New Art: Occult Detective Quarterly #3

I reached out to the good folks over at Occult Detective Quarterly and asked if I could do a cover for them. They foolishly said yes and sealed their fate.

Anyway, this is it, go check it out, buy it and thank me later.

With even more thrill-packed pages than last issue, OCCULT DETECTIVE QUARTERLY returns to offer another wild ride of strange crimes, where hardened investigators and supernatural sleuths dare the darkness to seek out the truth. New tales of gritty detective work and the unnatural cross the globe and the timelines. A Seventies PI faces death on the NY subway; a gifted young woman investigates murder in Victorian England, and the authorities send a man to help troops in Nicaragua who face unknown terrors. Pulp noir meets the worlds of H P Lovecraft, and an unusual detective faces aquatic perils in the Bay of Bengal. Sherlock Holmes himself makes an appearance, and much more. Stories from Brian M Sammons, Alice Loweecy, Edward M Erdelac, Willie Meikle and six other talented modern writers. Plus extensive reviews, non-fiction articles on Robert E Howard’s detective characters, Dickens and Conan Doyle, and great commissioned art.
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Submission Calls October '17

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New Markets with Deadlines

Trouble the Waters |6c/word |Deadline: November 1st.

Weird Western|1c/word |Deadline: February 1st.

Terror Politico |Politics|$30-$70 |Deadline: December 31st.

Tales of Ruma |Greek Roman Mythology|6c/word |Deadline: November 1st.

Fell Beasts and Fair |1c/word |Deadline: November 1st.

Lethe Press |Avarice| 5c/word |Deadline: December 31st.

Broken Metropolis |Queer tales| $25|Deadline: December 7th.

Lost Films |Film and Movies| 2c/word |Deadline: October 31st.

One Story|Lit | $500|Deadline: November 14th.

Year's Best Hardcore Horror  Reprints| 1c/word |Deadline: End of year.

Garden of Earthly Delights  Pays half a cent / word|Deadline: January 31st.

The Anatomy of Monsters  $25|October 31st.

SQMag Rebellion |1c/word |Deadline: End of year.

 

Rolling Submission Periods (May or may not be open)

Perihelion  Sci-fi| 1c/word.

Helios Quarterly |2 c/word+

Hyperion & Theia | 1c/word.

Pantheon |1c/word.

Sycamore Review $50

Antimatter Magazine |Sci-fi from the Headlines|$20 |Deadline: October 31st.

Body Parts Magazine |Horror|$10 - $20.

Non Binary Review  | 1c/word.

Digital Fiction Publishing |1c/word |Reprints

 

 

No Deadline/Ongoing Submissions

Mystery Weekly |$25

Arcanist |$50 |Max 1000 words.

Grievous Angel |6c/word |max 700 words.

Buckshot Magazine |2000 words max |$10CAD.

Black Dandy|Strange and unusual| 3c/word.

Storyteller $100 | Lit

Samovar (A Strange Horizons project)  English Translations| 6c/word

Lovecraft Zine $50

Sockdolager 2 CENT + REPRINTS

Syntax and Salt Magical Realism $10

Black Girls Are Magic |$50

Bracken |2 cents/word

Gathering Storm Magazine Themed| Pays $25

The Dark Magazine |Horror |3c/word |Reprints Accepted

Black Static Magazine 

Dark Moon Digest |1c/word

Bourbon Penn | 1c/word

Call for Submissions April 2017


New Markets with Deadlines

Corporate Cthulhu | 3c/word |Deadline: June 1

The Mad Visions of al-Hazred | $25|Deadline: June 30th

Retro Future  Science Fiction|Pays SWFA+ |Theme: Resistance|Deadline: September 1st

Red Room Magazine Extreme Horror | 3c/word |Deadline: July 1st

Outlook Springs Strange Stories| $25 |Deadline: July 15th

Zombie Punks Fuck Off | 1c/word |Deadline: April 30th

Year's Best Hardcore Horror  Reprints| 1c/word |Deadline: End of year

Against Survival | $10|Deadline: August 22nd

Garden of Earthly Delights | Pays half a cent / word|Deadline: January 31st

The Wyrd | $10|Deadline: June 30th

The Anatomy of Monsters | $25|October 31st

The Beauty of Death 2 | $100|Deadline: September 1st

Dark Luminous Wings | 2c/word|Deadline: May 30th

SNAFU: Judgement Day | 3c/word AUS|Deadline: April 30th

Down with the Fallen Post Apocalyptic| $5 /1000 words |Deadline: July 21st

Welcome to Miskatonic University | 8c/word|Deadline: June 30th

 

Rolling Submission Periods (May or may not be open)

Perihelion  Sci-fi| 1c/word

Helios Quarterly |2 c/word+

Hyperion & Theia | 1c/word

Pantheon |1c/word

Sycamore Review $50

 

No Deadline/Ongoing Submissions

Samovar (A Strange Horizons project)  English Translations| 6c/word

Lovecraft Zine $50

Sockdolager 2 CENT + REPRINTS

Red Sun $100

Syntax and Salt Magical Realism $10

Black Girls Are Magic |$50

Bracken |2 cents/word

WOLVES |$5-30

Gathering Storm Magazine Themed| Pays $25

The Dark Magazine |Horror |3c/word |Reprints Accepted

Black Static Magazine 

Dark Moon Digest |1c/word

Bourbon Penn | 1c/word

Cover a Day Challenge - Day 5

 

A Book Cover a Day, Every Day. 

Welcome to Day 5

 

FAQ

Why are you doing this?

I failed last summer, I'd like to succeed at least once.

What do I get out of it?

You can look at it with your eyeballs. You can purchase the book covers created. 

Are these covers available for sale?

Yes, yes they are. If it's not in my store, email me about it because I haven't had time to upload it. If it's sold, it will be marked as such.

How can I support you?

I'm glad you asked. If you'd like to get first dibs on the covers produced while I'm doing this, you can purchase a gift card from my online shop. The covers will be up for sale a day after they're posted, so you have first crack at it by emailing me and telling me you want it. 

You can also support me on Patreon. You get a non-exclusive cover each month, but most importantly, you're doing the best deed: putting money in my pockets.

Sharing this on social media is also super useful and something that cool kids do. You should too!

Okay so now what?

Follow me on FacebookInstagram, and/or Twitter.

Cover a Day Challenge - Day 4

 

A Book Cover a Day, Every Day. 

Welcome to Day 4

 

 

FAQ

Why are you doing this?

I failed last summer, I'd like to succeed at least once.

What do I get out of it?

You can look at it with your eyeballs. You can purchase the book covers created. 

Are these covers available for sale?

Yes, yes they are. If it's not in my store, email me about it because I haven't had time to upload it. If it's sold, it will be marked as such.

How can I support you?

I'm glad you asked. If you'd like to get first dibs on the covers produced while I'm doing this, you can purchase a gift card from my online shop. The covers will be up for sale a day after they're posted, so you have first crack at it by emailing me and telling me you want it. 

You can also support me on Patreon. You get a non-exclusive cover each month, but most importantly, you're doing the best deed: putting money in my pockets.

Sharing this on social media is also super useful and something that cool kids do. You should too!

Okay so now what?

Follow me on FacebookInstagram, and/or Twitter.

Cover a Day Challenge - Day 3

 

I'll be doing a book cover a day, every day. 

Welcome to Day 3

(Day 2 was client work, so we're skipping that one for now)

 

FAQ

Why are you doing this?

I failed last summer, I'd like to succeed at least once.

What do I get out of it?

You can look at it with your eyeballs. You can purchase the book covers created. 

Are these covers available for sale?

Yes, yes they are. If it's not in my store, email me about it because I haven't had time to upload it. If it's sold, it will be marked as such.

How can I support you?

I'm glad you asked. If you'd like to get first dibs on the covers produced while I'm doing this, you can purchase a gift card from my online shop. The covers will be up for sale a day after they're posted, so you have first crack at it by emailing me and telling me you want it. 

You can also support me on Patreon. You get a non-exclusive cover each month, but most importantly, you're doing the best deed: putting money in my pockets.

Sharing this on social media is also super useful and something that cool kids do. You should too!

Okay so now what?

Follow me on FacebookInstagram, and/or Twitter.

Cover A Day Challenge - Day 1

 

 

I'll be doing a book cover a day, every day. 

Welcome to Day 1

FAQ

Why are you doing this?

I failed last summer, I'd like to succeed at least once.

What do I get out of it?

You can look at it with your eyeballs. You can purchase the book covers created. 

Are these covers available for sale?

Yes, yes they are. If it's not in my store, email me about it because I haven't had time to upload it. If it's sold, it will be marked as such.

How can I support you?

I'm glad you asked. If you'd like to get first dibs on the covers produced while I'm doing this, you can purchase a gift card from my online shop. The covers will be up for sale a day after they're posted, so you have first crack at it by emailing me and telling me you want it. 

You can also support me on Patreon. You get a non-exclusive cover each month, but most importantly, you're doing the best deed: putting money in my pockets.

Sharing this on social media is also super useful and something that cool kids do. You should too!

Okay so now what?

Follow me on FacebookInstagram, and/or Twitter.

Patreon Non-Exclusive Stock Art


If you're not backing me on Patreon you're missing out not only on my awesome wallpaper calendars, but also the non-exclusive pre-mades I'm offering (for no additional cost!) starting with April. 

 

Don't forget you also get access to all the previous posts, going back to 2015. Here are all the pre-mades I've done so far for my patrons:

 

Podcast Review: The Black Tapes

Everyone's been talking my ear off about this podcast but I've been avoiding it, not really being an audio drama kind of way. The journalistic dress-up helps with that, I guess, since I'm now a convert.

The black tapes referenced in the title are a collection of cases (and sometimes actual VHS tapes) that a skeptic paranormal investigator (Dr Strand) has gathered over the years. Cases that he couldn't debunk or prove either way. The journalist (Alex) meets him while recording a podcast about people with interesting, or different, jobs. This changes the nature of the podcast and leads to them investigating these unsolved cases, of sorts.

Production values, voice acting are absolutely top notch. If you're tired of lazily recorded podcasts of dudes around their living room talking about the Avengers movies or whatever, this podcast is a salve. Probably a good entry point for podcasts of this type too. 

The writing is fairly good. The only thing I've had issue with was the overall plot progression and format of the show. The writing itself, episode to episode, scene to scene is solid throughout. So what's my issue?

At least as far as I've listened of it (season 2 episode 4), the show is frustrating in that it often presents cases, features a couple of interviews and then closes without any kind of resolution. While it's true that most cases end up showing up again, slowly progressing and revealing their secrets, I'd argue it's fairly frustrating to follow a case throughout 14 episodes and there's still no end in sight.

It doesn't help that some of them are really vague or plain goofy, like the episode about a ''hard rock'' band that "wants to become the new Soundgarden or Nirvana," whose lead singer "hammered a butter knife into his chest with a mallet." 

Others are surprisingly effective and will probably creep you out. The one about the talking boards was a good one.

Perhaps most interesting is the overarching plot about Dr Strand  and the disappearance of his wife. Alas, just like every other case, it moves slow as molasses, with morsel bites thrown at the audience every other episode or two. 

I feel like I'm being too hard on this show. Before I started getting frustrated with the pacing, I was enjoying it immensely and it's such a well produced show that it's hard to not recommend it.

Worth a look.

4 out of 5 VHS Tapes