It’s been a busy spring so far and I hope that continues. Not because I particularly like not having any time to myself, but because busy means that good work is being produced. I’ve finished a novel and thrown three different shorts out there for publication in the very near future. Stay tuned on that front. But today, kids, I’m not going to talk about me and my exciting projects. I know– shocker! Well, I suppose this one IS one of my exciting projects. Probably the MOST exciting project that I’m working on right now because this one is near and dear to my heart.
Recently, I was working on a story for another anthology call when this idea hit me like a ton of bricks! My husband and I were talking about said anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories and how the market is going to be so ripe for those right now. Both of us are avid Sherlockians and are very excited about the upswing, due to the release of the copyrights. We both expressed a desire to write a new and different sort of Sherlock story that hadn’t been seen before. Something horrific and bloody and paranormal. And then it hit me– do your own, Lexxx! So I managed to sweet talk my amazing publisher at Mocha Memoirs Press to let me put together an anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories that were specifically horror. The mystery should be paranormal and should NOT have the Scooby Doo moment. You know the one. The one where Holmes solves the mystery and pulls the mask off the ghoul only to find Old Mr. Frederickson underneath. No masked men, but actual vampires, ghosts, demons or elder gods.
So if you think that this might be something you’re interested in, CLICK on the tab marked “An Improbable Truth” to see the specifics on submissions. The short version is this:
Submission Window: April 1- July 1, 2015
Payment: Split Royalties + 1 contributor copy
Word Count: 3,000- 8,000 words
An Improbable Truth is looking for stories that set Holmes on a paranormal adventure. The settings may be any place and time from the original Victorian England all the way to modern day, future and any fantasy world in between (weird west, cyberpunk, steampunk, noir, Lovecraftian, dystopia). The only catch is that the stories must have a distinctly dark and paranormal edge. Push the envelope and let the mystery run wild. Ghosts, serial killers, vampires, zombies, monsters of all types are welcome. Keep in mind: if this book were on the shelf at your local bookshop, it would be in the HORROR section (sci-fi is great as long as it’s Aliens-type sci-fi and not Star Trek-type sci-fi).
…oh, and we are NOT looking for erotica. I don’t know why I felt I had to mention that, but well… there it is.
So that’s it! Get those creative juices flowing and pen me a story, Authors. Don’t worry– it can be your first time. We’ll be gentle. If you have any questions, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be glad to take a crack at it.