For those unfamiliar with Static Movement, it is a “for the love” (no pay, only exposure) publisher of short stories, including a monthly online magazine and numerous themed print anthologies. Static Movement is now revamping its “to print” methods, with anthologies appearing now through CreateSpace and Amazon. Static Movement is looking for quality stories that fit its themes. Reprints are accepted. Anthologies go to editing and then to print when the 70,000 word count is reached or surpassed.
The Static Movement Anthologies I’m aware of that are presently accepting stories are:
- Alicorns and Hooves
- The Badlands
- Bloody Ghost Stories: An Anthology of Dark Supernatural Demise
- Dragon Blood
- Gypsies and Giants
- Halloween Shrieks
- Here Be Clowns II
- Incense and Perfume
- Legends and Lore
- Love at First Bite
- Magickally Delicious
- Modern Lovecraft
- Neon and Blood
- Retellings – YA
- Shape Shifters
- Sweet Dreams and Night Terrors
- The Undead War
- Undercurrents of Fear
- Visions Across 20 Light Years
- Werewolf versus Vampire
The abridged themes for each of those, as described by the Static Movement editors are:
Unicorns: tame, wild, or otherwise. Make them blue or green or rainbow if you like. Try weaving in some extra creativity into the old tales and descriptions. I would like everything to be rooted firmly in fantasy and dark fantasy. Think of this one as a young adult collection, which shouldn't have sex or foul language, but not too tame.
Weird western stories—stories have to be in a western setting (around 1840-1910), with correct historical information. They can include anything … vampire gunslingers, gangs of undead stage robbers, shape-shifters, were-wolf miners who migrated west to avoid detection, or just an old fashioned noir western with a weird slant.
Bloody Ghost Stories: An Anthology of Dark Supernatural Demise edited by Brianna Stoddard
Give me all your extreme horror ghost stories, featuring Dark Supernatural Demise. I want to see what you can weave out of a ghost story with ill-fated encounters with humans. Picture the classics (Poltergiest, Haunting in Connecticut, etc.) with a bloody not-happily-ever-after ending.
Bloody Ghost Stories is at about 27 stories. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
Changelings edited by George Wilhite
I am interested in variations on this legend. If you want to stick with fairies, trolls or elves, that is okay, but I would also like some original “legendary creatures” of your own design. Any genre, time period or setting works. I prefer dark tales but straight fantasy is fine as long as there is some kind of twist.
Changelings is at about 39,000 words.CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
edited by Jake Johnson
I’m looking for flash fiction and poetry based on colors. These colors can be either be vital parts of the stories they’re telling or just act as themes in the background. Be creative! Each story has to be named after the color it represents, and there can only be one story for each color.
Taken colors: Albedo, Amber, Aqua, Aquamarine, AuroMetalSaurus, Beige, Black, Blonde, Crimson, Cyan, Dark Lavender, Ebony, Gold, Goldenrod, Gray, Green, Maroon, Midnight Blue, Orange, Pearl, Periwinkle, PINK, Red, Ruby, Rust Red, Sand, Sangria Red, Scarlet, Silver, Sinopia, Tiramasu, Turquoise, Violet, White, Yellow, Zaffre. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
edited by Dean M. Drinkel
I'm looking for original stories about Demons. Very best work please - and please be original with your story-telling (not interested in standard / usual demon-type tales); horror / dark fantasy preferred. Stories can be set anywhere and at any point in history (would love to have some medieval tales particularly).
edited by Dorothy Davies
Are dragons monsters, or do they have a reputation they do not deserve? What are you dragon thoughts? Sad stories, funny stories, dark and light, send me your dragon related tales, see if we can get another first class Static Movement anthology out in the world!
Dragon Blood is at around 60,026 words. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
The idea of having powers crosses everyone’s mind. How would the world be? What powers would you have? Could you fly? See the future? Or would you simply be immortal? Does everyone have powers or are only a few blessed? Is it even a blessing?
edited by Adam Francis Smith
Stories with gypsies or giants—both need not appear, but both may. I’d like to see stories spanning the genres, with, for example: magic-wielding gypsies, ancient giant creatures such as dinosaurs, space-faring gypsies, giant planets … Anything goes, really – surprise me with your creativity.
Halloween Shrieks edited by Dorothy Davies
Explore all the aspects of Halloween, no holds barred!
Halloween Shrieks is at about 43,151 words. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
Grab your brass knuckles, your grandpa’s sawed-off scattergun and enter the fray. I’m looking for killer looking (or not) dames that do some damage and killing, bank robberies gone bad, bad or good guys getting theirs the hard way and can be old school or modern settings. Make it tight, dark and ‘Hardboiled’.
What goes on under the paint and wig, what is the wild costume hiding, what secrets does a clown hold? Send dark, dark tales of clowns on the rampage, committing mayhem and murder and all manner of unearthly and horrible deeds—let's add to the world's paranoia of clowns!
edited by Chris Bartholomew
I want some really amazing, awe-inspiring stories. Give me the cream of the crop. Most genres. Use as much truth as you can. There are many wonderful resources out there full of knowledge waiting for you. See what you can come up with... Maybe you'll find something I don't know yet.
Incense and Perfume
edited by Danielle Rose
Forbidden Attraction. Eternal love. The lure of this ecstatic pleasure is undeniable. Will the road to love be facile? Or will it prove to be the hardest path your character has ever taken? I’m not too picky about the overall idea (as long as it’s speculative in nature), but eventually, leave your readers with one question: Is love really all you’ll ever need?
edited by Dorothy Davies
Monsters... Not run of the mill vamps and zombies—think Japanese, German, Early North American Aboriginals, African, many more! Obscure forgotten lore. They don’t have to be in their own time period; I don't care who lives or dies; but... they must be factual according to their lore.
Legends and Lore is ataround 59,294 words. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
Erotic stories (adults only) with elements of fantasy or dark fantasy—strictly lesbian and bisexual female stories, so little to no male contact is required. Anything other than that I am willing to work with. Surprise me! Tease me with wild female fantasy! I look forward to reading them all!
Right now, the stars could be right. Right now, something with too many teeth is crashing to Earth. Right now, a man with an ancient book is summoning something that could end the world. What sanity-blasting things lurk in our everyday lives? What would H.P. Lovecraft have written about if he were alive today?
I would like stories set in the big city. Monsters and demons in the midst of the crowd, the busy streets of a bustling city. You may use any sort of monster you like just as long as it is frightening. Elements of modern society are welcome, leather, studs tattoos etc…..not required but encouraged.
Think of the old stories like ‘Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Bluebeard’—make them your own. This could mean changing the time period, the location, or even changing the focus character—whatever interesting idea you have. Any genre is acceptable.
What is a shape shifter? Is it a monster or are the changes subtle tricks of light; smoke and mirrors or demons from the darkest pits of hell? Describe the changes a shape shifter goes through, what are they like—emotional beings or dark spirits seeking revenge, relationships or just looking to blend in with our human society.
Shape Shifters is a new anthology and is at about 3,463 words. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
I would like to see stories set in the dream world. The stories can be the sweetest of dreams (No erotica) or the worst night terrors. These stories can be based on dreams you’ve had or heard about. Let us know what scares you or thrills you in the dream world. Poetry welcome as well!
Sweet Dreams and Night Terrors is at about 41,286 words. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
Show me compelling stories about the survivors and their normal everyday living and their dealings with the living dead. Show me unique settings and characters. How did the zombie apocalypse happen? How do the survivors cope? What about weapons? Is the Government still functional or are they all Undead? Is there a ’safe haven’? The potential story-lines are endless. Let’s keep them near future or past.
Fears, phobias and frightening occurrences of terror—I would like your best story about fear, psychological, mythological, horrific, monsters are good. Let me know what fear is to the lead in the story, what they feel, see, hear when confronted by things going bump in the night. If your lead is afraid of apples, tell a frightening story about apples.
edited by Chris Bartholomew
In September of 2010 scientists made a long awaited announcement. Orbiting a red dwarf star about 20 light years, is Gliese 581g, the first planet we detected within its star’s habitable zone. I would like Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror/Thriller/Adventure stories that explore this wondrous discovery—civilizations that develop, the people that would live there, whether other species study the indigenous life forms …
Visions Across 20 Light Years is at about
edited by Brianna Stoddard
I want all kinds of stories focusing on the dark and damned side of these creatures. Don't think too much like "Underworld", that's too tame for this. Think of battling clans with hatred for each other as well as themselves. Try to come up with some really raw, edgy, even noir-type stuff. Give me anything you got! 1,000 to 5,000 word limit.
Werewolf versus Vampire is at about 25,420 words.