New Policy

From now on, I am not deciding which submissions will be published after thee glasses of Cabernet. I have had no problems yet and I intend not to make any.

Rural Fiction Magazine is now Accepting Submissions

Slattery Publishing’s latest endeavor, Rural Fiction Magazine (RFM), is now accepting submissions. Detailed guidelines can be found on RFM’s Submissions Page.

Rural Fiction Magazine (RFM) is seeking mainstream and/or literary fiction and poetry that explores the beauty and drama of rural life on both an emotional and intellectual level. That said, RFM is willing to look at any other genre (horror, fantasy, noir, mystery, thriller, adventure, etc.) so long as it has a rural setting and addresses topics or themes of interest to people in rural areas. For that matter, although RFM expects the vast majority of submissions to be set in the US, but we are not adverse to seeing works set in rural areas of other nations. Remember, this is going out over the Internet. People all over the world will be able to read the stories published here, be they from Canada, England, Mexico, Tahiti, Japan, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, or wherever.

For the foreseeable future, RFM will be a monthly, online-only magazine publishing on the first of each month. The deadline for submissions is one week before the publication date. Anything received after that will be considered for the next issue.

“You Can’t Mix Science Fiction and Horror!” Um, Yes, You CAN!

Good article worth reading.

Classically Educated

Guest columnist Richard H. Fay is back today, as he continues to give us his very personal view of genre fiction, which he has been a part of as a reader, writer and illustrator for decades.  You can read his blog here, and we also recommend checking out his Zazzle Store.  

One of the more ridiculous notions floating around in the science fiction writing world today is that you cannot mix genres, especially science fiction and horror. As it was once explained to me by an adherent of this notion, if something with the trappings of science fiction (like the movieAlien) elicits a sense of horror or dread, it is actually horror, not science fiction. What rot! Not only is this type of genre gatekeeping annoying as heck, it also neglects to acknowledge the reality of the situation.

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“Dramatic Short Story” A Film by Aleksandar Tomov

Cool short, dark film.

The Chamber Magazine

This is a touching, dramatic, and dark work that is well worth anyone’s time.


Alexandar Tomov Jr. is a Bulgarian freelance writer and film director who wants to expand his presence abroad. He is seeking film agents, directors, and people from the film industry from the West to evaluate his art, help with publicity, and distribute his movies abroad. He makes surreal and mystical cinema, expressing his ideas through symbolism. His films delve deep into the human subconscious, exploring hidden desires and feelings, solutions, and the strange ways by which they guide life. He also examines these themes in his short stories. He would also like to expand into advertising. He has unique and outstanding ideas on how to utilize promotion to result in increasing sales.


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Appearing in The Chamber September 24

Here’s what’s happening at The Chamber today.

The Chamber Magazine

New issues appear Fridays at 10:00 a.m. CDT/ 4:00 p.m. BST/ 8:30 p.m. IST/ 1:00 a.m. AEST (Saturdays).

“Laci Peterson Addresses Her Son Conner in the Courtroom” Dark Poetry by Paul David Adkins

Paul David Adkins lives in Northern NY. He served in the US Army from 1991-2013. Recently, he earned a MA in Writing and The Oral Tradition from The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT. He spends his days either counseling soldiers or teaching college students in a NY state correctional facility.

“Robert, Howard, and The Devil” Dark Supernatural Horror by Thomas White

Thomas White has a triple identity: speculative fiction writer, poet, and essayist. His poems, fiction, and essays have appeared in online and print literary journals and magazines in Australia, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He is also a Wiley-Blackwell Journal author who has contributed essays to various nonliterary journals on topics ranging from atheism…

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Book Trailer: “Zombies from Space…and Vampires”

This is a really cool video. It is much more than just a book trailer.

The Chamber Magazine

Long story short, I came across this book trailer on YouTube and thought I would have to share it. It is a fun and intense trailer. I don’t know anything about the book, as you see here, or about the author (Angela B. Chrysler), but it looks like it might be a fun read. In any case, turn up the volume, buckle up, take a shot, and get ready. Let me know if you would like to see more films and trailers like this.

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How an editor at a publisher acquires a book – by Christine Pride… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Nathan Bransford: Greetings writerly people! I’m so happy to be here in this great community my friend Nathan has built to offer semi-regular posts about the publishing industry. For the last two decades, I’ve worked as a book editor at various Big Five houses, as a freelance editor and ghostwriter, and in October will […]

How an editor at a publisher acquires a book – by Christine Pride… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Appearing in The Chamber on August 27

Here’s what’s going on over at The Chamber.

The Chamber Magazine

New issues appear Fridays at 10:00 a.m. CDT/ 4:00 p.m. BST/ 8:30 p.m. IST/ 1:00 a.m. AEST (Saturdays).

“Last Chance Cabin” Fiction by John Ryland

John Ryland has published work in Eldritch Journal, Otherwise Engaged, The Writer’s Magazine, Birmingham Arts Journal, Subterranean Blue, and others. His collection Southern Gothic and novel Souls Harbor are currently available on all major markets. His upcoming novel The Man with No Eyes, will be published by Moonshine Cove Press in March 2022.”

“Nocturnal” Poem by Todd Matson

Todd Matson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has written poetry for The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, has been published in Ariel Chart International Literary Journal, Bluepepper, and The Chamber Magazine, and has written lyrics for songs recorded by a number of contemporary Christian music artists.

“Seven Urns” Fiction by Hayden Sidun

Hayden Sidun is a high school student whose short…

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10 Short Stories with Great Dialogue That Aren’t “Hills Like White Elephants” — Literary Hub

Before you get excited: I have no problem with “Hills Like White Elephants.” In this classic story, Ernest Hemingway demonstrates a masterful, subtle use of dialogue—so much so that it has become, if not a totally clichéd, then at least a ubiquitous text in creative writing classrooms. I myself encountered it at least four times…

10 Short Stories with Great Dialogue That Aren’t “Hills Like White Elephants” — Literary Hub

Dorothy Parker is back in New York City—with a new and improved tombstone. — Literary Hub

54 years after her death, legendary author and wit Dorothy Parker’s cremated remains have finally been transported from Baltimore, where she was initially buried, to New York City, her primary home—and her tombstone has a new inscription. Parker was never based in Baltimore, but in her will, Parker left her entire estate to Martin Luther…

Dorothy Parker is back in New York City—with a new and improved tombstone. — Literary Hub

10 Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions NOW – Paying Markets – by Erica Verrillo… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Here are ten literary magazines currently open to submissions of speculative fiction and poetry. They are seeking a wide variety of subgenres: Cyberpunk, Steampunk, Dark Fantasy, Horror, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Myth, Folklore, Surrealism, Slipstream, and Weird Fiction. All of these are paying markets. Some accept reprints. None […]

10 Speculative Fiction Magazines Accepting Submissions NOW – Paying Markets – by Erica Verrillo… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

OPEN Call for SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call – Halloween 2021 – issue 55 | #Horror #DarkFiction #eZine #OpenCall #Reprints #fiction #stories #flash #poetry @Sirens_Call — The Sirens Song

#SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN: for the 55th issue of The Sirens Call eZine. We accept short #stories, #flash and micro #fiction, #drabbles, and #poetry that fit the #horror or #dark #fiction genre. Plus, this is the Halloween Issue, so let’s keep it creepy! #darkfic #flashfic #microfic visit sirenscallpub.com for details.

OPEN Call for SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call – Halloween 2021 – issue 55 | #Horror #DarkFiction #eZine #OpenCall #Reprints #fiction #stories #flash #poetry @Sirens_Call — The Sirens Song