Nightmarish creatures stalk innocent mortals from the shadows. Maddened killers laugh as they tear their prey apart. Ancestral ghosts locked in candles come forth to take the dead into their ever growing family. Zombies fall in love and find their way to meet their – still living – parents.
These, then are just a handful of the stories that can be found within the pages of Disturbed.
This is where the dark and the strange thrive; the twisted and the macabre, even the humorous, so long as it will leave readers with a chill and hesitant to turn off the lights before bed. These are the things in our ancestral memory; those dark, clawing things, those primal fears, those blood soaked memories and put them to the page.
Come forth, children, and unleash hell and beyond, for even the darkness must have its stories told.
What We Want
Digitally Disturbed publishes original dark fantasy and horror short stories, poems, and art. While we prefer fantasy stories and terrifying horror stories, we also accept things with no fantasy or paranormal elements at all. What’s most important are stories that have characters the reader cares about.
While we might accept a slasher movie style story where you’re rooting for the “villain”, it would have to be a really good read, and we’d prefer that we have a protagonist that people care about and want to win – even if they and sometimes because they don’t. We want strong plots and subplots if you need them, and great descriptives that draw the reader into the world you’ve created.
Edited by Bill Otto, this is an electronic collection of short stories You can check out the current line-up here.
We recommend you check out our previous publications to get a better idea of what we’re looking for.
You can pick up older issues HERE.
Please note that even though we have changed the format for Disturbed, we have not changed the submission email. Everything – stories, poetry, art – all needs to come to the original email.
Digitally Disturbed will host short stories in the bookstore and authors will receive 50% of the stories price when purchased. To be considered for Digitally Disturbed, a story must be at LEAST 3000 words.
We still want your dark and creepy poetry, but instead of going online, these will be in their very own publication: Nightsong. Poetry and stories of 1000 words or less will be considered for Nightsong publication.
Nightsong will be published twice a year April in and October.
Poems should be between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $4.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.
Nightsong will also consider color cover art and interior art (interior art will be published in b&w). We pay $20 for cover art, $4 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. If you have a gallery we can browse just send us the link and we’ll check it out and get back to you.
In addition to the above payments, each contributor to Nightsong also receives one contributor’s copy of the issue in which their work appears.
How to Submit
Submit your work to [email protected]
In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission, your last name, and the title of the work submitted. If you’ve submitted poems instead of stories, simply put POEMS where the title of a story would go instead.
“Submission – Dahmer – A Special Dinner”
Submit your story as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment.
Submit poems either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment.
Submit art as a jpeg or png attachment.
Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manu-script and in your email. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.
CONTACT INFORMATION EXAMPLE
J.H. Tobin Word Count: 5772
14 N Moore St
New York, New York 10013
paypal [if any]:[email protected]
If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.
Please, do not put any fancy formatting into your submissions, such as adding your name, title and page number randomly throughout the story, headers and footers, or anything else that might take away from reading and editing. This is because it can cause problems with both reading and editing your submission. It is important to note that style is much different than the above, and centering certain parts, bold, or italicized type is acceptable. It takes a great deal of time to read and edit things properly, so if we see things like this Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.