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GHOSTLEY BOOKS considers submissions of Horror, Slipstream, Fabulism, Dark Fantasy, Cross-Genre, and related literature. This is a call for manuscripts–both novels and story collections. There should be something dark about your writing--ghosts are optional. Your story may be set in any era past, present, future, or imaginary. Traditional as well as experimental narratives and non-narratives considered. Evil should be depicted as counterfeit to a higher good.

Country of Publication

United States


Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Media

Electronic Publication Electronic Publication 
Print Publication Print Publication 

Fiction Closed

General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Slipstream.
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Slipstream, Weird Western.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Slipstream.
Mystery/Crime Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Slipstream, Weird Western.
Suspense/Thriller Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary, Mainstream.
Folklore/Mythology (Ghost stories), Other (May vary).
TypeLength Details
Story Collection Story Collection50,000 - 100,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Novel Novel50,000 - 100,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
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No monetary advance + Unknown royalties No monetary advance. Unknown royalties.
OK No OK NoText format submissions
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Last Updated: 29 Apr 2018
Date Added: 22 Jun 2017

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