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This week’s submission suggestion is one of those that I really really WANT to submit to, but I just don’t know if I have the writing chops … or, rather, the story-building chops. My horror stories tend to lean more toward the psychological scare, the mental freak-zone, the imaged terrors. So as much as I’d love to write and submit to this kind of anthology, I probably won’t. So, you do it for me! Let me live vicariously through you! Hehehe.


Sick Things—Creature Themed Extreme Horror Anthology

Comet Press is seeking short stories for a creature themed extreme horror anthology to be published in the June of 2010 (trade paperback). We are looking for the most gruesome, twisted, disturbing, and scary stories imaginable. Stories should feature a creature, and it can be any kind of monster, creature, or beast; mythical, demonic, manmade, folklore, fictional, or even humans with monstrous qualities.

Reading period: From February 1, 2010–May 1, 2010 (or until filled).

Word length: 3,000–10,000 words.

Multiple submissions: Up to two stories per author can be submitted. Please send as separate emails.

Payment: 1/2 cent per word, $50 max, plus contributor copy. (negotiable for established authors). Payment will be made upon publication.

Reprints: We may consider reprints, please send previous publishing information with submission.

Response Time: 3–4 weeks. Rejections will be sent as soon as possible. Stories that make the first cut will be kept until the end of the reading period. Authors will be notified right away if their story makes the first cut, then the final stories will be selected at the end of the reading period.

We will send a confirmation that we received your story within 2 days. If you do not get this confirmation, please feel free to inquire or resubmit.

All guidelines here.


Kiss kiss bang bang, s.


PS – Cloud creature image by this artist.