Spooky Isles is looking for short stories and poems for its new anthology based around the Pendle Witches
Pendle Hill, known as the roof of Lancashire certainly casts a long shadow over the county.
Not just physically, but as the location for the Pendle Witches, whose subsequent trail at Lancaster during 1612 became the most infamous of its kind in British legal history.
For Spooky Isles’ new anthology ‘Shadows of Pendle’, we are seeking short stories and poems inspired by the Pendle Witches and their locality. (Please note the tales should have a connection to Pendle and not just generic witches.)
We are not looking for any retellings of their actual story itself, as that will be covered by the editor’s own introductory tale.
But stories and poems that draw on aspects of the characters and events involved, possibly combining them with other myths and legends surrounding Pendle and Lancashire.
The stories can be period or contemporary, horror, supernatural or darkly psychological.
Our expected audience is an adult one, so stories should be dark, scary, disturbing and creepy.
But we aren’t particularly looking for extreme gore, detailed sexual violence or anything that graphically victimises children and animals.
We are looking about 20 stories, assuming each is about 2000 each, and about 10 poems or more depending on quality of submissions.
Payment will be two copies of the published book. Submissions close 1 December 2017.
Please contact Spooky Isles’ Barry McCann at firstname.lastname@example.org with your submissions and more information.