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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2008
     (2099.1)
    What magazines out there feature horror writing or fiction with a darker bent that isn't dark speculative fiction?

    -Ren
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2008
     (2099.2)
    You mean horror with no supernatural elements? Or just straight horror?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2008
     (2099.3)
    Either or, actually.

    Recently submitted a story to a publication that was billed as "specultive fiction with a darker bent" and the rejection letter I got was that it wasn't enough "speculative fiction, despite being a very good story."
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    Dude, not to burn any bridges, but I tried to submit to Apex and Weird Tales and got rejections from both, and I mean I honestly didn;t think my work was any worse then what I read on the weird tales site and int he issue of Apex I bought.
    But yeah, I'm dying to find a horror publication to submit to, as it seems that anything you can submit horror fiction to nowadays has to have a sci fi element to it.
  2.  (2099.5)
    Dude, not to burn any bridges, but I tried to submit to Apex and Weird Tales and got rejections from both, and I mean I honestly didn;t think my work was any worse then what I read on the weird tales site and int he issue of Apex I bought.

    Geezer, that's the song of everyone who was ever rejected for anything. 1) you can't assume the editor's tastes are your own. 2) you need to be aiming for BETTER than what they're publishing.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2008
     (2099.6)
    @Warren

    Totally agree with you.

    @Sexy
    But yeah, I'm dying to find a horror publication to submit to, as it seems that anything you can submit horror fiction to nowadays has to have a sci fi element to it.

    No idea, that's what I'm looking for.
  3.  (2099.7)
    @Ellis

    Well, it was better, I just didn't want to sound pretentious. Then again, I guess it's fairly pretentious to think that my work is better then anyone else's to begin with.
    And I am assuming the editors tastes were different then my own, because it seemed like they were only publishing people who had already been published, even if they had self published, which actually was the foot in the ass I needed to motivate me to self publish.
    Hence, why I shall be self publishing in the fall. At the worst, I'll have a better shot of getting my work submitted into magazines from self publishing, and at the best maybe more people then my girlfriend and my sister will get to read my work.
    Did I mention I was self publishing!

    @Ren
    Yeah, the rejection letter I got said that my story didn't have enough of a "sci fi element" to it. Which, I found odd as it was about a monster that grew out of the ceiling, but I digress.

    So in my round about incredibly ADD way, I'm telling you I'm in the same boat, and I don't have an adequate answer.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2008 edited
     (2099.8)
    Go here, choose "Horror" under genre (and payscale/subtype/pubtype if those matter to you), visit all the sites that turn up, and see which publications look like a friendly neighborhood for your work. Then, when you get a rejection, try another. And another. And another.
  4.  (2099.9)
    I was directed towards Duotrope fairly recently and it seems to be an incredible resource for finding publishers. As well as keeping tabs on your submissions.


    Will
  5.  (2099.10)
    Well, sounds like a plan, now I just need to find someone who wants to read about forced fisting.
    ...
    I guess I need to find the fucked up sexual horror niche.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2008 edited
     (2099.11)
    @Ariana
    Thank you, that site is going to be incredibly helpful.

    Any place I might be able to send you a bottle of wine for the help?
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2008
     (2099.12)
    N.B: Duotrope is still doing a little renovation and occasionally goes a little wonky -- Ralan's is a good back-up/crosscheck resource.
  6.  (2099.13)
    Ooooo gurllll, someone likes yoouuuuuuuuu!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2008
     (2099.14)
    @Sexy

    Hey, I've got about four pieces that have been rejected for not having enough of "X additional genre" to the horror for their publication, even if the editor says the story is good/imaginative/etc. I was beginning to despair I wouldn't find a market for them but now I'll be able to shop them to places that might be a bit more appropriate.
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      CommentAuthoralexwilson
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2008 edited
     (2099.15)
    Hey RenThing. To answer your initial question, I'd start by looking up the Stoker Awards, see where the nominees are published--especially if you're new to reading/finding short horror.

    Duotrope lists over 300 horror markets. HWA recommends showing preference to submitting to those that pay 5 cents a word or more, so narrowing those down to "professional" payrate... that'll give you 29 options.

    I like ChiZine and Apex as top choices, on the rare event that I write horror, but I'm biased. I was published in the former, I subscribe(d) to the latter (my subscription just ended as they've recently switched to a free, online format). And yes, they've both rejected me multiple times, and I've had rejects at both which have sold elsewhere.

    Best o' luck.

    Alex.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008
     (2099.16)
    Awesome, thank you, Alex.