Arise! Spring Edition Submission Call

Sunrise MassThe light! It burns!

The dark days may linger but spring advances. The light will soon be upon us and we must be prepared. The time has come to seek themed stories for Edition 2 of Massacre Magazine. And what is it that we seek?

Resurrection

What can you dig up to make out bones tremble and our flesh creep?

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Let your mind wander to dark places and dark times – past, present…future. What we really want to see is imagination at work rather than the obvious.

If you have a new twist on an old theme or ancient myth, send it in, however… just one word of caution. Zombie stories are acceptable BUT they will have to be exceptional to be successful.

So, whether you’re breathing new life into the undead, or rising from the ashes, send us your submissions!

Fire treesDeadline for ‘resurrection’ themed stories and dark verse is: January 31st 2014 (midnight, GMT).

Word count for fiction: 500 – 10,000.

In the subject line of your email please put: RESURRECTION/YOUR NAME/TITLE OF YOUR WORK. For complete guidelines click HERE.

Publication

It is our aim to release Issue 2 with the resurrection theme around March 1st 2014. 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.

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Fearsome Flashers – Spring Contest

Spring 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 like a challenge? Can you write short and snappy horror? Why not enter our spring flash fiction contest? Take a look at the photograph below…

Swing

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, the macabre and mysterious.

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

Closing date is 31st January 2014. We will pick one winner who will receive a £15/$20 Amazon voucher and have their story published in Massacre Magazine. Our decision is final, any moaners will be mangled.

To see our previous winners, click HERE

Good luck!

Spring contest is now CLOSED. Look out for our new flash fiction contest, to be announced in Issue Two of Massacre Magazine – or sign up for our newsletter.

Look Out! Massacre Magazine is OUT

Human hand with blood

The wait is over. The first issue of our new horror magazine is now available on Amazon for your Kindle. If you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for free. Not a Kindle user? Worry ye not – the print edition is now available, too – click HERE for details!

But for those who do read on a Kindle, just open the pages of this first issue of Massacre Magazine and release a plague of darkness. Nearly 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.

To find out more about our authors, click HERE.

If you’d like to learn more about Massacre Publishing, gatecrash the party over at Catherine Cavendish‘s. We might toss you a fava bean.

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Massacre Winter Contest Winner: Hurrah for…

Firework MassacreMatt Harrah!

His entry Burning Questions is the winner of our first flash fiction contest and Matt receives the prize of an Amazon voucher. You will be able to read Matt’s winning story in the first edition of Massacre Magazine, due December 2013. We will also post the story on the website shortly after.

Some of the submissions were so good we decided we’d have to also choose a runner up, and we are pleased to announce Jake Sheridan takes that second place. His story will also appear in Massacre Magazine.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry. Some were very close indeed, so keep joining in and one day it could be you.

Thank you to all those who entered.

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Massacre – Now Open for Non-fiction Submissions

Keeping an eyeDo you keep an eye on all things horror? Do you think you have a unique viewpoint on the horror genre? If so, we want to hear from you

Whilst Massacre Magazine is primarily a fiction publication, we do seek excellent writing on all aspects of the horror genre.

Therefore we welcome unsolicited submissions, for publication in Massacre Magazine and/or on our website, dealing with horror in an entertaining and informative way.

Any subject may be considered if it relates to horror.

More details can be found HERE.

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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

Newgrange (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imbolc, Jack Frost

Imbolc, Jack Frost (Photo credit: t0msk)

General

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)

Publication

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