Fantasy & Gothic Blog

2017 Short Story Submissions

Posted by Nick Wells

UPDATE: SUBMISSIONS are now CLOSED for Lost Worlds, Supernatural Horror, Time Travel & Heroic Fantasy. Thanks to everyone who submitted.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short stories

Gothic Fantasy: Successful Submissions | Dystopia Utopia; Swords & Steam

Posted by Maria Tissot


Continuing the successful format of our Gothic Fantasy deluxe hardcover anthologies, we’re delighted to add a further two new titles to the series: Dystopia Utopia, and Swords & Steam. These join this year's Crime & Mystery and Murder Mayhem collections, and last year’s editions on Horror, Ghosts and Science Fiction, and bring to the series the worlds of alternate realities, steampunk, historical fantasy and perfect or imperfect societies. Once again combining classic tales with new fiction, we include such greats as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rudyard Kipling, Mary Shelley and Jules Verne, whose expertly crafted stories helped shape the genres as we know them today, and continue to inspire the modern authors we are excited to be able to publish alongside them. Yet again, our call for submissions was met with a fantastic response, which made the final selection a tough but enjoyable job.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories, short fiction

2016 Short Story Submissions

Posted by Nick Wells

UPDATE: SUBMISSIONS are now CLOSED for Swords & Steam and Dystopia UtopiaThanks to everyone who submitted. 

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, creepy stories, short stories, killers,, crime,, detective fiction

Gothic Short Fiction | Washington Irving and the Knickerbocker Group

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Author of ‘Rip Van Winkle’ (1819) and ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ (1820), Washington Irving (1783–1859) holds a great place in the canon of American short story writers. A leading author of early American gothic horror alongside Poe and Hawthorne, he was also a witty commentator and prominent literary figure in the New York public eye. Writing during a period when literary communities and publications were beginning to sprout up all over, Irving incorporated his keen knowledge of human society and relationships into his work. The dialogues between and within art forms that were happening at this time helped fuel various literary movements into existence, where writers would communicate openly, shaping each other’s works and accelerating the development of their ideas and careers. In this post we’ll be taking a look at the emergence and impact of these literary communities, and Irving’s place in this larger process. We’ll also explore some of Irving’s inspired marketing techniques and see how we have him to thank for bringing the words ‘Gotham’ and ‘Knickerbocker’ into common usage!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, short stories

Short Story Submissions (Gothic Fantasy)

Posted by Nick Wells

UPDATE: 2015 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED. 2016 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN.

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Topics: flame tree 451, short stories, sf and fantasy

Creepy Stories: The Dream Snake. Robert E. Howard (Whole Text)

Posted by Nick Wells

Another creepy story from Robert E. Howard, this one from Weird Tales, February 1928. Howard wrote a series of supernatural stories, heavily influenced by Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen and H Rider Haggard. 

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Topics: short stories

Creepy Stories: The Worms of the Earth. Robert E. Howard (whole text)

Posted by Nick Wells

Robert E. Howards creepy tale of dark adventure is probably one of his best. Alongside Conan, Howard’s stable of awkward, courageous and determined heroes also includes Bran Mak Morn a Pictish King whose landscape is riven with ancient threat, uber-musclar battles and the mutterings of supernatural beings. Bran Mak Morn distinguishes himself by his intelligence and craftiness, ruling in much the same way as Kings of ancient Babylonian city states. Indeed Howard’s other stories cover a pre-Summerian landscape, with images and sources drawn from the golden crucible, that source of all ancient civilisations, Mesopotamia.

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Topics: short stories

Creepy Stories: The Tunnel Under the World. Frederik Pohl (Whole Text)

Posted by Nick Wells
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Topics: creepy stories, short stories, sf fiction

Creepy Stories: The Shunned House. H P Lovecraft (Whole Text)

Posted by Nick Wells

From Weird Tales October 1937, here's a story of immense power, written by a master of weird fiction—a tale of a revolting horror in the cellar of an old house in New England.

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Topics: creepy stories, short stories

Creepy Stories: Seed of the Arctic Ice. H. G. Winter (Whole Text)

Posted by Nick Wells

From Astounding Stories in February 1932 comes another creepy story, an underwater adventure, with the mystery of undiscovered creatures and hints of Jules Verne lurking everywhere. H. G. Winter was the pseudonym for the Editor of Astounding Stories, Harry Bates. He and his assistant editor, Desmond Hall created filler stories fro several issues in the early 1930s.

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Topics: short stories

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