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April 18, 2017

Finished mocking up front cover art & layout for probably the first release of rebranded (and now my own!) publishing house, Dark Moon Books!:

Book 1 in a series, for the brilliant Steve Rasnic Tem --> EXPLORING DARK SHORT FICTION #1: A PRIMER TO STEVE RASNIC TEM

With commentary by Michael Arnzen, PhD and amazing interior illustrations by Michelle Prebich!

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Published on April 18, 2017 09:34 • 3 views

April 10, 2017

I’ve been compiling monthly reports of new or open markets for the Los Angeles chapter of Horror Writers Association for the past couple years.
Thought it might be beneficial to widen the audience by sharing this information publically for those who write fiction genre short stories, with a focus on horror.
These are some markets I find interesting, are currently open, and pay a minimum professional rate of five (5) cents per word:

April, 2017 Market Listings/ Notes


Midas Clutch: Tales of Opulent Horror  (edited by Steve Berman) 5 cents a wordStory Length: 4,000 – 14,000 wordsDeadline: January, 2018Reprints?: Possibly (pay at 2 cents/ word)Response: 4 monthsDescription: Weird and eerie stories of people consumed by wealth. Each tale must be suffused with the trappings of the well-to-do. Decadence should be paramount. However, we do not want these tales to be moralistic; we're celebrating those who can buy the finest things in life...they just happen to be the leads in a horror story. The better stories will incorporate status and wealth as both character traits and elements of the plot.

Unshattering (*New Market) 10 cents a wordStory Length: up to 4,500 wordsDeadline: None givenReprints?: NoResponse: UnknownDescription: Primarily looking for science fiction short stories that show us the way back to a livable future. While I expect that most will be science fiction, I am open to fantasy and literary fiction as well.

Fireside Fiction Company 12.5 cents a wordStory Length: up to 4,000 words (flash fiction preferred)Deadline: Open only April 16 – April 22, 2017Reprints?: NoResponse: UnknownDescription: To publish great speculative fiction storytelling, regardless of genre (ex. Neil Gaiman); unique voices.

Cicada Magazine YA literary/comics magazine – Puppets & Dolls issue 10 cents a wordStory Length: flash fiction up to 9,000 wordsDeadline: May 27, 2017 for current them; Open intermittently (and currently) for other non-themedReprints?: NoResponse: 3-6 monthsDescription: YA/teen stories about puppets/ dolls: Children’s toys, storytelling props, decoration, conduits for the supernatural. How do we pull one another’s strings to get what we want? How do we project our feelings onto one another? How can this harm a relationship?

sub-Q Magazine 6 cents a wordStory Length: 1,000 – 5,000 wordsDeadline: Currently open. Intermittent dates.Reprints?: NoResponse: 90 daysDescription: F/SF, horror, mystery, romance, and mash-up interactive fiction. Submitted works must include at least a detailed proposal for interactivity. We like beautiful, moving prose, but we also like pulpy fun! Don’t self-reject. Let us see what you’ve got!

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress, #32 (ed. Elisabeth Waters) 6 cents a wordStory Length: up to 9,000 wordsDeadline: Open from: April 24 – May 14, 2017Reprints?: NoResponse: 1 weekDescription: Stories should be the type generally referred to as “sword and sorcery” and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about!

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”
The Anatomy of Monsters, Volume 2 (edited by Robert Teun) $25 flatStory Length: 3,000 – 10,000 wordsDeadline: October 31, 2017Reprints?: NoResponse: unknownDescription: New takes on old monsters! Zombies, vampires, werewolves, all OK. Also open to more folklore horror, Witches! Baba Yaga! And many, many more! I prefer less splatter and more scare.

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Published on April 10, 2017 15:46 • 4 views

March 15, 2017

One of the first horror stories I ever wrote for publication (a whopping five years ago!) has come back around for a spectacular podcast reading… It’s almost embarrassing how much work seems to have gone into this theatrical-quality production, styled after the old radio dramas, with music, sound effects, and multiple character voice actors.

Listen to my tale, “Something in the Strawberry Fields,” as the opening episode of Manor House Show’s Season 3, here at:
Really well done, and thanks so much to MANOR HOUSE @manorhouseshow ; and the cast and technicians involved, including Project Entertainment Network @ProjectEntNet, Project Entertainment Network.
And thanks also for this amazing first review by @UnnervingMagazine, @UnnervingMag .
“Season 3 of the Manor House opens with a sinister tale of retribution by Eric J. Guignard titled Something in the Strawberry Fields. Listening, the story brought to mind a Scott Smith tale of devilish greenery, The Ruins. The plants are hungry and knowing, but beyond that (and the Spanish vibe) this story rolls into a yarn of its own…”


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Published on March 15, 2017 09:37 • 3 views

March 9, 2017

Cover Reveal by publisher for +HORROR LIBRARY+ VOLUME 6! Really proud, and can't wait to unveil this!

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Published on March 09, 2017 12:55 • 2 views

February 11, 2017

Brilliant Podcast reading of my story, "A Curse and a Kiss," (a horror reimagining of Beauty and the Beast) just went up! Thank you to narrator, Margaret Essex, and Scott Silk at Tales To Terrify --

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Published on February 11, 2017 08:40 • 5 views

January 28, 2017

Uploaded an interview with me to explain the Horror Writers Association during Grave Harvest Halloween Festival at The Hotel Fullerton (Fullerton, CA), October 2, 2016! Filming Credit by: All Things Haunted.

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Published on January 28, 2017 11:01 • 7 views

January 12, 2017

And here is the COVER ART REVEAL for my latest upcoming anthology, THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR!

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Published on January 12, 2017 08:16 • 21 views

January 10, 2017

Behold and tremble (in anticipation!), O horror short form fans!

Finished acquisitions and contracts for my next anthology, a reprint volume of the five human senses in horror: THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR

This includes the influence of horror and dark fantasy short fiction on the five human senses (interaction and relationship between imaginative horror perception and the senses) and how these insights can assist writers/ or how they’ve been used effectively by authors as inspiration within this form of writing.

Including study and commentary from psychologist, Erika Price, PhD; Psychology Instructor at Loyola University Chicago & Statistics/ Methods Consultant.

Including mind-numbingly gorgeous illustrations from artist, Nils Broß.

Including short story fiction:
·         Heading Home by Ramsey Campbell (sense of touch)·         Soft by Darrell Schweitzer (sense of touch)·         Feel the Noise by Lisa Morton (sense of touch)
·         In the Cave of the Delicate Singers by Lucy Taylor (sense of sound)·         Sounds by Kathryn Ptacek (sense of sound)·         Malleus, Incus, Stapes by Sarah Totton (sense of sound)
·         His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood by Poppy Z. Brite (sense of taste)·         Cassilago's Wife by Sarah Singleton (sense of taste)·         Sweet Subtleties by Lisa L. Hannett (sense of taste)
·         The Beholder by Richard Christian Matheson (sense of sight)·         In the Porches of My Ears by Norman Prentiss (sense of sight)·         The Impression of Craig Shee by David McGroarty (sense of sight)
·         Shem-el-Nessim: An Inspiration in Perfume by Chris Bell (sense of smell)·         The Scent by John F.D. Taff (sense of smell)·         The Odor of Violets by John Farris (sense of smell)
I’ll also be discussing this as part of the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon 2017!

THE FIVE SENSES OF HORROR —Estimated Release Date: April, 2017
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Published on January 10, 2017 09:46 • 3 views

December 28, 2016

For writers who are interested in such things, I use an electronic spreadsheet to track my submissions, which I built in Microsoft Excel 2007.

Tracking submissions is vital to any writer’s success, knowing where your work is/ has been submitted, published, paid, etc. You can track market info, response times, or really anything you find useful in your own endeavors.

I’m including downloadable files via Google Docs links for two versions of Excel submission trackers for anyone who would like assistance in this, to become—at least—a more “organized” writer! ;)

The first version is one that I built (Submission Tracker by Eric J. Guignard.xls) and the second is an easier alternative version created by NEON Magazine (Copy of Sample-Submissions-Tracker by NEON Magazine.xlsx).

For my version, just input the appropriate fields of information in each row (Title, where submitted, date, etc.) and also apply a numeral 1 in the corresponding column, whether the story is something you need to submit, or if’s been submitted and awaiting decision, or if accepted or rejected.

The 1 value in the first 4 columns will color-format the row for ease of viewing, and also is calculated into your submission statistics. When the submission changes (ex. From pending to accepted), just delete the “1” from the column and re-enter in a new column.

The columns can be sorted by market, story title, etc., and the statistics auto-calculate.

Besides my tracking spreadsheet, there are other resources available as well, listed here:

Use what works best for you!

Hope this helps, and holiday cheers,
Eric J. Guignard

Submission Tracker by Eric J. Guignard.xls:
Copy of Sample-Submissions-Tracker by NEON Magazine.xlsx:

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Published on December 28, 2016 09:07 • 3 views

December 19, 2016

Yes, thank you preemptively for the birthday wishes!

I’ve begun receiving messages asking what I’d like for a meaningful birthday gift—Waterford Crystal London Desktop Bar? 14-karat gold cufflinks shaped in Darth Vader’s head? A Virgin Oceanic submarine? Nay, I say to those trifles—It is Amazon reviews I covet most!

It’s a dreadful commentary that  the worth of indie authors is measured by 5-star reviews, but such is the state of current commerce. So here I post my annual gift list: In lieu of all else, please consider posting a brief and honest review on anything I’ve written, as found in the Amazon catalogue here: 
In addition, if you’d like to follow or join me elsewhere in social media, I’m at: 
Midnight cheers, and happy holidays all!

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Published on December 19, 2016 13:45 • 4 views