what is on the very edge of the wood?
We are actively seeking submissions of both fiction and flash fiction for our very first themed issue. The theme is what is on the very edge of the wood? There are many stories about venturing into the deep, dark wood, but what is it that's right on the very edge. Interpret that however you wish!
Submissions close the 1st of November 2018.
To submit, please visit the theme submission page.
We are excited to report that two of our contributors--Helen McClory and Gwendolyn Kiste--have books published this month. Helen follows up her 2015 story collection On The Edges of Vision with the new and anticipated novel Flesh of the Peach. Gwendolyn continues with her imaginative and stark stories collected together in And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe.
* Read in The Wild Hunt *
Helen McClory's Lore
Gwendolyn Kiste's All the Hippies Are Dying
This past year--our first year--has been extraordinary for many reasons. We've published excellent stories, and have had the support of such creative readers and writers. We hope 2017 and on, will both continue and grow The Wild Hunt.
This month, we set up a Patreon page. We have one patron so far. Woohoo! We're beyond excited. The idea is to use funds to help maintain operational costs, but also, muster up some support to pay contributors. That is a top priority.
We hope you consider becoming a patron (think, only $1 a month) and when you are a part of our Patreon, we have a couple of thank yous coming your way.
Please pop on over.
“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.”
- Edgar Allan Poe
We're digging through the archives to handpick a few eerie stories to get you in the mood for autumn (we think the above Poe quote does an excellent job summing up our feelings about many of our stories!). Leading up to Halloween, we are featuring one story per day on our Twitter account, which includes a bespoke bit of teaser art for each story. We have flash fiction and short stories lined up. They run the gamut of horror, folklore, fantasy, and just plain weird. Also, we're giving you a sneak peek below of next week's new short story that will release on Wednesday, November 2.
Shall I Thrown It Down
“Shall I throw it down?” asked a monotone drone above us.
“Go ahead,” shouted Mr. Monofilio into the dark gape. Metal scraped against metal and a heap of rubbish crashed at the base of the furnace. Someone had hung a cardboard sign reading “toasty fireplace” next to a large white button with a faded “ignite” printed on it. The sign must have been a sort of in-joke between the last person to work here and his imaginary friend. The rubbish contained loose needles, bags of blood, and jars of who-knows-what organs. There were stained scrubs, bandages, and a hospital gown holding the mass together like a ribbon on a present.
“After you check to make sure everything is in order, you press the big button,” Mr. Monofilio explained, “and whoosh!” A white fire engulfed the medical waste. The syringes melted, the bags of blood popped and red liquid boiled. The cloth disappeared almost instantly. I turned away, afraid to damage my eyes. When I looked back, there were only ashes and small scraps of charred metal in the fireplace.
“Check to make sure everything’s good and burned, and then wait for our electronic friend…”
“Shall I throw it down?” the voice from above us asked, indifferently.
A short time ago, we added a newsletter subscription option to the bottom of the website. We have yet to send anything out, but we're really looking forward to organizing an occasional email newsletter that will act as a digest of recent work published to the site, along with any relevant news and announcements
The newsletter will be brief and serve more as an easy way to find our contributors' fantastic writing and artwork.
We're also hoping that the newsletter will in any way assist with making The Wild Hunt more widely known. We launched earlier this year, and have been more than thrilled with the reception we've received. We are always honored the moment we receive a new submission and hear from the excellent contributors--past and upcoming--whose work we've published.
The occasional newsletter will also serve as a venue to announce any good fortune or new publications from our contributors. We try to promote hard on this blog and Twitter. For example, Gwendolyn Kiste won an award for her story we republished and Christopher DeWan's debut story collection was released.
Your privacy is respected and we will not share your email address. It will only be used in our confidential newsletter list (you, of course, will always have the option to unsubscribe or change your preferences at any time).
So, with all that said, please consider signing up for our occasional newsletter. Here is the easy subscription form.