Monday, February 02, 2015

Request for HORROR stories

What are you afraid of? What causes the hair on your neck to stand up? Is there a room in your childhood home that always gave you the creeps, or are there personal demons you’ve never quite exorcised? We may have a way for you to combat your fears – or perhaps you’d prefer to inflict a little horror on someone else.

Elephant’s Bookshelf Press is launching its next anthology, and if you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re looking for horror stories. There are no real restrictions in terms of genre – science fiction is just as welcome as general fiction – and they can include monsters, the occult, paranormal investigators, kids exploring the attic, you name it. Psychological horror, physical, metaphysical. All are welcome. (Except for erotica; we still don’t do erotica.) Our review team will determine whether something goes too far over the line, but we all love a good scare.

We are looking for stories of no more than 5,000 words. We expect to publish it in September. Authors will receive a copy of the printed book but no financial compensation. (For those new to EBP, we do both print and electronic roughly at the same time.) The stories must not be published elsewhere (if it’s something that appeared on your little blog, let me know; we’ll assess that on a case-by-case basis). And the rights to the individual stories will revert to the author.

Submission deadline is 6/8/15.

Limit is one story per author. Send submissions to

Let me know if you have any questions ( 


Anonymous said...

Every time you take submissions I lose the nerve, but this time I am hoping to try!

Matt Sinclair said...

Good! I'm looking forward to it :-)

E.B. Black said...

And now I've submitted a story for this! Yay! I always want to submit stories for your anthologies, but I usually don't have any good ideas for the topic at the time.

Matt Sinclair said...

Thanks, EB! I'm looking forward to reading it!