Monsters are many things. They come in all forms, shapes and sizes: from to the tiny to the titanic; from amorphous blobs to many limbed (or tentacled) monstrosities; from supernatural demons to man-made terrors. They come from any place and time: from under the bed to the woodshed; from the icy wastes to the darkest jungles; from the depths of the ocean to outer space; from the past, the future, the now!
Many things. Any things.
We are looking for stories featuring monsters for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3: A Miscellany of Monsters to be edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards. To get a flavour of the type of writing we prefer, we suggest you check out volumes 1 and 2 of the series, available in print and eBook formats from Amazon and other sellers.
This is a loosely themed anthology. Just use that word – monster – and run with it. Avoid gratuitous sex, violence and gore. No overt religious themes. We are not fans of zombie stories, psychopathic killers, and we rather not see too many vampire tales.
Submit your story (3000-6000 words [+/- 10%]) to
during the submission window (1st January to 31st January 2021).
Do not submit anything before 1st January 2021 unless there is a specific reason and you ask beforehand.
We are not after reprints in the first instance. No multiple submissions. If you submit but subsequently your story is accepted elsewhere let us know as soon as possible.
Publication will be in the latter half of that year. We pay a one-off fee of 1p per word, plus a copy of the book.
Ensure your manuscript is formatted to the usual standard style (we are not prescriptive, but use an easy-to-read font [eg, Times], 11 or 12 point, at 1.5x or 2x spacing, etc). Include the title, your name, contact details and word count on the manuscript. Title the manuscript file with the story title and your name (for example: Wendigo Algernon Blackwood) to ensure your story isn’t misfiled by us (or worse, lost) and save as a Word or RTF document (not PDF). Send to us at the above email and address your email subject as Horrors 3 submission. We will acknowledge receipt. If you don’t receive a receipt withing two weeks please get back to us.