Strangehouse Books seeks women writers for horror anthology ‘Not All Monsters’


NOT ALL MONSTERS: an anthology

This anthology will be edited by Sara Tantlinger and released by Strangehouse Books in the fall of 2020.

From the editor:

“There are monsters in every woman’s life. And while maybe not ALL monsters are so bad, I want you to tell me about the dark and twisted ones. Give me protagonists who take no shit. Show me women who save themselves. Does the hero slay the beast, or is she the monster? All types of monsters, protagonists, and antagonists are welcome here. I am looking for speculative fiction containing strong prose with character-driven stories that convey powerful messages. I am particularly drawn to the beautiful grotesque, gothic elements, the macabre, and poetic prose, but I welcome all well-crafted stories to be submitted.”

All writers who identify as women are welcome to submit.

Submissions open on November 1st, 2018 and will remain open until our approximate word count has been met. Responses should take no longer than 3 months.

Manuscript formatting should follow the Shunn style, which can be found HERE (or you can copy/paste this link:

Send submissions to:

Payment: $0.01/word

Expected word count: ~90K

Stories should be a minimum of 2K and up to 8K

NO reprints

NO multiple submissions

NO simultaneous submissions

About the Editor:

Sara Tantlinger resides outside of Pittsburgh on a hill in the woods. She is the author of Love For Slaughter and the forthcoming The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes, both released with StrangeHouse Books. She has also published many poems, and a few flash fictions and short stories with various journals and magazines. She is a poetry editor for the Oddville Press, a graduate of Seton Hill’s MFA program, a member of the SFPA, and an active member of the HWA. She embraces all things strange and can be found lurking in graveyards or on Twitter @SaraJane524 and at


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