Cussedness Corner

"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane

Call for submissions

Originally published on July 19, 2013


An anthology of the aberrant

Edited by Christine Morgan

To be published in 2014 by Daverana Enterprises

What we’re looking for:

Short fiction, poetry, or non-fiction written darkly! Send us the indescribable, the transgressive, the controversial, the surreal, the darkety-dark, the gothic-as-hell! Traditional horror, horror targets, and stuff that could have come right out of a horror writer’s nightmare, or a metal album! Send us your “nods” to the genre’s greats! Send us arachnid domiciles, apocalyptic weather systems, obfuscated oculars, ghostly periodicals, intentions of scandal-sheets, archives of nameless dreads!

Are you a woman? LGBT? A fan-fiction hack? Conservative? Christian? Fine by us; we welcome authors of all kinds because, here, it’s the story that counts! We’re far less concerned with subject matter (even erotica, or extreme stuff like self-cannibalism!) than we are with good writing, a sense of humor, the ability to handle criticism and work with an editor, and just generally being personable and having fun.

Basically, if you’re reading this, you probably already have an idea of what we’re looking for, and why. Bonus points for stories set in, mentioning, loosely tied to, or in some way involving a ‘Fossil Lake,’ however you choose to interpret it.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Word Limit: up to 5000

Compensation: comp copy, and 25% of proceeds to be distributed among contributors

Standard manuscript format preferred; Times New Roman or Courier 12-point

Send submissions attached as a .doc or .rtf to:


29 comments on “Call for submissions

  1. Christine Morgan
    July 19, 2013

    I am thrilled to be part of this project, very much looking forward to it! Feel free to contact me with any questions.

  2. Lepplady
    July 19, 2013

    Deadline’s September 30th? 5000 word cap?
    Okay. I’ll see what I can come up with.

  3. Georgina merry
    July 19, 2013

    My friend Lorna and I will each submit something too.

  4. Janrae Frank
    July 19, 2013

    We are looking forward to it. Christine is an amazing editor and author.

  5. secolbert
    July 19, 2013

    Working on mine right now. I’m going to hit the reblog button and post it on mine as well.

  6. secolbert
    July 19, 2013

    Reblogged this on Scott E. Colbert and commented:
    Definitely have to submit something for this! It’s going to be a lot of fun!

  7. Babyl On Dementia
    July 20, 2013

    allo, um, how do I add into this?

  8. M. Hightower
    July 20, 2013

    I’ll enter something in for sure.

  9. Marc
    July 21, 2013

    I’ll see what I can do

  10. ghostposts
    July 21, 2013

    You have already paid me for “feeding mother”, and one other story. Use any of my work that you have freely. Just let me know.

  11. Christine Morgan
    July 23, 2013

    Official submissions have already begun to come in! Very excited to see how this project shapes up!

    And, to answer a couple of questions that have arisen:

    1. Reprints? Sure, I am glad to consider reprints!

    2. Pseudonyms? Of course, entirely understandable!

    Feel free to contact me at!

    — C.

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  13. Nickolaus Pacione
    August 9, 2013

    Fuck You! Get your fucking hands off my titles you fucking fan fiction writing hacks.

  14. cussedness
    August 9, 2013

    Wow! You do know that you cannot copyright a title?

  15. Christine Morgan
    August 10, 2013

    Thank you for your interest in FOSSIL LAKE! Please direct all queries, regarding titles or otherwise, to!

  16. Stinky Cat
    August 10, 2013

    I am very excited so many great writers are submitting to this. It is going to be a fantastic read! I will have a poem and a story or 2 in for review this week.

    Nick- you are hardly in a position to be hurling insults. Ramsey clarified for all you produce fanzines.

  17. melany
    August 13, 2013

    All you write is poe, lovecraft, and matheson fan fic Nicky so if anyone is a ‘fucking fan fiction writer’ it’s you.

    I can’t wait to see the finished book it’s going to be awesome!

  18. Nickolaus Pacione
    August 30, 2013

    My magazine is not a fucking fan zine. So fuck you Stinky Cat, you are a faceless cuntwhore.

  19. cussedness
    August 30, 2013

    Hi Nicky, come see me on Wattpad. Oh, did you get banned from there already?

  20. Melany
    August 30, 2013

    Did you recently do a submission call asking for fan fic of your shitty stories nicky? liar liar pants on fire, you’re a fan fiction mag.

  21. Nickolaus Pacione
    August 30, 2013

    Melany the the only way I allow it is if they are respectful of my vision. If I was a fan fiction mag, I would not be permitted to work with

  22. Melany
    August 30, 2013

    But it’s STILL fan fic. Or is that too difficult a concept for you to grasp with the whole ‘you can’t copyright titles’ concept?

  23. Christine Morgan
    September 1, 2013

    Just a reminder, folks … we’re into September now, so, you have until the end of the month to get those submissions in!

    I’ve received a lot already, and I can tell that this is going to be a very fun project!

  24. Melany
    September 1, 2013

    My friend finally sent mine back with his suggestions of a few changes and corrections, and you’ll hopefully get it by the end of the week! 😀 Going to a draft horse show today so I know I won’t get it done today.

  25. Christine Morgan
    September 1, 2013

    Excellent! Looking forward to it!

  26. Anthony
    September 12, 2013

    I’d love to submit, but the story I want to send is 6,500 words. A bit too long for this call, methinks.

  27. Stinkycat
    September 12, 2013

    Got busy the past few weeks but have more coming next week. Nikkiknobble will be so jealous he cannot produce anything so great. He must really think Lulu reads his cr@p.

  28. Christine Morgan
    September 16, 2013

    Two weeks left! Send me those stories, folks! This is already shaping up to be pretty dang awesome!

  29. Christine Morgan
    October 10, 2013

    Submissions are closed, responses have been sent out, contracts and edits are in the works! It’s shaping up to be a great book, and now we also have a FB page to keep up to date:

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