Ghostley_LogoAn Imprint of James Ward Kirk Fiction 

Now Considers Submissions of

Horror, Slipstream, Fabulism,

Cross-Genre & Related Literatures

Submission Window Always Open!

    A call for manuscripts–both novels and story collections. 
    There should be something dark about your novel or story collection–and literary. Your work may be set in any era past, present, future, or imaginary. Traditional as well as experimental narratives and non-narratives considered. Evil should be depicted as counterfeit to a higher good.
    It is recommended that you purchase your own cover art of at least 300 dpi and nothing below the 1600 x 1066 pixel range, though the 7584 x 5055 px range works best for sharpness and clarity. If you do acquire your own cover art, you must also submit that art to Ghostley Books (not JWK Fiction) for approval after your ms. has been accepted for publication. Otherwise, cover art will be chosen for you. Inexpensive cover art can be found here
    Representative authors include Charles Dickens, George MacDonald, Anatole France, Arthur Machen, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Morris, Ralph Adams Cram, Sabine Baring-Gould, J.S. Le Fanu, Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, and M.R. James.
    Representative storylines in film include The Lovely Bones [2009], The Changeling [1980], The Shining [1980], The Woman in Black [1989, 2012], Lady in White [1988], Carnival of Souls [1962], Lost Hearts [1973], The Others [2001], The Devil’s Backbone [2001], The Innkeepers [2011], The Haunting [1963], I Will Follow You Into the Dark [2012], Left in Darkness [2006], The Witch [2015], The Blackcoat’s Daughter [2015], The Presence [2010], The Rite [2011], Presence of Mind [1999], House of Good and Evil [2013].    
    If accepted for publication, your book will appear in print and electronic formats (ebook) inside of six (6) months from offered contract. 
    No reading fee, no publication fee, no purchase of books necessary, no social media marketing or business plan required of the author. 
    Novels 50K – 95K words
    Story Collections 50K – 95K words
    No Poetry (unless it is a part of the story or novel)
    No advance. Royalties paid from net proceeds per contract.
    No simultaneous submissions.
    Yes, multiple submissions considered.
    Reprints of books are considered only if the original is out-of-print with the publisher and you own the copyright. Stories for collections need not have been first published elsewhere. 
    Send your ms. in a Word .doc file to:
    Turnaround is likely no more than one day, barring unforeseen circumstances. Direct all questions to Scáth Beorh via the above listed email address.
    Put as the subject of your email GHOSTLEY ACQUISITIONS
    ‘Scáth Beorh tells stories permeated with themes of violence, brutality, anguish, punishment, magical realism, and blurred lines between this and the afterlife. Sometimes veiled and at times more overt sarcasm about Christian values and moral inconsistencies underline an ingenious design behind the entertaining tales. The quality of the writing and storytelling indicates an extremely well-informed and competent storyteller.’

    1. a meadow or field inhabited by ghosts, and, by extension, a place of ghosts [as with ‘oakley’ being a ‘place or field of oaks’, etiam, ‘kingsley’ [kings’ place], ‘presley’ [place of priests], et cetera;
    2. a variant of ‘ghostly’, or ‘haunted with spirits’;
    3. ‘saintly, holy, hallowed, set apart’ [also spelled ‘ghostly’];
    4. of Sheol, which surrounds all of us

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    Ghostley Books by Beorh
    Cool As Fuck
    The Vampires Of Dreach Fola
    Children & Other Wicked Things
    The Witch Of Ballinascarty
    Dark Sayings Of Old
    Classic Ghost Stories (Editor)
    The Annotated Nephilim Field Guide (anthology)
    Ghostley Books Forthcoming by Beorh 
    Midwinter Silent Hopeful Song
    Ankle-Biters of the North
    The Annotated Demonology Field Guide (anthology)
    The Goat On Which The Lot Fell (anthology)
    Gut-Wrenching Horror (anthology)
    Jesus Is A Woman
    The Annotated Witchcraft Field Guide (anthology) 
    Devils & Their Witches
    Ghosts of Saint Augustine
     The Phantasmagoric Travel Guide for Strangers & Exiles

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    Haunted by benevolence
    touching me; beckoning,
    calling softly at my shoulder
    as I watch Lammas fires smolder,
    glowing red and orange in whisper.