The Three “CONS” of Writing Horror

Not long ago, I messaged a horror fiction “gatekeeper” to thank them for their work and to ask if they’d be open to reading more indie horror authors. They responded by listing a few well-known names they were promoting, including one whose “Big 4” published novel had years ago been made into a popular Hollywood movie. And then basically told me that all good writers eventually become famous, which is when this person will read and share their work.

As an author, editor, small press publisher, and reader, everything I write about horror fiction is a conflict of interest. That being said, I also have the privilege of seeing the landscape from a variety of perspectives. On top of that, I’ve interviewed scores of writers, followed their careers, and listened to podcast after podcast with some of the biggest names in the genre. The one thing most of them have in common? They were thinking about giving up until that one big break.

After years of processing this information, I believe I’ve come up with the essential elements for getting one’s horror book published and selling. I call them the three “CONS,” as in: CONTENT, CONTACTS, AND CONTEXT.

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VOTE for Me in the 666 Awards?

I hope you’ll consider voting for some of my titles in Godless Horror’s 666 Awards. Totally fine if you don’t, of course. Just remember that I know where you live (and what time you go to bed).

“Best Novella”: MALINAE (by me)

“Best Anthology/Collection”: THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR (edited by me)

“Best Short” category: (any of the stories from THE JEWISH BOOK OF HORROR)

*The 666 Awards makes you vote in every category to submit your vote, and we encourage you do so. But if you’re not familiar with any options in the other categories, feel free to put N/A.

VOTE HERE