Editor Johnny Worthen Taking Pitches at World Horror Provo Utah

Omnium Gatherum editor Johnny Worthen will be taking pitches at the World Horror Convention April 28 - May 1 in Provo Utah.

Omnium Gatherum publishes horror, weird fiction and dark fantasy. In the five years of operation, several titles have been nominated for awards. This year two Omnium Gatherum novels are on the short list for the Bram Stoker Award. Congratulations to John Claude Smith (Riding the Centipede) and Ian Welke (End Times at Ridgemont High)

Johnny is looking for novels (50k words) and novellas (20k - 50k words) that twist the conventions of horror, weird fiction or dark fantasy in new and interesting ways. Stories with unexpected settings, main characters not often featured in the genre fiction and stories with supernatural beings other than vampires, werewolves or zombies have the best chance of acceptance. If your story is too quirky, odd or disturbing to share with the folks at your day job Omnium Gatherum might be the publisher for you.
 

Fortune: Lost and Found

Cover Fortune: Lost and FoundCapital, cash, gold, lucre — money makes the world go round. But fortunes easily gained are often painfully lost. Since the very first king pressed his face onto the very first coin no single thing has led so many to ruin. Fortune, it seems, has a dark side and a wickedly evil sense of humor. Curses, plagues and misfortunes rain down on those who dare to tip the scales in their own favor. Fortunes, Lost and Found edited by L.S. Murphy and Kate Jonez is a collection of tales about  money and wealth and the potentially horrifying consequences of gaining or losing it. Stories of cursed Pharaoh's tombs, haunted pirate ships, rare and valuable trinkets found in forgotten places are examples of the type of story we’d like to see. But acquiring a fortune, much like making a deal with the devil, is tricky business often with unexpected consequences. Surprise us with your stories. Submit horror / dark fantasy stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words in .doc format to fortuneanthology@omniumgatherumedia.com. The deadline is May 30th 2012. We'll consider reprints, but please mention where and when the story first appeared in the cover letter. Payment will be made 6 months from publication. Each contributor will receive an equal portion of royalties earned during the 6 month period and one paperback copy of the anthology.

The Detritus Anthology is Here!!! Happy Friday the 13th

Cover for DetritusThe impulse to collect springs from deep within the human psyche Squirrels gather acorns, rats collect shiny things, but only humans assign meaning to the objects they collect. Detritus is a collection of stories about the impulse to collect, preserve, and display gone horribly wrong. Kate Jonez and S.S. Michaels have assembled a diverse range of exceptionally disturbing stories from authors from around the world. Each of the stories, whether about a collection that is world changing or intensely personal, is sure to linger in readers’ thoughts and make them consider the possibility that malice and evil just might lurk in their own hoard of stuff.

Featuring: Kealan Patrick Burke, Jeremy C, Shipp, Mary Borsellino, Brent Michael Kelley, Phil Hickes, L.S. Murphy, Michael R. Colangelo, Neil Davies, Louise Bohmer, Edmund Colell, S.P. Miskowski, Michael Montoure, Lee Widener, Pete Clark, and Opal Edgar

Ebook available on Amazon

Paperback available from Omnium Gatherum for $13.99 (coming soon on Amazon)

Knock Knock Available Now in Paperback

Cover for Knock KnockSomething evil has come home.KNOCK KNOCK is one of those stories that takes you deep into the back woods of America, where shadows chase you and people do the unthinkable. With her distinct voice, Miskowski reveals the horror in both everyday and not-so-everyday life in small-town America. From the first few pages, you're hooked into the lives of three young girls who wander too far from home and find a terrifying secret among the roots of an old tree. Time reveals that this secret is tightly woven with their own roots as well, and throughout their lives, these girls are haunted by the thing that took notice of their indiscretion. — Angel Leigh McCoy, Wily Writers
"When three little girls from Skillute, Washington, choose to tempt fate and local superstition by performing a ceremony of dark magic in the woods, they unwittingly call forth an ancient and seemingly indestructible evil.  With skillfully drawn characters and a rural setting that's unabashedly creepy, S.P. Miskowski deftly lures us into an ever-tightening web of terror that's closing in on the girls, their families, and their town. Beautifully written and relentlessly suspenseful, it's a great book to curl up with on a cold winter's night. Just be sure to keep the doors locked and all the lights on!" - Lucy Taylor, The Silence Between the Screams
At the center of S.P. Miskowski's novel-length fairy tale are three restless girls, best friends stuck in the backwater of Skillute, Washington in the late 1960s. Their neighbors and families are petty or poor or both. They warn the girls not to wander into Skillute's dense forest; something evil lurks there, people say. The girls are not convinced. During a playful oath, they wander too far into the woods. Their mistake unleashes a malignant spirit that terrorizes Skillute for the next fifty years.
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