SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: The Sirens Call — Summer 2022 – Issue #58 @Sirens_Call

Submissions for the 58th issue of The Sirens Call, featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry are closed.

Sirens Call Publications would like to thank all of the authors and artists who submitted their work for consideration. We’ll be in touch as soon as we can with our decisions.

If you are looking for Ad space, please contact Nina at Nina@SirensCallPublications.com for details.

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – EXTENDED: The Sirens Call – Summer 2022 – issue 58 | #Horror #DarkFiction #Zine #OpenCall #Reprints #fiction #stories #flash #poetry @Sirens_Call

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED!

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Summer 2022

As a number of our regular contributors have asked for an extension on the open submission period for the Summer 2022 eZine due to the timing this year, we’ve extended the call to May 15th!

Open Call Details:

For the fifty-eighth issue of The Sirens Call, we’re looking for horrifying and well-constructed tales of horror and dark fiction. This issue also has a sub-theme of summer disasters. That can mean vacations from hell – in the literal sense, summer creatures run amok, or even climate-oriented horror. That’s up to you, we just want a well constructed piece of prose that will wow us, or make us cringe!

We’ll be accepting short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry that fit within the horror/dark fiction genre. We welcome reprints as long as you hold the copyright to the piece.

Your piece can be scary, sullen, emotive, freaky, elegant, bizarre, have a dark satirical edge to it, or burn hotter than the sun!

The basic rules:

  • Write the piece well.
  • It must be primarily horror/dark fiction oriented and contain a death.
  • No pieces containing coronavirus/covid-19 references will be accepted.
  • Don’t break our set-in-stone taboos – NO pedophilia, NO bestiality, and NO descriptive rape scenarios.

Be creative, be morbid, be vicious, be clever, and, most of all, write something you would want to read! If your piece fits our criteria, we’ll offer it up to our readership of approximately 35,000.


REPRINTS ARE WELCOME!

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2022

Circulation: Approximately 35,000

Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500 (limit of one submission per author)
Flash fiction word count: 500 – 999 (limit of one submission per author)
Short flash fiction word count: 101 – 499 (limit of three submissions per author)
Micro fiction word count: 50 – 99 (limit of three submissions per author)
Drabbles: 100 word prose (limit of five submissions per author)
Poem length: 10 – 50 lines (limit of five subs per author)

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

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

Full page ads are available at $10 per ad.
Please contact Nina@SirensCallPublications.com for advertising information.

Please visit our web site for further details and guidelines: www.SirensCallPub.com

Funny Creepy Ginger, by E.F. Schraeder – author of As Fast as She Can | #Horror #DarkFiction #Book #Creepy @Sirens_Call

Funny Creepy Ginger

by E.F. Schraeder

Like any book that ends up in the hands of readers (thank you!), As Fast as She Can went through many iterations and is the loving product of many people’s unique contributions. From late night conversations about the characters and storyline, cover design work, to hours of edits and revisions, a lot of wonderful folks influence the eventual final product. But while working on Fast, one of the characters themselves played a role in the outcome, too.

I usually begin stories with at least two things: a general plot outline and main character bios. Those basic sketches aren’t rules, but they give me a baseline to work with while I start writing. Sometimes when you’re working on a project you get lucky and write a character who develop quirks and a mind of their own— that kind of character voice can inform the theme and direction of the story as well as the overall tone. If I’m writing and start to ‘hear’ what a character may say or do in different situations, I know I’m eventually going to benefit from listening to them no matter what I thought I was going to write.

Ginger was like that for me. No matter what kind of wild adventures I had in mind, Ginger had a sense of humor I couldn’t squelch. I had a plot outline, but Ginger had the punchlines. In an early stage of writing, I thought I would eventually edit out some of the odd, occasionally borderline inappropriate, wonky jokes. I worried Ginger’s dialog and internal commentary would be too wacky, too weird amidst a kind of gory monster tale. But not long into one of those early revisions, I considered how much I enjoy romps through campy horror. I soon realized Ginger’s quirky sense of humor had won me over. She’s a character all right, and I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have.

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NEW_PROMO_E.F.Schraeder_AsFastAsSheCan_Final_FrontCoverAs Fast as She Can, by E.F. Schraeder

Living in a quiet house on the outskirts of town, Ginger isn’t like the other girls.

When she wakes up and discovers the unthinkable about her adoptive parents, she runs away and goes on a rampage straight to the only friend she has. Can she control what they both become?

With a violent, growing hunger and more questions than answers, Ginger has nowhere to turn.

As Fast as She Can is currently available on:

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR — The author of Liar: Memoir of a Haunting (Omnium Gatherum, 2021) and other works, E.F. Schraeder usually writes about not quite real worlds.  Schraeder is also an avid gardener and hot pepper enthusiast who believes in ghosts, magic, and dogs. Say hello online at efschraeder.com.

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A Girl in the Woods, by E.F. Schraeder – author of As Fast as She Can | #Horror #DarkFiction #Book @Sirens_Call

A Girl in the Woods

by E.F. Schraeder

Occult activities. Abductions. Random acts of violence. Serial murderers. Coven meetings. The occasional werewolf rampage. A lot of terrifying stuff seems to happen to the folks populating horror stories when they head into the wilderness.

But I have a real fondness for forests. Getting to be outside, deep in the woods and surrounded by nature? That doesn’t scare me. Heck, one of my favorite destinations has always been the middle of nowhere. So put on some comfortable sneakers, because I’d like to invite you to take a walk through the places that inspired the setting for As Fast As She Can.

I was lucky enough as a kid to live along the edge of a nice sized patch of woods, and I spent a lot of my childhood wandering through a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees. Ever since, the soft squish of mud underfoot and the mossy scent of decaying leaves has always reminded me of home. But as an adult, I have mostly lived in cities. It didn’t take long for me to realize how much I missed the sounds and stillness of the forest. As a result, I turned into an avid camper and hiker, spending as much time as possible in a tent or wandering the trails. From the Allegheny Mountains, across state parks around Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont— almost any time I could cobble together a little time off work, I headed out of realm of honking cars, highways, and city smog and back into the trees.

The fictional world readers visit in Fast imagines a combination of elements from real places I’ve explored and sometimes gotten lost.  Large lakes surrounded by remote cabins that are out of earshot of one another. Places that are quiet, calm, and mostly serene… the kind of place where no one would hear what was happening until it was too late.  Places that were safe enough, so long as no one like Ginger was there. When Ginger sets off in the woods, she’s running to get away from something that scares her, and like me, she sees the woods as a safe place to figure things out— even if it’s only safe for her and not those she encounters. The terrain of Fast, especially the location of Ginger’s cottage was inspired by many of the places I frequented over the years. Maybe the setting will remind you of some of the places you’ve enjoyed exploring too. But if you catch a glimpse of Ginger the next time you’re out there alone, don’t make eye contact.

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NEW_PROMO_E.F.Schraeder_AsFastAsSheCan_Final_FrontCoverAs Fast as She Can, by E.F. Schraeder

Living in a quiet house on the outskirts of town, Ginger isn’t like the other girls.

When she wakes up and discovers the unthinkable about her adoptive parents, she runs away and goes on a rampage straight to the only friend she has. Can she control what they both become?

With a violent, growing hunger and more questions than answers, Ginger has nowhere to turn.

As Fast as She Can is currently available on:

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR — The author of Liar: Memoir of a Haunting (Omnium Gatherum, 2021) and other works, E.F. Schraeder usually writes about not quite real worlds.  Schraeder is also an avid gardener and hot pepper enthusiast who believes in ghosts, magic, and dogs. Say hello online at efschraeder.com.

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RELEASE: As Fast as She Can, by E.F. Schraeder | #Horror #DarkFiction #Book #BookRelease @Sirens_Call

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce its latest release…

As Fast as She Can 

by E.F. Schraeder

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Living in a quiet house on the outskirts of town, Ginger isn’t like the other girls.

When she wakes up and discovers the unthinkable about her adoptive parents, she runs away and goes on a rampage straight to the only friend she has. Can she control what they both become?

With a violent, growing hunger and more questions than answers, Ginger has nowhere to turn.

As Fast as She Can is currently available on:

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR — The author of Liar: Memoir of a Haunting (Omnium Gatherum, 2021) and other works, E.F. Schraeder usually writes about not quite real worlds.  Schraeder is also an avid gardener and hot pepper enthusiast who believes in ghosts, magic, and dogs. Say hello online at efschraeder.com.

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OPEN Call for SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call – Summer 2022 – issue 58 | #Horror #DarkFiction #Zine #OpenCall #Reprints #fiction #stories #flash #poetry @Sirens_Call

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Summer 2022

The summer issue of The Sirens Call Zine is always a fun one!

For the fifty-eighth issue of The Sirens Call, we’re looking for horrifying and well-constructed tales of horror and dark fiction. This issue also has a sub-theme of summer disasters. That can mean vacations from hell – in the literal sense, summer creatures run amok, or even climate-oriented horror. That’s up to you, we just want a well constructed piece of prose that will wow us, or make us cringe!

We’ll be accepting short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry that fit within the horror/dark fiction genre. We welcome reprints as long as you hold the copyright to the piece.

Your piece can be scary, sullen, emotive, freaky, elegant, bizarre, have a dark satirical edge to it, or burn hotter than the sun!

The basic rules:

  • Write the piece well.
  • It must be primarily horror/dark fiction oriented and contain a death.
  • No pieces containing coronavirus/covid-19 references will be accepted.
  • Don’t break our set-in-stone taboos – NO pedophilia, NO bestiality, and NO descriptive rape scenarios.

Be creative, be morbid, be vicious, be clever, and, most of all, write something you would want to read! If your piece fits our criteria, we’ll offer it up to our readership of approximately 35,000.


REPRINTS ARE WELCOME!

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2022

Circulation: Approximately 35,000

Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500 (limit of one submission per author)
Flash fiction word count: 500 – 999 (limit of one submission per author)
Short flash fiction word count: 101 – 499 (limit of three submissions per author)
Micro fiction word count: 50 – 99 (limit of three submissions per author)
Drabbles: 100 word prose (limit of five submissions per author)
Poem length: 10 – 50 lines (limit of five subs per author)

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

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

Full page ads are available at $10 per ad.
Please contact Nina@SirensCallPublications.com for advertising information.

Please visit our web site for further details and guidelines: www.SirensCallPub.com

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RELEASE: The Sirens Call eZine Spring 2022 Edition – Issue 57 | FREE Online #Horror and #DarkFic #eZine #magazine @Sirens_Call

The Sirens Call

Spring 2022

The 57th issue of The Sirens Call comes in at 198 pages containing 143 pieces of dark fiction and horror in the form of short stories, flash fiction, micro fiction, and dark poetry with a sub-theme of bizarre fiction! This issue also features artist Bob Lizarraga who has shared 12 pieces of his artwork with us; a spotlights podcast feature for The Horror Collector, Terry M. West; and our featured author, Armand Rosamilia, who has kindly offered an excerpt from his novella, Trapped.  

Come grab a copy and don’t be shy about sharing it! No sign-up required, no tricks when you get there, just a free Zine packed full of incredibly talented writers and artists!

Click on the cover for your #FREE download!

Visit the web site to check out the other free issues of The Sirens Call!
www.sirenscallpub.com

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: The Sirens Call — Spring 2022 – Issue #57 @Sirens_Call

Submissions for the 57th issue of The Sirens Call, featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry are closed.

Sirens Call Publications would like to thank all of the authors and artists who submitted their work for consideration. We’ll be in touch as soon as we can with our decisions.

If you are looking for Ad space, please contact Nina at Nina@SirensCallPublications.com for details.

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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: Deep in the Woods #horror #darkfiction #anthology @Sirens_Call

Submissions for Deep in the Woods are closed.

Sirens Call Publications would like to thank all of the authors who submitted their work for consideration. We’ll be in touch as soon as we can with our decisions.

OPEN Call for SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call – Spring 2022 – issue 57 | #Horror #DarkFiction #Zine #OpenCall #Reprints #fiction #stories #flash #poetry @Sirens_Call

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Spring 2022

Spring will be here before you know it, and so will our Spring 2022 Zine!

For the fifty-seventh issue of The Sirens Call Zine, we’re looking for horrifying and well-constructed tales of horror and dark fiction. This issue also has a sub-theme of bizarre horror. So if there is something a little quirky and off-beat rattling around in your coffers, feel free to send it in for this issue.

We’ll be accepting short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and poetry that fit within the horror/dark fiction genre. We welcome reprints as long as you hold the copyright to the piece.

The basic rules:

  • Write the piece well.
  • It must be primarily horror/dark fiction oriented and contain a death.
  • No pieces containing coronavirus/covid-19 references will be accepted.
  • Don’t break our set-in-stone taboos – NO pedophilia, NO bestiality, and NO descriptive rape scenarios.

Be creative, be morbid, be vicious, be clever, and, most of all, write about death! If your piece fits our criteria, we’ll offer it up to our readership of approximately 35,000


REPRINTS ARE WELCOME!

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022

Circulation: Approximately 35,000

Short story word count: 1,000 – 2,500 (limit of one submission per author)
Flash fiction word count: 500 – 999 (limit of one submission per author)
Short flash fiction word count: 101 – 499 (limit of three submissions per author)
Micro fiction word count: 50 – 99 (limit of three submissions per author)
Drabbles: 100 word prose (limit of five submissions per author)
Poem length: 10 – 50 lines (limit of five subs per author)

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

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

Full page ads are available at $10 per ad.
Please contact Nina@SirensCallPublications.com for advertising information.

Please visit our web site for further details and guidelines: www.SirensCallPub.com

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