Deadline Approaches: Weird Noir

Just a reminder there’s only a few more days left to submit! To what?

This: I’m editing a collection for Fox Spirit with one swanky cover by SL Johnson.

Weird Noir

On the gritty backstreets of a crumbling city, tough dames and dangerous men trade barbs, witticisms and a few gunshots. But there’s a new twist where urban decay meets the eldritch borders of another world: WEIRD NOIR, featuring thugs who sprout claws and fangs, gangsters with tentacles and the occasional succubus siren. The ambience is pure noir but the characters aren’t just your average molls and mugs — the vamps might just be vamps. It’s Patricia Highsmith meets Shirley Jackson or Dashiell Hammett filtered through H. P. Lovecraft. Mad, bad and truly dangerous to know, but irresistible all the same.

Writer already confirmed for the collection (i.e. I already have their stories or their souls  in my possession) include Richard Godwin, Joyce Chng, Paul D. Brazill, Jason Michel and Andrez Bergen.

But there’s room for a few more.

Story  length
4-10K (negotiable)

$10 advance against future royalties, split 70-30 with the publisher.

Word .doc (not docx), Times New Roman 12pt font, 1″ margins, double spaced

If you have a previously unpublished story you’d be interested in contributing, let me know. Stories will be due September 5. I’m particularly interested in characters who show a little more of the diversity evident in the real world. And tentacles — they’re not just for weird porn! If you want some insight into the editor who will be choosing the stories, see my website. I won’t know how much space there is left until all my invitees turn in their stories (or don’t). So I won’t  get back to you before the end of September at the earliest, so don’t bug me (unless you want me to give you your story back so you can send it elsewhere).

Cheers –


(katelaity at gmail)



  1. Tried to come up with an idea but it is a few steps out of my comfort zone and knowledge base. I bet it will be a humdinger.

    • A shame, Patti! I’m sad I won’t have a story from you in it. I may have an interesting take on a “how I wrote this book” story.

    • A shame, Patti! I’m sad I won’t have a story from you in it. I may have an interesting take on a “how I wrote this book” story.

  2. Where do we sent the submission to?

    • katelaity at gmail; make sure to put Weird Noir in the subject line.


      • Thank you Kate!

        I have sent my story The Darkness Cult to you just this minute. I hope it fits in with the stories you are seeking.

        Jennifer Martin

      • Excellent!

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