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RELEASE: In the Blink of a Wicked Eye by Timothy C. Hobbs

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of Timothy C. Hobbs’ collection:

In the Blink of a Wicked Eye

InTheBlinkOfAWickedEye_TimothyCHobbs_front_coverThe short stories and flash fiction pieces offered in this unique collection, In the Blink of a Wicked Eye, tell tales of dark humor, horror, and melancholy.

In Fat, an overweight teenage boy will go to any length to lose weight for a cheerleader who is the apple-of-his-eye no matter how dangerous the consequences. Emissaries transports the reader to a far away planet whose inhabitants possess no souls and must harvest the lost and wandering spirits of others that pass by their corner of the universe. A woman discovers more than she would have hoped with a disfigured man in Constant Companion. The brutal post-nuclear world of desolate wandering survivors in Dissolution shows that even desperation for existence can have its moments of compassion amongst the horror of day-to-day existence.

Take a pinch of terror, a dash of dread, and a spoonful of horror; mix them all together, and you’ll cook up a feast of dark fiction that is certain to bring shudders, contemplation, a bit of laughter, and a taste of the macabre to all who dare sample them In the Blink of a Wicked Eye.

Available for purchase on:

Amazon:

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Timothy C. Hobbs is a retired medical technologist living in Robinson, Texas. He has had short stories and poems published in New Texas, an annual literary collection of Texas writers, a short story and flash fiction piece in Dark Tales, a U.K. publication, and a short story in spinetinglermag.com, an on-line Canadian magazine. His story Moon in Submergence was published in the 2013 Sirens Call Publications anthology FEAR: Of the Water. A flash fiction piece, Luna, is scheduled for publication in the spring 2014 edition of the Deep Water Literary Journal. His short story collection, Mothertrucker and Other Stories and a novel Veils were published through Publish America in 2008. His novels The Pumpkin Seed and Music Box Sonata, and a novella The Smell of Ginger, were published by Vamplit Publishing in the United Kingdom and recently republished by Visionary Press Collaborative. Netherworld Books in the United Kingdom published his novel Maiden Fair in 2013. His new novel Down in the Hollow There will be published in 2015 by Visionary Press Collaborative. Mr. Hobbs’ author page can be viewed at Amazon.com.

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OPEN SUBMISSION: The Sirens Call – Issue #20 – All Men, All Horror – ‘Screams in the Night’

As a follow-up to our WiHM issue in February, we are devoting issue #20 of The Sirens Call ezine to men in the horror industry. We’ll be accepting short stories, flash fiction, and a limited number of poems from men only for this issue.

The criteria:

Your submission must be a work of HORROR fiction revolving around the theme of ‘Screams in the Night’. A scream can be an ear piercing bleat of terror, the sound of tires screeching on a paved road, a mechanical sound made by a thundering machine, or even a distant cry of an unknown animal. Be creative, think outside of the box, but make sure your story of horror revolves around a scream.

The type of horror pieces we are looking for are psychological, monster/creature, ghost/haunting, alien/otherworldly, or just damn scary!

The type of horror we do NOT want are stories of abuse and revenge – revenge is acceptable if there is enough horror in it, but no ‘wife beater’ tales. And we’d prefer that you avoid stalker yarns with a ‘strangled cry’ at the end. This issue is meant to showcase the diversity of talent and ingenuity among men in the horror community, not reinforce industry stereotypes.

As a side note – this issue is not meant to compete with the WiHM issue, all due props to the women, it is a phenomenal issue and we couldn’t be happier. This issue is meant to shine a spotlight on the men in the horror world in equal measure as the previous one highlighted women. Fair is only fair, right?

Submission Deadline: April 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 (with a limit of five poems per author)

Drabbles: 100 words (requirement of three acceptable drabbles per author/limit of five submitted)

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

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

For full guidelines and submission details, please visit our website: http://www.SirensCallPublications.com

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OPEN SUBMISSION: Through Clouded Eyes: A Zombie’s View

We are looking for short stories of horror fiction told from the zombie’s point of view. We will consider different, intriguing, and creative spins on the multiple zombie mythos that currently exist. There are many fine zombie oriented anthologies already published, but we’re putting a spin on ours – at least 75% of the story must be told as the zombie from the zombie’s perspective.

We’re giving the undead a chance to tell their tale through your words!

We will not be accepting the following:

  • Fan fiction of any variety – no characters, names, places, or homage pieces.
  • Preexisting characterization from a story, novella, novel, or series you write.
  • Love stories (no matter how fantastic yours is) – this is a horror only anthology.

We encourage you to be as unique as you’d like and bring a new viewpoint to those who have suffered or perhaps sought ZOMBIFICATION!

If you have questions about the details for the call, please write to submissions@sirenscallpublications.com before beginning your piece.

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Submission Deadline: June 1, 2015 (midnight PST)

Word Count: minimum 4,000 words; maximum: 8,000 words (anything outside that range will be automatically rejected).

Payment: $25 per story selected for inclusion.

Copyright: First time worldwide copyright for a period of one year after publication.

Reprints will NOT be considered.

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

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Evaluation period: We expect to have the stories read and chosen within two months of the closing date. We strive to move through the decision making process as quickly and fairly as possible. If we find ourselves overwhelmed with submissions, we’ll contact the submitting authors to inform them of any delay.

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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: Mental Ward: Experiments

Submissions are now closed for the upcoming anthology titled Mental Ward: Experiments.

Sirens Call Publications would like to thank all the authors who submitted stories for consideration. Once all of the submissions have been read and final decisions made, we’ll be in touch.

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RELEASE: The Sirens Call – Issue #19 – ‘Whispers in the Dark’ Celebrating Women in Horror!

Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of The Sirens Call – Issue #19 featuring ‘Whispers in the Dark’ and celebrating Women in Horror!

With 125 pages full of fiction and poetry along with artwork from multiple artists, this issue features work either written or produced by women. Don’t forget to check out our interviews with Hannah Neurotica, the founder of Women in Horror Month, and Heidi lee Douglas, the writer and director of the gothic thriller Little Lamb.

The publication is #FREE to download so please pick up your copy!

Click on the cover to be taken to our website for the free download!

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SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: The Sirens Call – Issue #19 WiHRM – ‘Whispers in the Dark’

Submissions for the 19th issue of The Sirens Call featuring the talents of the ladies in honour of Women in Horror Recognition Month 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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OPEN SUBMISSION: The Sirens Call eZine – Issue #19 – Women in Horror Recognition Month “Whispers in the Dark”

For the third year in a row, we are dedicating our February issue of The Sirens Call eZine to Women in Horror Recognition Month. We’ll only be accepting short stories, flash fiction, and a limited number of poems from women for this issue. (GENTLEMEN, please see the last paragraph)

The criteria:

Your submission must be a work of HORROR fiction revolving around the theme of ‘Whispers in the Dark’. A whisper can be a spoken word, a breath on your neck, a faint stir of the breeze, or even the hint of a rouged cheek. Be creative; think outside the box for this one.

The type of horror pieces we are looking for are psychological, monster/creature, ghost/haunting, alien/otherworldly terror, or just a damn scary tale!

The type of horror we do NOT want are stories of abuse and revenge – just revenge is okay if there is enough horror in it, but no ‘wife beater’ tales for this one, please.

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Deadline: February 3, 2015

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 (requirement of three acceptable drabbles per author/limit of five submitted)

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

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

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As for our GENTLEMEN writers – you guys will have to sit this one out again, but we have a wonderful idea plucked from the ether and reserved for the April issue which will be solely for you this year. It’s not in competition with WiHM, but we do believe in fair play. And don’t bother asking what the theme is ahead of time because we’re not telling; we’re savoring the anticipation until the beginning of March!

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