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Unnerving Magazine accepts short story submissions of horror and suspense. Generally leaning toward horror.

Sex, gore and violence are welcome in moderation. Action over emotion, every time.

Please no hard science fiction, sword and sorcery fantasy, romance, humor that isn’t sinister or literary works that venture so far into experimental that they become nonsense, no cop dramas unless hard boiled gumshoe, no fan fiction, no war stories, no stories where rape is the lead character's motivator, and no blatant rip-offs. No Lovecraft characters, locations, or wording.

Payment is 3¢/word for original fiction, 1¢/word reprint fiction, and $0.20 line for original poetry.

I ask for three months exclusivity from publication date and non-exclusive print-on-demand rights for five years.

Submit only one reprint and one original at a time, and no more. Submit in .docx or .doc. Double-spaced. No tabs. No extra spaces after periods. Please use common sense when formatting. Everything hard on the eyes will be rejected automatically. Give publication history of story if reprint.

Allow for up to 6 months to hear back before querying.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome (which means submitting to other publications, not sending me every story you've ever written).

Submit up to one original and one reprint. 

Payment by PayPal only within 30 days of publication.

If accepted, wait six issues to submit again. If rejected, try again if you feel like it.

Eddie Generous is the editor and makes all publishing decisions. 

Only stories from 1300-8,000 words will be considered. (FIRM! DO! NOT! ASK! TO! SUBMIT! OTHER! LENGTHS!)

Poetry minimum 12 lines and maximum 100 lines.

Send submissions to: .

 

In the subject line state something like: NAME/TITLE/LENGTH/ORIGINAL or REPRINT or POETRY.

REWIND OR DIE PITCHES 

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Want to write the next Rewind or Die novella?

Unnerving is now reading pitches, and I'd like to see some of the following horror themes:

Little monster invasion (think Ghoulies, Gremlins, Munchies, Critters)

Ocean/lake beast(s) (think Jaws, Anaconda, Orca, Piranha)

Evil/mad doctors (think Re-Animator, The Fly, The Brain)

Odd evil buddy (think Basket Case, Tammy and the T-Rex, Brain Damage)

Child cults/families (think Village of the Damned, Children of the Corn, The Brood)

Home siege (think Braindead/Dead Alive, Return of the Living Dead, Squirm)

 

Whip up the pitch (paragraph or two), list your social media links, add a short bio, attach a writing sample, and estimate a timeline from start to finish to have your manuscript ready. I’m most interested in novellas between 22,000 and 30,000 words. I'd like the stories to take place in Canada. Send queries to unnervingsubs@gmail.com

Please do not send manuscripts.

GALLERY OF GHOULS

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If you're like me, you write more than any small beans author could ever possibly sell and don't know what to do with all those tasty leftovers that simply HAD to be written, but didn't fit a call or a publisher's style.

Enter GALLERY OF GHOULS.

From each submitting author, I'm looking for 2-4 stories (firm) equaling 12,000-15,000 words of horror fiction (firm). DO NOT SEND SINGLE STORIES. Each anthology will include 3 authors, making the volumes around 40,000 words in length.

Payment: 20% of net profits from sales of the book. Yep, you're keeping your day job.

Uncollected fiction only (meaning not yet used in a personal collection).

5-year non-exclusive publication rights.

Send complete manuscript submissions to unnervingsubs@gmail.com in a Word compatible format. No PDFs. No Pasting into body of email.

Short queries should include bio and links to social media accounts. Books will include in-depth bio for each author but it's not necessary during submission process.

Writers of every stripe welcome to submit (except Right-Wingers and dickbirds). In most cases I will give you a yes or no on your submission within a couple months. No multiple submissions until a decision is made. Simultaneous submissions are fine.

Use the word GHOULS in the subject line.

REWIND OR DIE PITCHES 

OPEN SEP 15-30

Want to write the next Rewind or Die novella?

Unnerving is now reading pitches for the following horror themes:

Little monster invasion (think Ghoulies, Gremlins, Munchies, Critters)

Ocean/lake beast(s) (think Jaws, Anaconda, The Island, Orca, Piranha)

Evil/mad doctors (think Re-Animator, The Fly, The Brain)

Odd evil buddy (think Basket Case, Tammy and the T-Rex, Brain Damage)

Child cults/families (think Village of the Damned, Children of the Corn, The Brood)

Home siege (think Braindead/Dead Alive, Return of the Living Dead, Squirm)

 

Whip up the pitch (paragraph or two), list your social media links, add a short bio, attach a writing sample, and estimate a timeline from start to finish to have your manuscript ready. I’m most interested in novellas between 22,000 and 30,000 words. Stories must take place in Canada. Please only pitches relating to the above themes at this time. Send queries to unnervingsubs@gmail.com

Please do not send manuscripts.

CRIME SERIES PITCHES 

OPEN SEP 1-14

Coming soon, a suspenseful crime series of novellas…but first, authors need to write the stories.

 

The themes are fairly open (not interested in police procedurals, nor copaganda, even PIs are iffy, no cozy mysteries). I’d like to see something along the lines of the TV show Good Girls, violent road stories like The Hitchhiker and Dual, and dark family mysteries like Dark Places. I want stuff similar to what Lawrence Block writes (not so much the Scudder books), same for Donald Westlake (not so much the Parker books), Sara Gran’s Dope, Megan Abbott (particularly her first three), Joyce Carol Oates’ suspense stuff (think The Corn Maiden and Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang), sordid thrillers surrounding regular people, and so on. Stories must take place in Canada.


The finished products will need to be between 22,000 and 30,000 words in length. 50/50 net royalties split. No contract fees. 5-year publishing terms. 


Whip up the pitch (paragraph or two), list your social media links, add a short bio, attach a writing sample, and estimate a timeline from start to finish to have your manuscript ready. Send queries to unnervingsubs@gmail.com.


Please do not send manuscripts.

Use the word CRIME in subject line.

STANDALONE BOOK SUBMISSIONS

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MAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS

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SEE BELOW FOR PREFERRED FORMATTING FOR STANDALONE SUBMISSIONS

Preferred Query Letter Style for Standalone Submissions

 

Submit to: 

Subject line: Title/Name/Word Count

Example: Carrie/Stephen King/67,000 Words

 

Email:

 

<Salutation>

 

Brief synopsis of pertinent information of story submitted.

Example: Carrie White is a chubby loser with no friends, a religious-obsessive and abusive mother, and the gift of telekinesis—skills which she hones in quiet loneliness. A cool couple feels guilty for a prior transgression and attempt to integrate Carrie into high school society, unaware it will trigger a revenge plot against the girl. Embarrassed and enraged by the plot, Carrie uses her supernatural powers to destroy the high school society, town, and mother who have kept her down.

Top five writing credits.

Example: The Glass Floor – Startling Mystery Stories (Fall, 1967)

The Reaper’s Image – Startling Mystery Stories (Spring, 1969)

The Blue Air Compressor – Onan (January, 1971)

It Grows on You – Mashroots (Fall, 1973)

Nine short stories – Cavalier Magazine (1970-74)

 

Bio, maximum of one hundred fifty words.

Example: Stephen King teaches English at Hampden Academy and earned his English degree from University of Maine at Orono. His short stories have appeared in several journals, magazines, and periodicals. He lives in Maine with his wife and their children.

 

Links to your social media accounts and website (if you have one).

Not on social media? I probably won’t publish you. Selling indie books is a team effort.

Final note: Unnerving books do not include trigger warnings as the only logical route beyond normalizing this activity is weaponizing it against free speech. (If you think this is an exaggeration, consider horror comic history, and the voluntary decision to follow the Comics Code Authority rules.) If this is a deal breaker, do not submit to Unnerving.

Points to note prior to submitting:

-I consider THE LAWNMOWER MAN a crowning achievement of literature.

-I am not impressed by big words or complicated sentences.

-Suspense is a vitally important factor of what I'll print.

-Character depth is just as important.

-Humor is good.

-I am very easily bored.

-Don't open a story with the weather unless it's deadly.

-To quote Mighty Mickey Goldmill: "Speed is what ya need."