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Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | American Gothic and Urban Crime

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

To end the year on a high, we're delighted to present the list of authors set to feature in our upcoming short story collections: American Gothic, and Urban Crime. Following swiftly on the tail of Haunted House, and Cosy Crime, these latest books join our Gothic Fantasy series, and similarly combine classic tales with contemporary stories received by submission. Again, our call for submissions was met with an overwhelming response, so we're excited now to share this final selection! From Urban Crime's thrilling city dangers to the downright unsettling breed of horror running through American Gothic, this latest pair of anthologies promises a healthy dose of the fascinating and strange in 2019. See below for the line-up...


American Gothic9781787552951-1

Stone Baby by Terri Bruce

The Tomb-Herd by Ramsey Campbell

The Dark Presser by E.E.W. Christman

Graveyards Full by Maxx Fidalgo

Old Homeplace by Joshua Hiles

In the Domain of Doctor Baldwin by Russell James

Baby Girl by Clayton Kroh

Viola’s Second Husband by Sean Logan

The Outsiders in the Hawthorne Tomb by Madison McSweeney

Big, Bad by Lynette Mejía

Gothic American by Joe Nazare

In the Bleak by Wendy Nikel

In the Country by Christi Nogle

Baby Teeth by Lina Rather

Bibliosmia by M. Regan

Water Witch by Rebecca Ring

Ring of Teeth by Mike Robinson

Approaching Lavender by Lucy A. Snyder

Amazing Patsy by Valerie B. Williams

The Hollow Tree by Nemma Wollenfang


These contemporary authors will appear alongside the following classic and essential writers: Gertrude Atherton, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Brockden Brown, George Washington Cable, Charles W. Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, Ralph Adams Cram, Stephen Crane, Emma Dawson, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ellen Glasgow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Shirley Jackson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Grace King, H.P. Lovecraft, Herman Melville, W.C. Morrow, Flannery O'Connor, Edgar Allan Poe, Annie Trumbull Slosson, Clark Ashton Smith, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton, Madeline Yale Wynne.


Urban Crime9781787555402

Mickey's Ghost by T.J. Berg

Hungry Coyote by Judi Calhoun

See How They Run by Ramsey Campbell

Ripping by Meg Elison

A Scattered Body by Rich Larson

Wet Work by C.L. McDaniel

Sirens by Dan Micklethwaite

Breaking News by Trixie Nisbet

From Hell to Eternity by Thana Niveau

The Dilmun Exchange by Josh Pachter

The Gauntlet by Michael Penncavage

A Father's Child by Jennifer Quail

Lovely Young Losers by Zandra Renwick

Someone's Out There by K.W. Roberts

Mr. Sleepy by Leo X. Robertson

Step Light by David Tallerman

My Jack by Salinda Tyson

A Man Called Famous by Rachel Watts

Underpass by Chris Wheatley


These contemporary authors will appear alongside the following classic and essential writers: Stacy Aumonier, Robert Barr, Irvin S. Cobb, Wilkie Collins, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, E.W. Hornung, Fergus Hume, Maurice Leblanc, Jack London, Baroness Orczy, Melville Davisson Post, Edgar Wallace, Victor L. Whitechurch, Oscar Wilde.


Congratulations to the above and many thanks to all who submitted!


  • See the selections for Haunted House and Cosy Crime, due to be published in January 2019, here.
  • Watch out for future submission calls via our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
  • Browse the full series of anthologies here.
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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Authors, Urban Crime, American Gothic

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