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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: The Sirens Call – Issue 26 ‘Dreamscapes of the Wicked’

Submissions for the 26th issue of The Sirens Call, themed around the idea of ‘Dreamscapes of the Wicked’, 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 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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SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call – Issue #26 ‘Dreamscapes of the Wicked’

Sirens Call Publications is opening up the 26th Issue of The Sirens Call to anyone who would like to submit in light of the low number of qualifying submissions received to date. We’re also extending the deadline to April 15th to give anyone wishing to write for this issue the time to do so. 

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We are looking for submissions of stories, flash fiction, and poetry that feature Dreamscapes of the Wicked. What does this mean? It means your story must adhere to the following:

  • The main protagonist must be an individual who through malicious or harmful intent engages in wrong-doings, or deliberately causes harm to come to others. This individual must be wicked to the core with no valiant change of heart at the end. We want characters committed to their evil ways, and will accept no ‘hapless victims’ for this call.
  • The antagonist must reside in, be drawn from, or be the personification of the protagonist’s dreamscape. The antagonist can be an individual, a creature, or the dream world itself that terrorizes your main character. We aren’t restricting what type of terror you choose to employ, only where it originates and ultimately resides.

The dreamscape featured in your piece can be a living daymare, or a night terror, but it must be a horror tale born of a dream. We do not want stories describing what a nightmare a mundane nine-to-five job is – be imaginative and create your own unique set of horrific circumstances. The final thing we ask is that you give the tale a bit of sting. 

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Submission Deadline: April 15, 2016

Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500

Flash fiction word count: 300 – 1,000

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

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

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

Full page/single book cover ads are available for $10 per ad. Please contact Julianne@SirensCallPublications.com for ad information.

All story, flash, and poem submissions MUST be submitted to Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com for consideration.

For our full guidelines please see www.SirensCallPublications.com

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RELEASED BY PHRENIC PRESS: The Remington by Alex Woolf

Phrenic Press, an imprint of Sirens Call Publications, is pleased to announce the release of its latest offering…

The Remington

Alex Woolf

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Howard Protheroe leads the dullest existence imaginable. Literally nothing ever happens to him. Then one day, his life changes when he meets fun-loving, talkative Evie Nickelbite. Howard and Evie feel an instant connection. But something doesn’t seem quite right. It’s almost as if their lives are being controlled by an outside force.

At around the same time, in an apparently unrelated incident, would-be writer George W. Durant decides to purchase a typewriter, an 1878 Remington.

As Howard and Evie’s lives become increasingly action-packed and fraught with danger, they start to feel like characters in badly written novel. What is going on, and what does it have to do with George’s Remington?

By turns surreal, funny and romantic, The Remington navigates the mysterious terrain between the worlds of fiction and real life and asks if love can ever bridge the divide.

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The Remington is available exclusively for purchase or borrow on Amazon at:

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

 

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About Alex Woolf…

ALEX_WOOLFAlex Woolf is the author of 16 commercially published novels aimed at young and YA readers. They include Soul Shadows, a novel about shadows that come to life, shortlisted for the 2014 Red Book Award, and Aldo Moon, about a teenage Victorian ghost-hunter. He has also had numerous adult stories and novellas published by Sirens Call Publications, Strange Circle, and Vagabondage Press.

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RELEASED BY PHRENIC PRESS: Marrow by Jon Olson

Phrenic Press, an imprint of Sirens Call Publications,  is pleased to announce the release of its latest short, this time from author Jon Olson —

 

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There’s a reason no one ever harvested the trees off logging road number 17.

For generations, a creature has hidden deep in the woods of Nova Scotia. Those who knew of its legend feared it, and prayed it would never see the light of day. Ignoring the warnings, Tony Barrymore – of Triple L Lumber Company – cut deeper into the forest than any man should. The price? Unearthing a terror he couldn’t have imagined even if all the stories were true…

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Marrow is available exclusively for purchase or borrow on Amazon:

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

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About Jon Olson…

Jon Olson is a Security Checkpoint Coordinator at the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport. As an author of horror and dark fiction, Jon also has a passion for science fiction and comic books. A proud member of Pen of the Damned and the Horror Writers Association, he resides in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia with his wife, their daughter and three cats.

Twitter: @jonolsonauthor

Blog: http://www.jonolsonauthor.com

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OPEN SUBMISSION: The Sirens Call – Issue #26 ‘Dreamscapes of the Wicked’

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the open submission call for the 26th issue of The Sirens Call featuring all men! The theme for this issue is ‘Dreamscapes of the Wicked’ and for this issue, we’re asking for the men to bring us their best works of horror exploring this theme.

eZine_Submission_ImageMen of horror, here is your chance to be the featured villains… pardon us, we mean authors, in our ‘All Men – All Horror’ April issue of The Sirens Call eZine.

As is our tradition, we are putting a spin on the all-women’s eZine call, and offering the gentlemen a chance to write on a similar, yet varied theme. We are looking for submissions of stories, flash fiction, and poetry that feature Dreamscapes of the Wicked. What does this mean? It means your story must adhere to the following:

  • The main protagonist must be an individual who through malicious or harmful intent engages in wrong-doings, or deliberately causes harm to come to others. This individual must be wicked to the core with no valiant change of heart at the end. We want characters committed to their evil ways, and will accept no ‘hapless victims’ for this call.
  • The antagonist must reside in, be drawn from, or be the personification of the protagonist’s dreamscape. The antagonist can be an individual, a creature, or the dream world itself that terrorizes your main character. We aren’t restricting what type of terror you choose to employ, only where it originates and ultimately resides.

The dreamscape featured in your piece can be a living daremare, or a night terror, but it must be a horror tale born of a dream. We do not want stories describing what a nightmare a mundane nine-to-five job is – be imaginative and create your own unique set of horrific circumstances.

The final thing we ask is that you give the tale a bit of sting. Use your Y chromosome to delve into the societal misconception that men are prone to less savory thoughts; be the rapscallion you have unjustly been deemed and make the most Machiavellian wordsmith cringe!

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Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016

Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500

Flash fiction word count: 300 – 1,000

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

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

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

Full page/single book cover ads are available for $10 per ad. (Male authors only for the this edition.) Please contact Julianne@SirensCallPublications.com for ad information.

All story, flash, and poem submissions MUST be submitted to Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com for consideration.

For our full guidelines please see www.SirensCallPublications.com

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RELEASE: The Sirens Call eZine – Issue #25 #WiHM7 ‘Things That Go Bump in the Night’

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the 25th issue of The Sirens Call eZine featuring poetry, fiction, and photography from women in honor of Women in Horror Recognition Month! This issue comes in at 146 pages and features poetry, flash fiction, and short stories from an all female line-up. It also features photography by and an interview with Karen Soutar, plus a collaborative interview with the authors featured in this issue.

Click on the cover for your #FREE download!

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TWISTED YARNS with Bob Macumber

Dumpster Baby Blues Inspiration

Bob Macumber

The inspiration for Dumpster Baby Blues came a few weeks after I found out my wife was pregnant with our daughter. We were university students living pay check to pay check in a cramped one bedroom apartment. Although I was excited to be a father, an endless procession of fears and anxieties burrowed through my mind. I felt an emotional shift, suddenly observing the world from a new point of view, noticing things I had overlooked before.

One afternoon I was walking home and took a short cut down a back alley. A large, rusted dumpster caught my attention and that’s when a sickening question entered my head: how could someone leave a child in one of these things? We’ve all read about babies found in dumpsters, thrown away by uncaring parents, but this disgusting act hit much closer to home now that I was about to be a father myself. That’s when the idea of finding an abandoned baby began to take shape. What if the baby was different? What if the baby was abandoned for a reason? I immediately hurried inside and began to write.

The prenatal classes and endless amounts of pamphlets really helped me round out the plot, but it was a health scare that really kindled the story’s fire. I accompanied my wife to every doctor’s appointment I could, listened to the baby’s heartbeat and watched her fidget in black and white on a 2D screen. Everything was going smoothly, until a routine test raised a red flag. We were sent to Winnipeg for an ultrasound to determine if our baby had Spina Bifida.

Those were some of the worst minutes of my life, watching the doctor search our unborn child to make sure her spine had fused properly. When the test came back negative, it literally felt like the weight of the world rolled off our shoulders.

I wanted to give the baby the ability to change her circumstance, to give power to the powerless while keeping the macabre elements I’m drawn to. The umbilical cord caught my attention because of its physiology: two arteries and a vein covered in jelly feeding a gestating fetus just screams horror fiction. The umbilical cord becomes a primal tool for survival, a means to nourish and destroy. I decided the baby should be hematophagous (a bloodsucker) because I researched and discovered some species of butterfly that feed on mammalian blood. So, even the most gorgeous creatures can have an unsavory side. The baby had to maintain some innocence, yet be able to assert her dominant nature.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR — Bob Macumber was born in a small town and learned to live in a small town, then moved to a city. He writes from a rickety wooden desk somewhere in central Canada (spoiler alert: Brandon, Manitoba). He has a love affair with the macabre and writes horror fiction in the spaces between family life and competing in Mixed Martial Arts. He’s currently working on a perpetual motion machine and his first novel.

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Twisted_Yarns_FrontCover_PromosizeTwisted Yarns is a collection of eleven depraved stories that will warp your mind and spark your curiosity for tales best muttered in hushed tones and dark corners.

Imagine finding a baby in a dumpster; how far would you go to protect it? Picture yourself trapped in a maze with a monstrous creature that wants nothing more than to spill your blood while others bet on the outcome of your life; would you run to survive? Do you think you could – run or survive? Perhaps you’re clinging to a lost love so strongly that your rational mind doesn’t realize how strongly it’s clinging to you; is it bliss or torture? Come to think of it, is it safe to accept that tasty sample the kindly gentleman who works at the grocery story is offering you? It couldn’t be anything but harmless, could it?

If you prefer your horror twisted with a bit of grit sprinkled on top for flavor, this is the perfect anthology for you!

Featuring:

Blood Oranges — R.k. Kombrinck

Polandrio — Trevor Firetog

Kin — Elizabeth Allen

Dumpster Baby Blues — Bob Macumber

Dead World Protocol — Glynn Owen Barrass

The Road Less Taken — J.T. Seate

Countdown — Danielle Allen

A Walk in Moonlight — Sharon L. Higa

David — John Mc Caffrey

Geo — Micheal Lizarraga

The Garden of Love — Kevin Holton

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Twisted Yarns is available on:

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