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Dark Valentine

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About

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.

Country of Publication

United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Closed

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.

Dates:
Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.
Audience:
Unknown
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Gothic, Magic Realism, Urban.
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Dark Fantasy, Retrofuturism.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural.
Mystery/Crime Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Romance RomanceOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cyberpunk, Retrofuturism.
Styles:
Dark.
Topics:
Unknown
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash Fiction500 - 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 5,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No No UnknownText format submissions
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Dates

Last Updated: 24 Aug 2020
Date Added: 05 Oct 2010

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