I want you to be confident that you are sending your work to a place where it will fit, and I want to read work that will be the best possible fit. Make my job hard by sending me something that fits the genre and guidelines and punches me right in the face with its terror and disturbing impact.
“Horror gives a distinct threat, a clear challenge and an almost universal sense of resolution. All stories are driven to some degree by the metaphorical clash of humanity versus monster. But in horror, you get to have actual monsters.”
Style is always a challenge. The story always determines the style and getting the style to match the content of the story is no easy matter.
“I grew up in rural Prince Edward Island, an insular place of red cliffs and shocking beauty. It was easy to believe that fantastical creatures lived there.”
~~Melanie Bell, author of “The Cliffman”
Welcome to our latest arrival! It’s a bit of a prickly one, gets in your head and might fester there for a while, bringing shadows and uncertainty as it stays with you… Doesn’t it sound fantastic? Hard for Hope to Flourish, our latest volume in the Midnight Bites series, is a three-novella mini-anthology featuring storiesContinue reading “New Horror – Hard for Hope to Flourish!”
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a meme to the Crone Girls Press Facebook group. It was a picture of a female Krampus, with a little note about how this mythical figure went around rounding up bad men instead of naughty children. It was a fun meme and relatively on brand for the group,Continue reading “New Horror: Mother Krampus”
Following the submission guidelines is a good way to get past the first round of reading. It removes any of the unintentional stumbling blocks and distractions, and tells me the writer is serious and professional about their work.
For those who have been hanging out in the Crone Girls Press Facebook group, the question of submissions has come up more than once. In addition to the quick submissions calls (like our recent one for a female-Krampus-themed Midnight Bites), I find that readers and authors often want to know more information about the submissionContinue reading “Dear Editor: Maximizing Submission Chances at Crone Girls Press, Part 1”
A horror writer isn’t necessarily an emotional sadist, but it helps! If I make a reader cry, or afraid, or laugh, or any strong emotional response, I win. The enemy of good fiction is boredom.
This is the genre where leaving bodies lying all over the place at the end is not frowned upon but actually welcome!