In accordance with Jerry Williamson’s wishes, we (Mort Castle and Tracy Knight) have taken on the joint editorship of Masques; the new books in the series will be entitled J.N. Williamson’s Masques as we honor what Jerry accomplished and continue his tradition of bringing new and memorable fiction into print. The books will be published in hardcover limited editions as a joint venture of Barry Hoffman’s Gauntlet Press and Tom Monteleone’s Borderlands Press.
We are now open to submissions.
Fiction: Original stories between 500 and 8,000 words. The horror we admire deals with (to use Williamson’s words) “concerns of mind, body, and–dare we say it?–spirit.” Supernatural quite okay, but there needs be something new in concept, style, or ____, if you’re giving us vampires, zombies, ghosts. Characterization matters and “she was a really tall vampire” doesn’t do it. If your horror could win a “gross out” competition or rank as a finalist, it had better do more than bring on the upchuck reaction. No reprints. No simultaneous submissions. Please send no more than one work.
Poetry: We might use a few poems. Please, no imitation Poe. No imitations of Lovecraft imitating Poe. Think of the very best in the genre—Bruce Boston, Marge Simon, Mark Powers— and the very best (supposedly) “outside of the genre”: You should know why Lucien Stryk’s “The Pit” and Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” can be considered horror poems.
Other: Maybe. Whatcha got in mind? We don’t want book reviews, essays on your definition of horror, or how R. L. Stine is responsible for your PTSD, but–we’re willing to consider … ????
Payment: Minimum of $150 for fiction, $15-25 for poetry, on publication. We’ll ask for exclusive rights for a reasonable period and anthology rights for a reasonable period. (No, we haven’t worked out “reasonable period” yet, but your editors and our publishers have all sat on the writer side of the editorial desk and therefore we’re writer friendly.) You will be asked to sign tipsheets.
Submit by Email: In your subject line, give us your name and the words JNW MASQUES. First line of your email should have the title of the piece. Attach your story only in .doc format. Yes, a cover (e)letter is quite all right, but please … Don’t expect us to be impressed with how many 5 star reviews your “Kindle Single” scored on Amazon, though we are happy for you that you have a large and supportive family.
US Post Office: Standard double-spaced manuscript format, please, and will you please number your pages? Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Response Time: Might be a while. Two of us have to read your submission. Then we need time to argue about it. If we like your work, but can’t use it in the first volume of JNW Masques, we might ask to use it in upcoming editions.
Email address: email@example.com
US POST OFFICE: M. Castle
PO Box 326
Steger IL 60475
Length: 5,000-8,000 words
Payment: Minimum of $150 for fiction, $15-25 for poetry, on publication.