Leave a comment

GET YOUR MANUSCRIPTS READY!

GET THOSE MANUSCRIPTS READY AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE NEXT BLOODSHOT BOOKS OPEN CALL!!
 
What are we looking for? Original unpublished horror novels (or long novellas) for our 2020/2021 schedule. I am looking for 8-10 novels, but I’m only going to choose 2-3 novellas, so the bar will be very high for that format
 
SUBMISSION PERIOD: October 31st – December 31st, 2019. If needed, I will extend the deadline, but don’t expect it.
 
If you try to cut the line and send it early, I will return it and probably remember you as “that annoying person who can’t follow guidelines”
 
Whether you are a first-time author, or you have published dozens of novels already, we are interested in your original manuscripts.
DO NOT ASK ME ANY QUESTIONS WITHOUT READING THIS ENTIRE OPEN CALL FIRST. MULTIPLE TIMES, IF NECESSARY. IF YOU ASK ME ANYTHING THAT IS INCLUDED ALREADY, I WILL SIMPLY DIRECT YOU BACK TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
If your novel/novella is not finished, DO NOT submit it.
Length: 25K to 125K (with the sweet spot around 80K-90K). Please query for longer. I do have a soft spot for the fat horror books from the 80s (Think King’s IT or McCammon’s SWAN SONG), so it’s not a hard upper limit. Nothing shorter will be considered, though.
 
Manuscripts in the following subgenres will be favored, but we are willing consider other subjects:
• Creature horror (cryptids/multicultural myths especially interest us)
• Weird west/other historical horror
• Coming of Age Horror
• SciFi Horror
• Supernatural horror
• Apocalyptic TEOTWAWKI scenarios
• I will consider YA, but it will have to blow me away for me to choose it.
This open call is NOT for reprints. Until I decide otherwise, reprints will only be from solicited authors.
 
Submissions should be sent to petekahle@gmail.com with the following subject line:
“NOVEL SUBMISSION – (Title of your novel)”
• A very short cover letter introducing yourself in the body of the email. No more than a paragraph or two.
• The synopsis and word count of the novel
o By synopsis, I mean 100-200 words. I don’t want the entire plot. Present it as if I’m a customer reading the back copy of your novel.
• The first 3 chapters or ~5,000 words (whichever is greater) attached as a .DOC, .DOCX or .RTF file
 
WHAT ELSE?
• Simultaneous submissions are completely fine as long as you make me and the other presses aware of it.
• Gore is fine as long as is serves the plot.
• We do NOT accept:
o Gratuitous sex. I’m not a prude, but I don’t particularly enjoy it with my horror. Sex scenes are fine, but I personally think they belong more in what the industry calls “paranormal romance” or “dark fantasy”, genres which, frankly, annoy the hell out of me whenever somebody conflates them with Horror. Those genres are NOT horror in any shape or form. (Last open call someone submitted a story that began with 10 pages of a demon lesbian orgy. I’m sorry, but I’m not in the business of publishing people’s personal kinks)
o Multiple Submissions. Send me your best work.
o Any sort of fan fiction. Feel free to publish that on your blog.
Please make sure your manuscript is already edited for grammar and formatted correctly. If it is not in the correct format, I will return it to you and ask you to resend it once it has been corrected.
Don’t know the standard formatting guidelines? Bookmark this link and use it as your bible: http://www.marlyspearson.com/formatting_101.htm
 
PLEASE FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS TO THE LETTER
 
We are NOT looking for:
• Zombie novels. Sorry, but there are enough out there. We would prefer to explore new horrors.
• Sparkly vampires or fuzzy lycanthropes. Vampires and werewolves are fine, but we want bloodthirsty monsters that will rip their victims to pieces
• Serial Killer Fiction UNLESS there is a supernatural aspect to the plot
• What some people refer to as “Torture Porn”. It needs a PLOT that justifies the gore.
• Poetry
• Dark Fantasy/Supernatural Romance/Erotica – Pardon me while I vomit in the corner
• Collections (though I will consider publishing interconnected novellas)
Response Time: 90 days. Query if we take any longer. If I like what I’ve read so far, I will request the entire manuscript.
 
Payment: Royalty split and author copies (with the opportunity to buy more author copies at 50% of list price).
 
So, what are you waiting for?? Get working on those manuscripts now!
Advertisements
Leave a comment

Not Too Shabby…

2018 has been a great year for Bloodshot Books so far. With 5 releases out already, we have more on their way in the next several months, including:

Bloodshot Books Red Eye

 
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES by Rob Smales
THE SPECIAL by James Newman & Mark Steensland
KILLER CHRONICLES by Somer Canon
THE WINTER TREE by Mark Morris
WHAT SLEEPS BENEATH by John Quick
VICTORIA by Jason Parent
 
And in early 2019, we have books coming from Brian Fatah Steele, Elana Gomel, Chris DiLeo, Adam Millard, Tim Curran, and Ben Langley.
 
I also have plans to put out Volume 3 of Not Your Average Monster. O
ur next open call for novels will be in early June… and there’s a possibility that we may try our hand at a limited edition once a year for Halloween
 
Check out our current catalog on Amazon. All titles are available in trade paperback, Kindle and through the Kindle Unlimited program.
 
Leave a comment

Practitioners - Kindle
Skipper & Gilligan
Scooby & Shaggy
Thelma & Louise
Beavis & Butthead
… and now Hayward & Lacey!
 
Two of horror fiction’s up-and coming stars have melded their twisted minds to produce this nightmare designed specifially to keep you up at night jumping at the shadows.
 
You can get it in paperback, Kindle or borrow it with the Kindle Unlimited program at the following link.
 
Leave a comment

Holy Cow! I was on The Horror Show with Brian Keene!

height_250_horror-show-2

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on the site (because I basically live on Facebook and ) and I’m truly sorry about that, but here’s a treat from my 4 wonderful days at Necon.

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed last Saturday by horror luminaries Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni for The Horror Show podcast and it was truly amazing. They both were so gracious and made me quite comfortable the entire time. 

 
So, if you have about 45 minutes, listen to me babble about the future of Bloodshot Books, the influence of James Newman, my frequent attacks of imposter syndrome and various other random topics. 
 
Leave a comment

Enter The Goat Man!

TAMER -1563x2500At long last—after a couple of minor hiccups—TAMER ANIMALS by Justin M. Woodward, the first novel from last year’s Open Call is available for purchase, so… if you like coming of age tales… if you’re a fan of Richard Laymon… and if you like backwoods horror, this book was tailor made for you. Grab it in KINDLE or PAPERBACK


IT WAS JUST A CAMPING TRIP

Down by the old Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge, four high school friends only wanted to kick back, smoke some weed and forget about their problems for a day or two. Sure, there were stories that the area was haunted, but there was no way they were true.

IT WAS JUST A LOCAL LEGEND

Decades earlier, an old goat farmer had been murdered by the Klan, hung from a tree near the bridge solely because of the color of his skin. His body was never found. Since then, numerous sightings of a strange creature—half-man and half-goat—had been reported in the surrounding woods. He was called the Goatman.

IT WAS JUST THE WORST NIGHT OF THEIR LIVES

From the moment they arrived, strange noises echoed around them… a sense that they were being watched pervaded the campsite… and that was just the beginning. When one of them vanishes and a horned monstrosity pursues the others, it becomes clear that the legends are real.

…and the truth is so much more horrific than they could ever have imagined.

“Justin M. Woodward isn’t playing around–this is a terrifying descent into depravity.”
-Jeff Strand (Author of Sick House)

“Dark, twisted, and full of surprises.”
-Duncan Ralston (Author of WOOM and Salvage)

“Woodward is the kind of dick who invites himself into your nightmares, and Tamer Animals is the key he uses to open the door.”
-J. Z. Foster (Author of The Wicked Ones and Witch Hunter)

 

Leave a comment

Rise Up and Help Brian Keene

Horror author and philanthropist Brian Keene was burned in a freak accident today.
 He is currently in the hospital for severe 2nd degree burns on his arm and body. He was also burned on his face, but thankfully those were 1st degree.

Brian

 
Since he is a freelance author, he does not have health insurance and, as we all know, medical care in this country is FAR from cheap.
 
Stephen Kozeniewski has set up a GoFundMe page to help defray some of the costs. If you can help out, please head over there and donate whatever you can. Or you can share the page and spread the word.
 
Brian has generated tens of thousands of dollars for charity over the past few years (and frankly, I may be underestimating that amount). He’s one of the good guys. Let’s give back to him during this difficult time.
 
Or, another way people could help him would be to pick up one of his books. They’re pretty damned good. Check his catalog out HERE
Leave a comment

What do Still Waters Hide?

thumbnail_james-newmanttfilms

If you have an hour to spare today, head over to YouTube and check out STILL WATERS, an excellent indy horror project from Tacky Tie Films, directed by Rick Welch and written by Bloodshot Books’ very own James Newman.

- What Does Not Kill Me -

The official Richard Thomas website. Neo-noir, speculative fiction with a literary bent.

Together Let's Promote Horror

To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only Kendall Reviews...it's only Kendall Reviews...'

Brief Teacher Thoughts

...because in depth thoughts take too long.

Ink Heist

Genre fiction essays, reviews, and features on crime, horror, and SF

The Scary Reviews

Dedicated to Horror, Post Apocalyptic Fiction and Thrillers