written by David Steffen
Diabolical Plots was open for submissions once again for the month of July, to solicit stories to buy for the fourth year of fiction publication. 1288 submissions came in from 915 different writers, of which 26 stories were accepted. Now that all of the contracts are in hand I am very pleased to share with you the lineup.
There is a lot of strangeness in this lineup, varying wildly in tone from humor to drama. I hope you’ll like them as much as I do.
All of these stories will be published for the first time around March 2019 in an ebook anthology Diabolical Plots Year Five, and then will be published regularly on the Diabolical Plots site between April 2019 and March 2020, with each month being sent out to newsletter subscribers the month before.
This is the lineup order for the website.
“Why Aren’t Millennials Continuing Traditional Worship of the Elder Dark?” by Matt Dovey
“One Part Per Billion” by Samantha Mills
“What the Sea Reaps, We Must Provide” by Eleanor R. Wood
“Dogwood Stories” by Nicole Givens Kurtz
“The Ceiling of the World” by Nicole Crucial
“Bootleg Jesus” by Tonya Liburd
“Little Empire of Lakelore” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires
“Lies of the Desert Fathers” by Stewart Moore
“The Inspiration Machine” by K.S. Dearsley
“Colonized Bodies, Dessicated Souls” by Nin Harris
“Empathy Bee” by Forrest Brazeal
“Dear Parents, Your Child is Not the Chosen One” by P.G. Galalis
“Fresh Dates” by D.A. Xiaolin Spires
“Tracing an Original Thought” by Holly Heisey
“Save the God Damn Pandas” by Anaea Lay
“Consider the Monsters” by Beth Cato
“The Train to Wednesday” by Steven Fischer
“Consequences of a Statistical Approach Towards a Utilitarian Utopia: A Selection of Potential Outcomes” by Matt Dovey
“The Problem From Jamaica Plain” by Marie L. Vibbert
“This is What the Boogeyman Looks Like” by T.J. Berg
“Beldame” by Nickolas Furr
“Gorilla in the Streets” by Mari Ness
“Invasion of the Water Towers” by R.D. Landau
“The Cliff of Hands” by Joanne Rixon
“The Eat Me Drink Me Challenge” by Chris Kuriata
“The Old Ones, Great and Small” by Rajiv Mote