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Shock Totem 217

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Shock Totem is a bi-annual dark fantasy and horror publication. Our first issue was published in July of 2009. We focus on the one thing that matters most: the story. Back to basics. Each issue features fiction that we, as readers, enjoy. Within our pages, new and established authors are equals.
FICTION: Your best! We consider original, unpublished stories within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc. But the stories must have a clear horror element.
NONFICTION: We want journalism, well-researched and emotionally compelling nonfiction about real horrors—disease, poverty, addiction, etc. We will also consider work on other, relative subjects within the confines of dark fantasy and horror.
POETRY: We're interested in dark poetry on a limited basis.

Shock TotemUnited States


F FantasySubgenres: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, excluding Sword & Sorcery.
H HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, excluding Extreme Horror.
M Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
T Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres.


Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics.

Types & Lengths

Narrative Nonfiction Narrative Nonfictionup to 5,000 words
Poem Poemno line limits known; up to 3 pieces
Flash Fiction Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 12,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency
P Print PublicationUnknown publication frequency


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionP Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word)
N Nonfiction? Unknown payment
P PoetryS Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem)

Submission Types

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  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No OK NoText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK No OK NoText format submissions
P Poetry OK No OK NoText format submissions

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Date Added:
26 Aug 2008
Last Updated:
02 Feb 2016