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Shock Totem

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About

Shock Totem is a 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.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2008

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationUnknown publication frequency.
Print Publication Print PublicationUnknown publication frequency.

Fiction Closed

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 We consider original, unpublished stories within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc.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.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasySubgenres: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, excluding Sword & Sorcery.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, excluding Extreme Horror.
Mystery/Crime Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Suspense/Thriller Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 12,000 words.
Styles:

Dark.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.

Submissions:

Method: Electronic submissions.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Closed

This project has permanently closed to submissions in this category.

Poetry Closed

We're interested in dark poetry on a limited basis.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasySubgenres: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, excluding Sword & Sorcery.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, excluding Extreme Horror.
Mystery/Crime Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Suspense/Thriller Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Dark.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem).
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.

Submissions:

Method: Electronic submissions.
Reprints: Reprints are allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.


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Dates

Last Updated: 17 Aug 2020
Date Added: 26 Aug 2008

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