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  Frequently Asked Questions      
  Will you publish my novel/ novella/ collection/ other?      

Perhaps, but only when we're actively soliciting new projects. Please check back frequently on our status of submission calls here.

  Will you tell me when submissions open?      

For immediate announcements and opportunities, please subscribe to the shared newsletter of writer-cum-editor Eric J. Guignard and Dark Moon Books here: SUBSCRIBE

Additionally, please periodically check our submissions page for open calls. DMB will also announce open calls through market resource websites such as Duotrope, Ralan.com, and Horror Tree, etc. Lastly, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where all updates and announcements are posted as they happen.

  Will you review my book?      

No, Dark Moon Books does not publish reviews of others' books. Different publishers may do so, but we consider it a bit of a conflict of interest.

  Can I review one of your books?      

Absolutely! Upon request, Dark Moon Books will provide complimentary electronic copies of any work from our catalogue in exchange for an honest review (to be published at Amazon, Goodreads, and/or a highly-visible blog).

  Would you consider reprinting my previously published work?      

Generally not. With few exceptions, Dark Moon Books focuses only on original material.

  Do you hire freelance copyeditors, artists, proofreaders, interior designers, etc.?      

Occasionally, yes. We’re not often looking for new sources, but please send an email stating your services and rates, and we’ll add you into our contractor database for future consideration. Please email to: eric.guignard@gmail.com.

  Why do you publish horror?      

Horror is a general classification for one type of genre we encourage, and in its broadest definition can inlcude any form of literary and speculative fiction that has a dark element. This can include associated sub-genres of: Dark Fantasy, Weird Fiction, Light Science or Near-Fiction, Bizarro, Alternative History, Gothic, Steampunk, Mystery & Thrillers, Adventure, YA, Paranormal, etc.

The only types of genre fiction we're generally not interested in are Hard Science Fiction (Detailed analysis of futuristic technology and space travel), High Fantasy (sword & sorcery in medieval times), or Humor (we love reading it, but not publishing it).

As to the "why" of it: Horror and its associated forms of Dark Fiction excite us! Horror is nihilistic and emotionally resonant. It’s unrealistic, which stimulates the imagination, and thrilling, which stimulates the senses, while still generally having an expected and satisfyingly happy ending (i.e. the bad guy or crisis is averted and the protagonist wins in some way).

Psychological and medical studies show that people find scary and creepy stories to be reassuring; readers can put a book and fictional terrors away, a semblance of control over adverse circumstances that we don’t have in day-to-day life. Experiencing fictional fear also helps people overcome real fears in their lives as well as acting as a therapeutic means to purge negative emotions while amplifying positive ones. Horror acts as cautionary tales, giving widespread understanding to generational anxieties that are publically addressed and often reconciled. Horror fiction also floods us with adrenaline and dopamine, the “feel-good” chemicals otherwise known as a “natural high.” It heals phobias, reduces stress, and even burns calories.

From Stephen King to Edgar Allan Poe to Joyce Carol Oates to Ray Bradbury, dark and fanciful imaginations create some of the greatest and most thrilling tales in the world!

Edgar Allan Poe