Slush Tips

It’s been only recently that we opened to submissions and we have received lots of short fiction and Monster Bytes. We thank you for your interest. However, we’ve got some easy tips that might help you leap out of the slush box.

Short Fiction

  1. Flash fiction: We buy flash fiction under 1000 words but barely receive any. Your odds are much higher of making it out of the slush if you send flash.
  2. Unusual setting: More than 80 per cent of everything we get is set in New England. Yes, we know Lovecraft was from Rhode Island, but we’d like different an unusual locales. It adds spice to the mixture.
  3. Historical fiction: The publisher and the editor in chief have a soft spot for good historical fiction. Most of what we get is Victorian, so other time periods are often unexplored.
  4. Fiction by and about minorities and women: We get a lot of Caucasian male protagonists. And we know Lovecraft wouldn’t have had a female Japanese lead, but we would. We are not interested in fiction that degrades women, minorities or children, such as “rape and revenge” or “childhood sexual abuse” plots (for women or men). We see too many of them, already.
  5. Not only horror: Most of what we receive is horror, but we will also purchase Lovecraftian parody, science fiction, dark fantasy, steampunk or heroic fantasy. Clark Ashton Smith’s Hyperborian stories, for example, are fantasy with a Lovecraft twist.
  6. Lovecraftian: We have an ample definition of what constitutes fiction inspired by Lovecraft, but straight murder stories or revenge pieces with no hint of the supernatural do not fall in this category.

Monster Bytes

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Reviews and Essays

We want reviewers! We’ve got people lined up for book reviews but we are also looking for speculative movie and TV reviewers. And essays on Lovecraftian stuff.

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