Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Shades of Fall, New Horror Movies, and Links

It's inevitable. Fall rolls around and photos of the changing foliage crop up everywhere. Yet, I have to add to it, because this is my favorite time of year. These photos are from the end of Gold Camp Road, which goes between Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek through the mountains.

I would have loved to have a deep blue sky for contrast, but a storm rolled in. The rain coming in the window felt magnificent, though!

Because it's October, I'm giving you a bonus link today. Here are a whoooooole lotta' brand spanking new horror movies for your viewing pleasure this month, some on VOD, some coming out in theaters by Halloween. GO OUT AND HORROR IT UP, PEOPLE! (And please note the spelling of that word...horror...don't blame me if you do something different.)

Okay, regular linky-links now.

Please bear in mind that I am not personally recommending any of these publications or contests. I simply pass along information I've come across. Always do your due diligence in researching publications before submitting to them. 

Accepting Submissions:

Writer's Market is open for pitches for articles to go in the 2016 Writer's Market. Deadline October 20. Pays competitive freelance rates, but doesn't discuss payment until a contract is being offered.

Fireside Fiction Company is open for submissions through October 31. They are really looking for flash right now, though they do have a few slots remaining for short stories. Flash is up to 1000 words, short fiction between 1500 and 4000 words. Pays 12.5 cents/word.

Fox and Raven Publishing is looking for speculative fiction short stories of 9500 to 13,000 words. Pays R1500 (South African currency--or $150.) Open for short fiction submissions year-round.

Cracked Eye, an imprint of The Other Publishing Company, is seeking short stories. 3000-6000 words. Open submissions; no deadline.

Contests: is seeking submissions that address domestic violence for the collection Stories of Resilience. Short story, personal essay, or poem. This is in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness in October. Deadline October 20. Up to 1500 words. First prize is $500.

Blue Table Press is holding their Summer to Remember Romance Contest. Deadline October 31. First prize is $100. 2500-5000 word short stories.

TU Books is holding their Second Annual New Visions Award. This is for MG or YA fantasy, sci-fi, or mystery by a writer of color. Winner gets $1000 and a contract. Author must live in the U.S. and cannot have been previously published. Deadline October 31.

Blog Stuff:

Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Stephen Tremp, Michael Di Gesu, and Diane Wolfe, the Survive and Thrive Blog Hop asks you to post about diseases that can be prevented or treated with early detection. October 20.

Susanna Leonard Hill is holding her 4th Annual Halloweensie Contest. She asks you to write a 100 word Halloween story for children that includes the words pumpkin, broomstick, and creak. Post between the 27th and 31st of October. There are a variety of prizes available. (Thanks to Stacy S. Jensen for passing this along!)

Patricia Lynne is hosting the Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop on October 31. Those who sign up will be giving away e-books like candy for your trick-or-treating pleasure. If you don't have a book to give away, by all means visit the folks involved so you can get some free e-books!

How are fall colors where you are? Do you go for an annual fall foliage drive? Plan on seeing any of the new horror movies? Any of these links appeal to you? Anything to share? Publishing news to share?

May you find your Muse.


John Wiswell said...

Annabelle has gotten such negative reviews that, as much as I enjoyed The Conjuring, I'm doubting I'll see it at the cinema. Still hopeful about V/H/S Viral, though! What are you looking forward to watching or reading this October?

I'm realizing most of my Horror consumption will be in print this year. I've got Lauren Beukes's The Shining Girls and John Lindqvist's Handling the Undead sitting here. I'm stoked to open them.

Catherine Stine said...

Very pretty fall foliage pix! And thanks for the horror flix recommendations. I love the fall Halloween ramp-up!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is absolutely stunning!
Thanks for mentioning the blogfest.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Hey, I've driven on that road. They had some new guard rails in this past summer compared to the previous year. It's a beautiful drive. We saw a longhorn sheep standing right beside the road on it. the trees are turning here. the colors are beautiful.

Andrew Leon said...

I'm now thinking it's kind of weird that fall is the season of horror.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing all the great links.

Susan Kane said...

Autumn is my absolute favorite season, but it doesn't last long enough. The trees in Colorado must be gorgeous.

Michelle Wallace said...

Those pics are GORGEOUS!
Thanks for the links too.

cleemckenzie said...

"Tis the season for beautiful color and spooky tales. I'm in for the Survive and Thrive and Patricia Lynne's Trick-or-Treat Hop.

Shannon Lawrence said...

John, I'll have to check out those two books and see what they are; I haven't heard of either. I'm looking forward to Horns, though I haven't read it yet. I like the horror anthology movies as much as I like the books, so also looking forward to the collections.

Catherine, I love it, too! I'm watching The Town That Dreaded Sundown as I catch up on blog stuff.

Alex, I'm happy to! I already know what I'll post about.

Susan, the sheep have so far hidden from me when we're on that road!

Andrew, true. You'd think it would make more sense in the parched seasons, so either winter or the middle of summer.

Susanne, no problem!

Susan, autumn is also my favorite. I love the sights, the smells, the fall holidays.

Michelle, thank you!

Lee, both reasons I love fall so much.