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The Shadow Booth: Vol. 2 - COMING THIS JUNE!

We're thrilled to announce that The Shadow Booth: Vol. 2 will be launched this June. Once again, we'll be publishing as an ebook and a mass-market paperback (which should match your copy of Vol. 1 perfectly on the shelf...)

This time we're using Indiegogo to crowdfund the project, soplease order your copy here. There are also a number of perks/bundles for those of you who want more Booth for your money.

But we haven't told you the most exciting part. The lineup is now finalised for Vol. 2, and the Table of Contents reads as follows:
Buddy by Mark MorrisWe are the Disease by Gareth ReesWaves by Dan GraceMy Father’s Face by Giovanna RepettoEar to Ear by Aliya WhiteleyFeasting, Fasting by Anna VaughtKeel by George SandisonWhat to do When Your Child Brings Home a Mami Wata by Chikodili EmelumaduGood Good Good, Nice Nice Nice by Kirsty LoganMonkeys on the Beach by Ralph Robert MooreCave Venus et Stellas by Anna VaughtThe Joanne by Johnny Mains Sound good? We think so. In fa…

Books: The Dark is Rising

A DARK AND TIMELESS BEAUTY The Dark is Rising: Book Two of The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper (1973)by Andrew Wallace I had this novel as a boy, but didn’t read it because the cover was too frightening. It was the Puffin UK second edition, with art by Michael Heslop, and featured Herne the Hunter as an owl-eyed, antlered figure with an uncomfortably human face. Herne is riding the white horse, which through a curious use of negative effect and collage appears to be black. The picture is dynamic, even threatening; due to the colouration, it looks as though we are seeing Herne through a rifle sight. It is not clear whether this menacing figure is friend or foe; he looks like trouble, but there is something about his eyes that is not so much evil as uniquely focused.
I’ve dwelt on this cover for two reasons: one is that the combination of familiar and uncanny elements makes it one of the most enduring images of the weird I know; the other is that it so perfectly captures the …

The Shadow Booth is now open for Submissions!

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS OF SHORT STORIES, UNTIL 31 MARCH 2018. PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING.

We will be opening for FICTION SUBMISSIONS for the entirety of March 2018. Note: we are open all the time for non-fiction for the website, but the fiction submissions period will open on 1st March and end at midnight on 31st March 2018.

Here are some basic guidelines:
We are a bi-annual journal of weird and eerie fiction. Do not send us your Western romance (in space). Do not send us your drug addiction memoir. Do not send us your shopping list (unless you're buying some really weird things). Weird. Eerie. Fiction. Please.If you want an idea of what we mean by weird and eerie, then read The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1. This is the best way to find out what we like! The ebook is only £5, and like all independent publications, we need your support to keep going. (Paperbacks, ebooks and subscriptions are available here. Okay, rant over...) If you want further pointers,…

Memoir: The Drive Home

THE DRIVE HOME
by Tim Cooke

Memoir: The Shadow Babies

THE SHADOW BABIES
by Anna Vaught
In this cold house on a graceful, desolate street there were three rocking chairs,

Where three tiny forms sat formally, just so and waiting.

The chairs had black frames, rush seats; they were immaculate, still and unweighted down. No one, she said, was to rush at or hassle these chairs and they sat silent with their lovely occupants: three still infants. At least that was what I thought when I first looked in the formal front room. It was a shock, as I walked in with a clutch of young hot-blooded and real children of my own, lowering our voices as I'd trained them to do, in these parts, on Sundays, especially.

Here was me. Getting used to motherhood. Travelling alone. No mother of my own and a childhood that was rearing its head and causing commotion as I came to terms with wrongs I could not right but only release to the elements as I loved my own darlings. A graceful, desolate street: I needed straightforward, not a chilling oxymoron…

Top 5 Weird Horror Books for Halloween

It's Halloween time again, and every website seems to be doing their 'Halloween books' list. If you're a frequent reader of horror, however, then these lists are frequently uninspiring. Yes, we know The Shining is great. No, we're not going to read IT for the fifth time. Frankly, life's too short.

Instead, we thought it might be interesting to celebrate the weird and the unusual for our list. We've asked some of the contributors to The Shadow Booth: Volume 1 - and journal editor Dan Coxon - to recommend something strange, unsettling, and not widely read for Halloween. This is what crawled out of the mist...
Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
Recommended by Dan Carpenter Her most discomforting novel by far, much more eerie and strange than The Haunting of Hill House, and far less direct than The Lottery. A campus novel about loneliness, and the disquiet of being alone for the first time. Francine Prose, in her introduction to the new Penguin edition wrote, 'The…

Author Spotlight - Annie Neugebauer

And so we come to the final spotlight on our authors from The Shadow Booth: Volume 1. (Unless we hit £3,000 funding, of course, in which case we may just have to add one for Alison Moore...)

Annie Neugebauer specializes in horror, literary fiction, poetry, gothic, and speculative fiction. She has work appearing in more than a hundred publications, including magazines such as Apex, Black Static, and Cemetery Dance, as well as anthologies such as Bram Stoker Award finalist The Beauty of Death and #1 Amazon bestseller Killing It Softly. Her story 'Hide' was included in Ellen Datlow’s recommended list for Best Horror of the Year Volume 7. Her book of poetry has received an honorable mention in the Stevens Competition by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and placed 2nd in the Edwin M. Eakin Memorial Book Publication Award by the Poetry Society of Texas. She is represented by Alec Shane of Writers House.

Annie is also founding member and past president of the Denton…

Author Spotlight - Joseph Sale

Not long left to run on our crowdfunding campaign. If you haven't done so already, be sure to order your copy of Shadow Booth: Vol. 1 (ebook is now available too, and all paperback orders include an ebook option free of charge).

In the meantime, here's our latest Author Spotlight, on Joseph Sale. His story 'City of the Nightwatchers' appears in Volume 1.

Joseph Sale is a novelist, writing coach, editor, graphic designer, artist, critic and gamer. His first novel, The Darkest Touch, was published by Dark Hall Press in 2014. Since, he has authored Seven Dark Stars, Across the Bitter Sea, Orifice, The Meaning of the Dark, Nekyia and more. Under the pseudonym Alan Robson (his grandfather's name), he won third place in Storgy's Exit Earth anthology competition, judged by Diane Cook.

He is the creator of †3 Dark, a unique publishing project born in 2017 showcasing the work of 13 writers including Richard Thomas and Moira Katson; each story is accompanied by original c…

Author Spotlight - David Hartley

Our crowdfunding campaign for The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1 is almost at an end, so today we shine our spotlight on David Hartley, whose story 'Betamorphosis' appears in Volume 1.

David Hartley's fiction has enjoyed various publications in numerous places including Ambit Magazine, Black Static, Structo Magazine, Shooter Lit Mag, The Alarmist and two Boo Books anthologies; After the Fall (2014) and We Can Improve You (2015), as well as a multitude of websites. His first love was flash fiction, and he touts three collections of the things in the form of Spiderseed (Sleepy House Press, 2016), Threshold (Gumbo Press, 2013) & his twisted Christmas collection Merry Gentlemen (Kindle, self published, 2014) where anti-Santas stalk children, fir trees steal humans for display and the Virgin Mary asks what in hell she is supposed to do with the divine placenta. He is really rather proud of the Christmas collection. His 2016 collection Spiderseed came first runner-up at the Saboteur …

Author Spotlight - Timothy J. Jarvis

We have an extra Author Spotlight today, on Timothy J. Jarvis. Not only does his story 'What the Bones Told Hecate Shrike' appear in The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1, but Tim will be reading alongside Gary Budden and Daniel Carpenter at Listen Softly London tomorrow (Sunday 22 October, 2017). If you're near London, make sure to go along!

Timothy J. Jarvis is a writer, scholar, and teacher of Creative Writing with an interest in the antic, the weird, the strange. His first novel, The Wanderer, was published by Perfect Edge Books in the summer of 2014. His short-fiction has appeared in Murder Ballads, Booklore, Uncertainties: Volume I, Caledonia Dreamin’: Strange Fiction of Scottish Descent, 3:AM Magazine, and Leviathan 4: Cities, among other places. He is also interested in drone and ambient music and has collaborated with sound artists on sleeve notes and performance. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Lightship International Short Fiction Prize. He currently lives in Bedfo…