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MONSTER HUNTER BLOOD TRAILS



Reading Period: 3/15/13 through 8/15/13



Tentative Publication Date: October 2013

Payment: $25.00, payable upon publication for First Worldwide Print and Electronic rights.

Word Limit: 2000 to 6000 words. Submissions will only be accepted as DOC (Word - all versions) or RTF formats, submitted through our submissions link.

Genres Accepted: Dark Fiction, Horror and Sci-Fi. No Fantasy or poetry accepted at this time.
Original, unpublished work only. No reprints, please!

No simultaneous subs (submitting to emby and another press at the same time).

No multiple subs, please (keeping in mind that I will notify all authors as soon as possible if a story is declined so that they may submit that story to another market and hopefully submit another story to our book).


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Maybe 1,000 years ago, a poet wrote one of the most compelling tales of adventure that the world has ever known. That poem, Beowulf, is about a monster hunter.

This particular hunter slew more than one monster and ultimately died from the wounds of a battle with a monster.

In doing so, the pursuit was personal. The monsters had names. The pursuit was not some blind exercise in violence…

Melville wrote of another hunter, as did Stoker.

History and literature are filled with monster hunting stories. This is your chance to continue the tradition.


We want to get to know the hunter and the hunted. We want to anguish in their pain, thrill in their victories and bow our heads to their defeat.


MONSTER HUNTER BLOOD TRAILS will explore these characters. Make us love or hate them; show us their strengths, their weaknesses and their idiosyncrasies. Make these characters come to life on the page and make us care.


BLOOD TRAILS will be the first of a new trilogy. The second book, REVOLVER, will explore the tide turning in the battle. The third book, ONE OF US HAS TO DIE will explore the resolution of the battle.


You may choose to write for all three, but each story must be complete in and of itself, with a beginning and end.

Action is a plus, though not a necessity. Gore and sex scenes that do not drive the story will be viewed as distractions. Needless cruelty to animals or children may belong in other genres, but won’t help your chances here. Anything that even hints at a vampire about to sparkle will be forwarded directly to the Monster Hunter Disciplinary Board for review and possible revocation of membership.










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May 21 13 10:07 PM

Actually, no. 

A Word or RTF document is fine - no headers or page numbers needed, and don't worry about the formatting. Just type it all out, and if accepted, it will be broken down and translated when the proof document is rendered.

No offense to Mr. Shunn, but his guidelines apply to written submissions.

Those days are gone, my friend.

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May 22 13 3:21 AM

Wow. I reckon 75% of places I submit to follow Shunn, or have their own even more complicated ways of presenting stories via email. (You should see some of the things Australian publishers want! No hard returns at the end of paragraphs, no tabs, no double quotes, smart quotes for conversation, no smart quotes for contractions, 1.5 spacing... and then they had the gall to say I hadn't followed their guidelines to the letter - God knows what I missed! - so asked for me to resub because the story was "quite interesting". I didn't. I gave up on them and sold the story to Static Movement who just like to have good stories.)
Just typing a story is what I like to hear.

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May 22 13 11:56 AM

Exactly. Truth is, as an editor and now a publisher, I want the best story a writer has to send. I can do the formatting (or more accurately, I can hire folks who know what they are doing).

Formatting that story into a final manuscript is an art unto itself and with the mix of formats and versions (rtf & Word - Word 2004, 2007, 2011 etc.) there are so many differences in each that it all gets cleared anyway.

I understand when guidelines request all that you describe above - but the truth is, most writers are giving it everything they've got to get the story on the page. Trying to format as you go just hampers that process.

So I say let the writers do the writing and the formatters do the formatting.

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Aug 14 13 9:09 AM

Blood Trails closes for submissions tomorrow (15th) at midnight EST (New York). 

All responses and the final TOC will be announced by Friday the 23rd, 8 pm.

I have quite a few "final round" stories, so if I have not responded to you yet, thank you for your patience!

Out of the three previous volumes, this book is shaping up to be more like Leather, Denim & Silver, with varied stories, monsters and outcomes. There are some really great tales here!

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