Tuesday 19 October 2010

I’ve been accepted for Masters of Horror Anthology!


I’ve just found out that my short story, The Tortured Room, has been accepted for the new Masters of Horror anthology, Damned if you Don’t.

Here is a bit about the anthology:

Revolving around the evils we inflict upon ourselves, and how we might battle to overcome them. Let your imagination run riot through the horrors of various vices: drug use, gambling, smoking, drinking, scarification, overeating, anything you’re DAMNED IF YOU DON’T overcome.

If selected, your story will be in good company, as two true Masters of Horror have stories included:

“Aftertaste” by John Shirley (Demons, The Crow, etc.) drags the reader kicking and screaming through the literal Crackhouse of the Living Dead!

“Topsy” by F. Paul Wilson (The Keep, The Repairman Jack and Nightworld series) titillates and terrifies as it shows you what it’s like to be in the skin of a 1500-pound man.

(The editor’s own tale, “Showdown with Deacon Blues” reveals an AA meeting where alcohol itself shows up in human form, with its own axe to grind.)

There’s also a possibility of seeing an early classic “Quitters Inc.” by the Master himself, Stephen King!

MASTERS OF HORROR: Damned If You Don’t is a joint enterprise of Triskadeika Books and FOCUSGROUP LLC, to be published in paperback, e-book and (possibly) CD-Rom format.

All authors receive a one-time flat payment (by check or PayPal), equal split of royalties if and when profitability occurs, one contributor’s copy and an optional full-page advertisement for a work of their choice.

SEEKING: Horror stories of drug use*, alcoholism, gambling, scarification (“cutting”), eating disorders, pornography and/or internet addiction, compulsive spending/shopping or credit abuse, and any damaging vice, addiction or compulsive behavior I’ve left out. There may be more than one story per theme.


*--Various types of drugs will be considered, but marijuana will be a tough sell due to its non-addictive nature.

If any of you have an ARTWORK OR PHOTOGRAPH you feel would be great for the cover, please submit it!

RIGHTS: One-time Rights (Rights revert back to the author after publication.)

REPRINTS: Oh, what the hell, why not.

WORD COUNT: No necessarily firm word count, however we’re seeking stories longer than ‘Flash’ works and shorter than novellas. As a rule of thumb, if it’s over thirty pages, those pages ought to ROCK.

READING PERIOD: Now, until 31st of October – Halloween!

FORMAT: Regular manuscript format, double spaced; please use the Times New Roman font.

TO SUBMIT: Email submissions either in the body of an email or as a Word or RTF attachment to FOCUSGROUPLLC@AOL.COM. Put “MOH Submission” in the subject line. Please NOTE that RESPONSES WILL ONLY BE GIVEN ON ACCEPTANCE (Since we only want One-time rights anyway, feel free to keep sending your story wherever, whenever).

So there are a few more days to get something in!

Finally I would just like to thank Carole Gill for pointing me in the direction of MOH, and I am thrilled we will be in an anthology together!


  1. Congratulations Marissa, sounds a troubling and disturbing anthology. Great stuff!

  2. Thanks Lily, and yes, it is! All good fun though, if you have a slighty warped soul...

  3. That is excellent news! Congrats. The monsters within are the scariest.
    Your new book looks great and suspenseful...I'll be contacting you soon for a chance to be featured in my Holiday Catalogue :)

  4. OH, I meant to say congratulations! WOW! What an awesome anthology. You're in the presence of greatness :)

  5. Big-ass congrats, major coup, well done!

  6. Thanks everyone - I am really excited about it! And Mark - your new pic is seriously freaky! LOL.
    Erin - Holiday Catalogue sounds intriguing...

  7. It's my Halloween pic from last year. I wanted to do a costume that was really crazy and King Diamond popped into my head (singer from the 80s), so I just did it. LOL

  8. OMG! So that is actually you???! Now I really am wierded out. ;-)

  9. :P
    OH, watch Erin Cole's Blog tomorrow. There will be a 'Their Dark Masters' preview there.
    :) (something else to weird out on)

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