The Gothic is the most enduring literary tradition in history but in recent years friendly ghosts and vegetarian vampires threaten its foundations. This will be a collection of short stories which revisit the core archetypes of the Gothic, the rambling, secret-filled building, the stranger seeking answers, the black-hearted tyrant, and reminds us not to embrace but to fear the darkness.
The focus of this anthology will be on fear and atmosphere, not horror or full out action, and will draw on the themes of the Gothic so if you’re not entirely familiar with them, the wikipedia entry is a good place to start.
Stories should be around 3,000-6,000 words. No reprints please.
They can be set in the modern world, they can be historic, fantastical, even set on a space ship (Alien is pure haunted house Gothic, until the guns come out) so there is a lot of scope for creative implementation of Gothic tropes.
Please send submissions as attachments in .doc or .rtf (not PDF) formats to stoneskinsubmit (at) gmail.com with a brief description of the story in the body of the email.
The subject line should read GOTHIC SUBMISSION – [title of your story]
Submissions will remain open until the end of April but the earlier the better. Payment for stories will be discussed upon acceptance.
We will endeavour to respond to all submissions but we will not be able to give editorial feedback to those who are unsuccessful. We look forward to reading your stories!