Fearsome Flashers – Summer Contest

Summer 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 summer flash fiction contest? Take a look at the photograph below…

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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 SUMMER CONTEST to the ‘Subject’ line.

Closing date is 30th April 2014. We will pick one winner who will receive a £15/$20 Amazon voucher and have their story published in the summer issue of Massacre Magazine. Our decision is final, any moaners will be mangled.

To see our previous winners, click HERE

Good luck!

Many thanks to The Horror Tree for their continuing support!

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Summer contest is now CLOSED – Look out for our next contest…

Coming Soon – Massacre Magazine Issue 2

Massacre Issue 2 CoverFrom the spring issue of Massacre Magazine spew thirteen dark and disturbing works of fiction.

Emerging from the shadows come two new Fearsome Flashers: Amdi Silvestri’s winning entry, Imprint, gives a possible glimpse of the future, and Dan Weatherer will forever change the way you look at your shadow with One and Free.

Our resurrection theme has raised The Gorgon’s Kiss from Stephanie Ellis and My Search For Perfection from Paul Holbrook. Anthony Crowley treats us to a new take on a classic theme with his poem Constructing Death.

In this issue’s author interview, Steve Emmett talks to Gary McMahon – author of The Concrete Grove trilogy, The Bones of You and many other novels and short stories.

To read these and eight other dark delights look out for Massacre Magazine, Issue 2, March 1st!

Massacre Spring Contest Winner: Leaving Its Mark On Us…

ImprintIMPRINT – by Amdi Silvestri!

Once again we had a rash of entries and it’s just chilling to see how many different stories one image can conjure.

Amdi receives the prize of an Amazon voucher for his winning entry and you will be able to read ‘Imprint’ in Issue 2 of Massacre Magazine in March.

Last time the decision was so close we chose a runner up – and we’ve done it again! Catch ‘One and Free’ by Dan Weatherer in the March issue.

Both stories will appear on the website shortly after the magazine’s release. Click on ‘Flash Fiction‘ to see previous winners. Perhaps YOU should have a go, too.

Take an early peek at the inspiration for Massacre’s Summer Fearsome Flashers’ contest in Issue 2 – coming soon!

Happy New Year From The Massacre Team!

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Happy New Year to all horror readers and writers (and everyone else who may be reading!)

And a big THANK YOU to our contributors and all those who have helped spread the word about Massacre Magazine. We’re looking forward to bringing a new year of new horror!

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Arise! Spring Edition Submission Call

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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?

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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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Look Out! Massacre Magazine is OUT

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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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Issue One – On Sale Soon

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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