Monthly Archives: September 2021

My Schedule of Spooky Fall Events

So the Halloween season is upon us, and I’m super excited that my schedule for the next month is filled with a bunch of very cool events. From panels to lectures to readings, you can catch me all over, celebrating the very best season of the year!

All of these events are online, because I’ve basically committed to the life of a pandemic hermit at this point. In fact, I might never stop being a hermit now. But hey, that also means you can attend, wherever you may roam!

Story Hour on Wednesday, September 29th at 10pm EST

This week kicks off my Halloween season of events with a late-night reading tonight! I’ll be featured alongside the supremely talented Premee Mohamad as part of the fabulous Story Hour event, hosted by Laura Blackwell and Daniel Marcus. This is such an amazing series, and I’m so honored to be part of it. You can find both the Zoom and the Facebook Live reading links here.

From Poe to the Present on Tuesday, October 12th at 6pm EST

Moderated by Corey Farrenkopf, this creepy horror panel is sponsored by the Sturgis Library! We’ll be talking all about Poe and lots of other genre goodies. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to call or email the Sturgis Library to get the Zoom link!

Grimm Tales at Fox Cities Book Festival on Saturday, October 16th at 10:30am EST

With the always amazing Sarah Read as moderator, this panel will be talking all about folklore and fairy tales. I can’t say enough how thrilled I am to be part of two different events this month sponsored by public libraries. I practically grew up at the library, and they’re seriously the best place ever. So if you want to hang out with us as we talk about horrifying fairy tales, register for the Zoom event here!

Horror Writing Lecture at the Massillon Museum on Thursday, October 21st

This lecture on horror writing is pretty exciting for me, because I’ll be lecturing alongside my horror-writing dad, John Kiste! This one is a Members Only event, but I can’t recommend becoming a member of the Massillon Museum enough. They do incredible work for the arts, so head on over to their site to learn more about them.

The Creative Quill on Saturday, October 23rd

And just a few days later, I’ll be doing another talk with my dear old dad, this time all about gothic horror. I don’t have a specific time for this one yet, but it will be sometime in the late afternoon. Feel free to sign up here!

Spooky Stories II on Wednesday, October 27th at 8pm EST

And finally, just a few days before Halloween, I’ve got one more super rad panel! Hosted by Russ Colchamiro, I’ll be joining Daniel Braum and Sarah Read, and the four of us will be talking all about horror! You can register for the panel here!

And those are my events for the next month! I believe there’s still one or two more that haven’t been officially announced yet, so I might be adding to this post down the road. But in the meantime, please check out these events and the awesome people hosting them. It’s such an honor to be involved with all these spooky goings-on!

Happy reading, and happy fall!

Awesome Autumn Fiction: Submission Roundup for September 2021

Welcome back for this month’s Submission Roundup! Plenty of awesome writing opportunities for the month of September, so if you’ve got a story looking for a home, one of these markets might be a perfect fit.

But first, a disclaimer: I’m not a representative for any of these markets; I’m merely spreading the word. Please direct your questions to their respective editors.

And with that, onward with September’s Submission Roundup!

Submission Roundup

Payment: .08/word for original fiction; $100/flat for short story reprints; $20/flat for flash fiction reprints
Length: up to 6,000 words
Deadline: September 13th, 2021
What They Want: Open to a wide range of horror fiction.
Find the details here

Payment: .01/word CAD ($25 minimum)
Length: 1,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: September 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to stylized speculative fiction on the theme of Botanicals.
Find the details here.

Mirror, Mirror
Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: October 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to a wide range of speculative fiction with the theme of mirrors and reflections.
Find the details here

Escape Pod
Payment: .08/word for original fiction; $100/flat for reprints
Length: 1,500 to 6,000 words for original fiction; 1,500 to 18,000 words for reprints
Deadline: October 31st, 2021
What They Want: Escape Pod is currently open to science fiction stories with the theme of joy.
Find the details here

It Calls from the Veil
Payment: .01/word CAD (up to $60) for original fiction; $15/flat for reprints
Length: 2,000 to 6,000 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2021
What They Want: Eerie River Publishing is seeking supernatural horror fiction.
Find the details here

Negative Space 2: A Return to Survival Horror
Payment: $50/flat
Length: 2,000 to 7,500 words
Deadline: October 31st, 2021
What They Want: Dark Peninsula Press is seeking short stories about survival horror, such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and The Mist.
Find the details here.

Payment: .06/word
Length: up to 5,100 words
Deadline: Open September 15th to November 15th, 2021
What They Want: Open to horror fiction from authors who have never made a pro sale before.
Find the details here

And finally, an early warning submission call!

Stories of the Eye
Payment: .02/word
Length: 2,500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: Open November 1st to November 30th, 2021
What They Want: Weirdpunk Books is currently seeking stories inspired by the relationships between artists and models.
Find the details here

Happy submitting!