"For me, horror is that which reaches into the soul, unlocks the darkest
secrets within, and forces you to stare not only into the depths of those
secrets, but into the abyss that is left behind." Alex Scully
Alex Scully is my Woman In Horror today! Alex is the senior editor at Firbolg Publishing. She has been a fan of horror for as long as she can remember, cutting her teeth on Dracula, Frankenstein, Poe and many other masters of old. She is a huge Gothic fan and wishes to not only connect with the past, but to capture the Gothic spirit in the new authors presenting their contributions.
Alex started up Firbolg Publishing so there would be a place where the Gothic past meets the present in the pages of the anthologies.
"Each of the themed collections features old masters and new voices, all in the Gothic tradition. Psychological fear, ghosts, supernatural events, dark shadows, the edge of insanity… you will find them all here at Firbolg. Welcome… and Enter at your own risk!" Alex Scully
Enter At Your Own Risk is the newest anthology on the horizon. I have included the submission information below. Alex asked if I was interested in submitting to this great tome to be published in September, and even though I am not particularly a Gothic author, I am intrigued with the premise and will submit. This should prove to be a lot of fun! I only hope I meet her expectations.
Blazing Devil that I am, I stole this information off the Firbolg blog. Please don't shoot me, Alex!
Enter At Your Own Risk: Dark Muses, Spoken Silences
SEEKING SUBMISSIONSFirbolg Publishing has decided to add one more stunning Gothic story to our latest anthology! We are seeking authors interested in a truly challenging writing project.
The latest Enter At Your Own Risk collection is a radical look at differing points of view. Every story has a protagonist. However, every story also has a cast of secondary characters to round out the narrative and themes. Below you will see a list of the stories we are offering and the fascinating look into the perspectives of some of those secondary characters. Interested in a challenge? We are adding one more Gothic master to our list!
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous Gothic dark fiction writers of all time. In his infamous story “The Black Cat,” we descend into a madman’s fears and paranoia. But what of the other two characters in the tale? The cat and the narrator’s wife play very significant roles in this story, but we never hear directly from them. We want the stories from the cat and the wife. How did they see these horrific events? How did they feel as they watched the protagonist slip into madness? Choose one of Poe’s other characters and re-tell his terrible tale!
Deadline: 30 April
word count: 2000-7000K
Payment: $35 flat fee
We want the tone, atmosphere, and feel of the Gothic masters. Less gore/ blood and more fear/ suspense.
send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am looking forward to having my pages scream out with the fear and suspense Alex wants. C'mon, I know we have more of my readers that want to get involved with this!
Fires and Phantoms is well worth a read for all of you wanting to dabble your tootsies near the fire. This is different because of the gay themed Gothic adventure ride you'll be going along on, but there are great stories here, and I commend Alex for her devotion to equal rights. Just as I love to proclaim Women In Horror Month, some other talented authors are left out of the limelight because of bias and stupidity. Thank you, authors, and thank you, Alex for having true courage!