Submissions Call: American Nightmare


Kraken Press will be publishing a 50’s themed horror and dark fantasy anthology called American Nightmare in eBook and paperback editions with a tentative release date of January 2014 . We’re looking for original, unpublished horror and dark fantasy (sci-fi with a dark bend is okay) short stories between 2500 and 7000 words. We are not interested in flash fiction or poetry.

The theme is 50s (and early 60s) Americana. We’d like to see modern genre fiction with a literary bend, set in those decades. We want to see classic cars, drive ins and white picket fences. Suburbia and small towns are a good choice for setting.

Think Pleasantville, Mars Attacks, Fido, American Graffiti, October Sky, Ed Wood and Stand By Me.


Deadline: October 31st

Tentative publication date: January 2014

Payment: Pro rata share of 15% of the list price and one copy of the anthology.

Word count: 2500 to 7000 words.

Simultaneous submissions: No.

Multiple Submissions: No.