Friday, 14 January 2011

Friday Five: Horror and Science Fiction Markets

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?


  1. "He's dead, Jim." is a perennial favourite.

    "Anybody else want to negotiate?" from The Fifth Element is bandied frequently in our house.

  2. The one heard around our house a lot:

    Nuke'em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. (from Aliens)

  3. "Get away from her, you *bitch!*"

    Says fabulous Ripley to Alien Mum!

    And every bit of dialogue from Star Trek films 1-6!

    Awww thank you so so so so so much for these links!!! I must get writing, I must get writing, I must...!

    LOL! Take care

  4. Me again!! I got another quote!! LOL!

    "Flash, I love you! But we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!"

    Yay!!! Take care

  5. we got a few around my home from the "nbc's chuck" show...
    "Keep it in your pants Bartowski" and "Chuck Me"

    Films: About my Cats [hairballs, being bad, etc]
    Welcome to Fright Night, for real... Fright Night
    The Power Of Christ Compels You... Exorcist
    Welcome to Thunderdome... Mad Max III
    Zoinks Shaggy... Scooby Doo

    and mine:
    Don't go in there... every horror movie

    Great and Wonderful Site!
    Jeremy [iZombie]

  6. "Let the Wookie win" ... it's good advice for life, really.

  7. Here is a line from my favorite movie ever (it's not horror, but counts as sci fi)

    "Wait a minute Doc, Are you trying to tell me you made a time machine...out of a DeLorean?" ~Marty Mcfly

    I could quote this movie all day, but I'll leave it at that :)

  8. Oh, new sites!! And Aliens was awesome - Game over man, game over!
    I just watched the director's cut of Blade Runner last night. Forgot how great that movie is. Best line - "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die."

  9. Maria Ospenskaya to Lon Chaney Jr. in the original The Wolfman --"Even a man who's pure in heart and says his prayers by night can become a wolf when the wolf bane blooms and the moon is full and bright."

  10. ellie,

    i think a blog-a-thon of the top ten quotes
    from movies. this is fun to read these above...

    in fact how about we pick one person [actor] and give ten quotes from them only.

    maybe we can work on it together, i have no idea how to pull that off... but i would love to help and participate!

  11. "Do or do not. There is no try." Is my go to quote for everything in life. Dang Star Wars brilliance!

  12. Emily Bung: You haven't taken me out for ages
    Det Sgt. Bung: Don't exaggerate, we went out a couple of months ago, had a lovely time.
    Emily Bung: You call that lovely, my poor mother's funeral.
    Det Sgt. Bung: Well I enjoyed it!

    Valeria: Why don't we do what they did to your friend Dracula, drive a spike through his heart.
    Dr. Watt: No , I don't really feel like driving tonight.

    From Carry on Screaming.

  13. I don't even know what my favorite would be... probably something cheesy that would make me crack a smile even though the situation is tense.

  14. I don't know what my favourite would be. have an award at my blog.

  15. Margo Benson - "Are you out of your Vulcan mind?" or "Why does God need with a spaceship?"

    Maria Zannini - another classic line from Aliens. I've seen the film so many times I reckon I could take over one of the roles. LOL.

    Old Kitty - LOL. How about 'Jim... the statistical likelihood that our plan will succeed is less than 4.3%...' Ouch. Now that is bad odds!

    iZombie - so many fantastic films! Mad Max! I loved those films.

    brokenbiro - LOL. Yes. It seems to fit every situation. I'll try it at work today when a customer complains!

    Heather M. Gardner - LOL. Yes. It seems to fit every situation. I'll try it at work today when a customer complains!

    Abby Minard - Back to the Future. All three are classics. Did you ever watch Family Ties with M J Fox? I loved that series.

  16. Alex J. Cavanaugh - Bill Paxton's character in Aliens was hilarious. Aah . . .Bladerunner. Everything about that film is genius, from the script to soundtrack. I must watch it again!

    Gene - I've never seen Wolfman but I must get it. Thank you!

    iZombie - Ooo . . .fabulous idea! I'd love to do a blogfest with you. We could run it together and both have the linky on our blogs. I think it would be better to just have it as Top Ten Movie Quotes, rather than a particular actor. Should we do it in a particular genre (i.e. sci-fi) or do for any films? Also, I've done blogfests before, so I can sort out the linky. Do you want to do the blogfest button/image? Let me know what you think.

    I have a mad weekend workwise, so I won't be able to do start thinking about it until at least Monday. I'll drop you an email with ideas for a date etc then.

    Have an awesome weekend.

    Colene Murphy - brilliant quote to use in real life!

    DanPloy - LOL. All the Carry On films are a scream (excuse the pun)!

    Melissa - as they say, 'if you don't laugh you'll cry!'

    Rachna Chhabria - thank you!

  17. Oh Ellie; I love horror. I also like to try to write it. Awesome links I'm sure to check out.

    I don't have any direct quotes off the top of my head. But I've sure enjoyed reading the responses. I recognized many before the sited movies. So much fun.

    iZombie's idea sounds perfect; a horror/thriller quote blogfest. I hope you do it. Oh please, let me know if you do - just in case I don't get back for a while - so I can join and add it to my community events link in my side bar.

    Excuse me; I have to go start finding references in case you take up the challenge for the blogfest . .


  18. That is a great pic from izombie. Are you going to link it to a blogfest horror winner?
    Thanks for the links. I might very well follow those up. :O)

  19. I have used..."yeah, but its a dry heat" more times than I can count!!! :)

  20. Hm, not horror... nor particularly sci fi, but there's a line in Ghostbusters that always makes me grin:

    "Listen! Can you smell something?"

    And I have an award for you at my blog

  21. Donna Hole - iZombie and I are definitely going to host a film quote blogfest. I'll let you know when it will be soon!

    Madeleine - glad you liked iZombies award picture. I'm not sure if it his, though. I'll have to ask him!

    DL Hammons - LOL. Another classic!

    Misa - that is a funny line! Thank you for my award.

  22. I watch by peeking through my fingers.

  23. Nessa - I've been known to do that too. LOL.


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