In September of last year I reviewed the debut novel, Plane Walker by American author C. P. Dunphey. It was my considered opinion that Plane Walker, clearly inspired by the likes of seminal Sci-fi authors such as Philip K. Dick, is a hugely enjoyable slice of Sci-fi/horror that will result in the reader thinking, contemplating, questioning, fearing, enjoying and confused in equal measure. And that in my book is no bad thing when it comes to literature.
Clearly, Mr Dunphey was not completely put off my usual self-indulgent ramblings (either that or he had exhausted every other blogging possibility on this and every other planet) because a few days ago he contacted me again.
The message he sent was regarding the call he currently has for submissions for the first anthology of horror from his company, Gehenna & Hinnom. The theme is body horror and they are aiming to have it published by November. He wanted to humbly ask (I had previously warned him that I require all my requests to talk to me while prostrate and not looking me in the eye) if there was any way I could reach out to your readers and followers (he forgot to mention the bulk on my readership - the captive audience that are the patients wearing straight jackets in their padded cells) about the anthology. He went on to say that he feels the themes and goals of the collection will be right up their ally and it would be an honour to be featured on the 5D website again.
Hmmm, as if I would be swayed by such words as 'humbly' and 'honour'............... of course I bloody well would. You all should know by now that I'm anybody's for a flattering word and bottle of red wine. I never said I was classy, but I'm certainly cheap.
A passion project by author C.P. Dunphey, Gehenna & Hinnom started out as Gehenna Publishing House, eventually forming into its present state. As they transform and reach for larger, more grand pursuits, they hope that you will follow them and join them on this blasphemous, wicked journey into all things macabre and morbid.
Gehenna & Hinnom is a continuously evolving and adapting company with the hopes of bringing horror and science fiction fans everything they could ever desire. From articles, short stories, anthologies, and even novels, they want to make this site a home for the deranged and ingenious.
Sounds just like my type of horror degenerates. So here you go with the project.....
Call for Submissions — Visceral Horror Anthology, “Year’s Best Body Horror”
GREETINGS FROM THE ETHER,
The first anthology of Gehenna & Hinnom will be published in late-September of 2017. It will feature only the most disturbing and horrifying body horror tales readers have ever read. The challenge is up to you, the authors. How strange is your narrative capable of being? How morose is your prose? How in touch are you with the macabre?
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
We are seeking stories for this anthology that are of a Cronenberg-style theme. If you don’t know who David Cronenberg is, we suggest watching clips or the entire length of films such as Videodrome, The Fly, and Scanners. Genres can meld together. Science fiction, horror, weird fiction, cosmic horror, fantasy, all of these are acceptable as long as the stories don’t deviate from the body horror nature of the anthology.
As defined by Wikipedia - BODY HORROR, BIOLOGICAL HORROR, ORGANIC HORROR OR VISCERAL HORROR IS HORROR FICTION IN WHICH THE HORROR IS PRINCIPALLY DERIVED FROM THE GRAPHIC DESTRUCTION OR DEGENERATION OF THE BODY. SUCH WORKS MAY DEAL WITH DECAY, DISEASE, PARASITISM, MUTATION, OR MUTILATION.
WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:
Absolutely no erotica. This is non-negotiable. Nothing political, unless it is satire. Uses of rape, necrophilia, bestiality, etc., are allowed though be very careful with these themes. If it is not integral to the plot, or if it is clearly gratuitous, your story will be rejected. We want to provide a certain amount of quality for our readers. This is an adult-aged anthology, but please be professional and technical with your writing.
Stories that are not proofread and have mistakes that would be avoidable with a single read-through WILL be rejected.
DEADLINE: AUGUST 15TH, 2017
PAYMENT: UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO PAY OUR AUTHORS AT THIS TIME SINCE WE ARE A NEW, EVOLVING COMPANY. HOWEVER, A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THE FINISHED WORK WILL BE YOURS, FOR FREE. PUBLICITY AND ARTICLES BASED ON EACH AUTHOR WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHED FOR OUR READERS, HELPING YOU FURTHER DEVELOP YOUR PRESENCE AS A VOICE IN HORROR LITERATURE.
Minimum Words: 250 (Flash Fiction)
Maximum Words: 8000 (Short Fiction)
Short stories can be solicited AND unsolicited, though indie authors will be given higher priority as we hope to launch many unknown authors into the world.
Multiple Submissions: Accepted. Do not exceed 3 for each anthology.
Simultaneous Submissions: Generally, no. It depends on how good the story is. Please send a query concerning this if you plan on submitting to other publishers after or before you submit to us.
What to send:
• Title Your Email as: Submission — Body Horror — Story Title
• Author Name
• Title of Work
• A Short Description of the Work (2-3 Sentences)
• A Short Author Bio
• Attach the Entire Manuscript in either a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. DO NOT PUT STORY IN BODY OF EMAIL (This is for Editing Purposes)
• Format the Manuscript in Standard Manuscript Format. Reference here: Shunn’s Standard. STORY WILL BE REJECTED IF IT DOESN’T FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES.
• Send All Submissions to gehennapublishinghouse (at) gmail (dot) com.
RESPONSE TIME: We will try to respond within 2-3 weeks (usually sooner) in regards to our decisions of the stories you submit. We understand that when a story is rejected, the normal immediate reaction is to submit elsewhere because time is very valuable. Because of this, we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
RIGHTS: Exclusive global English first print and digital rights for one year, and nonexclusive print and digital rights for term of copyright. All other rights are reserved to the author.
REPRINTS: We will accept reprints as long as you, the author, or agent, hold the rights to the work.
C. P. Dunphey was born in Staten Island, New York. He grew up in Southern Mississippi and had an interest in writing since he was very young. In 2015, he founded his own publishing company, Gehenna Publishing House. His first novel, Plane Walker, was released in 2016. He hopes to further his writing as well as offer authors opportunities to be heard and read, his dream being that Gehenna Publishing House becomes a household name. The sequel to his novel, Plane Walker, titled Heiron, is slated for release in early 2017.