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THE 2017 BLOODSHOT BOOKS OPEN CALL IS AROUND THE CORNER!

What are we looking for?  Original unpublished horror novels (or long novellas) for our mid-2018/early 2019 schedule

Submission Period: August 1-31, 2017.  It will be extended if needed.

  • If you try to cut the line and send it early, I will Bloodshot Books Red Eye - 150return it and probably remember you as “that annoying person who can’t follow guidelines”
  • Do not ask me any questions without reading this entire open call first.  Multiple times, if necessary. If you ask me anything that is listed below, I will simply direct you back to this page.
  • If your novel is not finished, DO NOT submit it.

Length: 30K to 120K. Please query for longer. Nothing shorter will be considered

Manuscripts in the following subgenres will be favored, but we are willing consider other subjects:

  • Coming of Age Horror
  • Creature horror (cryptids/multicultural myths especially interest us)
  • Scifi Horror
  • Supernatural horror
  • Apocalyptic TEOTWAWKI scenarios
  • Weird west/other historical horror

Whether you are a first-time author or you have published dozens of novels already, we are interested in your original manuscripts. This open call is not for my Second Sight imprint. Until I decide otherwise, that line of reprints will only be from solicited authors.

Submissions should be sent to petekahle@gmail.com with the following:

  • NOVEL SUBMISSION – Title of your novel in the subject line
  • A short cover letter introducing yourself in the body of the email
  • The synopsis and word count of the novel
  • The first 3 chapters or ~5,000 words (whichever is greater) attached as a .DOC, .DOCX or .RTF file

Simultaneous Submissions are allowed as long as you make us and the other presses aware of it.

We do NOT accept:

  • Multiple Submissions
  • Any sort of fan fiction

Please make sure your manuscript is 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? Go to this link and follow it to the letter: http://www.marlyspearson.com/formatting_101.htm

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
  • Dark Fantasy/Supernatural Romance – Pardon me while I vomit in the corner
  • Erotica – No thank you
  • Serial Killer Fiction UNLESS there is a supernatural aspect to the plot
  • What some people refer to as “Torture Porn”
    • Gore and adult themes are welcome, but they should serve the plot.
  • Poetry
  • Collections (though I will consider publishing interconnected novellas)
  • Young Adult Novels – Eventually we’ll publish books for a younger audience, but not yet.

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 those manuscripts ready!

p.s. – Short story writers, keep an eye out for another open call soon

 

 

 

 

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GET TOXIC!

THE BREEZE HORROR, the classic splatterpunk zombie Candace Author Pic - Colornovel by Candace Caponegro, has been reanimated and it is ready to rot your brains today. Get the infection on Amazon now!

Kindle: http://bit.ly/Br33z3
Trade Paperback: http://bit.ly/Br33z3PB

As with all titles from Bloodshot Books, it is also FREE to borrow if yBreeze Horror Cover - Kindleou have Kindle Unlimited.

Here’s the synopsis:

A NUCLEAR STORM POURS DOWN FROM THE HEAVENS

A global disaster strikes suddenly when the Space Shuttle explodes over the Atlantic seaboard, unleashing its toxic payload over thousands of miles. Millions flee. Millions more perish in the deluge . . . and they are the lucky ones. Those who do not die immediately after exposure soon sicken and succumb in horrific agony.

ON SEA BREEZE ISLAND, A PLAGUE OF UNDEATH REANIMATES THE FALLEN

Their minds still function, but their flesh continues to bloat and decay. Ostracized by the fortunate few who have escaped the radioactive rain and quarantined to the water’s edge, the “Beachers” are treated as inhuman monsters by family and friends; soon they will become as loathsome in behavior as they are in appearance.

For one particular survivor – a single mother named Sandy – the monster is very familiar. He will put her through a Hell beyond her darkest nightmares, but in order to protect her child, she will endure and do anything. Absolutely anything.

 

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This is kind of a BIG DEAL!

IT’S ANOTHER BLOODSHOT BOOKS ANNOUNCEMENT!
 
I’ve been sitting on this one a while….
 
A couple of months ago, I decided to approach a renowned UK author who has been writing in the horror genre for close to 3 decades. I wanted to see if he would be interested in reprinting a short novel of his that had only come out in limited edition 612mfHOPIaL._UX250_from Earthling Publications several years back.
 
In one of those truly serendipitous moments, when I went to his Facebook page, I saw a note that he had posted only a few hours earlier mentioning that he had recently found an unpublished manuscript of his that would have been his first published novel if the deal hadn’t fallen through. His subsequent novel went on to become a huge hit and, in my opinion, it’s a classic of the genre. In the aforementioned post, he mused whether anyone thought a small press would be interested in publishing the trunk novel.
 
Obviously, I messaged him saying, “ME, ME, ME!!!”
 
I think I’ve strung this announcement on long enough. The author in question is Mark Morris. He burst onto the scene with his novel TOADY (known as THE HORROR CLUB here in the US) and has since written numerous other novels such as STITCH, THE DELUGE, MR. BAD FACE, and most recently itsustains_lgTHE OBSIDIAN HEART Trilogy.
 
We have signed deals to reprint his novel IT SUSTAINS this autumn as well as the project he rediscovered, THE WINTER TREE, which will come out early 2018 with a cover designed by Vincent Chong
 
Along with this unearthed manuscript, Mark will also contribute an introduction and an afterword, detailing, among other topics, how it feels 30 years later to look at the raw words he wrote when he was but a wee lad in his early 20s.
 
This is going to be fun. 
 
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CALLING ALL ZOMBIE-LOVERS!

Breeze Horror Cover - Kindle
The Bloodshot Books edition of the cult splatterpunk novel, THE BREEZE HORROR by Candace Caponegro, is now up for pre-order on Amazon Kindle. It crawls from its grave on April 28th.
I promise you… you have never read a zombie novel like this before.
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Cover Reveal Time! WHITE DEATH by Christine Morgan

I’ve loved Christine Morgan‘s work ever since she submitted “Soft-Walker” for inclusion in the first volume of NOT YOUR AVERAGE MONSTER. If you haven’t read her stuff, you need to fix that situation ASAP. Not only does she write amazing historical horror, but she also is the twisted genius behind MURDER GIRLS, a twisted novel about co-ed serial killers with a generous dash of dark humor.
With her next book, she returns to the 19th Century with WHITE DEATH. Check out the synopsis below:
 
“Set during the Children’s Blizzard of 1888 in the small frontier settlement of Far Enough, Montana, the drastic weather brings down more than bitter wind and cold upon the hardy pioneers. Something else has come out of the storm, and the White Death Coverstakes for survival just got even higher.”
I knew that I wanted a cover with a weathered pulp paperback look, and one cover designer who excels at that old school vibe is Matthew Revert, so of course I contacted him.
He came up with the amazing design you see to your right.
Pretty badass, huh?
WHITE DEATH will hit the shelves this September.
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Beware THE BOULEVARD MONSTER!

Speaking fromthe-boulevard-monster-kindle-cover experience, there are few feelings that match the sight of your first book listed on author picAmazon (except perhaps receiving the first actual copy), so please join me in congratulating Jeremy Hepler with the birth of his bouncing baby horror novel, available now!

US Trade Paperback – http://bit.ly/BlvdPB

US Kindle – http://bit.ly/B0ulevard

UK Trade Paperback – http://bit.ly/BlvdUKpb

UK KIndle – http://bit.ly/B0ulevardUK

 

 

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Collings Notes – The Awakening

2016 Grand Master of Horror Michael Collings just posted a stellar review of Brett McBean‘s THE AWAKENING on his blog.  If you’ve never seen his reviews, you need to bookmark this site now.
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