Cemetery Dance 138


Cemetery Dance is the World Fantasy Award-winning magazine of horror, dark mystery, and suspense. Published three to four times a year, each issue is packed with 104 to 136 pages of short stories, articles, columns, interviews, news, and reviews! Over the last twenty-three years we've published authors such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Peter Straub, Charles Beaumont, Graham Masterton, Richard Laymon, Bentley Little, Michael Slade, Douglas Clegg, Jack Ketchum, William F. Nolan, Joe R. Lansdale, Poppy Z. Brite, Ronald Kelly, Rick Hautala, and hundreds of others, including the best new writers in the genre.
FICTION: Horror, dark mystery, and suspense short stories. We want tales that are powerful and emotional -- creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. Suspense/mystery/crime tales with a horror element are always welcome. Both supernatural and psychological stories are fine. Most common reasons for rejection are: lack of power, lack of originality, slow pacing, poor writing, boring themes. Read the magazine, see what type of fiction we are publishing -- don't submit with a blind eye!
NON-FICTION: Query first.

Cemetery DanceUnited States

Submission Periods

FTemporarily closed to fiction submissions. 
NTemporarily closed to non-fiction submissions. 

Genres, Styles & Subjects

HHorrorOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Cross-Genre, Psychological, Supernatural.
MMystery/CrimeOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Cross-Genre, Supernatural.
TSuspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most SubGenres, including: Cross-Genre, Psychological.
 Subjects:Open to all/most Subjects, including: Entertainment.

Types & Lengths

IInterviewno specific word count limits known
YEssayno specific word count limits known
FFlash Fictionup to 1000 words
SShort Story1000 - 5000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

PPrint PublicationPublished 6 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
FShort fictionP Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
NShort non-fictionP Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
FFiction OK No No OK
NNon-Fiction OK No No Unknown

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Date Added:
25 Jul 2005
Last Updated:
31 Oct 2014
Last Checked:
27 Feb 2015