Dark Valentine is a quarterly journal devoted entirely to dark fiction, which we define as any story in any genre that is disturbing, provocative, haunting, scary, dangerous, or any combination of those things. Think of classic stories like “The Mummy’s Paw,” “The Open Window,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Lady or the Tiger?” Think of Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,” William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” Harlan Ellison’ “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” J.D. Salinger’s “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” and Tanith Lee’s “Because Our Skins are Finer.” The world is a dangerous place, as full of shadows and moonlight as it is sun and blue sky. We want the stories that come from the dark places—words that sear and scar and bewitch and bedazzle. Words that are as dangerous to hear as they are to tell. Tell us a story.Dark ValentineUnited States
FICTION: Short stories in any genre so long as they fit under the overall heading of “dark.” Here are just a few genres we want to see: black humor, dark romance, urban fantasy, horror, mystery, SF, paranormal, dark fantasy, speculative, slipstream, surrealism, magical realism, lit fic, steampunk, splatterpunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk, and so forth. Surprise us with your take on a famous fairy tale or an urban legend.
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
|F ||Fiction||T to S ||Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word)