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Songs for the Raven

sftr-frontJames 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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Final ToC

Word Count: 75,545

Cover art by William Cook
Woeful Woman by Ken Goldman
In His Head by Ken Goldman


Rich Orth

In the Beginning!! by Rich Ort
Pretentious She...I Adore!
Lion All the Time!
Crafted Story!

Vincenzo 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

The Human Element by Matthew Wilson

David Frazier
The Veteran
Wicked Eyes
A Funeral
A Funeral

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
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

Kingdom Flagitious by Greg McWhorter

Thirteen by Mike Meroney

Flash Fiction
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

Short Stories
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


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