If you’ve not yet done so, you really should check out Midnight Echo, the magazine of h0rror fiction put out by the Australian Horror Writer’s Association, for no other reason than it’s put into print some damn fine and froody dark fiction in its two published issues so far.

As of September 1st, the submission period for issue 4 will commence, and said issue will be guest-edited by none other than your humble correspondent. Guidelines can be found here, but in general, I’ll be looking for stories under 5000 words that make me look up from the page and shiver. Keep in mind: I don’t scare easily, and stories of the creeping-tentacles-of-doom-doom-doom variety bore me shitless. If you want to know what really scares me, look in your mirror: see that thing looking back at you from behind your eyes that you’d swear doesn’t belong to you?

Send your submissions to midnightecho@australianhorror.com.


  1. Lee,

    How quick a turn around are you going to be aiming for, regarding subs? As in, will you hurry up and bounce my story, when I send it in, so I can try with another before the submission period closes? 🙂

    ~Chris G.


  2. If I hate it I'll bounce it PDQ, immediately even. If I like a story I'll ask to hang on to it for a while so I can give myself a list of possibles to work on. I'm open to the possibility of accepting a story immediately if I have an “I must publish this or I will die” response, but I've edited 2 magazines before and never had”*that* response, so don't hold your breath 🙂


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