Live Free or Undead
A Gathering Point for Thirteen Dark Tales from the Granite State
Scare me. I dare you.
January 10, 2010 by broussardish
I’m the editor of New Hampshire Magazine which specializes in local non-fiction, but whether true to life or pure imagination, I love a good story.
Unfortunately, the short story, the basic building block of fiction, is in trouble. Many magazines that once published short fiction have abandoned the form, and those specialize in such stories grow fewer and farther between.
But most of us who love to read and who enjoy a good novel can also remember the pleasure that comes from a crisp and curious collection of short stories. No other technology or medium allows you to enter a three-dimensional world, strangely familiar or perhaps just strange, inhabited with living, breathing characters, and to witness outlandish twists of fate all in the course of an hour or so.
I’m planning to rekindle that experience by producing a series of anthologies under the banner New Hampshire Pulp Fiction and eventually covering all the classic topics of fiction in its most compelling form. The first is the series will tackle the horror genre. Titled “Live Free or Undead: Thirteen Dark Tales from the Granite State,” the book will be produced by the excellent designers and printers of Plaidswede Publishing who are my collaborators creating in the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction series.
The book is scheduled for release in the fall of 2010, but I’m currently soliciting submissions for consideration. Stories submitted should be between 1,000 and 8,000 words. Longer manuscripts will be considered but please query first. Send completed works to the address below.
The horror genre is broad, encompassing everything from the headless Victorian ghosts of gothic parlor tales to the bloody metaphysical terror of contemporary authors like Stephen King. Stories appearing in “Live Free or Undead” can reflect this same range, but with one requirement: All must be established recognizably within the boundaries of New Hampshire. Tales can be set in the past or the future, the deep woods or the busy cities, but we’re looking for stories that offer a sense of place as well as a sense of fear.
Compete manuscripts are welcome and previously published works or adapted works will be considered. In this process we hope to provide an outlet for some of the region’s best writers, to discover new talent, and to create a book that will terrify and delight readers for years to come.
A contract specifying terms agreement is available upon query. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.