Monday, May 10, 2010

Fear of the Dark antho

  • Antho: Fear of the Dark
  • Publisher: HorrorBound
  • Editor(s): Maria Grazia Cavicchioli and Jason Rolfe
  • Pay Rate: 1¢ / word (CAN)
  • Response Time: Confirmation of receipt will be sent within 24 hours
  • Deadline: June 30, 2010
  • Description: The point of the stories should be to investigate the human fear of the unknown, the dark, and the common themes found in nightmares. (More in guidelines.)
  • Submission Guidelines:
NOTE: Horror author D.L. Snell conducted the following interview to give writers a better idea of what the editors of this specific market are seeking; however, most editors are open to ideas outside of the preferences discussed here, as long as they fit the basic submission guidelines.

1) What authors do you enjoy, and why does their writing captivate you?
A variety of authors captivate me. I'm the editor of the online publication You'll see a listing of various authors that I've interviewed and featured and I would say they have all captivated me in one way or another.

2) What are your favorite genres? Which of these genres would you like to see incorporated into submissions to this market?
My favorite genre is speculative fiction with a horror-based focus.

3) What settings most intrigue you? Ordinary or exotic locales? Real or fantasy? Past, present, or future?
They all have a time and place in speculative fiction.

4) Explain the type of pacing you enjoy, e.g. slow building to fast, fast throughout, etc.
I prefer slow building to fast.

5) What types of characters appeal to you the most? Any examples?
Complex characters tend to interest me. Character development also interests me greatly.

6) What is your policy for vulgarity, violence, and sexual content?
If they are central to the theme we do allow it.

7) In general, do you prefer downbeat or upbeat endings?
Once again, it depends on what is central to the theme. Both are important.

8) What are the top three things submitters to this market should avoid?
We will not accept poorly written stories or stories that do not fit our theme.

9) What trait are you seeking most in submissions to this market?
Well written, and applicable to our theme. The point of the stories should be to investigate the human fear of the unknown, the dark, and the common themes found in nightmares.

10) Any last advice for submitters to this market?

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D.L. Snell writes with Permuted Press. He edited Dr. Kim Paffenroth twice, John Dies at the End once, and provided a constructive critique to Joe McKinney on his next major novel after Dead City. You can shoot D.L. Snell in the head at

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