Before I start on this week's Friday Five, I'd like to say a belated thank you to the talented Jeremy at iZombie for the You Make Me Scream Award; it seems rather appropriate for today's topic, horror fiction.
Have you watched Aliens? There are several unforgettable lines of dialogue, but the following is something the LSO and I often say to each other at this time of year when we're returning home in the dark: "They mostly come out at night . . .mostly." So, driving home from our shopping trip on Tuesday, I decided that this week's Friday Five would concentrate on online horror and science fiction markets.
1. Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers is an online site 'for writers of thrillers, crime, horror and mystery stories to share their short story or flash fiction with others of a like mind.' Stories should be no longer than 2500 words and are submitted via email. Visit the website for full details.
2. The New Flesh accepts submissions of odd flash fiction. They want science fiction, horror, fantasy, and bizarro fiction. Stories 1000 words or less and are submitted via email. Visit the website for full details.
3. Flashes In The Dark serves up daily doses of horror flash fiction and is looking for well-written short, horror fiction under 1000 words. Submissions are made via email. Visit the website for full details.
4. Eaten Alive is a new site 'all about zombie fiction, whether it's from the zombie's or zombies' point of view or from those that are doing whatever it takes to survive. Starting in January 2011, a new story will appear every Monday and every Friday.' There haven't been any stories published yet, so I think this will be a wait and see what happens next site.
5. Dark Tales is not an online fiction market but I thought it was worth a mention. They accept horror, speculative fiction and dark fantasy, and anything that falls into the gaps between these genres. Psychological rather than gory horror is preferred. Stories should be no longer than 5000 words and submited as hard copies.
That is it for this week's Friday Five. In the mean time, what is your favourite line from a horror or science fiction movie?