I bet some of you (okay, a few of you) were wondering about this. Sorry we didn't post earlier; we've been up to our neck in alligators (mostly figurative) this summer.
We need submissions for our annual collection of funny paranormal stories. Story must be funny (if it ends sadly with no hilarity, it's not for this anthology) and have supernatural/paranormal elements. Previous published stories include a murder in a halfway house for the undead, a Shriner who becomes a weregoat, and a therapist who wants the monster in the closet to come out.
Story length should be 2000-6000 words. If you sub something longer than that, it'd better be really funny. Our submission window is October 1st-November 30th, 2016. Please do not sub sooner because there's a 90% chance it won't get read till October anyway and could get buried under other emails. Publication of SF4 should be in spring 2017 (note the use of 'should' here).
For info on guidelines and payment, please go to our Guidelines and Payment page. Please look at the guidelines if this is your first time submitting to us. It makes our lives easier.
Long time no see! We haven't posted in a while, but it's not because we weren't hard at work.
We displayed our wares at the Wiregrass Barnes & Noble Local Author Event in May, and in June we helped present a Sisters in Crime event in Sarasota.
We also have an intern this summer, Darby, who is assisting us with with publications coming out later this year. Her help is especially welcome now, since Gwen and I are finishing up our first novel together. Expect more details and a cover reveal in the months to come.
I know, I know - screw that; when are we opening for submissions again? Well, we will be open for novel subs in October, but we're still discussing how many anthologies to publish this year. There's a lot on our plates. We'll keep you posted.
By now, you may be wondering what we're up to at MAHLLC. No posts in a month? What are you crazy people doing?
...but mostly, we've been working on the three anthologies that are due out by the end of the year. Yes, three anthologies. We have been working on History and Horror, Oh My! and History and Mystery, Oh My! plus an additional anthology we've been hiding under our flipped lids. The cover for the third book is in the works, but we'll be doing a reveal when the stars are right.
Looking forward to next year: we have several single-author books planned, including the sequel to Ha-Ha! Horror. Right now, we are only planning two anthologies for 2015. Information on these will be released as we solidify our schedule.
Sleep tight, and don't let the Daleks bite!
One of our submitting authors alerted us that Duotrope has listed our market as 'permanently closed to submissions'. Um... no. Well, we are closed to new submissions, but only for novel submissions and our 2014 anthologies. Heck, we JUST closed for our last two anthologies.
Later in the year, we will begin posting calls for our first 2015 anthologies. If you have suggestions for themes, we're happy to receive input.
Batty kisses, MAHLLC.
We are pleased to announce that we have drawn the winners for the free copies of Ha-Ha! Horror. One will be sent to Germany, the other to Florida. Oddly enough, the Florida fan was drawn by Monstermatt. Go figure...
Both winners have been notified and Monstermatt has their addresses. Congratulations!
In other news: since we became listed at Duotrope, we've received a number of novel submissions. This is great, but we're also plowing through subs for three different open anthologies at the moment. So.... we will close for novel subs on April 30th, Walpurgisnacht. We want the time to give our current novel subs a decent lookover.
IF WE ASKED YOU TO SEND US A FULL, we still want it. If you've subbed but haven't heard back yet, you are in the queue. Doesn't that sound British of us?
DON'T STOP SENDING US SHORT STORIES. We especially need more subs for History and Horror, Oh My! and History and Mystery, Oh My! We only opened for those last month.
Got it? Thanks!
Today, we're proudly showing off the front covers for History and Mystery, Oh My! and History and Horror, Oh My! We hope it gives you authors some inspiration and incentive for stories to submit! See our submissions page to learn themes and deadlines for each anthology.
Something else that we hope our authors will find pleasing: we cut the first two tiers of royalty rates, and will now pay 35% royalties for the first thousand books sold. This is an increase in payouts to authors, so we hope it will be a welcome change. The authors for stories in our anthologies will still be paid pro rata, but the slice will be bigger.
This change will start with Strangely Funny II and continue with History and Mystery, Oh My! and History and Horror, Oh My!. Keep sending those stories in - we love 'em.
This should get some keyboards out there tapping... the anthology is open for submissions till May 1st.
Our first 2014 anthology, Mardi Gras Murder, is already up at Amazon. Have no fear, authors, we have at least three more planned.
The first is Strangely Funny II, this year's collection of humorous paranormal stories. The guidelines are available on our Submissions page, and we hope to have the cover shortly.
The other two will be:
In this case, 'historical' means your story should be set in a time at least fifty years ago. You know how they're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles playing the Ed Sullivan show? Yeah, your story should be set during that time or before.
Let us not discuss members of the MAHLLC staff who qualify as historical under these standards... please. Just warm up those keyboards!
An anthology of mystery stories set during Mardi Gras. We expect the majority of the stories to be set in New Orleans, but it is not mandatory. The holiday, its celebration, and its depredations should set the stage. Paranormal elements (e.g. Louisiana Voodoo) are acceptable if they are appropriate to the traditional Mardi Gras locations and events.
We're seeking stories that are 2000 - 8000 words in length. Query about reprints. We will accept multiple submissions, but not simultaneous submissions. Open submission period: October 21, 2013 - January 5, 2014.
All contributors will receive a free trade paperback copy of the book, plus a $5 advance on royalties. Contributors will also be able to purchase more print copies at a 50% discount on the cover price. Please see our Guidelines and Payment page for further information on the rights we ask for and the compensation we offer.
August 1st is not only our release date for Strangely Funny, but also the day we open for subs to Undead of Winter! Mummies, Zombies, Vampires, Ghosts... if it's dead and still getting around, we're interested. Stories should be set in the winter months. Holiday stories are welcome but not mandatory. Think cold and bleak or brightly colored and crazy.
Please share this call with any author that might be interested in contributing.
Publisher's note: Mystery and Horror is a market that welcomes LBGTQ, multiethnic,multinational, nontraditional, and unusual fiction. We are concerned with well-written stories involving well-developed characters.
Mystery and Horror, LLC, is an indie press interested in what the name suggests.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org