider reading fellow literary magazines such as Danse Macabre and Luna Luna or visit TV shows such as Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, NBC’s Hannibal, or A&E’s Bates Motel. Movies such as The Silence of the Lambs, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, Werner Herzog’s adaptation of Nosferatu, or Crimson Peak are also suggested viewing for submitting writers.
The overall aesthetic and theme of this issue is elegant dread. We’re looking for prose with ambiance (fog, rainy nights, rich afternoon shadows), feelings of growing paranoia, and gothic touches.
Please follow general submission guidelines. Proofread and edit your work thoroughly before submitting to us. Please adhere to our mandated word count.
Submissions close November 1st!
NOTE: YOU MAY ONLY SUBMIT ONE ESSAY OR STORY FOR REVIEW. MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. PLEASE INCLUDE A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY WRITTEN IN THIRD PERSON. MAKE SURE YOUR WORK IS PROOFREAD AND EDITED THOROUGHLY PRIOR TO SUBMITTING.