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RELEASE: Between the Cracks

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of our newest anthology titled

Between the Cracks

BetweenTheCracks_Promotional_800pxA crack, a split, a rend, a tear – all of these fissures open up a new world for us to gaze upon. But what if the things we see aren’t friendly? What if the things that spill from beyond are dangerous and unwilling to be contained? What if evil lurks just below the surface waiting for its chance to strike?

In this collection of diverse and multi-faceted tales, you’ll find a computer program twisted into a nefarious tool, elves who are more than mischievous, a Creole House where those who dare to cheat fate meet with an unsavory end, and something evil lurking within the water. Are you brave enough to look Between the Cracks? There is only one way to find out…

Table of Contents:

Wiped Out — Steve Foreman

Pipe Dreams of the Soul Eater — Kyle Rader

Kill or Be Killed — Guy Burtenshaw

Something in the Water — E. F. Schraeder

Horrifying — DJ Tyrer

The Ghost Writer — Joe Giatras

Distant Relations — James C. Simpson

In Your Image — Sean Keller

Complacency — Deb Eskie

Family — Tom Folske

The Tower — Christopher Bleakley

The Woman Who Cried Elf — Rebecca Fung

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Between the Cracks is available on:

Amazon: US | UK | Australia | Canada | Germany | Italy | France | Spain | Japan | Mexico | Brazil | India | The Netherlands

Amazon Print: US | UK | Australia | Canada | Germany | Italy | France | Spain | Japan | Mexico | Brazil | India | The Netherlands

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Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes to follow soon!

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OPEN SUBMISSION: The Sirens Call – Issue #22 – Supernatural

Sirens Call Publications now accepting submissions for our 22nd issue of The Sirens Call — a FREE online publication. This month’s theme is ‘Supernatural’ and just in case you’re wondering what we’re looking for…

Definition of the term ‘Supernatural’ as offered on Google: A manifestation or event attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.

Examples of the supernatural:

a supernatural being” – paranormal, psychic, magical, occult, mystic, superhuman, supernormal.

supernatural powers” – ghostly, otherworldly, spectral, unearthly, unnatural.

Our definition of ‘Supernatural': Anything not proven by modern science as being part of the natural world.

Is a vampire part of the natural world? Arguably yes, based on the fact that it may or may not exist in nature, but what makes it Supernatural is the fact that it’s not a scientifically documented creature. Is a werewolf part of the natural world? The same answer would apply.

A ghost or specter haunting your waking dreams, a demon, Bigfoot, Nessie, the shadow you glimpse in a corner that’s gone when you look back, a gypsy who for a coin will trade you the genuine secrets of your future, or a Voodoo priestess who for a lock of your hair and the promise of your soul will mix you a death potion to kill the most vile of enemies; all of these things have one thing in common – they fit our definition of Supernatural. Yet they are not exclusive, many other ‘things’ may be considered supernatural as well; surprise us.

We are asking for dark stories of the Supernatural. We aren’t restricting it to any particular type of supernatural being or occurrence, only that it be out of the realm of scientifically proven fact.

As always, we will not be accepting stories of bestiality, pedophilia of any nature, or descriptive scenes of rape. Other than that – all else goes. If you have a question as to whether or not your idea is appropriate given the nature of the call (particularly the bestiality angle), please inquire with submissions@sirenscallpublications.com – we don’t mind answering.

Previously published pieces are most welcome.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2015

Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500

Flash fiction word count: 300 – 1,000

Poem length: minimum 10 lines; maximum 50 lines (limit of five submissions per author)

Drabbles: 100 words (limit of five submissions per author)

Reprints are acceptable as long as you currently hold the copyright.

All submissions MUST be submitted to: Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com

Full guidelines can be found on our website – www.SirensCallPublications.com

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RELEASE: The Sirens Call – Issue #21 – Eco-Horror!

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the 21st issue of The Sirens Call!

2015_June_ezine_cover_V1This month’s theme was Eco-Horror and this issue is packed full of 113 pages of Mother Nature fighting back! Pick up your #FREE copy filled with poetry, flash fiction, and short stories along with interviews with photographer Tammy Ruggles and author K. Trap Jones. This issue also features stunning photography from Tammy Ruggles and an excerpt from K. Trap Jones’ One Bad Fur Day.

Get your free download by visiting out website – www.SirensCallPublications.com!

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NEWS: PHRENIC PRESS Titles are #FREE Between June 25th to June 29th!

Phrenic Press is offering its entire library for #FREE June 25th to June 29th!

Wondering what those titles are? Here they are:

BrentAbell_TheTestimonyOfHJPembooke_FinalFrontCoverIt’s the turn of the 20th century in Baltimore, MD, and as the gas lamps burn brightly, madness lurks in the shadows…

When school teacher, Melisa Jameson, mysteriously disappears, famed detective H.J. Pembrooke is called in to investigate. As he sits before the local Constable to give his testimony concerning the events that transpired, what unravels is a twisting account of transcending love, loss, and insanity that intertwines to deepen the mystery of Melisa’s disappearance.

What happened to her on that fateful day and why is Melisa so familiar to our detective? Delve into The Testimony of H.J. Pembrooke to find out where fact ends and the lines of reality begin to blur…

Amazon link: http://mybook.to/TestimonyPembrooke

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PhrenicPress_BentMetal_NinaDArcangela_CoverWhere does reality end and dreamscape begin?

Woken each night by the sounds of screams and twisting metal, Lauren must relive the panic and fear of discovering her brother’s broken body on the asphalt. But each morning, she finds it’s only a dream… One she doesn’t want to keep having.

At what point does a dream become a nightmare, and what if the nightmare was more than a figment of her subconscious?

Amazon link: http://mybook.to/BentMetal

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ThePossessionOfNinaGrey_MayNardBlackoakLove is an obsession; possession it’s one true desire. If you found your lover to be unfaithful, what would you do? Would you seek revenge? Perhaps confront them reasonably to discuss the truth behind such infidelity? Or would you take matters into your own hands… or in Nina’s case, your own mind?

Where the heart beats the strongest, the psyche sometimes slips into abysmal madness prompting one to perform heinous, unthinkable acts. What drives Nina that one step too far? Perhaps the answer lies in the shadows that lurk between genuine adoration and insane jealousy – the grey areas.

Not all cheeks can be turned the other way, and not all truths are what they seem.

Amazon link: http://mybook.to/PossessionofNinaGrey

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TheWeightOfTheOcean_PaulFeeney_FrontCover_FinalCasual conversations, playful moments, two friends bonding over things that mean nothing, until one day they mean everything…

Paul has a love for the ocean, but has never had the will to learn to swim. Jess draws him to the water, helping him overcome his fear. In the rocky brine, Paul finds more than courage; he finds love in its truest form: Jess. But the scars she carries hidden deep within won’t allow her to love. After a beautiful but short lived courtship, she ends their relationship.

The Weight of the Ocean, much like the pain she hides, is simply too much to bear.

Amazon link: http://mybook.to/WeightoftheOcean

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TheDeadOfPenderghastManor_JulianneSnow_FinalCoverWhat would you do if you knew the Dead could talk?

For Chester Penderghast, it’s not the easiest of questions to answer…

Ensconced in the basement of his family’s mortuary business is the last place he wants to be, but when the conversation starts flowing, Chester’s the only living person who can hear it. What do the Dead want, and why is he the only one who can hear them?

This is not your average zombie tale—the Dead don’t want to eat your brains, but they will chew your ear off!

Amazon link: http://mybook.to/TheDeadofPenderghastManor

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John Evers had been propelled to fame through his legendary photographic exhibits in the posh galleries of New York City.

Moving himself and his wife to England for professional reasons, John now finds his personal success fleeting. In order to recapture his fame, he takes a gamble on a single lot being auctioned off rather dubiously. As fortune would have it, John is lucky enough to gain possession of the lot he is seeking: LOT 466-8 CAMERA AND UNDEVELOPED FILM FROM THE ESTATE OF ALEISTER CROWLEY.

John can’t believe his luck at acquiring undeveloped rolls of film once belonging to Aleister Crowley, one of England’s most famed Satanists. Believing this good fortune to be his salvation, John unknowingly releases an evil from beyond the grave that will not rest until it ravages both his mind and his body.

Will John and his wife discover a way out of their personal torment before it’s too late? Or will their life become another collection of ‘Snapshots of Hell’?

Amazon link: http://mybook.to/SnapshotsofHell

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All men are created equal, or so it is said…

In a Mental Asylum that has earned infamy for its successful governing of patients suffering from a Messiah Complex, what happens when a ward of twenty-one prophets is introduced to a twenty-second? How do prophets worship what they believe to be a Messiah in their midst? Do they treat him with distance, trepidation, reverence, or perhaps adoration? Or do the men who speak directly to their own gods want more than a life of confinement as a reward for their blessing?

Is it not also said, “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him.”

Amazon link: http://mybook.to/NotAnotherMessiah

Collect them all!!

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RELEASE: Dragon Born by Ela Lourenco

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of Dragon Born —

the first book in a Young Adult Fantasy series from author Ela Lourenco!

ElaLourenco_DragonBorn_FrontCoverDragon Born

by Ela Lourenco

Far in the distant reaches of the universe is a world called Azmantium. A planet with lilac skies, jade green seas and fiery red suns. A planet where everything, from the tides of the sea to life itself, is rooted in magic. Children are assessed at an early age and trained according to their unique magical talents.

Lara, an orphan who has no memory of her true origins, is unaware that she has a vital role to play in the ancient prophesies that are about to begin coming true. Older than most who are just beginning their magical training, Lara will soon find out that destiny waits for no one, especially when the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.

With the help of her new friends, Lara will learn that in order to save the future, she must journey into the past – to a time when Dragons ruled the world!

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Available on:

Amazon:

US | UK | Canada | Australia | Germany | France | Spain | Italy | Japan | Mexico | Brazil | India | The Netherlands

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BioPictureElaLourencoAbout the Author — Ela Lourenco lives in Scotland with her two daughters and husband. She has been an avid reader since childhood and has long enjoyed mysteries, mythology and anything related to the paranormal/supernatural/mystical/science fiction. She loves nothing more than making up stories about faraway people and places (helped somewhat by a mind that just won’t grow up!). When she isn’t nose deep in a book or writing herself she can be found dancing around the kitchen whilst baking. Her biggest wish in life is to infect others with a passion for reading.

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OPEN SUBMISSION: Witches, Warlocks, Demons, & Evil Doers

witchesFor our next anthology, we are offering an open call for stories that involve Witches, Warlocks, Demons, and other Evil Doers.

We are looking for stories that tell of wrong doings perpetrated by someone or something with supernatural abilities. We are not looking for stories of werewolves or vampires who need to survive by causing harm. What we want are stories of choice; stories where the protagonist chooses to do harm for a specific reason through means of a power beyond that of a normal mortal.

We would prefer that the stories appeal to a broad audience and that period or overly-stylized pieces be refrained from.

Your story MUST include all of the following elements:

  • A horror/evil intent based theme that is explained within the story;
  • A protagonist with evil or malicious intent with a specific reason;
  • A protagonist with abilities that an average mortal does not possess;
  • A victim or victims being persecuted for a specific and explained reason.

Beyond these specific inclusions, feel free to be as creative as you’d like provided you do not breach the three things we will not consider for publication:

  • Stories containing pedophilia;
  • Stories containing bestiality;
  • Stories containing scenes of sexually descriptive rape.

Submit a story containing any of the three above EXCLUSIONS, and it will immediately be disqualified.

Deadline: September 1, 2015

Reading & Evaluation Period: Two to three months after close of the deadline

Word Count: 4,000 – 8,000 words

NO REPRINTS WILL BE CONSIDERED

Payment: Each story selected for inclusion will receive a one-time payment of $25US

For full guidelines, please visit our website at: www:SirensCallPublications.com

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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: The Sirens Call eZine – Issue #21 – Eco-Horror

Submissions for the 21th issue of The Sirens Call featuring the the theme of Eco-Horror are closed. Sirens Call Publications would like to thank all of the authors who submitted work for consideration. We’ll be in touch as soon as we can be with our decisions.

To any authors or publishers looking for Ad space, please contact Julianne at Julianne@SirensCallPublications.com for details.

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