The wait is over... Michael Warriner's paranormal horror tour de force is now available as an audiobook, brilliantly narrated by ken Parelman. Set in rural Romania, the book weaves a tale of feuding musicians trying to one-up each other once and for all. They are so caught up in their rivalry that they hardly suspect they are in the grip of an ancient and deadly curse. With only a few days to spare, Vincent must unravel the mystery of the supernatural "forest man" or risk losing his career, his sanity, his family... even his life.
We are interested in short horror fiction about people who sneak into abandoned, forgotten, shunned, or cursed communities and survive to tell the tale. For example: Centralia, Pennsylvania—the mining town abandoned because of an uncontrollable underground coal fire; Love Canal—the New York neighborhood declared off-limits due to extreme environmental pollution; and Pripyat—the Ukrainian city evacuated after the Chernobyl disaster. The emphasis is on communities—a haunted house or other such localized place is not large enough to qualify.
The place in your story must not ever have existed in the real world (i.e., no stories about the vanished Roanoke Colony), but must be described as a place that could plausibly exist. For instance: Stephen King's fictional town of Derry.
Your story must be set in the present, told in first person after the fact, from the point of view of someone who visited that place and returned to tell the tale. Supernatural elements are permitted, but not required.
Your story's title must be the name of the place that is the subject of your story and the larger region in which it is located; for instance, "Derry, Maine."
The horror of your story should lie in the characters discovering the long-lost reasons why that community was abandoned in the first place.
Once your story is complete, please click the button immediately below and fill in our query form.
Author Nicholas Paschall Signs With Darkwater Syndicate To Publish Sequel To 2017's The Father Of Flesh: Travels To Teyuna
Nicholas Paschall is going places, and he's taking you with him. The latest book by this up-and-coming master of horror, Travels To Teyuna, is a continuation of 2017's horror / thriller The Father of Flesh, which was lauded as the illegitimate love-child of Indiana Jones and H.P. Lovecraft. Look for it in mid- to late 2018.
Travels To Teyuna promises more occult adventures, esoteric horror, and gun-blazing action its sequel delivered in spades. So pack your bags and punch your ticket to Teyuna, because Paschall's behind the wheel with the pedal floored, and he's not stopping.
This year we signed twenty-three new authors:
If you thought 2017 was hot, next year promises to be exciting. We may be a small press, but we've always punched above our weight class. We've got the people, the plan, and the punch to get it done.
Great things await. Stick around.
Author David O. Hughes Signs With Darkwater Syndicate To Publish New Triller: South By Southwest Wales
Welsh writer David Owain Hughes is no stranger to Darkwater Syndicate, having been published earlier this year in our award-winning horror collection, Shadows And Teeth. He's also no slouch when it comes to his favorite genre, horror. In his own words, he's a self-proclaimed horror freak. He’s got the chops to prove his skill at the craft, having authored several books and also written for This Is Horror, Blood Magazine and Horror Geeks Magazine.
This time around, Hughes channels his creative energies into a new course in the upcoming South By Southwest Wales. The title is a pun on the classic film North By Northwest, but the jokes end there—the novel is a nail-biting mystery thriller featuring down on their luck detectives, grimy criminals, and frowning cityscapes. Hughes leverages his gifts of vivid description and imaginative worldbuilding to such effect that you can almost envision the book coming to life on a black-and-white film reel—and narrated by James Cagney, no less.
South By Southwest Wales will be released in mid- to late 2018 in paperback, audiobook, and all ebook formats.
Spooky Empire is one of the biggest Halloween-themed conventions in the US, and Darkwater Syndicate found themselves large and in charge at the expo. This year, it ran from October 27th to the 29th. On day one of this three-day event, authors Michael Warriner and Antonio Simon, Jr. were present to join in all the spooky fun. Special guest appearances by Pennywise the dancing clown from It, the Babadook, and many more!
Day two of three of Spooky Empire 2017. Authors Antonio Simon, Jr. and Christopher Cobb chat with fans amid visits from vacationing Batman, a murderous Bender, Freddy versus Jason, and many more!
The final day of Spooky Empire sees authors Michael Warriner and Antonio Simon Jr. back at it again! This time, they're visited by an Inspector Gadget in serious disrepair, a carnivorous plant from outer space, and more!
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