A call for manuscripts–both novels and story collections.
There should be something dark about your novel or story collection. 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 , The Changeling , The Shining , The Woman In Black [1989, 2012], Lady In White , Carnival of Souls , Lost Hearts , The Others , The Devil’s Backbone , The Innkeepers , The Haunting , I Will Follow You Into The Dark , Left In Darkness , The Witch .
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.
The Ghostley Books imprint publishes at least 12 books each year.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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’];