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Welcome to Tales to Terrify, a horror fiction podcast that gets under your skin, lays eggs and hatches writhing baby horrors nursed on your darkest fears. We’re unique in our simplicity, bringing pure tales of terror to your ears audiobook-style – unadulterated and unadorned. Tales to Terrify is a volunteer-run fan podcast featuring short horror, dark fantasy, and other disturbing fiction. We greatly value diversity and inclusivity, and seek to publish fiction from writers of different races, religions, nationalities, physical or mental abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

Important: Length requirements may vary in different submission periods.

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Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Medium & Frequency

Audio Publication Audio PublicationPublished 52 x per year.

Fiction Open

We encourage you to challenge the definition of horror. Standard tropes and monsters are welcome, but give us your own unique take. Avoid the cliche and expected, unless as devices used purposefully and cleverly to further your story. Drag us deep into the unsettling atmosphere of a crumbling Gothic mansion. Show us the gritty, real-world horrors of evil people with dark intentions. Make our blood run cold and our breath catch in our throats as we’re hunted by ravenous creatures. Unhinge our minds with reality-bending, psychological horrors. Make us feel the pain and sorrow of a long-suffering spirit. We do our best to honour the diversity within the genre and you should, too. We want to be terrified by your concepts, by your implications, by your story’s possibilities. We want to read works that threaten to bleed into our reality and corrupt something as ordinary as a toaster. Anything is allowed as long as it’s well-conceived and well-written.

Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Dark, Literary, Mainstream.
Open to all/most Topics.
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 2,500 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words; Up to 2 pieces.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words; Up to 2 pieces.
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
No monetary payment to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) Pays occasionally, up to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word).
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Last Updated: 11 Mar 2020
Last Checked: 12 Mar 2020 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 18 Oct 2019 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 02 Oct 2012

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