Various Clive Barker News…

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Hey guys,

I wanted to end the week with a couple of small Clive Barker news reports.

First off, Cemetery Dance Publications is putting out a anthology collection called Dark Screams which will feature the Clive Barker short story The Departed (aka Hermione and the Moon). The anthology is edited by Richard Chizmar and Brain James Freeman with cover art provided by Vincent Chong. Keep in mind if you’d like a copy they’re running out fast so make sure to get your order in. Details on that can be found in the link below at their official site:

And then there’s news of Clive Barker’s famous Books of Blood story The Midnight Meat Train being included in a new anthology by Oz Horror Con called Between the Tracks: Tales from the Train. Clive Barker fan Steven Dillon is putting this one together and the press release for this sounds wonderful! There are a few rules though.

Check it out!

We are delighted to be able to offer two anchor tales from Clive Barker & Ramsey Campbell

Deadline: October 31st, 2016. We’re offering payment of: 2¢ per word (AUD), plus contributor’s electronic copy. Providing we cover costs with the first run, contributors will receive one (1) copy of the paperback gratis, plus theoption to buy up to five (5) additional copies at publisher’s cost. Hardbacks will be produced if demand allows.

What’s HOT:

Oz Horror Con is seeking original thriller, suspense, dark fantasy or supernatural tales 3,000-5,000 words to be published in our forthcoming ‘Between the Tracks’ anthology, intended publication Q1 2017. “Between the Tracks” should give you some inspiration, but please be imaginative. We don’t want reprints (unless they’re amazing!) or cliched tropes, re-writes of movies plots or other published works. Don’t limit yourself to train tracks either. Think outside the tracks to deliver us something between the tracks.

Stories should be dark, and include a train or something similar – a tram, a cart, some other kind of vehicle that requires a track. Perhaps metaphorical tracks. Whatever track your mind takes, but it must be integral to the story. This will be targeted at a mature audience, but we’re not looking for sex fantasies… unless pivotal to the plot of course! For an example of the kind of story we love, read any of the stories from the editor Steve Dillon, at The Refuge Collection

What’s NOT:
We’re not after excessive gore, torture porn, rape, homophobia, racial or other bigotry or misogyny. You can be explicit with themes and language if required for the story to work, for as long as it’s required and not gratuitous. We prefer supernatural horror, creepy tales and suspenseful thrillers than a reliance on visceral horror.

Edition and Rights:

Between the Tracks will be published in electronic and paperback form in English – If there’s enough demand, we will put out a deluxe hardback. We are asking for exclusive, worldwide rights to your work for both electronic and print for six months. Payment: Payment is 2¢ per word (AUD) for new fiction, paid at publication, via PayPal only. If you do not have a PayPal account, please do not submit your work. Authors will receive one copy of the electronic version of the anthology.

Submission Procedures:

There is no cost to submit, and no complicated forms to fill in. Just submit your best story by email – Include a cover letter with a link to your author bio, and let us know something about your story – not a summary or a re-telling of the story, but what your story is really about – the story beneath the story – between the tracks – if you like. We are NOT accepting poetry. Please do not send poems. Poetry will be deleted without a response. No reprints. All stories should be in rich text format (.rtf) or Word (.doc or .docx) only.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but not multiple submissions, and please let us know if your story has been accepted elsewhere. Please send your best work only. Only one story from each author will be considered. If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, feel free to email your idea to us; or just go ahead and submit it and let us decide.

Deadline: October 31st, 2016 (or until the train is ready to leave…)

No release date has been announced but we’ll keep you informed as more news comes in.

via Clive Barker: Revelations Facebook, Cemetery Dance Publications, and Oz Horror Con.

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