It’s a better day now, thanks to a story acceptance. Apokrupha’s taking my 499-word flash, “Rip”, for their Vignettes from the End of the World anthology. I wrote the story in response to their submission call, so I’m happy they’re buying it.
Apokrupha also publishes LampLight, a quarterly magazine of dark fiction which features a diverse array of quiet horror. The second issue of Volume 2 came out last fall. Check out the Apokrupha website. You can get a free issue of LampLight. That’s how I got hooked. Yeah, the first one’s free…. heh heh heh.
Take the time to look at what Apokrupha’s doing if you want to submit here. Their anthologies each have a distinctive flavor, and LampLight excludes a few overused horror characters. As always, read the guidelines and the magazine before submitting to save your time and theirs.
For lengthier chills, you may need a copy of their collection, Four Sleepless Nights, novellas by Gerald C. Matics, Michele Mixell, G. N. Braun, and William Meikle.
Their Fur & Fang monster sex anthology came out while I wasn’t looking. My psyche didn’t cough up a story before the deadline on that one, yet reading that submission call probably resulted in a nastier story for Vignettes From the End of the World than I might otherwise have written. It’s a nasty apocalypse. I could blame or credit early exposure to horror comics, many years of savoring Heavy Metal magazine, and no doubt my own dirty mind for the results. I hope some of you will check it out and like it.
Update: Proofs arrived from Apokrupha for Vignettes. I’ll announce when the anthology comes out.