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This one looks fun—and terrifying. Lycan Valley Press is looking for horror stories about specific phobias for its anthology The Pulp Horror Book of Phobias. Writers must choose a phobia from a list on the original call for submissions page. I am not duplicating the list here because it updates frequently.
This call pays $50 and a digital copy of the anthology for stories of 4,000 to 6,000 words. Deadline is July 31, but the call may close to submissions early.
A few details:
Phobias are defined as an irrational and extreme fear to something. Some of the most widely known phobias include arachnophobia, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, acrophobia, etc. Anything can be a phobia if it irrationally causes an intense and debilitating fear.
What happens when these irrational fears/phobias become reality? Make the fears and the horrors associated with that fear real. Take them from irrational to rational. Pick a phobia from the list below and take that fear to the next level. Make it come to life and give us a reason to be scared. Your characters don’t have to overcome their fears, but if they do, show us how. If they don’t, why not?
We don’t want characters sitting on a sofa in the psychiatrist’s office detailing their childhood or even characters with diagnosed phobias necessarily. Focus on the object of the phobia rather than the phobia itself as much as possible. We want you to make these phobias come to life in ways that will make readers sleep with the lights on, double check the locks on their doors and question reality. …
Find the complete, frequently updated call for submissions at The Crows In My Attic: The Pulp Horror Book of Phobias ~ Submissions Open.
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