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Dark Sayings Of Old

by Scathe Uí Beorhdsoo

James Joyce wrote one of the greatest works of art the world has seen, but most of its relevance is rooted in Irish lore and culture. Edgar Allan Poe is often considered the father of the Horror genre, and his poetry resonates through history. If Joyce and Poe walked into a pub and wrote a book of poetry together, it would resemble the work of Scathe Uí Beorh. Make no mistake: Dark Sayings of Old is the compilation of Literary Horror poetry that academia and the genre have been waiting for.’

-- Vincenzo Bilof

Children and other Wicked Things

James Ward Kirk Fiction is proud to announce publication of Children & Other Wicked Things by Scathe meic Beorh. A child’s imagination is where horror is born. This collection of flash fiction, short stories and the novella “Pinprick” reminds us of the monsters under our beds, why the closet doors must be closed tight, and why children are not to be trusted. April M. Reign, author of The Dhellia Series, says, “Each story I read sent chills down my spine—if not because they were scary then because they were a familiar memory within my own childhood. I hung onto every word he wrote, stepped into the story itself and held on until the story ended. I loved it!”

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Splatterpunk Saints

JWK Splatterpunk Saints Anthology

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Ophelia in My Arms

Ophelia in My Arms

Oopheliafrontsmallphelia in My Arms: This is New Fantasy. This is New Horror. This is New Science Fiction. This is redirection and digression and, though difficult to locate, hope—but the kind of hope which looks up to the heavens for angels and finds them perched on the walls of old stone cathedrals.

--Scathe meic Beorh

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bones

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 Submissions for volume two open 01/01/2014

Bones II

 

There are bones of the dead everywhere, and they’re sharp. Under your feet as you walk across your yard, in the cement of buildings, under the foundation of your home, in the coffee you drink, in the food you eat. Science estimates 100 billion human beings have lived and died. There are bones everywhere. There are skeletons everywhere, from universities to unnamed places we really don’t want to know about. We love skeletons as we are walking skeletons. There’s an old phrase about skeletons in the closet. What if the skeleton in your closet is real? Hell, maybe you own a skull and it’s placed near your computer as your skeletal fingers press the keyboard. When we look at strangers, friends and family we fail to see the skull behind the face. And the eyes of skulls are dark and deep. Dig deep and give me a story about bones.

 

Word Counts:

 

Flash Fiction: up to 1,000 words

 

Poetry: any length

 

Short fiction: up to 5,000 words (Please query first for longer work)

 

 

 

Multiple Submissions: Yes

 

Simultaneous Submissions: Preferably not, but please include the fact that it is a simultaneous submission in your email and notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

 

Formatting:

 

Please use 12 pt. Georgia or Times New Roman, double spacing, no headers, footers, or page numbers. Please use Italics, not underlining.

 

All other formatting should follow Standard Manuscript Format guidelines found at http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

 

 

 

Acceptable File Formats:

 

*.doc * *.rtf: DO NOT SUBMIT IN DOCX. Yes, we were serious about the docx thing.

 

 

 

Artwork:

 

Artwork and high resolution photography should be submitted in the the following file format:

 

*.jpg.

 

 

 

Artwork and photography will appear in grayscale in the paperback. Digital versions of the book will be featured in color.

 

 

 

Send any questions about the formatting of your manuscript or artwork to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Submissions:

 

All submissions should be attached in an email to the appropriate editor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Subject line should read: ANTHOLOGY TITLE/YOUR NAME/TITLE/SUBMISSION TYPE

 

 

 

Please include email address in your email submission as well as a bio and word count.

 

 

 

Acceptances and rejections will go out as work is reviewed.

 

 

 

Submissions are open until anthology is filled... so get busy!

 

 

 

Payment: There will be two Editor’s Choice Awards for $25 each. Each Editor’s Choice Award winner will receive a free contributor paperback copy and $25. Cash award is payable via PayPal only and will be made approximately 65 days from publication of the anthology. "Editor’s Choice Award Winner" will be posted under the author's name where the piece is placed inside the anthology. All contributors will earn a free Kindle edition of the anthology.

 

If other forms of payment apply, they will be mentioned in the call for submissions.

 

 

 

Rights:

 

First Worldwide Anthology Rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world and electronic publication rights. All rights return to the author upon publication of the anthology.

 

Succulent Flesh

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Roger Cowin (1964) was born in New Castle, Indiana.  He has been working with the mentally ill for the past twenty-five years.  He began writing poetry and short stories in high school before deciding to concentrate on poetry.  His poetry is inspired by the wide expanses of the Mid-west and the inner landscape of its inhabitants.  Balancing between the absurd and the rational, Cowin attempts to make sense of the complexities of our modern world.  Equal amounts satire, anger and wry humor, Roger Cowin's poetry is both thought provoking and accessible to the general reader.

 

 

 

 

POEtry Girls

POETRY GIRLS TWO

 

"Rich Orth writes poetry from the deepest part of the soul."
-- April M. Reign, author of The Dhellia Series

 

"For the true essence of modern Gothic, Rich Orth's poetry
stands out as a dark exemplar."
-- William Cook, author of Blood Related.

 

"Orth's work explores the darker corners of an already dark world."
-- Murphy Edwards, author of Dead Lake.

Children and other wicked things

James Ward Kirk Fiction is proud to announce publication of Children & Other Wicked Things by Scathe meic Beorh. A child’s imagination is where horror is born. This collection of flash fiction, short stories and the novella “Pinprick” reminds us of the monsters under our beds, why the closet doors must be closed tight, and why children are not to be trusted. April M. Reign, author of The Dhellia Series, says, “Each story I read sent chills down my spine—if not because they were scary then because they were a familiar memory within my own childhood. I hung onto every word he wrote, stepped into the story itself and held on until the story ended. I loved it!”

Available on Amazon

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Serial Killers Tres Tria

After the success of Serial Killers Iterum, JWKfiction is proud to announce a third installment in the horrific Serial Killers series of anthologies. We are now open to receive submissions by new and established authors and artists for this deep dive into the twisted mirrors of our own minds, exposing subconscious desires and asking us if we, ourselves, may be as monstrous as the people we like to read about...

Brilliant cover art by William Cook

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Send Work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
with Serial Killers, author’s name, and title in the subject line—in that order. Work should be submitted double-spaced as a Word or RTF document. Please: no headers, footers or page numbers. Times New Roman or Georgia are preferred fonts. Art submitted should be high resolution grayscale.

Payment: There will be three Editor Choice Awards--poetry, fiction and art.  Each Editor Choice Award winner will receive a free contributor copy.  All contributors will earn a free Kindle edition of the anthology.

 

 

Corpus Delicti and Fresh Fear

 

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“This man is simply scary. There is both a clinical thoroughness and a heartfelt emotional thoroughness to his writing. He manages to shock as well as empathize, to scare as well as acclimatize, yet beneath it all is a well-read intelligence that demands to be engaged. I loved Blood Related. Ordinarily I hate serial killer stories, but William Cook won me over. He is a unique and innovative talent.” – Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Dog Days

 

 

 

FRESH FEAR: Contem­porary Horror is a collection of horror from some of the genre’s best writers of dark fiction. This collection has no central theme other than the ffrontstories’ ability to scare the hell out of the reader! Tales steeped in psychological horror sit alongside visions of strange worlds and inner landscapes drenched in blood. ‘Quiet horror’ sits comfortably next to more visceral portrayals of the monsters that lurk deep within the human heart. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famously once said, “where there is no imagination there is no horror” – the horror expressed by the authors in Fresh Fear show that imagination is indeed tantamount to excellent story-telling. Prepare yourself for 28 tales of terror-inducing fiction that will have you checking the locks on every door and window of your abode!

  • Scathe meic Beorh
  • Ramsey Campbell 
  • Lily Childs  
  • Lincoln Crisler  
  • Jack Dann  
  • Robert Dunbar  
  • Tomas A. Erb  
  • Brandon Ford  
  • Carole Gill  
  • Lindsey Beth Goddard   
  • J. F. Gonzalez  
  • Dane Hatchell  
  • E. A. Irwin  
  • Charlee Jacob  
  • K. Trap Jones  
  • Tim Jones  
  • Vada Katherine  
  • Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen  
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  • Shaun Meeks  
  • Adam Millard  
  • Christine Morgan  
  • Billie Sue Mosiman  
  • D.F. Noble  
  • Chantal Noordeloos  
  • W. H. Pugmire  
  • William Todd Rose  
  • Anna Taborska

Fresh Fear is an eclectic collection of the very best horror fiction from across the world. Dare you to read it! Switch the phone off, make yourself comfortable, and prepare for a trip to the darkest depths and most shadowed recesses of the human imagination.

 

Barnyard Horror

 

Barnyard Horror

What if pigs really could fly . . . with bloody snouts and a taste for human flesh? Or chickens developed a murderous hive-mind? And then there is Old McDonald and his brood of demented children. This anthology approaches horror from the scenic landscape of farms. What is really in that barn? What else gets plowed? Or planted? Barnyard Horror delivers a harvest of poetry, flash fiction, horror art and short stories not soon forgotten, even if the reader wants to do so.

 

Songs for The Raven

Songs for the Raven

“Songs for the Raven” investigates the human condition and establishes a literary approach to horror by bringing together stories and poetry that show us thoughtful perspectives of the painful truths that humanity tries to hide from itself, the deep, subconscious currents that run through our collective minds.

We express emotion in many ways, often caused by our mood, following established patterns handed down through generations and reinforced in the myriad literary works that we all read at one point in our lives. In many works these emotions seem manufactured, trite even, carefully constructed veils that distract us from the deeper feelings that life itself imparts.

This anthology examines those deeper emotions, tries to analyze the feelings through poetry and prose that digs deep into the human condition and that reflects the unsavory aspects of our very souls, bringing shadows to the light or shrouding them in even darker shadows.

For where there is light, there is shadow and the authors wonder, at all times, what lies beyond the shadow, what really drives and motivates their characters, uncovering the awkward and uncomfortable facts of our lives and our very existence.

Can anyone say they live life truthfully, guileless, free from the burden of little and bigger lies? The authors dare ask these questions and in the ensuing silence they tread on the delicate shards of broken souls, grinding them beneath their stone cold heels, hoping that the feeling will evoke emotions real and raw that spill forth like a song of bitter anguish.

And from the shadows, the raven observes, ponders, waits, listens to the songs, selecting the right moment to show painful, blinding truth

 

Authors

Table of Contents

POETRY

Rich Orth, Josette!
In The Beginning!!
Pretentious She . . . I Adore!
Lion All the Time!
Crafted Story!

Vincent Bilof
The Poet's Deliberate Dream: Part 1
The Poet's Deliberate Dream: The Sequel
The Poet's Deliberate Dream Part Three: Untitled
Poet's Discourse
Memento of Truth
Moments of You
Sonnet X

Matthew Wilson
The Human Element

David Frazier
Hungry
The Veteran
Wicked Eyes
A Funeral
Permanent Sleep

A. B. Stephens
Infidelity

Michael Lee Johnson
Prisoners of Mind and Soul
From My Grave
I Work My Mind like Planet Earth
Michigan City State Prison Poem
Leroy and His Love Affair
Lilly, Lonely Trailer Prostitute
Manic is the Dark Night
I’m the Shadow Shredder
Depression’s Darkness
Spirits of the Schizophrenic Dead

William Cook
We Stand Accused
Parabolic Dream
Blood Meal

David S. Pointer
Sartre’s Freedom Fighters
Post Altar Fermentation
Constitutional Rebirth
Dust Buster Ritual
Oak Ridge Area Case Worker

Ro McNulty
The Salt Garden

Greg McWhorter
Kingdom Flagitious

Mike Meroney
Thirteen

FLASH FICTION

Greg McWhorter, An Abstract of Measures
Ken Goldman, A Comforting Thought
Marija Elektra Rodriguez, The Temple of Sepia
William Cook, Anomalous Perigee
Julienne Lee, Danger to Society
A.A. Garrison, Life is Good
Greg McWhorter, Light
Scathe meic Beorh, Annalisa!
The Burning of David Bailey
The Witch in Albert’s Back Yard
The Great Marbella Hutchins

SHORT STORIES

Mike Jansen, Master Pricklylegs
Paula D. Ashe, Bereft
Timothy Frasier, Red on the Head
Julienne Lee, The Gate
Steve Bates, Straw Man
Richard Farren Barber, Brunswick
Stephen McQuiggan, The Wretched Blessed
Ro McNulty, Extinguishing the Flame
Amy K. Marshall, Lluvia cae . . . The Rain Is Falling
Rocky Alexander, Steel-Toed Boots
William Cook, ‘Til Death Do Us Part
Chantal Noordeloos, Soulman
Vincenzo Bilof, Friends with Benefits
William Cook, Aspects of Infinity

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