Update: Damn. This has truly been a humbling and exciting (if slightly overwhelming) experience. I received so many good submissions from women horror authors that I felt I had to be extra critical of what would fit best with the theme/other stories, or else it’d turn into a behemoth that neither time, budget, nor space would allow.
Super big thanks to Roxane Gay, Natanya Pulley, and anyone else who tweeted/facebook’d it.
Meet the new ladies of Black Candies (in bold)
Black Candies – “See Through”
Sarah Jean Alexander
Sarah Rose Etter
Natanya Ann Pulley
Joshua Emerson Smith
Adrian Van Young
Plus a couple more writers who don’t think deadlines apply to them (still love you!)
But here’s the thing: I want more ladies. Lindsay Hunter, Juliet Escoria, Jac Jemc and Natanya Ann-Pulley are among my favorite writers right now, and I couldn’t be more honored and excited to include them in this issue, but the scales are still imbalanced. I would hate for the rag I founded to be known as a boys’ club—I don’t want pull a New York Review of Books here—but I also don’t want this to be a diplomacy thing. I want this to be a remedy. I feel there’s a large hole in my education, and that I haven’t been as active in seeking female voices in the alt-horror/speculative/dark fiction realms as I should. I know it’s out there.
So if you’re a lady, and you think your writing would make anyone feel weird or uncomfortable, I want to read it. If you have something that you haven’t had luck at submitting (because we all know finding a home for this dark shit can be difficult) send it to me.
Reminders: theme is “See Through”. Interpret that how you want. No real word limit, but 1,500—6,000 words is ideal. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extended deadline: Aug. 15 (no boys allowed)