The SINCERELY, SOV anthology deadline has been extended to August 1st, 2019. Submit your S.O.V. horror inspired stories and comics to psychedelic horror press at gmail dot com (no spaces)
SINCERELY, S.O.V.: a tribute to s.o.v. horror films
Woefully inept? Unbearably trashy? Unwatchable? Badly written? Over-acted? Hammy? Boring? Cheaply made? Redundant? Ridiculous? Goofy? Or…something more?
Since professional studios did not back these films, they didn’t have to pass through any conventional filters. The desire to make these films surpassed the limitations and obstacles, which rear their terrible serpent heads in: the seams.
Perhaps it’s THE SEAMS which is most interesting about these films. How, barely passably, did they achieve creature effects or kill sequences given their limitations in budget, actors, writing, and directing? What can we learn about the times, the creator’s lives, and forgotten class-struggles from bygone eras? What is the magical element present in these films which draws new audiences back to them despite their horrendously low ratings on IMDB?
The best of these films have something in common: sincerity—a sincerity to scare and shock and to create some simulacrum of believability in an artificial pulp world gone mad.
We are especially attracted to horror stories, novels, and films with grim settings. Think the lonely frozen outpost of The Thing, the terrible working conditions of King’s “Graveyard Shift,” the struggling writer of Ligotti’s “Alice’s Last Adventure,” or the jaded demiglaze over James Woods’ eyes in VIDEODROME.
Comic artists and writers are encouraged to submit. Experimentation and non-traditional approaches to storytelling are encouraged.
Deadline: June 1st, 2019. Token payment: 5 dollars and 5 contributor copies or 25 dollars and no contributor copies.
Submit to: psychedelichorrorpress at gmail dot com
Writer Length: 2k-4kish
Comic Artist Length: 5-20 pages of black and white sequential art
Psychedelic Horror Press is exclusively devoted to publishing a new genre entitled Psychedelic Horror.
We will publish only 1 lettered (26 copies) run of your book.
Your book will not be sold in bookstores or through online retailers. It will only be sold in our shop on Storenvy.
Your book will not be assigned an ISBN.
We will write the copyright sign and your name beside the year it is published, but we will not formally copyright it beyond that.
Length: 5,000-20,000 words
Please follow standard manuscript guidelines as outlined here.
We pay a flat rate of 50 dollars (USD) per accepted story or novella.
We ask for exclusive rights for 1 year. After this time, you may republish your story elsewhere but we ask that you mention Psychedelic Horror Press published it first.
There will be no ebooks.
My wife and I will be responsible for the art and design of your book. If you would prefer to use your own art or to use a different artist’s work who will not charge a fee, we can discuss that. However, be forewarned: we have very particular aesthetic sensibilities.
If your work gets rejected, it is most likely because we do not consider it a work of Psychedelic Horror. You will not receive specific feedback about your story. Don’t feel discouraged. You can find a more suitable home for it.
Books and writers we like that could be considered Psychedelic Horror:
The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by Daniel Clowes
X’ed Out, The Hive, and Sugar Skull by Charles Burns
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Phillip K. Dick
Winterwood by Patrick McCabe
Period by Dennis Cooper
Movies we like that could be considered Psychedelic Horror:
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Brain Dead (1990)
The Lords of Salem (2012)
Santa Sangre (1989)
The Shining (1980)
This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse (1967)
please send story submissions in .doc or .docx format to psychedelichorrorpress at gmail dot com with the subject “[“Your Story Title”] – [Your Last Name]”
Please include your favorite work of Psychedelic Horror.
Please include a brief bio as you would like to see it printed.
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We look forward to your submissions and publishing your work!