Full Moon

Pen of the Damned

Rebecca pulled the heavy bolt across the front door. Picking up a lantern, she made her way to the kitchen. On the table, she pushed the pile of cutlery to one side and picked up the pistol. It was heavy in her hand. She could barely lift it. Was it the weight or fear that made her hand shake as she practiced aiming it? Maybe it was a mixture of both. She picked up a bullet and put it in her pocket. It was a conscious decision of hers not to load the gun at that moment, as if not doing so would delay the inevitable.

She breathed in long and deep to steady her nerves and made her way upstairs. Retrieving the round of ammunition from her dress she rolled it between her fingers. It glistened in the light of the lantern, and she paused, marveling at its beauty…

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: OPEN Call for SUBMISSIONS: The Sirens Call – Summer 2023 – issue 62 | #Horror #DarkFiction #Zine #OpenCall #Reprints #fiction #stories #flash #poetry @Sirens_Call

The Sirens Song


Summer 2023

The Deadline for Submissions to the Summer issue has been extended until May 31st!

Who doesn’t love a little fun under the summer sun? But what if we aren’t the only thing that wants to romp in the warmer weather?

This 62nd issue of The Sirens Call has a sub-theme of Local Legends. Not just any kind of legend, we’re talking cryptid lore! We’d prefer that you create your own hometown beastie and leave the well-known ones alone, but if you feel your story is strong enough to compete with originality, feel free to adopt your well-known local cryptid and take them out for a joyride. As always, the pieces must be horror or dark fiction – no Harry and the Hendersons stories, please. We’ve seen the movie and enjoyed it, but it’s not our cup of publishing goo.

Beyond this issue’s sub-theme, we’re always looking for…

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OPEN Call for Anthology SUBMISSIONS: ENCOUNTERED Alien Horror | #Horror #DarkFiction #anthology #alien #OpenCall #fiction #submission #story @Sirens_Call

The Sirens Song


SUBMISSIONS OPEN May 5, 2021 – June 30, 2023

This is a call for Alien Horror. Make your story brutal, vicious, or scary as all hell!

Make sure there is at least one human and one alien involved. Beyond our don’ts listed below, go for it!

· No graphic rape scenarios will be accepted.

· No stories containing bestiality or pedophilia will be accepted.

· No happy endings. Cliffhangers are acceptable.

· This is a Horror call, not Science Fiction.


· Word count: 2,000 – 3,000 words

· Payment: $15 per story

· Best story gains a $50 bonus!

· Deadline: June 30, 2023







All submissions MUST be sent to Submissions@SirensCallPublications.com

For more information and formatting instructions,

please visit our Open Submissions page on our website.

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