A Bloody Valentine Presents Angela Sylvaine

Chopping Spree by Angela Sylvaine.

Angela Sylvaine starts off our celebration of Women in Horror Month and the second annual Bloody Valentine with a reading from her forthcoming novella, Chopping Spree. This novella is an homage to 1980s slashers and mall culture, and it is scheduled to be released by Unnerving Books, as part of their Rewind or Die series, in early April 2021.

“I’ve always loved spooky things and describe myself as a cheerful goth,” says Sylvaine. “I remember remember reading ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson in about 5th gray and being blown away. From there, I voraciously read Christopher Pike before moving on to Stephen King. When I first began writing, I tried many genre’s, but my plots always took a dark turn. I ultimately realized horror was where I belonged as a writer, as well as a reader.”

Chopping Spree is only one of Sylvaine’s first publications of 2021. Readers can also look forward to reading short story “The Bride,” which will be coming out in a Women of Horror anthology from Kandisha Press (publication date TBD). On top of that, she’s hard at work on a post-apocalyptic death roller-derby novella and her first young adult horror novel.

Chopping Spree can be pre-ordered and purchased for Kindle and paperback through Amazon.com. There isn’t a preorder link yet but stay tuned for one to be available in the near future.

You can find more about Angela Sylvaine at her website: http://angelasylvaine.com/.

A few of her stories can also be found online including “Be Mine” and “The Beautiful People.”

Celebrate WIHM with a Bloody Valentine!

Last year, Colorado HWA members Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge, and Shannon Lawrence threw a Valentine’s Day bash to celebrate Women in Horror Month (WIHM). A Bloody Valentine drew a great crowd, and we gave away more than thirty-five signed books by award-winning authors and editors nationwide as door prizes.

In addition to recorded readings by women authors nationwide, the event featured Colorado authors including J. A. Campbell, Hillary Dodge, Angie Hodapp, DeAnna Knippling, Shannon Lawrence, P. L. McMillan, and Angela Sylvaine. It was a smashing success!

This year is a little different. To adjust to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, we decided to switch to a virtual celebration. Each week, we will be featuring a member of the Colorado Springs Chapter of the Horror Writers Association. We hope you’ll tune in and enjoy this month’s selections of readings for the second annual Bloody Valentine!

Schedule

February 3  Angela Sylvaine    

February 10 Shannon Lawrence

February 17  J. A. Campbell

February 24  Claire L. Fishback

The pre-recorded videos will be released on YouTube following the above schedule. Next year, we plan on returning to an in-person event. Until then, we hope you have A Bloody Valentine! –HWA COS co-coordinators Carina Bissett & Hillary Dodge

February 2021: Submission Calls

Each month, we strive to compile submission calls of interest. We are not affiliated with any of these publications, and all inquiries should be directed to the publication’s representatives.

It’s important to get your stories out in the world, and we believe you should be paid for your work.

Ready! Set! Write!

Title: parABnormal
Payment: $25 flat rate for fiction/ $6 for poetry
Length: Short fiction from 3,000 to 6,000 words & poetry from 1 to 15 lines
Deadline: March 31, 2021
About: Editor H. David Blalock is seeking stories and poetry about the paranormal. Potential subjects include ghosts, spectres, haunts, various whisperers, and so forth. It also includes shapeshifters and creatures from various folklores. NOTE: This market does not consider creatures like vampires, werewolves, and zombies as paranormal.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Midnight from Beyond the Stars
Payment: .06/ word
Length: 2,500 to 6,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2021
About: The editors at Silver Shamrock Publishing are looking for original alien horror stories in the vein of The Thing/Alien/The Blob/Critters/Night of the Creeps.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Jewish Book of Horror
Payment: $30 for the first 3,000 words, then a 1/2 cent per word up to 7,500 words + print contributor’s copy
Length: 3,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: April 30, 2021
About: The Denver Horror Collective is seeking horror fiction focusing on the culture, history, and folklore of the Jewish people. This anthology is scheduled to be published on the first night of Hannukah, 2021. No multiple submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: A Pile of Bodies, A Pile of Heads (Let the Bodies Hit the Floor Series Volumes 1&2)
Payment: $40 flat rate + contributor copy
Length: 5,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: rolling
About: Sinister Smile Press is seeking submissions that fit the theme of slasher, stalker, serial killer crime fiction and must be written in the horror genre. Bo supernatural elements. No graphic sexual or rape scenes. NOTE: Volume 2 submissions must feature a female antagonist.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Dark
Payment: .06/ word
Length: 2,000 to 6,000
Deadline: rolling
About: This market accepts horror and dark fantasy. No multiple submissions. No graphic, violent horror.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Boneyard Soup Magazine 
Payment: .05/ word
Length: 2,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: rolling
About: This market accepts horror and dark fantasy. The editors are open to almost everything from traditional Gothic to 80s pulp horror and ghost stories to horror comedy. No extreme violence or overt sexual themes.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Payment: $100 flat rate for short fiction/ $30 for flash fiction
Length: 1,001 to 7,500 words for short fiction/ under 1,000 for flash fiction
Deadline: rolling
What They Want: This market publishes speculative fiction. No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

Consumed: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo

COS HWA Active member Angela Sylvaine is honored to have her story “Starved” included in CONSUMED: TALES INSPIRED BY THE WENDIGO. Angela has been fascinated with the folklore of the Wendigo since first reading Pet Sematary and learning of the creature that inspired Stephen King. Conceptually, the Wendigo represents an infectious and corrosive drive toward what one desires. Angela explores this concept in ”Starved,” which follows the lonely Tessa as she hungers for both food and love. 

The Denver Horror Collective summarizes the collection as follows: Hunger that changes you…consumes you…turning you into a nightmare version of what you once were. From desolate snowy mountains and apocalyptic wastelands to New York’s sex clubs and virtual encounters, Denver Horror Collective brings you, dear reader, visions of horror inspired by the Wendigo.

Join Headliners Steve Rasnic Tem (winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, and British Fantasy Awards) and Dana Fredsti (author of the Plague Town trilogy), along with Colorado dark scribes P.L. McMillan and Christophe Maso, will read excerpts from their CONSUMED stories set to chilling video and unnerving musical backgrounds on Sunday, January 17 at 6 p.m. (MT). Free tickets are available through EVENTBRITE.

Colorado-based CONSUMED contributors J.T. Evans, Ian Neligh, Angela Sylvaine, K.D. Webster and Joy Yehle, as well as Ross Baxter, R. Michael Burns, Elana Gomel, Michael Gore, and Amanda Headlee, will reveal what inspired them to write their stories and answer some fun—and disturbing—questions about consumption…and being consumed.

Member Publication News (Jan. 2021)

Welcome to the HWA COS chapter’s monthly round-up of member news. We invite you to scroll through our publication announcements and see what our members are up to this month: new releases, book signings, readings, conventions, and more!

Carina Bissett is thrilled to announce the appearance of her story “An Embrace of Poisonous Intent” in the anthology Bitter Distillations: An Anthology of Poisonous Tales, published by Egaeus Press.

Bitter Distillations is a collection of disquieting, disorientating and otherwise uncategorizable tales for which poison provides the inspiration. This hardcover edition is limited to 340 copies.

In December, Carina also saw the publication of her linked vignettes created for a shared world in The Lost Citadel Roleplaying Game.

The city is called Redoubt, and as far as anyone knows, it is the last.

Dakota Brown has a new release in her Ocean Enchantment series with the publication of Siren’s Song: A Reverse Harem Tale.

My guys saved me from myself, but we still have a whole boat load of problems we have to deal with. We’ve got a kraken swimming around attacking boats. We have mages called in by the government to deal with the Kraken hot on our tails and the magical black market has us in their sights after we liberated a kelpie child from their cages. To top that off, while my guys got their siren tails right away, I still can’t shift into mine. (This book is intended for mature audiences.)

Shannon Lawrence and her co-host M.B. Partlow add a few new episodes to the series podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem: Gunslingers & Shots in the Dark (December 23) and Arsenic & Old Money (December 30).

Gary Robbe is happy to announce that his piece “Poem of the Riverbank” is included in the anthology Todd Sullivan Presents: The Vampire Connoisseur.

These sixteen tales of night creature chaos were collected and edited by Todd Sullivan, the author of the Vampire Series of Extreme Horror.

Angela Sylvaine is pleased to share that her flash piece “Midnight Snack” is included in the section Cemetery Chillers in the anthology Campfire Macabre, published by Cemetery Gates Media.

50+ original flash horror tales organized by five themes: Spook Houses, Slashers, Witchcraft, Within the Woods, and Cemetery Chillers. A book perfect for time spent around the campfire or on a long car trip! Brand new pieces from award-winning storytellers and established authors.

In other news, Angela’s story “Starved” is featured in the anthology Consumed: Tales Inspired by the Wendigo.

Hunger that changes you…consumes you…turning you into a nightmare version of what you once were. From desolate snowy mountains and apocalyptic wastelands to New York’s sex clubs and virtual encounters, Denver Horror Collective brings you, dear reader, visions of horror inspired by the Wendigo.

Josh Viola’sWhen the Trumpet Sounds” was published in Birdy Magazine. This story is a series of vignettes showcasing the lives of five very different people as the Rapture begins.

January: Submission Calls

Each month, we strive to compile submission calls of interest. We are not affiliated with any of these publications, and all inquiries should be directed to the publication’s representatives.

It’s important to get your stories out in the world, and we believe you should be paid for your work.

Ready! Set! Write!

Title: The Periodical: Forlorn (Vol. 1, Issue 3)
Payment: $15 flat rate + digital copy
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 15, 2021
About: The theme for this issue is unusual vampires. The editors are looking for dark and creepy stories that offer an unusual spin on vampiric items or people.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3
Payment: .01/ word
Length: 3,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: Editors Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards are seeking stories about monsters. Avoid gratuitous sex, violence and gore. No overt religious themes.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: 34 Orchard
Payment: $50 flat rate
Length: Short fiction from 1,000 to 7,500 words & poetry any style or length
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: This non-genre journal seeks dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Diabolical Plots
Payment: .10/ word
Length: up to 3,500
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: This market accepts all genres of speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Departure Mirror
Payment: .10/word up to 3,000 words for fiction. $300 flat rate above that. $10/poem flat rate for poetry.
Length: 12,000 words or less preferred, but you may submit stories up to 20,000 words. 30 lines or fewer for poetry.
Deadline: January 31, 2021
About: This market accepts all speculative fiction and poetry. Departure Mirror does not publish anything that promotes or glorifies violence, including threats of violence and coercion. Accepts simultaneous submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: The Dread Machine
Payment: .08/ word + contributor copy
Length: 3,000 to 10,000 words
Deadline: February 25, 2021
About: For their first anthology, the editors are seeking dread-inspiring stories that take place in 1986—either the 1986 of our reality (Stranger Things) or an alternate version (Tales From the Loop).
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Dream of Shadows
Payment: £20 flat rate
Length: up to 1,500 words
Deadline: May 31, 2021
What They Want: This UK publication is looking for character-driven fantasy and horror stories. No science fiction.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Payment: $100 flat rate for short fiction/ $30 for flash fiction
Length: 1,001 to 7,500 words for short fiction/ under 1,000 for flash fiction
Deadline: rolling
What They Want: This market publishes speculative fiction. No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
For more information, click this LINK.

Member Publication News

Welcome to the HWA COS chapter’s monthly round-up of member news. We invite you to scroll through our publication announcements and see what our members are up to this month: new releases, book signings, readings, conventions, and more!

Marie Whittaker is pleased to announce that her story “The Legend of Lightning Lizzie” is featured in Weird Tales No. 364

Evil space plants, lecherous dragons and the mysteries of the vampire haunt the pages of WT #364. This issue features stories by Seanan McGuire, Gregory Frost, Joe R. Lansdale, Marie Whittaker, Dacre Stoker and Leverett Butts, Marguerite Reed, Rena Mason, Tim Waggoner, Gabrielle Faust, Weston Ochse, and Lee Murray as well as poetry by Linda Addison and Alessandro Manzetti.

Angela Sylvaine’s short story “Mr. Chew” was recently released on TheDreadMachine.com and The Dread Machine Podcast, Episode 5.  

Travis Heermann is pleased to announce that his story “Daubs of Color” opens the anthology Hauntings (The Haunted Anthology Book 1), edited by Jamie Ferguson.

Imagine waking every day in an old house, unable to leave the grounds because every time you do you get lost in the gray mist. What if the haunted section in the library was actually haunted? Seeing a ghost in a haunted house would be one thing…but what if it followed you home?

Step into the haunted worlds of the fifteen ghostly tales in Hauntings…if you dare!

Travis is also looking forward to the launch of his new novel Tokyo Blood Magic (Shinjuku Shadows Book 1, which is scheduled for release on December 8, 2020. 

When Django Wong, a modern-day ninja turned sorcerer, takes a job to track down a newly Awakened witch, he discovers that his target is not only his lost love, but now she’s an enforcer for the Black Lotus Clan, a ruthless yakuza syndicate.

But time can change a person. Is she the girl who used to love him, a yakuza slave, or a deadly black witch?

Josh Viola is thrilled to announce that his story “The Recall” was published in the anthology One of Us: A Tribute to Frank Michaels Errington, which was edited by Kenneth W. Cain and includes a powerhouse line-up of authors including Stephen King.

One of Us: A Tribute to Frank Michaels Errington is filled with stories of writers whose lives Frank touched in one way or another. He challenged them, cheered them on and he made sure to read the big names and small names alike.

Josh also worked with Aaron Lovett on the exclusive *variant* cover for Cover Alpha Comics edition of MISKATONIC #1, published by Aftershock Comix.

Miskatonic #1 by Aaron and Josh is available in three treatments:

  • Cover A:  Standard Trade Dress. Limited to 250 copies.
  • Cover B:  Virgin Edition. Limited to 125 copies.
  • Cover M: Metal cover. Limited to 15 copies.

In other news, Josh published “The Holy Appendix” under the pen name Jay Vee at Birdy Magazine. This piece stands as an anecdotal testament to the influence evangelicalism has had on Josh’s horror fiction.

Shannon Lawrence and her co-host M.B. Partlow launched a new podcast in November! Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem is about true crime, the paranormal, cryptids, and other freaky things. A new podcast is released each Wednesday.

In November, Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem released three episodes: Cold Blooded Colorado Springs, Colorado Creatures and Hell Haunts, and Killers on Home Turf. Scheduled podcasts for December include The Devil Tramps and the Cryptids Creep, Coastal Killers & Haunts, and Do the Kansas Gates of Hell Lead to Gorbals Necropolis?

Carina Bissett is excited to announce the release of the HWA Poetry Showcase, Vol. VII. This year, she was one of the judges along with Gwendolyn Kiste and editor Stephanie M. Wytovich.

The Horror Writers Association presents their seventh annual Poetry Showcase, featuring the best in never-before-published dark verse. Edited by Stephanie M. Wytovich, this year’s featured poets are K. P. Kulski, Sarah Read, and Sara Tantlinger, plus dozens of poems from the talented members of the Horror Writers Association.

J. A. Campbell has a reprint of her story “The Toy Maker” in the holiday-themed anthology A Christmas Cornucopia, edited by Anna Rashbrook.

Every winter Nicholas journeys to the city to sell his clever mechanical toys. This year is no different, except a snowstorm delays his return to his ailing wife. When he is finally able to travel, he meets people who guide him toward a new, and promising calling. —“The Toy Maker”

December: Submission Calls

Each month, we strive to compile submission calls of interest. We are not affiliated with any of these publications, and all inquiries should be directed to the publication’s representatives.

It’s important to get your stories out in the world, and we believe you should be paid for your work.

Ready! Set! Write!

Title: Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World (2021 edition)
Payment: .02/ word + contributor copy
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: December 15, 2020
About: Editors Charlatan Bardot and Eric J. Guignard are seeking dark fiction short stories about haunted buildings (excluding houses) around the globe.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Curiouser Magazine
Payment: $25-40 per poem, and from $50-140 for short prose (AUD)
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2020
About: The editors are seeking poetry and short fiction in the realms of horror, magic realism, and speculative fiction.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: FIYAH
Payment: .08/ word for fiction; $50/flat for poetry
Length: Short fiction from 2,000 to 7,000 words & novelettes up to 15,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2020
About: FIYAH is seeking fiction and poetry for their forthcoming unthemed issue specifically from Black authors.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Planet Scumm
Payment: .02/ word
Length: 2,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: January 10, 2021
What They Want: Guest editor Hailey Piper is seeking speculative fiction stories specifically from cisgender women, transgender women, transgender men, non-binary people, and genderqueer people.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Nightscript
Payment: Contributor copy
Length: 2,000 to 7,000 words
Deadline: Opens January 2021
About: The editors are seeking “strange and darksome”  literary horror.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Triangulation: Habitats
Payment: .03/word
Length: up to 5,000 words, prefers submissions around 3,000 words
Deadline: February 28, 2021
About: The editors are seeking science fiction, fantasy, and horror, or blends of the three.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Hypnos
Payment: .01/ word
Length: up to 10,000 words
Deadline: rolling
What They Want: Thought-provoking weird fiction.
For more information, click this LINK.

Title: Boneyard Soup Magazine
Payment: .05/word
Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words
Deadline: rolling
About: The editors are seeking fiction and non-fiction in the horror and dark fantasy genres.
For more information, click this LINK.

Travis Heermann to Release New Urban Fantasy Series

COS HWA Active member Travis Heermann is all set to release the first of a new urban fantasy/cultivation series called Shinjuku Shadows.

Tokyo Blood Magic – Book 1 of the Shinjuku Shadows Trilogy

He’s never failed a witch hunt before. Until he must hunt the only woman he’s ever loved...

When Django Wong, a modern-day ninja turned sorcerer, takes a job to track down a newly Awakened witch, he discovers that his target is not only his lost love, but now she’s an enforcer for the Black Lotus Clan, a ruthless yakuza syndicate.

But time can change a person. Is she the girl who used to love him, a yakuza slave, or a deadly black witch?

With a smart-mouthed magical house cat as his ally, Django must protect her from other Hunter-Seekers sent to kill her until he can learn the truth of her allegiance. And not only that, if he can’t stop her from stealing a powerful magical relic, the Black Lotus Clan will launch a bloodbath in Shinjuku’s streets.

Perfect for fans of Bleach or Fullmetal AlchemistTokyo Blood Magic brings you ninja sorcerers, femme fatales, savage monsters, martial arts action, and powerful cultivation. Pick it up now and start the adventure! 

What: Ebook and Trade Paperback

Who: Shadow Alley Press

When: December 8, 2020

Pre-order now!

But don’t talk to him. He’s busy finishing Book 2, Tokyo Monster Mash.

HWA COS Logo + News on the StokerCon™ Denver Souvenir Anthology

The Colorado Springs Chapter of HWA is lucky to have Josh Viola as a founding member. In addition to being an award-winning writer AND the editor at Hex Publishers, Josh is also a fine artist. As a new chapter of HWA, we were in need of a logo, and Josh delivered a series of sketches to choose from. Once the other founding members’ votes rolled in, we had a winner! Colton Hoerner took that sketch and turned it into what you see today, and we couldn’t be happier!

It just so happens that Hex Publishers will also be compiling the 2021 souvenir anthology for StokerCon™ Denver. The anthology will include exclusive new fiction from some of the area’s most notable authors in addition to a unique table of contents overflowing with new non-fiction exploring the history of Denver’s robust literary scene. Of course, there will also be summaries of the HWA’s year and many programs. This anthology souvenir book will only be available for registered attendees of StokerCon™ Denver.

Hex Publishers is offering ONE premium full-page ad to be designed by Hex Publishers near the front of the book. Other than the premium full-page ad, all other advertisements will be placed together at the end of the book in a sponsored section. (Ads will be in black and white.)

Ad rates are as follows:

  • Premium full-page (to be designed by HEX): $500
  • Full-page: $350
  • Half-page: $150
  • Quarter-page: $100

Click here to book your ad: https://hwa46.wildapricot.org/event-3992277.
After purchasing, please send all artwork and any other info to: admin@horror.org.

Important note: Companies do NOT need to be HWA members or attend StokerCon™ to purchase an ad. The StokerCon™ committee has the right to decline any ad deemed inappropriate at their sole discretion.