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LITERALLY DEAD: Tales of Holiday Hauntings

(SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN)

Edited by Gaby Triana

Release Date: September 21st, 2023

 

LITERALLY DEAD is back for more ghostly atmospheric moodiness with a new volume: Tales of Holiday HauntingsWe’re inviting writers of dark fiction to submit short stories of classic paranormal, poltergeists, ghosts, spirits, haunted places and objects, and the eerily unexplained that take place on or around the winter holidays.

 

#ownvoices, BIPOC, gender-diverse, LGBTQIA, and authors of other marginally represented groups highly encouraged to apply.

 

NOT looking for: children’s, poetry, long fiction, novellas, flash fiction, slasher, vampires, werewolves, zombies, extreme, or creature horror. Just ghost stories that take place during the winter days of Christmas, Hanukkah, winter solstice, Yule, Kwanzaa, etc. Whimsical, action-packed, funny, terrifying, melancholy…the tone is up to you. 

Contributors so far: Ramsey Campbell, Cynthia Pelayo, John Palisano, V. Castro, Hailey Piper, Jonathan Janz, Stephanie Wytovich, & more!

 

No reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. Original fiction only. 

Pay: $0.06/word

Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words

Submission Deadline: January 20, 2023

Expected Publishing Date: Sep. 21, 2023

 

Submit .doc or .docx attachment to: submissions.alienheadpress@gmail.com

Subject line: LITERALLY DEAD 2 - “Story Title” by “Author Name”

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LITERALLY DEAD: Tales of Halloween Hauntings

(SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED)

Edited by Gaby Triana; Assistant Editor - John Palisano

Release Date: September 21st, 2022

 

Do you love All Hallow’s Eve? Ghost stories? Tales from beyond that leave you feeling unsettled while walking to the kitchen at night? The orange-and-black vintage Halloween aesthetic? Haunted houses with shuttered windows?

 

We’re inviting writers of dark fiction to submit short stories of classic paranormal, poltergeists, ghosts, spirits, haunted places and objects, and the eerily unexplained that take place on or around Halloween. Bonus points if they’re about families, siblings, longtime pals, or pets. #ownvoices BIPOC, gender-diverse, LGBTQIA, and authors of other marginally represented groups highly encouraged to apply.

 

NOT looking for: children’s or middle grade stories, poetry, long fiction, novellas, flash fiction, slasher horror, vampires, werewolves, zombies, extreme horror, or creature horror (unless they’re ghosts). Just creepy-ass ghost stories. Ghosts. Spirits. Hauntings. The supernatural. Creepy and dark. GHOSTS. Rated PG-13 and R. Okay? Okay.

Contributors include: Jonathan Maberry, Gwendolyn Kiste, Tim Waggoner, Sara Tantlinger, Catherine Cavendish, Lee Murray, Alethea Kontis, Jeff Strand, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Lisa Morton

 

No reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous submissions. Original fiction only. 

Pay: $0.06/word

Length: 2,000 to 4,000 words

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2022

(no extensions; on tight production schedule)

Expected Publishing Date: Oct. 1, 2022

 

Submit .doc or .docx to: submissions.alienheadpress@gmail.com

Subject line: GHOST ANTHOLOGY - “Story Title” by “Author Name”