This is our favorite time of the year, when the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and the veil that keeps us from our nightmares gets so thin we can see their twisted faces and smell their rancid breath on the backs of our necks.
Monsters come in many forms. They hold seats of power, they lurk in ancient lakes, they sit in electric chairs, they hide behind a facade of goodwill. Monsters lurk within, in our minds, in our folklore, in our legends, and of course, in real life. Monsters, whatever form they take, are real in the moment of fear.
We want to hear your horror stories, be they real or the product of your own twisted minds. For the whole month of October we will be focusing on the darkness of the season. We are into fiction, poetry, nonfiction, top ten movie/book/videogame/tv show/albums/songs/poems/writers/fall fashion accessories lists (we rly love lists!), ghost stories, witchy lore, folklore, and history. Magical spells and incantations. Interviews with your favorite writers or witches. Anything you can imagine. Let us gather around the virtual campfire and share our stories.
Maybe there is a spooky story you particularly love. Tell us about it, tell us why it resonates so much with you. Maybe a story or movie has a really cool origin story you find fascinating. Tell us the stories behind the stories (a personal favorite is the story behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein). If you travel somewhere historic, we want to hear about it and see the awesome pictures you took!
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Editors: Leza Cantoral, Maxwell Bauman
Subject line: CLASHTOBER
Deadline: October 20th
Wordcount: Under 2000 words
Include your bio and a line or two about what you sent in body of email
Include social media profiles in body of email so that we can tag you on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook when we post your piece (unless for some reason you don’t want to be tagged)
Include bio pic (optional), and visuals as jpg attachments to email
Include 1280 x 720 pixel header labelled HEADER (optional but appreciated)
If your piece has a lot of images, please include a file where they are placed where you want them as well as including the images as separate jpg attachments
File type: word doc attached to email (no PDF’s or google docs)
Reprints are fine
Art, comics, photography and video media accepted, but accompany it with a paragraph (100 words) to give us context
If it is accepted you will hear from us before we post it and we will send you the link. If we do not, you won’t hear from us so don’t take it personally. If you want to email and ask about the status of your submission that is totally ok.
We are excited to hear your spooky stories!