Contest: Fearsome Flashers Wanted

Winter contest is now CLOSED
Thank you for all your entries – the winner will be notified and announced as soon as we make our decision!

Do you want to flex your horror writing muscles? Do you like a challenge? Maybe you’ve never written flash fiction before…maybe you’ve never written anything before! Now’s the time to give it a try.

Here’s a photograph. Look closely. Look closer still (you should be able to click on it to enlarge it).

Bob Sleigh

Now write a story in no more than 250 words, drawing inspiration from the photo. Remember, we are looking for horror, the strange, the weird and worrisome.

When done, paste your story directly into the CONTACT form in the top menu. Please add WINTER CONTEST to the ‘Subject’ line.

Closing date is 31st October 2013. We will pick one winner who will receive a £10/$15 Amazon voucher and have their story published in Massacre Magazine. Our decision is final, any moaners will be put to the rack.

Winter contest is now CLOSED

Cold Calling – Winter Solstice Horror for Edition 1

If you want to be in the first issue of Massacre Magazine, look below. We are accepting general horror plus a special call for winter worriers. Any queries, just hit the CONTACT tab at the top.


Newgrange (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imbolc, Jack Frost

Imbolc, Jack Frost (Photo credit: t0msk)


Deadline for general submissions with any horror theme is October 15th 2013 (midnight, GMT). Submissions received AFTER this time will be considered for future editions. Click HERE for full submission guidelines.

Special Call

As the summer recedes and the days grow shorter…and darker…and colder, the longest night approaches. Massacre Magazine is looking for winter solstice themed stories for its first edition. Can your words chill Jack Frost to the bone? Will your demons drive an icicle through the heart of Krampus? Whether your story is about the longest night itself, rituals gone awry, Hell freezing over, or creatures that lurk beneath our frozen surface, we want to see it. Deadline for winter solstice themed stories is October 31st 2013 (midnight, GMT). Word count: 1000 – 5000. In the subject line of your email please put: SOLSTICE/YOUR NAME/TITLE OF YOUR WORK. For complete guidelines click HERE.

English: Winksley. A cold Winter solstice dawn...

English: Winksley. A cold Winter solstice dawn over Winksley, 1998. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


It is our aim to release Issue 1 with the winter solstice content around December 1st 2013. However, we are looking for great writing and if this means we have to extend that date we will do so. We will provide further information if you are accepted and before you sign a contract.


Issue One – On Sale Soon

Human hand with blood

All hope abandon, ye that enter here!

Open the pages of the first issue of Massacre Magazine and release a plague of darkness. Over thirty thousand carefully crafted words from some of today’s most promising horror writers. Bestselling author Rupert Smith talks about his first horror novel, GRIM, and the importance of community in tales of the mysterious and macabre. Matt Harrah asks Burning Questions in his flash fiction winner, and Jake Sheridan reveals what glides down mountains full of sin in his distinctive, The Voice. Marc E Fitch rolls up his sleeves for a bit of Savage Work. Talking of savage work, we have two very different twists on The Ripper theme in Paul Holbrook’s short story, Chain Me Not in Heaven, and a poem from Anthony Crowley. Jake Swan provides a warning to the desperate in There Are Worse Things Than Loneliness. Steve Emmett takes us to the German countryside in Head of the House, a simmering and atmospheric tale of sweet revenge. Sailing holidays will never be the same once you’ve visited Julia Kavan’s Safe Harbour, where reality and nightmare lap at the shore. Winter wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas story, but in Demon Darkling author Dana Wright provides more red than Santa’s suit. Our non-fiction contribution comes from Tracy Kuhn who takes exception to the theory that Horror is for Boys.

On sale in December!

Authors looking to submit, please click HERE