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Red Room Press is seeking stories for a new dark crime/thriller/horror anthology, American Psychos: A Serial Killer Anthology. Inspired by the most disturbingly violent and graphic crime thriller novels of our time, including Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho, Shane Steven’s By Reason of Insanity, Michael Slade’s Headhunter, our goal is to make American Psychos a brutal, suspenseful, nightmare-inducing hard ride into hell.

Stories must be about a serial killer, obviously. The story can either be based on a real serial killer or a fictional serial killer. Stories should primarily be set in the USA, but the character may travel abroad. We want stories that are brutal, graphic, disturbing and violent. The above referenced books will give you a good idea of what we are looking for. Serial killers must be human; no supernatural elements, monsters, or vampires. They can have supernatural beliefs, however, and they can be any gender or race.

Editors: Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax.

Deadline: October 1, 2018.

Publication Date: Early 2019

Length: 3500-5500 words.

Response Time: 4-8 weeks

Payment for original stories: $100

Simultaneous subs are okay, please make a note and let us know asap if accepted elsewhere.

No unsolicited reprints or multiple submissions.

What to Send

In the body of an email:

  • Author name
  • Story title
  • Word Count
  • A brief bio
  • A short description of the story.
  • Attachment of entire manuscript in rtf, doc, or docx format only. Standard formatting.

We’ll send a notification within 48 hours that we received your submission. If you don’t get this, please inquire. We may not have received it.