The publishers of Black Magic Women are set to release another groundbreaking compendium – SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire. The eagerly anticipated anthology will be the first of its kind: a compilation of vampire tales celebrating vampires of the African diaspora.
After a difficult deliberation, the final stories have been chosen and contracts sent to authors. The list of authors whose works will appear in SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noireis as follows:
Authors (in order of appearance): Sheree Renee Thomas Craig L. Gidney Danielle Little Milton Davis Jessica Cage Michele Tracy Berger Alicia McCalla Jeff Carroll Steven Van Patten Penelope Flynn Lynette Hoag Steve Van Samson Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald Balogun Ojetade Valjeanne Jeffers Samantha Bryant Vonnie Winslow Crist Miranda J. Riley K.R.S. McEntire Alledria Hurt Kai Leakes John Linwood Grant Sumiko Saulson Dicey Grenor Lisa Woods LH Moore Delizhia D. Jenkins Colin Cloud Dance V.G. Harrision
The anthology will be available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover. eBook copies are available for pre-order at: https://amzn.to/2XMTsJF
From the publishers of Black Magic Women,
An Improbable Truth, and The Grotesquerie comes yet another
groundbreaking anthology. Committed to amplifying marginalized voices in
speculative fiction, Mocha Memoirs Press is on a mission to publish diverse and
inclusive stories featuring protagonists not often found in mainstream
publishing. In that vein, Mocha Memoirs Press is proud to present SLAY:
Stories of the Vampire Noire — a revolutionary anthology celebrating
vampires of the African Diaspora. Featuring anchor stories by award winning
authors Sheree Renee Thomas, Craig L. Gidney, Teri Clark, Jessica Cage, Michele
Tracy Berger, and Steven Van Patten, SLAY aims to be the first anthology
of its kind.
What we are looking for: Vampires have been around in the horror genre for centuries. We are looking to tell a different vampire story. Ones where they may sparkle, but it is a dark one. This call is seeking unpublished short stories that tell stories of the vampire noire, the black vampire. We want stories of vampire hunters, of anti-vampiric heroes/heroines, and more. If you can take the story out of westernized culture, we’d love to see those, too! We want stories that speak of inclusivity. So, if your vampire is disabled or suffers from an alignment, send those stories too. LGBTQ+ stories are also encouraged. To point, we want stories from the African diaspora.
If you do not follow the guidelines, your submission will be deleted unread. Read the guidelines. Follow them.
Upon results of a successful crowdfunding campaign, we will pay HWA pro-rate of .05 per word for publication for First World Rights.
GUIDELINES: • Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 5,000 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology, meaning the protagonist must from the African Diaspora. Remember, this entire anthology is dedicated to stories of the black vampire. They can be in space, superheroes, but they must be from the African Diaspora. • Manuscripts should be in Shunn manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on the top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold. • Attach the story in either .docx, .doc, and send it to mochamemoirspress AT gmail.com • Subject: SLAY Submission: Title of Short story-Author Name • Save your File as STORY TITLE-AUTHOR NAME
DON’Ts: • No revenge stories. • No erotica. • No bestiality. • No underage sex with minors. • No racist rants/racist storylines.
DEADLINE and TIMELINE: • The deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2020. • Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of July 2020.