Archive for January, 2011

January 31st, 2011

Cue Duran Duran

A collection of short fiction about sexy paranormal “hunters” (appropriately called On the Hunt) publishes tomorrow with tales from some of paranormal romance’s biggest names, In New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s Ever Night, Rose Pascal is swept into a dark, haunting world every year on her birthday, a world ruled by a warrior [...]

January 30th, 2011

Call for submissions

Remember the Fall Fiction Frenzy?  Twelve Days of Christmas?  Coming up this spring will be the first annual “Dark Water” carnival of fiction in honor of the astrological sign Pisces.
We want your water-themed stories.  Got a haunted bathtub tale?  Send it over.  Been pining to write a Fountai of Youth story?  Now’s the time.  We [...]

January 30th, 2011

Just a reminder…

We’ve been getting a lot of submissions lately addressed to “To Whom It May Concern” or worse, to “Dear Sir.”  I know we don’t have a masthead on our home page like print magazines but it’s not that hard to find out who we are.
Just click on the tab that says “About Dark Valentine” and [...]

January 30th, 2011

A story for Sunday

A new chapter of NoHo Noir is online here.  This is episode 15, so if you’re behind, check out the archives where you can read all the stories beginning with “House Blend.”
Author Katherine Tomlinson and illustrator Mark Satchwill are in talks to take the series into other media.  The phrase “web series” is being [...]

January 29th, 2011

Blood Bound Books wants you!

Blood Bound Books publishes works of dark fiction, just like the stories that appear in Dark Valentine Magazine.  They are once again open for submissions (novels and book-length short story collections).  They will also be opening submissions for Night Terrors II shortly, so polish up your scariest stories and be ready to send them off.  [...]

January 28th, 2011

Award-Winning Fiction

The Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best Mystery have just been announced and if you’re looking for a little fiction fix, you should check out the list here.  The Anthony Award for best first novel went to Sophie Littlefield’s A Bad Day For Sorry, the first in a projected series.
Littlefield’s heroine, Stella Hardesty, is [...]

January 27th, 2011

Look Sharp–Ray Sharp that is…

Novelist Eric Stone, a friend of Dark Valentine, has just announced that electronic editions of all four of his Ray Sharp novels are now available, with new covers and priced at $2.99 at the Kindle store.
If you are a fan of stories set in exotic locations, this series is for you.  Here’s some info on [...]

January 26th, 2011

Mondo Means … beautiful posters

Over at Ain’t It Cool News, columnist Quint has an advance look at the company’s latest releases, two exquisite posters featuring the Guillermo del Toro versions of Hellboy.  They go on sale this Friday (1/28) and are bargain-priced at $45 each.  Check out the posters here, and then visit the Mondo site where some of [...]

January 26th, 2011

Shout Out for Shock Totem

We’re always happy to hear about other magazines that promote “dark fiction” and David Busboom’s post on today’s Prospectus News reminded us about Shock Totem.
The magazine (a bi-annual print publication) celebrates and supports both veteran and new writers with their collection of “curious tales of the macabre and twisted.”
Their third issue is available now [...]

January 25th, 2011

Joanne Renaud’s fame is spreading

Historical fantasy and romance writer Stephanie Dray (you may remember her story “The Threshing Floor” from the debut issue of Dark Valentine) has just interviewed our own Joanne Renaud on her blog.
In the interview Joanne discusses favorite writers, her favorite vacations (the illo on the left is from a trip she took to Spain) and [...]