Get to know us. Seriously. Since 2011 James Ward Kirk Fiction has published dozens of themed anthologies, novels and single-author anthologies, from an international cast of exciting new authors as well as established names in the field.
So get to know us, for we have stories to tell and sights to show you. Accompany us on this journey into the horrific unknowns and the exploration of the outer –as well as the inner- darkness. Delve into the minds of serial killers, grave robbers and psychotic clowns and find out why your neighbor’s smile does not bode well.
Yes, do get to know us. We’ll make it easy for you. Just, literally, take this sampler. Get it as a real book at a rock bottom price or download it from any ebook retailer, for free.
Now the nights lengthen and invite you to sit or lie down to relax, with a good book. Enjoy -with that nice glass of Chianti- the stories in this Horror Sampler.
James Ward Kirk
James Ward Kirk Fiction Presents
Songs for the Raven
Publishe: April 3, 2013
The anthology will approach the human condition through horror from a literary standpoint. I’m looking for “horror literature.” Dictionary.com defines the human condition as “the positive and negative aspects of existence as a human being, esp. the inevitable events such as birth, childhood, adolescence, love, sex, reproduction, aging, and death” In other words, “The Human Condition” is about the fundamental issues of human existence. One of literature’s central concerns is to comment on these issues.
Payment is one contributor copy for short stories of at least 2000 words. To earn a contributor copy a poet must have five poems selected. Authors that choose to submit fiction less than 2000 words (flash fiction) must have two pieces selected, or a combination of flash fiction with a poem and/or art. For artists, at least three pieces must be selected to earn a contributor copy. Contributor copies will be sent about 65 days after publication. You can expect a ton of exposure. If you have any questions regarding payment, please query at the address below. I will work with contributors–I like happy people.
Short stories up to 5000 words and flash fiction up to 1,999 words. Poets: don’t let me get in your way, but I must have five poems for a contributor copy. Horror art will be included, and three subs are needed to earn a contributor copy. Black and white or grayscale is the best format, unless I can do color–that’s to be decided later.
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Word Count: 75,545
Cover art by William Cook
Woeful Woman by Ken Goldman
In His Head by Ken Goldman
In the Beginning!! by Rich Ort
Pretentious She...I Adore!
Lion All the Time!
The Poet's Deliberate Dream: Part 1
The Poet's Deliberate Dream: The Sequel
The Poet's Deliberate Dream Part Three: Untitled
Memento of Truth
Moments of You
The Human Element by Matthew Wilson
Infidelity by A. B. Stephens
Michael Lee Johnson
Leroy and His Love Affair
Lilly, Lonely Trailer Prostitute
Manic is the Dark Night
I’m the Shadow Shredder
Spirits of the Schizophrenic Dead
We Stand Accused
David S. Pointer
Sartre’s Freedom Fighters
Post Altar Fermentation
Dust Buster Ritual
Oak Ridge Area Case Worker
Kingdom Flagitious by Greg McWhorter
Thirteen by Mike Meroney
An Abstract of Measures by Greg McWhorter
A Comforting Though by Ken Goldman
The Temple of Sepia by Marija Elektra Rodriguez
Anomalous Perigee by William Cook
Danger to Society by Julienne Lee
Light by Greg McWhorter
Annalisa! by Scathe meic Beorh
The Burning of David Bailey by Scathe meic Beorh
The Witch in Albert’s Back Yard by Scathe meic Beorh
The Great Marbella Hutchins by Scathe meic Beorh
Master Pricklylegs by Mike Jensen
Bereft by Paula D. Ashe
Red in the Head by Timothy Frazier
The Gate by Julienne Lee
Straw Man by Steve Bates
Brunswick by Richard Farren Barber
The Wretched Blessed by Stephen McQuiggan
Lluvia cae . . . The Rain Is Falling by Amy K. Marshall
The Copper Oasis by Mike Jansen
Steel-Toed Boots by Rocky Alexander
‘Til Death Do Us Part by William Cook
Soulman by Chantal Noordeloos
Friends with Benefits by Vincenzo Bilof
Aspects of Infinityby William Cook
"TWO BIRDS" - Noir!, July 2012
"Synesthete" 2012 in 'What lies beneath' anthology ("An excellent story.")
"The Spirit of Pike Mountain" in DARK MOUNTAINS 2012
"If I Go To Hell: Nëse Shkoj Në Ferr" by Sami Gjoka (I would like to thank my english version editor: James Ward Kirk)
"The Rose Garden" in 'Shadow of the Unknown' anthology 2011 ("Lovecraftian")
"Pandora's Box" in the anthology SATIN BEAUTY (2012)
"The Barn" Eschatology: The Journal of Lovecraftian and Apocalyptic Fiction 2011
Murphy Edwards says:
JW Kirk has some interesting things to say and I enjoy his writing. As with most of my own works, it explores the dark elements of fiction that make horror edgy and tense. Great insight into the man and his work.
James Kirk has the ability to tap into the dark side of the human psyche in ways I couldn't possibly duplicate and choose not to examine too closely. It's been a pleasure to witness his growth as an artist. . --R.J. Sullivan, author of Haunting Blue