Extended deadline to Halloween 2020 for our anthology

The SINCERELY, SOV anthology deadline has been extended to Halloween, 2020. Submit your S.O.V. horror inspired stories and comics to psychedelic horror press at gmail dot com (no spaces).

We have received submissions but most are not inspired by or related to S.O.V. horror movies. One question to ask during your composition of a story, comic, or nonfiction piece might be: how is the aesthetic experience of an s.o.v. horror film different than that that of a b-movie horror film? A great deal of b-movie horror films did have decent budgets, known actors, and semi-professional budgets. What fascinates us about s.o.v. horror films is the feeling that literally anyone could have made it in a weekend or two with a crummy video camera, some cheap beer, and a few friends. Mistakes might abound but so do creative solutions, whimsical flights of fancy, art brut approaches, outsider art productions, and the palpable spirit of d.i.y. Consider films like THINGS and BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL to see what we mean. We will try to do a better job to promote this anthology over the next year. If you have already submitted and feel this may be too long a wait, we totally understand; please withdraw your submission if this is the case. We do encourage simultaneous submissions, however; so please compose something new, fresh, vibrant, deranged, whimsical—something that is only you forever, gazing at that puzzling s.o.v. horror box art and wondering what’s inside, what might have gone awry, and what enchanted someone enough to make a voyage on a little living nightmare at all.

Extended deadline to Halloween 2020 for our anthology

Extended Deadline to Aug. 1st for our anthology

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)

Extended Deadline to Aug. 1st for our anthology

Looking for stories or comics for upcoming anthology (SINCERELY, S.O.V.: a tribute to s.o.v. horror films)

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.

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

Looking for stories or comics for upcoming anthology (SINCERELY, S.O.V.: a tribute to s.o.v. horror films)

We are open to submissions!

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:

Books:

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:

 Audition (1999)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Brain Dead (1990)
Phantasm (1979)
Videodrome (1983)
The Lords of Salem (2012)
Santa Sangre (1989)
The Shining (1980)
Suspiria (1977)
Kuroneko (1968)
Onibaba (1965)
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!

We are open to submissions!